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2018 Alabama General Election Constitutional Amendments

BALLOT STATEMENT FOR STATEWIDE AMENDMENT #1
“Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, providing for certain religious rights and liberties; authorizing the display of the Ten Commandments on state property and property owned or administrated by a public school or public body; and prohibiting the expenditure of public funds in defense of the constitutionality of this amendment
Yes ( ) No ( )”

Our state constitution has strong language related to religious liberty, but this amendment makes clear that a person’s religious beliefs will have no effect on his or her civil or political rights. It also makes clear that the Ten Commandments may be displayed on public property so long as the display meets constitutional requirements, such as being displayed along with historical or educational items. Amendment 1 also provides that no public funds may be used to defend this amendment in court, so funds for its defense would have to come from private sources.

BALLOT STATEMENT FOR STATEWIDE AMENDMENT #2
“Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended; to declare and otherwise affirm that it is the public policy of this state to recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children, most importantly the right to life in all manners and measures appropriate and lawful; and to provide that the constitution of this state does not protect the right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.
Yes ( ) No ( )

Amendment 2 provides that it would be the public policy of the state to recognize and support the importance of unborn life and the rights of unborn children, including the right to life; and to protect the rights of unborn children. Additionally, the amendment would make clear that the state constitution does not include a right to abortion or require the funding of an abortion using public funds. This also may be considered to be a preemptive measure such that if or when Roe vs Wade is overturned and the issue returned to the states, this amendment would provide a legal framework for abortion to be declared illegal in Alabama.

BALLOT STATEMENT FOR STATEWIDE AMENDMENT #3
“Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, relating to the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama, to specify that the congressional districts from which members are appointed continue to reflect those as constituted on January 1, 2018, to remove the State Superintendent of Education from membership, and to delete the requirement that members vacate office at the annual meeting of the board following their seventieth birthday.”
Yes ( ) No ( )

Under current law, the University of Alabama Board of Trustees is composed of 16 people: three members from the congressional district in which the Tuscaloosa campus is located, two members from each of the other six congressional districts in the state, the Governor, and the State Superintendent of Education. So, if the number of congressional districts in Alabama increased or decreased in the future, the number of trustees would also increase or decrease. Additionally, other than the Governor and the State Superintendent of Education, current law requires a trustee to retire from the board following his or her seventieth birthday.

Amendment 3 does three things. First, it provides that the board will be composed of members from congressional districts as those districts existed on January 1, 2018, meaning any future changes to the number of congressional districts in Alabama would not impact the number of board members. Second, it removes the State Superintendent of Education from automatically having a seat on the board. Third, it allows a trustee to serve after his or her seventieth birthday.

BALLOT STATEMENT FOR STATEWIDE AMENDMENT #4
“Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to provide that, if a vacancy in either the House of Representatives or the Senate occurs on or after October 1 of the third year of a quadrennium, the seat would remain vacant until a successor is elected at the next succeeding general election.”
Yes ( ) No ( )

Under current law, members of the state legislature are elected to four-year terms of office that begin and end on Election Day in November. This four-year period is known as a quadrennium. When a person who was elected to serve in the state legislature is unable to complete his or her term, a vacancy is created. When this vacancy occurs, the Governor is required to schedule a special election. The winner of the special election fills the vacancy for the rest of the term.
Amendment 4 provides that when a vacancy occurs in the state legislature on or after October 1 of year three of the four-year term, the seat will remain vacant until the next general election, which occurs in November of the fourth year of the term.

The practical application of this amendment is that if a special election is called after October 1, by the time the Governor calls the election, the party qualification process takes place, the primary elections are held and then the general election is held, the winner would not be in office until the last days of the session or even after the Legislative session is over for the 4th year of the quadrennium, then the whole process , must be repeated for the upcoming November election. Thus, this amendment would save the state the costs of these special elections.

SHELBY COUNTY LOCAL AMENDMENT
PROPOSED LOCAL AMENDMENT NUMBER ONE (1) Relating to Shelby County, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to require that the members of the county board of education and the county superintendent of education be elected by the qualified electors of the county residing outside of the corporate limits of any city with a separate board of education.
Yes ( ) No ( )
If this amendment passes, only those voters who reside is areas covered by the Shelby County School System will vote on members of the Shelby County Board of Election.

