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Darrell O Quinn Alabama News
Birmingham City Council schedules special meeting Friday to settle questions about new president vote

The Birmingham City Council called a special meeting on Friday after unexpectedly naming councilman Darell O’Quinn council president on Tuesday.

Mike Johnson Alabama News
Corporate MSM cite far-left Montgomery-based SPLC hate group designation to attack new House Speaker Johnson

After members of the U.S. House of Representatives elected Mike Johnson (R-La.) the next Speaker of the House, a slew of mainstream media outlets cited an Alabama-based far-left activist organization to accuse Johnson of previously working for a hate group.

Palmer and Bowman Alabama News
Palmer calls for expulsion of Democratic lawmaker for pulling fire alarm in Capitol during spending deliberation

U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) said on Wednesday that U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) “should be expelled” from Congress after he was charged with pulling a fire alarm in the Capitol building last month as Republicans deliberated on a spending measure to keep the government open.

Darrell O'Quinn Alabama News
Birmingham City Council president election in question due to computation error

Members of the Birmingham City Council on Tuesday thought they elected Councilman Darrell O’Quinn as the new city council president. Now, according to reports, they might have to cast another vote.

Carlee Russell Alabama News
Hoover city councilman commends state lawmakers for drafting false reporting legislation after Carlee Russell incident

A Hoover city councilman thanked state lawmakers for working on legislation to increase penalties for false reporting following the staged kidnapping of Hoover’s Carlee Russell, which gained national attention earlier this year.

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Mayors pose questions about potential regional jail facilities in Jefferson County

TRUSSVILLE — Several East Jefferson County mayors met on Tuesday morning and discussed possibilities and concerns about a potential new jail that could house inmates for municipalities in the Birmingham area. 

Jimmie Stephens left and Mark Pettway right Photos from Facebook Alabama News
Jefferson County Commission president says regional jail must be approved by county as Sheriff Pettway negotiates with municipalities

After Jefferson County Sheriff Mark Pettway told a local news station about ongoing negotiations with Birmingham-area municipalities to open a regional jail, Jefferson County Commission president Jimmie Stephens said that the Commission, not the sheriff, must seal the deal.

Tuberville. Photo from Twitter. Alabama News
Tuberville: ‘Humanitarian aid that goes to Gaza will ultimately wind up in the hands of Hamas’

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) vowed in a video statement released to X on Saturday to keep American taxpayer dollars from facilitating terrorism. 

SPLC Delegation to UN Alabama News
Montgomery’s far-left SPLC sends delegation to UN to present ‘overwhelming evidence’ of country’s ‘failure to safeguard human rights’

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a Montgomery-based far-left activist organization, sent a delegation to Geneva, Switzerland, to make recommendations to the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC).

Photo by Will Blakely Alabama News
Activists applaud North Shelby County Library board for keeping LGBTQ books in children’s section

Activists gathered at the North Shelby County Library on Thursday night to praise the library board members for keeping an LGBTQ display in the children’s section in June after backlash from residents who felt it was inappropriate for kids.

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AG Marshall signs on letter expressing concern over Eventbrite’s unpublishing of speaker against child sex change procedures

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall signed onto a letter on Wednesday expressing concern over event management website Eventbrite’s unpublishing of an event where a guest speaker is slated to talk about the dangers of sex change procedures for minors. 

Steve Marshall Alabama News
AG Marshall working to familiarize law enforcement with new anti-gang law

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall is working with local law enforcement to familiarize them with the state’s new anti-gang law, which enhances penalties for those involved in a criminal enterprise.

David Bronner Alabama News
RSA's Bronner: Parents can’t be trusted with school choice voucher programs

Retirement Systems of Alabama CEO David Bronner advocated against education voucher programs in the RSA’s most recent newsletter, suggesting parents receiving vouchers for their children’s education can’t be trusted to spend that money responsibly.

