Governor-Elect Bentley and AG-Elect Strange Release Statement on Gambling

Governor-Elect Bentley and AG-Elect Strange Release Statement on Gambling

Today, Governor-Elect Robert Bentley and Attorney General-Elect Luther Strange released the following statement on Governor Riley’s Gambling Task Force: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –Revised to correct a typographical error– December 29, 2010 Contact: Jessica Garrison on behalf of Bentley and Strange, 205-568-4371 Governor-Elect Bentley to Assign Gambling Task Force to AG-Elect Strange Bentley, Strange Issue Joint […]

Filed Under Alabama House, Alabama Senate, Legislation

Alabama’s Pension Problems Get National Attention

Alabama’s Pension Problems Get National Attention

For the last few months, we’ve been writing about the problems Alabama’s pension system is facing.  Now, those problems are getting some national attention.  On December 22, the New York Times ran a story about Prichard, AL and its failed pension system.  For once, the NYT got something right–Prichard’s situation is a dire warning to […]

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FCC Passes Net Neutrality Rules

FCC Passes Net Neutrality Rules

A week ago today, the FCC voted 3-2 along partisan lines to implement new net neutrality regulations.  This is the first time the internet has been subject to regulation by the federal government, and it’s a huge win for left-wing activist groups.  Opposition to the rules was bipartisan in nature and overwhelming.  Over 300 House […]

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Public vs. Private Retirement

Public vs. Private Retirement

The New York Post’s Josh Barro and E.J. McMahon highlight the vast differences between public and private retirement plans.  They find public sector retirees on the winning end.  Defenders of public employee pension plans say the average public pension system isn’t that generous, but: The data, however, tells a different story. According to the Census […]

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AL House Passes Check-Off Bill In The Wee Hours Of The Morning

AL House Passes Check-Off Bill In The Wee Hours Of The Morning

The Alabama House of Representatives gaveled in at 10:00 am yesterday morning, and a Democrat filibuster of SB 2 almost automatically ensued.  15 hours later Republicans broke the filibuster, and passed SB 2 by a vote of 52-49.  Thirteen Republicans, including the three who recently switch parties, broke ranks and voted with the Democrats against […]

Filed Under Alabama House, Legislation

Stop Taxpayer Funded Deduction of Political Dues

Stop Taxpayer Funded Deduction of Political Dues

For many years, Democrat led legislatures have forced taxpayers to pick up the tab when state employees and education workers have dues automatically deducted from their paycheck and sent to their unions.  Those deductions go to union PACs and organizations to fund political activities.  The cost of providing this service is a whopping $2,500,000 a […]

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Federal Judge Rules Obamacare Unconstitutional

Federal Judge Rules Obamacare Unconstitutional

Today Judge Henry E. Hudson ruled that the individual mandate to buy health insurance is unconstitutional, saying that it “exceeds the constitutional boundaries of congressional power.”  The suit was brought by VA Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli who argued that the individual mandate was an unconstitutional expansion of the Commerce Clause. The White House dismissed the […]

Filed Under Health Care, Legislation

Eagle Forum of Alabama Statement on the Beason Substitute Bill

Eagle Forum of Alabama Statement on the Beason Substitute Bill

Eagle Forum is one of many organizations that have voiced the need for ethics reform in Alabama.  Recent accusations of government malfeasance and misconduct have underscored the need for reform.  Unfortunately for many years that has been a lost cause; but the events on November 2, 2010 gave the concept fresh legs when voters in […]

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Does Taxing the Wealthy Help or Hurt the Economy?

Does Taxing the Wealthy Help or Hurt the Economy?

Peter Schiff debates Robert Creamer (Huffington Post) on taxes and the economy, and solutions to our current economic situation.  Debate is in 3 parts.

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Obamacare, the Commerce Clause, and the U.S. Constitution

Obamacare, the Commerce Clause, and the U.S. Constitution

Peter Suderman has a good article over at Reason on yesterday’s ruling in the Virginia lawsuit challenging Obamacare.  Essentially, the Court said you don’t actually have to be engaged in commerce for your choices to be regulated under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. As he correctly points out, this analysis is a recipe for […]

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