Almost lost amid the sound & fury of news coverage of Rep. Alvin Holmes' remark about race and abortion is the fact that our legislators wasted hours debating & passing a package of bills that will do nothing positive for the state. In fact, they're setting up the state to incur even more legal costs as opponents challenge bills like the "fetal heartbeat" bill that outlaws any abortion after a heartbeat is detected - often before a woman even realizes she is pregnant.
The law would allow abortions when prenatal anomalies would end with a stillbirth, but the law makes no exception for victims of rape and incest.
"I just don't think that gives her the right to kill," McClurkin said. [...]
The debate quickly turned to race after McClurkin said that she hoped Roe v. Wade would be overturned and she compared her efforts to that of Brown v. the Board of Education, which ruled segregation of schools unconstitutional.
Ok y'all. We expect Nordgren to say stupid things: she's a malaprop machine and I, for one, love her for it. With every speech, every bill, she gives fodder for blog posts and socks the GOP with another black eye. But Democrats, let's NOT try to match her statement for statement!
Congratulations to Rep. Holmes for handing Republicans a great big issue to whine about - and one that takes the public's focus on the bills that sailed through the House yesterday.
For instance, Rep. Patricia Todd's amendment to HB489 was tabled:
Today I offered an amendment to HB489, which extends the waiting period for an abortion to 48 hours, to provide one million dollars to DHR to promote adoptions in Alabama and one million dollars to the Department of Public Health for comprehensive sex education. This amendment was tabled, but I will continue to work to give real options to women facing an unplanned pregnancy.
First, there's absolutely no medical reason to force a woman to travel to a clinic for an appointment on Monday, then require her to make another trip 2 days later to receive medical care that she's legally entitled to obtain. Newsflash, legislators.... women don't decide on a whim to terminate a pregnancy. Nobody leaves the mall disgruntled because she's gone up a skirt size and impulsively heads straight to the local clinic for an abortion.
The idea that a woman seeking an abortion hasn't already given it serious thought infantalizes women. And the fact that the majority wouldn't even consider an amendment that would make adoptions easier and help prevent unplanned pregnancies in the first place tell us everything we need to know about the real intent of this bill.
The conditions and culture that exist at Tutwiler are horrific ,inexcusable, unacceptable - I am not sure there is any adjective or combination thereof, adequate to describe the revulsion at what has occurred there for so long.
But there is another prison problem looming, one which might affect every citizen in this state.
Currently Alabama prisons stand at 187% capacity. To put it another way, prisons built to hold appx 14,000 inmates now hold closer to 26,000.
Recently Federal Courts ordered the State of California to release inmates to bring their prison population down to 137% of capacity. The Alabama legislature is frightened that adding the overcrowding to the Tutwiler could result in a Federal Court either ordering the release of large numbers of inmates or requiring expenditures of huge sums to upgrade prisons or both.
Of course, the go-to guy in Madison County for outrageous quotes is Hugh McInnish, who serves on the Madison County Committee & state Republican Committee when he isn't pushing birther conspiracy theories & sharing his novel views on education. Truly, the guy is really, really busy look looking infiltrators, immigrants, and other undesirables. And he's finding them among fellow Republicans.
Mary Scott Hunter this afternoon survived a "false flag" challenge, as the Alabama GOP rejected a petition to yank Hunter's name from the Republican ballot.
Two members of the Alabama Republican Executive Committee -- Hugh McInnish and Dean Johnson -- argued that Hunter had run for office as a Republican, but as of late had taken up the "Democrat and Liberal standard." At issue was support of Common Core.
Many of us who watch the Alabama GOP closely are surprised by McInnish's allegation that his party is a hotbed of Democrats and Liberals. His explanation for this a tiny nugget buried in the article, but surely worth mentioning:
Back in Alabama, Hugh McInnish, a retired engineer and a conservative activist who voted to censure school board member Hunter, worries that people who in a more liberal state would be Democrats are diluting Alabama’s Republican Party. “It’s fair to say that in Alabama, the Democratic Party is the black party and the Republican Party is the white party,” he says. “Almost anyone [white] who wants to seek political office has got to run as a Republican. We now have all of the old Democrats saying, ‘I want to be a Republican,’ and they are not.”
