This week, the Senate and House Judiciary Committees met in an extraordinary session to discuss the current prison overcrowding problem we face in Alabama. For the past year, I have had the pleasure of working with a bipartisan, inter-branch Coalition of legislators, criminal justice agencies and stakeholders to analyze Alabama’s sentencing and corrections data [...]
Portugal doesn’t want to become “the Alabama of the European Union,” says Carlos Moedas, Special Economic Advisor for Portugal’s opposition Social Democratic Party.
Addressing the nation’s economic austerity measures, Moedas indicated that the country could become the European continent’s Florida, but said, “If we just keep on cutting and not doing the [...]
Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to be in Thomasville for an announcement by G.D. Copper of its plans to build a $100 million plant that will employ more than 300 people. This plant will make Thomasville, Alabama the first and only place in the United States where copper pipes and tubes used [...]
Tune up the guitar. Get the band back together. Pull out the thesaurus and rhyming dictionary. The State Tourism Board has announced a statewide songwriting contest:
The competition is open to those who were born or live in the state, can write lyrics as well as the music to accompany, and can perform [...]
I am sorry to note the passing of Don Markwell, a fixture in the radio industry and long-time host of the program Viewpoint. His obituary is here.
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When I served in the House, I used to always go up to members of the Senate a couple of hours before they went into session and ask what was being debated that day. I always received the same answer, “we don’t know because the special order calendar does not get published until we [...]
As a professional Democrat, I’m obviously not fully objective about the Obama administration and the President’s re-election prospects. However like most political junkies, I’m interested in all aspects of the upcoming presidential campaign. For the next year or more, most of the drama in the presidential race will be on the Republican side – [...]
With the current talk of declining tax collections, budget cuts, employee lay offs, etc., lets take a look at bills seeking to boost tax flow. In the list that follows, what is more important than whom. I’ve linked to the html versions of the bills to reduce the number of bytes sent over the wire.
Most of these bills have not been thru the committee process so a nonpartisan assessment by the Legislative Fiscal Office has not been made. If you have some numbers (and links to relevant documents) thats what comments are for.
Continue reading “Proposed taxation measures”
The Washington Wire blog at the Wall Street Journal reports that “according to multiple Iowa GOP officials,” former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is about to enter the Iowa presidential primary race.
You don’t have to go too far in Alabama to find folks who believe such campaigns are about keeping [...]