Autism Bill show worthy of the WWE

May 17, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

My mother was wrong.

For years, she told me that professional wrestling was a waste of time – a brain cell-melter. It was silly, she said, as she recommended that I use my time more wisely. I should be reading or studying or doing something to prepare me for life, she thought.

Well, she got it all wrong.

Turns out, that pro wrestling – or ‘wrasslin’ – prepared me just fine for my career. I couldn’t have picked a better way to get ready for a career covering the Alabama Legislature.
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Senators promise to blow-up session if there’s no vote on autism bill

May 5, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — An unlikely issue has become one of the most contentious topics in the State House this session: mandating insurance coverage for an autism spectrum therapy called applied behavioral analysis therapy.

The debate over a bill that would provide just that has many senators demanding a vote and some promising an inconvenient slowdown in Senate business if the opportunity for one isn’t provided. The bill’s supporters say the mandate is needed to ensure families can afford the important but expensive therapy.

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Bipartisan bill would give retirees a one-time bonus

January 11, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Some Republicans in the Senate and at least one Democrat in the State House of Representatives believe certain retired educators should receive a one-time, lump sum payment.

Republican Senator Gerald Dial, who is leading the charge, is joined by Senate colleagues Jimmy Holley, Jim McClendon, Steve Livingston, Tom Whatley and Cam Ward to sponsor SB3. In the House, Rep. Craig Ford is carrying an identical bill that will provide a one-time payment for former educators and beneficiaries who receive retirement benefits from the Teachers’ Retirement Systems (TRS). Read More

Alabama a Sanctuary City for Corrupt Politicos: Opinion

July 28, 2015

 

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

What are we to make of the fact that Alabama ranks in the top ten for being one of the most religious states, as well as being near the top in public corruption?

Alabama State government is like a sanctuary city for moral turpitude, a safe haven where the guilty are free from punishment; as long as you are in public office. 

Mike Hubbard has been indicted on 23 felony counts of public corruption, but he still sits as Speaker of the House.
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Senate Announces Committee Assignments

January 15, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, January 14, the Alabama Senate announced its committee assignments for the next four years.

(See full list of committee assignments here.)

State Senator Tom Whatley (R) will chair the Senate Agriculture, Conservation, and Forest Committee.

Sen. Slade Blackwell (R) will be the chairman of the Banking & Insurance Committee.

The Confirmations Committee will by chaired by Senator Clay Scofield (R).

The Constitution, Campaigns, & Elections Committee will be chaired by Bill Hightower (R).
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Police Say Whatley “Forcefully Shoved” Fiancée

December 17, 2014

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Auburn Police report contradicts Sen. Tom Whatley’s statement about his domestic violence arrest on December 9.

According to the official police filings, Whatley “grabbed the female [his fiancée] by the arm and forcefully shoved her down on the brick steps and concrete porch.” Whatley was then told by officers to drop to the ground and he complied with their demand.

Whatley issued a statement the day after his arrest saying, “I would like to assure the citizens of Senate District 27 that I was not violent with my fiancée.” However, a man “forcefully”shoving a female down on to “brick steps and [a] concrete porch,” would be considered by any reasonable person as an act of violence.
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April Named End Distracted Driving Awareness Month, Presentations Being Made at Schools

April 9, 2014

Staff Report

MONTGOMERY, Alabama (April 8, 2014) – The Alabama Association for Justice (ALAJ) today announced its partnership with the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation and EndDD in an effort to reduce distracted driving among teenagers in the state. ALAJ member attorneys will give an “End Distracted Driving” presentation at high schools across the state during April. The organization also partnered with Senator Tom Whatley (R-Auburn) and Representative Chris England (D-Tuscaloosa) to pass a resolution naming April “End Distracted Driving Awareness Month” in Alabama.
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Hubbard’s “real republican” incumbents include Obama donor and party switchers

June 24, 2013

By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—At a meeting in Birmingham last week, Representative Mike Hubabrd (R-Auburn) rallied the Young Republicans to protect the GOP supermajorities against fake Republicans trying to take back the power in Montgomery.

“I’m telling you the race will be determined in the primary,”  Hubbard said.

Hubbard called out groups like AEA, who intend to support pro-eduction candidates on both sides of the aisle.

“We cannot let those entities infiltrate and highjack our primary. They are going to try. AEA in their propaganda has made it clear that Republicans are going to have alternatives in the Republican primary,” Hubbard said.
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Beware infiltrators warns Hubbard

June 24, 2013

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—  Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard warned young republicans gathered in Birmingham last week that infiltrators will be entering “our primary.”

These outsiders will challenge incumbent republicans. “from the right and from the left,” cautioned Diamond Mike.

Hubbard raised the specter of “The Others,” coming to displace our kind. The “others” are the democrats, who will pretend they are republicans. But who is a real republican?
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Legislative Election Watch

June 24, 2013

By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY–Only two weeks into the official 2014 primary season, many candidates have already filed with the new online reporting system through the Fair Campaign Practices Act.  Many of those who have filed are incumbents, with a one newcomer entering the game.

Seven of the 35 incumbent senators have filed with the Secretary of State. No new candidates have filed, however Representative Todd Greeson has filed to run for the Senate.
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