Trust old Hugh to explain any and every issue in "black and white" terms. If there's ever a nationwide shortage of aluminium, it will be because Hugh McInnish is stockpiling it to make his tinfoil hats.
Welcome to Alabama, where guns & ammo are taxed at a lower rate than food. It's an "Independence Day treat" brought to you by Rep. Becky Nordgren of Gadsden - a woman so clueless about the the nation's founding documents that she thinks a sales tax holiday for guns is an appropriate July 4th activity.
Did I miss some important component of the Declaration? Nordgren & her fellow paranoiacs are always foaming at the mouth about the 2nd Amendment & 10th Amendment - both part of the Bill of Rights, which was ratified and became an official part of the Constitution on December 15, 1791.
But July 4th - Independence Day - celebrates the Declaration of Independence. It's a document that I view reventially, particuarly the last statement of risk & courage where the signers "mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fotunes, and our sacred honor..." The only places in the text that "gun" is mentioned is part of the word "begun."
But there's nothing honorable about this sort of doofus pandering. We live in a state that can't find the money to remove the sales tax on food - but taking the sales tax off guns? Splendid idea!
Why? Because....Obama... Jesus....liberals.... and - did we say, OBAMA?
“The anti-gun agenda being pursued by Barack Obama, Congressional Democrats, and other D.C. liberals has caused the cost of firearms and ammunition to skyrocket, and Alabamians, who embrace guns by long-standing tradition, deserve some relief,” Nordgren said in a news release.
“Holding a firearms sales tax holiday at the anniversary of our nation’s birth is the perfect way to celebrate the rights and independence that we hold close to our hearts as Americans.”
Because President Obama is SO coming for your guns, right? That's why so many "jack-booted thugs" have tromped through the domiciles of helplesss Alabama gun owners during the past 5 years.
The only good thing about this bill is that SO FAR it has no Democratic co-sponsors.
Rep. Nordgren is also the sponsor of another of this year's dreadful bills: HB31, the so-called "conscience bill" that lets health care workers opt-out of any procedure related to women's reproductive health. Where's the "Gun Store Employee Right of Conscience Bill" that protects workers with "religious, ethical, or moral objections" to selling firearms to anybody who wanders up? And don't even note that people with objections to that practice could get a job elsewhere, because... so could pharmacists, technicians, doctors, nurses, and anyone else who chooses to work in the health care field.
Don't hold your breath on that one. Could be that Rep. Nordgren already tried that - and look what's happened.
(It's been such a depressing week in Alabama.... - promoted by countrycat)
I am no writer, but this is a story that needs to be told. It is a story of how a pipeline company has obtained the right to place a toxic crude oil pipeline through the only approved source of drinking water for thousands of citizens in both Mobile and Baldwin counties.
Our story begins in Nov. 2012 when I, along with several other activists, learned of a plan for Plains SouthCap to build for a heated pipeline under the Mobile River to transport Canadian Tar sands. The Canadian National railway would bring into the City of Mobile, offload into the pipeline, and pump it under the Mobile River to a tank Farm on the east side of the river. We learned about this project during the Fall Retreat for the Alabama Sierra Club at Camp Beckwith in Fairhope AL when David Underhill, who heads the Mobile Bay Sierra Club environmental planning committee, noticed an article in the Mobile Press Register by Ben Raines.
In this article, Mobile Baykeeper, Casi Callaway, talked about the project and how she had seen the plans for the pipeline back in 2011, and that the Baykeepers approved of them. At the time we all wondered why the Baykeepers had kept this from other environmental groups who might have objected to the plans, but we had bigger fish to fry.
Kimberly McCuiston, Mr. Underhill, and I started digging.
That is when we discovered that there were also plans by Plains to build a 41 mile long pipeline that would originate at Ten Mile Terminal in Mobile, Al. and run the 41 miles to the Chevron Refinery in Pascagoula Ms. We believed this pipeline would transport Tar Sands as well.
