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Matt Clark: Forgiving student loans is bad policy and may be unconstitutional

Desperate to get a win before the midterms, President Biden announced Wednesday that he would be canceling $10,000 of student debt for people making less than $125,000 per year and $20,00 for Pell Grant recipients. This could cost between $440 billion-$600 billion.

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Rep. Scott Stadthagen: Our country will regret the Biden student loan 'forgiveness' program

Biden is sending the message to Americans that your word does not have to mean anything. Your signature on a legal loan document can be ignored and then “forgiven.” You don’t have to work hard and do without luxury items until your bills are paid anymore.

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U.S. Rep. Moore: End the military vaccine mandate

U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) joined a letter with nine of his congressional colleagues calling on Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to end the military's vaccine mandate.

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U.S. Rep. Aderholt: Biden administration 'really did Republicans a favor' with Trump Mar-a-Lago raid

While history is still sorting out what the long-term implications of that raid are for the country, U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) said politically, it has been a net positive for Republicans.

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KCarl Smith: Frederick Douglass — the quintessential political adviser

The actions and policies of Donald Trump as president demonstrated to me that he is a Frederick Douglass Republican, but he never stated that publicly, to my knowledge. He should study the life and life-empowering values of Frederick Douglass and state the truth honestly -- that he is a Frederick Douglass Republican.

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Ivey bats down health questions — 'I just wish y'all in the media would get past all this nonsense'

Governor Kay Ivey continues to insist that the media are overplaying concerns about her health.

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Topgolf likely to receive $2.5 million in incentives from Mobile city, county governments

Earlier this week, the Mobile County Commission voted 2-1 to approve $1.25 million incentives for Topgolf, a Texas-based company with its designs to build one of its facilities, similar to the locations in Birmingham and Huntsville, in Mobile near the intersection of Interstate 65 and U.S. Highway 90.

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Lawmakers reluctant to support removing Alabama Jobs Act economic incentives cap

The Alabama Jobs act has been in the spotlight since proposals to remove the caps on the tax credit incentives provided for corporations who decide to set up shop in the state. 

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Joey Clark: What if conservatives became radicals for American liberty?

What if the revolutionaries of the past failed to understand what they had torn down? What if the progressive builders of yesteryear never wished to understand what they had destroyed in the first place? What if they were so intoxicated by their sublime vision of ‘the new thing’ — a new day, a new man, a new human nature, a new science, a new religion — that they destroyed many things worth saving? 

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Stephanie Holden Smith: Government doesn’t produce money — taxpayers do

It’s rare that elected officials of all ideological stripes agree on how to spend money, and it’s even rarer that elected officials agree regarding cutting taxes. What is clearly unanimous in the state of Alabama is widespread understanding, and literally everyone is in agreement that state coffers are overflowing. 

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Ivey addresses health rumors — 'Seems like some of you just want to will these rumors into being'

Monday, Gov. Kay Ivey made her first public appearance following the circulation of "rumors" that she had been experiencing health issues.

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Ainsworth: Economic incentives not 'corporate welfare'; Says impact could mean tax cuts, positive trickle-down effect

Lieutenant Gov. Will Ainsworth, who chairs the economic incentives study committee, insists the economic benefits are a net positive for the state and should not be dismissed as corporate welfare.

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State Rep. Garrett says low labor participation rate an issue — 'I've almost gotten to the point where I ignore the unemployment rate'

Last week, Gov. Kay Ivey's administration announced a low 2.6% unemployment rate, with the Governor touting her administration's efforts to keep the rate low.

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Libertarian gubernatorial nominee Blake calls State Sen. Orr tax rebate proposal 'absurd and an insult'
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Rick & Bubba's Bussey: Why does the power company need lobbyists?

During a wide-ranging conversation with "1819 News The Podcast" host and 1819 Media president Bryan Dawson, Rick Burgess and Bill "Bubba" Bussey, co-hosts of the "Rick & Bubba Show' weighed in the current political environment in Alabama.

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Roy Moore lauds $8.2M verdict, rips press for not getting the truth out

Last week, a federal court jury awarded former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice Roy Moore $8.2 million in damages after determining a super PAC defamed him in a television ad during his unsuccessful 2017 U.S. Senate bid.

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Libertarians, defeated GOP candidates question revised GOP bylaws

It sounds like the start of a joke: What do a Democrat, Libertarian, independent, write-in candidate, and other non-Republicans have in common? The answer: They cannot run as a Republican for six years.

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Bentley rips lawmakers for Medicaid expansion opposition, dismisses proration threat

Former Gov. Robert Bentley was a one-time Medicaid expansion opponent. However, since leaving office in 2017, Bentley has changed his stance.

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Joe Reed back at the helm — 'We are the backbone of the Democratic Party'

Last week, with the State Democratic Executive Committee electing Randy Kelley as the new chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party, long-time party boss Joe Reed showed that he was back in charge.

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Defiant Lawrence County GOP chairman will not resign school board post in wake of KKK GOP elephant 'mistake'

Lawrence County School Board member Shanon Terry, also the chairman of the Lawrence County GOP, released a statement Thursday morning pushing back against calls for his resignation for what he had called a "mistake."

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John Merrill: Closed primary system will reduce voter turnout

According to Secretary of State John Merrill, if the Alabama Legislature follows the recommendations of the Alabama Republican Party executive committee to institute a closed primary system, it could hurt voter participation.

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Orr proposes 'significant' rebates for those who paid state income taxes – 'We conservatives need to send money back'

Earlier this week, State Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur), the Senate Education Trust Fund chairman, floated the possibility of lawmakers offering a tax rebate in the upcoming year, given the current budgetary surplus of state government.

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KCarl Smith: We need Douglass-ism to defeat Marxism

We are living in unprecedented times. The tyrannical Biden administration and Marxist-liberal Democrats are doing everything possible to tear down America. Never in our lifetime have we witnessed the unrestrained use of power and authority by our government — carried out at the expense of individual liberty.

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U.S. Rep. Rogers joins Leader McCarthy, GOP leadership in criticizing Biden administration on one-year anniversary of Afghan exit

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Saks) joined House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and U.S. Reps. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Mike Turner (R-Ohio), and James Comer (R-Ky.) in commemorating the occasion in an op-ed posted on Fox News.

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Stephanie Holden Smith: See how Alabama school board members responded to API's school board survey

Recently, API began a project to gather information from school board members from across the state in an effort to inform parents and the general public about how elected and appointed school board members felt about issues such as Critical Race Theory, Social Emotional Learning, school choice and education related equity.

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Lagniappe's Rob Holbert: Matrix-Canopy lawsuit exposing 'underbelly' of Alabama politics

Last week, a report from Mobile-based newspaper Lagniappe revealed a new twist in the ongoing legal saga between political consulting groups Matrix LLC and Canopy Partners based on legal filings last week.

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Public Intoxication charge dropped against Mobile City Councilman Ben Reynolds

Monday, Baldwin County District Judge Michelle Thomason signed off on Baldwin County District Attorney Bob Wilters decision to dismiss a public intoxication charge against Mobile City Councilman Ben Reynolds. 

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