Editorial: Lack of home rule limits powers of Limestone County Commission

The News Courier Editorial Board

The Limestone County Commission heard Monday from a group of residents who are concerned about what’s being built on property adjacent to theirs.

Commissioners tend to be sympathetic when such concerns are aired at public meetings. In September 2017, a group of residents from the Capstone subdivision on Mooresville Road came to bend commissioners’ ears about a storage unit development being built nearby.

In both circumstances, property owners voiced concerns about how their property values would be affected. In Monday’s case, residents were concerned by the prospect of duplexes diminishing the value of their $300,000-plus homes. Continue reading “Editorial: Lack of home rule limits powers of Limestone County Commission”

Alabama cities suffocated by a system designed for failure

For a moment, let’s assume a few things about the Birmingham metro area.
That the Birmingham mayor and council are the best we’ve had in generations.
That the Jefferson County Commission is in peak form.

And, finally, that cooperation among the many municipalities in our metro area is at an all-time high.

Things are better around here–and there are signs of hope. However, even in a perfect “metro” world we would collectively still have a huge millstone around our necks: A lack of home rule in Alabama. Our state is one of the few in the U.S. that gives up very little power to local governments. Continue reading “Alabama cities suffocated by a system designed for failure”

Roy S. Johnson: Alabama Gets Another Chance to Remove Racist Language from Constitution

By Roy S. Johnson | rjohnson@al.com

Maybe we’ll get it right this time.

Maybe.

Maybe this time, we’ll show we’re not the Alabama of more than a century ago when white men from throughout the state gathered in Montgomery to devise a constitution for the Alabama of 1901.

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Racist Language can be removed from our 1901 Constitution if voters pass a constitutional amendment to recompile the Constitution in November of 2020

Alabama Legislature 2019 Session
Alabama Legislature 2019 Session

A constitutional amendment to remove the racist language through recompilation of our 1901 Constitution passed in this 2019 Legislative session without a single negative vote.

Continue reading “Racist Language can be removed from our 1901 Constitution if voters pass a constitutional amendment to recompile the Constitution in November of 2020”

Welcome to the New Website

Hello, Everyone. Welcome to the new face of Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform (ACCR). This website would not be possible without the hard work and years of dedicated service from our members. For more information about our legacy members, please visit the Legacy Page under About Us.

Editorial: An Alabama Bill That Makes Sense

By the editorial board of The Anniston Star

Here’s a novel idea for Alabama, home to one of the nation’s most overcrowded prison systems: Instead of treating inmates as societal lost causes, treat many of them as reclamation projects who can contribute when they are released.

One step has already been taken. In 2017, a change in Alabama state law restored voting rights to thousands of residents who’d lost the franchise because of previous felony convictions. The rub was the nebulous definition of “moral turpitude,” which, in Alabama’s legal mishmash, could be almost anything. All crimes, though, are not equal. Continue reading “Editorial: An Alabama Bill That Makes Sense”

How Alabama Laid the GroundWork For It’s Own Wrongdoing

By John Archibald | jarchibald@al.com

What’s better, you think? Doing the wrong thing in the right way, or the right thing in the wrong way?

As a state, Alabama chose the former.

It was clear on Day 2 of the 1901 Alabama Constitutional Convention, when newly elected convention president John B. Knox got up to speak in favor of white supremacy. As a matter of law. Continue reading “How Alabama Laid the GroundWork For It’s Own Wrongdoing”

Editorial: Constitutional Chaos by Design in Alabama

By the editorial board of The Anniston Star

By the time Alabama voters have their say on Nov. 6, Alabama’s state Constitution could grow by 16 more amendments. By our count, the Constitution is inching toward four digits, meaning 1,000 amendments to a document that was ratified in 1901.

Oh, if we’re counting words, the Alabama Constitution is closing in on almost 400,000 words. The Texas Constitution, Alabama’s closest competition when it comes to lengthy state constitutions, clocks in at a mere 88,000 words. They say everything is bigger in the Lone Star State, but they haven’t seen Bama’s governing document, right? Continue reading “Editorial: Constitutional Chaos by Design in Alabama”

Quin Hillyer: Alabama Needs Local Option Government

In my opening column for the new and improved Yellowhammer News, one of my paragraphs made this assertion:Alabama’s government is far too centralized rather than open to local innovations, which makes it both ossified and much more easily corruptible. It also allows a small number of groups – often known as the “Big Mules” – to wield inordinate power. Now, sometimes they happen to wield it for good purposes. But if they don’t, they should be taken down a peg or two hundred. Continue reading “Quin Hillyer: Alabama Needs Local Option Government”