Jul 232014
 

 

Publication1Tomorrow (7/24/14), Ron will be a guest on WDNG 1450 AM’s “Model City AM” from 9:05 until 9:30 a.m.

In one-half the interview, Ron will be discussing the hijacking of his campaign event by Stephanie Engle, Chair of the Talladega Democratic Party. He intends to be at the event tomorrow evening and will be asking supporters to join him at the Ritz Theatre and demand that he participate in the event.

The other half will focus on the issues facing Alabama Senate District 11 and real world solutions for solving those problems.

I urge you to listen in and then join me in Talladega!

If you are not in the Anniston listening market, live streaming is available here!

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Jul 142014
 
 
By Ron Crumpton
Candidate Alabama State Senate District 11
 

lets talk about healthcare HIJACKEDWhen I came up for the original idea to hold a series of town hall meetings across the state, I looked at it as an opportunity to discuss the issues important to the people of district 11.

Many people thought the idea had little chance of coming to fruition, including Stephanie Engle, Chair of the Talladega County Democrats, who showed little interest in the idea when I mentioned it to her initially.

Nevertheless, I was determined.

The events were to be a series of tightly focused discussions about the issues that the campaign feels are of the greatest concern to the people. The plan was to do three events one in each of the counties that are in district 11. One would be on Education: Policy and Funding, the Economy: Job Creation and Funding the Essentials, and Healthcare: Healthcare and Medicaid expansion. I did not want this to be one of the typical town halls where the discussion can range from a wide range of issues and is essentially a series of sound bites. I wanted it be a comprehensive conversation.

On June 7, Pell City held their annual Block Party and several of the candidates that I wanted to see participate in the events were in attendance. After the initial discussion and follow up meeting, the political participants were in place. Continue reading »

Jul 092014
 

 

Lets Talk About Healthcare 8X10I am pleased to announce that my campaign will be sponsoring “Let’s Talk Alabama” a series of town hall forums on some of the biggest issues facing Alabamians today.

We will be holding one town hall in each of the three counties (Shelby, St. Clair and Talladega) that are partially included in Senate District 11.

Talladega County — Let’s Talk About Healthcare: Healthcare and Medicaid Expansion. (July 24, Ritz Theatre, Talladega).

St. Clair County – Let’s Talk About Education: Policy and New Funding.

Shelby County – Let’s Talk About the Economy: Job Creation and Funding the Essentials.

The events will feature Parker Griffith and Ron Crumpton along with other candidates and various experts on each topic on an event-by-event basis.

It is important that the people of Alabama have a frank and honest conversation with those who seek to represent them, about the issues that most affect them.

To do this we need your help!

We are currently trying to offset the cost of these events.

Your contribution of $10, $25, $50, $100 or more, will go a long way to start and maintain the conversation about these important issues.

Contribute if you can, then join us for the conversation and “Let’s Talk Alabama!”

*Those who contribute $100 or more will be eligible to have their name, or name of their company or organization, listed in the program for each of the three events.

 

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Jul 022014
 
By Ron Crumpton
Candidate Alabama State Senate District 11

 

-72052520ea4011caLast week, Kyle Whitmire of AL.com posted a survey asking readers where they stand on the issue of marijuana legalization. Not only did it show that 78 % of respondents support ending prohibition of the plant, it showed overwhelming support for legalization across party lines.

Of those responding: 91% of Democrats (with an additional 6% supporting the medical use) and 70% of Republicans (with an additional 13% supporting the medical use) support the legalization of Marijuana.

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While this survey is not scientific, it is significant.

Since the citizens of Colorado and Washington State voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, AL.com has conducted several polls and surveys on the subject. All have showed vast support for a sensible approach to marijuana policy.

The cost of enforcing current policies is staggering.

On average, the act of arresting and processing someone for marijuana offenses is about three hours. The state arrests more than 12,500 people annually. That is more than 37,500 person-hours per year, which is the equivalent of having more than 930 officers, or about 5% of all law enforcement officers in the state, doing nothing but arresting and processing people for marijuana offenses.

Right now enforcing marijuana law costs the state around 95 million dollars per year. Taxing and regulating marijuana like alcohol would produce more than $400 million in tax revenue for the state. Together that would be a positive revenue adjustment of over a half a billion dollars.

That is just the financial aspect, what about the effects of enforcing these laws on the citizenry?

-ac8bb7ab9a3f4927According to the survey, 74% 0f Alabamians have used marijuana at some point in their lives and 21 % of Alabamians use marijuana regularly. In other words, technically, current marijuana policy makes criminals out of more than 3.5 million Alabamians that have not committed a criminal act.

