Category Archives: alabama constitutional reform

Herding Cats

From Steven Noles via Facebook: I wanted to say that yesterday’s SDEC meeting was the worst I have ever attended. Contentiousness; misguided decisions; constant worry that someone was going to succumb to heatstroke … then I remembered. My least favorite … Continue reading

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Artur Davis On Grocery Taxes

Artur Davis is the first Alabama gubernatorial candidate I can remember talking about the state’s unfair tax burden. For that reason alone I am eager to see him win. It always irks me to hear people try to excuse Alabama’s … Continue reading

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Crazy In Alabama

Don’t you hate it when reporters bury the lede? From my local daily: But Roger Bedford, D-Russellville, Senate General Fund budget committee chairman, said he expects more problems even before the 2011 budget year begins in October. Bedford said because … Continue reading

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Stupid in Alabama

Here’s an example of what I’m on about: the city of Florence, Alabama and the surrounding Lauderdale County rely on a 7-mill property tax to fund local education. This tax has to be re-voted on every so often; teachers always … Continue reading

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209 Pages

Remember all those Republicans and Blue Dogs hefting health care legislation in the air to emphasize its weight? Once you stop enlarging the print and double-spacing it, the Senate health care reform bill comes in at just 209 pages. Both … Continue reading

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Alabama Fail

I’ve written before about Alabama’s screwed-up, racist tax system. Now comes news that Alabama is not too big to fail: BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — It is hardly unusual these days for a government building to forgo a fresh paint job or … Continue reading

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The Stimulus Trap

Now that federal stimulus money is actually starting to flow, what do state governors think about it?  The Associated Press asked them: BILOXI, Miss. – A bipartisan group of governors said Saturday that the federal stimulus package helped states avoid … Continue reading

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Alabama Constitutional Reform: a Suggestion

I had a driveway moment today listening to NPR’s All Things Considered. Alabama rarely gets national media exposure, so very few Americans have heard about our uniquely racist state constitution. It’s a pleasure to hear national media affirm what a … Continue reading

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