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Katie Britt gets SBA Pro-Life America endorsement

Even though Republican U.S. Senate nominee Katie Britt is an overwhelming favorite in her November 8 general election match-up against Democrat nominee Will Boyd, the campaign continues.

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State Sen. Orr says doing both tax cuts and tax rebates a possibility

State Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur), the Senate Education Budget Committee chairman, had previously floated the idea of one-time tax rebates.

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Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox decries Democrat cancel culture, difficulties distinguishing himself from national party

Despite getting high marks for his "courageous" response to a 2011 tornado outbreak that devastated his city, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox had to face some hard truths about Alabama politics in his 2018 run for governor.

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Jared Hudson touts God, Constitution in Jefferson County Sheriff bid

Jefferson County Republican candidate for sheriff Jared Hudson is on a mission. A mission to uphold the Constitution and protect the people. It seems like a tough mission, but missions are nothing new to this 37-year-old husband and father of three girls.

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AG Marshall on VA Hospital abortion threat: 'Not an issue' federal gov't preempts state law — Biden admin not going to 'bully' Alabama through a press release

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said abortion, as prohibited by the Human Life Act, was still a criminal violation regardless if it was performed at a hospital run by the federal government.

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State Sen. Marsh: 'Criminal' that GOP-led legislature hasn't made school choice a priority; Blames AEA influence of colleagues for inaction

In an interview that aired Wednesday on "Rightside Radio," Marsh was critical of his Republican colleagues, who he said were "under the influence" of the AEA.

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State Rep. Paschal says 'school choice' must be clearly defined before the legislature proceeds

State Rep. Kenneth Paschal (R-Pelham) says there are things the legislature consider before implementing a school choice system.

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Mo Brooks lashes out at Steve Bannon, Katie Britt over Ukraine aid

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks took to Twitter on Tuesday to speak out against Republican Senate nominee Katie Britt and former White House advisor Steve Bannon for what Brooks said were past attacks against him for voting to support Ukraine with federal dollars.

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State Rep. Simpson calls for mandatory minimum sentences for fentanyl traffickers

State Rep. Matt Simpson (R–Daphne) will introduce legislation in the 2023 Regular Session creating mandatory minimum sentences for trafficking fentanyl in Alabama.

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'They've really picked on the wrong people here': State Sen. Elliott criticizes DOJ for Eagle Forum subpoena

The Baldwin County lawmaker argued Eagle Forum should refuse to comply with the subpoena to say the federal government has lost its way.

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Recession fears complicate tax talks in Alabama: 'There’s scary times out there'

Will the United States, and thus Alabama have been in or be in a recession by this time next year?

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State Sen. Barfoot vows 'divisive concepts' legislation that could limit CRT will be back in 2023

During an interview with Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5's "The Jeff Poor Show" earlier this week, State Sen. Will Barfoot (R-Pike Road), who sponsored the legislation in the Alabama Senate, said the bill would return in 2023.

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U.S. Rep. Aderholt: DOJ's Eagle Forum of Alabama subpoena 'a blatant attempt to intimidate citizens'

Thursday, U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) reacted to a Department of Justice subpoena seeking "all information related to the non-profit's legislative activities promoting the Alabama Vulnerable Child Compassion And Protection Act (VCAP) since 2017."

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U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl predicts GOP will flip 30-35 seats in U.S. House, 2 in U.S. Senate after midterms

During a speech to the Eastern Shore Republican Women's Club on Thursday, U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl (R-Mobile) said Republican prospects for November were looking more bullish as Labor Day has now come and gone.

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Tuberville criticizes NCAA 'lack of leadership' on NIL: 'Created an environment where student-athletes can be exploited'

Congress must pass name, image, and likeness (NIL) legislation due to the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) “lack of meaningful leadership and clarity” on the issue, according to Sen. Tommy Tuberville R-AL. 

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House Majority Ldr Ledbetter: School choice 'something we need to look at'

House Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville) hinted he was open to school choice in the upcoming legislative session.

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Alabama on 'an island' in Southeast — No major tax relief in 2021 and 2022

Alabama was the only state in the Southeast to not offer its citizens any broad-based, major sales or income tax relief in 2021 or 2022.

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U.S. Rep. Moore: Send IRS agents to the U.S.-Mexico border

U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) introduced the Bureaucrats to the Border Act last week to require new Internal Revenue Service enforcement personnel hired through the so-called Inflation Reduction Act to complete a 30-day detail supporting Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the southern border.

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State Sen. Elliott: Greenetrack tax liability, closure could open door for straight lottery bill

Earlier this week, Eutaw's Greenetrack closed as it is grappling with a tax bill that is coming in higher than its monthly revenue.

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Two-thirds of Alabama hospitals non-compliant with price transparency rule

Less than one-third of Alabama hospitals are complying with a Trump-era rule mandating price transparency online, according to a new report.

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Dothan extends $9,000-a-month D.C. lobbying contract

City commissioners in Dothan approved a two-year continuation of a contract with a lobbying firm at their most recent meeting on Aug. 15.

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State Sen. Jabo Waggoner on Birmingham Water Works scandal: If we don't see some improvement, legislative action 'definitely a possibility'

For the better part of the last decade, State Sen. Jabo Waggoner (R-Vestavia Hills) has had multiple run-ins with the Birmingham Water Works.

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Former House Democrat leader Craig Ford goes negative in Gadsden mayoral political comeback bid

A familiar face in Alabama politics is heading for a runoff in the mayoral race in the city of Gadsden.

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Stephanie Holden Smith: Government isn’t God or a piggy bank

President Biden is attempting to unilaterally erase $10,000 in federal student loan debt for individuals with incomes below $125,000 and households that earn less than $250,000 annually. His executive order (some would say fiat) was signed under the auspicious umbrella of the (length yet to be determined) national COVID emergency.

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State Rep. Stringer says state on track for constitutional carry implementation — 'I think we're going to be good with it'

The constitutional carry law passed by the legislature earlier this year, which ends the permit requirement for firearms in Alabama, will go into effect in the new year.

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U.S. Rep. Carl blasts FBI for Mar-a-Lago raid — 'I think the president, I think his wife, I think this country deserves an apology'

During a Saturday appearance on Newsmax TV, U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl (R-Mobile) criticized the FBI for its handling of a raid on former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Fla. earlier this month.

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House Majority Ldr Ledbetter: Medicaid expansion, escalating cost 'scares me'

Health care continues to be a concern for state policymakers as the 2023 legislative session approaches.

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