Alabama GOP Unveils Fall Agenda

Republican candidates hoping to end Democratic dominance of the Alabama Legislature unveiled an agenda Monday that includes passing an Arizona-style immigration law and prohibiting the federal government from compelling any Alabamian to participate in a health care system.

House Minority Leader Mike Hubbard, who’s also chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, said all Republican candidates for the Legislature are supporting the “2010 Republican Handshake with Alabama,” and its passage depends on Republicans taking control of the Legislature for the first time in 136 years.

To try to accomplish that, GOP candidates are doing more than saying what they will do. Hubbard said they are tying Alabama Democrats to Washington to capitalize on voters’ uneasiness with the national economy and dislike of some new federal policies, particularly health care.

“The Democrats in Alabama are no different than the Democrats in Washington. They have the same philosophy,” said state Sen. Del Marsh, R-Anniston. Marsh, the GOP’s state finance chairman, was one of 17 legislative candidates who joined Hubbard to unveil the legislative agenda.

The agenda calls for passing a state constitutional prohibition against “any person, employer or health care provider from being compelled to participate in any health care system.”

The plan also advocates passing an Arizona-style immigration law that creates a new criminal trespass statute allowing local law enforcement to arrest illegal immigrants for setting foot in Alabama. The law would also make it a crime to transport illegal immigrants anywhere in the state, even to the corner store, Hubbard said.

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