Oct 312014
 
 
By Ron Crumpton
Candidate for Alabama Senate District 11 
 

end povertyPoverty should be one of the top concerns for any elected leader, it has a negative effect on almost everything we as society entrust our government to do, but it seems that those in the Republican Party find it is more politically viable to fight a war on the people in poverty than it is to fight a war to end poverty in this country.

One of the biggest problems in Alabama is poverty. Study after study shows that states that have a high poverty rate comes with lower test scores in education, while having higher rates of drug use and crime. Unfortunately, this is one of the many issues that the Republican Party refuses to address; instead, they support policies that conflict and make the problem worse.

You cannot be against a raise in the minimum wage and for cutting government assistance, and still say that you are worried about the people living in poverty.

The two are in direct conflict.

If you do not insure that people are being paid a living wage then you are going to have people who rely on government assistance. It is that simple.

In Alabama, 45% of single parent families are living in poverty, there are 392,000 children receiving food stamps and 95,636 Alabama households are receiving federal rental assistance. (Source)

Raising the minimum wage would be a positive step in reducing poverty and the humiliation of living in poverty, but the Alabama Republican Party and the Business Council of Alabama have said that raising the minimum wage would affect the state’s ability to attract business.

Should we really be worrying about recruiting jobs that pay minimum wage?

Nearly one-third (33.1%) of all Alabama jobs are considered low wage jobs, which is 11% higher than the national average of 22 percent. While these low wage jobs are primarily responsible for Alabama’s low unemployment rate, they are also responsible for the high rates of government assistance in the state.

I think we have enough low paying jobs in this state. We should be focusing on recruiting jobs that do not require the people who fill those jobs to file for public assistance.

When elected, I plan to over legislation that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $10 an hour.  It would also establish a cost of living increase to the minimum wage and require that tipped employees be paid a minimum hourly wage equal to 30% of the minimum wage.

Furthermore, my economic plan, which would create a state lottery, allow a limited amount of casino gambling, and tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol, would create more than 35,000 new jobs in the in hotel and restaurant industry. It would create more than a $1 billion dollars in initial construction projects and $200 million in new construction projects annually.

At the same time, my economic plan would provide more than $800 million in new funding for education, which is the true cure for poverty.

It is time that we end the war on the people in poverty and devote our efforts to ending poverty in Alabama.

Oct 302014
 
 
By Ron Crumpton
Candidate for Alabama Senate District 11
 

jobs16x9It seems that nothing gives Jim McClendon a greater thrill than to go on TV, or speak in front of a group of people, and brag about how the Republican Supermajority has created jobs in Alabama.

In fact, with all of these new jobs, we should be doing quite well in Alabama, we should be in high cotton, but, unfortunately, the Republican claims on job creation are far from realistic.

According to AL.com, Alabama was 49th in the country in total job growth and 48th in private sector job growth between November 2012 and November 2013. In comparison, the State of Mississippi was 16th in total job growth and 11th in private sector job growth.

The only state in the country that performed worse than Alabama was Alaska, who actually saw a reduction in jobs during that time

.Jim McClendon, my opponent in the upcoming election, sponsored legislation in the 2012 session that would have allowed the Alabama Department of Corrections to sell prison labor to private industry. I opposed this legislation because it would have created unfair competition for jobs between prisoners and Alabamians who are trying to raise a family.

Our legislature needs to advance legislation that will provide benefit to all Alabamians and not legislation that seeks to make business rich at the expense of workers.

An Example: when elected I plan to offer two pieces of legislation. One that would create a state lottery and one that would allow a limited amount of casino gaming in resort facilities.

In this “resort bill”, there would be a scoring system that gives points for the number of hotel rooms, restaurant seating capacity and other amenities such as golf courses, music venues, etc. If a high enough score is achieved, the facility would be allowed to conduct casino gaming on the premises.

These two bills would create an estimated $800 million a year in revenue for education, which would be distributed as follows:

Fifty percent, or $400 million, would go to grants and scholarships for college or vocational training. (Available to graduating high school students and displaced workers.)

Twenty-five percent, or $200 million, would go to repair or replace dilapidated schools. (The average high school costs about $20 million, therefore, we would be able to build 10 new high schools every year.)

