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Mike Pence coming to the University of Alabama in April

University of Alabama YAF to welcome Mike Pence in April.

AL State House Lon Worley Alabama News
House bill could permit state employees to make over $50K a year while receiving retirement benefits

If passed this legislative session, a new bill in the Alabama House of Representatives would allow beneficiaries of the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) and the Employees’ Retirement System (ERS) to earn a salary of as much as $52,000 a year while still receiving retirement benefits.

David Sessions Alabama News
State Sen. Sessions insists discipline biggest issue confronting K-12 public education; Says legislature could take rule-making, regulatory authority away from school boards

If you listen to public remarks given by Gov. Kay Ivey and other Republican lawmakers with leadership posts, you would have heard that education will be a focus during this year's legislative session, slated to begin on Tuesday at noon.

House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels on APTV, 3/3/2023 Alabama News
Anthony Daniels, supply-sider? Democrat House Minority Leader suggests grocery tax holiday to gauge impact on ETF budget revenues

Some of the significant tax-cut rhetoric one might expect from Republican policymakers is not coming from Republican legislators. Instead, it comes from a prominent Democrat lawmaker, House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels (D-Huntsville).

Reed Ingram Alabama News
State Rep. Ingram files bill to stop loitering on state highways — 'Roads are designed for cars; they aren’t designed for people'

State Rep. Reed Ingram (R-Pike Road) is trying to put an end to people loitering on public roadways, which is something he said has been an ongoing issue in his district.

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Ivey expected to call special session to allocate $1 billion in ARPA funds at the beginning of 2023 regular session

Much like the legislative tactic used to pass the 2019 Rebuild Alabama Act that included a controversial gasoline tax increase, a special session is being planned to start at the beginning of the 2023 regular session on March 7 to allocate more than $1 billion in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money.

Orr Alabama News
State Sen. Orr says grocery, income tax relief 'a possibility' this session

In a few days, the Alabama Legislature will begin the first session of the new quadrennium. In addition to both chambers having to deal with the constitutionally mandated duty of passing budgets, a $2.6 billion surplus leftover from the prior legislative session will also have to be handled.

AL House of Rep Estes Tracy Facebook Alabama News
State Rep. Estes-sponsored bill would protect student-led prayers at public schools, sporting events

House Bill 35 (HB35), sponsored by State Rep. Tracy Estes (R-Winfield), seeks to prevent state entities from interfering with student-led prayer events at schools and allows students to use school property to carry out prayers.

Barry Moore Joe Biden at Border Alabama News
U.S. Rep. Moore: Biden’s border policies are ‘creating drug mules’

U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) blames the Biden administration’s open-border policies for the influx of migrants as well as the deadly drugs that are being smuggled in.

China lab Alabama News
Rogers, Carl, Tuberville blast Fauci, CCP over COVID-19 lab leak report — 'Lying the whole time!'

For many, this report confirms what they’ve long held as the true origins of the virus, which is why some lawmakers are now demanding repercussions for Dr. Fauci and others involved who may have covered up the facts.

Dale Strong at southern border Alabama News
U.S. Rep. Strong on U.S.-Mexico border visit: 'It’s worse than you can imagine'

U.S. Rep. Dale Strong (R-Huntsville) joined the other Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee on a trip to El Paso, Texas to witness the ongoing border crisis firsthand.

Mike Rogers, Nuclear missile Alabama News
Rogers urges Biden to deploy ‘additional nuclear forces,’ hasten advancements in technology on heels of Putin's withdrawal from START treaty

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Saks) urged the Biden administration to deploy “additional nuclear forces” and speed up innovations in the country’s nuclear technologies only days after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his country’s withdrawal from its nuclear treaty with the United States.

Tuberville Alabama News
U.S. Sen. Tuberville condemns Biden's executive order creating 'agency equity teams' — 'It's all about control'

They’re trying to make everybody the same, and that’s not going to work. It has no chance of surviving. This country can’t survive with that type of philosophy.

Andrew Jones Alabama News
State Sen. Jones considering 1% cap on occupational taxes as compromise with mayors — 'I’d like the whole enchilada, but politics is the art of compromise'

While some state officials argue for tax cuts in light of Alabama’s $2.7 billion budget surplus, State Sen. Andrew Jones is look for relief elsewhere by eliminating occupational taxes.

