Twitter Updates for 2012-06-29

Parts of the Medicaid expansion struck down by SCOTUS. Could save Alabama as much as $700 million/year starting in 2019. #alpolitics # Medicaid struck down on basis that states could lose all funding for the program if it didn't expand. #alpolitics # SCOTUS ruled that Congress can vote to expand healthcare services through Medicaid, but [...]

New Bar President: “No way to run a court system.”

The incoming president of the Alabama Bar Association says a $27,000 fix to extend Jefferson County court security for 3 more weeks is a way to buy time for a long-term solution. “Well-intended people are working on extending those 3 weeks,” Jim Pratt says. Pratt, who moves into the president’s role in three weeks, says [...]

But I thought that’s what they do in Montgomery?

Debriefing testimony from Rep. Barry Mask’s 2nd day on the witness stand in the “Bribes for Bingo” case. Birmingham attorneys Roger Appell, Raymond Johnson Jr. and pollster/political observer Larry Powell of UAB talk about Mask’s claims that he felt Milton McGregor was offering him a bribe. Read more of Rick Journey’s blog here.

AG Luther Strange Wants In JeffCo Sewer Mess

Attorney General Luther Strange says he wants to represent ratepayers in Jefferson County’s $3-billion sewer debt crisis. Strange has asked a judge to let him intervene on behalf of the ratepayers. He hopes for a hearing soon. Strange says he wants a “seat at the table…. to be a catalyst” to negotiate a resolution. The [...]

A Former First Lady Promotes “The New Cotton” in Alabama

Her husband no longer serves as an economic development booster as governor or lieutenant governor in Montgomery, but former first lady Marsha Folsom takes on the role as the promoter with a new agribusiness. The future for Alabama’s Black Belt Region? In a word, Marsha Folsom says… “bamboo.” “It’s the new cotton,” Folsom told me [...]

Key bills left worth mentioning

Lawmakers will return to the State House on May 24th for the final push through the final 7 meeting days of the Regular Session. Aside to trying to complete the complicated and politically charged reapportionment process, there are several bills that received much fan fare at one point or another during the session that have [...]

Redistricting Recess

Lawmakers will not convene for the next two week as they are in recess to hold redistricting hearings in their respective districts. Senate President Pro-tem Del Marsh and Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard said they wanted to address redrawing Congressional and school board lines during the Regular Legislative Session in order to avoid calling [...]

Lawmakers consider possible pay cut

Members of the Alabama Senate are talking about whether their pay should be cut – or perhaps prorated – like state budgets when economic times are tough.

Will job creation be the real top priority?

Sorry for the lack of updates to this blog as of late. I’m going to try my best to get more posts up especially during the legislative session. As for the upcoming legislative session, we’ve heard now many times from three of the state’s most powerful men that job creation in the private sector will [...]

Luther Strange: BP Lawsuit “Strengthens Our Hand”

Attorney General Luther Strange says his court-appointed role as representative for the states at the table with private plaintiffs and the US in the BP oil spill case will be a “plus” for Alabama. Strange, who took office two weeks ago today, appeared this morning on FOX6 News Good Day Alabama. The Republican says he [...]