Author: Jerome Jones

A Look Ahead to Super Tuesday Elections

With just a few days until Super Tuesday Elections, Political Analyst Steve Flowers gave us a preview of what to expect, and some of the unexpected that may come up on March 3rd. On the Presidential side, Democrats will be voting for the candidate they want to see take on President Trump in November. Most of the major players running…

State Senate Approves Bill to Block Occupational Tax

READ: Statement from Governor Kay Ivey’s office on the passage of a  bill to block cities from enacting new occupational taxes: Governor Ivey does not want to see unfair burdens placed upon hardworking Alabamians. Occupational taxes would not only hurt employees living within those city limits where they are proposed, but also those men and women who commute in from…

Bill Aims to Ban Transgender Treatments in Minors

A controversial bill that would ban doctors and pharmacist from issuing gender changing and puberty locking drugs to children under 18, with or without their parents consent is makings its way through the state house. “This bill would obstruct an Alabama  parents authority to determine that child’s healthcare,” says Cynthia Lamar Hart, parent of a transgender minor. Representative Wes Allen…

Alabama Legislators Announce Unprecedented Mental Health Initiative

Wednesday afternoon Senate and House leaders announced an unprecedented initiative designed to expand and improve mental health services in  Alabama. The five measure package which includes bills with both Democrat and Republican Sponsorship contains the following: *A School Services Coordinator Bill, sponsored by House Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter (R) and Sen. Rodger Smitherman (D- Birmingham). Requires each school system in…

Alabama Arise Lobbies for Grocery Tax Repeal

Tuesday the non-profit group Alabama Arise was at the state house, urging Legislators to repeal Alabama’s grocery tax. Alabama is one of only three states in the country that has a grocery tax. The statewide grocery tax brings in an estimated $400 million dollars for the education trust fund budget. Officials with Alabama Arise say a grocery tax is “an…

MPS Officials React to Audit Revealing $700K in Misused Funds

To view the full Montgomery Public Schools Audit CLICK HERE. The misuse of funds happened from October 2017, to November 2018. Dr. Ann Roy Moore was not yet  Superintendent , and only one member of the current MPS School Board was on staff at the time. “It happened before we got here, but we are correcting it,” says Clare Weil, MPS…

Animal Rights Bill Draws Criticism from Humane Groups

An animal rights bill moving through the Alabama State House has caught the attention of animal rights groups across the state The legislation, proposed by Senator Jack Williams of Mobile would give authority in animal abuse cases that involve working animals and animal enterprises to the State Department of Agriculture. Animal rights and humane groups fear the law would strip…

Alabama Senate Committee Approves Medical Marijuana Bill with 8 to 1 Vote

The Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee has voted 8-1 with one member abstaining to approve a medical marijuana bill and send it to the full Senate for consideration. The bill would allow people to be prescribed medical marijuana for 15 medical conditions, there would also be 34 dispensary sights in Alabama. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a public hearing on the…

Proposed Bill Would Speed up the Death Penalty Process

Alabama Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth is making a push to reduce the time it takes for a death row inmate to be put to death. The proposed bill would make three main provisions to the current system to make it happen. “This Bill has been designed to proved both equal justice to inmates, and swift justice to their victims,” says…

Extra: A Conversation with Dr. Martin Luther King’s Barber

Malden Brothers Barbershop sits on Jackson St. in Centennial Hill, a once bustling neighborhood in Montgomery that catered to black citizens at a time when Montgomery was dominated by segregation. Many of the most iconic figures of the civil rights movement were patrons. Nelson Malden was Dr. King’s barber. He remembers their first meeting. “I saw the blue Pontiac pull…