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Daily Headlines, Sunday, 4/24/2011

Montgomery AdvertiserBentley uses old method to avoid salary cap for top staff

Huntsville TimesAlabama A&M students propose the future in STEM Day projects

Huntsville TimesSchools pitching in to help build playground at Sharon Johnston Park

Huntsville TimesHuntsville girl [...]

The People’s Choice

The first week of the session I was approached by one of my friends from the Alabama Association of Realtors and asked the following question, “What do you think about occupational taxes?”

I told him that I thought occupational taxes were inherently unfair. Occupational taxes are specifically designed to tax working folks because of [...]

Daily Headlines, Saturday, 4/23/2011

Montgomery AdvertiserGilley: I’m wrong, and my plea is guilty

Huntsville TimesMadison School Board supports Students First bill

Huntsville TimesUAH hires search firm to help seek out new president

Huntsville TimesEDITORIAL: Managing those Huntsville and TVA utility bills

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A Standing Ovation

Yesterday, there was a standing ovation from the House floor.  Maybe it was because I had just passed my first bill, HB485, which would help create the public-private partnership necessary to revive the Garrett Coliseum; or, maybe it was because the bill passed 97-0 and didn’t cost the State of Alabama one dime.  Or perhaps, the [...]

Daily Headlines, Friday, 4/22/2011

Montgomery AdvertiserGilley to plead guilty today in gambling corruption case

Montgomery AdvertiserState settles lawsuit over conditions at tough prison

Montgomery AdvertiserAfter 67 years, state apologizes to rape victim

Huntsville TimesAnother 280 Huntsville school employees cut in second round [...]

Alabama 2nd in Nation in Religiosity

Sign: Go to Church or the Devil Will Get You

Sign seen from I-65 north of Montgomery

Alabama is second to Mississippi in the nation in the percentage of residents who say that religion is very important in their lives (74%) according to the Pew Research Center (though the state is fifth in the percentage of residents who say they attend religious [...]

Daily Headlines, Thursday, 4/21/2011

Montgomery AdvertiserVictoryLand can’t pay taxes

Huntsville TimesAlabama chief justice says sentencing bills approved by Senate committee will reduce crime

Huntsville TimesSenate commitee approves bill that would keep cell phones out of hands of Alabama prison inmates

Huntsville TimesDeKarlos [...]

Small town political gazette – 04/20/11

Andalusia Star News - Local BP claims top $1 million

Cherokee County HeraldFarmer sworn in to serve Sand Rock town council

Clanton AdvertiserChilton County BOE decides against uniforms after close vote

The ClarionDelegation writes TVA-in-lieu bill

Daily HomeFinal details of water [...]

Daily Headlines, Wednesday, 4/20/2011

Montgomery AdvertiserColumn: Author Wayne Greenhaw reflects on turbulent times

Montgomery AdvertiserBentley: Vote for Lowder based on leadership

Montgomery AdvertiserAging prisoners need more care

Huntsville TimesMadison Council interviews school board candidates

Huntsville TimesAARP pushing legislation [...]

Small town political gazette – 04/19/11

North Jefferson NewsCounty Line officials approves landfill

Daily HomeSylacauga councilmen seek sales tax increase

Brewton Standard - Kindness of neighbors help home owners

Atmore AdvanceConecuh Commission votes yes on landfill

Arab TribuneMayor Beam lays out plan for $259,000 windfall

Dothan Eagle [...]

Daily Headlines, Tuesday, 4/19/2011

Montgomery AdvertiserBay of Pigs: Alabama pilots, disavowed by US, finally getting recognition

Montgomery AdvertiserLowder among those recommended for Auburn board of trustees

Montgomery AdvertiserDaughter worked to find truth about father’s death

Montgomery AdvertiserTip led reporter to widows; payouts [...]

Special Order Calendar for Tuesday

A big thank you to Sen Beason and Sen Marsh for having the Special Order Calendar for the 16th Legislative Day in the Senate ready ahead of time. OK so I was off one week on the tort reform bills but now we have them up tomorrow as well as a little spice of [...]

Small town political gazette – 04/18/11

Alexander City OutlookA day with a dispatcher

Cullman TimesCounty schools to add engineering courses

Daily Mountain EagleRecent state cuts have little local effect

News CourierLocal leaders won’t vote for smoke tax hike

 

Daily Headlines, Sunday, 4/17/2011

Montgomery AdvertiserAttorney general works to hold BP accountable

Montgomery AdvertiserAlabama man uses ‘green’ magic to protect environment

Birmingham NewsAlabama’s cost of power — I mean influence — is high

Birmingham NewsAlabama’s Roy Moore hints in Ohio appearance of [...]

Legislative Dispatch

A Look from the Rearview Mirror

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.

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Putting Students First

As you know, a very important piece of legislation will be presented for our consideration in the House tomorrow in Montgomery – Senate Bill 310 – the “Students First” tenure and fair dismissal reform bill. Like me, many House members have been inundated with phone calls and emails from opponents of this bill, and some have been [...]

Legislative Transparency

There are a lot of issues to debate before we begin the final days of this session. In fact, I am quite certain there will be some comments on this post debating many of them. Before we get into the last seven day of the session I wanted to bring up a topic that [...]


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