Posts by Eddie Burkhalter

Former Exxon scientists tell congress they knew in 1982 impact fossil fuels would have on climate


Editor’s note: Eddie Burkhalter is a staff writer at Alabama Political Reporter and a fellow at the Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship. The program is a partnership between the Poynter Institute and the Charles Koch Institute. Charles G. Koch is director of the Charles Koch Institute and CEO of the multinational petroleum company Koch Industries. A former Exxon scientist testified to Congress on Wednesday that the company accurately predicted three decades ago that fossil fuel use would…

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Jones introduces bill to invest in workforce development, training


Tuesday, U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Alabama) introduced legislation to increase federal investments in workforce development and training to help prepare workers for the jobs of the future. Sponsors say that the Investing in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act would ensure that American workers have the skills they need to successfully navigate the transition that will result from an increase in automation. “Manufacturing jobs are the backbone of Alabama’s economy,” Jones said. “That’s why it’s so essential that we make…

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Ivey attends grand opening of Grand River Technology Park


Thursday, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) attended the groundbreaking of the Grand River Technology Park adjacent to the Barber Motorsports Park along the vital I-20 corridor connecting Birmingham with Atlanta. “This is an exciting day and thank you all for coming here to celebrate the groundbreaking of Grand River Technology Park,” Gov. Ivey said. “Many of you know that building our workforce development is one of the top priorities of my administration so when I was made…

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ALGOP thanks Brooks, Byrne and Palmer for protesting closed impeachment hearings


On Thursday, the Alabama Republican Party thanked Alabama GOP Congressmen Mo Brooks, Bradley Byrne, and Gary Palmer for their participation in storming a closed House Intelligence Committee meeting hearing evidence on the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump (R). “Thank you! U.S. Representatives Mo Brooks, Bradley Byrne and Gary Palmer-Thank you for not backing down!” Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terri Lathan said. “Americans are tired of “shifty” Schiff and his closed door impeachment hearings. More than 2…

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Opinion | Christians should protect freedom of expression for all people


It’s an idea that we Evangelicals like because we usually hear it discussed in the vein of protecting our particular right to express and live out a Christian worldview. But do we really know what our constitutional right to religious liberty is rooted in, and what protecting it for the long haul will require of us? This tension was clear in the substance of a recent debate between fellow conservatives David French and Sohrab Ahmari. Both men…

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Opinion | Protecting Alabama rivers and protecting your pocketbook


More than once in my life I’ve been reminded there is no such thing as a free lunch. I first learned that lesson from my parents and you probably did, too. Everything has a cost to someone. Whether you’re handing money to a cashier directly or paying a higher utility rate because of government regulations, you will pay. That’s never been truer than in the current push to force the removal of coal ash from one location…

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Drought hitting Alabama cattle producers hard


Recent rains across parts of Alabama have helped some, but Alabama cattle producers are still reeling from “flash drought” conditions that is impacting grazing pastures, hay production and delaying planting of winter grasses used to feed cattle.  According to the U.S. Drought Monitor report released last week portions of 16 states across the south are in drought conditions, drying out soil and damage crops and pastureland. Nearly 56 million people are living through drought conditions, according to…

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Jessica Taylor announces bid to run for Congress


Monday, Jessica Taylor of Prattville announced that she is running for Congress in the Second Congressional District as a Republican. Prattville businesswoman and attorney Jessica Taylor became the latest Republican candidate to announce intentions to run for Alabama’s open 2nd District congressional seat next year. Taylor is an attorney and the founder and CEO of Montgomery-based Azimuth. Taylor is married to former State Senator Bryan Taylor (R-Prattville) who served one term in the State Senate from 2010…

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Opinion | Alabama’s 1901 Constitution was written to benefit the few


Alabama’s 1901 Constitution was written to favor a small ruling class. It was not written to form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, as was the U.S. Constitution. Alabama’s 1901 Constitution is not a document for the people, it is for the few, the mighty and the privileged. Because of the inherent inequities written…

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Alabama receives more than a third of its revenue from federal funds


A new report from The Pew Charitable Trusts showed that Alabama received 36.8 percent of its revenue from federal funds in the fiscal year 2017. The data analyzed all 50 states, determining how much of each state’s revenue comes from federal dollars. Alabama has stayed at a steadily higher percentage than the 50-state share for revenue from federal funds since 2001. However, the state still lies in the middle of the pack nationwide. Neighboring states Louisiana and…

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