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Trump weighs in on Alabama IVF controversy — 'I am calling on the Alabama Legislature to act quickly'

On Friday, former President Donald Trump reacted to the Alabama Supreme Court's ruling that has led to clinics in Alabama suspending in vitro fertilization (IVF) programs after the Court found IVF embryos were protected under the Wrongful Death of a Minor Act.

Chris Elliott Alabama News
State Sen. Elliott says 'there simply aren't the votes' to pass House gambling bill — 'I would say that ship has sailed'

During an appearance on Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5's "The Jeff Poor Show," Elliott described the possibility of the Senate taking up the House legislation as is as "that ship has sailed."

Hollis Towns Alabama News
New AL(dot)com editor in chief instituted 'straight white male' hiring ban at former employer, lawsuit alleges

On Thursday, Alabama Media Group announced it was naming Hollis R. Towns to fill the vice president of content and editor in chief vacancy left by Kelly Ann Scott, who departed for the Houston Chronicle in October.

Chris Blackshear Alabama News
LISTEN: Huntsville radio's Dale Jackson, gaming bill sponsor State Rep. Blackshear spar over gambling — 'Do you want a casino in Phenix City?'

During the mid-20th century, Phenix City was a notorious haven for prostitution, gambling and organized crime. The beginning of the end came when then-Phenix City resident Albert Patterson was elected to likely become attorney general by running on cleaning up his hometown.

Alabama Senate Alabama News
State Sen. Elliott: I do not think the House gambling bill has the votes to move forward as it is now

During an appearance on Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5's "The Jeff Poor Show," State Sen. Chris Elliott (R-Josephine) said the so-called comprehensive gambling bill that passed the State House of Representatives could not pass in the State Senate as currently written.

Kay Ivey on Capitol Journal, 2/16/2024 Alabama News
Ivey dismisses gambling opponent concerns: 'They don't have to gamble'

On Friday's broadcast of Alabama Public Television's "Capitol Journal," Gov. Kay Ivey weighed in on the first two weeks of the legislative session, which included the House of Representatives' passage of a comprehensive package she endorsed.

State Rep, Chris Blackshear on APTV's Capitol Journal, 2/15/2024 Alabama News
State Rep. Blackshear: 'Our caucus is still together'

Thursday's 67-31 vote for House Bill 152, the enabling legislation accompanying a constitutional amendment on gambling, marked the end of a contentious week for members of the Alabama House of Representatives.

Larry Stutts Alabama News
State Sen. Stutts: Ivey school choice CHOOSE Act 'a very good bill'

Tuesday, on the syndicated radio program "Right Side Radio," State Sen. Larry Stutts (R-Tuscumbia) signaled his support for Gov. Kay Ivey's school choice legislation, titled the CHOOSE Act.

House of Representatives chamber in the Alabama State House Alabama News
Jefferson County GOP passes resolution urging lawmakers to oppose gambling legislation

While the debate over a comprehensive gambling bill is underway in Montgomery, the Republican Party in Alabama's most populous county is making its opposition to the gambling effort known.

IMG 0377 Alabama News
Slideshow — Comic Cowboys hit the streets of Mobile for Fat Tuesday on 140th anniversary

This year's Mardi Gras festivities marked the 140th anniversary for the Comic Cowboys, the mystic society operating under the slogan "without malice." 

Andrew Sorrell Alabama News
State Auditor Sorrell backs Trump for president — 'Better odds' of beating Biden than Nikki Haley

Last year, State Auditor Andrew Sorrell was among the first to endorse Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) for president.

Givhan Alabama News
State Sen. Givhan skeptical of high poll numbers for gambling expansion — Constituents 'very specific,' 'They want a lottery'

Last week, during a press conference unveiling a comprehensive gambling bill and constitutional amendment, State Reps. Chris Blackshear (R-Phenix City), Andy Whitt (R-Harvest), Sam Jones (D-Mobile) and State Sen. Greg Albritton (R-Atmore) touted polling data from KAConsulting showing broad support for their effort.

Brian Hardin, Alabama Farmers Federation Alabama News
ALFA's Hardin: 'To say that we need to expand gambling or legalize more gambling to address enforcement does not make sense'

During an appearance on Friday's broadcast of Alabama Public Television's "Capitol Journal," Alabama Farmers Federation (ALFA) director of external affairs Brian Hardin questioned lawmakers' desire to expand gambling statewide.

