Kerry Rich is talking. He says it’s time for politicians to stop mincing words.

“I’m fed up with being politically correct,” he says, an Alabama hill country drawl coming over the telephone line. “We’re at a point in this country where we need to start telling it like it is and not worry if it hurts somebody’s feelings.”

Rich is one of the new class of Republican lawmakers elected in November, when they helped the party capture a majority in the Alabama Legislature for the first time in 136 years.

Rich, 60, is the manager of a contemporary Christian radio station in Albertville. He is one of the more conservative members of the GOP caucus, and he is itching for a fight.

Rich is drafting a bill that will require drug testing of Alabama welfare applicants and says he plans to introduce it prior to the Legislature’s next session in February.

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