Politics

  President Trump awards Medal of Freedom to breakthrough athlete and former congressman Jim Ryun

  California salon continues cutting hair indoors in defiance of state orders

  US Mint: ‘We need your help’ by using exact change when making purchases

Ala. state senator hospitalized with COVID-19 now on ventilator

Appeals court allows Alabama voter ID law to go forward

Election officials use lessons from runoff to plan for November

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  Former football coach, U.S. Senator face off for Alabama Senate seat

  Tuberville declared winner in bid to face Senator Doug Jones on November ballot

Senator Doug Jones responds to results of Alabama GOP primary runoff

Al. Rep Ronald Johnson, longest serving member of the house, dies at age 76

Decision 2020: Things to know for Tuesday’s primary runoff election

  Runoff election preps for COVID-19

Stacy Column: Absentees and outside groups factor big in runoffs

As of Monday, more than 26,514 voters had returned absentee ballots out of 43,693 who requested them.

But first, take a selfie at the polls

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said he wants to remind voters they can take a selfie with their ballot at the polls Tuesday.

Trump threatens to pull tax exemption for schools, colleges

In his push to get schools and colleges to reopen this fall, President Donald Trump is again taking aim at their finances, this time threatening their tax-exempt status.

Funeral plans announced for longtime Clanton mayor

Billy Joe Driver, 84, was born on Nov. 16, 1935 in Clanton and spent a half-century serving his community in multiple roles.

U.S. Attorney Jay Town is resigning from the Department of Justice

Lawmakers press agencies for answers on budgets, prisons, broadband

Alabama warns election officials against Tuesday mask requirement

  AL Sec. of State says increase in absentee votes will not delay election results

Absentee voting up for GOP runoffs

OP-ED: Alabama Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton: Leadership is Being Constant to Something Greater Than Yourself

Marsh sends internet spending request to Ivey

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh on Tuesday sent Gov. Kay Ivey a proposal to spend $300 million in federal coronavirus relief money on internet connectivity in the state.

Ala. counties dealing with high number of absentee ballot applications during pandemic

Alabama counties are trying to process a high number of absentee ballot applications before the primary runoff election Tuesday.

  Major concerns in keeping voters safe from COVID-19

A week from today, Alabama voters will return to the polls for the runoff between republican candidates, Jeff Sessions and Tommy Tuberville for the nomination to the U.S. Senate race.

Alabama Secretary of State releases sample runoff election ballots

Secretary of State John Merrill released sample ballots for each county in the state of Alabama

How to cast an Alabama absentee ballot for July 14 runoff

Secretary of State John H. Merrill issued new guidance for absentee voting on Tuesday.

  U.S. Supreme Court blocks curbside voting

The state of Alabama is taking its fight to block curbside voting to the Supreme Court.

As health order extends, lawmakers want some authority

Separate from the laws that allowed the previous orders, the extension Ivey announced Tuesday that runs through July is a proclamation allowed under the state’s Emergency Management Act, a law that gives the governor broad powers to address various disasters.

Gov. Ivey appoints judge to Jeffco seat once held by retired Judge Alan King

The appointment is effective immediately.

  Carbon Hill mayor turns in letter of resignation; Emergency meeting scheduled for Wednesday

Chambers has faced criticism during his term, including backlash over Facebook comments about the LGBTQ+ community.

Monday is last day to register to vote in upcoming Alabama election

The deadline for Alabamians to register to vote for the upcoming July runoff election is Monday.

Conversations begin on Alabama’s police policies, training

Rep. Chris England, D-Tuscaloosa, said he and other Democratic Caucus members are working on multiple pieces of police reform legislation.

Alabama report details graduates’ employment, shows workforce needs

Five years after they graduated in 2013, 51% of Alabama public university bachelor’s degree recipients were employed in the state, according to a new report.

Group lobbies Governor Ivey to expand Medicaid

According to data cited by Alabama Arise, Alabama is one of only 14 states in the country that has not expanded Medicaid.

