Ainsworth qualifies for lieutenant governor’s race

February 8, 2018

Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

State Rep. Will Ainsworth, R-Guntersville, announced Wednesday on the Dale Jackson Show in Huntsville that he officially filed qualifying papers to seek the office of lieutenant governor in the 2018 Republican primary election set for June 5.

“I want to use the lieutenant governor’s office as a bully pulpit for issues like workforce development, improving education, fighting new taxes and promoting conservative causes,” Ainsworth said. “I am a businessman, not a career politician, and I believe the people of Alabama deserve a government as honest and hardworking as the citizens it seeks to serve.”

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Results are in: The top issues facing the state according to APR’s Influentials Poll

January 3, 2018

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Results from the Alabama Political Reporter‘s first Influentials Poll are in, and some of the state’s most prominent political minds believe the state needs to chart a course for growth that doesn’t neatly fit into either party’s public persona.

APR asked its exclusive list of lawmakers, public officials, consultants, association leaders, media analysts and lobbyists to rank the most important issues facing the state as it moves into 2018.

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Gov. Ivey addresses state challenges, including prison construction

November 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey spoke to the Workforce Development Council meeting in Montgomery. Afterward, the governor spoke to the Capital Press.

Gov. Ivey said that since she was elevated to the governorship, unemployment has dropped from 5.4 percent to just 3.8 percent – the lowest number in the history of the state. Ivey said that it was a team effort.

Ivey reminded the council that government does not create jobs, it is private companies that do that.

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Ivey presents $2.3 million to Wallace State’s Oneonta Campus

October 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, October 19, 2017 Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) was the keynote speaker at the ground-breaking ceremony celebrating the construction of Wallace State-Oneonta’s new technical training facility. The governor announced her support for this initiative, which she said could be a model for all of rural Alabama. Ivey presented the project a $2.3 million grant.

The project includes the construction of 20,000 square feet, which will house academic and workforce development space as well as economic development offices for both Oneonta and Blount County. There is currently an 18,000 square foot technical training facility in use with approximately 450 students enrolled.

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State Community Colleges Get New Workforce Leader

October 13, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY–The Alabama Community College System has a new plan for preparing students for lucrative careers and a new man to lead the way.

ACCS on Wednesday announced the hiring of Jeff Lynn as the system’s new director of workforce development. In that role, Lynn, who served in a similar role for the State of Louisiana, will work with companies to develop training programs that provide students the specific skills required by some of the top companies in the state and country.
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Byrne Votes for Career and Technical Education Bill

September 14, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 US Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) spoke on the floor of the US House of Representatives in favor of legislation to HR5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act which Byrne says will boost and reform our nation’s career and technical education (CTE) programs.

The House passed the bipartisan HR5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, by a vote of 405 to 5.
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Shelby Votes No on Obama Appointee

March 16, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, March 14, US Senator Richard Shelby voted against the confirmation of former New York Education Commissioner John King as the next US Secretary of Education.

Today I voted “no” on President Obama’s nomination of John King to be the next Secretary of Education. King is an adamant supporter of Common Core and I fear that he will work to advance the Obama Administration’s liberal agenda in our classrooms. I strongly oppose Common Core because I believe that education decisions should be made at a local level – not mandated by Congress.”
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Marsh’s Tenure Reform Bill Passes Committee in 5 to 4 Vote

March 9, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, March 8, the Senate Education Policy Committee narrowly voted to give a favorable report to a tenure reform bill introduced and championed by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston). The PREP Act, Senate Bill 316 would make tenure harder to get, five years versus the present three years; would create a state mandated system for evaluating teachers; 25 percent of that would be directly tied to student test score performance; and would make it possible to strip a tenured teacher of tenure after two years of poor evaluations.
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Marsh Introduces Tenure Reform Bill

March 8, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, March 1, Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) finally introduced his long discussed Tenure Reform Bill. Earlier versions of the bill were called the RAISE Act. This actually introduced bill is being called the PREP Act, Senate Bill 316.

The Senate Education Policy Committee will address the bill, SB316 today, March 8, at their meeting at 12:30 pm in room 304.
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Orr Bill Would Give Tax Credits to Businesses that Hire Apprentices

February 12, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, February 10, the Alabama Senate Finance & Taxation Education Committee held a public hearing on Senate Bill 90, which is sponsored by Committee Chairman Arthur Orr (R-Decatur).

This bill would provide an income tax credit of $1,000 to an employer, for each qualified apprentice of an employer, and would also cap the cumulative tax credits allowed at $3,000,000 for the first two tax years following the passage of the bill, and $5,000,000 for each tax year thereafter. This bill would also require the Workforce Development Division of the Department of Commerce to provide an annual report to certain legislative committees, regarding the effectiveness of the program.
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