Remember "Lynn Greer explains it all for you?" Well, the Democrats of Alabama took some video from a TV station's camera and did a very clever mash-up of his highlights. My video for comparison, and some news from the southern battlefront of the culture wars, after the jump:
Apologies for this week's update being what it is. Spinal problems prevented me from getting to Montgomery while the legislature was in session. Nevertheless, a voter ID bill which passed the House this week drew this reaction from the Alabama Democratic Party:
Though the state is currently slashing funding for critical departments and programs in the face of severe budget shortfalls, Republicans are steamrolling over Democrats to pass a bill that will cost millions of dollars that the state doesn’t have.
The GOP claims this bill will reduce voter fraud, but there has been no evidence nor any case in Alabama that supports their assertion. Representative Kerry Rich (R - Albertville) could identify only three cases of voter fraud in the state since 2008, all of which dealt with absentee ballots and not voters misrepresenting themselves at the ballot box.
If Republicans are able to pass this unnecessary legislation they will be putting the state on the hook for millions of dollars needed to implement a law that will only serve to suppress voter turnout.
This is Chairman of the ADP Mark Kennedy speaking to a room full of Democrats:
Also this week: Republicans failed to pass their Death To Obamacare Act. The new governor is paying his Chief of Staff, Chief legal advisor, and his Transportation chief with Homeland Security money (really!) and defending the state's new anti-teacher law in federal courts (decision; .PDF). The law would have prohibited teachers from deducting union dues from their paychecks. and was at the top of the Republican "emergency ethics session" agenda just after the election last year. However, Governor Bentley signed the repeal of DROP, a state pension plan designed to reward longer careers.