Early Trump supporter Barry Moore didn’t vote in 2016 primary; says he should have voted absentee

In his recent campaigns for Congress, former State Rep. Barry Moore, R-Enterprise, has frequently touted his claim of being Alabama’s first elected official to publicly endorse Donald Trump for president. But the first time Trump was on the ballot in the competitive 2016 presidential primary, Moore

Surveys for Senate seat show mixed results

Two recent surveys testing the Alabama Senate race show some mixed results, but generally positive signs for former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville.

Report: Alabama law enforcement seized $4.8M in 2019; lawmaker wants more information

The report does not include information on how much of that forfeited money, or other property, was taken from people who were not charged or convicted of crimes. In 2019, some lawmakers pushed to stop the state’s use of forfeitures without convictions.

  Executive order creates national police misconduct database which many say is long overdue

President Trump signs an executive order Tuesday on police reform in the wake of mass protests against police brutality.

Federal judge says Alabama can’t forbid curbside voting

The judge lifted a statewide prohibition on curbside voting at in-person polling locations.

Alabama Medicaid increases 2% in 2019

Alabama’s unemployment rate steadily decreased amid a booming economy last year, but the number of people receiving health care through Medicaid in Alabama grew in 2019.

A look into where Alabama’s $3.7 billion coronavirus relief money went

The rest of the funds were mostly made available directly to state agencies through existing programs in order to address pressing needs at the beginning of the pandemic.

New poll shows Sessions closing gap with Tuberville

A survey conducted on behalf of the Sessions campaign shows the former U.S. Attorney General trailing the former Auburn football coach 43% to 49% in a ballot test among likely Republican voters.

  Researcher: Mail-in voting presents some risks

Secretary of State Merrill says polling places will be stocked with hand sanitizer and poll-workers will be wearing masks and gloves.

New Zealand down to one active coronavirus case

New Zealand health authorities have reported no new virus cases for a week.

  Sessions challenges Tuberville to debates, Tuberville: ‘Sessions is on his own’

Sessions said the voters deserve to hear the two men debate the issues in person.

Opinions vary on possible special session, but outstanding issues are plenty

Some Senate leaders, frustrated by the final days of the condensed session, say they don't see a reason to return to Montgomery this year. But others said there is business left to handle.

Stacy Column: Bright spots in the budgets, Part One

Op-Ed piece on Alabama's budgets.

As prison project moves forward, lawmakers still have questions

The three prisons will replace most of the smaller existing facilities around the state.

Lawmakers approve Ivey’s $1.8B coronavirus spending plan

These funds would only be spent on necessary and appropriate expenditures, with any unspent money going back to the U.S. Treasury.

Special Election dates set for House District 49

Governor Ivey set the special primary election for Tuesday, August 4, 2020.

Legislature accepts Ivey’s amendment on use of $1.8B in COVID-19 funds

Alabama lawmakers are meeting for the final day of the legislative session.

  Senator: Legislature could have gotten prisons built at lower cost but politics got in the way

On top of legal issues, the prisons are chronically overcrowded and in need of repair, but lawmakers have long been unable to agree on how to fix, find or fund solutions.

Alabama delegation reacts to new Pelosi relief bill

Republican members of Alabama’s Congressional delegation are none too pleased with a new coronavirus relief bill pushed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with some calling the $3 trillion plan “liberal la la land” and a “socialist wish list” that won’t pass the Senate.

Op/Ed political cartoon on the Del Marsh/CARES Act issue

The state of Alabama is in line to get a big, fat coronavirus check from the federal government, which should come in handy to alleviate at least some of the pain caused by the pandemic.

Census response map shows lags as field operations restart

About 1.4 million Alabama households have turned in their 2020 census forms.

Stacy Column: Still time to work together

There’s an old proverb that says, “When elephants fight, it’s the grass that suffers.”

'Largest’ education budget in state’s history moves to governor’s desk

State lawmakers passed the $7.2 billion Education Trust Fund budget Saturday afternoon.

Ivey gives control of coronavirus funds to lawmakers, chides Legislature for spending ‘wishlist’

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, said in response that he appreciates Ivey “adhering to the Alabama Constitution on how taxpayer dollars are appropriated.”