Twenty-five percent, or $200 million, would go to provide teachers with the materials and technology that is necessary to educate our children.

In addition to providing our children with a better education, which is a win for everyone, it would create 35,000 new jobs in the hotel and restaurant industry, more than 1 billion in construction contracts to build the resorts and new companion businesses (hotels, restaurants, and other businesses that will pop up around these resorts) and $200 million per year in construction contracts to repair or replace schools.

That means new jobs for workers, new opportunities for business and new revenue for government in addition to providing a better education for our children without giving away millions in tax incentives.

Furthermore, these resort jobs will not be low paying jobs.

The legislation would set a separate minimum wage for employees in these resorts. The minimum hourly wage for resorts will be 137% of the current standard minimum wage. In other words, with the current standard minimum wage of $7.25, these resort facilities would be required to pay a minimum wage of $1o per hour. If the minimum wage were to go up to $10 an hour, the minimum wage for resort employees would be $13.70 per hour.

Currently, 43 states and Washington DC have the lottery and 18 states have commercial gaming… The reason that Alabama is always last in everything is that we refuse to move forward.

Jim McClendon has served three terms in the House of Representatives. During that time he has done very little to help the people of his district.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. If you vote for Jim McClendon, you will prove the validity of that statement.

On Tuesday, the people of Alabama State Senate District 11 will go to the polls to elect a new state senator and the choice is simple. If you think that Alabama is on the right track then, by all means, vote for my opponent, but if you believe it is time for a Senator who will look for new ideas and new ways to create jobs and opportunities for the people of this district and the state of Alabama then vote for Ron Crumpton.

Oct 292014
 
 
By Ron Crumpton
Candidate for Alabama Senate District 11

 

educationEducation is the silver bullet in Alabama. The starting point for everything that we as Alabamians want to see for our state is in the education of our children and the continuing education of our adult population.

Statistics show that the success of a state directly correlates with the education of its people. Areas with excellent school systems have lower crime rates across the board, and states with a better-educated citizenry are more likely to attract business and industry.

Unfortunately, you cannot cure the disease by treating the symptoms, and you cannot solve the problems facing this state without changing our policies toward education.

Our classrooms should be cathedrals, our teachers of the highest caliber and our students should be given every necessary opportunity to ensure that they have the skills to be a productive member of our society.

This is not just about children.

We should invest in the adult population, many of whom have been left behind because they find their skill-set is obsolete in today’s society. As stated above, well-trained workers attract industry; an unemployed person without usable skills is a hindrance to our goals for our state.

Once we accomplish this, the rest of our problems will start to fade away. Companies will be competing for employees instead of unemployed workers competing for jobs. Crime rates, especially violent crime rates, will start to drop and we will not have a need to spend so much money locking people up. The states’ revenue will go up, overall costs will go down, and our taxes will begin decline.

How do we pay for these changes?

Lottery

The fact that Alabama does not have a lottery is one of the single biggest indicators of the failure of government in this state.

An Ask Alabama poll conducted by Auburn University shows that 68 percent of Alabama adults support a lottery to increase state revenues to balance the budget and fund education. Yet our leaders continue to deny the people of Alabama the benefits that it would produce.

Florida, Georgia and Tennessee lotteries combine to produce $2.5 billion in revenue for education in those states. Estimates say that more than 15%, or $370 million per year, of total ticket sales for those three states comes from Alabama.

This is correlated by a per capita estimate based on the total population vs. total revenue for those three states, which gives us an estimated revenue of $334 million.

That is $370 million in Alabama money spent on education in other states when it could/should be spent on education in Alabama.

Forming an Alabama lottery would result in approximately 500 direct jobs.

Limited Casino Gaming

Casino gaming is a complicated issue that needs to be addressed seriously by our elected leaders.

I am not a fan of having gaming houses on every corner, but I am a strong proponent of limited casino gaming in resort type facilities.

I am currently working on legislation that would allow a limited amount of casino gaming in Alabama. It would allow the state to negotiate with casino operators (Hard Rock, Harrah’s, MGM, Caesar’s, etc.) who are prepared to build resorts that include other facilities such as hotels, golf courses, waterparks and concert venues in addition to the casino.