We began researching, and found that the Public Service Commission had approved the plans in 2011 and granted the company the power of Eminent Domain. In addition, the Army Corp. of Engineers had granted Plains SouthCap (which at the time was an LLC operating under the parent company Plains All American out of Houston, TX) a nationwide permit.
The problem with a nationwide permit is that it allows the pipeline company to build their pipeline without doing the proper environmental studies. This was all done without the benefit of public hearings in the Mobile area, but rather a small notice was run in the paper, and the hearing was held at the PSC office in Montgomery. No one knew about the hearing, no one was able to object, and the company was given the right to build the pipeline.
We ran into a problem once we started trying to track down the actual pipeline route because Plains had not publically released the map of the route. Once again I started digging into the documents and with the use of Google Earth estimated the start and end points of the pipeline mapped the route, which took it directly through Big Creek Lake - the Municipal drinking water supply for an estimated 250,000 people. Shortly after I mapped the route, Plains released the actual route and my projections were on the money.
What I and others didn't realize at the time was that much of this pipeline was already constructed, and MAWSS land was pretty much all they lacked to complete. We also learned that Plains at the time actually did not have the legal right as an LLC under Alabama law to assert eminent domain, regardless of what the PSC had stated previously to them. By this time however, it was too late for many people as they had been bullied and threatened by the company into either selling or having their property condemned and taken by Plains.
We only learned of the rule governing eminent domain and LLC's after the Mobile Area Water & Sewer System filed a suit to block Plains from condemning their land in the watershed. The judge first ruled in favor of Plains, and then later reversed his decision citing that in fact Plains did not as an LLC have the power to use eminent domain under Alabama Law. This time I, along with several others, had already launched a campaign to educate the public. The Mobile Bay Sierra Club held public forums as well as protests at the lake and in front of Mobile's Government Plaza. We marched through downtown Mobile in the pouring rain in an effort to raise awareness.
The controversy raged through the mayoral election. Sandy Stimpson, who was running against incumbent mayor Sam Jones, circulated a petition stating his opposition to the pipeline, citing threats to Mobile's drinking water. Stimpson was elected Mayor of Mobile in November 2013, but to date, he has yet to issue any stateement objecting to the pipeline.
Shortly after the election, Attorney Jarrod White filed papers needed for Plains to become a Corporation. In Dec. 2013, Plains filed an appeal of the earlier judge’s decision asserting that they were now a Corporation, and as such had the right under Alabama law to assert the Power of Eminent Domain originally granted them by the PSC in 2011.
The judge agreed and the legal wrangling commenced.
In January of this year, the judge ruled in favor of Plains stating that they could indeed condemn the 4000 feet of land inside the Big Creek Lake watershed and place the crude oil pipeline 90 ft. below the surface of the lake. Remember: this is the only approved drinking water source for 250,000 people.
The 90-foot depth of the pipelines leaves little hope of effective monitoring: if/whn it ruptures, the water supply will be completely contaminated before the oil reaches the surface and before anyone realizes there's a problem. Can you say "West Virginia?"
You know how Republicans say they're against "big government" & we should "return power to the states?" Well, the Alabama Legislature neglects to mention that they want power to stop at the state level. Certainly, we can't have those pesky city and county governments regulating... well.... pretty much anything.
The latest manifestation of that is ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) member Rep. Jack Williams' bill - HB360. It prohibits Alabama local governments from requiring employers within their jurisdication to offer any sort of paid sick leave, vacation time, or leave that's not already mandated by the federal government.
It's one of the few 2014 session bills that doesn't have some fancy, misleading title, so let's offer a couple:
The Go to Work Sick Act of 2014
The Spread Disease to Restaurant Patrons Act
The Take Your Child To Day Care Sick Act
The Give Your Boss The Flu Act
How many of us have had co-workers who insisted on coming to work sick bragged about it, like it's some badge of honor to spread germs through the office instead of taking a day of sick leave? Well, a lot of people go to work sick because they have no choice, and that's nothing for anyone to brag about.