Committing a criminal act requires that you cause some type of harm to others. Sitting in the privacy of your own home and smoking a joint harms no one. Therefore, the only reason that these people are criminals is that they are being subjected to laws that are unjust… The law makes these people criminal, not their actions.

Those who have been arrested due to the unjust law not only bear the burden of criminal prosecution, but it also causes them a myriad of problems in future life. It affects their ability to get a job, receive financial aid for college, adopt a child, etc… The list is long and it goes on and on and on.

Furthermore, the prohibition of marijuana requires that these “criminals” do business with drug dealers, which increases the availability of hard drugs to the public.

Then you have the medical aspect of prohibition. Currently, hundreds of thousands of Alabamians are forced to take prescription drugs that are less effective and more dangerous. I just cannot understand the logic of forcing patients to take drugs that are highly addictive and deadly when there is a more effective and less dangerous option.

It is past time for the legalization of marijuana and the people of Alabama realize that. Unfortunately, many of those in the legislature prefer to hold on to the spurious propaganda of the past, as opposed to moving Alabama into the future.

As long as that is the case, Alabamians will continue to endure the injustice of unfair prosecution, our economy will continue to suffer and drug dealers will continue to count their money and laugh at our ignorance.

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Jul 012014
 
By Ron Crumpton
Candidate Alabama State Senate District 11

 

Healthcare inviteI am pleased to announce that my campaign will be hosting “Let’s Talk About Healthcare: a town hall forum on healthcare and Medicaid expansion, and other  issues, in Talladega on July 24.

Due to the governor’s failure to implement Medicaid Expansion, 191,000 people in Alabama do not qualify for health coverage under Medicaid or the Affordable Care Act. According to a study released by the Kaiser Foundation, Alabama ranks second in the nation for the number of people falling into this “coverage gap.”

When you consider that Alabama is at the bottom of the list in terms of diabetes incidence and obesity; infant mortality and premature death rate; and cardiovascular health, it is easy to see that turning down healthcare for 191,000 Alabamians is just not practical.

The simple fact is that Governor Bentley and the Republican Supermajority in Montgomery have misled and outright lied to the people of Alabama about Medicaid expansion. The people of this state need to know the truth about this issue; they need to know who is standing for them and who is not.

The event will be held at the historic Ritz Theater on the Square in Talladega.

The scheduled speakers are:

Ron Crumpton, Patient’s Rights Advocate: Democratic Nominee Senate District 11

It is time for our elected leaders in Alabama to realize that the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land, it is not going anywhere and to deny Alabamians the benefits that the Medicaid expansion creates because of personal ideological objections is just bad leadership and bad for the majority of Alabamians.

Parker Griffith, Oncologist: Democratic Nominee for Governor

“People’s lives are on the line. Parents and children in hard-working families are being denied health insurance because of Governor Bentley, and hundreds—literally hundreds—will die needlessly every year because of his cowardice,”

Jesse “J.T.” Smith, Democratic Nominee 3rd Congressional District: Jesse is an advocate for veterans and the health issues they face.

Dr. David Becker (Ph.D. and B.A., Economics, University of California, Berkeley) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy in the UAB School of Public Health.

In 2012, he co-authored An Economic Evaluation of Medicaid Expansion in Alabama under the Affordable Care Act, which stated that the state could see $1.7 billion in additional tax revenue if it expanded Medicaid to include those in the in the coverage gap.

Mr. Joel Taylor, CEO Citizens’ Baptist Health Medical Center: Taylor received a master of science in health administration and a master of business administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Birmingham-Southern College.

There are many issues facing the citizens of this state and this is the first in a series of town halls planned in Shelby, St. Clair and Talladega Counties by my campaign.

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Jun 042014
 
 
By Ron Crumpton
Candidate Alabama State Senate District 11

 

Representative Jim McClendon

Representative Jim McClendon

On Tuesday, Rep. Jim McClendon crushed Sen. Jerry Fielding in the Republican primary for Alabama Senate District 11.

This is no surprise. No one expected Fielding, who changed parties in 2012 after district 11 was dramatically changed by reapportionment, to win in a district that was drawn specifically for Jim McClendon who was co-chair of the committee that drew the new districts.

Prior to reapportionment, Senate District 11 included parts of Calhoun, Coosa, Elmore, Talladega Counties, but was changed and is now made up of parts of Shelby, St. Clair and Talladega Counties.

Representative McClendon had three goals in reforming the district.

