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Join us at the 2015 annual meeting!
Your voice matters! We expect a huge crowd at the 2015 Arise annual meeting. ACPP members will gather Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Montgomery (get directions here) to choose our 2016 issue priorities. New proposals will compete with four existing priorities for five slots on ACPP's issue roster.
Both member groups and individual members can help choose next year's priorities. Member groups in good standing can bring up to six representatives who can cast seven votes each, for a total of up to 42 votes per group. Individual members can cast five votes each. A member can vote as an individual or a group representative, but not both. Attendance is free, though we ask you to bring $10 for lunch if you can.
Click here to RSVP today. If you have questions about the event or your membership status, call us at 334-832-9060. We hope to see you there!
Arise Daily News Digest 7-1-2015
AL.COM - Roy Moore's lawyer to Gov. Bentley: 'Public officials are ministers of God'.
AL.COM - 'Minister of God' letter sparks call for the resignation of Alabama courts official.
AL.COM - Gov. Robert Bentley names new criminal justice council.
AL.COM - Governor presses Alabama A&M for financial records.
AL.COM - Alabama lawmakers meeting on budget shortfall this week.
AL.COM - Alabama, other states challenge EPA Clean Water Rule that covers tributaries, streams, ditches.
AL.COM - Blue Cross to cut coverage of special medications to 11,000 members.
AL.COM - Permanent measure sought to force Alabama's probate judges to marry gay couples.
AL.COM - Gov. Robert Bentley consults with lawyers on how same-sex marriage ruling could affect churches.
AL.COM - Fighting heroin on Alabama streets: Inside covert world of police raids, undercovers, informants.
AL.COM - Old Birmingham map outlined 'Negro Concentrations,' then shunned them.
AL.COM - KKK began national recruiting efforts, including in Alabama, days after South Carolina massacre.
AL.COM - Greene County shaken by 16th earthquake in less than a year.
AL.COM - Alabama Chief Justice Moore: Gay marriage 'not in accordance with Constitution'.
AL.COM - Alabama executions: Who's next and when?
ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Dye Sends Letter to Legislators Argues Passage of Lottery, Gaming
ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Study Finds Alabama Failing in Best States for Working Moms, Dads
ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Strange, Byrne Applaud Supreme Court Ruling on EPA
ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Contributor State Rep. Darrio Melton: It’s not the chicken or the egg; It’s growing a better Alabama.
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS - Alabama Congressman supports bill to eliminate Supreme Court’s ObamaCare exemption.
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS - Alabama manufacturers celebrate Supreme Court’s EPA decision.
SENATE SKETCHES - “Senate Sketches,” Sen. Hank Sanders’ weekly message to his constituents.
SALON - Contributor Robert Reich: America is facing an economic apartheid.
SALON - GOP declares war on the Supreme Court: What’s really behind the reactionary plot against the judiciary.
THE ATLANTIC - Renting: Awful for Just About Everyone Right Now
THE NATION - Shouldn’t Home Care Workers Earn a Living Wage?
THE NATION - Now the Real Obamacare Fight Begins
THE NATION - Fast Food CEO Blames Low-Wage Workers for Poverty
SLATE - Is Bail Unconstitutional? Our broken system keeps the poor in jail and lets the rich walk free.
(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY - Judge seeks AG’s opinion on marriage licenses.
(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY - Judge: No marriage licenses in Lauderdale until further notice.
TUSCALOOSA NEWS - Tuition hike of 4 percent eyed at University of West Alabama.
TUSCALOOSA NEWS - Alabama prisons considered most overcrowded in the country.
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – The Tuscaloosa News: Marriage should be abolished as a state function.
ANNISTON STAR - The Anniston Star: A warning for probate judges in Alabama.
ANNISTON STAR - The Anniston Star: 462 dead in America.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Supporters, opponents of same-sex marriage look ahead.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - NAACP state chapters plan march to nation's capital.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Poll: After Charleston, a nation divided on the Confederate flag.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Columnist Josh Moon: Despite rhetoric, America is doing just fine.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - The Montgomery Advertiser: Alabama still lagging in business creation.
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS - Same-sex couples can marry in Lee County; Alabama probate judges are still divided.
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS - Alabama Law Enforcement Agency concerned about budget cuts.
WASHINGTON POST – Why racists burn black churches.
WASHINGTON POST - Court decisions provided nationwide unity for states split by ideology.
