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Darrio Melton

Representative Darrio Melton is a Democrat from Selma. He was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 2010 to represent district 67.

Recent Posts:

We Must Stand Up for Alabama at the Ballot Box (Darrio Melton)

June 2, 2014   |   By Darrio Melton     |   Letters to the Editor

Today, the polls are open for Alabama’s primary elections and voters around the state are heading to cast their ballots in the party primary elections. Despite the millions of dollars that candidates and political organizations have spent trying to persuade you to head to the polls to support a particular candidate, many voters will stayContinue Reading

Obama Isn’t Running in an Alabama Primary (Darrio Melton)

May 19, 2014   |   By Darrio Melton     |   Letters to the Editor

We will go to the polls to choose our governor and lieutenant governor. We will choose our secretary of state, who will handle our elections. But most importantly, we will choose our representatives to the state house and the state senate. I’ve seen the ads across the state showing Republican hopefuls are running against PresidentContinue Reading

Entrepreneurs are the Heart of the American Dream (Darrio Melton)

May 12, 2014   |   By Darrio Melton     |   Letters to the Editor

The American Dream is built on the principles of hard work and ingenuity.  In today’s economy, though, these virtues are paying off less and less as more people are unable or unwilling to pursue their dreams. The ability to create your own path–to start a business, to develop an idea, to capitalize on an invention–isContinue Reading

We Must Find a Solution for Our Broken Prison System (Darrio Melton)

April 29, 2014   |   By Darrio Melton     |   Letters to the Editor

The United States incarcerates its citizens at a higher rate than any other nation in the world. As a percent of the total population, there are more Americans in prison than in Russia, North Korea, Syria or Iran. These tough on crime” policies that began with the War on Drugs have led to a higherContinue Reading

Alabama Must Embrace a Spirit of New Energy to Tackle Tough Issues (Darrio Melton)

April 23, 2014   |   By Darrio Melton     |   Letters to the Editor

Easter is a special type of holiday because it comes with a sense of new energy, new beginnings and new growth. Easter is a chance to challenge ourselves to find things in that are broken and dead that need rebirth. It is our chance to find those things in our life that need new life,Continue Reading

We Can Learn From Holy Week – Love One Another

April 16, 2014   |   By Darrio Melton     |   Letters to the Editor

On Sunday, we gathered together at church to celebrate Palm Sunday, marking the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem and began his journey to the cross. Holy Week, the week from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, is one of the more symbolic and important weeks of our Christian faith, giving us several lessons we should take forward into the restContinue Reading

Gov. Bentley Needs to Send the Legislature to Summer School

April 7, 2014   |   By Darrio Melton     |   Letters to the Editor

The Legislature has officially adjourned for 2014, leaving the Governor with a tough decision to make by April 13. On March 5, Governor Bentley came out strong in support of teachers, saying that he would veto an education budget that did not include a two-percent teacher pay raise and full funding for PEEHIP, the teacher’s health insuranceContinue Reading

The Republican Supermajority Has Undermined the Principles of Democracy (Darrio Melton)

March 31, 2014   |   By Darrio Melton     |   Letters to the Editor

This week is the last week of the 2014 legislative session and the last legislative days before the 2014 election cycle. Looking back on the past four years under the Republican supermajority’s control, I’m struggling to think of many good things that have come out of this quadrennium. I’m hoping for a change in 2014.Despite all ofContinue Reading

It’s Time for the Governor to Quit Breaking Promises

March 26, 2014   |   By Darrio Melton     |   Letters to the Editor

Governor Bentley has gone back on another promise to the people of Alabama, proving once again that his interests are intimately intertwined with the Montgomery insiders–the group of well-off politicians who profit off the people. On March 5, Bentley said that he would attach an executive amendment to any education budget that did not includeContinue Reading

Teacher Pay Raise Should Be Legislative Priority (Darrio Melton)

March 17, 2014   |   By Darrio Melton     |   Letters to the Editor

Every year, the last legislative days are crowded with budget debates. This year is shaping up to be no different. The Education Trust Fund budget, the budget that funds public education, is always a delicate balance between the requests of the Governor, the Legislature and the Department of Education. This year, the teachers are askingContinue Reading