State of Alabama Archives: on Government Reform


Kay Ivey: Ban lobbyists from appointments by the executive branch

I wanted to restore our state's image. To do this, government must be efficient and transparent. With executive orders, we've streamlined state government, dissolved unneeded task forces, and banned lobbyists from appointments by the executive branch, ensuring more citizens have an opportunity to serve and contribute. Administratively, I've appointed more than 350 qualified and diverse individuals to boards and other groups which affect the day-to-day lives of Alabamians.
Source: 2018 State of the State speech to Alabama legislature Jan 9, 2018

Roy Moore: Repeal 17th Amendment & direct election of senators

In Moore's June 2011 appearance on a radio talk show, one of the hosts says he would like to see an amendment that would void all the amendments after the Tenth. "That would eliminate many problems," Moore replied. "You know people don't understand how some of these amendments have completely tried to wreck the form of government that our forefathers intended."

Moore cited the 17th Amendment, which calls for the direct election of senators by voters rather than state legislatures, as one he particularly found troublesome.

Moore's campaign spokesman told CNN's KFile that Moore does not believe all amendments after the Tenth should be eliminated. "Judge Moore has expressed concern, as many other conservatives have, that the historical trend since the ratification of the Bill of Rights has been for federal empowerment over state empowerment."

Source: CNN on 2017 Alabama Senate race Dec 11, 2017

Doug Jones: Restore integrity to politics

I will bring integrity back to Washington and back to Alabama politics. We are all tired of politicians who have been bought and paid for by special interests and who view the world through a partisan lens instead of considering the best interest of those they are supposed to represent. This race is not about Democrats or Republicans. It is about the people of Alabama--giving them honest answers while working to protect their health care, rights and economic interests.
Source: 2017 Alabama Senatorial website DougJonesForSenate.com Nov 1, 2017

Roy Moore: Presidents should show birth certificates; question Obama's

Roy Moore has cast doubt on former President Barack Obama's citizenship repeatedly and as recently as December 2016, fueling the debunked "birther" movement that sought to delegitimize Obama's presidency.

Moore, who started questioning the legitimacy of Obama's citizenship back in 2008, last year told a meeting of the Constitution Party that he personally did not believe Obama was a natural-born citizen: "My opinion is, there is a big question about that," Moore said when asked how he defines natural-born citizen as it relates to qualifications for president. Moore's comments came three months after then-Republican nominee Donald Trump conceded that Obama was born in the US after pushing the racially charged birther conspiracy for years.

In 2013, Moore dissented in an Alabama Supreme Court case closely tied to the birther conspiracy, writing that the state should "investigate the qualifications of those candidates who appeared on the 2012 general-election ballot."

Source: CNN.com coverage of 2017 Alabama Senate race Aug 22, 2017

Stacy Lee George: End corruption; turn Alabama into model state

We need to get Montgomery operating in an ethical and transparent manner. Once we do this, government waste will reveal itself, propelling Alabama to create jobs, improve our schools, improve our healthcare system, and tackle issues such as prison reform. I want other people, government agencies, states, and law makers to look at Alabama as the example and not the status quo.
Source: 2018 Alabama Governor website StacyLeeGeorge.com Aug 17, 2017

David Carrington: Reorganize and streamline government

Under David's leadership as president, the Jefferson County Commission:
Source: Alabama governor campaign website, DavidCarrington4us.com Jul 17, 2017

Richard Shelby: Peer pressure & education to get people to register to vote

Q: What policies do you support in order to strengthen the processes of voter registration and voting?

Richard Shelby: I believe that the best way to get individuals to register to vote and get out to the polls is by positive support from peers in their community. Organizations like the League of Women Voters of Alabama are critical to educating citizens about the importance of voting and recognizing that this constitutional right is one that many around the world do not have. Voting is the best way to have your voice heard as a citizen of this great nation and to hold those who represent you accountable for their actions.

