‘You’ll be surprised’ by medical marijuana bill’s support, lawmaker says

The bill would allow people with qualifying medical conditions to receive a medical cannabis card authorizing them to use medical marijuana.

Legislation would protect and expand military bases in Alabama

Alabama lottery, casino vote delayed for at least 2 weeks

Alcohol delivery bill draws controversy over exclusion of breweries, wineries and distilleries

State Rep. sponsors bill to increase penalties for rioters, protections for first responders

Ala. Secretary of State co-chairs Republican commission on elections

Money from lottery proposal could help with teacher shortage

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’Unsmiling political hack’ -- Trump slams McConnell in new statement

Lanett mayor arrested on 3 charges of using office for personal gain

Alabama House lawmakers could take up Confederate memorial bills

Home delivery of alcohol bill passes in Alabama Senate

Bill exempting COVID-19 relief funds from state taxation heads to Gov. Ivey

Gambling bill moves to full Alabama Senate for debate

Bill filed to allow Alabamians to vote on lottery, expanding gaming

Alabama Sen. Del Marsh filed a gambling bill Tuesday night.

Sen. Richard Shelby confirms he won’t seek re-election

Sen. Richard Shelby is not seeking re-election

Sen. Richard Shelby confirms he won’t seek re-election

Sen. Richard Shelby is not seeking re-election

  Biden’s dilemma in virus aid fight: Go big or go bipartisan

The president’s bipartisan bona fides have been a defining feature of his long political career.

Lawmakers fast track COVID-19 liability protection bill

Tuberville named to 4 powerful Senate committees

Alabama lawmaker in quarantine after positive COVID-19 test

Alabama Senate announces new leadership, committee assignments

Former Birmingham Mayor William Bell to run for office again

Report: Ohio lawmakers to introduce bill creating “President Donald J. Trump Day”

Ivey to sign 2 mega-prison lease agreements, possibly Monday

The pending lease approvals come months after Ivey and Alabama Department of Corrections released the names of the developer teams that would build three proposed new mega-prisons.

Former Alabama senator joining CNN as commentator

Former Alabama Sen. Doug Jones is moving on from elective office to become a political commentator on cable television.

Will there be relief for private student loan borrowers?

Private student loans represent about 8% of total education debt.

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy returns home after hospital visit

Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont was taken to the hospital for observation “out of an abundance of caution” after being examined by Congress’ attending physician.

First Biden-Putin call shows both cautious on big concerns

President Joe Biden has looked to establish a sharp break from the warm rhetoric often displayed toward Vladimir Putin by his predecessor, Donald Trump.

Biden orders end of federally run private prisons

Throughout his campaign and transition, President Joe Biden promised that his administration would keep issues of equity in the shaping of all policy considerations.

  HICA SAYS Biden Immigration Plan Could Help Alabama

The Biden administration’s effort to overhaul immigration laws and include a pathway to citizenship for undocumented people would be “transformative” for Birmingham and Alabama according to one Birmingham-area advocate.

Biden orders review of domestic extremism threat in US

FBI Director Chris Wray has said that, over the last year, the most lethal violence has come from anti-government activists, such as anarchists and militia-types.

  6 in 10 older Americans don’t know how to get vaccine

About 6 in 10 older Americans don’t know when or where to get a COVID-19 vaccine, study finds.

President Biden says Trump’s letter to him was ‘very generous’

President Joe Biden is saying that a letter left to him by Donald Trump was “very generous.”

  You should still wear a mask after your get the vaccine

Yes people are lining up to get their vaccine shots. Still, a top public health doctor says that does not mean you can get rid of your face mask after one or even two shots.

  Bomb threat called into Supreme Court, all-clear given

The all-clear has been given after the U.S. Supreme Court received a bomb threat on Inauguration Day.

  Security threat, pandemic affecting inauguration attendance in Alabama delegation

A heightened security risk in Washington, D.C. and a deadly pandemic forced the festivities on Inauguration Day to change. The changes had an impact on attendance for the Alabama delegation.

