Alabama Politics

  ‘My heart hurts,’ Alabama farmer says after hurricane wipes out pecan crop

  Alabama prosecutors oppose jailed speaker’s bid for leniency

Commission to study future use of Alabama’s older prisons

  Former state Sen. David Burkette receives suspended jail sentence

U.S. Senate Candidate Tommy Tuberville set to host fundraiser in Florida

Mike Hubbard asks judge to re-sentence his conviction

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  Former state Sen. David Burkette to plead guilty to campaign violation

  Former Ala. House Speaker Mike Hubbard turns himself in for prison sentence

  Ala. plans to make school coronavirus data public

  Ala. sees lowest initial unemployment claims since pandemic began

Former State Sen. David Burkette arrested

  Prattville CFO apologizes for controversial social media post

  State Sen. David Burkette resigns

Alabama state Sen. David Burkette has resigned, effective immediately.

Special session possible to renew industrial incentives

Two of Alabama’s major industrial incentive acts that the state used to lure businesses will expire later this year without legislative action.

  Attorney General’s Office says Mike Hubbard must report to jail within 15 days

The Alabama Supreme Court issued a certificate of judgment in the ethics case involving former House Speaker Mike Hubbard, denying his petition for a rehearing.

  Lodging tax revenue dipped $12M since March compared to 2019

Alabama saw about a $12 million dip in lodging tax revenues compared to 2019 from March to June, according to data from the state.

  Selma’s mayoral race ends in a runoff

  Farmer taking it ‘day by day’ as he financially recovers from pandemic

  Some Republican lawmakers urge governor to call special session

  Merrill: Voters waiting to mail absentee ballots ‘creating a problem’ for themselves

  Commissioner: Pandemic has highlighted ADOC’s challenges

  State Rep. makes history as first African American woman to lead Alabama’s DNC delegation

  ADOC creating new position to review use-of-force incidences

ADOC is creating a new position to review use-of-force investigations so the responsibility to investigate does not fall on the individual prison.

  Ala. tax revenue growth helps local governments during pandemic

Alabama’s tax revenues grew by nearly 6 percent in the first half of 2020 compared to the previous year, according to the Alabama Retail Association.

Alabama requests to host a presidential debate

Three meetings between the president and his challenger are confirmed, but if Alabama has its way, it could host a debate ahead of them all.

Sen. Doug Jones responds to new Trump executive orders

The executive orders extend unemployment benefits, put a hold on student loan payments, defer payroll taxes for some Americans, and extend the moratorium on evictions.

  Alabama unemployment trust fund running low, state could borrow from feds

Alabama’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund is running low after dropping from $700 million to about $200 million since the pandemic began.

  First seeds, now people are receiving unordered masks in the mail

There are several different scams related to unordered packages.

  Alabama Rep. Will Dismukes turns himself in on theft warrant

A warrant was issued Thursday for the arrest of Alabama Rep. Will Dismukes on a charge of first degree theft of property.

Court weighs whether state agency’s meetings can be recorded

The Alabama Supreme Court will decide whether Public Service Commission hearings are public meetings in a case that began after a candidate was kicked out for recording a proceeding.

  ‘Ya’ll we’ve got to get through this thing and we will together': Gov. Ivey on COVID-19, masks and testing

Governor Ivey, speaking with WBRC FOX6 News anchor Jonathan Hardison, said she and state health leaders will have to watch the numbers as we get closer into September to see if she needs to extend that statewide mask ordinance.

  Thousands struggling to recover after economic downturn due to COVID-19

Hundreds of thousands of people are still receiving help from the government since the pandemic began.

Lynn Bright named new Millbrook city judge

The City of Millbrook has named former longtime Montgomery judge Lynn Bright to fill the position held for decades by the late Judge Ben E. Pool.

Alabama Ethics Commission finds Lanett mayor may have committed ethics violation

Lanett Mayor Kyle McCoy is coming under fire after the Alabama Ethics Commission has found that he may have committed an ethics violation.

  Alabama provides safety guidelines for if someone is sick at school

ADPH encouraged schools to have seating charts for school buses and inside classrooms. That seating chart would then be sent to ADPH to help contact trace.

  Montgomery rolls out ‘No Wait Probate’ phone app

"With the office being shut for a month and a half, we really saw just increasing demand at all of our offices and we really wanted to do a way to better serve the citizens," explained Montgomery Probate Judge JC Love.

  Alabama U.S. delegation wants highway from Selma to Montgomery named after John Lewis

Alabama U.S. House members sent a letter to Gov. Kay Ivey asking to name parts of U.S. Highway 80 after Civil Right icon Congressman John Lewis.

  Rep. Will Dismukes resigns from position as Alabama pastor

Alabama Rep. Will Dismukes, R-Prattville, has resigned from his position as pastor of an Autauga County church, the Alabama Baptist reported Thursday.

  Ala. to give three masks to each student, Dr. Mackey says

Gov. Kay Ivey announced Wednesday that students from second grade to college are required to wear masks whenever practical.

  Alabama’s mask ordinance expires this week

Alabama is approaching the two week mark since the mask ordinance went into effect.

  Alabama lawmaker says he won’t resign after celebrating Klan leader

State Rep. Will Dismukes, a Republican from Prattville, said Tuesday he has no plans to resign as a growing chorus of officials calls for him to step down.

  Alabama lawmaker who honored Klan leader says he’s surprised by criticism

Alabama Rep. Will Dismukes, a Republican from Prattville, says he’s surprised by the response to his recent Facebook post that showed him giving the invocation at an annual birthday celebration for Nathan Bedford Forrest.

ADOC responds to federal review alleging excessive force against inmates

The Alabama Department of Corrections responded Friday after the U.S. Department of Justice announced it believes the conditions inside the state’s prisons are unconstitutional.

