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Freshman State Rep. Yarbrough says medical freedom, school choice top his list of legislative priorities

In one of his first interviews since winning the election for who will represent House District 7 in the Alabama Legislature, State Rep. Ernie Yarbrough (R-Trinity) said he was sticking to campaign pledges and putting medical freedom and school choice at the top of his list of priorities.

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State Sen. Elliott predicts a 'continued push' to unwind the ABC board over time

For years, lawmakers in Montgomery have questioned the role of Alabama's Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) board in ways ranging from its participation in the wholesale and retail marketplaces to how it enforces existing laws and regulations pertaining to the sale of liquor.

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U.S. Rep. Carl on January 6: 'What did Pelosi know? Why didn't she put more security out there?'

With the Republicans on the verge of taking charge of the U.S. House of Representatives on the heels of last month's elections, U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl (R-Mobile) says it is not time to close the books on the January 6, 2021 incident just yet.

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Tuberville questions FTX’s ‘high marks’ by ESG ratings companies

Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) questioned the liability some major Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) ratings companies might have for giving crypto exchange, FTX, “high marks, very high marks for corporate governance” before its recent collapse.

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Ivey joins 20 Republican governors calling on Congress to remove military vaccine mandate

Congress should remove and prohibit the “Biden Administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate” on members of the military due to missed recruitment goals and current service members “leaving our ranks,” according to a letter sent this week to congressional leaders from Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and 20 other Republican governors.

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Richard Shelby on 2017 vote against Roy Moore: 'I did what I did — I think it made a difference'

Outgoing U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa) has no regrets about his decision not to support former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore in the 2017 U.S. Senate election.

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Legislature's Contract Review Committee approves ABC Board's $450,000 communications contract for underage drinking prevention campaign

Members of the Contract Review Committee reviewed a $450,000 communications services contract between the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board and Direct Communications Thursday for “development of anti-underage drinking materials and online/virtual presentations.”

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Alabama federal delegation split on railway agreement — Tuberville, Shelby side with Democrat Terri Sewell in voting to approve

After months of delays and intense negotiations, the U.S. Congress approved an agreement with railway unions to avoid a shutdown.

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Wesley Britt joins lobbying firm in Montgomery

Wesley Britt, husband of U.S. Senator-elect Katie Britt, joined Fine, Geddie and Associates, an Alabama lobbying firm, this week.

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Ivey taps Alabama 'Big Mule' powerbrokers for inaugural committee co-chairs

Governor Kay Ivey is set to be sworn in for her second full term in office on Jan.16, 2023. However, her inaugural committee resembles a who's who list of some of Alabama's top powerbrokers.

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Tuberville calls for additional crypto regulations after FTX collapse

Congress should act to pass regulations on cryptocurrencies after the recent collapse of a large cryptocurrency exchange sent shockwaves through the industry, according to Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn).

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U.S. Rep. Carl says House Republicans plan to investigate Hunter Biden, Dr. Fauci — ‘It’s looking just so dirty’

U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl (R-Mobile) said he’s ready to put the pressure on the Democrats regarding Hunter Biden, Dr. Anthony Fauci and committee memberships.

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Speaker-designate Ledbetter: 'Serious' gaming bill unlikely in 2023

According to House Speaker-designate Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville), you might want to think twice about betting on the passage of a gaming bill this upcoming legislative session.

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Ledbetter to retain McCutcheon chief of staff Mark Tuggle for role

On Wednesday, State Rep. Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville), the Republican nominee for House Speaker for the next quadrennium, announced former State Rep. Mark Tuggle (R-Alexander City) would serve as his chief of staff if elected as speaker during the organizational session early next year.

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Conecuh County Sheriff's race in question by candidate after second recount ends in incumbent's favor

The race for sheriff in Conecuh County is being contested after one of the candidates questioned some ballots in the race that ended in a tie.

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Marshall, 21 state AGs petition for health care worker vaccine mandate repeal

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall and 21 other state attorneys general filed a petition last week with the federal government to repeal its healthcare worker COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

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Mo Brooks not backing Trump's 2024 bid — Tuberville backs former president '100 percent'

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville is doubling down on his support of former President Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential race, while U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks is looking elsewhere for a potential candidate.

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State Sen. Givhan: Expect movement on legislation to change how state health officer is selected

The turnover in the Alabama Legislature headed into the new quadrennium, combined with new leadership in the House of Representatives, has made State House expectations somewhat of a wildcard for 2023 and beyond.

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Ivey hires BCA lobbyist as legislative affairs director in second term

Gov. Kay Ivey is hiring Drew Harrell, Business Council of Alabama’s Vice President of Governmental Affairs, to lead her legislative affairs team for her second term.

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Tuberville says he is 'excited' Trump is running; Calls McConnell 'a good leader'

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) confirmed Thursday that he will continue to support Donald Trump in the former president’s recently-announced bid for president in 2024.

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McConnell wins Senate Minority Leader re-election; Britt noncommittal on support

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was re-elected to his leadership position Wednesday, defeating U.S. Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla). 

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Mississippi plans income tax elimination while Alabama plans temporary rebate

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) announced Tuesday his plans to further reduce the state's income tax until it is entirely eliminated over the next four years.

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Conecuh County Sheriff's race ends in tie after provisional ballots counted; Winner could be decided with coin toss

The race for sheriff in Conecuh County ended in a tie after provisional ballots were counted a week after the general election, according to the Conecuh County Probate Judge.

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Tuberville backs McConnell in Senate leadership battle despite continued support for Trump

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) said he plans to vote for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) despite continued support for former President Donald Trump.

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Britt tells 'Fox & Friends' few thought her win was possible — Vows to fight for 'our children and our children's children'

U.S. Senator-elect Katie Britt said it is surreal to be the first woman elected to the Senate for Alabama. Britt made an appearance on "Fox & Friends" Sunday, just before attending orientation in Washington.

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Alabama AG Marshall elected RAGA chair

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall was elected Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) Chairman by his Republican attorneys general colleagues at a meeting over the weekend, according to a press release. 

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Alabama Democrat infighting: Party split over race, generational divide says vice-chair Tabitha Isner

The Alabama Democratic Party has struggled to gain political momentum across the state since it last held legislative majorities in 2010, and that's partly due to continued infighting and dissension amongst the ranks.

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