And then there are the parents who dose sick children with decongestants, fever-reducing drugs, etc. and drop them at day care or school because the parent can't afford to lose a day's pay - or be fired like this Chicago Whole Foods worker.
Lack of sick leave puts workers and customers at risk. Productivity declines, and the lives of low-wage workers are even more stressful and unstable. Do you stay home with your sick child and risk losing your job - and managing the cascading effects that come with unemployment? Do you go to work sick and sniffle your way food prep in the restaurant kitchen or go to the doctor instead - losing a day's pay and possibly your job if your boss is a jerk. As a customer, do you want to eat in that restaurant?
The bill passed the Alabama House by a vote of 84-9 on Feb. 18. Democrats voting in favor included: Attorney General candidate Joe Hubbard & House Minority Leader Craig Ford.
Yesterday, the bill passed the Senate Committee on Business & Labor by a 4-0 vote. The eight members of that committee consist of 5 Republicans and 3 Democrats. The Democrats can always be outvoted, but what's up with not voting at all?
At times like this, you can't tell the Democrats from the Republicans even with a scorecard! This bill puts one more nail in the "home rule" coffin, and it's a bi-partisan effort. Is it any wonder at all that many Alabama rank & file Democrats are dissatisfied with party leadership?
Two thirds of workers at the bottom 25% of the pay scale -- the country's lowest earners -- do not receive paid time off for illness, according to a Labor Department report this year. Three quarters of part time employees are not paid when they miss work due to illness.
Sadly, I've come to expect most GOP legislators in Alabama to be callous, indifferent, and often just downright mean. But, hello... calling all Democrats..... Aren't these the hardworking people that we're supposed to be out fighting for? Not in the Alabama Legislature, apparently.
Yes, Alabama, we can't have nice things because of this sort of idiocy. Just in case you thought the House floor debate on the Ten Commandments bill was the height of stupidity, Senator Trip Pittman tripped all over himself to lower the bar even more:
However, Sen. Trip Pittman, R-Daphne, said the value of the Ten Commandments can be seen in the people who have followed them.
"And how do we know that? Because the people who have followed those commandments have inhabited most of the world," he said. "They have procreated. They have remained healthy. They have respected private property. They haven't borne false witness, which is now rampant on the Internet and caused all kinds of tragedies."
For Pittman, that value is secondary to the bill's constitutionality.
ummmm.... the Big Ten appear in the Jewish Bible, so is he complimenting Jews or noting that, if we'd only behaved better, that whole Inquisition and Holocaust stuff might never have happened? Or has we simply neglected to consider that there are other religions in the world - heck, in the state - besides his version of Christianity?
And isn't it thrilling to have a state senator proudly proclaim that his religious beliefs are more important than the oath he took as a legislator:
"I,.........., solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be) that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the State of Alabama, so long as I continue a citizen thereof; and that I will faithfully and honestly discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter, to the best of my ability. So help me God."
Um... Senator Pittman.... looks like "bearing false witness" is "rampant" in the Alabama Legislature too! It might be a good idea to go back and study those Ten Commandments that you claim to hold in such high esteem. That, or remember that your consituents elected you to do the work of the state, not the work of the Church.
Former Congressman and political chameleon Parker Griffith is the featured speaker next Thursday (March 6) at the Downtown Democrats monthly lunch meeting. The club asks that you make your reservation ASAP "because we're expecting a big crowd."
The meeting is at the Harbert Center. Lunch cost is $20. The meeting begins at noon, but get there early if possible so you have time to check in, get your food, and find a seat before the meeting begins.
The Downtown Dems meetings are always a great event; the venue is exceptional, the food tasty, and the company superb.
And this meeting - with Parker Griffith no doubt facing skepticism & some tough questions about his recent political transformation - should be a doozy.
Make your reservation by email to email@example.com
In 2010, LIA set up a Facebook page that has become a lively community of over 5,000 people. But my daughter has bugged me for over a year about also creating an LIA presence on Tumblr, the micro-blog platform that's popular with college students & other "young uns."
