Opinion | “They May as Well Move the Capitol to Tuscaloosa”

January 18, 2018

By Steve Flowers
Inside the Statehouse

Awhile back, during Dr. Robert Bentley’s tenure as governor, I wrote a column entitled, “They May as Well Move the Capitol to Tuscaloosa.” Never before in Alabama history has a city had a sitting governor and the state’s senior U.S. Senator hail from that particular place. Even with the departure of Bentley as governor, the Druid City has an inordinate amount of presence in the state’s political sphere of influence.
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ASU Board votes to fire Boyd

December 16, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Gwendolyn Boyd tenure at Alabama State University is officially over.

ASU’s Board of Trustees voted 8-6 on Friday, following a nearly six-hour meeting, to terminate her contract. Boyd was in her third year at the school and finishing up the first year of a three-year contract extension granted in Sept. 2015.

Following the vote oust Boyd, board chairman Ralph Ruggs announced the formation of a committee, headed by trustee Angela McKenzie, to find the school’s next president. Until that time, provost Leon Wilson will remain as interim president.
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Carter Returns to Finance in Troubling Times

August 29, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Former Deputy State Finance Director, Clinton Carter, is returning to the government service to advise on revenue and financial policy.  According to sources in Governor Robert Bentley’s inner circle, and those with close ties to Finance, Carter is being groomed to replace Acting Finances Director, Bill Newton. Reliable insiders claim Newton hand-picked his successor to ensure access to the department, and those who are well-tended by cushy contracts doled out under his watch. But there is doubt that Carter is that pliable.
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Republican Senate Caucus Introduces Agenda for 2016 Session

February 4, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—At a press conference on Wednesday, the Republican Caucus laid out its theme of this year’s agenda: “Continuing Positive Progress.” The priorities for the 2016 Session include, economic growth, protecting children and families, and education pay raises.

President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) and Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed (R-Jasper), presented the proposal outlining six legislative priorities: Make economic incentives more flexible and accountable, capitalize on Alabama’s ports, increase protection of abuse victims, expand suicide awareness, education pay raises and a plan to change hiring and retention practices of educators.
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Group Opposed to Marsh’s Controversial Tenure Reform Bill Starts Petition

January 20, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

 

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R from Anniston) has shared a couple of drafts of a controversial ‘tenure reform’ bill.  The 49 page Rewarding Advancement in Instruction and Student Excellence (RAISE) Act would two career tracks for new teachers and would fundamentally change how public school teachers are compensated in the state of Alabama moving forward.

Some educators and school boards have expressed opposition to parts of the bill.
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Marsh Unveils Controversial Tenure Reform Bill

December 31, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) has unveiled his long awaited “tenure reform” bill. The 49 page Rewarding Advancement in Instruction and Student Excellence (RAISE) Act will fundamentally change how public school teachers are compensated in the State of Alabama moving forward.

(This reporter could not find the bill on the State Legislature’s often troubled website.)

The Alabama School Connections blog’s Trisha Powell Crane is reporting that they have a draft version of the controversial bill.
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Bentley Response to AEA Rally

April 16, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) issued a written statement in response to the Capitol rally organized by the state of Alabama’s largest education union, Alabama Education Association (AEA).

Gov. Bentley said, “The AEA has criticized the budget I recommended without providing a better alternative.  My budget proposals protect funding for proven education programs while also protecting critical services such as dialysis for Medicaid patients and doctor visits for children of low-income families.  It makes no sense to let nearly $200 million sit in a savings account when we have that funding available to protect these critical services.”
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