Alabama Politics

Governor Bentley Responds to Pressure to Expand Alabama Medicaid Program

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Progressive Democrats Plan Protest Rally Saturday in Birmingham – By Glynn Wilson – The pressure is building for conservative states like Alabama and Texas to join the rest of the nation in getting onboard to help citizens without insurance obtain health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, for economic reasons.…

Alabama’s Immigration Law Permanently Blocked in Justice Department Lawsuit

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By Glynn Wilson – The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama entered its final judgment Monday in United States v. Alabama, resolving the Justice Department’s constitutional challenge to Alabama’s immigration law. The judgment permanently prohibits Alabama from enforcing seven provisions of H.B. 56 that were designed to affect virtually every aspect of…

The 2014 Legislative Session in Alabama Should Not Be Wasted

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By Craig Ford – In two months the state legislature will reconvene for the final time before the next election cycle, and state leaders have announced that this session will move faster than normal. That is to be expected in an election year. Legislators want to finish business before the primary elections get underway. A…

Red State Delta Blues: Fiery Young Leaves Bradley Byrned

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By David Underhill – MOBILE, Ala. – On the third day he shall rise! The closest we sinners can come to resurrection on earth will be manifest Tuesday, November 5. This glad event will seem miraculous to some, demonic to others. But it comes as no surprise to those who know that one has kept…

Birmingham Congressman Spencer Bachus Announces He Won’t Seek Reelection

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Birmingham’s Republican Congressman Spencer Bachus announced Monday morning that he will not seek reelection to another term. He made the announcement on the Fox News Channel in Birmingham in an interview with Janice Rogers on Good Day Alabama. “Janice, I’ve grown up watching Channel 6 and communicating with my district and people, so I thought…

Citizens Fight Off Plan to Turn Mobile Alabama Into A Tar Sands Mecca

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By Julie Dermansky – It took a while for the Alabama public to understand that their state is being transformed into a tar sands Mecca. Proposals for rail and pipeline transport and tar sands storage facilities were first presented in 2010, and by 2012, most were rubber stamped with no public input. But in 2013,…

Wag the Dog Politics in Alabama

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By Ron Crumpton – In government things are seldom what they seem, but why would your elected leaders use spurious propaganda in order to illicit an emotional response from the electorate? Every year, since the Republican takeover of the Alabama Legislature, the public has been roused into a state of frenzy over legislation that our…

Is the Alabama Accountability Act Helping Children?

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By Craig Ford – Alabama House Minority Leader – As the new school year has begun, the Accountability Act has once again made its way into the headlines of newspapers and news Websites across Alabama. The Accountability Act was sold to the public as giving families with children “trapped in a failing school” the opportunity…

MSNBC’s Ed Schultz Hold’s Town Hall Meeting in Birmingham

Watch some video excerpts- By Glynn Wilson – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — While Wisconsin’s Republican Governor Scott Walker was speaking to Republicans in Montgomery Friday night, pro-labor and progressive radio talk show host Ed Schultz of MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” held a town hall meeting in the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center with labor leaders and Democratic…

Citizens Denied Audience Before Alabama Environmental Management Commission

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Glynn Wilson / Southwings – A close view of the growing coal ash mountain in Perry County, Alabama (click on image for more photos and related coverage) – Citizens from Uniontown Alabama were denied permission by the Alabama Environmental Management Commission to address environmental injustice and threats to their health and welfare last week resulting…

Alabama Needs a Comprehensive Water Management Plan

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Guest Column – By Mitch Reid – The Roman orator Quintilian once said, “Whilst we deliberate how to begin a thing, it grows too late to begin it.” Last week’s decision by the state of Florida to escalate the water war over Georgia’s use of water for Atlanta should ring as an alarm to the…

Auburn Students Named the Most Conservative Student Body in America

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By Glynn Wilson – Auburn University may not be number one in football anymore, but according to the Princeton Review and a sensational Twitter Tweet going around on every news site in Christendom, the student body at Auburn made the Top Ten list of the most conservative and Christian in the country. This does not…

Redefining Patriotism to Win Elections and Save the World

“These temple-destroyers, devotees of ravaging commercialism, seem to have a perfect contempt for Nature.” – John Muir – The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – AUTAUGA CREEK, Ala. — Sitting here in the camper van in the brief cool of an August morning, reflecting on our exploration of Autauga Creek by watching the video…