Thursday, May 22, 2008

Speaker cuts Rep. Greg Wren's mic

Rep. Greg Wren and Rep. Alvin Holmes exchange words and the speaker cuts Rep. Wren's mic off.

Fireworks!

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Rep. Buskey threatens Rep. Ward with Shroud Award

In this humorous exchange Rep. James Buskey of Mobile threatens to nominate Rep. Cam Ward for the shroud award if he doesn't carry over SB37 so the rainy day fund can be voted on. Rep. Buskey goes on to call for the House to march on the Senate.

I love it!

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Go Cam Ward!!

Rep. Cam Ward gives an impassioned speech about his bill that would create the Alabama Autism Council during the filibuster. I love a moving speech that you can tell is from the heart and not from memorized, politicized meaningless words. Knowing that Cam's daughter has autism...well I almost cried when his voice began to crack a little bit during this speech.

Powerful stuff!

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In my opinion Cam is one of the incredibly few 'white hat' legislators we have in Alabama. I hope he serves for a long time to come.

A little mutual love

Rep. Cam Ward and Rep. John Rogers show each other some love during the SB37 filibuster.

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SB37

Rep. Cam Ward (R- Alabaster) (and one of my favorite reps.) carries SB37 on the floor. Rep. Alvin Holmes filibusters.

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A Rep. Pony's Up

I received a contribution for this website from an Alabama Representative. I won't name names because they may not want anyone to know. But, I did want to publicly acknowledge that an Alabama Rep. gave a citizen money for once and not the other way around. That is very cool!

Thank you Rep. Anonymous..you know who you are. The contribution is greatly appreciated.

If any other Representatives or citizens wish to follow suit you may pony up here.

Today will be the first day I've had without ten thousand interruptions and I will be working all day to get more of the audio from the last day in session posted. There's about 8 zillion hours left to process and upload.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

SB519

Rep. John Knight carries SB519 for Senator Del Marsh of Calhoun only to have Rep. Barbara Boyd of Calhoun filibuster because she has a local piece of legislation in the senate that she wants moved.

This theme is repeated throughout the hours and hours and hours of audio that I have for the last day in session.

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2008 Shroud Award

The 2008 Alabama Legislature Shroud Award. You don't want to miss this!

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Delays

The audio files I captured from yesterday are so huge that I am having trouble converting them and saving them. Also, the CUT function seems to be disabled in Audacity making this project seem near impossible. I'll keep tinkering with it.

My apologies to all of you who are waiting for the Shroud Award audio or other audio from yesterday.

The Pledge

A couple of weeks ago I asked why the House broadcast the opening prayer but not the pledge of allegiance? A gentleman named Brett, who works in the State House responded here.

As I was editing the audio just now I noted the pledge was broadcast yesterday.

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And....either my audio recording device didn't capture it or else the opening prayer was not broadcast yesterday.

Interesting.

The next thing I will be processing and uploading is the "Shroud Award" audio. Funny Stuff!!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Last Legislative Day

When they get done talking I will have over 24 hours combined of house and senate filibustering to process. That's gonna take a while.

Currently Rep. Buskey is encouraging all members of the house to march on the senate and tell them to get their asses busy passing what has to be passed. I love it! A march on the Senate....only in Alabama.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Recess Until May 19

The Alabama House and Senate are in recess until May 19. That promises to be a great day for Legislative Outtakes. The smoking ban bill is up that day and I am sure there will be some very heated debate over that one. The Free the Hops bill should also come up in the Senate that day. With Senator Hank Erwin and his raging moralistic hard-on against all things pleasurable that is one debate you don't want to miss.

I've also figured out with some help from fellow bloggers how to record without picking up the background noise of me typing, smoking, washing dishes and talking to my family and dog.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Rep. Alvin Holmes talks about right & wrong

Rep. Alvin Holmes talks about right & wrong...tells someone to, "Quit bugging me."
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Does Rep. Gerald Allen have a lisp?

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Rep. Owen Drake Calls Down Rogue Senator

Rep. Owen Drake calls down rogue Senator for letter explaining why steel coil bill was blocked.

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Rep. Jack Williams has a suggestion for the dilatory Senator

Rep. Jack Williams has a suggestion for the dilatory Senator responsible for the abject failure of this 2008 session.
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Friday, May 9, 2008

Slowdown/Filibuster Begins

(NOTE: As I get more segments produced I will upload them to this thread. Please scroll all the way to the bottom of this thread each time you visit to see if there is anything new.)

Members of the Alabama House are upset that the Senate has once again prevented anything meaningful from being accomplished in this 2008 session, so they employ the philosophy of "They started it" and begin a "If you can't beat'em, join'em" filibuster. Like that's helpful or something....If my kids acted like that I be liable to grab me a hickory switch and go to town tanning some hides.

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Rep. Laura Hall of Madison claims she heard her bills were not being brought up in the Senate simply because they are her bills. Promises retribution and retaliation sometime before the quadrennium is over if this is proven true.
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Rep. Joseph Mitchell pontificates on pro-active thought vs. reactive thought.
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Rep. Mike Ball discussed pro-cop, anti-immigrant bills he wants passed.
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Speaker asks Rep. McClendon what kind of Dr. he is. (A lighter moment)
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Rep. John Knight & Rep. Paul DeMarco discuss Senate Earmarks in Children First Funding Bill

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