A New, Easy Way To Let Your Legislator Know You Want Them To VOTE YES on SB84

A New, Easy Way To Let Your Legislator Know You Want Them To VOTE YES on SB84

The American Public Policy Alliance has created a new tool to make it easier for you to let your legislator know you want him/her to VOTE YES on SB84 to keep American Law in American Courts.  Just click here and enter your zip code.  This tool even provides you with exactly what to say when […]

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Tornado Recovery: A Tale of Two Cities

Tornado Recovery: A Tale of Two Cities

David Beito, History Professor at the University of Alabama, and Daniel Smith, Economics Professor at Troy State University, have written an excellent editorialcomparing tornado recovery efforts in Joplin, MO and Tuscaloosa, AL.  The two cities took vastly different approaches to the rebuilding efforts, one relaxing government regulation and one using it as an opportunity to […]

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HB 56 Myths v. Fact

HB 56 Myths v. Fact

The Federation of Americans For Immigration Reform (FAIR) has put together the following fact sheet on Alabama’s new immigration law.  As you can see, much of what the main stream media says about it has little basis in fact.  Before we start to discuss what changes, if any, should be made, it is important to […]

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Brookings Institute Predicts Common Core Will Have Little To No Effect On Student Achievement

Brookings Institute Predicts Common Core Will Have Little To No Effect On Student Achievement

The Brookings Institute has become the latest organization to recognize the uselessness of the Common Core Standards in their recent Brown Center Report on American Education.  Below are a few highlights of the report. Predicting the Effect of the Common Core State Standards on Student Achievement:The Common Core will have little to no effect on […]

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National Education Standards–A Con Game?

National Education Standards–A Con Game?

Jim Stergios has a great column about the con game that is the Common Core Standards Initiative.  The following excerpt is particularly persuasive as most of the people who are writing the Common Core Standards have a record of failing to improve education in their own states… Given the very average and in some cases […]

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Busy Week For House Committees

Busy Week For House Committees

Fresh off spring break, Alabama legislators will jump right in with a committee meeting on the charter school bill(HB541) in House W&ME. The committee will also look at a proposed fix to the PACT program (HB603).  On Wednesday, the House Health Committee will have public hearings on the Healthcare Rights of Conscience Act (HB375), Healthcare […]

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Prescription-Only Is NOT The Answer

Prescription-Only Is NOT The Answer

Legislation has been introduced in Alabama to make all pseudophedrine products available only by prescription.  The reason:  Criminals buy pseudophedrine-based cold medicines in bulk to make methamphetamine or “meth”.  Meth is a highly addictive, life-destroying drug that is rampant across the country.  Sand Mountain in particular is a popular spot for the manufacture of meth, […]

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This Week In The Alabama Legislature

This Week In The Alabama Legislature

Things are rolling along in the Alabama Legislature which is now into the fourth week of the 2012 session.  This week, the House passed a bill (HB243) to increase incentives used to lure the film and television production industry to Alabama.  The goal is to make Alabama more competitive with our neighboring states Georgia, Florida […]

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This Week In The Alabama Legislature

This Week In The Alabama Legislature

We’re entering the third week of the legislative session, and it looks to be a quiet week. The House will take up the texting while driving ban aka “TTYL” bill (HB2) sponsored by Rep. Jim McClendon, Rep. Mac McCutcheon’s legislation adding utility trucks and wreckers to the list of vehicles for which drivers are required […]

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A New Year, New Session, New Opportunities

A New Year, New Session, New Opportunities

Today marks the beginning of the 2012 session of the Alabama Legislature. A new session means opportunities and for Alabama, the opportunities are abundant.  Legislators will have the opportunity to pass meaningful education reform in the form of charter schools.  Basic principles of any market tell us that more competition leads to a higher quality […]

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