Source: Vote411.org League of Women Voters: 2016 Alabama Senate Race Sep 19, 2016

Marcus Bowman: Common sense to require voters to show ID

Q: Do you support or oppose the policy, "Make voter registration easier"

A: Voters must show an ID to vote. This should be common sense everywhere in America. And with that type of safeguard in place then we should make every effort to help legal citizens register to vote.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Alabama Senate race with OnTheIssues Jan 21, 2016

Ron Crumpton: Make voter registration easier

Q: Do you agree or disagree with the statement, "Make voter registration easier"?

A: Strongly agree.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Alabama Senate race with OnTheIssues Nov 26, 2015

Ron Crumpton: Limit "Dark Money"; people's interests over big business

I am officially a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate seat that is currently held by Richard Shelby. Shelby does not serve the people.Every time the interest of the people is pitted against the interest of big business, big business gets the support of Richard Shelby. It is time for the people of Alabama to elect a progressive senator who will work for what is in their best interest and not the best interest of the political fat cats and big business executives that fund their campaigns.
Source: AL.com editorial by Ron Crumpton on 2016 Alabama Senate race Apr 16, 2015

Kay Ivey: Reduce legislators' salary; remove ability to set own salary

Alabama has seen the greatest growth in jobs and business investment since 2007. Successful steps have been implemented to streamline state government resulting in $1billion in annual savings. In addition, Ivey has presided over the Alabama Senate resulting in one of the most conservative and productive legislature in decades--some say the most ever. Keeping the people's trust while meeting financial obligations without raising taxes has been and creating new jobs has been the cornerstone for the past four years--let's keep moving forward.

Operating the office of Lt. Governor with 30% less than previous administration. Reducing the salary of the Lt. Governor along with legislators by repealing a 62% pay raise approved by the Democrat legislative majority during the last quadrennium and replacing it with a salary scale that ties compensation to Alabama's median income level. We also removed the legislature's ability to set its own salary in the future.

Source: 2014 Alabama Lt. Governor campaign website KayIvey.org Oct 30, 2014

Kay Ivey: 5,000 fewer state employees than three years ago

Streamlining State Government: Ivey serves as Chair of the Commission of Improving State Government which provided the foundation for the Road to Save $1 Billion while working with Governor Bentley House Speaker Hubbard and Senate President Pro Tem Marsh and the Legislature. In just three years' time, we have reduced this state's bureaucracy at the third fastest pace of any other state in this nation and saved our taxpayers over one billion dollars. Size of state government has been reduced by consolidation and eliminating duplications to maximize each and every taxpayer dollar while improving how state services are delivered to Alabama citizens. Currently there 5,000 fewer state employees than three years ago.
Source: 2014 Alabama Lt. Governor campaign website KayIvey.org Oct 30, 2014

Gary Palmer: Full disclosure of sources of campaign contributions

Q: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?

A: Yes. Given that individual contributions must be disclosed, I support full disclosure of the source of contributions.

Source: VoteSmart 2014 Alabama Congressional Political Courage Test Aug 30, 2014

William Barnes: Running because Shelby's $13M warchest is from big business

Shelby has $12-$13 million in his warchest and I questioned that. How did a Senator from Alabama raise such a large warchest? For our Democracy's continuance, we depend on citizens stepping forward, running for office and serving the public. And I found out while researching Senator Shelby's background--and following the money--I don't think that Senator Shelby is seriously connected with the citizen of Alabama. He's representing big business. And that's what brings me to the race today.
Source: Left In Alabama (progressive blog) interview of Bill Barnes Jul 27, 2010

Vivian Davis Figures: Voted YES to prohibit money transfers between PACs

Figures voted Yes on HB 73: Prohibiting Money Transfers Between Political Action Committees (Bill Passed 20-14)

An Act relating to campaign contributions, to prohibit transfers between political action committees. Under existing law, a political action committee may make a contribution to another political action committee. This bill would prohibit transfers between political action committees.

Source: Alabama state voting records from vote-smart.org Feb 26, 2008

Robert Bentley: No campaign spending limits; no state funding of candidates

Source: Alabama 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

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