Bradley Byrne Congress
Bradley Byrne Candidate for Governor
Biographical information on Bradley Byrne, a candidate for governor: Political party: Republican
Date of birth: Feb. 16, 1955 (54)
Hometown: Born in Mobile, now lives in Fairhope.
Education: Bachelor's degree from Duke University, law degree from University of Alabama.
Professional experience: Practiced law in Mobile for 25 years, primarily in business and employment litigation.
Political experience: Elected to the State Board of Education in 1996 originally as a Democrat, but switched parties in 1997; reelected in 2000; elected to state Senate in 2002; re-elected in 2006; resigned from Senate in May 2007 to become chancellor of Alabama's two-year college system; leaving chancellor's position to run for governor.
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Byrne Pro-Tax Positions Call for a Constitutional Convention SB99 Introduced by Senators Byrne R, Little (T) D, Smitherman D, French R , Coleman D, and Figures D Committee Referred to: Constitution, Campaign Finance, Ethics, and Elections First Read: 06, March 07 This measure would call for an election to submit the question of whether to call for a constitutional convention, which, if passed by legislature and approved by the voters of Alabama, would have opened the door to giving the Alabama Legislature a carte blanche in raising taxes.
Raise School Taxes throughout Alabama SB354 Introduced by Senators Byrne R, Enfinger, D, Butler D, Roberts, D, Means, D, Marsh R, Little (T) D, Dial D, Denton D, Tanner D, McClain D, Ross D, Escott D, Penn D, Barron D, Smitherman D, Figures D, French R, Biddle D, Steele D, Lindsey D, and Sanders D Committee Referred to: Finance and Taxation Education First Read: 01 April 03 This measure would propose a constitutional amendment setting for each county a 30 mil minimum to ad valorem or other taxes for the public education system. If passed, over half of the Alabama 127 school systems would see an increase in ad valorem taxes. Example: Montgomery County would have to more than triple its county school tax from 8 mills to 30 mills. Other county school millage rates: Madison 21 to 16, Etowah 16, Mobile 21.5 to 29.5, Baldwin 12, and Autauga 10.
Pro-Amendment One. In 2003, Byrne also voted supported Amendment 1 ($1.2 billion in tax increases largest tax hike in state history), voting yes on all 10 tax bills.
Pro-Amendment One II. In 2008, Byrne, as chancellor of the two-year college system, announced his support for Amendment One of 2008, which removed money from the state trust account funded from the royalties and lease proceeds of oil and gas exploration in Mobile Bay.) The funds were used to cover operation cost of government.
Board of Education
Voting Of interest to Conservatives, in 1996, Bradley voted to refuse $5.68M in Federal funds associated with Goals 2000. This was in line with groups such as Eagle Forum of Alabama. However, Byrne later reversed his vote after he spearheaded the reopening of the issue to the dismay of Byers and Bell.
Constitutional Reform As a State Senator in 2007, Byrne expressed the need to reform the Alabama Constitution with the League of Women Voters. He continued to discuss the details of the change process and the grassroots plan for this change in follow on discussions.
Gambling Byrne has long been considered soft on social/moral issues by conservatives. In 2004, he was one of only three GOP state senators to fail to vote no on the Bingo for Books gambling expansion bill pushed by gambling boss Milton McGregor[xxix] the most significant gambling expansion legislation introduced during Byrne s four years in the legislature. While Byrne did not vote on Bingo for Books (his vote was recorded as pass which means he did not vote), he CANNOT claim to have been absent on that day as he DID vote in the only other final recorded roll call vote of the day.[xxx] Today, Bradley Byrne has taken anti casino stand, even saying he’s opposed to a vote by the people on whether to legalize gambling or tax gambling revenues.
Democrat Roots Throughout he 1980s Byrne was an active Mobile-area Democrat, working in numerous area party campaigns.[vii] According to the Mobile Bay Times, Byrne played leading roles in the Democratic campaigns of Frank McRight for Congress and later Herman Thomas for a state judgeship.[viii] Thomas became notorious in recent years for his seven-count felony indictment for gross sexual misconduct and harassment while a judge.[ix]
As recently as 1993, Byrne was a nominee for a Democratic appointment by Bill Clinton as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama.[x] Byrne had supported Clinton with a $500 campaign contribution on April 30, 1992 in his successful effort to unseat Republican President George Bush.[xi]
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