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'I was well within my rights to do what I did' — Brooks dodges ethics referral by Jan. 6 committee; Says Trump criminal charge recommendations 'not surprising'

Though it carries no legal weight, the select committee voted to recommend charging Trump on four counts. Outgoing U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) said he was surprised he didn’t get a referral, but he thinks he avoided it since he agreed to meet with the committee on one condition.

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State Rep. Ed Oliver predicts 'divisive concepts' bill will 'pass easily' next session

When the new Alabama legislative session begins next year, State Rep. Ed Oliver (R-Dadeville) is looking to tackle the issue of “divisive concepts,” like critical race theory, being taught in schools.

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Richard Shelby, Kevin McCarthy clash over spending bill

Two GOP heavyweights find themselves at odds as a December 23 deadline looms over a spending package with potentially more than $650 million in earmarks connected to Alabama.

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Rep. Barry Moore: Biden administration 'the best business partner the Mexican drug cartel has right now'

Friday, U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) appeared on NewsNation's "Dan Abrams Live" to defend Republican calls for Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas' impeachment.

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Larry Kudlow: Richard Shelby is blowing up his long-time conservative record in his final weeks

Friday, Fox Business Network's Larry Kudlow criticized outgoing U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa) for the earmarks topping $650 million in his final omnibus before leaving Capitol Hill.

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Alabama delegation split on omnibus as $656M in Shelby earmarks hang in the balance

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby's (R-Tuscaloosa) last hurrah may not work out as he had planned.

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U.S. Rep. Barry Moore encourages Congress to push final budget vote to January when GOP gains control

U.S. Rep Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) is encouraging Republicans in Congress to extend the federal funding vote until next session, when Republicans take control of the House.

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Tuberville predicts Ukraine-Russia conflict 'going to get ugly'

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) warns the Ukraine situation will get worse before it gets better.

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Ivey pleads for renewing economic development incentives in speech at legislators' orientation

Governor Kay Ivey called for renewing Alabama’s economic development incentives programs on Wednesday.

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House Speaker-designate Nathaniel Ledbetter announces intentions for eight more committee chair positions

Republic Caucus nominee for Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville) announced eight more state representatives he intends to appoint to committee chairs if he is elected in January.

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Sen. Shelby earmarks $656 million in federal government funding bill

Retiring U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa) has placed $656 million in earmarks in a bill to fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year, according to Bloomberg Government.

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Newly elected State Rep. Leigh Hulsey chosen as freshman caucus leader

Newly-elected State Rep. Leigh Hulsey (R-Helena) has been chosen as the freshman caucus leader, months away from the 2023 legislative session.

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Palmer blames 'extreme' candidates, D.C. consultants for GOP's underwhelming midterms

Last week's defeat of Georgia Republican nominee Herschel Walker to incumbent U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) was emblematic of how the GOP fared in the 2022 midterm election cycle.

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Education budget chair State Sen. Orr says tax rebate, cut both under consideration

Lawmakers are grappling with what to do with a $2.7 billion education budget surplus with the 2023 legislative session around the corner.

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Will Ainsworth: School choice, teacher pay, student nutrition areas to consider in 2023 for improving public education

In recent weeks, as the 2022 election cycle has wrapped and state government officials look toward 2023, improving public education in Alabama has been named by Gov. Kay Ivey and House Speaker-designate Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville) as a top priority.

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ABC Board administrator Mac Gipson abruptly retires, Curtis Stewart named as replacement

Mac Gipson, administrator of the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, is retiring at the end of the year after 12 years in the role, according to an announcement by Gov. Kay Ivey Friday.

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Report: Terri Sewell among possible candidates to chair DCCC

Last month's loss for U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) opened one of the top leadership posts among Democrats.

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U.S. Sen.-elect Britt says internal U.S. Senate GOP leadership battle outcome 'is what it is at this point,' but urges unity going forward

Last month, U.S. Senate Republicans for the 118th Congress elected current Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to continue leading the Republican caucus in 2023 and beyond.

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Most of Alabama Republican congressional delegation opposes earmark ban

Most of Alabama's Republican congressional delegation opposed banning earmarks for the upcoming Congress.

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House Speaker-designate Ledbetter announces second round of House committee chairmanship picks

House Speaker-designate Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville) announced more committee appointments to come with the pending election to the Alabama House of Representatives speakership next month.

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House General Fund Budget chair Rex Reynolds: No 'broad expansion' of Medicaid — but 'there are pockets we need to look at'

Despite rumblings suggesting otherwise, incoming House General Fund Budget chairman State Rep. Rex Reynolds (R-Huntsville), who was named to the post last week, said he did not see a "broad expansion" of Medicaid in the near future.

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Republican, Democratic legislators back Jobs Act economic incentives cap increase, extension

Members of the Joint Legislative Study Commission on Economic Development Incentives recommended at a meeting Monday the Legislature consider increasing the $350 million cap on Alabama Jobs Act economic development incentives and extending the sunset date of the law for another five years until July 30, 2028.

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Freshman State Rep. Yarbrough says medical freedom, school choice top his list of legislative priorities

In one of his first interviews since winning the election for who will represent House District 7 in the Alabama Legislature, State Rep. Ernie Yarbrough (R-Trinity) said he was sticking to campaign pledges and putting medical freedom and school choice at the top of his list of priorities.

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State Sen. Elliott predicts a 'continued push' to unwind the ABC board over time

For years, lawmakers in Montgomery have questioned the role of Alabama's Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) board in ways ranging from its participation in the wholesale and retail marketplaces to how it enforces existing laws and regulations pertaining to the sale of liquor.

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Tuberville questions FTX’s ‘high marks’ by ESG ratings companies

Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) questioned the liability some major Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) ratings companies might have for giving crypto exchange, FTX, “high marks, very high marks for corporate governance” before its recent collapse.

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U.S. Rep. Carl on January 6: 'What did Pelosi know? Why didn't she put more security out there?'

With the Republicans on the verge of taking charge of the U.S. House of Representatives on the heels of last month's elections, U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl (R-Mobile) says it is not time to close the books on the January 6, 2021 incident just yet.

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Richard Shelby on 2017 vote against Roy Moore: 'I did what I did — I think it made a difference'

Outgoing U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa) has no regrets about his decision not to support former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore in the 2017 U.S. Senate election.

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