Maddox wants to expand mental health? He better not be pulling our leg because that's by far the biggest factor to me. In Huntsville we have a major problem with people with debilitating psychosis, bipolar, schizophrenia etc... I can only imagine it's the same in the other big cities. It taxes the police, it taxes the hospitals and puts citizens at risk. There's barely anywhere for them to go to get treatment around here, or anywhere in Alabama, unless they have good private insurance & money or vast sums of wealth. Neither of which you'd expect from the homeless guy who thinks he's being followed by government hitmen trying to steal his eight hundred trillion dollars that is stashed away in the trunk of their friends car.
The state run psychiatric hospital of North Alabama was shut down, now the second largest local hospital in the city shut down their psych ward. Huntsville Hospital has been inundated with violent and psychotic patients who have overwhelmed the staff and more often are requiring frequent extreme interventions (physical and chemical restraint/sedation, tazed by local PD). They're interrupting church services by bolting in with a knife in hand, they're getting into altercations with people out shopping ... And if they've done any drugs (which most psychotic people do) then they don't have any chance of being admitted to the psych unit for treatment and are discharged from the ER psych unit & back on the street.
It was already a bad underfunded system, and it's gotten much worse over the past couple years. We desperately need to elect representatives who will realize this isn't something to sweep under the rug just because it costs money. Having these people roam the streets with no hope of getting any help and their condition getting worse as time goes on, puts everyone at risk.
Walt Maddox has already lost
Voters needed more from Maddox. They needed from him something Ivey couldn’t offer. They needed something more than a blank stare and an empty promise.
Speaking of Ivey, she was in Tuscaloosa last weekend politicking real hard during the homecoming festivities. She was decked out in crimson and "yelling" roll tide. She even was on the field for the halftime show with the homecoming queen.
Oh, and she has a dog named "Bear." I'm sure he isn't named after Bear Bryant.
Pretty sure she is a Barner, but she's gotta break Walt's only stronghold...his own town.
She's not gonna debate. She wouldn't have her handlers there to tell her what to say. Walt would destroy her in a public forum much like Kennedy did Nixon back in the day. I don't know if people will blindly vote for her because she is the republican incumbent, but I think by the the time election time rolls around the polls will be closer than the Ivy campaign would like. I could see medical cannabis and legalized sports betting becoming hot topics in the near future.