Category Archives: Goat Hill Project
By voice vote, the Alabama House effectively killed a bill passed by the Senate to establish conception as the moment of personhood. Patricia Todd (D – Jefferson) asked pointed questions of John Merrill (R – Tuscaloosa) and threatened to filibuster.
State Representative Greg Canfield (R – Jefferson) assesses the achievements of Alabama’s first Republican majority in 136 years.
Debate on SB 256, an omnibus immigration bill in the Alabama Senate. Bill sponsor Scott Beason faces off with Minority Leader Roger Bedford over an amendment to exempt churches from legal sanction for transporting immigrants to “bona fide” religious services.
During debate on SB 256, a bill to expand immigration enforcement by Alabama’s state and local agencies, Senator Paul Sanford (R – Madison) succeeded in stripping an expansion of police powers to the state Homeland Security Department only to see … Continue reading
Joe Hubbard of Montgomery, a rising star in the Democratic Party, recently announced he would voluntarily refuse 15% of his own salary, saying “teachers and state employees don’t have the option of not taking a pay cut. Neither should legislators. … Continue reading
April 7, 2011: When Alabama’s new Republican House majority moves to vote on a bill that would make abortions illegal after the 20th week of gestation, Democrats filibuster. The result is an unflinching conversation about the priorities of faith-based politics. … Continue reading
Dexter Grimsley questions Kerry Rich, sponsor of an abortion bill, on his understanding of the medical science of fetal pain; Barbara Boyd questions the majority’s overreach; Alvin Ward reminds the sponsor about the costs of previous suits brought against the … Continue reading
Christopher John England points out the bill’s problematic disagreement with Supreme Court precedent; Pebblin Warren discusses infanticide and back-alley abortions as the unintended consequences of abortion restrictions; Joseph Mitchell attempts to amend the bill to use the word “fetus” instead … Continue reading
State Representative Alvin Holmes of Montgomery offers a demonstration of the problem with texting-while-driving bans. Nevertheless, the bill passed the Alabama House 86-2.
Representative Lynn Greer laid out the Republican House majority’s case for doing away with Alabama’s Delayed Retirement Option Program, claiming that the only alternative was to fire 780 teachers. Thousands of teachers and state employees have taken part in DROP, … Continue reading