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House grinds to a halt: Lawmakers debate bill to ban holding a phone while driving — 'This thing was about life and death'

Despite the rule changes meant to streamline the legislative process at the beginning of the year, lawmakers successfully clogged debate in the House, halting a bill that would criminalize holding a mobile phone while driving.

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Tuberville: Trump prepared for barrage of allegations throughout 2024 presidential bid

According to U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), a close confidant of former President Donald Trump, Trump keeps up with what is happening, especially as the 2024 presidential election cycle gets underway.

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Katie Britt condemns Trump indictment: ‘Alabamians do not want a two-tiered system of justice in this country’

U.S. Sen. Katie Britt (R-Montgomery) joined the majority of Alabama’s congressional delegation in condemning the indictment handed down by a New York grand jury against former President Donald Trump.

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State Auditor Andrew Sorrell endorses Ron DeSantis for president

On Monday, State Auditor Andrew Sorrell announced his endorsement for Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), an unannounced but likely Republican presidential candidate in 2024.

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Tuberville WSJ op-ed defends standoff over military nominations and abortion policy — ‘The only war they are focused on winning is the culture war’

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) issued an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on Sunday defending his hold on general and flag officer nominations on the Senate floor in response to a Department of Defense policy that uses taxpayer dollars to fund abortions.

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Barry Moore on Trump indictment: 'We don't need our opponents picking our nominees' — Trump 'is going to win the race, and he is going to win the case'

One of former President Donald Trump's most outspoken proponents throughout the indictment saga has been Alabama's own U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise).

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Rogers: 'Alvin Bragg should stop making a mockery of the US Constitution and resign immediately'

As the fallout from former President Donald Trump's indictment continues, U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Saks) is falling in line with his Republican colleagues and expressing frustration.

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Rogue prosecutor victim Barry Moore to hand out ham sandwiches to highlight 'weaponization of judicial system' in Trump indictment — 'Manhattan DA could indict a ham sandwich next'

“Welcome to the club, [Donald Trum]. In honor of the fact that the Manhattan DA could indict a ham sandwich next, I will be handing them out tomorrow in Longworth 1504 at noon. All are welcome!”

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State Sen. Orr: 'I'd love to see some kind of federal prohibition on states or even local governments giving out incentives'

Everybody else does it, so we have to. Basically, that is what Republican lawmakers have told constituents about the state's use of economic incentives, which they will readily acknowledge in theory, is a gross violation of free market economics.

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Britt rebukes federal regulators for recent bank failures — 'You need to be held accountable'

U.S. Sen. Katie Britt put federal financial regulators in the hot seat Tuesday during a Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Development hearing where she grilled them about their handling of the recent collapses of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank.

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Tuberville rips Schumer for calling military appointment hold over DOD abortion policy ‘unprecedented’ — Taxpayers funding abortions 'not right'

Recently, U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) came under fire from Democrats, such as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) for his hold on general and flag officer nominations on the Senate floor in response to U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s policy that uses taxpayer money to fund abortions.

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Business Council of Alabama vows to continue push for economic incentives in four-year plan

The Business Council of Alabama announced its new four-year “Renew Alabama” plan last week, promising to continue lobbying the state legislature to keep offering payments and tax credits to select private businesses.

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State Sen. Orr questions $1 billion budget for new Elmore County prison — 'It seems like it’s off the rails'

Some Alabama lawmakers are still reeling from the sticker shock after it was announced the budget for the new prison facility in Elmore County had been increased to nearly $1 billion. 

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‘The best place for Space Command is in Huntsville’ — Battle, Britt, Tuberville push back against Biden’s efforts to reverse decision on U.S. Space Command location

State and federal officials are pushing back against Biden’s reported efforts to keep U.S. Space Command from locating in Huntsville.

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State Rep. Carns proposes bill to terminate current Birmingham Water Works Board members — ‘Their governance needs to be overhauled’

After a year of crisis at the Birmingham Water Works, two state legislators representing part of the Birmingham area are trying to alter the qualifications for serving on the Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB) and make the utility regional. That means the Alabama Gov. would gain the authority to appoint three of its members.

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'Just wheels in a machine': Lawmakers describe bullying, intimidation from House leadership — Ainsworth aide Connie Rowe said to have given belittling speech

Some of Alabama’s freshmen legislators are describing bullying and intimidation from leadership as they were welcomed into the state house, having been discouraged from disagreeing with GOP leadership.

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Occupational tax bill clears State Senate committee with substitution, amendment

The approved amendment would delay application of the 1% cap for cities with outstanding debt secured by occupational taxes until the January after the final payment on the debt is made.

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Gadsden Mayor Ford bemoans effort to eliminate occupational tax as city increases mayor's office budget by 41%

Mayor Craig Ford has seen a 41% increase in his budget while other city departments brace for potential budget cuts.

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U.S. Rep. Rogers rips Biden for vetoing anti-ESG investing bill — ‘Get woke politics out of Americans’ savings accounts’

President Joe Biden issued his first-ever veto on Monday to reject a bill that would have reversed a rule instituted by his own administration that allowed money managers to use environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors when making retirement investments on a client’s behalf. 

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State Sen. Elliott pushes to do away with 'sketchy' boards in Alabama, take serious look at grocery tax reform

State Sen. Chris Elliott (R-Josephine) spoke Monday at the March 2023 South Baldwin Chamber Leadership Series luncheon.

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City of Gadsden funding up to $100K annually for DEI director — Expenditure amid occupation tax fight to stave off alleged cash crunch

Ford handpicked Ruth Moffat to helm the new position due to her work as executive director of United Way of Etowah County.

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Tuberville co-sponsors bill to expand approved uses of state-sponsored college savings plans to include expenses associated with ‘skills training’ and ‘credentialing’

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) co-sponsored a bill that might encourage Americans to enter a trade career instead of pursuing careers requiring degrees from four-year universities.

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Britt decries 'unlawful' seizure of Birmingham-based Vulcan Materials' facility in Mexico — 'Mexico should be more focused on going after the cartels than law-abiding businesses'

Britt said the Vulcan facility, which is headquartered in Birmingham, was breached and taken over by military and police forces at approximately 5:30 am local time on March 14.

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U.S. Rep. Palmer on Biden family investigation: ‘A lot of smoke here and we need to get it cleaned up’

The GOP Oversight Committee released subpoenaed financial records that show multiple members of the Biden family received a total of over $1 million potentially tied to a business associate who was doing business with a Chinese energy company.

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State Sen. Orr to introduce legislation to gradually lift taxes on ‘essential’ groceries

Alabama is one of the only states to charge a sales tax on “essential” foods like milk and eggs, but as food prices soar due to inflation, one state senator has drafted a bill to lift the tax burden.

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State Rep. Hill defends inmate early release bill as a 'safe, reasonable approach to take'; Supports giving Pardons & Paroles more funding for electronic monitoring

While the mass early release of prisons has been heavily criticized by other lawmakers and law enforcement officials, Hill, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, still sees it as a net positive for public safety.

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House Speaker Ledbetter to BCA: Economic incentives renewal one of the 'biggest legislative issues this session'

While speaking to the Business Council of Alabama on Tuesday morning, Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville) gave his support to expanding economic incentive programs for select businesses in the state.

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