This post usually recaps all the work we did the past week in the Legislature. While the Senate did pull an all night session from sunset to sunrise on Tuesday evening, everything was overshadowed by the terrible storms that ravaged our state. The Senate was scheduled to debate the Education Budget on Thursday but [...]
As I sit down to write today’s recap of the week, the one thing that overshadows everything else that happened in the Statehouse was Wednesday’s storms. Yes, we passed the General Fund budget out of the House, and, yes, we had a pretty good debate on occupational taxes, but all of that pales in [...]
We have been without power for over 24 hours so I am just beginning to get a sense of the horrific damage. I did see shingles, insulation, and other debris raining from the sky yesterday, a bizarre and unsettling sight, but we certainly missed the brunt of the storm.
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Though the Republican field has been slow to gel, it seems as if we now know the field of potential candidates. A few like Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels seem genuinely undecided on whether or not to take the plunge. But beyond those, we generally know who’s running (Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, Michelle Bachman, Ron Paul) and who’s not (Haley Barbour, Jeb Bush, Bobby Jindal, Chris Christie, John Thune, among others). Barring a surprise (which is a possibility according to some influential Republicans), the Republican field has only (to adopt a Rumsfeldian construct) its “known knowns” (those already in) and its “unknown knowns (those publicly considering) – meaning it’s not too early to handicap the field*.
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Why is U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus (R) introducing legislation to delay the regulation of derivatives for two years?
After his home county’s disastrous dealings with derivatives (specifically in the form of interest rate swaps), Jefferson County is now preparing for the possibility of the largest municipal bankruptcy in history.
Somewhat related: [...]
Thank you to Sen. Marsh, Sen. Beason and other members of the Senate Rules Committee for publishing the proposed Special Order Calendar in advance. This is certainly a nice change from years past. Below is what looks like a relatively non-controversial special order for our first day back this week.
Senator Taylor: SB336 Children’s [...]
Confidential records related to federal cases in the Middle District of Alabama have been inadvertently made public.
Over the past nine months, details of 40 separate sealed court applications filed by federal prosecutors in Alabama were uploaded to PACER, the web-based records system that counts nearly one million users, including defense lawyers, prosecutors, [...]
I have appreciated email and other inquiries from folks who have noted that I have been much less involved in the site of late. The site is a labor of love that I greatly enjoy, and I am glad that folks understand when other obligations and responsibilities of my life must take precedence. There [...]
There was a little confusion this past week over the meeting calendar for the rest of the legislative session. Depending on who you asked and what day you asked there were wildly varying meeting schedules proposed. By law we cannot meet any later than June 13th so there was no question we were not [...]