The simple fact is we already have gaming in the state. You can go to one of the Creek casinos and gamble now, or you can spend your gaming money across the state line in Mississippi. This is just another example of money leaving the state for no good reason.

The estimates vary on how much revenue would be produced by the implementation of this law.

In 2012, Mississippi gaming produced $264 million in revenue for the state.

Mississippi only has about two-thirds the population that Alabama does, and the states adjoining Alabama have about three times the population and a greater per capita income compared to the states adjoining Mississippi.

However, if you do a basic per-capita adjustment on the in state population, you get a projection of $437 million in revenue. This does not take into consideration the vast population and income differences in surrounding states, and compared to other estimates is not reasonable… it is conservative.

That $437 million could be spent on education in Alabama.

In addition to the revenue, this would create 30,000 direct jobs.

All together, that is more than $800 million for education in Alabama!

How will the money be spent on education?

My plan would split this revenue in three ways:

  1. Fifty percent, more than $4oo million, would go to grants and scholarships to state universities and junior colleges for students graduating high school and displaced workers who no longer have the job skills to compete in the ever-changing job market.
  1. Twenty five percent, more than $200 million, would go to repairing and replacing dilapidated schools and replace portable classrooms with permanent facilities.
  1. Twenty five percent, more than $200 million, would go to providing teachers with the technologies and supplies necessary to teach our children.

If all of the children in Alabama had access to the same facilities, technology and supplies that students at Mt. Brook High School have, it would change the face of education in this state.

Alabama children are not dumber than children in other states; the reason that we are at the bottom of the list in education is our fault… not theirs, and that has to change.

Oct 282014
 

 

PrintIn one week, the people of Alabama State Senate District 11 will go to the polls to elect their Senator for the next four years.

Do you want a government where corruption is the norm and dedication to the people is nothing more than a wonderful fairytale?

After last weeks, indictment of Speaker Mike Hubbard on 23 felony ethics violations where the speaker is accused of using his office for personal gain, the people should be questioning their leaders as to whose interests they serve.

Jim McClendon is the chair of the House Committee on Health, and Chair of the House Reapportionment Committee. These are positions that have always gone to one of the Speaker’s top lieutenants.

During the session, Jim McClendon is in and out of the Speaker’s office several times a day.

If McClendon is not personally involved in the wrongdoing that the Speaker is accused of, he certainly had to have some knowledge of the corrupt acts and did nothing to report them, or he is among the dumbest people in the district.

Let me go on the record as saying that I do not think that Jim McClendon is dumb man.

Do you think the State is headed in the right direction?

My opponent, Jim McClendon has said that Alabama is on the right track.

Alabama is 49th in job creation, Alabama is 38th in education, more than 45% of Alabama single-family households are living in poverty, there are over 191,000 Alabamians living without access to healthcare and Alabama prisons are operating at 186% capacity.

I do not know what track Jim McClendon thinks is the right track, but I do not believe that we are on the right track when people cannot find jobs, get an education, raise their children outside of poverty or go to the doctor when they are sick.

I certainly do not think we are on the right track when the state is in danger of having the federal government come in and use a by any means necessary approach to solving the prison problem, which will cost taxpayers even more than the current fiasco that is the Alabama prison system.

The simple fact is that Jim McClendon and the Republican Supermajority have lied to the people of Alabama.

They have made claims about job creation that do not stand up to the numbers, and they do not tell you that you need to divide the number of jobs they do create by two because that is how many of them you will have to work to make a living. The state has plenty of low wage jobs, the problem is most of the people that are filling those positions are qualified to do much more.

In one week, the people of Alabama State Senate District will go to the polls to elect their Senator for the next four years.

We need a Senator who thinks that Alabama not only deserves better, but that truly believes that we can do better.

I believe that it is time to put the failed policies of the past to rest, and look to new ideas to fund education, strengthen the economy and create jobs

If we form a state lottery, pass a resort bill (casino gaming) and start taxing and regulating marijuana like alcohol we could change the face of education in Alabama and solve many of the revenue problems facing our state, while providing more than 35,000 new jobs for the people of Alabama.

Oct 222014
 
 
By Ron Crumpton
Candidate for Alabama Senate District 11

 

Hubbard what should i doI am not saying it has never happened, but I cannot remember a case where a politician, accused of misusing their office, said, “Yep, I did it.”

