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Steve Marshall on Capitol Journal, 7/22/2023 Alabama News
Marshall: No settlement with DOJ that includes a consent decree on long-running ADOC prison lawsuit

During an appearance on APTV's "Capitol Journal," Attorney General Steve Marshall addressed the backlog of litigation facing the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) and the costs to the taxpayers that have accumulated as a result.

Jim Jordan Alabama News
U.S. House Judiciary Committee chair Jim Jordan: We're looking at moving FBI HQ to Huntsville

While Huntsville continues to fight to maintain its position as the Pentagon's choice for the Space Command headquarters, the Rocket City is beginning to create buzz that it could also be the home for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Kay Ivey on APTV, 7/21/2023 Alabama News
Ivey says education savings account bill in works for next session — 'My goal is for Alabama to be the most school choice-friendly state in the nation'

Although she has been seemingly absent from the public policy arena in recent months, Gov. Kay Ivey appeared on Alabama Public Television's "Capitol Journal" on Friday and revealed her office was working toward a school choice plan for the 2024 session.

Archives & History Alabama News
State Sen. Elliott vows action on Archives & History during 2024 session — 'They've got a huge management change coming in their future'

Last week, the Alabama Legislature opted not to take up a bill that would have initiated the clawback of a $5 million appropriation for the Alabama Department of History and Archives (ADAH) from the education supplemental budget passed earlier this year during the regular session.

Screenshot Alabama News
'American electoral apartheid': Fmr U.S. AG Eric Holder takes to MSNBC to criticize Alabama

While it remains to be seen how the federal court system will react to Alabama's redrawn congressional maps signed into law by Gov. Kay Ivey on Friday, the left-of-center national media and talking heads have taken notice of the Alabama Legislature's actions.

Ernie Yarbrough Alabama News
'Yours No Longer': State Rep. Yarbrough drops House bill to strip $5 million ETF supplemental appropriation from Archives & History

Almost immediately after the legislative special session was underway, State Rep. Ernie Yarbrough (R-Trinity) filed his version of a bill that would rescind a $5 million appropriation from the Education Trust Fund supplemental budget granted to the embattled Alabama Department of Archives & History (ADAH) by the legislature earlier his year.

I HP Alabama News
Alabama Department of Archives & History featured 'Queer South' archivist in 2022 'Food For Thought' lunchtime lecture

Dr. Maigen Sullivan's presentation of the "Invisible No More: Alabama's LGBTQ History" program last month at the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) was not the first time subject matter of this nature was featured by the state agency.

State Rep. Matt Simpson (R-Daphne) Alabama News
State Rep. Simpson on redistricting: 'It would not surprise me if we have seven Republican congressmen' after 2024 election

With a redistricting special session soon underway in Montgomery, many unknowns remain about how Alabama's congressional delegation will look beyond the 2024 election cycle.

Steve Murray, Alabama Department of Archives & History Alabama News
Archives & History director Steve Murray claims June LGBTQ event 'a legitimate historical inquiry' — 'It wasn't about contemporary political issues'

"It was very much a traditional talk in the way of a speaker coming in who has done research on a topic and presenting that historical research in a way that is very consistent with our long-standing pattern that really approaches just about every topic under the sun in Alabama history," Murray said.

Barry moore Alabama News
Barry Moore on NDAA: Tuberville has 217 House members saying, 'Hey, we're standing with you, sir'

Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the National Defense Authorization Act by a 219-210 vote.

Tuberville Collins Alabama News
WATCH: Tommy Tuberville rejects CNN's Kaitlan Collins, Democrats use of the term 'white nationalist' — 'I’m totally against any type of racism'

A monicker used by some Democrats and media personalities to demagogue political opponents has been "white nationalist," and U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) has decided to confront it head-on.

David Bronner1 Alabama News
RSA's Bronner: 'My hero for 2023' is State Sen. Arthur Orr

Although the two have had an adversarial relationship at times over the years, Retirement Systems of Alabama CEO David Bronner declared State Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur) his "hero" for the 2023 legislative session.

Kay Ivey Alabama News
As Alabama's challenges mount, where is Kay Ivey?

Although her social media accounts have been active, very little of Gov. Kay Ivey has been seen publicly recently.

