Politics and Government

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.…

EPA Approves Redesignation of Atlanta Area to Attainment for Ozone Pollution

By Glynn Wilson – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking final action to approve the state of Georgia’s request to redesignate the Atlanta metro area to attainment of the 1997 8-hour ozone standard based on air quality monitoring data for the three-year period of 2008-2010 showing the area in compliance with the 16-year-old standard.…

Twenty-Two Things Organized Labor is Thankful For This Thanksgiving

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By Donna Jablonski – We have a lot to be thankful for this year. Here’s a list of 22 things. Walmart, fast food and retail workers who are standing together for living wages. Union members who have volunteered their services to strengthen their communities (read more here). All the activists—including those in Congress—working for a…

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…

Water Wars Meeting Reveals One Way Alabama Power Controls Water Policy

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Mitch Reid with the Alabama Rivers Alliance reveals one way Alabama Power controls water policy in the state. By Glynn Wilson – The Bevill technology training center at Gadsden State Community College was the scene Friday for a collaborative effort on the part of government, industry, citizens and environmental groups to form a legal water…

Alabama Water Policy Plan to be Discussed Friday at Gadsden State

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By Glynn Wilson – News about the water wars between Georgia and Alabama has been slow in 2013, mainly due to rainfall levels that made the past year one of the wettest on record, at least over the last couple of decades. But climate change due to global warming means drought conditions will come back…