We want and expect our politicians and public servants to be their very best, but we need systems of accountability in place for when they are not acting in the public’s best interest. I hope that is an obvious statement, but consider…
- Right now lobbyists may spend $250 per day on an Alabama [...]
The average middle-income Alabamian has received a tax cut totalling $1,815 per family member from 2001 to 2006, thanks to Bush administration tax policies. But the added share of national debt burden for that family is $8,797 per person. According to today’s news release from Alabama Arise that cites a new report (pdf [...]
Folk are talking about Hugh McInnish’s “Draft Sessions for President” resolution that McInnish plans to introduce to the state GOP meeting next month. My take is that Sessions has almost zero chance of winning a national election, the GOP believes that, and so he would have almost zero chance of getting the nomination. [...]
Wheeler at Alablawg has interesting follow-up comments on Troy King’s response to the ABA report on Alabama’s death penalty system – particularly on why there was only one prosecutor on the ABA assessment team.
Related: AG Troy King Responds to the ABA
Money in politics is like water: it will seep through any crack or hole it can find. Plug one, and it will work on another. If you believe there is too much money flowing into elections (can you argue otherwise?), that means we must be diligent in plugging the holes that allow huge sums [...]
Attorney General Troy King responded in an Op-Ed piece in the Tuscaloosa News to the American Bar Association’s report that said, “Alabama should put a moratorium on the death penalty because the state’s system is riddled with problems.”
The ABA has established 79 standards by which a state’s system can be evaluated, [...]
Our faithful contributor G, always on top of his game, sent me email about the recent report from the state Department of Education that said “51.6 percent of all Alabama K-12 students are now classified as living in poverty” and that I mentioned here Saturday. He wanted to point out that the [...]
http://www.al.com/news/birminghamnews/index.ssf?/base/news/115131365867570.xml&coll=2 – Alabama ranks second in southeastern U. S. in automobile miles driven per capita.
http://www.al.com/news/mobileregister/index.ssf?/base/news/115131342067560.xml&coll=3 – “The Political Skinny,” The Mobile Press-Register’s weekly roundup from Mobile, Montgomery and Washington.
http://www.al.com/opinion/huntsvilletimes/index.ssf?/base/opinion/115131334467690.xml&coll=1 – Editorial calls for House of Representatives to extend U.S. Voting Rights Act.
FROM TODAY’S ANNISTON STAR:
Editorials Red [...]
http://www.al.com/news/birminghamnews/index.ssf?/base/news/1151227462107380.xml&coll=2 – Amari receives endorsement from former opponent in PSC runoff race.
http://www.al.com/opinion/birminghamnews/index.ssf?/base/opinion/1151227532107380.xml&coll=2 – Commentary reviews history of US utilizing cheap immigrant labor to build strong economy, urges leaders to create a path to citizenship for those who have labored to build country.
http://www.al.com/opinion/birminghamnews/index.ssf?/base/opinion/1151227013107380.xml&coll=2 – Rep. Artur Davis defends efforts [...]
Today’s Birmingham News (emphasis added):
51.6 percent of all Alabama K-12 students are now classified as living in poverty – an increase of almost 1 percent from 2003-04. More troubling, the increase follows a decade-long trend of growing poverty.
51.6% of our state’s children live in poverty? And it has only gotten worse [...]
Catching up on recent and not un-important news…
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Although Alabama has half the population of Georgia, it sentences four times as many people to death.
That’s pretty staggering. Per capita, Alabama has 8 times as many people sentenced to death as Georgia does?
Some Alabamians, no, most Alabamians want to [...]