Donald Trump Alabama News
ALGOP endorses Donald Trump for president

At Saturday's Alabama Republican Party winter meeting, the party's state executive committee voted to endorse former President Donald Trump for president ahead of the state's March 5 GOP primary.

Bill Harris Alabama News
Bill Harris pulls off upset for Alabama RNC committeeman against Trump-endorsed John Blanchard, incumbent Paul Reynolds

At Saturday's Alabama Republican Party winter meeting, Bill Harris defeated Trump ally John Blanchard and incumbent committeeman Paul Reynolds in an upset.

Jerry Carl, Barry Moore Alabama News
Carl, Moore react to Special Counsel revelations of Biden deteriorating mental state — 'I think it is going to play well for Trump'

U.S. Reps. Jerry Carl (R-Mobile) and Barry Moore (R-Enterprise), who are both competing for the first congressional district Republican nomination, appeared side-by-side at the February Azalea City Republican Women's meeting on Monday.

Barry Moore on ad, 2/7/2024 Alabama News
Barry Moore responds to Carl attack ad in video spot — 'When a candidate goes negative, you know they're behind'

On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) released a 30-second spot that apparently responds to his opponent in the first congressional district Republican primary, U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl (R-Mobile).

U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) on Fox Business, 2/5/2024 Alabama News
'Worse than I thought': Tuberville accuses Democrats of 'trying to play a trick on us' with border deal

Monday on FBN's "The Evening Edit," U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) derided the so-called border bill deal brokered between Senate Democrats and U.S. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.).

Dale Strong on Newsmax TV, 2/4/2024 Alabama News
U.S. Rep. Strong: Mayorkas 'hates America,' wants U.S. 'to look more like Cuba'

During an appearance on Newsmax TV's "Sunday Agenda," U.S. Rep. Dale Strong (R-Monrovia) defended House Republican efforts to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

Auburn University Alabama News
Report: Free speech on Alabama college campuses mixed — Auburn among best; Alabama A&M, Troy among the worst

The free speech climate on Alabama's public four-year college and university campuses is mixed, according to a recent report from the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE).

Barfoot Alabama News
State Sen. Barfoot hopes focus on gambling 'doesn't kill the rest of the session'

Lawmakers are expected to take up a comprehensive gambling bill early in the 2024 legislative session set to be underway next week.

Givhan Alabama News
State Sen. Givhan: Not 'anywhere close' to enough votes to pass gambling in Senate

Despite speculation about the effort in the House to pass comprehensive gambling legislation, State Sen. Sam Givhan (R-Huntsville) still sees it as a long shot in 2024.

Tuberville Alabama News
Tuberville: Biden, Mayorkas 'should be locked up'

During an appearance on NewsNation, U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) hammered President Joe Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for the administration's handling of U.S.-Mexico border security.

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State Sen. Stutts says medical marijuana rollout 'corrupt or incompetent,' Warns of a 'same situation' with gambling effort

By any standard, the rollout of Alabama's medical cannabis effort over the last two years has not gone well. What started with confusion about the process has transitioned into a series of lawsuits with no end in sight.

Alabama political news highway 45 Alabama News
Would the Alabama Legislature consider mandating how ALDOT prioritizes road improvement projects?

For nearly 100 years, U.S. Highway 45 has run from Mobile to the Alabama-Mississippi state line, running parallel to the old Mobile & Ohio Railroad, from downtown Mobile, through Prichard and Citronelle to the state line.

Garlan Gudger Jr. Alabama News
State Sen. Gudger rejects claim anti-ballot harvesting bill 'criminalizes' assistance; Says federal law protects assistance provisions

Republicans in the Alabama Legislature are expected to take up a bill to increase the penalties for ballot harvesting in Alabama early in the 2024 session.

Moore carl Alabama News
Barry Moore: Jerry Carl's 'everyone has some type of racist in them' remarks 'concerning'

On Wednesday, U.S. Reps. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) and Jerry Carl (R-Mobile) squared off against one another in a debate at the Daphne Civic Center on Baldwin County's Eastern Shore.

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