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Chris Elliott Alabama News
State Sen. Elliott blasts Ivey for 'unfettered release of criminals' claim — 'Hogwash,' 'Intellectually dishonest'

Late last month, State Sen. Chris Elliott (R-Josephine) pre-filed a bill to postpone a law initiating a mandatory release date for some inmates to 2030, removing any retroactive benefits to inmates.

Transgender athletics Alabama News
AG Marshall backs Florida's DeSantis-signed transgender sports ban in court filing

Monday, Attorney General Steve Marshall announced he was among a coalition of 22 attorneys general who filed an amicus brief supporting Florida's law that "preserves girls' sports teams for girls alone."

Curtis Stewart Alabama News
ABC administrator Curtis Stewart: 'It's the legislature's call as to whether or not they privatize — We think that we perform a valuable service'

Although he has been on the job for a little more than two months, Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board administrator Curtis Stewart has struck a very deferential tone regarding the future of his agency.

Birmingham-Southern College Alabama News
'I think that ship has sailed': Senate Education Budget chair State Sen. Orr says no appetite for Birmingham-Southern bailout

The Alabama Legislature will likely not be a part of any government bailout for financially beleaguered Birmingham-Southern College, according to State Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur).

Barry Moore Alabama News
U.S. Rep. Moore pushes bill to abolish the U.S. Department of Education — 'A nest of radical D.C. activists masquerading as educators'

The U.S. Department of Education is a relatively young Cabinet-level agency compared to the others, only having come into existence in 1980.

Alabama Reflector Alabama News
Welcome to the fray, Alabama Reflector!

We couldn’t go without mentioning the new kid on the block in Alabama political journalism here at 1819 News – the Alabama Reflector.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall. Alabama News
AG Marshall: 1,000-1,200 additional inmates subject to early release by July under 2021 criminal justice law

Initial reports stated a so-called criminal justice reform law passed in a special session of the Alabama Legislature in 2021 would soon result in the mass release of 369 inmates incarcerated in the state's corrections system.

Orr Alabama News
State Sen. Orr says BCA, other business community players now behind Medicaid expansion push

Medicaid expansion proponents have a new ally in their effort, according to State Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur).

Danny Garrett Alabama News
State Rep. Garrett: State's dependency on sales, income taxes over property taxes poses challenge for permanent tax cuts

As seems to be the case with many lawmakers, State Rep. Danny Garrett (R-Trussville), the House Education Trust Fund Budget Committee chairman, is down on the prospects of permanent tax cuts under the current budgetary circumstances.

Balloon1 Alabama News
U.S. Reps. Rogers, Aderholt criticize Biden admin after Chinese spy balloon shot down — 'China challenged Biden, and Biden failed'

On Saturday, an F-22 U.S. Air Force fighter jet shot down a suspect Chinese spy balloon off the South Carolina coast using a single AIM-9X supersonic, heat-seeking, air-to-air missile, according to reports.

Prison interior Alabama News
Blount County District Attorney: Perceived threat to DA budgets stymied opposition to 2021 prison mass release legislation

Blount County District Attorney Pam Casey has long been on the record in opposition to the 2021 so-called criminal justice legislation that is now coming home to roost for some crime victims.

Givhan Alabama News
State Sen. Givhan: Prattville HS, other classroom 'divisive concepts' situations making the case for school choice

State Sen. Sam Givhan (R-Huntsville) warned school choice opponents that some deviations from the set curriculum, including an assignment for 10th graders at Prattville High School revealed last week, will strengthen the argument for school choice in Alabama.

Tuberville with football 2 Alabama News
Tuberville: Jalen Hurts 'proved most people wrong' on being an NFL-caliber quarterback

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn), formerly the head football coach at Ole Miss, Auburn, Texas Tech and Cincinnati, said he sees the match-up of the teams' two starting quarterbacks as one of the key storylines of the Super Bowl contest.

Ivey signs prison bill Alabama News
State Sen. Elliott criticizes Ivey administration for lack of progress on new mega-prisons — 'Let's get on with it'

Not much is known about the progress of the construction of the two new mega-prisons approved by the Alabama Legislature after a special session in 2021.

