Tomorrow’s filing deadline for political candidates is prompting several Democrats to announce their intentions. House minority leader Craig Ford of Gadsden says he’ll run for re-election rather than seeking higher office. He had been considering a run for Governor or Lieutenant Governor but says he can do more from the state legislature.
Meanwhile, Florence Democrat Tammy Irons says she will NOT be seeking re-election. The Republican majority redrew her district significantly. She says her expanded district could mean she’d have less time with her family and law practice.
An Alabama Democrat says the Accountability Act has failed and is asking lawmakers to divert funding intended for tax credits to another educational program.
House Minority Leader Craig Ford, of Gadsden, said Thursday that he'd like to see the state reallocate $40 million meant for tax credits under the legislation used instead to expand the Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative.
A legislative session that began with a rapid pace five weeks ago has been slowed by hard feelings over the passage of private school tax credits.
Democratic opponents of the tax credits are slowing down action in the House and Senate. House Minority Leader Craig Ford says the slowdown will resume when the Legislature meets Tuesday and will continue for the foreseeable future.
Legislation has been pre-filed in the Alabama House and Senate that would prevent employers and property owners from establishing policies that would prevent workers from transporting and storing firearms and ammunition in their vehicles. The legislation by Democratic Rep. Craig Ford of Gadsden and Democratic Sen. Roger Bedford of Russellville would also reinstate and provide compensation to employees who have been fired for storing or transporting firearms on private or company property.
Democrats in the Alabama House have decided to fight new legislative districts in Washington rather than in the state.
House Minority Leader Craig Ford of Gadsden said House Democrats have consulted with their attorneys and decided not to challenge the districts in state court. Instead, they will take their battle to the U.S. Justice Department. The Voting Rights Act requires the Justice Department to approve the new districts before they can be used in the legislative elections in 2014.