They spin tales of political vendettas and conspiracies forged to discredit them in the eyes of the people, and claim that they are working hard for you, and that is the reason that others are seeking to destroy them.

In the months leading up to the indictments for felony violations of the state’s ethics laws, Mike Hubbard had blamed the investigation in Lee County on the liberal special interests. In yesterday’s press conference, he changed gears and blamed the Office of the Attorney General for perpetrating a political witch-hunt to eliminate him from the 2018 gubernatorial campaign.

Make up your mind Mike.

Did you suddenly realize that the liberals, whom you have blamed for months, were not the actual culprits? That this was a more sinister plot forged by a member of your own party to destroy you because you are a political rival, or did you realize that people would have a hard time buying the idea that the liberal special interests had taken over the Attorney General’s office now that it has received 23 indictments from a grand jury.

Don’t worry; we understand that it is the politically correct to blame the other party for your legal problems heading into an election. If you package your deceptions correctly, you can convince the electorate that the woes you face are not a product of your transgressions, but an attempt by your opponents to malign your character in order to sway the election.

Don’t worry; we understand that is no longer a viable argument now that the Republican run AG’s office has announced that the grand jury returned 23 indictments against you, and that your only option now is to blame the ones who are prosecuting the case. After all, the only other option is that the AG’s office does have cause to file charges against you.

I do have a question.

During your press conference yesterday, your lawyer, Mark White, was asked, “These are false allegations, or what was going on was not a crime?” To which he replied, “Yes.”

He went on to say that this was not the purpose of the bill to regulate this kind of activity, or they would not have passed it.

Will you argue that you are innocent of the charges, or do you plan to argue that it is okay for the Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives to solicit investments from lobbyists who make their living based on what passes the House of Representatives? Will you argue that it is okay for the Speaker to solicit investments from those others whom he holds a great deal of authority over, or will you argue that the moral implications of such actions are inconsequential because it is not against the letter of the law?

I am afraid that that might be a tough sell to the people of Alabama, but don’t worry, if the approach you try first does not work, apparently, you are adept at changing course.

It is okay, we understand that you are just trying to save your own ass, and you may get away with switching conspiracy theories in mid-stream, but whichever course you plan to take, please, make up your mind Mike.

Oct 212014
 

 

By Ron Crumpton
Candidate for Alabama Senate District 11
 
Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard was booked at the Lee County Jail on 23 counts of public corruption.

Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard was booked at the Lee County Jail on 23 counts of public corruption.

As a candidate for public office, the question that I am asked the most, why are you running for office?

The answer is simple.

In 5 years as an activist working in the statehouse, I have seen enough to know that I have seen too much.

I have seen a legislature that has, through threats and intimidation, became an instrument to rubber stamp the agenda of a limited few in the Republican elite, and now the leader of that elite group has been indicted on 23 charges of public corruption.

In this country, you are innocent until proven guilty, but during my time in Montgomery, I have seen too much not to believe that most of these charges are completely accurate.

Many of the commenters on press articles, Facebook and Twitter, has tried to explain this as a political attack by Democrats, which is a laughable conclusion for three reasons.

  1. This investigation is being run by a Republican Attorney General’s office.
  2. With Republicans holding a supermajority in the legislature, along with every statewide office, Democrats do not have the ability to launch such a political attack in this state.
  3. Both W. Van Davis, Acting Attorney General in the case, and Matt Hart, chief of the special prosecutions unit, have a reputation of not giving a damn about party affiliation… they enforce the law.

These indictments show the state of pay for play politics in Montgomery where our legislature is for sale to the big business elites in this state. The names mentioned in the indictments are a “Who’s Who” in Alabama business. The question remaining is, were their actions criminal, and will they be prosecuted.

In addition, several of these actions are not the kind of thing that the speaker could have accomplished by himself. He had to have accomplices in the legislature. Who were those accomplices? Will more indictments be forthcoming?

We know that Greg Wren participated in one of the counts because he plead guilty, and Rep. Barry Moore has been indicted on perjury charges, but what about Hubbard’s other top lieutenants like Sen. Del Marsh, Rep. Mike Ball, Rep. Micky Hammon and Rep. Jim McClendon. How deep is there involvement?

