POLITICS

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley Delivers State of the State Address

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MONTGOMERY — This is the prepared text for Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley’s address to a joint session of the Legislature Tuesday night, as released by the governor’s office. Can you point out the lies? Watch on Capitol Journal on Alabama Public Television – Lt. Governor Ivey, Speaker Hubbard, President Marsh, distinguished guests, members of the…

Record-High 42 Percent of Americans Identify as Political Independents

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Republican Identification the Lowest in 25 Years – By Glynn Wilson – Forty-two percent of Americans identified themselves as political independents in 2013, the highest percentage Gallup has measured since it began conducting interviews by telephone 25 years ago. Meanwhile, Americans identifying themselves as Republicans fell to 25 percent, the lowest recorded since the Reagan…

Organized Labor Pushes for Unemployment Compensation Extension in Congress

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By Glynn Wilson – Pushed by organized labor, other advocacy groups and President Barack Obama, the U.S. Senate unexpectedly voted 60-37 in a test vote to limit further debate on legislation extending unemployment benefits, although Republicans in the House are likely to oppose the compromise, even if it adds nothing to the federal budget deficit.…

President Obama to Fill Vacancies in Alabama Federal Court Seats

By Glynn Wilson – Now that a major logjam has been broken in the U.S. Senate with a change in the filibuster rules to allow votes on judicial nominees by simple majority, President Obama will soon have an opportunity to fill at least three Alabama vacancies on the federal courts. Six Alabama lawyers have been…

White House Says Repeal of Affordable Care Act Would Hurt People

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In States Like Alabama, Health Care Costs Would Rise, Families Would Be Hurt – Helping ordinary Americans and businesses take advantage of the benefits of America’s new health care law is a top priority for the President and Democrats in Congress, according to a White House press release sent out Thursday with facts for people…

U.S. Tea Party Favorability Rating Falls to Record Low

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A Majority of Americans, 51 Percent, View It Unfavorably – ANALYSIS – By Glynn Wilson – A majority of Americans for the first time, according to public opinion survey data, say they have an unfavorable opinion of the Tea Party movement. According to the latest Gallup poll on the subject, 51 percent view the movement…

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…

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…