Just when you thought it was safe to look away from the uterati trainwreck that's the current Alabama Legislative session, Senator Shadrack McGill strides onto the scene with a "personhood" bill (SB414 - PDF). Hold on to your eyes so they don't roll out of your head. He (or someone literate enough to actually author a bill) defines a zygote as a full person from the moment of fertilization.
This bill would define the term "persons" to include all human beings resulting from the union of the male sperm with the female egg either from sexual intercourse or in the case of in vitro fertilization, the fertilized egg or eggs relied on by a physician for implantation in the uterus.
So that means, from the moment of conception, an egg with fewer than a hundred cells has the same legal and civil rights as... well.... your average male in Alabama. Those cells better enjoy their status, because, at birth, if they have two X chromosomes, they'll find themselves subject to the whims of Alabama Legislators who can barely spell "chromosome," much less legislate effectively on medical matters.
Like your current birth control pills? This law may outlaw them.
Find the IUD to be a reliable, non-hormonal method of birth control? Forget it, sister.
Desperately want to have a child, but stymied by fertility problems of either you or your spouse? Hope you want a litter, because all those eggs need a home, hon.
State Senator Shadrack McGill, himself a graduate of "Quack University," has a long and sordid history with "ladyparts legislation." One of his legislative goals from the 2013 session was to proscribe how infertility doctors could conduct their practice:
Among those goals, said state Sen. Shadrack McGill, is strengthening the state's definition of the beginning of life to state that life begins at conception, even if that conception occurs in a laboratory.
"We need to let physicians know: Any eggs that are fertilized need to be placed in a mother's womb," McGill said. "And another thing: People say it's a woman's body and she has a right to kill the life inside of her womb. But she can't ask the abortionist to kill her, too. Our laws protect you from your own self."
In case this bill sound all-so-dreadfully familiar... it is. The same extremist legislation has been defeated in other states, including MISSISSIPPI! Obviously, McGill has forgotten that Alabama's unofficial state motto is "Thank God for Mississippi," and hopes to take our state where even Mississippians feared to tread.
Cmon... be honest: do you trust this man with your uterus?
This whole, dreadful session can't end soon enough, and campers.... we're only about halfway there!
Hubbard's role in this is a real disappointment. He voted against the bill in committee and appeared to be working closely with Buttram to not only feed friendly questions to opponents, but also was an ally when Buttram tried to inject a poison pill amendment on the floor yesterday during debate. Buttram's amendment would have imposed means testing on the use of the clinics.
These clinics run on shoestring budgets and having to collect and verify financial information would be burdensome in the extreme. Opponents didn't even try to hide their real motivation: money.
Rep. David Standridge, R-Hayden, said the clinics have an unfair advantage over veterinarians who provide the same services, and he argued vociferously against the bill. Standridge said he had spoken to many veterinarians who were opposed to it. Standridge did not mention in the debate that, according to his profile page on the Alabama House's website, his son is a veterinarian.
Rep. Dan Williams insisted the non-profit clinics exist to make money.
"Why are these (clinics) being set up if they're not going to make money?" he asked.
Well that's great; we have an Alabama legislator who was previously the mayor of Athens, who doesn't understand the concept of a non-profit organization.
This is the third year that the Legislature is dealing with this issue, and it's time to pass the bill and move along. An estimated 150,000 unwanted animals are killed in shelters each year in Alabama.
Legislators who did stand out as supporters during the debate include:
Rep. Howard Sanderford (Madison County)
Rep. Michael Holmes (Elmore & Coosa Counties)
Rep. Chris England (Tuscaloosa Couny)
Rep. Patricia Todd (Jefferson County)
In the Senate, the bill will be considered by the Senate Health Committee, where Senator Paul Bussman is a vice-chair. Bussman has been a vocal opponent in the Senate in previous sessions.
* Note: The original post cited five low-cost clinics, but that was a mis-reporting from the information I received from a bill supporter. I got this correction today:
There are only FOUR limited-services, non-profit spay/neuter clinics in Alabama, not five. Dr. Welch of the ASBVME has recently included Mobile's South Alabama Spay and Neuter Clinic as the fifth clinic but SASN is a full-service, for-profit veterinary clinic that offers discounted prices on spay/neuter surgeries. Dr. Welch recently claimed to the House Committee on Boards, Agencies and Commissions that the Mobile clinic is the only spay/neuter clinic in compliance with the Veterinary Practice Act.