  Alabama schools seek substitutes, fear shortage due to pandemic

Many Alabama school districts are concerned that there will not be enough substitute teachers for the upcoming school year.

Ala. state senator on ventilator following COVID-19 diagnosis

Alabama state Senator Randy Price has been placed on a ventilator in his fight against COVID-19, according to his wife.

  Grants available to some day cares struggling to stay open

The Alabama Department of Human Resources said a new grant program will help licensed child care providers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Rep. Sewell remembers her ‘hero’ John Lewis

Alabama Rep. Terri Sewell has been vocal about the impact her House colleague, the late Rep. John Lewis, had on her life.

  Trump’s executive order on census hailed by Alabama AG

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said states should not benefit from increased federal representation by counting large populations of people not in the country legally. He added Alabama and other states could lose House seats as a result.

John Merrill extends absentee voting for August, November elections

Secretary of State John H. Merrill issued new guidance for absentee voting in August.

  Work continues on plan to reopen Alabama schools

State leaders are hashing out the details on how to keep kids safe when they return to school.

Dr. Birx’s COVID-19 worries prompted Alabama meeting, Ivey’s office says

Gov. Kay Ivey’s office released what it calls a “general overview and takeaway” from a private meeting Wednesday with Dr. Deborah Birx, a key member of the Trump Administration’s Coronavirus Task Force.

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

Johnson held the District 33 seat that includes portions of Clay, Coosa, and Talladega counties for more than 40 years making him the longest continuously serving member of the House.

  Counties spend thousands of dollars to prepare for election during COVID-19

Polling locations will look different depending on the size and location. Several probate judges have bought masks, gloves and hand sanitizer.

  Ala. Senate leader says his comments on COVID-19 were a poor choice of words

Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said Thursday he wants to see more people get COVID-19.

  AL state senator says he used a poor choice of words regarding COVID-19

Alabama added more than 2,000 cases Wednesday night.

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.

  Some lawmakers want testing for all Ala. K-12 students

Some state lawmakers want all K-12 students to be tested when returning to school.

  Alabama Capitol still surrounded by metal barricades after 5 weeks

The Alabama Capitol continues to be surrounded by metal barricades five weeks after they were erected.

GOP District 2 candidates respond to Martha Roby’s endorsement

On July 14 Jeff Coleman and Barry Moore will lock horns in the runoff election for the Congressional GOP District 2 seat.

  Montgomery voters will notice differences at polls amid pandemic

Voters in Alabama head to the polls next week for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began, bringing some first-time challenges for elections offices around the state.

  Jeff Coleman prepared for GOP District 2 runoff election

The Congressional District 2 GOP runoff will be a race between Barry Moore and Jeff Coleman.

District 2 GOP runoff candidates faced off in debate Tuesday

District 2 GOP runoff candidates Jeff Coleman and Barry Moore faced off in a debate ahead of the July 14 primary runoff election.

  Jeff Sessions makes pit stop to Montgomery

U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Sessions made a pit stop to Montgomery eight days before the primary runoff election.

  Survey: Ala. hospitals lost millions after elective procedures cut

Alabama hospitals lost about $739 million in revenue from March 13 to April 30, according to a survey from the Alabama Hospital Association.

  State leaders, others react to Ivey’s extension of safer at home order

As coronavirus cases continue to rise, state leaders are reacting to Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s decision to extended the safer at home order.

Tuberville campaign vehicle catches fire in DeKalb County

A campaign vehicle for U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville erupted in flames on Interstate 59.

  State to sign with company to improve contact tracing, health officer says

State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said the state plans to sign a contract with a company to provide more contact tracers.

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.

  State agencies have shipped 15 million PPE items since March

Alabama EMA Director Brian Hastings said state agencies have shipped out 15 million items of personal protective equipment around the state since March.

  Ala. Democratic party executive director calls for lawmaker’s resignation after stance on confederate park

The Alabama Democratic Party’s executive director called Friday for Rep. Will Dismukes, R-Prattville, to resign after the lawmaker’s public support to not defund the Confederate Memorial Park.

  State leaders look at using CARES Act to buy devices for students

Some state leaders are looking at requesting CARES Act money to buy devices for students to use this school year.

Shelby signs on to federal Justice Act to curb police violence

Sen. Richard Shelby has signed on as a cosponsor for a piece of police reform legislation making its way through Congress.

  Package of policing related bills expected for session, lawmakers say

Some Alabama Senate Democrats plan to propose a package of bills related to policing and criminal justice next regular legislative session.

  Lawmakers say to expect proposal to change Confederate memorial law

State Sen. Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro, said to expect a proposal giving cities more control over moving Confederate monuments.

Federal judge says Alabama can’t forbid curbside voting

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

Merrill says Ala. prepared for July runoff after ‘unfortunate’ Ga. primary

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill says we’re prepared for July’s runoff election, despite concerns over the chaotic experience in Georgia Tuesday.

  Dr. Mackey provides update on what school in the fall could look like

Alabama’s plan to educate students this fall is still in the works, but the state superintendent gave some details on what it could look like.

  Outlook: Group tours looking to March 2021 before fully returning, tourism department says

Group travel has plummeted in Alabama and it’s leaving some hotels and surrounding businesses strapped for cash.

  Federal loan changes give some business owners a ‘sigh of relief’

Businesses are breathing a sigh of relief after President Donald Trump and Congress eased restrictions to the Paycheck Protection Program.

Governor’s proclamation focuses on intake procedures at Alabama prisons

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a Supplemental State of Emergency proclamation Tuesday that seeks to mitigate the stress COVID-19 has put on correctional facilities across the state.