It has been a telling year in the Alabama legislature. The taxpayers have learned a lot about their representatives in Montgomery from what has taken place over the past few months.
Of course, the most notable event was the Republican supermajority’s decision to deceive the people of Alabama (and even their own education advisors) by [...]
For Immediate Release: May 15, 2013
“This is a band-aid approach to the Accountability Act. The Republican Supermajority is just trying to get through the next election and hope the voters – especially educators – will forget about this. But the people of Alabama will not forget about this. The only solution to the Accountability [...]
For the past three years, the Alabama legislature under the leadership of the Republican Supermajority has waged a war on public education in Alabama.
It started with cutting educators’ take-home pay. Next, the Republicans “dropped the DROP program” (though they waited until they could get their payout from it first).
This year, it started with [...]
I learned a lot of values from my dad. He served in the legislature 26 years, and one of the most important values he practiced as a legislator and that he passed on to me is that our government should operate honestly and out in the open so that the taxpayers can see what they [...]
“Once again the Republicans in the Alabama legislature have shown they do not want to shine the light of day on the Accountability Act. The Republicans have subverted the process again and rammed through another Accountability Act bill – this time without even an hour of debate. This is just more dishonest and unethical behavior [...]
For Immediate Release: April 30, 2013
“Since February, Alabama Democrats have made it publicly known that we had an amendment for House Bill 8 that would protect an employee’s right to store their firearm in their vehicle while at work. But today, Republicans in the Alabama legislature showed their true values when they voted to [...]
This week, the Alabama House of Representatives once again has to vote on legislation that is meant to “fix” a bill that was rushed through the process and not thought-out before it became law.
If there has been a theme for the past three years since the Republican Supermajority took control of the state legislature, [...]
“We’ve gone from a slap in the face to absolute insanity! The initial 2 percent pay raise was a slap in the face to educators. Now the Republican Supermajority has made 1 percent of that raise conditional on the number of students who participate in the Accountability Act voucher program.
Educators, retirees, and state employees [...]
It’s that time of year when the state legislature writes the budgets that will fund our schools and government services.
Last week, the Alabama House of Representatives passed the Education Trust Fund, which funds all things related to public education. This week, the House will turn its attention to the state’s General Fund budget, [...]
House Minority Leader Craig Ford (D-Gadsden):
“Judge Kennedy has been an outstanding public servant and leader of our Party. I am sad to see him leave, but I know he will continue to do great things for Democrats in Alabama.”
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Thomas Jackson (D-Thomasville):
“Judge Kennedy was bringing credibility back to the [...]