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Jeff Poor talks the Alabama Legislature's special session on Alabama’s 'Morning News' on NewsRadio 105.5 WERC

Listen to 1819 News Executive Editor Jeff Poor on iHeart Radio with JT as they discuss the Alabama legislature's special session to spend $1 billion in American Rescue Plan Act funds.

Poole Alabama News
State Finance Director Poole optimistic headed into ARPA special session, Says Ivey 'feels good about it'

State Finance Director Bill Poole spoke to 1819 News about the Governor's office's outlook on the process as it heads to the legislature.

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Would you be an Alabama prison guard for $55,000 a year?

On Tuesday, the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) announced pay increases for the state's correctional officers.

David Sessions Alabama News
State Sen. Sessions insists discipline biggest issue confronting K-12 public education; Says legislature could take rule-making, regulatory authority away from school boards

If you listen to public remarks given by Gov. Kay Ivey and other Republican lawmakers with leadership posts, you would have heard that education will be a focus during this year's legislative session, slated to begin on Tuesday at noon.

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Anthony Daniels, supply-sider? Democrat House Minority Leader suggests grocery tax holiday to gauge impact on ETF budget revenues

Some of the significant tax-cut rhetoric one might expect from Republican policymakers is not coming from Republican legislators. Instead, it comes from a prominent Democrat lawmaker, House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels (D-Huntsville).

ARPA Alabama News
How to spend $1 billion in 8 pages: Draft ARPA legislation cedes spending authority to executive branch

Governor Kay Ivey is expected to call a special session within the regular session next week after she delivers her State of the State address to authorize spending of more than $1 billion in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money.

Orr Alabama News
State Sen. Orr says grocery, income tax relief 'a possibility' this session

In a few days, the Alabama Legislature will begin the first session of the new quadrennium. In addition to both chambers having to deal with the constitutionally mandated duty of passing budgets, a $2.6 billion surplus leftover from the prior legislative session will also have to be handled.

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Mobile's Comic Cowboys defy cancel culture for another year

Even though their existence was threatened by some busybody-concerned citizens inspired by a progressive woke culture, the Comic Cowboys have been a fixture in Mobile's Mardi Gras celebration since the late 1800s.

Barry Moore Alabama News
U.S. Rep. Moore on Biden administration ineptitude: 'Pronouns don't solve problem'

Saturday, U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) made an appearance on Newsmax TV's "Saturday Agenda" to respond to the Biden administration's inability to contain the flow of drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border.

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U.S. Rep. Carl vows House GOP to stop taxpayer money supporting 'wokeism' — 'They're throwing money at the transgender recitals and the dances and all of this show stuff, why?'

According to U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl (R-Mobile), federal resources are being allocated to the so-called woke agenda, some of which runs counter to the beliefs of many Americans. Carl hopes to soon put an end to it.

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State Rep. Stringer: Releasing violent offenders not a solution to prison overcrowding — 'Build new prisons'

State Rep. Shane Stringer (R-Citronelle) is apparently reconsidering his 2021 "yes" vote on legislation that retroactively applied a 2015 mandatory release law to all inmates before 2015.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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