Start of the 2011 Legislative Session

Start of the 2011 Legislative Session

The Alabama Legislature will gavel in tomorrow at 12 noon.  Here’s a preview of what you can expect during this session: The 2011 legislative session can be summed up in one word–Budget.  It’s all about the budget this year.  Revenue shortfalls and the loss of federal stimulus money have led to serious budget woes for […]

Filed Under Alabama House, Alabama Senate, Legislation

Senator Calls For More Transparency in Campaign Finance

Senator Calls For More Transparency in Campaign Finance

Senator Cam Ward has a great article at Doc’s Political Parlor describing legislation to bring more transparency to campaign finance in this state.  Currently campaign finance reports are filed by mail or in person and scanned copies are available online.  As Cam points out, this makes searching them impossible. Under this legislation, once a campaign […]

Filed Under Alabama Senate, Legislation

Heritage on National Standards: Big Expense; Very Little Value

Heritage on National Standards: Big Expense; Very Little Value

Heritage’s Lindsey Burke has written a web memo on national standards which is up today. She makes the case that the implementation of national standards comes at a great expense and results in very little value.  She has a good guide to spending on standards and assessment systems by states: The budgetary impact of jettisoning […]

Filed Under Education

Teen Eagle Enters CSPAN StudentCam Documentary Competition

Teen Eagle Enters CSPAN StudentCam Documentary Competition

One of our very talented Teen Eagles, Nathan Little, has submitted a video for consideration in CSPAN’s StudentCam Documentary Competition.  It’s a great video and we wish Nathan the best of luck!!

Filed Under Media, Teen Eagles

House Votes To Defund Planned Parenthood

House Votes To Defund Planned Parenthood

Last Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on an amendment to the budget that defunded Planned Parenthood.  That amendment passed by a vote of 240-185.  The New York Daily News has a good recap: The amendment was part of a bill to cut $61 billion from hundreds of federal programs, which passed in the […]

Filed Under Abortion, US House

Electronic Bingo Machines Leave Alabama

Electronic Bingo Machines Leave Alabama

Attorney General Luther Strange got a big win in the fight against gambling–he’s reached an agreement with the gaming equipment companies to pull their electronic bingo machines out of Alabama. Strange told the Birmingham News, “I hope this is the beginning of the end. I don’t know how the casino owners will react, but the […]

Filed Under Gambling

Don’t Be Fooled By Article V Conventions

Don’t Be Fooled By Article V Conventions

Great article by Matthew Spaulding over at Heritage on why constitutional amendment conventions are not necessary to fix our problems. Stemming from that analysis, and taking into consideration the circumstances under which we are now operating, we have come to the conclusion that an Article V convention is not the answer to our problems.  The […]

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Tell Congress To Cut The Full $100 Billion

Tell Congress To Cut The Full $100 Billion

Call and encourage House Republicans to fulfill their promise to cut $100 billion from the budget. Rep. Jim Jordan has offered an amendment to cull an additional $20 billion from the budget in order to achieve the full $100 billion in non-security cuts the Republicans promised in their Pledge to America.  The House of Representatives […]

Filed Under Budget, US House

AG Luther Strange Comments on Indian Gaming Rules

AG Luther Strange Comments on Indian Gaming Rules

Alabama’s Attorney General Luther Strange submitted comments in response to a comprehensive review done by the National Indian Gaming Commission regarding standards and regulations of electronic bingo on tribal lands.  Those comments can be found here:   Letter to National Indian Gaming Commission. Strange had previously taken a strong stand against illegal gambling in a joint […]

Filed Under Alabama House, Alabama Senate, Gambling

Jon Karl Uses 10,000 Pennies To Explain The Budget

Jon Karl Uses 10,000 Pennies To Explain The Budget

This short video is a great explanation of President Obama’s proposed budget compared to the Republican’s proposed budget.  Hint:  Neither goes far enough….

Filed Under Spending