Daily Headlines, Monday, 10/31/2011

Montgomery AdvertiserCash-strapped Jefferson County needs special session

Montgomery AdvertiserRants and Raves: Health care concerns

Montgomery AdvertiserAdvertiser Editorial: Be smart; wait on courts

Huntsville TimesThe 115th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, Company C, is ‘trained and ready to go’

Huntsville TimesHalloween spending could be a treat for Huntsville retailers

Huntsville TimesBudget cuts, $9M from construction accounts put Huntsville school system back in the black

Huntsville TimesHerman Cain finds adoring crowds in Huntsville as he ends whirlwind Alabama tour

Huntsville TimesA crucial time for leadership in Madison County (editorial)

Huntsville TimesBomb injury a stark reminder of the wars on terror (Larry Allen)

Birmingham NewsNumber of Alabama state employees drops by 4.4 percent

Birmingham NewsNon-Hispanic immigrants in Alabama less concerned over law

Birmingham NewsAlabama remains a big spender in court elections

Birmingham NewsConfusion remains over Alabama immigration law

Birmingham NewsJefferson County has $2 billion at stake with no special legislative session

Birmingham NewsRetail recovery in sight for some Birmingham hot spots

Birmingham NewsIt’s not the grave, but what’s left behind that matters

Birmingham NewsJOEY KENNEDY: Alabama can’t ask the federal government to help enforce punitive immigration law

Press-RegisterCharlie Graddick hits the airwaves; Dale Peterson rides again; and more (Political Skinny)

Press-RegisterLong criminal record results in rare prison sentence for oil claims fraud

Press-RegisterState’s intervention in Nodine case was appropriate (editorial)

Press-RegisterLooking at death again, and struggling (Frances Coleman)

Press-RegisterHalloween’s a cash cow that Christians milk, too (Insight)

Press-RegisterBreast cancer survivor shares lessons learned (Insight)

Anniston StarWho can fill Hubbert’s shoes? Very few are even willing to try to replace the AEA chief

Decatur Daily Mary Hunter exceeded her position

Decatur Daily State pays cost of lousy law

Gadsden TimesSenator proposes new ‘DROP’ program

Associated PressDA files letter to withdraw from Ala. slaying case

Associated PressSlain Ala. Marineen#39;s family seeks help to honor him

Los Angeles TimesElection laws tightening in GOP-run states

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.


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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