 

 

Common Core Supporters Offer Yet Another Sad Defense of Failed Standards by Jane Robbins

Proponents of the failed and destructive Common Core experiment refuse to let it go. Bill Gates, who funded a large chunk of Common Core development and marketing despite knowing essentially nothing about education, has yet to admit that it simply didn’t work out. Gates apparently believes there’s nothing wrong with Common Core that more of his money and invaluable guidance can’t fix.   Read more…

State Senate and State Wide Candidate Questionnaire Responses

Attorney General Candidates

Chess Bedsole, Attorney General Candidate                              

 State Senate Candidates

Paul Bussman, State Senate Candidate for District 4

Sam Givhan, State Senate Candidate for District 7

Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries

Cecil Murphy,  Candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries 

Rick Pate, Candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries

Secretary of State Candidates

John Merrill, Secretary of State Candidate

State Treasurer Candidates

Stephen Evans, State Treasurer Candidate

State Auditor Candidates

Elliot Owen Lipinsky, State Auditor Candidate

Jim Zeigler, State Auditor Candidate 

 

 

 

Alabama State Board of Education Candidate Questionnaire Responses

Wayne Reynolds, Alabama State Board of Education Questionnaire Response

Don Wallace Candidate Questionnaire Response

S. Little Eagle Forum 2018 School Board Candidate Questionnaire

Jessica Fortune Barker, Eagle Forum of Alabama State Board of Education Questionnaire

John Taylor, 2018 School Board Candidate Questionnaire

A Night in the Woods with Phil Robertson

 

Join Eagle Forum of Alabama for a Night “In the Woods with Phil” on January 22, 2018 at The Club in Birmingham. The 2018 Eagle Forum of Alabama Education Foundation Banquet proceeds will support the educational efforts of the Eagle Forum of Alabama Education Foundation.   Phil Robertson will be starring  on CRTV’s new show “In the Woods with Phil”.  Phil Robertson has been an outspoken critic of political correctness during his time on A&E’s hit show “Duck Dynasty”.  Reserve your table or seats today before they are gone! Check out Phil’s recent speech at Values Voter Summit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWVm_N8b03k&t=42s

Registration

You can register now by mailing in your tax deductible payment today.  Your check of $150 per ticket or $1,250 for each table should be mailed to the Eagle Forum of Alabama Education Foundation.  Each table seats ten.  Be sure to include the names of those attending with registration payment for the banquet .  All checks must be mailed to 4200 Stone River Circle, Birmingham, AL 35213 and marked “banquet attending” if you are registering for the banquet. If you would like to make a general donation to the foundation by supporting the banquet mark “banquet donation” on the check.

Register Online – Click the Banner below to Buy Tickets

 

Banquet Schedule

The reception begins at 5:30 PM.  Seating for the banquet will begin at 6:00 PM. The banquet begins at 6:30 PM.

Sponsor the Eagle Forum of Alabama Education Foundation Banquet!

Promote your business or organization by making a tax deductible contribution to the important work of the Education Foundation.  Sponsors will enjoy a special gathering with Phil Robertson and photograph with him.  Each sponsorship includes a table of ten and two tickets to special gathering with Phil. For more details on the sponsorship benefits and opportunities contact our office today at (205) 879-7096.

Silver Sponsorship $2,500

Two tickets to a special gathering with Phil Robertson before banquet. Photograph with Phil Robertson and a reserved table for the banquet.

Gold Sponsorship $5,000

Three tickets to the special gathering with Phil Robertson before banquet. Photograph with Phil Robertson and a reserved table for the banquet plus more.

Platinum Sponsorship $10,000

Four tickets to a special gathering with Phil Robertson before banquet. Photograph with Phil Robertson and a reserved table for the banquet plus more.

 

New Panama City, FL Eagle Forum Chapter

Announcement:

Sharman Ramsey is a Dothan native and President of the newly formed Panama City, Florida Eagle Forum Chapter.

