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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.

Sep 152014
 

 

 

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Ron Crumpton, Democratic nominee for Alabama State Senate District 11, will be at the  St. Clair County, Alabama Democrats monthly meeting (open to the public, 6:30 – 8:30 pm) at the Pell City Recreation Center.

Ron will be in the parking lot to pass out Ron Crumpton 2014 yard signs from 5:45 until 6:45 p.m.

If you live in District 11, stop by, pick up a sign, and show your support!

* Additional locations are being scheduled throughout the district. More details shortly.

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Sep 042014
 
 
By Ron Crumpton
Candidate for Alabama Senate District 11
 

Part 6: Corruption in the Democratic Party

 

Corruption DemocratsThe Democratic Party once ruled politics in Alabama, but it now serves as a sad reminder to how corruption within the party system can lead to ruin at the expense those who support it.

The Republican Party did not invent political corruption, the Democratic Party has a ripe history of corruption in its past.

For a long time the Democratic Party enjoyed a supermajority in this state, much like the Republicans hold now, and if there is one thing that Alabama politics has proven, it is that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

This is not a history lesson, corruption still exists within the party today, and that corruption has brought the Alabama Democratic Party to ruin.

At the state level, it now only exists as abstract extension of one man’s power. Continue reading »

Sep 032014
 
 
By Ron Crumpton
Candidate for Alabama Senate District 11

 

Part 5: Corruption in the Republican Party

 

30b1b1yFrom the Governor’s Mansion, to the Statehouse, to the Supreme Court Building political corruption is rampant, but state offices are not the only place to find political corruption in Alabama, and may just be symptoms of the true problem.

Due to their influence in Alabama politics, many believe that corruption within the parties may be the root of all of the evil in our political system… and they may be right.

Whether it accusations that he used his position to line his own pockets, or that he threatened candidates in his own party in an attempt to insure the reelection of a top lieutenant, Mike Hubbard’s name is the first to pop up when the subject of political corruption is mentioned in political circles.

This is due, in part, to the current grand jury investigation in to political corruption in Alabama. While grand jury proceedings are secret, court documents name Hubbard as the focus of the investigation.

Recently, an internal report from the Republican State Leadership Committee was leaked to Politico.com.

The report, which detailed the internal investigation by the RSLC, concluded that their leaders illegally conspired with Representative Mike Hubbard, who was chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, and others to launder funds that were considered toxic, or were in violation of Alabama law, from gaming interests.  More than $1 million raised by Hubbard was, reportedly, funneled through the RSLC and back to Republican entities, including the Alabama GOP, controlled by Hubbard. Continue reading »

Aug 282014
 
By Ron Crumpton
Candidate for Alabama Senate District 11

 

Part 4: Corruption in the Courts and Attorney General’s Office

 

Left to Right: Chief Justice Roy Moore and Attorney General Luther Strange

Left to Right: Chief Justice Roy Moore and Attorney General Luther Strange

While it is the job of the courts and the Alabama Attorney General’s office to investigate and prosecute corruption in this state, they are often at the center of the controversy, accusations and crimes.

It is their responsibility to apply the law in a fair and objective manner. Instead, they twist the law to support a political agenda, use their position to protect party leaders, or use the law to enrich themselves.

When members of the judicial system become part of the corruption, instead of being a deterrent to corruption, then the state ceases to be a free society. It is not the government that makes us free, it is our laws that make us free, and when the judicial system allows our laws to be corrupted by our government then freedom is an illusion.

Roy Moore: the road to religious oligarchy

Most of us know about Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore and his crusade to display the Ten Commandments at the Supreme Court building, but his support for denying Alabamians their First Amendment rights does not end there.

In his comments to the Pastors for Life luncheon in Jackson, Mississippi, Moore made the argument that the First Amendment only applied to Christians. He argued that the word religion implies a creator god and said, “Buddha didn’t create us, Mohammed didn’t create us, it was the God of the Holy Scriptures.” Continue reading »

Aug 252014
 
By Ron Crumpton
Candidate for Alabama Senate District 11
 

Part 3: Corruption in the House and Senate

 

Corruption is kingThere is always an easy way to tell that is an election year in Alabama, someone has either plead guilty to, is in court for, has been indicted or is being investigated for charges of corruption in the Alabama House and Senate.

