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Mike Pence at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Huntsville, Ala. Alabama News
Former VP Pence slams Biden admin in Rick & Bubba appearance — 'Its policies weaken America at home and abroad'

Tuesday on the "Rick & Bubba Show," 2024 GOP presidential candidate former Vice President Mike Pence discussed his recently announced run for president and his upcoming speaking appearance at Gridiron Men’s Conference in Huntsville this weekend.

Tuberville Alabama News
Tuberville unveils bill to ban investors linked to Chinese government from American crypto exchanges — 'These regulators are asleep at the wheel'

As tensions mount between the U.S. and China both at home and abroad, U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) is fighting to keep investors linked to the Chinese government out of American cryptocurrency exchanges.

Terri Sewell Alabama News
Five candidates who could pose a threat to incumbent U.S. Rep. Sewell for the Democrat nomination in a redrawn congressional district

If Terri Sewell wants to remain in the U.S. House of Representatives, she has her work cut out. But the challenge could come long before the November 2024 general election.

Bobby Singleton on APTV Alabama News
Senate Minority Leader Singleton denies absentee ballot issues in Alabama — 'We don't have a problem with ballot harvesting in this state'

House Bill 209 (HB209), legislation sponsored by State Rep. Jamie Kiel (R-Russellville), which would have cracked down on ballot harvesting, did not get a vote on the State Senate floor last week before the 2023 legislative session ended.

Jamie Kiel Alabama News
State Rep. Kiel criticizes 'disingenuous media' for false portrayal ballot-harvesting legislation; Says issue 'even more relevant' in wake of SCOTUS redistricting ruling

Sine die came and went without House Bill 209 (HB209), legislation that would have cracked down on so-called ballot harvesting, getting a vote on the State Senate floor.

Palmer on Rick and Bubba Alabama News
'This is far better than a clean debt limit bill' — Palmer says Fiscal Responsibility Act not a 'massive loss' for GOP despite 'no' vote

U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) was one of three of Alabama’s congressional delegation to vote against raising the national debt limit, but he said the bill was not all bad for Republicans.

Nathaniel Ledbetter Alabama News
Speaker Ledbetter: Gaming in Alabama 'has got to be fixed — It's broken'

With only one day remaining, the 2023 legislative session has come and gone without a serious look at gambling. According to House Speaker Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville), given the influx of new members in the legislature's lower chamber, that was by design.

I Stock 1488479431 Alabama News
U.S. House votes to raise debt ceiling; Alabama congressional delegation split with four 'yes' votes, three 'no' votes

On Wednesday, 149 U.S. House Republicans joined 165 House Democrats in voting 314-117 to the Fiscal Responsibility Act to raise the national debt ceiling for two years and avoid a default on money borrowed.

Tuberville vs Aderholt Alabama News
Tuberville rips debt ceiling deal as U.S. House prepares to vote Wednesday; Aderholt calls it 'a step in the right direction'

Tuberville called the bill a "terrible deal," while Aderholt, though not happy with the final bill, highlighted some of its positives.

Barfoot Alabama News
State Sen. Barfoot: 'About 84% of all the education supplemental budget went Birmingham-north'

One of the bigger fights in the Alabama Legislature this session was over an appropriation for the proposed Maxwell Gateway project, which includes some aesthetic elements welcoming visitors to Montgomery and a water park.

State Sen. Arthur Orr Alabama News
State Sen. Orr: ESG ban 'important for our state' — 'Hopefully, over time, the ESG narrative will dissipate and go away'

With only three legislative days remaining, one of the bills remaining on the docket is sponsored by State Sen. Dan Roberts (R-Mountain Brook) that would prohibit state contracts with businesses that boycott certain sectors of the economy based on environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies.

State Sen. Chris Elliott Alabama News
State Sen. Elliott on the General Fund budget: What we did was we grew government, and I voted 'no'

Early Friday morning, the State Senate passed this year's General Fund budget by a 28-3 vote. Among those voting "no" were State Sens. Clyde Chambliss (R-Prattville), April Weaver (R-Brierfield) and Chris Elliott (R-Josephine).

Stadthagen526 Alabama News
House Majority Ldr Stadthagen vows ban on minors at drag shows in 2024 — 'You're grooming these kids, you're trying to make them somebody and accept something that is not acceptable'

The window for the passage of proposed legislation prohibiting minors from attending drag shows has passed for the Alabama Legislature in 2023.

