Hubbard very disappointed in new Republicans
Newly elected House Speaker Mike Hubbard, who is also chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, said he was very frustrated with how three Republicans who recently switched parties voted on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Those Republicans joined with Democrats who opposed a bill that would ban politically active groups such as the Alabama Education Association from being able to have their members deduct dues from state paychecks.
Reps. Lesley Vance of Phenix City, Steve Hurst of Munford and Mike Millican of Hamilton, who all announced last month they were switching parties, voted with Democrats on the measure, which narrowly passed 52-49.
Hubbard said it was an opportunity for them to show they are "true Republicans" and support true Republicans ideals.
The fourth Republican who recently switched parties, Alan Boothe of Troy, was very ill on Tuesday and was not at the State House.
-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen