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Marshall asks SEC for more public comment time after ‘glitch’ on ESG rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission should allow more time for public comments on two Environmental, Social, and Governance proposed rules after previous public comments submitted through an online form weren’t received by the commission due to a “technological error,” according to Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall and 17 other state attorneys general.

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GOP Senate District 33 hopeful Pete Riehm cries foul after Africatown campaign event canceled — 'They don't want to let the people hear from both sides'

Alabama Senate District 33 Republican nominee Pete Riehm says his campaign is the victim of pressure from those who are opposing his candidacy.

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Alabama ranked worst in Southeast U.S. for business tax climate — Last in the nation for its sales tax burden

Alabama has the worst tax climate for businesses in the Southeastern United States, according to the 2023 State Business Tax Climate Index released Tuesday.

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Tuberville rejects calls for apologies — 'I’d apologize if I meant anything about race, but it wasn’t'

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) found himself in the middle of a firestorm for remarks he made earlier this month at a rally staged by former President Donald Trump for Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Adam Laxalt.

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State Rep. Chip Brown urges ‘yes’ vote on Aniah’s Law amendment — ‘It will save lives’

State Rep. Chip Brown (R-Mobile) is encouraging voters ahead of the midterm elections to vote “yes” on Amendment No. 1 regarding Aniah’s law.

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'We’ll take the House back': Tuberville predicts Republicans win big in midterm election

The midterm election is two weeks away, and polls are still showing some races may be too close for comfort no matter which side of the political aisle you’re on.

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State Sen. Gudger: Debt reduction, savings account best use for surplus — 'Just like you'd do in your home'

State Sen. Garlan Gudger (R-Cullman) urges his colleagues in the Alabama Legislature to approach the surplus as if it were one in their household,

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Voter registration for general election ends Monday

Monday, October 24, 2022 is the last day to register for the general election in Alabama.

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Alabama GOP lawmakers less supportive of 'pro-growth' policies than counterparts in neighboring states: Report

A report released Wednesday shows Republican legislators in each of Alabama’s neighboring states — Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia and Florida — supported more pro-growth policies than Alabama Republican legislators did in 2021.

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‘Rebuild Alabama’ tax hike revenue earns $24 million above initial estimates

A gas tax increase passed from the Rebuild Alabama Act of 2019 raised about $24 million, or 7.5%, more in revenue than initially expected in the most recent fiscal year. 

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Andrew Sorrell, David Sessions top annual Club for Growth legislative scorecard; Only two members break 50%

On Wednesday, Club for Growth Foundation released its annual legislative economic scorecard, which tallied up the 2021 legislative year based on criteria for "economic growth issues."

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State Rep. Oliver: 'Purple district' Republicans 'uncomfortable' with Republican legislation

Earlier this year, the Alabama House of Representatives passed legislation officially known as a ban on "divisive concepts" in the K-12 public school classroom.

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State Sen. Orr: Legislature could move to require more transparency from public school systems on personnel matters

While the fallout from a Huntsville middle school teacher's drag queen performances still is playing out, Huntsville City Schools has remained tight-lipped on the situation, claiming they were "limited" in what they can share because it was a personnel matter.

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Morning Consult: Ivey ranked seventh most popular governor; 9 of top 10 governors from GOP

According to a new poll conducted by Morning Consult, nine out of the top ten governors with the highest approval ratings were Republican. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey ranked 7th.

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Katie Britt vows to support ban on China's buying U.S. farmland – 'Food security is national security'

On Thursday, Britt addressed the Eastern Shore Republican Women's Club, hitting on immigration, inflation and the threats abroad.

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U.S. Rep. Carl warns of Chinese threats with farmland purchases, fentanyl – 'We cannot allow our food chain to be bought up by foreign countries'

Whether it’s buying up U.S. land or poisoning its citizens with deadly fentanyl, the threat China poses to America is hard to ignore. That’s why U.S. Rep Jerry Carl (R-Mobile) recently signed onto a bill that aims to push back against foreign influence.

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Democrat U.S. Senate nominee Will Boyd warns SCOTUS abortion ruling could threaten contraception, marriage, Brown v. Board of Education ruling

Alabama Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Will Boyd sees this year's Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization decision as having a more wide-reaching impact on long-settled customs beyond abortion and 1972's Roe v. Wade ruling.

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Two of three U.S. Senate candidates late on financial disclosure

Two of the three candidates for U.S. Senate in Alabama haven’t filed required annual financial disclosure forms before the upcoming general election in November.

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AEA drops $1.5 million on state politics this election cycle – Republicans beneficiaries over Democrats by a 2-to-1 margin

Just in this last election cycle, Jan. 1, 2019, until present, AEA has contributed $1,535,625.79 to candidates, lawmakers and BOE members across the state.

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State Rep. Sorrell: School choice bill 'probably' coming in next session, but AEA still wields influence with GOP

Although his days as a member of the Alabama House of Representatives are numbered, State Rep. Andrew Sorrell (R-Muscle Shoals) said he expected a school choice bill to be considered in the upcoming legislative session.

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Tuberville calls 'pro-crime' Democratic Party push for 'reparation' BS

While much of the state had its eyes on the Texas A&M-Alabama matchup in Tuscaloosa on Saturday night, U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) was in Minden, Nev. speaking at a rally hosted by former President Donald Trump to promote Nevada Republican U.S. Senate nominee Adam Laxalt's candidacy.

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Senate Pro-Tem Reed tepid on possibility of budget surplus used for tax relief

Reportedly, tax revenues into Alabama's Education Trust Fund (ETF) hit a record $10.4 billion, a whopping 20.54% higher than a year earlier. 

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Four Alabama congressional Republicans raise concerns over foreign-owned agricultural land

Four Republican members of Alabama’s congressional delegation are scrutinizing an increase in foreign buyers of agricultural land in the United States.

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‘Let’s do this publicly’: Orange Beach mayor challenges Gulf Shores mayor to town hall over toll bridge dispute

Orange Beach mayor Tony Kennon said he wants to speak with Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft publicly over disputes surrounding the Alabama Department of Transportation’s (ALDOT) proposed alternative to the Foley Beach Express toll bridge.

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State Rep. Pringle looks to ban taxpayer-funded non-disclosure agreements

State Rep. Chris Pringle (R-Mobile) said Thursday he’s planning to file legislation to ban non-disclosure agreements involving taxpayer dollars.

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AG Marshall slams Biden admin for 'acting beyond their authority' in withholding funding for schools — 'Sovereignty isn't for sale'

Attorney General Steve Marshall on Thursday blasted President Joe Biden and his administration for "acting beyond their authority" by attempting to pressure Alabama to shift toward genderless bathrooms in schools.

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State Sen. Stutts pledges to seek tax elimination — 'Lowering taxes to me is more important than incentives'

How Alabama should handle its budget surplus continues to fuel speculation about the possibility of the Alabama Legislature instituting tax relief in the upcoming quadrennium.

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