Marshall Tuberville Hayden Alabama News
AG Marshall: Michael Hayden 'a failure' and 'disgrace' for suggesting Tuberville should be removed from human race

Attorney General Steve Marshall called former CIA Director Michael Hayden a “failure [and] a disgrace” for standing by his suggestion that U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville should be removed from the human race.

Wes Allen Alabama News
Secretary of State Allen: All counties now using Geographical Information System for elections; Says should help resolve issues experienced last election cycle

Every county in Alabama now receives election services from a Geographical Information System as of Tuesday, according to Secretary of State Wes Allen.

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Utility costs for Jefferson County residents may increase in 2024

Jefferson County residents may have higher utility bills in 2024 as the county increases sewer rates, and those within the jurisdiction of Birmingham Water Works face a potential rate hike for the third year in a row.

Jim Jordan Alabama News
Strong last Alabama House Republican holdout on Jordan for speaker; Announcement forthcoming

U.S. Rep. Dale Strong (R-Madison) is scheduled to make an announcement about the Speaker’s race this evening. 

Literature Alabama News
Will Blakely: In defense of literature

Why would we read literature if we could obtain the same amount of information from a six-paragraph blog post, as Bankman-Fried suggests? Because the point of reading literature is not to obtain information but to discover a different kind of knowledge: wisdom.  

Jim Jordan Alabama News
Palmer, Moore back Jim Jordan for House Speaker; Freedom Caucus opponent Rogers vows staunch opposition

U.S. Reps. Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) and Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) voiced their support on Friday for Freedom Caucus co-founder Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) to become the new Speaker of the House.

Biden Tuberville Alabama News
Tuberville: White House ‘trying to spin my words’ about Israel to force forfeit on military hold

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) accused the Biden administration of taking his words out of context after the White House released a memo bashing the senator for remarks made about Israel earlier this week.

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Left-wing groups in 'solidarity with Palestine' after Hamas attack in Israel not designated ‘hate groups’ by Montgomery-based SPLC; Moms for Liberty remains

Earlier this year, Montgomery’s Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) received backlash from conservatives after labeling certain parental rights organizations on their “hate map,” alongside the Ku Klux Klan, skinheads and neo-Nazis. 

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Democrat State Rep. Rogers pleads not guilty to federal corruption charges

State Rep. John Rogers (D-Birmingham) pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges as he appeared for the first time in court on Thursday and told a media outlet that he rejected a plea deal from federal prosecutors.

U.S. Reps. Barry Moore and Rashida Tlaib Alabama News
Barry Moore presents resolution condemning U.S. Rep. Tlaib for calling Israel an 'apartheid system,' Palestinian flag outside office

U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) introduced a resolution on Wednesday condemning Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s (D-Mich.) comment about the Israel-Palestine conflict and the Palestinian flag outside her office. 

Stop Hate AP photo Alabama News
Montgomery-based far-left SPLC: Government should ‘prevent radicalization,’ push ‘inclusive education’ to prevent spread of ‘extremism’ on social media

An attorney with Montgomery’s Southern Poverty Law Center gave an assessment to an international organization in Poland last week, insisting that governments around the world should crack down on what it deems to be “hateful ideologies.”

Photo from Facebook Alabama News
Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin silent about deleted ‘stand with Israel’ tweet

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin is silent after deleting a Tweet in support of Israel on Saturday following backlash from followers.

Tuberville Alabama News
'He shouldn't drink every day': Tuberville calls for apology from former CIA director Hayden for threat

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) told 1819 News on Tuesday he expects an apology from former CIA director Michael Hayden for a comment Hayden made late on Monday night suggesting Tuberville should be removed from "the human race."

Photo by Taylor Brandon Alabama News
Alabama's U.S. House delegation condemns Hamas attack on Israel; Carl, Palmer blame Biden for Iran support

Several members of Alabama’s delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives weighed in on the warfare that erupted in Israel over the weekend following a terrorist attack near the Gaza Strip.

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