Givhan Alabama News
Givhan says bill reining in State Health Officer power about accountability — 'State health department is not accountable to the people whatsoever'

Last week, off-the-cuff remarks given by State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris at a University of Alabama at Birmingham event breathed new life into legislation offered by State Sen. Sam Givhan (R-Huntsville) to reform the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Former U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks Alabama News
Mo Brooks: Communist China assisted in my 2022 U.S. Senate defeat

During a lengthy appearance on Montgomery radio NewsTalk 93.1's "Health & Wealth" program last week, former U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) said Communist China played a role in his U.S. Senate Republican primary defeat last year.

JD Crowe KKK Alabama News
AL.com cartoonist JD Crowe's KKK obsession

The Ku Klux Klan hasn't had any significant social, political or economic influence in Alabama in decades, but AL.com cartoonist J.D. Crowe seems determined to keep its memory alive.

State Reps. Barbara Drummond,  Jamie Kiel Alabama News
House passes bill allowing tax credits for donations to pregnancy resource centers — Dem State Rep. Drummond blasts bill sponsor for being male

On Wednesday, the Alabama House of Representatives approved a bill that would allow tax credits for individuals that donate to certain pregnancy resource centers.

Montgomery Skyline Alabama News
'What is the big boogeyman with the state retirement system owning it?': State Sen. Givhan pushes RSA-owned statehouse proposal

The leading proposal for a new building to house the state government's legislative branch appears to involve a public-private partnership between the State of Alabama and the Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA).

State Sen. Chris Elliott. Photo: Erica Thomas. Alabama News
State Sen. Elliott: Anti-ESG bill 'one of the widest, broadest pieces of ESG legislation in the country'

Last week, State Sen. Dan Roberts' (R-Mountain Brook) bill that would prohibit state contracts with businesses that boycott certain sectors of the economy based on environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies passed out of the Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development Committee.

Singleton512 Alabama News
Senate Minority Leader Singleton claims no absentee ballot fraud, ballot harvesting in Alabama

Last week, the House of Representatives passed legislation to crack down on ballot harvesting. House Bill 209, sponsored by State Rep. Jamie Kiel (R-Russellville), passed in the lower chamber by a 76-28 vote and now awaits debate in the Alabama Senate.

Tuberville Alabama News
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell condemns Tuberville's hold on military promotions over abortion policy

Despite not having the support of U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) continues to hold up roughly 184 military promotions in a principled stand against the U.S. Defense Department funding abortions for service members.

Chip Brown Alabama News
State Rep. Brown: It is 'a good sign' Ivey has not weighed in on the grocery tax reduction proposal

While efforts to reduce tax liability, mainly Alabama's portion of the tax applied to groceries, have picked up steam in the recent weeks in the Alabama Legislature, Gov. Kay Ivey is missing from the discussion.

Stutts106 Alabama News
State Sen. Stutts on PRICE Act: 'We're going to vote it out of committee'

State Sen. Larry Stutts (R-Tuscumbia) is confident about the chances of major school choice legislation passing out of the Senate Finance and Taxation Education Committee on Wednesday.

Tuberville v rapinoe Alabama News
Tuberville blasts women's soccer standout Megan Rapinoe for promoting trans athletes in women's sports — 'The biggest bunch of crap I’ve ever heard'

Tuberville criticized professional female soccer player Megan Rapinoe and others like her who have lent their support and influence to promote trans athletes to the detriment of their own sports.

State Sen. Arthur Orr Alabama News
State Sen. Orr says decision to strip Montgomery waterpark, Mobile airport funding from ETF budget based on keeping education dollars focused on educational matters

Governor Kay Ivey's education budget proposal offered earlier this year included money for some high-profile non-education projects. But they will not be in the budget coming out of the Alabama Legislature, according to State Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur).

Stutts Alabama News
State Sen. Stutts: ‘Absolutely, there’s time’ left to pass PRICE Act

Despite a setback last week, there’s still time to pass major school choice legislation in the current legislative session, according to State Sen. Larry Stutts (R-Tuscumbia).

State Sen. Jabo Waggoner Alabama News
State Sen. Waggoner on Birmingham-Southern bailout loan: 'This is not anything new as far as giving state money to a private company or private four-year institution'

State Sen. Jabo Waggoner (R-Vestavia Hills) is continuing his campaign for the Alabama Legislature to rescue the financially beleaguered Birmingham-Southern College.

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