WASHINGTON POST - Environmental groups look to contain fallout from SCOTUS mercury ruling.
WASHINGTON POST - Columnist Katrina vanden Heuvel: Behind the momentum for paid sick leave.
WASHINGTON POST - Columnist Ruth Marcus: Why there won’t be a gay marriage backlash.
WASHINGTON POST - The Washington Post: States should stop trying to defy the Supreme Court on gay marriage.
NEW YORK TIMES - Oklahoma Commandments Monument Is Ruled a Religious Symbol
NEW YORK TIMES – The New York Times: A Needed Update for Overtime Pay
NEW YORK TIMES – Editor Jesse Wegman: A Death the Supreme Court Should Remember
ACA ruling a huge win for affordable health care in Alabama
Arise Citizens’ Policy Project policy director Jim Carnes issued the following statement Thursday in response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding Affordable Care Act tax credits in Alabama and other states:
“The Supreme Court’s decision is a huge victory for millions of Americans, including more than 170,000 Alabamians who have gained health coverage through the federal Marketplace. This ruling protects tax credits that make coverage more affordable for 132,000 Alabamians, and it protects all Americans from the soaring insurance costs that would have resulted from a decision the other way.
“With today’s ruling, health coverage for thousands of Alabama families is safe and sound. Now it’s time for Alabama to take the next step and close the Medicaid coverage gap for thousands more. Health reform is the law of the land, and our leaders should work to make sure it succeeds in providing access to affordable coverage for all Alabamians.”
2015 legislative update: What went well in 2015 -- and the challenges that remain for Alabama
It’s over! But it’s not over yet. After approving a wholly inadequate General Fund budget that would jeopardize our state’s future, the Alabama Legislature ended the 2015 regular session Thursday. But Gov. Robert Bentley vetoed that budget, and he will call lawmakers back for a special session on the budget later this summer.
Arise members celebrated some big victories this year, but major challenges still remain. Here’s a quick review of how Arise issues fared:
Budgets and taxes: None of Bentley’s revenue bills passed. Without new revenue, vital services like Medicaid and public safety face devastating cuts that would hurt Alabama’s quality of life for years to come. Just a few examples:
But there was some good news, too. Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a bill to save money and give Alabamians more choices in Medicaid long-term care services. The state will have a powerful new tool – a “tax expenditure report” – to determine if tax breaks are worth the cost. And a new prison reform law will help save money and reduce overcrowding – but it only takes effect if the state funds it.
Ending Alabama’s lifetime SNAP ban: Alabamians can celebrate a big win for second chances! The prison reform bill includes language ending the state’s lifetime SNAP and TANF eligibility bans for people with a past felony drug conviction. Thousands of people can regain SNAP eligibility on Jan. 30, 2016, if the prison reform law gets the money required for it to take effect.
Alabama Accountability Act: The Legislature approved major changes to the act. The new version allows more money that would have supported public education to go to private schools instead – but it also includes some of Arise’s recommendations for greater accountability and transparency.
Housing Trust Fund: A bill to fund affordable housing in Alabama encountered powerful opposition and did not emerge from committee. Supporters plan to meet with opponents to seek agreement before the 2016 session.
Payday and title lending reform: In a big win for consumers, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled the state Banking Department can create a single statewide database of payday loans. But much work remains in the drive for a 36 percent interest rate cap: No bills to regulate payday or auto title loans passed, but public pressure for reform continues to grow.
The regular session is over, but Arise’s work continues. Stay tuned for updates as we prepare for this summer’s crucial debates over our state’s future. Together, we can build a better Alabama for all!
By Kimble Forrister, executive director. Posted June 4, 2015. Updated June 12, 2015.
General Fund cuts would weaken Alabama's future
ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister issued the following statement Thursday, June 4, 2015, in response to the Alabama Legislature’s passage of a General Fund budget that slashes vital services like Medicaid, mental health care and public safety:
“This shortsighted General Fund budget would weaken Alabama’s economy and our future. Services like Medicaid, mental health care and public safety boost our quality of life and provide the backbone for economic growth. But Alabama has cut these services to the bone in recent years, and this budget would make the situation even worse. Children, seniors and our most vulnerable neighbors would suffer as a result.
“Alabama simply can’t afford these damaging cuts. It’s time to stop cutting the services that make our state a better, healthier place to live and to start investing in Alabama’s future.”