In 2006, it was the two-year college scandal, in 2010, it was the computer bingo scandal, and this year it is Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, and other members in the leadership of the Republican supermajority.

Now let me preface this by saying that there are good and able people from both parties representing the people of Alabama in the House and Senate, but there are some people who are without honor, and are nothing more than a horde of feckless thugs.

Mike Hubbard: the focus of grand the jury investigation in Lee County

So far, the Lee County grand jury on public corruption in Alabama has netted prosecutors with one legislator, Representative Greg Wren, R-Montgomery, pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges of using his office for personal gain, he has agreed to testify against Hubbard, and four felony indictments against another, Representative Barry Moore, R-Enterprise, for saying that he did not make threats to kill projects in his area that would have created jobs and benefited the local community college if his opponent in the Republican primary did not withdraw when the conversation had been recorded by his challenger. Continue reading »

Aug 212014
 
By Ron Crumpton 
Candidate Alabama State Senate District 11

 

Part 2: Corruption in the Governor’s Office

 

Riley and Hubbard split

Left to Right: Former Governor Bob Riley and Governor Robert Bentley

In state government, the governor has an enormous amount of authority, which can sometimes be a good thing, but that amount of authority makes it that much easier for someone to abuse the office for their own personal benefit.

One of the biggest problems in politics at the state level is the lack of oversight.

On the federal level, the legislature has the power to conduct extensive investigations into the actions of the president or its own membership. In Alabama, our legislature is only permitted to meet 30 days a year, and while it does form commissions that meet during the rest of the year, membership in a “citizen legislature” is widely regarded as a part time job. Therefore, serious legislative oversight is not a deterrent to gubernatorial or legislative misconduct (this will be a reoccurring theme in this series).

This power imbalance often allows a sitting governor to hide wrongdoing until after he has left office, which brings us to former Alabama Governor Bob Riley.

Since leaving office, there has been a steady stream of reported improprieties in the actions of the former governor and his top lieutenant Representative Mike Hubbard. Continue reading »

Aug 192014
 
 
By Ron Crumpton 
Candidate Alabama State Senate District 11
 

Part 1: How Corruption Affects You

 

Hand shake with moneyIf there is one thing that I have learned over the last 5 years as a political activist, and a candidate for the last 15 months, it is that politics in Alabama is corrupt from the top down.

Corruption comes in many forms, many guises and it lurks in every corner of politics in the Yellowhammer state. Whether it is in the executive, legislative or judicial branch, or in the party system, it effects the education of our children, the safety of our families and our ability to put food on the table.

While there is some debate, by legal experts, on what actually constitutes political corruption, for use in this series, political corruption is the abuse of power by those in a position of power, within the political system, to sustain or increase their status, wealth or power.

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

Aug 062014
 
 
By Ron Crumpton 
Candidate Alabama State Senate District 11

 

Labor-UnionsLast Thursday, I had the privilege of speaking to the Alabama AFL-CIO’s biennial COPE Convention at the Renaissance Hotel in Montgomery.

I was pleased and proud to be invited to address the convention because we share the common belief that Alabama’s greatest commodity is the Alabama worker.

The simple fact is that without the working class men and women of Alabama there would be no industry or government because there would be no one to produce, transport or distribute the products created by industry and there would be no tax revenue to fund the government.

The Alabama AFL-CIO and its member organizations stand with the working class, which represents the majority of Alabamians, and I stand with them.

The Republican supermajority has pushed bills and constitutional amendments that would limit their ability to organize workers, without providing any protections for those workers that want to join a union.

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. The Alabama AFL-CIO 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.

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.

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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.

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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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Ron Crumpton will stand up, he will shine a light on wrongdoing, no matter what the source, but he needs your help.

With your contribution of $10, $25, $50, $100 or more to his campaign, you can ensure that our voices are represented in the election and then in the Senate.

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