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  1. By this standard, Alabama has more corrupt politicians than clean onesRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Dec 14 | Alabama Live

    So it's hard to take any study on corruption seriously when it doesn't have enough data to even include Louisiana. A recent study couldn't say a thing about Louisiana, but shaded it in red, as if to tell you we know it's dirty as the devil, but nobody's talking.


  2. Alabama governor plans bold revenue plan in 2015Read the original story

    Saturday Dec 13 | WAFF-TV Huntsville

    In 2015, Gov. Robert Bentley will propose Alabama's first major revenue-raising package since voters defeated Gov. Bob Riley's $1.2 billion tax package in 2003. Since that defeat, Alabama's General Fund budget has been patched together with borrowed money, federal stimulus funds and other non-recurring revenue.


  3. National View: The problem with punditry, common core and 2016Read the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Dec 9 |

    It's December 2014, and we all know what that means - the news media and politicians are in full 2016 presidential election mode. It's as if the midterms of only a month ago never happened.


  4. Corruption probe leads to deputy AG's resignationRead the original story

    Friday Dec 12 | Washington Times

    Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says a high-ranking deputy attorney general resigned his position after being accused of trying to undermine a government corruption investigation in Lee County. In a letter to his staff, Strange said Henry "Sonny" Reagan formed relationships with people who had an interest in undermining the investigation that ultimately led to House Speaker Mike Hubbard's indictment.


  5. Electronic bingo legality comes down to intent of voters: reader opinionRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Dec 12 | Alabama Live

    What is the intent of the voters when they pass a constitutional amendment? This is the most important question that must be answered by any court when it comes to a legal challenge regarding electronic bingo. It's the one question that should resolve once and for all the legality of electronic bingo in Macon County.


  6. Comparing Auburn Jetgate to UAB football: Confidence in a process, not a presidentRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Dec 11 | Alabama Live

    As the UAB Faculty Senate Tuesday announced a no-confidence motion in President Ray Watts to be debated at a special meeting in January, my mind went back to a similar mess at Auburn my first year on faculty: the 2003 Jetgate scandal that resulted in the resignation of President William Walker -- and a no-confidence vote from the faculty. For Watts, trouble emerged from his decision to eliminate the UAB football program -- a decision made without faculty input and based on a flimsy consultant's report that seemed to confirm a decision already made.


  7. National View: The problem with punditry, common core and 2016Read the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Dec 9 |

    It's December 2014, and we all know what that means - the news media and politicians are in full 2016 presidential election mode. It's as if the midterms of only a month ago never happened.


  8. President Obama's interference screwed up Common Core, former Gov. Bob Riley saysRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Dec 9 | Alabama Live

    Then, President Barack Obama made adoption of the standards a requirement for states to be eligible for federal grant money. In an interview with National Journal , Riley said linking the Race to the Top grant money to the Common Core turned it into a lightning rod for controversy.


  9. Many Alabama Accountability Act scholarships go to students not zoned for failing schoolsRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Dec 8 | Alabama Live

    Republican lawmakers who led the fast-track approval of the Alabama Accountability Act in February 2013 said they wanted to help children stuck in failing public schools. But this school year, many of the private school scholarships given under the law went to students not zoned for failing schools.


  10. A Democrat And A Republican Meet Halfway On Common CoreRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Dec 4 | The Daily Caller

    Scarcely a week goes by without a high-profile politician turning against Common Core, but the standards still have supporters. Those supporters are fighting back.


  11. Gov. Robert Bentley says eliminating deductions not same as raising taxesRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Dec 2 | Alabama Live

    MONTGOMERY, Alabama --- Gov. Robert Bentley said Monday he is opposed to raising taxes but not necessarily to eliminating some deductions, including one that benefits many Alabama families. Bentley said elimination of the deduction allowed on state income taxes for federal taxes paid is one idea under consideration to fix a budget shortfall for next year and address long-term funding needs of state government.


  12. Stay Tuned: Senator Harri ANne Smith at Chamber Headquarters Getting Oath of OfficeRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Dec 1 |

    SENATE DISTRICT 29: Alabama State Senator Harri Anne Smith is at the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce Headquartes to take the oath of office. Senator Smith "hopes" that takin gthe Oath of Office at the Chamber will signal a four year mandate to bring jobs.


  13. Court to hear arguments on Accountability ActRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Nov 29 | Education Week

    The Alabama Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in a challenge to the Alabama Accountability Act. The law provides state income tax credits to help low-income parents cover the cost of private school tuition with priority given to families zoned for schools designated as failing.


  14. Alabama Accountability Act: Is it welfare for private education? School choice? Court to mull argumentsRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Nov 29 | Alabama Live

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. It's been called a lifeline for children in underperforming classrooms.


  15. Gov. Bentley: Alabama in a budget crisisRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Nov 23 | WALA

    Gov. Robert Bentley said he wants to be upfront with voters. The state is facing a budget crisis and fixing it the right way will require changes that some people probably won't like.


  16. This week at progressive states blogs: poor in AL, wage theft in CA, recall winners now losers in CORead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Nov 22 | Daily Kos

    Just as states with progressive lawmakers and activists have themselves initiated innovative programs over a wide range of issues, state-based progressive blogs have helped provide us with a point of view, inside information and often an edgy voice that we just don't get from the traditional media. This week in progressive state blogs is designed specifically to focus attention on the writing and analysis of people focused on their home turf.


  17. Gambling in Alabama: A high-stakes game of political intrigueRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 8, 2014 | The Montgomery Advertiser

    From its earliest days of dog tracks through modern electronic bingo parlors, the story of gambling in Alabama is replete with indisputable facts, fantastic stories, backroom deals, bickering, backstabbing, and dynamic characters who seem to have leapt from the pages of a John Grisham thriller. In September 2008, Milton McGregor, the bombastic owner of VictoryLand, the state's largest casino, was summoned to the governor's office for a lunch.


  18. Mike Hubbard case no witch hunt, says acting AGRead the original story

    Nov 18, 2014 | The Montgomery Advertiser

    Mike Hubbard case no witch hunt, says acting AG W. Van Davis: Indictment of House Speaker came from investigation, not politics Check out this story on The attorney general overseeing charge of prosecuting House Speaker Mike Hubbard Tuesday strongly denied the Auburn Republican's allegations that the prosecution was politically motivated. W. Van Davis, appointed to the case in early 2013 after Alabama attorney general Luther Strange recused himself, said in a statement that the 23 count indictment - alleging Hubbard used his public office for private gain - was "the result of a lengthy, thorough and lawfully conducted grand jury investigation - not a 'political witch hunt.'


  19. Legislative quiet doesn't mean legislative ease: guest opinionRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 16, 2014 | Alabama Live

    For watchers of the Alabama Legislature, it's almost stunning what a difference four years makes. For incoming state Rep. Chris Pringle of Mobile, it might seem mystifying to see the difference twelve years make.


  20. Baldwin County District Court Judge Michelle Thomason gets blowout winRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 4, 2014 | Alabama Live

    Fairhope resident Michelle Thomason cruised to victory Tuesday in the race for her Baldwin County Place 1 District Court judge seat. The 50-year-old incumbent judge defeated attorney Ginger Poynter, 46, of Daphne.