Hold on to your lady parts, because Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard & his minions think they're better qualified than you - or your doctor - to determine what happens to them. It appears that, when the GOP protests what it calls "putting the government between you and your doctor," they're talking about the federal government. Because they're just a-okay, Jim-dandy fine with wedging a clueless state legislature in the stirrups between you and your OB-GYN.
Four bills passed the Alabama House committee today as a motley cadre of old white guys, assorted hangers-on, & a group of Knights of Columbus men in full regalia cheered the state's latest assault on women's reproductive rights and, by extension, the state budget.
House Bill 490 by Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin, R-Indian Springs, would require doctors to check for a fetal heartbeat before abortions and would ban abortions if a heartbeat is detected.
According to the National Institutes of Health, fetal hearbeats can be detected six to seven weeks into a pregnancy. Alabama law currently allows abortions up to 20 weeks.
The GOP says we don't have enough money to expand Medicaid or adequately fund other essential state services, but they have no problem at all passing stupid legislation that will cost the state hundreds of thousands (if not millions) in legal bills.
And they say they're opposed to "frivolous lawsuits!"
As bad as McClurkin's bill is, it isn't the most creepy bill passed today. That award goes to Rep. Kurt Wallace with HB493 - the baby hospice bill:
HB 493 by Rep. Kurt Wallace, R-Maplesville, which would require doctors to give women information about perinatal hospice services before aborting a fetus with a lethal anomaly, a defect reasonably certain to result in death within three months after birth.
Wouldn't that make for a festive baby shower? "Have you decided what you'll do for child care?" "Not yet, we found the most wonderful hospice, but they don't take Medicaid...."
The Alabama Legislature is in a rush to push through a Ten Commandment display bill, "Merry Christmas" bills, & as many restrictions on women reproductive systems as possible, so naturally, other issues get overlooked. That must be why HB320 hasn't even gotten a committee hearing yet.
This bill makes an appropriation of $100,000 from the State General Fund to the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, requires an operations plan and an audited financial statement prior to the release of any funds, and requires quarterly and end of year performance reports.
Last year, the Alabama Parole Board issued pardons for the remaining Scottsboro Boys:
The three remaining defendants in the infamous "Scottsboro Boys" case received pardons yesterday from the Alabama parole board. Charles Weems, Andy Wright, & Haywood Patterson received posthumous pardons. Most of the credit should go to Scottsboro Boys museum founder, Shelia Washington, whose tireless determination not only got the museum open, but whose advocacy for the pardons brought together legislators from both parties.
As we noted at the time, the problem with the pardons was that they came after the men were already dead. Furthermore, not one of the defendants ever received any compensation from the state for their ordeal.
Museum organizer, Shelia Washington, supports the bill:
"None of the boys every received any restitution. This money will help us keep the museum open and continue to tell the story of the Scottsboro Nine. By educating people about the injustices of the past, we have a chance to make the future better for everyone."
Previous LIA coverage of the Scottsboro Boys museum, pardons, etc.:
Yes, the budget is tight in Alabama. But if we can give away tens of millions (and more!) to larger, already-profitable corporations, can we not take a little bit to remember this important part of the state's past?
Yes... the BIG TEN. There's only TEN. MOST people can count that high using their fingers, but it's apparently too difficult for bill sponsor Rep. DuWayne Bridges. He felt the need to ADD to the list during last week's House floor debate. AL.com's Kyle Whitmire captured the debate in a delightful - if depressing - column. Here are some choice excerpts:
Should Alabamians be able to hang the Ten Commandments in public buildings, including schools and courthouses?
Rep. DuWayne Bridges, R-Valley, wants to give Alabamians an opportunity to decide at the ballot box, and this week he again introduced a bill to send an amendment of the Alabama Constitution to voters.