Barry Moore Alabama News
'Real soon': U.S. Rep. Moore says GOP's congressional oversight, investigations imminent

It has not been quite a month yet since Republicans have officially taken charge of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Egg farm Alabama News
Agriculture Commissioner Rick Pate warns egg shortage will 'be with us a little while' — 'With Easter coming up, don't look for eggs to get cheaper anytime soon'

High egg prices continue to be a problem for consumers as inflationary pressures combined with a strain of avian influenza have limited production.

Palmer720 Alabama News
Palmer: Classified document saga 'goes all the way back to Hillary Clinton' — 'Should be of concern to both parties'

During an appearance on Fox News on Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) said all, regardless of party affiliation, should be concerned about how sensitive documents were being handled.

Rocket Alabama News
State Rep. Butler says north Alabama I-65 Welcome Center rocket protected under Alabama Memorial Preservation Act

The crusade to tear down the iconic Saturn 1B rocket greeting travelers entering Alabama from Tennessee on Interstate 65 may have a legal hurdle to overcome.

Ivey121 Alabama News
Ivey says charter school part of education push — 'I will take the lead and work with the legislators to make it reality'

During a wide-ranging interview on this week's broadcast of Alabama Public Television's "Capitol Journal," Gov. Kay Ivey elaborated on her pledge to consider school choice options she made during last week's inauguration.

Allen116 Alabama News
Secretary of State Wes Allen: Paper ballot statute, ban on voting machine internet connectivity among 2023 legislative priorities

Although he has been in office for only a few days, Secretary of State Wes Allen has some legislative priorities in mind for the 2023 session.

Marshall1162023a Alabama News
AG Marshall stresses role in Alabama's 'last line of defense' as his new term begins

MONTGOMERY — Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall is set to begin his second full term as the state's top law enforcement official.

Bruce Pearl Alabama News
Bruce Pearl: No money for Palestinian Authority terrorist 'martyrs' despite Biden administration complaints

Saturday, Auburn head basketball coach Bruce Pearl reiterated his support for Israel on social media by declaring his approval of the Jewish state giving $39 million in tax revenues to the victims of terrorism instead of terrorist "martyrs."

Katie Britt at the southern border Alabama News
Katie Britt: Humanitarian crisis on border 'disgusting' — 'Behaving in a way we wouldn't tolerate from a third-world country'

On the heels of a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border with U.S. Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), U.S. Sen. Katie Britt (R-Montgomery) gave a startling account of the "humanitarian crisis" she witnessed on the trip.

Chris Elliott Alabama News
State Sen. Elliott calls on Ivey to take lead on ADPH, State Health Officer reform push

Alabama's handling of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, which went well into 2021 for the state, raised many questions about the antiquated health laws on the books, and in some cases gave unelected bureaucrats broad authority over individual personal freedoms and liberties.

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, 1/6/2023 Alabama News
U.S. Rep. Rogers faces fallout from House floor incident — 'People shouldn’t be drinking, especially when you’re a redneck, on the House floor'

Even though U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) would win the House Speaker's race, it may have been overshadowed by an incident moments earlier on the U.S. House of Representatives floor involving U.S. Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Saks) and Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.). Throughout the week, Gaetz had been the figurehead for the opposition to McCarthy's bid, which kept McCarthy from reaching the required majority to earn the role.

Mike Rogers, 1/6/2023 Alabama News
Watch: Chaos erupts in U.S. House chamber after Gaetz votes 'present' in 14th vote of Speaker's race — Alabama's Rep. Rogers has to be restrained

Emotions intensified late Friday near the end of the 14th vote for U.S. House speaker.

Sessions Alabama News
State Sen. Sessions: 'I believe we need to get back to some discipline — I think that is a huge problem in our education system'

State-level elected officials have vowed to make improving Alabama's public education a priority in 2023. However, specifics have not been forthcoming as of yet. State Sen. David Sessions (R-Grand Bay) said he would like to see "discipline" return to the classroom.

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