Politics & Government

Private School Tax Credits
5:06 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Ala. Senator Waits On Changes To Tax Credits

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says he will wait one week to push legislation designed to clarify Alabama's new law on private school tax credits.
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A sponsor of legislation designed to clarify Alabama's new law on private school tax credits says he won't push it for one week to allow more time for suggested changes.


The Senate Education Committee held a hearing Tuesday on the bill by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh of Anniston. The committee had planned to vote on the bill Wednesday, but Marsh agreed to a request from the Alabama Association of School Boards to wait a week to consider more changes. The senator from Anniston says he's willing to talk to various groups.

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School Safety
4:56 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

GOP Ala. Lawmakers Suggest School Safety Bills

Republican leadership in the Alabama Legislature has offered proposals to make Alabama public schools safer.
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Republican leadership in the Alabama Legislature has offered proposals to make Alabama public schools safer.


The proposals made by Republican legislators at a State House news conference Tuesday includes giving schools permission and more money to hire trained resource officers to provide security. The proposals include one by Republican Rep. Allen Treadaway of Morris to issue up to $50 million in bonds for schools to buy necessary equipment and make renovations so public schools can secure all entrances.

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It's All Politics
4:19 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

How Congress Quietly Overhauled Its Insider-Trading Law

Vice President Biden and members of Congress watch as President Obama signs the STOCK Act on April 4, 2012. A year later, Congress moved to undo large portions of the law without fanfare.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 4:46 pm

The legislative process on Capitol Hill is often slow and grinding. There are committee hearings, filibuster threats and hours of floor debate. But sometimes, when Congress really wants to get something done, it can move blindingly fast.

That's what happened when Congress moved to undo large parts of a popular law known as the STOCK Act last week.

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It's All Politics
4:16 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Background Check Battle: More Prosecution Or More Checks?

Vice President Joe Biden, holds a background check form last week in Washington, as he calls on Congress to pass legislation aimed at reducing gun violence.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 12:54 pm

One argument that some gun rights groups make against expanding background checks is that the federal government isn't doing a good enough job now of enforcing the law already on the books.

They point out that only a tiny fraction of people caught trying to buy a gun illegally are ever prosecuted.

But gun control supporters say that argument totally misses the point of background checks.

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Law
1:16 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

The Immigration Bill's Chances In Congress

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Celeste Headlee in Washington. Neal Conan is away. Though the Gang of Eight has postponed the full, public unveiling of their immigration bill until tomorrow, the rollout began in earnest over the weekend with Republican Senator Marco Rubio making the rounds on Sunday talk shows.

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Politics & Government
1:12 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Bipartisan Group Of Lawmakers Unveil Immigration Bill

A group of eight bipartisan Senators has reached broad compromise on immigration reform.

The Gang of Eight, as they've come to be known, released highlights of the bill this afternoon. ABC News reports the bill would:

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Education
11:10 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Sequester + Budget Education Confusion

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 11:25 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Later in the program, it's hard to believe but it's been 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote his famous letter from Birmingham jail, so it's easy to forget why he wrote it and to whom he wrote it, so we thought this would be a good time to talk about that. We'll talk about the controversy it caused then and the impact it has now. That's coming up.

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Politics & Government
8:25 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Obama Taps Ala GOP Judge for Sentencing Commission

U.S. Circuit Judge Bill Pryor. President Obama is nominating Pryor for a seat on the U.S. Sentencing Commission.
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President Barack Obama is nominating a conservative Alabama Republican for a seat on the U.S. Sentencing Commission.


The Montgomery Advertiser (http://on.mgmadv.com/119Nrj1 ) reports that the White House is supporting U.S. Circuit Judge Bill Pryor for the position.


The 50-year-old Pryor serves on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals with an office in Birmingham. He's a native of Mobile.

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Politics
4:29 am
Tue April 16, 2013

GOP Wants Immigration Bill To Address Border Security

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 1:04 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

A bipartisan immigration bill in the U.S. Senate contains a prerequisite. Before millions of people in the U.S. without documents have a chance at visas and eventual citizenship, the borders must be secured. So what qualifies as secure?

Here's NPR's David Welna.

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Remembrances
5:17 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Remembering Bob Perry, Who Funded Political Attack Ads

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 9:02 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

The Texas multimillionaire Bob Perry died this past Saturday. Perry made his money building suburban homes. He then spent much of it in ways that changed American politics.

NPR's Peter Overby tells us more.

PETER OVERBY, BYLINE: Bob Perry died at age 80. He never said much in public about his politics. The money spoke for him. In 2004, he plowed four and a half million dollars into the group that produced this ad.

(SOUNDBITE OF AN AD)

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Private School Tax Credits
5:09 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Ala. Senator Offers Changes To School Tax Credits

Senator Del Marsh's latest bill looks to clarify some questions over Alabama's new law on private school tax credits.
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An architect of Alabama's new law on private school tax credits is proposing some modifications to answer questions raised by educators and parents.


The Senate Education Committee has scheduled a public hearing Tuesday on the legislation sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, of Anniston.

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It's All Politics
5:07 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Bob Perry Was Money-In-Politics Pioneer, Swift Boat Backer

Houston homebuilder Bob Perry, a major player in funding state and national politics, has died at age 80. He's shown here in 2002 at the sales center of one of his developments.
Melissa Phillip AP

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 5:16 pm

Texas homebuilder Bob Perry was a behind-the-scenes political player who helped bankroll the Mitt Romney campaign last year, and who even before the era of superPACs spent tens of millions of dollars to influence the nation's politics.

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Politics
5:06 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

The Next Debt Ceiling Deadline

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 9:02 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And now, to Capitol Hill where lawmakers are debating several big ideas these days. There's the gun control bill in the Senate and a possible compromise on immigration reform. But that's not all. In just a few months, another fiscal fight could steal the spotlight.

NPR's Tamara Keith has this look forward to a potential battle over the debt ceiling again.

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Parks Budget
5:01 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Budget Squeeze Still Threatening State Parks

Director of Alabama State Parks Greg Lein says without additional funding there could be layoffs and partial seasonal closures of some parks and golf courses.
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Alabama State Parks is considering a "state parks pass" for vehicles in response to a tight 2013 budget.


Without additional funding, Greg Lein, director of Alabama State Parks, says there could be layoffs and partial seasonal closures of some parks and golf courses. Lein says decisions on which operations could be affected will be made on a month-by-month basis.

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It's All Politics
4:44 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Background Checks Bill Gains Backers On And Off Capitol Hill

Newly made AR-15 rifles at Stag Arms in New Britain, Conn., last Wednesday.
Charles Krupa AP

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 5:38 pm

The Senate was due on Tuesday to take up legislation embodying the bipartisan compromise reached by two senators, West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin and Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey.

The effort to extend background checks to weapons purchases at gun shows and online received a boost over the weekend when an important gun rights group, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, announced its support for the measure.

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