From time-to-time (not as often as we’d like!), Left in Alabama takes a close look at specific issues facing our state.
Winning an Alabama Lottery: A 5-part series on state lotteries. Alabama has a LOT of budget problems, and each year, the idea of a state lottery is floated in the legislature. In 2016, the issue is again on the table as Alabama struggles with budget shortfalls and education funding. Many states are finding that “education lotteries” promise a lot, but fail to deliver. Let’s not duplicate their mistakes.
Profit and Politics in Alabama Prison Privatization. Our state prisons are overcrowded, underfunded, and in danger of federal takeover. That makes the state a prime target of the private prison industry. In this 6-part series, we look at the industry, its influence, the history of private prisons, and how prison privatization has worked in other states.
The Alabama Democratic Party: Dead or Just Resting? A 5-part series that examines the history of the ADP, its failures of messaging and leadership, and what the party can do to regain strength and influence.