This Thursday will mark the last day of the legislative Session. For some, it was a Session that seemed would never end. For others, it was one that ended much too quickly. It may be early, yet, to write an obit on this Session, but as we approach the finish line, some perspective may be in order.
Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R – Auburn) releases a statement after Rep. Daniel Boman of Sulligent announced that he was switching to the Democratic Party.
It was clear early on in the session that Mr. Boman was not aligned ideologically with the reform-minded Republican Majority. Based on his votes on basic [...]
We are hearing that state Rep. Daniel Boman of Sulligent has announced that he is switching parties. Boman is a House freshman elected as a Republican in November.
The rumors about the potential switch had grown cold, and its resurrection appears to have caught some Democrats by surprise.
More as we come up with [...]
Here is a side-by-side look at the current map of Alabama Congressional Districts and the proposed map that will be introduced into the Legislature this week from the Joint Legislative Committee on Redistricting.
Note that this new map is not the one originally proposed by the committee co-chairmen, Sen. Gerald Dial (R – Lineville) [...]
Six public hearings on the reapportionment issue have been scheduled up and down the state (along the I-65 corridor for the most part). About 100 people turned out for the one Tuesday night in Birmingham.
Continue reading “Reapportionment Hearings This Week”
Republican David Sessions and Constitution Party candidate Bill Atkinson face off in the House District 105 special election this Tuesday. No Democrat qualified for the race that became necessary when Gov. Robert Bentley tapped Spencer Collier (R – Irvington) to be Director of the Alabama Department of Homeland Security.
The default position here [...]
Without comment, audio in mp3 format from this AM’s House session.
[Audio clip: view full post to listen]
for those without flash, TheMotion
See also this South Union Street entry at the Montgomery Advertiser.
Here is a reminder that you can hear the proceedings from our state’s legislative chambers in archived audio recordings found right here at the Political Parlor.
Check it out.
A few updates added at the bottom.
On March 8, Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb gave the State of the Judiciary address to a joint session of the Legislature, which you can find here in pdf or at WSFA in html.
Of most interest to me were her remarks on the effects of mandatory tours of our overcrowded state prisons on judges, sentencing alternatives for non-violent offenders, drug courts and community corrections. She also unveiled proposals from the Alabama Public Safety and Sentencing Coalition that would help reduce the growth in prison population. Which will follow after the fold.
Continue reading “The State of the Judiciary and sentencing reform”
The Legislative Fiscal Office has released in pdf format, a comparison of the Governor’s proposed 2012 Education and General Fund recommendations to the current budget.. What follows is from a quick once over. The more eye balls reviewing these numbers and letting their Legislators know what they think, the better.
From a [...]
I am pleased to announce that four legislators are willing to take time during the legislative session to share with us their thoughts and perspectives on the session here at the Political Parlor. Sen. Marc Keahey (D – Grove Hill), Sen. Cam Ward (R – Alabaster), Rep. Joe Hubbard (D – Montgomery), and Rep. [...]
From Courthouse News Service, the Alabama Education Association and others have filed suit challenging the constitutionality of legislation banning payroll deductions (pdf) of dues used for political purposes. Stated in their filing that the act inhibits their First Amendment right of free speech and association and Fourteenth amendment right of equal protection [...]
The Alabama Ethics Commission is “closing all files related to the complaint” filed against state Sen. Tripp Trip Pittman by Fairhope resident Paul Ripp. The proximate cause is a complaint filed by Ripp against the commission itself. As you read the correspondence between the Commission and Mr Ripp at Baldwin Watchdog, it [...]
Best summation of the recent testimony of confessed influence peddler, Jarrod Massey, I can think of. During a recent hearing, Massey admitted to paying then state Rep. Terry Spicer, from about 2002/2003 to 2009 for assistance in obtaining business. Some of the business included contracts from the junior college where Spicer was assistant [...]
The Parlor will once again, barring glitches, provide you audio recordings of the legislative proceedings, this time from the special session that began yesterday. I salute Walt who has done much of the techno-noodling to make this possible.
You may listen to the audio streaming over your computer, or you may download the [...]