Barry Moore Alabama News
U.S. Rep. Moore on Biden administration ineptitude: 'Pronouns don't solve problem'

Saturday, U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) made an appearance on Newsmax TV's "Saturday Agenda" to respond to the Biden administration's inability to contain the flow of drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border.

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U.S. Rep. Carl vows House GOP to stop taxpayer money supporting 'wokeism' — 'They're throwing money at the transgender recitals and the dances and all of this show stuff, why?'

According to U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl (R-Mobile), federal resources are being allocated to the so-called woke agenda, some of which runs counter to the beliefs of many Americans. Carl hopes to soon put an end to it.

Tuberville, Rogers Alabama News
Tuberville, Rogers push back against Pentagon abortion policy — 'Gross misuse of taxpayer dollars'

Two Republican members of the Alabama congressional delegation are battling an abortion policy recently adopted by the U.S. Department of Defense which makes it easier for female soldiers in pro-life states to get abortions where they are legal.

Craig Ford v Andrew Jones Alabama News
Gadsden Mayor Ford, State Sen. Jones battle over effort to phase out occupational taxes — 'Taxes on people for the privilege of being employed'

Occupational taxes are local taxes businesses and service providers pay to operate within a municipality. For Gadsden, they account for nearly 30% of the annual budget — roughly $15 million.

TikTok China Alabama News
U.S. Rep. Strong: 'You don't need government to tell you that TikTok is a threat to America'

U.S. Rep. Dale Strong said the best thing outside of outlawing the app would be for Americans to simply stop using it.

Dale Strong Alabama News
U.S. Rep. Strong comments on 'Ukraine fatigue' — 'My concern is about America'

Strong said the recent Chinese spy balloon incident should serve as a wake-up call that the U.S. needs to be ready to defend itself.

Clay Scofield Alabama News
State Senate Majority Ldr Scofield proposes putting $2.7 billion surplus in trust fund — 'There's too much uncertainty right now'

Scofield suggested placing the money into a trust fund, which would accrue a “considerable amount” of interest. He said Alabama is already “one of the lowest taxed states in the country.”

Chris Elliott Alabama News
State Sen. Elliott blasts Ivey for 'unfettered release of criminals' claim — 'Hogwash,' 'Intellectually dishonest'

Late last month, State Sen. Chris Elliott (R-Josephine) pre-filed a bill to postpone a law initiating a mandatory release date for some inmates to 2030, removing any retroactive benefits to inmates.

Gov. Kay Ivey Alabama News
Ivey doubles down on support for prisoner early release law — 'Those who oppose this measure are for the unfettered release of criminals'

After a bill was pre-filed in the Alabama Senate to roll back the prisoner early release law that went into effect last month, Gov. Kay Ivey doubled down on her support of the law by saying it is for the good of public safety.

Alabama Sen. Clyde Chambliss Alabama News
State Sen. Chambliss pre-filed bills would keep paper ballots, prevent voting machines that connect to the internet

State Sen. Clyde Chambliss (R-Prattville) has pre-filed two election integrity bills ahead of the 2023 legislative session. The first bill would require the use of paper ballots, and the other would ensure voting machines would never connect to the internet.

Barry Moore Alabama News
U.S. Rep. Moore pushes bill to abolish the U.S. Department of Education — 'A nest of radical D.C. activists masquerading as educators'

The U.S. Department of Education is a relatively young Cabinet-level agency compared to the others, only having come into existence in 1980.

JEFFERSON COUNTY GOP LEADERSHIP Alabama News
Jefferson County GOP elects chairman Chris Brown; Plans include recruitment, building enthusiasm

The Jefferson County GOP chose its new leader this week. Chris Brown was elected chairman at the executive committee meeting. Brown will serve for the next two years and he has already laid out goals for his term.

Gary Palmer Alabama News
Watch: U.S. Rep. Palmer gets in Green New Deal jab as lights go out during Twitter hearing

His quick-witted comment was met with laughter by his fellow congressmen who were gathered to discuss Twitter’s banning of conservative voices while allowing bad actors, like Iran’s ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to continue to post.

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