GOP Is Poised To Drop DROP This Week

GOP Is Poised To Drop DROP This Week

I’m hearing reports from multiple sources who say the DROP bill will be on the Governor’s desk by Thursday of this week.  The Governor’s proposed budget hinges on the elimination of the DROP program to avoid layoffs.  For a good review of what the DROP program is and why it needs to be repealed, check […]

Filed Under Alabama House, Alabama Senate, Budget, Featured, Legislation, Spending

Legislation Will Bring More Transparency To Open Alabama

Legislation Will Bring More Transparency To Open Alabama

Most states have websites where their state checkbook, budget, etc is posted online. Alabama’s version of that site is called Open Alabama. The problem is that Open Alabama isn’t all that open.  Like the state’s online legislative information system, it is incredibly difficult for the average person to navigate and use.  Most people without a […]

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Legislative Week in Review–Week 1

Legislative Week in Review–Week 1

The Alabama legislature gaveled in at 12 noon on March 1, 2011 with a Republican-controlled House and Senate.  It was a very busy week that followed as the GOP is moving legislation quickly through committee.  Here are some of the key pieces of legislation that came out of committee this week: HB57–Rep. Greg Canfield’s Rolling […]

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Check Out The Video Of AL Government 101

Check Out The Video Of AL Government 101

Here’s the video from Alabama Government 101 for anyone who missed it: Alabama Government 101 Part 1 from Eagle Forum of Alabama on Vimeo. Alabama Government 101 Part 2 from Eagle Forum of Alabama on Vimeo.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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!!

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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 […]

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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 […]

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