Gov. Ivey issues response to Alabama legislature’s desire to control CARES funds

Kay Ivey issued a statement in response to the legislature’s desire to control money designated to state governors by the CARES Act.

Budgets on the move; Speaker says no other bills will be considered

House leadership on Wednesday afternoon said it will not be taking up bills that aren't directly tied to the budgets or local to members' districts, effectively killing some senators' proposed legislation.

Push for no-excuse absentee voting likely going nowhere

Alabamians go to the polls July 14 for primary runoffs. The election date was delayed in March because of concerns about the coronavirus outbreak.

House committee approves $7.2 billion education budget

A House committee on Tuesday approved a $7.2 billion 2021 education budget, a first critical step in funding the state's public schools, community colleges and universities.

Senate passes General Fund budget, stakes domain over coronavirus funds

The fiscal year 2021 budget, which pays for non-education state agencies and services, contains $167 million more than the current fiscal year, but less than the record levels projected before the coronavirus outbreak impacted the state's economy.

Senate passes $1.25 billion bond issue for schools

The Alabama State Senate on Monday passed legislation to authorize an $1.25 billion bond issue to fund school construction and other capital improvement projects.

  First weekend for face mask and curfew ordinance

This was the first full weekend of the two ordinances being in effect.

Democratic leader argues waiting on passing state budgets

The House and Senate are scheduled to reconvene on Monday with the sole purpose of passing local legislation and the state’s two budgets, the General Fund and the Education Trust Fund.

Senate committee OKs $2.38B General Fund budget

State finance director Kelly Butler says that the state has already received $1.7 billion from the federal government.

Business Small Business Loans site crashes amid flood of new PPP applications

Alabama bankers couldn’t access the federal Paycheck Protection Program application site on Monday so that small businesses hurt by the coronavirus could apply for the loans.

Coronavirus-adjusted General Fund budget in committee Tuesday

Legislative leaders late last week said their session, on pause since mid-March because of the coronavirus, would resume May 4.

Legislative session now on hold until May 4

Concerns about the coronavirus will keep lawmakers out of the State House another week.

Alabama congressional delegation sends reopening suggestions to Ivey

Reps. Bradley Byrne, a Republican from Mobile, and Robert Aderholt, a Republican from Haleyville, recommend reopening parts of the economy with a start date of May 1.

Alabama congressional delegation sends reopening suggestions to Ivey

Several members of Alabama's congressional delegation sent recommendations to Gov. Kay Ivey this week on how to gradually reopen the state's economy, including specific concerns in their districts.

AG: Hundreds report coronavirus-related price gouging

More than 600 individual complaints of price gouging were reported to the Alabama Attorney General between mid-March and late last week.

  Mid-April in America is an unforgiving time, and now this

For a generation, mid-April has delivered some of American life’s most difficult moments. Traumatic anniversaries of the past 27 years are rolling by as Americans experience one of the most disruptive moments in their history: the coronavirus, and the effort to contain it.

Governor Ivey: 28,000 Paycheck Protection Program loans issued in Alabama

The program, which ran out of money Thursday, provided loans at ultra-low interest rates to businesses with fewer than 500 employees to incentivize them to keep staff on payroll or rehire workers who have already been laid off as a result of the virus outbreak.

In 10 years since oil spill, lessons for coronavirus response

The size and scope of the coronavirus outbreak as well as the life and death stakes dwarf the oil spill by comparison. But, there are interesting parallels that perhaps offer some hope as to how it all ends.

Rogers: Proxy voting would invite ‘all kinds of mischief’

On a conference call with reporters, U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, a Republican from Anniston, said he was "very much opposed" to a proxy voting plan because of security concerns.

New coalition pushes for Medicaid expansion, Republicans remain reluctant

Gov. Kay Ivey said on Tuesday she is aware of the interest in expanding Medicaid but the issue of figuring out where the state’s share of funding, estimated to be about $250 million per year, would come from.

Alabama municipal election date remains Aug. 25

Individual cities cannot move their elections. That takes the action by the governor or Legislature.