Carl628 Alabama News
Jerry Carl predicts Biden will not be Democrats' 2024 presidential nominee

Friday, during an appearance on Mobile talk radio's "Midday Mobile" on FM Talk 106.5, U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl (R-Mobile) predicted a shake-up in Democratic presidential politics.

Diamond Alabama News
Daphne's Interstate 10-Alabama Highway 181 'Diverging Diamond' intersection designated the 'Senator Trip Pittman Interchange'

Alabama's first "diverging diamond" interchange opened in 2020 at the intersection of Interstate 10 and Alabama Highway 181 near Daphne.

Nathaniel Ledbetter, Will Ainworth Alabama News
House Speaker Ledbetter endorses Ainsworth for governor in 2026 at annual Henagar event

Tuesday, House Speaker Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville) and State Sen. Steve Livingston (R-Scottsboro) hosted their annual Fourth of July breakfast with a guest list that featured a who's who in state politics in North Alabama.

Barry Moore, Jerry Carl meet with President Donald Trump following 2020 primary victories Alabama News
Legislature working to avoid a Carl-Moore GOP primary with Alabama's new congressional district map?

After last month's 5-4 Milligan v. Allen decision, it seemed inevitable that two Republican congressional incumbents would be forced to face each other in a head-to-head match-up.

I-65 delays Alabama News
Gridlock throughout Alabama as July 4 approaches — 'You're seeing backups in Clanton tied to the condo check-out time in Orange Beach'

You may not expect to be stuck in traffic on a Saturday in rural Alabama. However, if you've been up and down Interstate 65, the state's main artery, at any given point and time, it is not unusual.

ALGOP Chairman John Wahl Alabama News
ALGOP chair Wahl: Party 'looking into' curbing AEA influence on legislative Republicans — 'You can't have a liberal education union bragging about how they accomplished everything they wanted'

Last month, the Alabama Education Association (AEA), the labor union for Alabama's public K-12 school teachers, claimed victories defeating school choice and a handful of tax cut measures during the 2023 legislative session.

Biden speech Alabama News
President admonishes Tuberville in Bidenomics speech over broadband funding

Wednesday in Chicago, President Joe Biden took a shot at U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) for boasting about $1.4 billion in federal funding for Alabama to expand broadband internet access.

Arthur Orr Alabama News
State Sen. Orr: 'I would not be surprised to see some sort of school choice legislation passed in the next session'

Orr said he anticipated "some sort of school choice legislation" making it through the Alabama Legislature in 2024.

lottery scratch off Alabama News
State Sen. Sessions says gambling constitutional amendment should come in presidential election — Would be a 'no' vote at polls

With the conclusion of the 2023 legislative session, speculation about the future of gambling in Alabama is heating up, even though there is a long way to go until the 2024 legislative session.

Archives & History Alabama News
State Sen. Elliott: Expect more lawmaker scrutiny of ADAH after LGBTQ+ event — 'You're talking about sex in the Alabama Archives & History building'

The Alabama Department of Archives & History (ADAH) caught several lawmakers' attention after hosting a luncheon last week about Alabama's LGBTQ history.

Wahl Alabama News
ALGOP chair Wahl: We're going to do our best to win all seven congressional districts

During an interview with Alabama Public Television's "Capitol Journal," Alabama Republican Party chairman John Wahl insisted Republicans would work to not only be competitive but sweep all seven districts.

AL Education Association AEA Lon Worley Alabama News
AEA takes credit, victory lap for defeating 'dangerous' school choice, weakening charter school and grocery tax measures

Headed into this year's legislative session, some speculated the Alabama Education Association (AEA), which functions as the labor union for Alabama's public K-12 school teachers, would take a different conservative-friendly approach in 2023.

Watson Alabama News
'Just leave the children out of it': Woman offers Fairhope City Council cautionary tale of what could happen without rules prohibiting minors at drag shows

Monday at a Fairhope City Council meeting, a woman who identified herself as Rebecca Watson warned neglecting the city's drag show situation could turn the community into a "warzone."

Terri Sewell Alabama News
Five candidates who could pose a threat to incumbent U.S. Rep. Sewell for the Democrat nomination in a redrawn congressional district

If Terri Sewell wants to remain in the U.S. House of Representatives, she has her work cut out. But the challenge could come long before the November 2024 general election.

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