If these men, and others, were not involved in wrongdoing, they were too close to the Speaker not to know that illegal actions were taking place, and that is not acting in the best interest of those they serve.

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I will stand up to wrongdoing, I will shine a light on corruption in Montgomery, but I need your help!

My opponent has vast financial resources at his disposal. With your contribution of $10, $25, $50, $100 or more to my campaign, you can ensure that our voices are represented in the election and then in the Senate.

Oct 202014
 

 

Crunch Time Canvasing with Ron -1Over the next two weekends, the campaign will be canvassing in several of the cities of District 11.

We are asking everyone, who supports the campaign, to come out and help us spread the word. This is when your support matters most.  You can make a difference in these final days.

Below are links to the Facebook event page for all of the events. Please let us know if you plan to attend.

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We will be in Pell City on Saturday, October 25.

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We will be in Sylacauga on Sunday, October 26.

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We will be in Columbiana on Saturday, November 1.

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We will be in Moody on Sunday, November 2.

We look forward to seeing you!!!

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I will fight to bring new jobs and new opportunities to the people of Alabama, but to do this I need your support.

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Oct 082014
 
 
By Ron Crumpton
Candidate for Alabama Senate District 11

 

Mcclendon who is he working for

Every four years, the people of Alabama go to the polls to elect leaders to represent their concerns in Montgomery, the people they elect have a great impact on their everyday lives, so why do we continue to elect leaders who act in their own best interest, and not the best interest of the people?

Jim McClendon has served three terms in the Alabama House of Representatives, and now he is asking you to elect him to the State Senate, but has he acted in your best interest or his own?

In 2012, one of the non-profits that I manage launched an email campaign in support of medical marijuana legislation that had been assigned to the House Committee on Health. McClendon responded to at least 17 citizens of the state of Alabama by telling them that, “The inundation of emails to members of the Health Committee is no more than harassment and does not advance your cause.” (Birmingham News)

That is a member of the house leadership trying to intimidate those who dare to raise an issue.

Someone should inform Mr. McClendon that the people he would intimidate are those for whom he works and it is not only his job to listen to their concerns, it is a duty of his office under both the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Alabama. For him accuse them of harassment in an attempt to suppress their concerns through intimidation is an abuse of his position and it is against the best interest of all concerned… and that is corruption.

Later that same year, at the request of the House Committee on Health, chaired by Representative Jim McClendon, the Medical Association of the State of Alabama (MASA) conducted a survey of Alabama physicians in order to determine where they stood on the issue of medical marijuana.

The reason for requesting the survey was obvious. Jim McClendon and MASA president Michael Flanagan thought that the physicians in Alabama would reject the use of medical marijuana and that, as they say, would be that.

According to MASA Executive Director Cary Kuhlmann, the results of the survey were inconclusive.

Exactly how is a survey inconclusive? The doctors answered questions, you add up the “yes” answers for each question, the “no” answers for each question, and you list the appropriate percentages.

The survey that Jim McClendon and Michael Flanagan were counting on to kill this issue has never been released.

MASA told the Montgomery Advertiser that the health committee requested the study, Jim McClendon told WBRC 6 that he did not order the survey, but even though the health committee is his responsibility, he has refused to say who ordered the study, or address why the results were not released.

This is an orchestrated effort by McClendon and others to hide valuable information, which could have a profound influence on the healthcare decisions of all Alabamians, because the information contradicts their own personal views… and that is corruption.

This year, according to members of Pell Cities City council, Jim McClendon killed a bill that would have permitted the sale of alcohol on Sunday because it is an election year and he is “trying to get into the Senate.”

Sunday sales are an important issue in many communities in Alabama because many of the big chain restraints depend on alcohol sales during NFL games. This is important for any city when trying to recruit new businesses, but for a lake front locale that is trying to build itself as more of a resort area, as Pell City is trying to do, it is of major importance.

For a politician to kill important legislation rather than giving it its day in the legislature because it is an election year is an example of a politician abusing his authority in order to sustain his power… and that is corruption.

On November 4, you can vote for Jim McClendon who has a history of intimidating his constituents, burying reports and avoiding important issues for personal reasons, or you can vote for Ron Crumpton, who believes that the purpose of government is to represent the people and not his own interests.

It sounds like an easy decision to me.

