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Alabama Legislature: Bentley, Budgets and Forever Wild

Committee work picks up today in Montgomery. This morning, AEA took the stance as the only group opposing Rep. Greg Canfield’s (R-Vestavia) “Rolling Reserve Budget” bill during a hearing. The state Department of Education backs the idea. This Huntsville Times editorial looks at the issue. Canfield and Jefferson county Democrat, Rep. Merika Coleman react to [...]

Can Republican “Handshake” Seal the Deal?

The chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus, Rep. John Rogers (D-Birmingham), calls it old politics that won’t work. State Treasurer and Republican nominee for Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey says she’s “ready, willing and able to make this agenda pass.” Reaction to the state GOP’s “Handshake with Alabama” is predictable. House and Senate Republican leaders promoted [...]

GOP Poll Shows Edge in Generic Ballot for Alabama Legislature

Inboxes for reporters today contain results from a statewide poll commissioned by the state GOP concerning a generic legislative ballot. McLaughlin & Associates reports 50% of voters prefer the Republican candidate on a generic legislative ballot. Thirty-three percent favor the Democrat in the survey. McLaughlin says Republicans get a boost from Independent voters (49%-15%). When [...]

Gateway to Goat Hill (Legislative Week in Review)

   Black bails on BINGO vote  The issue that dominated this legislative session died in the House of Representatives and thus will never receive a vote of the people. The lead sponsor of BINGO legislation in the House, Marcel Black (D), addressed the House on Wednesday afternoon. Black assured the body that a vote to [...]

The Barbershop

Unscripted. Uncut. Unplugged. That’s the way Lukata Mjumbe describes the Community Action Association of Alabama’s 4th annual Legislative Barbershop. It takes place on a day when new numbers show the state unemployment rate rose to 11.1% in January, the highest figure since 1984. The rate translates into 228,105 unemployed people. Lawmakers can stop by for [...]

3 Tracks of Gambling Debate

Track 1: Legal The 7-2 decision in the Alabama Supreme Court gives the governor’s task force on illegal gambling a clear edge in the legal battle over electronic bingo. The court’s decision Thursday (view here)  led Gov. Bob Riley and his task force commander, John Tyson, to declare raids will continue. Watch Riley and Tyson [...]

Ron Sparks responds to Riley’s SOTS speech

By Bob Howell – WSFA 12 News Anchor – For those of you folliwing the State of the State, here is a statement from Democratic gubernatorial candidate and state Ag Commissioner, Ron Sparks: ___________________ “Last night’s performance by Bob Riley was shameful. At a time when our working families are struggling under the weight of [...]