Category Archives: Goat Hill Project

Alabama House Aborts SB 301

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.

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Greg Canfield

State Representative Greg Canfield (R – Jefferson) assesses the achievements of Alabama’s first Republican majority in 136 years.

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We Must Save Them Before We Deport Them

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.

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Big Government Republicans in Alabama

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

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Meet Joe Hubbard

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

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Does the Right to Life End at Birth? Part 1

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

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Does the Right to Life End at Birth? Part 2

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

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Does the Right to Life End at Birth? Part 3

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

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Alvin Holmes Makes it Elementary

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.

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Dropping DROP: Lynn Greer Explains It All For You

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

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Stop Juan Crow

Several House Democrats spoke at a rally in front of the Alabama legislature in opposition to HB 56, an immigration-enforcement bill patterned after Arizona’s “papers please” law. They linked their own historical struggle for civil rights in Alabama to the … Continue reading

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