In the past several years politics in Alabama has centered on a number of different issues. One involves the special session of the legislature, which has pitted Gov. Robert Bentley against both houses of the Alabama Legislature. The President Pro Tem of the Senate, the Speaker of the House and several others in leadership positions have been at odds with Gov. Bentley. But interestingly, it now appears that Sen. Marsh and Speaker Hubbard also are in conflict with each other, taking different paths for the session. Their conflict appears to be on competing versions of gambling legislation.
Another ongoing issue involves the battle over the Confederate battle flag. The flag was removed from the state capital grounds by Governor Bentley. While that has stirred up some controversy, I believe it was the right thing to do. The flag has become a symbol of aggression and it serves no useful purpose today. It’s a part of history and its display is appropriate in museum settings.
A third situation involves the BP settlement money with a number of players and a number of different issues being involved. While we have been involved in the state’s case from the beginning, I really don’t have any specific recommendations on how the money should be spent. It’s my opinion that Gov. Bentley should have the final word on that part of the statement, but with input from the legislature.
The temperatures in Montgomery have been close to 100 degrees lately and it will seem even hotter around the State House when the legislature comes back to work on Aug. 3. Hopefully, the special session will be both productive and successful. Maybe by the time this issue is mailed, a miracle will have happened and the legislators will have done their job.
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