Kyle Whitmire: The Future of Common Core

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Kyle Whitmire: The Future of Common Core

The Senate Education Committee voted 4-2 Wednesday to allow local school systems to opt out of the Common Core curriculum standards, but the legislation still faces a bleak future. Senate President Del Marsh said he did not think the bill had the support to get through an inevitable filibuster on the Senate floor.

Kyle Whitmire

Each week we'll hear an update on political happenings in Birmingham and Jefferson County from Birmingham News local political reporter Kyle Whitmire. Hear him Wednesday afternoons on All Things Considered.

How Alabama Ethics Laws Allow for Questionable Campaign Spending

A loophole in Alabama’s campaign finance law allows for questionable contributions.

It Might Just Be Legal

Spending practices regarding election campaign funds in Alabama are under review. How those funds are spent, now, can be looked up as public information, and there are some questions that come from the details. Kyle Whitmire of AL.COM and the Birmingham News took a dive in to the data about Alabama Representative Mike Hill, a Republican […]

The Definition of Ethics In Alabama is..

If you look for a definition of the word, “ethics,” terms come up like, “moral principles,” and “the concept of right and wrong.” Appropriate behavior, or noting the lack of it. Kyle Whitmire, political columnist for the Birmingham News and AL.COM, notes that the latest changes to ethics laws in Alabama have allowed for a […]

Corruption in Alabama: The Role of the State Ethics Commission

We continue our examination of corruption that appears to plague Alabama politics

How do You Solve a Problem Like Corruption in Alabama?

Alabama has a corruption problem. Former House Speaker Mike Hubbard is currently awaiting sentencing for 12 felony ethics convictions, Chief Justice Roy Moore is scheduled to go to trial for allegedly violating judicial ethics and Governor Robert Bentley is being investigated for possible impeachment. So, is there a way to solve the state’s corruption problem?