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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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Joey Clark: Where did Gov. Kay Ivey go?

There are few things a reclusive introvert and political malcontent (such as I am) loathes more than attending a large political fundraiser dinner party. Alas, there I was at the center of the Alabama GOP’s Summer Dinner, feeling like a distraught stranger in a strange land. 

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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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ALGOP looks to have strong fall coming out of Summer Executive Committee meeting

The Alabama Republican Party intends to spend twice in this cycle what it spent electing Republicans in the last cycle.

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Justin Bogie: The truth behind inflation and the impending recession

The questions now facing the nation as well as Alabama’s state government are how did America get into this situation, and how to fix it. There are two basic answers: monetary policy and fiscal policy. They work in tandem. Both created the problem, and both are needed to correct it.

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Alabama Republican Party passes resolution honoring the Supreme Court for recent decisions

The Alabama Republican Executive Committee passed a resolution honoring the conservative majority of the U.S. Supreme Court for several recent landmark decisions.

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Medicaid expansion unlikely, say Chambliss, Elliott – 'Absolutely not happening on my watch'

Two members of the Alabama Senate are very bearish on the prospects of any effort gaining legislative approval.

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House Minority Leader Daniels: 'Look for the Democratic Party to be back in charge in about 20 years' with closed primaries

During an appearance on APTV's "Capitol Journal," Daniels said he was opposed to a closed primary system.

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Phil Williams: Lead, follow, or get out of the way

It’s a phrase you’ve probably heard before. The phrase has been attributed over time to Thomas Paine, General George Patton and even Lee Iacocca, but whoever it was that said it I would hazard the guess that it was someone with a strong personality, a sense of mission and the need to get something very important done. 

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What is a libertarian? Part III: Liberty looking forward

Last week, 1819 News spoke to libertarians in Alabama about what a libertarian is, the history of the libertarian movement and where libertarians stand on the issues. But where is the libertarian movement headed?

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Mountain Brook City Council elections next week amid school system controversies

Mountain Brook has elections for 3 of its 5 City Council seats on Tuesday, Aug. 23.

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ALGOP backs Trump on Mar-a-Lago raid - 'Unprecedented overreach'

Wahl: "This use of force was uncalled for and incredibly disrespectful of a former president. Our membership stands with President Trump as he faces this injustice."

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Joe Reed-endorsed Randy Kelley elected Alabama Democratic Party chairman

On Saturday, Huntsville Pastor Randy Kelley was elected chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party.

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ALGOP executive committee overwhelmingly approves closed primary resolution

MONTGOMERY – By an overwhelming 81%-to-19% margin, the Alabama Republican Party executive committee voted to approve a resolution calling for party registration and closed primary elections.

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Mississippi AG Fitch credits Alabama pro-life officials with assist on Dobbs ruling

Fitch thanked several high-profile Alabama officials for their help on the case, including Gov. Kay Ivey and Attorney General Steve Marshall.

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Alabama Democrats chase tax cut mantle with calls to repeal state tax on groceries

In what is probably best described as a hopeless election cycle for Democrats in Alabama, some are trying their best to fill a void in this state that is a traditional Republican issue – tax relief.

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Birmingham's LGBTQ liaison running for Alabama Democratic Party Chair

“I am a young face, but not a new face. I have spent the last two years serving on the DNC,” said Alabama Democratic Party Chair candidate Josh Coleman. “I have been head of the Young Democrats. I have been involved in campaigns at the local city council level, city wide, for the state House, and statewide.”

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State Rep. Meadows 'optimistic' about school choice's future in the new quadrennium

Despite the challenges that lie ahead, State Rep. Charlotte Meadows (R-Montgomery) is optimistic about the prospects of school choice in the upcoming quadrennium.

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Resolution to reintroduce prayer in Alabama schools expected Saturday

"Prayer in Alabama Schools is not a partisan issue but an issue that all Alabama Legislators can support," said sponsors of a Republican Executive Committee resolution urging the Legislature to pass a school prayer statute.

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Santa Rosa County, Florida Commissioners decry ALDOT-proposed I-10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway Toll

Florida has weighed in on a $2.7 billion I-10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway proposal unveiled by the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) last year.

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Mo Brooks says no 'strong reaction' to Trump raid – 'Don't have enough information'

During an interview with Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5's "The Jeff Poor Show," U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) said he did not have a strong reaction to the raid, unlike many of his Republican colleagues.

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Alabama Republican leaders backing Trump after FBI raid

“Yesterday’s raid by the Federal Bureau of Investigations on President Donald Trump’s personal residence was a clear use of excessive force by a regime that continues to show a double standard. Republicans are harassed and demonized, while Democrat officials get a pass. The raid on President Trump’s home is outrageous," the Alabama Republican Party said in a statement.

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