On Saturday, Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke at the Alabama Democrat Conference in Hoover. She addressed the issues plaguing the state of Alabama including the fact that the state opted not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. She focused on Gov. Robert Bentley and the state legislature making it more difficult to vote in the state saying, “Here in Alabama, without the right kind of ID, it’s nearly impossible to vote. I followed when Gov. Bentley and his administration closed 31 driver’s license offices across the state. They include every county where African Americans make up 75 percent of the voters. The closings will make getting license and personal identification cards much harder for many African Americans, particularly the elderly, erecting a big barrier to voting.”
Clinton is calling for the restoration of the Voting Rights Act that was gutted by the Supreme Court. Clinton also spoke about making college more affordable for those who want to go and attend a state school. She spoke about other aspects of her platform including investing in renewable energy, raising the minimum wage, lowering the cost of prescription drugs, helping small businesses, and introducing measures to curb gun violence. A full video of the speech will be posted when/if available.
Before attending the Alabama Democrat Conference, Clinton attended a private fundraiser hosted by Representative Terri Sewell in Birmingham. As with all private events, it was closed to the press.
Tomorrow, Clinton is scheduled to attend the New York City premier of Once and For All, a documentary about the 1995 Beijing Women’s Conference. For all the latest, follow our Scheduled Events page and follow Clinton on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.