  1. Make sure that the district contains as much of the house district that he has held for the last 12 years.
  2. Make sure to keep Sen. Fielding in the District.
  3. Make sure that the district contained a substantial part of Shelby County.

Making it McClendon’s District

Rep. McClendon currently holds the District 50 seat in the Alabama House of Representatives. That district contains parts of St. Clair and Shelby Counties. The entire St. Clair County area in House District 50 is now in Senate District 11. Even though it was not previously in the district, St. Clair County now makes up more than half the district.

McClendon has owned that district since his election to the house in 2002. In fact, this is the first time McClendon has been opposed in an election since taking office.

By making St. Clair County the majority of the district, he increased his chances of moving up to the Senate because he is the only sitting state legislator in St. Clair County, it gave him a considerable advantage, and he won St. Clair County with more than 70% of the vote.

Keep Fielding in the District

When Jerry Fielding left the Democratic Party and joined the Republican Party, he was promptly branded a RINO by Republicans.

Regardless of the courtship between Fielding and the Republican Party, it was never their intention to take him into the fold, they wanted to weaken Fielding and take him out. If that had not been the case, they would not have run a Riley/Hubbard Republican against him.

Giving McClendon a weakened incumbent opponent increased his chances of taking the seat.

Keeping a Piece of Shelby County

Every Republican in Alabama would like to have a piece of Shelby County. It is one of the Republican Parties richest fundraising “honey holes” in the state.

It is also home to a strong Riley/Hubbard faction within the party.

With Shelby and St. Clair Counties in the district, it made Talladega County, Fielding’s home county, almost insignificant in a Republican Primary.

It is simple, the primary for District 11 was not won on the campaign trail; it was won in the legislature by drawing lines on a map, lines that made Jim McClendon the heir apparent for the seat.

If that is not using your position for personal political gain, I do not know what you would call it. It is another example that those who represent us believe that it is okay to gain personal benefit through their position.

The new district is tailor made for Jim McClendon and he was co-chair of the committee that drew the lines, but he expects you to believe that he had nothing to do with drawing the lines for District 11… So much for honesty in politics.

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May 062014
 
By Ron Crumpton
Candidate Alabama State Senate District 11
 
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore

Once again, Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore has made comments about our First Amendment rights that prove he is not qualified for the job he currently holds.

In his comments to the Pastors for Life luncheon in Jackson Mississippi, an event sponsored by Pro-Life Mississippi, Chief Justice Moore stated that the rights guaranteed to all Americans in the First Amendment only apply to Christians because “Buddha didn’t create us, Mohammed didn’t create us, it was the God of the Holy Scriptures.”

“They didn’t bring the Koran over on the pilgrim ship,” he said. “Let’s get real, let’s go back and learn our history. Let’s stop playing games.”

I think it is the Chief Justice that needs to learn his history and his bible before he ventures to make statements that imply that the constitution supports an organized Christian government.

First, the Chief Justice needs to realize that Mohammed was a profit and not god. In the Islamic religion, Allah is God.

Second, he needs to read the book of Genesis and the story of Isaac and Ishmael.

Isaac was the son of Abraham by his wife Sarah and Ishmael was the son of Abraham by Sarah’s maid Hagar. Out of jealousy, Sarah said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman with her son; for the son of this slave woman shall not be heir with my son Isaac.” (Genesis 21:10)

Abraham was against this, ” But God said to Abraham, “Be not displeased because of the lad and because of your slave woman; whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for through Isaac shall your descendants be named. And I will make a nation of the son of the slave woman also, because he is your offspring.” (Genesis 21:12-13)

The descendants of Isaac are the Jewish people and the descendants of Ishmael are Arab people. This was the original split between what would become Judaism and Christianity with what would become Islam.

The point of this story is that both come from the same father and same creator Mr. Chief Justice.

That brings us to the Pilgrims, and while I cannot prove it, I would bet that they did not bring a copy of the Koran over on the Mayflower, but that is aside from the point. The very lesson of the Pilgrims is that state sponsored religion does not work because not only do Christians not believe the same things that other religions do, Christians cannot even agree with what other Christians believe.

The Pilgrims journeyed to the New World because the state sponsored Church of England was persecuting them for their religious beliefs. The oppression faced by Pilgrims ranged from fines for not attending state sponsored religious ceremonies to church condoned violence against them for exercising their religious beliefs.

The kind of state sponsored religion that the Chief Justice is suggesting is the very reason why they left England for the Americas.

