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September 2018 Group Watch: Kavanaugh Confirmation Good for AL

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall believes Alabamians have much to gain if Kavanaugh is confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. He points out that legal scholars from the left and right agree that Judge Kavanaugh’s qualifications are impeccable. Having him on the bench would be a significant step toward restoring

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September 2018 Group Watch: Education Dept. Seeks Additional Funds

The Alabama Department of Education will request more funding for school safety, reading and math programs and transportation when the legislature returns next year. State Schools Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey announced his department would also seek a $30 million increase for nurses and a $16.8 million increase for pre-K special education,

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August 2018 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

School’s back in session, and there is some notable education news this month. Gov Ivey Announces Bicentennial Schools: Alabama became a state on December 14, 1819. As part of the state’s preparation for next year’s bicentennial, Governor Kay Ivey announced the 200 schools that have been selected as official Alabama Bicentennial Schools.

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August 2018 Group Watch: Gulf State Park is AL Tourism Dept’s Attraction of the Year

Gulf State Park has been named the Alabama Tourism Department’s 2018 Attraction of the year. The park includes three miles of white sandy beaches and draws visitors from around the world. Alabama Tourism praised the park’s staff and volunteers who provide hospitality, educational and recreational offerings. A new lodge at the

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August 2018 Group Watch: Tweet of the Month

@thebloomgroup Aug 5 Alabama school encourages students to ‘be the nice kid,’ and people love the message.

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August 2018 Group Watch: Chief Justice Candidate at White House

Alabama Supreme Court Justice (and GOP candidate for Chief Justice) Tom Parker recently traveled to Washington, D.C. with a group of local leaders from Alabama to meet with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and key members of President Trump’s staff in order to discuss issues critical to the future of

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August 2018 Group Watch: Ethics Commission Rules on Speaker’s Chief of Staff

Retiring Republican Rep. Mark Tuggle is in line for the position of Chief of Staff to Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon. A recently released opinion from the state Ethics Commission concluded that Tuggle’s duties as Chief of Staff would not violate the state’s revolving door provision, which prohibits elected

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July 2018 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

The primary runoff elections earlier this week yielded some interesting results. Attorney General: Appointed incumbent Steve Marshall won the Republican nomination for attorney general and now faces Democrat Joseph Siegelman in the November general election. Commissioner of Agriculture: Small-town mayor and farmer Rick Pate defeated longtime state Senator Gerald Dial for the

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July 2018 Group Watch: Gov Ivey Receives Distinguished Service Award

Governor Kay Ivey was awarded a Distinguished Service Award from the Alabama Agribusiness Council during its annual meeting. Ivey, who was born on a cattle farm in rural Wilcox County, said in her acceptance remarks that farming is a part of her heritage and part of who she is. She went on to comment

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July 2018 Group Watch: AL Food Stamp Error Rate Low

Alabama’s error rate for food stamps is lower than almost any other state in the country, according to federal data. The U.S. Department of Agriculture released new figures related to improper payments associated with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps. The data reflect improper payments due

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