See her below with Eunie Smith (Eagle Forum National President and President of Eagle Forum of Alabama) and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Problems with Governor Bentley’s Alabama Prison Transformation Act

Problems with the Governors $800MM plan:

·        It does not follow the Competitive Bid Law; authorizes No Bid Contracts.

O The competitive bid law is in place to protect taxpayers’ dollars and protect against coercion and collusion.  Competitively bidding all public works projects is the law in Alabama and it provides the best price with the job completed on time and brings transparency in the use of tax payers dollars. It’s the taxpayers’ method of comparative shoppingAny construction on prisons must be bid competitively  using sealed bids opened publicly.

·         The funding for this prison project is extremely concerning.

O The $800 Million Alabama Prison Transformation Initiative Act would ultimately cost at least $1.5 billion and would create a bond debt that Alabamians will be paying on for 30 years and in perpetuity if the Governor sees fit.  

O The prison bill calls for Gov. Robert Bentley [and future Governors] and two of his appointed cabinet members to have full authority—by statute—to not only borrow $800 million for his ambitious prison plans but to keep it from public review, thus giving the Governor carte blanche with no real oversight.  The use of a lease revenue bond will stop the public from voicing its opinion on borrowing the money while keeping the almost one billion dollars borrowed off the books and in the hands of a very small group.

·         It moves prisons out of the communities that have invested in them and rely on them for employment.

o The investments in infrastructure made by communities with prisons to sustain those prisons were leveraged based on the service provided to the prison system.  If they lose these prisons the debt service will still have to be paid by citizens through increased utility rates or local taxes.  These are the same citizens who will be losing their jobs. 

O The loss of direct and indirect jobs would create a negative economic impact on communities that is so significant that it would take many years to recover.

·         The enormous cost that will not solve the prison-overcrowding problem or health care problems.

O Sentencing reform passed in 2013 has already started reducing the inmate population from 27,000 before the reforms to 23,000 today. The Bentley plan would only accommodate a total of 16,000 inmates, and in five years the system will still be at 125% capacity. Why not just build one additional prison to specifically address the overcrowding needs?

O There are 4 prisons that were built after the 1990’s: Bullock, Ventress, Easterling, Bibb.  Bibb was built in 1998.  It is difficult to argue that these structures are in need of replacement.

O Why have we not already purchased the private Perry County facility which would hold 800 inmates and for which bond money was legislated in 2010 under Gov. Riley.  Almost 7 years later, nothing has been done to buy it and lower occupancy elsewhere.  This Perry County facility would hold 800 inmates.

O The Governor says the debt will be paid through savings by reducing the hours and numbers of correctional officers. However, the prisons are already severely short on correctional officers.    

O The immediate need is for increased expenditures on medical care and mental health care, not overcrowding.  This bill does not address these medical needs, yet this is the issue about which the courts have expressed concern.

 

Recommendations:

·         Place inmates in City and County jails to relieve immediate overcrowding.

·         Buy the Perry County Facility.

·         Make the necessary renovations to existing facilities and bid the work out.  Once the renovations are competitively bid, the price will probably be less than current projections.

·         If necessary, build one new facility following the competitive bid law.  It is the law.

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Eagle Forum of Alabama Education Foundation Banquet Photographs

Banquet guests had the great opportunity to hear and meet special speakers Michael Reagan and Associate Justice Glenn Murdock during the reception at the banquet. Click on this link https://flic.kr/s/aHskPUhqdi to see photographs from the banquet at The Club now! Share your photos on Facebook and tag @Eagle Forum of Alabama. Make sure to not miss upcoming Eagle Forum of Alabama events and breaking policy updates by signing up for alerts and membership today at alabamaeagle.org.

 

 

 

AL House of Representatives passes resolution mourning the death, celebrating the life of Phyllis Schlafly

Eagle Forum of Alabama would like to thank Representative Arnold Mooney for his sponsorship of Alabama House Resolution mourning the death and celebrating the life of Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly.  Phyllis passed away on Monday, September 5, 2016.

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