Former Alabama lawmaker Ed Henry receives last minute Presidential pardon

Former Hartselle lawmaker Ed Henry pled guilty to federal charges in 2019

  ADPH responds after 4 Alabama senators release letter on COVID-19 vaccine distribution issues

Senators Jim McClendon, Greg Albritton, Tom Whatley and Randy Price released the letter.

President Trump releases farewell address

President Donald Trump released his farewell address on YouTube Tuesday afternoon.

Birmingham Mayor’s Race: Who’s in right now

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin will face off against at least two candidates in his run for re-election in August 2021.

  Some downtown Montgomery streets closing for possible protests

Montgomery officials say select downtown streets will close in response to protests planned in capital cities across the country ahead of Inauguration Day.

  Congress could punish, expel its own members following deadly riot

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is calling for a pair of the president’s congressional allies to step down with years left in their terms, or be forced out.

Alabama lawmakers react to President Trump’s impeachment

Alabama Congressional lawmakers responded to the impeachment and their votes.

’I unequivocally condemn the violence we saw last week’: White House tweets new video message from Pres. Trump

The White House tweeted a new video message from President Donald Trump condemning the violence and the mob riot that took place at the U.S. Capitol January 6.

  Court documents, pictures: 11 Molotov cocktails found in AL man’s truck parked near U.S. Capitol

We're learning more details about the man from north Alabama man facing federal charges in Wednesday's riot at the U.S. Capitol.

  Exclusive interview with Congressman Mo Brooks after unrest at the Capitol

All eyes are on Congressman Mo Brooks after a speech he made at a Save America rally on Wednesday. WAFF spoke with Brooks in a live interview about the riots, watch it here.

  Former U.S. Attorney: Nothing patriotic about riots in DC

A former top federal official in our are says he’s disgusted by what he saw Wednesday at the Capitol in Washington, DC.

Alabama lawmakers react on social media to protests, violence at U.S. Capitol

Protesters got inside the Senate chamber Wednesday. One got up on the dais and yelled “Trump won that election.”

  ‘I am trembling, but we are safe!’: Alabama lawmakers share experience, condemn violence at U.S. Capitol

Protesters got inside the Senate chamber Wednesday. One got up on the dais and yelled “Trump won that election.”

137K at risk of being taken off Alabama voter roll

The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 requires states update their voter registration list to make sure eligible voters are on it. State law requires Alabama maintain its voter list every four years.

  Tommy Tuberville sworn in to U.S. Senate

Tommy Tuberville (R) was sworn into the U.S. Senate today by Vice President Mike Pence.

Sen.-elect Tommy Tuberville joins 10 Senate Republicans in challenging Biden win

Alabama’s newest senator is joining ten other Senate Republicans to support the creation of a commission to investigate the results of the presidential election.

‘Honor of a lifetime’: Jones thanks Alabama as Senate term ends

Outgoing Sen. Doug Jones posted a series of tweets calling his time in the U.S. Senate the “honor of a lifetime.”

Gov. Ivey calls for special election for House District 73

Following the resignation of Representative Matt Fridy, Gov. Ivey has called for a Special Election in House District 73, which includes parts of Shelby County.

Sen. Doug Jones in quarantine after wife’s positive COVID-19 test

Outgoing U.S. Sen. Doug Jones confirmed in a social media post Wednesday that he’s in quarantine after his wife tested positive for COVID-19.

  Alabama lawmakers praise President-elect Biden’s Pentagon pick

Born in Mobile, AL and potentially heading to the Pentagon, Four-Star General Lloyd Austin is President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Department of Defense.

Alabama could have more time to spend millions in CARES Act money

Alabama has about $490 million “unexpended” dollars, according to the Alabama Department of Finance.

Attorney expects approval of $641.2 million Flint water settlement next month

Regulators allowed Flint to use the Flint River for water without treating it to reduce corrosion. As a result, lead in old pipes broke off and flowed through taps.

‘Gambling will work’ in Alabama, Ivey’s study group leader says

“I believe their research will be pivotal as gambling policies are being considered, debated, and potentially voted on,” Gov. Kay Ivey stated.

Congressman Mike Rogers tests positive for COVID-19

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers announced Thursday he tested positive for COVID-19.

