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Sewell Map Alabama News
Did the federal courts intentionally preserve Terri Sewell's incumbency?

Under the new court-imposed map, the seventh congressional district includes Sewell-strongholds Dallas and Perry Counties. This gives her a distinct advantage over any candidate, especially from Birmingham, attempting to run against Sewell in the 2024 Democrat primary.

Stadthagen with ALEC Award Alabama News
House Majority Ldr Stadthagen named one of ALEC's '50 under 50' legislators

House Majority Leader Scott Stadthagen (R-Hartselle) was recognized as one of the top "50 Under 50" legislators in the nation who best represent the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) principles and values last week.

Nathaniel Ledbetter Alabama News
'Alabamians continue to stand tall' with Israel — House Speaker Ledbetter pledges support for 'nation's strongest and most loyal Middle Eastern ally'

Saturday, State House Speaker Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville) reiterated Alabama's support for Israel in the wake of a surprise terror attack launched by Hamas earlier in the day.

Israel Alabama News
Biden administration 'appeasement put blood in the water, and now it has blood on its hands': Lawmakers, Ivey sound off on unprecedented terror attack on Israel

Republicans, including some Alabama Republicans, blame the Biden administration's decision to release $6 billion in frozen Iran funds ahead of the Hamas attack on Israel.

U.S. Rep Barry Moore, alongside U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Chip Roy (R-Texas). Alabama News
Barry Moore pledges support for Donald Trump as Speaker on first ballot, Jim Jordan on subsequent ballots

Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) announced that, at least initially, he would be supporting former President Donald Trump as a candidate to fill the open House Speaker position recently vacated by U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

Foley Public Library Alabama News
ALGOP chair Wahl: Legislature could move to strip public libraries of obscenity law exemptions

Alabama Republican Party chairman John Wahl said there were actions the Alabama Legislature could take to respond to public libraries opting to include what some deem objectionable sexual content in their children and young adult collections.

U.S. Capitol Alabama News
Alabama delegation split on stopgap bill averting federal government shutdown

Late Saturday, the U.S. Senate passed a stopgap funding bill that gives Congress until November 17 to resolve a spending impasse by an 88-9 vote, with both U.S. Sens. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) and Katie Britt (R-Montgomery) voting for it.

Kelly Ann Scott Alabama News
Editor who led charge on AL.com's left-wing shift leaving for Houston

Kelly Ann Scott, the editor who supervised the complete left-wing shift of AL.com, the website for the once-daily, now-defunct Birmingham News, Press-Register and Huntsville Times owned by Alabama Media Group (AMG), a subsidiary of New York billionaires Donald and Samuel Newhouse's Advance Publications, is resigning her post.

SCOTT BRIDGE COMPANY NEW BRIDGE 3 Alabama News
Work to resume on controversial ALDOT Baldwin County beach bridge

Work on a controversial bridge connecting Gulf Shores to mainland Baldwin County that was stopped earlier this year is reportedly set to resume soon.

Katie Britt Alabama News
'Someday she'll be running this place': Politico envisions Katie Britt as the 'post-Trump' leader of the GOP

She'll have several hurdles to overcome between now and then, but a Politico magazine piece penned by veteran journalist Jonathan Martin contemplates a world with U.S. Sen. Katie Britt (R-Montgomery) as the leader of the post-Donald Trump Republican Party.

Ron DeSantis Alabama News
DeSantis backs Tuberville on military holds — 'They are breaking, violating the law'

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), a candidate for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, said he supported U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville's (R-Auburn) hold on military promotions during Saturday's Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition Town Hall.

Nancy Pack Alabama News
APLS's Pack argues case for same-sex couples in library children's books, downplays role of American Library Association

During this week's broadcast of Alabama Public Television's "Capitol Journal," Alabama Public Library Service director Nancy Pack addressed some of the controversies confronting her organization and other libraries around Alabama.

West Alabama Corridor Alabama News
State Sen. Givhan: West Alabama Corridor 'about politics': 'What it's going to take for them to vote for the gas tax'

Speculation is rampant as to why Gov. Kay Ivey's Alabama Department of Transportation, under the leadership of director John Cooper, is willing to spend in excess of $1 billion of federally unmatched state gas tax revenue on the so-called West Alabama Corridor project.

Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson Alabama News
West Alabama Corridor proponent Mobile Mayor Stimpson says federal matching may come at later phase

Despite the Ivey administration's best efforts, the so-called West Alabama Corridor that would complete a four-lane route between Mobile and Tuscaloosa with a price tag approaching $1 billion remains a controversial use of public dollars.

Nathaniel Ledbetter Alabama News
House Speaker Ledbetter: Federal court redistricting ruling 'not a surprise at all' — 'A way for the Democrats to try to take over the House without a vote being cast'

Tuesday's ruling by a three-federal judge panel deeming Alabama's congressional maps insufficient in creating a second minority-majority congressional district was not a surprise to many, including State House Speaker Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville).

Terri Sewell on CNN Alabama News
U.S. Rep. Sewell: Jefferson County Commission districts will be targeted under Section 2 of Voting Rights Act of 1965

During an appearance Tuesday on CNN's "The Source," U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Birmingham) predicted the federal courts would not stop with Alabama's congressional districts regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's break with prior precedent on the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

McGill cheerleaders, 1963 Alabama News
That time Jimmy Buffett was a cheerleader at Mobile's McGill

Singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett's untimely death surprised many of his devoted fans.

Nathaniel Ledbetter on 'Capitol Journal,' 9/1/2023 Alabama News
Speaker Ledbetter warns of the rise of a 'crime organization' in Alabama without gambling regulations

Reportedly gambling will once again be up in the Alabama Legislature in 2024.

Ainsworth1210 Alabama News
Ainsworth: Grocery tax elimination 'hopefully' in the next three to four years

Lieutenant Gov. Will Ainsworth said last week he was committed to a full repeal of Alabama's share of the grocery tax.

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on CNN, 9/3/2023 Alabama News
Biden Commerce Sec Raimondo perturbed by Alabama abortion ban — 'Draconian, wrongheaded'

Sunday, during an interview with CNN's "State of the Union," Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, fresh off her China trip, took a few moments to criticize Alabama's restrictions on elective, on-demand abortions.

Will Ainsworth Alabama News
Lt. Gov. Ainsworth predicts potential 'big upset' for Auburn in Iron Bowl against Alabama

During an appearance on Huntsville radio WVNN's "The Dale Jackson Show," Ainsworth said Auburn could have a "big upset" against in-state rival Alabama on November 25.

Jimmy Buffett Alabama News
Alabama's Jimmy Buffett dead at 76

Iconic singer-songwriter and native Alabamian Jimmy Buffett died at age 76, according to a statement posted to his website.

Dick Brewbaker Alabama News
Fmr State Sen. Brewbaker on 2024 congressional run: 'I would love to run in a district where there is no incumbent'

Although it remains unknown how a three-judge panel will rule in federal court on Alabama's recently redrawn congressional lines, some interested parties are preparing for the 2024 election cycle.

Kennon Ivey Alabama News
Orange Beach Mayor Kennon on Baldwin Beach toll hike: 'Don't call me, call the Governor'

On Wednesday, the Baldwin County Bridge Company significantly hiked the tolls on its Beach Express bridge connecting Orange Beach to point north on the Foley Beach Express.

Lawmakers gather after 2021 prison special session for bill signing, Oct. 1, 2021 Alabama News
State Sen. Orr: Mega-prison construction manager ought to be held accountable, reviewed for escalating costs

During the 2023 regular legislative session, Gov. Kay Ivey and some members of the Alabama Legislature urged discretion on state finances when determining what would be appropriate for the budget surpluses from fiscal year 2022.

Shane Stringer Alabama News
State Rep. Stringer calls ABC Board customer service 'embarrassing' — Private companies reluctant to complain out of fear of repercussions

The Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board is considering the construction of a new warehouse and central office for its operations.

John Wahl, ALGOP Alabama News
ALGOP chairman Wahl: Alabama-hosted GOP presidential debate a 'definite possibility' — 'I would like to see it happen in the fall'

Earlier this year, Republican presidential hopeful Nikki Haley revealed the third Republican presidential debate of the campaign would be held in Alabama.

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