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I will fight to bring new jobs and new opportunities to the people of Alabama, but to do this I need your support.

My opponent has vast financial resources at his disposal. With your contribution of $10, $25, $50, $100 or more to my campaign, you can ensure that our voices are represented in the election and then in the Senate.

Oct 022014
 
 
By Ron Crumpton
Candidate for Alabama Senate District 11
 

We dont need the stinking truth!It is one thing for a political campaign to dispute the merits of its opponents argument, the figures in their projections, or even the purpose of ones proposals, but when a political campaign uses lies and rampant exaggeration in order to unjustly malign their opponent, they are attempting to win your vote through dishonesty and that person is not qualified to hold the position they seek.

In an article posted on the Alabama Political Reporter, St. Clair County Republican Party Chairman, and a member of the McClendon campaign, Lance Bell said that McClendon’s opponent is for legalizing drugs and supports an agenda that won’t go over well with the people of St. Clair County.

This is an attempt by the McClendon campaign to convince people that I am for the legalization of drugs. Something that is so reprehensible to the people of District 11 that they do not have to mention what my other positions are because those positions are surely just as unacceptable as the first one. If they are not, then the first one is bad enough.

The problem is that the proposition is just not true.

They are trying to turn my support for marijuana reform into “Ron Crumpton wants to legalize drugs.”

I do not want to legalize drugs. Drugs are a plague on our nation and I have publicly argued on many occasions that I believe that if we legalize marijuana, it will free up the resources necessary to make progress against cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin.

At this point, I do not believe that even those most opposed to the legalization of marijuana would try to argue that it is the same as trying to legalize cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin. When the McClendon campaign accuses me of trying to legalize drugs, they are trying to convince the people of a lie.

Furthermore, I believe that most of the people in District11 would find the act of trying to convince voters of wanton and spurious exaggerations, for the purpose of winning an election, to be despicable.

As far as the other issues that I support, my platform has been that we should form a state lottery, pass a resort bill (limited casino gaming) and start taxing and regulating marijuana like alcohol, and that we need to end corruption in Montgomery. If the McClendon campaign thinks that the majority of the people in St. Clair County are against the lottery, against a limited amount of casino gaming and want their elected leaders in Montgomery to be corrupt then I have two questions. Is there more than one St. Clair County in Alabama? Have I been campaigning in the wrong one?

This campaign is an has always been based on the truth and I am more than happy to meet Rep. McClendon anytime, anyplace, to debate the issues that face this state and what we can do to enrich the lives of those who live here.

If you want to vote for someone who thinks that Alabama is on the right track, if you want to vote for someone who is okay with the corruption in our state government, and if you want to vote for someone who will outright lie to the people in order to get their vote, then the McClendon campaign is for you… they appear willing to do whatever it takes to win.

However, if you want to vote for someone who will make the education of our children the state’s top priority, if you want to vote for someone who will shine a light on corruption, if you want someone who will put your best interest over their ability to win future elections then this is the campaign for you.

Sep 232014
 

 

sign16x9For too many years, our leaders have overlooked obvious avenues to create revenue because of the moral objections and financial interests of a limited number of Alabamians.

Ron’s Economic Plan

If we form a state lottery, pass a resort bill (casino gaming) and start taxing and regulating marijuana like alcohol we could change the face of education in Alabama and solve many of the revenue problems facing our state, while providing more than 35,000 new jobs for the people of Alabama.

Projected New Revenue:

$800 million per year in new revenue for education
$360 million per year in new revenue the general fund
$126 million per year in new revenue for law enforcement
$57 million per year in new revenue for Alabama cities
$27 million per year in new revenue for Alabama counties
 
All together more than $1.3 billion in new revenue.
 

A recent study ranks Alabama as the sixth most politically corrupt state in the U.S. based on past convictions and spending patterns.

The governor and legislators like crow about cutting spending, but the simple fact is that those cuts are due to corruption, and if our elected officials choose to cut essential services rather than ending corrupt policies, addressing the corruption of those around them, or curbing their own corrupt practices, then they are committing an act of corruption because they are allowing themselves or others to gain benefit at the expense of the people of Alabama.

This must stop!

I will stand up for the people of Alabama, I will shine a light on wrongdoing, no matter what the source, but I need your help.