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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.

Bobby Singleton on APTV Alabama News
Senate Minority Leader Singleton denies absentee ballot issues in Alabama — 'We don't have a problem with ballot harvesting in this state'

House Bill 209 (HB209), legislation sponsored by State Rep. Jamie Kiel (R-Russellville), which would have cracked down on ballot harvesting, did not get a vote on the State Senate floor last week before the 2023 legislative session ended.

Jamie Kiel Alabama News
State Rep. Kiel criticizes 'disingenuous media' for false portrayal ballot-harvesting legislation; Says issue 'even more relevant' in wake of SCOTUS redistricting ruling

Sine die came and went without House Bill 209 (HB209), legislation that would have cracked down on so-called ballot harvesting, getting a vote on the State Senate floor.

Mark Shirey Alabama News
State Rep. Shirey says state medical association derailed State Health Officer reforms — 'I absolutely believe there's something to be done there'

Freshman State Rep. Mark Shirey (R-Mobile) says he believes State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris survived the scrutiny of the Alabama Legislature because of the lobby working under the Medical Association of the State of Alabama (MASA) banner in Montgomery this session.

Mo Brooks, Wayne Reynolds Alabama News
Jeff Poor: Alabama’s dumbest political feud — Mo Brooks vs. Wayne Reynolds

If you do not want frivolous dumb ethics complaints made against you, don't say dumb unsubstantiated things on the public airwaves.

Terri Sewell Alabama News
Terri Sewell does victory lap on CNN in wake of SCOTUS congressional district ruling

Thursday, immediately following the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling declaring the Alabama Legislature's congressional maps unconstitutional, U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Birmingham) appeared on CNN to declare the decision a win for "black Alabama voters."

MS-13 Alabama News
State Rep. Stringer touts 'criminal enterprises' legislation; Warns rise of MS-13 spurred by immigration threatening Alabama small towns

Last week, the Alabama Legislature sent the so-called "criminal enterprises" bill to Gov. Kay Ivey, where it awaits her signature. According to State Rep. Shane Stringer (R-Citronelle), the law will significantly help combat the threat of gang crime.

Nathaniel Ledbetter Alabama News
Speaker Ledbetter: Gaming in Alabama 'has got to be fixed — It's broken'

With only one day remaining, the 2023 legislative session has come and gone without a serious look at gambling. According to House Speaker Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville), given the influx of new members in the legislature's lower chamber, that was by design.

State Sen. Chris Elliott Alabama News
State Sen. Elliott blasts Ivey for Baldwin County bridge turmoil — 'The buck stops with her,' 'Failure of leadership at the highest level'

Last week, the Alabama Supreme Court dealt a devastating blow to the Ivey administration and the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) regarding its handling of a bridge project over the Intracoastal Waterway in South Baldwin County.

Barfoot Alabama News
State Sen. Barfoot: 'About 84% of all the education supplemental budget went Birmingham-north'

One of the bigger fights in the Alabama Legislature this session was over an appropriation for the proposed Maxwell Gateway project, which includes some aesthetic elements welcoming visitors to Montgomery and a water park.

State Sen. Arthur Orr Alabama News
State Sen. Orr: ESG ban 'important for our state' — 'Hopefully, over time, the ESG narrative will dissipate and go away'

With only three legislative days remaining, one of the bills remaining on the docket is sponsored by State Sen. Dan Roberts (R-Mountain Brook) that would prohibit state contracts with businesses that boycott certain sectors of the economy based on environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies.

State Sen. Chris Elliott Alabama News
State Sen. Elliott on the General Fund budget: What we did was we grew government, and I voted 'no'

Early Friday morning, the State Senate passed this year's General Fund budget by a 28-3 vote. Among those voting "no" were State Sens. Clyde Chambliss (R-Prattville), April Weaver (R-Brierfield) and Chris Elliott (R-Josephine).

Stadthagen526 Alabama News
House Majority Ldr Stadthagen vows ban on minors at drag shows in 2024 — 'You're grooming these kids, you're trying to make them somebody and accept something that is not acceptable'

The window for the passage of proposed legislation prohibiting minors from attending drag shows has passed for the Alabama Legislature in 2023.

Ivey, I65, Ainsworth Alabama News
Ivey, Ainsworth trade barbs on I-65 widening as embattled ALDOT director John Cooper is under fire

Although Gov. Kay Ivey has not commented publicly on Montgomery County Circuit Judge Jimmy Pool's scathing rebuke of Alabama Department of Transportation director John Cooper for his and his agency's handling of a bridge construction project in South Baldwin County, she did respond to Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth's multiple overtures to widen Interstate 65, which Alabama major north-south thoroughfare.

Will Ainsworth Alabama News
Ainsworth: AEA is trying to kill the grocery tax reduction legislation

According to Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth, the Alabama Education Association was working to kill an effort to reduce the state's share of the burden of the grocery tax on consumers.

Givhan Alabama News
Givhan says bill reining in State Health Officer power about accountability — 'State health department is not accountable to the people whatsoever'

Last week, off-the-cuff remarks given by State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris at a University of Alabama at Birmingham event breathed new life into legislation offered by State Sen. Sam Givhan (R-Huntsville) to reform the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Barry Moore Alabama News
U.S. Rep. Moore: Call and thank Tuberville for taking a stand on military abortion

According to U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise), pro-life supporters should be grateful for Tuberville's effort.

Elliott625 Alabama News
State Sen. Elliott: Ivey's 'hands-off approach' with ALDOT on Baldwin County bridge project 'shocking'

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Jimmy Pool's ruling last week partially revealed how the Alabama Department of Transportation and Gov. Kay Ivey were interacting on the long-contemplated Intracoastal Waterway bridge project in South Baldwin County.

Former U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks Alabama News
Mo Brooks: Communist China assisted in my 2022 U.S. Senate defeat

During a lengthy appearance on Montgomery radio NewsTalk 93.1's "Health & Wealth" program last week, former U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) said Communist China played a role in his U.S. Senate Republican primary defeat last year.

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