- School shootings, patricide and matricide are due to the Ten Commandments not being displayed in schools and other government buildings. – Rep. Bridges. [...]
- The 10th Amendment was adopted before the people of Israel crossed the Red Sea because Moses didn't get to cross the Red Sea. – Rep. Bridges responding to a question from Rep. Holmes.
- "Love thy neighbor" is one of the Ten Commandments. – Rep. Bridges, responding to a question from Rep. Holmes.
- "Love thy neighbor" is not one of the Ten Commandments but has something to do with coveting. – Rep. Bridges correcting himself a few minutes later. [...]
- "Two thousand fourteen years ago, and he was 33 before that." – Rep. Bridges on when Jesus was born.
- The annotation "AD" stands for "after death," (not "Anno Domini"). – Rep. Bridges.
Now, I'm sure we could be forgiven for wondering if Rep. Bridges is actually some legislative doppleganger for the hapless Senator Shadrack McGill - who may or may not have been consorting with women on Facebook.
We could also be forgiven for wondering if we missed just how the Legislature managed to miraculously solve every other pressing problem in the state without us noticing!
It was funny, sure. Like it’s funny watching a guy on America’s Funniest Videos swing for the piñata and hit himself in the groin instead. [...]
We ought to file a restraining order just to keep the Alabama House from coming within 200 yards of anything that matters.
I mean come on. Rep. Bridges presumably goes to Sunday School every week. He was raised a Christian and campaigned as a Christian and thinks enough of his religion to post his proud Assembly of God membership on his short bio.
Yet when he comes to argue his point on his bill in the House, he speaks as if Moses brought a copy of Gideon’s New Testament down Mount Cheaha. [...] Dear God – and I say that as a prayerful plea, and not in vain – please keep these men and women away from our children and our healthcare, away from justice and punishment and the general welfare, away from our wallets and our pursuits of happiness.
AMEN, Mr. Archibald, AMEN!
But campers... just in case you think the humiliation is over, just remember this: the bill now goes to the Senate. Just wait until Shadrack McGill takes the stage to share his version of "God's will" with the State of Alabama.
Y'all... you can solve this problem in November. Just sayin....
(A qualified candidate for State Auditor! - promoted by countrycat)
Campaigning is nothing new to Miranda Joseph. She was the Democratic nominee for State Auditor in 2010 and she’s now the Democratic nominee again in 2014. This 29 year old is running her campaign with vigor and enthusiasm.
The Auditor’s office responsibilities are to maintain accurate records of all personal property valued at $500 and above as well as items deemed sensitive in nature. The State Auditor's Office is the only check and balance between the Comptroller's Office and the State Treasury, and Miranda is campaigning based on the experience she has as an auditor in the private sector.
She is a Certified Internal Auditor and Certified in Risk Management. Alabama needs a State Auditor who is not new to the demands of the State Auditor’s office. Alabama needs the knowledge and skills that come with relevant experience. Out of everyone running for the state position, Miranda is the only one who is Certified as an auditor.
She explains her reasons from running:
“Our State is facing tough economic times. Our families are struggling and working hard to make ends meet. Like you, I understand what it means to go over family finances to make every dollar count. It begins with taking responsibility for what is spent and making sure there is accountability for every dollar.
I believe that Montgomery should do the same. My goal is to take our family values to Montgomery to ensure that we have an open and honest government. Just as we sit at our kitchen tables to save and watch our pennies, our government should do the same with our tax dollars.
Government should be fair and accountable and I have the experience we need to make sure we have this in Alabama. We do not have time for on the job training. We do not have time to allow billions of taxpayer dollars to go unaccounted for.
In these tough economic times we do not have time. Alabama does not have time. Alabama needs the knowledge and skills that come with experience.”
One of the most important duties of the State Auditor’s office is the appointment of one of the three members of the Boards of Registrars in 66 of Alabama's 67 counties. This affects the ability of everyone to have access to the ballot box and ensuring everyone’s ability to participate in the voting process. Miranda states that she will only appoint qualified individuals who have the work experience and the desire to better the voter registration system in our state. This is deeply important because it is the gateway to democracy in our state.