When our founding fathers wrote the constitution, they remembered their history and the history of their former “Mother Nation” England, which had just suffered a 100 years of war and strife over battles between Protestants and Catholics, who were both trying to establish their religion as the nation’s religion, and they decided to begin the Bill of Rights with the following statement.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

This was a promise from our forefathers that this country would never have a state sponsored religion and that the state could not dictate religious doctrine to the Church. It was so important to them that they codified it in the first 16 words of the Bill of Rights.

Now, I have looked at several copies of the US Constitution this morning, and I am yet to find the “Buddha didn’t create us” clause that the Chief Justice mentioned. In fact, I cannot find any mention of the creator, Buddha, Mohammed, Allah or Christianity in the first Amendment text.

So, where does the Chief Justice get these assumptions?

He would like to say that it was the intention of our forefathers that we be a Christian Nation, but that just doesn’t stand up to historical scrutiny.

George Washington, the country’s first president said, “The government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.”

Thomas Jefferson, the very model of the term founding father, said, “Because religious belief, or non-belief, is such an important part of every person’s life, freedom of religion affects every individual. Religious institutions that use government power in support of themselves and force their views on persons of other faiths, or of no faith, undermine all our civil rights. Moreover, state support of an established religion tends to make the clergy unresponsive to their own people, and leads to corruption within religion itself. Erecting the “wall of separation between church and state,” therefore, is absolutely essential in a free society.”

In fact, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Paine and others made similar statements in support of religious freedom.

Apparently, none of this maters because once again, an Alabama Republican is making statements about a “Christian Nation,” statements that are just not supported by the constitution or the founding fathers.

It is sad that the Chief Justice knows so little, or cares so little about the law that he does not care that his argument that the First Amendment does not apply to non-Christians is invalidated by the First Amendment itself.

Arguing that the phrase “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,” does not apply to some religions because we do have an established religion does not prove that we are a Christian Nation… It proves you are a moron.

While I, like most Alabamians, come from a strong Christian background, and believe in god and his son Jesus Christ, I do not believe that government has the right to push that belief on others. It is against the law that founded this nation, and when you look at the history of state sponsored religion and harm it has caused society, it is against reason.

The Bill of Rights guarantees the rights of all Americans, and government should not violate the rights it bestows.

Until we realize that denying rights to others, only goes to place limits on our own rights, we are never going to realize that it may be the government that limits our rights unfairly, but it is our own actions that give them the power to do so.

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Apr 292014
 
 
By Ron Crumpton
Candidate Alabama State Senate District 11

 

be the changeCorruption is running rampant in Montgomery, two Republican members of the Alabama House of Representative have been indicted on charges involving the misuse of their office and both indictments point to wrongdoing by House Speaker Mike Hubbard.

Do you really believe that those who are intent on lining their own pockets are looking out for your best interest?

The Republican supermajority in Montgomery believes that it can solve the fiscal issues facing our state with the same old policies of tax cuts for the rich and repressed wages for the poor that has brought us to the financial woes we now face. An economy cannot grow if the middle class has no disposable income to buy the products produced by business.

The reason Alabama is always last in everything is that we refuse to move forward. Continue reading »

Apr 252014
 
By Ron Crumpton
Candidate Alabama State Senate District 11

 

hubbard wren moore prisonYesterday, Representative Barry Moore (R- Enterprise) turned himself in to authorities in Lee County after being indicted on four felony charges by a Lee County grand jury on Wednesday.

Moore’s indictment involves his testimony that he had no knowledge of threats by House Speaker Mike Hubbard to kill a program in Moore’s district if Moore’s opponent did not withdraw from the race and that he did not tell his opponent that he would get the Speaker to push the incentives through if his opponent, Josh Pipkin, dropped out of the race.

Tapes, obtained by the Alabama Political Reporter, of Barry Moore’s conversation with Josh Pipkin, dispute his testimony.

This is the second Republican lawmaker to be arrested and indicted this month. The more troubling issue is that court documents in both of these indictments seem to implicate Speaker Mike Hubbard in these illegal activities. Continue reading »

Apr 222014
 
By Ron Crumpton
Candidate Alabama State Senate District 11
 

Education is Alabamas FutureEducation stands strong as the silver bullet in America. The starting point for everything that we as Alabamians want to see for our state is the education of our children and the continuing education of our adult population.

Alabama received $1.1 billion in federal stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that was appropriated for education. More than 10 percent, $118 million, was transferred to the corrections system. This kind of thinking is the major reason that Alabama faces such financial hardship. Our government prioritizes paying to imprison non-violent offenders over spending money to give our children a proper education.

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. Continue reading »