Monday, March 3, 2008

Initiative and Referendum

In his address to the 1912 Ohio constitutional convention Theodore Roosevelt told delegates, "the initiative and referendum should be used, not as substitutes for representative government, but as methods of making such government really representative. Action by the initiative or referendum ought not to be the normal way of legislation; but the power to take it should be provided in the constitution, so that if the representatives fail truly to represent the people on some matter of sufficient importance to rouse popular interest, then the people shall have in their hands the facilities to make good the failure."

I think most Alabamians would say that our legislature has failed to represent us on numerous matters.

Would you like to comment on this? Is is a certainly that we cannot trust our legislature in its present makeup to put the will of the people over their own self interest.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Guns best crime deterrent after all

By Bob Unruh
© 2008 WorldNetDaily

When sexual assaults started rising in Orlando, Fla., in 1986, police officers noticed women were arming themselves, so they launched a firearms safety course for them. Over the next 12 months, sexual assaults plummeted by 88 percent, burglaries fell by 25 percent and not one of the 2,500 women who took the course fired a gun in a confrontation.

And that, says a new brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court by police officers and prosecutors in a controversial gun-ban dispute, is why gun ownership is important and should be available to individuals in the United States.

The arguments come in an amicus brief submitted by the Law Enforcement Alliance of America, whose spokesman, Ted Deeds, told WND there now are 92 different law enforcement voices speaking together to the Supreme Court in the Heller case.

For more of this story, click here. What do you think? Post your comments below.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Jefferson County to Creditors: We're Broke!

From the Birmingham News:

Jefferson County told creditors in a filing Thursday night that it could offer no assurances it can meet its sewer debt obligations.

In two securities disclosure documents, the county said:

Soaring interest rates mean it may not be able to make payments on $3.2 billion in sewer bonds.

It may not be able to post $184 million in collateral required when credit-rating agencies lowered the grade for its interest-rate swap agreements.

Its sewer debt service reserve fund was now underfunded because of the credit downgrade, and the county could not guarantee it could properly fund or insure it.

Read the rest of the article here.

Editor's Note: Let this be a lesson to politicians who mortgage our children's future for their present political pleasure.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

"Double-Dipper" Terry Spicer Rams through Bill to Protect His own Job

MONTGOMERY - On disputed voice votes Wednesday, a state lawmaker who works for a community college rammed through for final legislative action a bill that would give legislators power to overturn state school board rules for two-year colleges.

The action by Rep. Terry Spicer, D-Elba, an employee of Ozark-Enterprise Community College, drew harsh words from some committee members. They charged Spicer with ignoring repeated pleas for roll call votes and then using his position as acting chairman to declare the outcome of each vote in favor of the legislation.

"I'm not very pleased with the way this committee meeting went," said Rep. Mike Ball, R-Huntsville. Ball sat next to Spicer during the meeting and at one point jumped from his chair and, leaning toward Spicer, waved his hands and arms repeatedly asking Spicer for a roll call vote. Spicer ignored the move.
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Note: This is an outrage! The very legislators who abuse the system are trying to take over control so they can continue to use the system for their and/or their family's financial gain. This is a perfect example of the fox watching the hen house. Republicans are preparing for a floor fight. We need to make our voices known by calling our representatives and insisting that this bill be defeated. The first thing the legislature will do if it passes is to reverse the ban on legislators working for the two year system passed by the state school board last year.

What do you think about this? Post your opinions!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The More Things "Change"...

Legislators do not expect convention bill to pass

MONTGOMERY -- Although many state legislators agree that Alabama's 1901 Constitution is antiquated and should be replaced, they do not expect a bill allowing voters to decide whether they want a convention to rewrite the document to pass this year.
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Tuesday, February 19, 2008