Alabama’s 9 electoral votes cast for President Trump

Alabama’s nine electoral votes were all cast for President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

Alabama casts Electoral College votes for Trump

Alabama has cast its nine Electoral College votes for Republican President Donald Trump.

  State Rep. to file bill asking for health advisory board in Jefferson County

Wheeler’s bill proposal would form a board that provides “citizen input” to Dr. Wilson about ordinances and regulations.

Alabama Attorney General supports Texas’ Supreme Court filing over election

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) on Wednesday said Alabama, along with other states, joined Texas in a complaint Texas has brought before the U.S. Supreme Court.

  After a three year term, Doug Jones says goodbye to Capitol Hill

Jones notes his work on Capitol Hill is not quite finished. During this “lame duck” period, he is hopeful a COVID-19 relief package is passed, in addition to military funding and a broader government spending package. But come January, he passes the torch to Tuberville.

New voting system, distancing measures in place to protect House members

Alabama House Speaker Mac McCutcheon, R-Monrovia, on Tuesday explained new safety measures and demonstrated new electronic devices at the State House meant to create a safe environment for lawmakers to meet amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Auburn alumnus selected to be next U.S. secretary of defense

“Gen. Austin epitomizes the best Auburn has to offer in character, public service and real-world expertise.”

Cam Ward sworn in to lead Bureau of Pardons and Paroles, Ivey sets election dates

The special primary election is set for Tuesday, March 30, 2021; the special primary runoff, if necessary, for Tuesday, April 27, 2021; and the special general election for Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

Bills would remove Confederate flag from Alabama Coat of Arms

State Rep. Laura Hall, D-Huntsville, is authoring the pieces of legislation, which, among other things, would remove the Confederate flag from the state’s Coat of Arms.

Reed stresses public access during session; Reducing jail crowding a priority for counties

A priority for the newly-nominated Senate Pro Tem Greg Reed, R-Jasper, for the 2021 legislative session is to ensure the public has access to the State House.

Rep. Mo Brooks said he would vote to reject some electoral college submissions

President Donald Trump viewed Brooks’ speech and tweeted, “Thank you to Representative Mo Brooks!”

  Congressman Robert Aderholt on new COVID-relief package and response to Congressman Brooks’ tweet

Congressman Aderholt also talked about a new COVID-relief package. Lawmakers are being asked by a bipartisan group to come up with a solution before Christmas to help Americans hurting from the pandemic. Aderholt said discussions are looking better.

Lawmaker aims to block uniform, mandatory adult vaccinations

State Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, said he is drafting legislation to begin the conversation about vaccines in the state legislature.

Alabama lawmakers’ pay increasing in 2021

Members of the Alabama Legislature will get a 3.76% raise on Jan.1, bringing the 140 lawmakers’ annual pay to $51,734.

Bill would prohibit payments to groups that turn out voters

A lawmaker from north Alabama wants to close what he says is a loophole in state law that allows groups to be paid for turning out voters.

Senator bringing back bill to change state emergency order extensions

A bill that would allow the state Legislature a say in extending state emergency orders, like the ones put in place in response to the coronavirus pandemic, will be re-filed in the 2021 legislative session.

Tuberville names Boyd as chief of staff

Boyd is currently the assistant attorney general for the Office of Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Judge reduces former Ala. House speaker’s sentence by half

Former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard will now serve 28 months in prison for six felony ethics convictions.

Marsh stepping down from pro tem role; new leaders look at COVID-19 recovery in 2021

Marsh told Alabama Daily News he’s working on two major pieces of legislation related to broadband expansion and education reform.

  After a three year term, Doug Jones prepares to leave Capitol Hill

Jones notes his work on Capitol Hill is not quite finished. During this “lame duck” period, he is hopeful a COVID-19 relief package is passed, in addition to military funding and a broader government spending package. But come January, he passes the torch to Tuberville.

Poll: Alabamians approve of virus response; want legislative action, access

The poll, conducted by survey research firm Cygnal for Alabama Daily News, shows most Alabama voters approve of the state’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and generally believe that things are headed in the right direction.