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Goat Hill Scoop

Updated: Feb 18

Updates about what's happening on Goat Hill


How Republican Are They?


There’s always a lot of talk by Republican politicians about being “conservative”. There is fiscal conservatism and social conservatism. Some claim to possess both virtues.


But, in Alabama you might not ask the question ‘how conservative are they’, but instead ‘how Republican are they’? For two of the more talked about bills in recent years, these Alabama House Republicans voted in support of some very non-Republican like positions.


The first was the Gas Tax bill in 2019. Conservatives argued there should be an offset to the tax. But, these House Republicans voted “yes” to raising taxes with no offset. Raising taxes is more often associated with Democrats. Somebody might want to let them know about that fundamental Republican principle.


This past week, the same group voted “yes” for the “gambling” bill. The bill includes “Medicaid expansion” language that none of them want to discuss. Voting for a “gambling” bill that includes Medicaid expansion language is not exactly Socially or Fiscally Conservative. In fact, it goes against Republican free market principles. Medicaid expansion was a key component of the Democrat's ACA, known as Obamacare.


Like the Gas Tax bill, this bill was quickly moved though a state legislative body for a vote with little public debate. Maybe it is time for serious challengers to these “Republicans” whose votes on some big issues appear more like those of traditional Alabama Democrats.

Chris Blacksher

Phenix City

Alan Baker

Brewton

Chip Brown

Mobile

Steve Clouse

Ozark

Terri Collins

Decatur

Danny Crawford

Athens

Brett Easterbrook

Fruitdale

Corey Ellis

Columbiana

Chris England

Tuscaloosa

Jim Hill

Moody

Sam Jones

Mobile

Nathaniel Ledbetter

Rainsville

Paul Lee

Dothan

Joe Lovvorn

Auburn

Rhett Marques

Enterprise

Ed Oliver

Dadeville

Phillip Pettus

Green Hill

Chris Pringle

Mobile

Rex Reynolds

Huntsville

Chris Sells

Greenville

Ginny Shaver

Leesburg

Matt Simpson

Daphne

Jeff Sorrels

Hartford

Tim Wadsworth

Arley

Andy Whitt

Harvest

Margie Wilcox

Mobile

Debbie Wood

Valley



"Goat Hill Scoop" includes opinion of the AlabamaFreePress.com


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