Alabama Politics

  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.

Mo Brooks: “There is a zero percent chance I will resign” following last week’s deadly riots

  Alabama AG orders review of dark money group he chairs after deadly Capitol riot

Two members of Congress file resolution to censure Congressmen Mo Brooks

Censure resolution filed against Rep. Mo Brooks

U.S. Rep. Moore suspended from Twitter, deactivates personal account

Alabama Senate makes pandemic-related changes ahead of 2021 session

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Alabama lawmakers react after officer injured in Washington protest dies

Sewell urges Trump’s removal from office

Huntsville pastor calls Congressman Brooks’ words at D.C. rally irresponsible

AL Congressman Mo Brooks blames Antifa for riot at the capitol; no verifiable evidence to back up claims

Alabama lawmakers believe words could have been less combative

  Alabama’s congressional delegation reacts to storming of US Capitol

Congressman Mo Brooks blames ‘fascist ANTIFA’ for violence at U.S. Capitol

Congressman Mo Brooks was active on Twitter Thursday morning, making allegations that “fascist ANTIFA” is to blame for Wednesday’s violence at the U.S. Capitol.

  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.

  Parents react to extension of Alabama internet voucher program

About 200,000 students rely on the internet program during a time when many students are doing virtual schooling.

  Bill would allow Alabama businesses to stay open during state of emergency due to pandemic

One Alabama lawmaker filed a bill that would allow businesses to remain open if they can follow the guidelines issued by the state and local government during a state of emergency related to a pandemic.

Alabama lawmakers praise President-elect Biden’s Pentagon pick

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

  ADPH to create dashboard with COVID-19 vaccine data

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

2 Alabama congressmen among group calling for election hearings, investigation

Congressman Mike Rogers tests positive for COVID-19

Businesses leaders urge Congress to pass virus aid for small businesses

Small business leaders are urging Congress to pass coronavirus aid quickly for small business owners.

Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging Alabama mask mandate

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit challenging Alabama’s mandatory face mask mandate.

Hatcher wins Democratic primary runoff in Senate District 26 race

Alabama state Rep. Kirk Hatcher won the special Democratic primary runoff election for the state Senate’s District 26 seat.

Alabama GOP chairwoman stepping down

Terry Lathan says it’s time to serve the Republican Party in other ways.

Ivey: It was a ‘mistake’ to close businesses in the spring

Gov. Kay Ivey said in a one-on-one interview she will not close businesses again during the pandemic.

Special runoff election Tuesday in Senate District 26 race

Tuesday will be a special primary election day for voters in Alabama Senate District 26, which includes Montgomery County.

Alabama Department of Corrections responds to DOJ lawsuit over Alabama prisons

Officials with ADOC released a statement saying saying the notion was not made in spirits of good faith and undermines months of conversations that they hoped were moving them towards a mutual resolution.

Alabama to face challenges distributing COVID-19 vaccine

Alabama will face challenges the next several months as the massive undertaking begins to vaccinate millions of people.

Roby gives final speech on U.S. House floor

Rep. Martha Roby, R-District 2, has given her last speech before the U.S. House of Representatives.

Alabama Democrats say SCOTUS election complaint ‘dumb’

"Let’s be clear - the election is long since over, Joe Biden will be the president, and these lawsuits are dumb,” said Wade F. Perry, the state party’s executive director.

  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.

Doug Jones a leading contender for US attorney general

A decision hasn’t been finalized and the dynamics could shift in the coming days.

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.”

Alabama to use electronic voting pads during 2021 legislative session

Preparations for the 2021 legislative session are underway in the Alabama State House.

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.

Former Alabama state Sen. Larry Dixon dies at 78

Former longtime Alabama state Sen. Larry Dixon has died.

US Congressman Robert Aderholt tests positive for COVID-19

Congressman Robert Aderholt has tested positive for COVID-19.

Rep. Mike Rogers now ranking member of House Armed Services Committee

Rogers, a member of Congress for 18 years, has served on the committee for the duration of his time in Washington. Now, he's taking on a leadership role.

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.

Finance director ‘confident’ most CARES Act money will be spent by deadline

Alabama received about $1.7 billion from the the federal government’s CARES Act with a Dec. 31 deadline to spend the money, according to the Alabama Department of Finance. If the money is not spent, the state will need to send it back to the federal government.

Former Rep. Alvin Holmes remembered at Montgomery service

Family, friends, and civic leaders remembered former longtime state Rep. Alvin Holmes, D-Montgomery, on Sunday.

20 groups protest Ala. secretary of state’s retweets

Alabama’s secretary of state received backlash for retweets he made on his personal account.

Marsh stepping down as Senate pro tempore, Reed nominated

Longtime Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh is stepping down from his leadership position.

  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.

  Mourners march in honor of former state Rep. Alvin Holmes

Organizers held a march in memory former state Rep. Alvin Holmes.

Board to certify Alabama election results on Monday

Alabama’s results from the Nov. 3 election will become official on Monday.

  Former longtime Alabama Rep. Alvin Holmes dies

Former longtime Alabama Rep. Alvin Holmes has died, the Alabama Democratic Party confirmed. He was 81.

  Ivey participates in call with Biden, Harris

Gov. Kay Ivey took part in a conference call with President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris Thursday afternoon.

State Senate District 26 Democratic primary heads to runoff

State Rep. Kirk Hatcher and John Knight will face each other in a runoff.

  BCA launches ‘Keep Alabama Open’ initiative, petition

The campaign comes amid talk of a nationwide lockdown because COVID-19 cases across the country continue to rise.

Special primary election Tuesday in state Senate District 26 race

Alabama Senate District 26 includes part of Montgomery County.

  Dr. Mackey: “Grades are down” for virtual learning students

State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey said grades are dropping, especially for virtual learning students in Alabama.

  More schools going virtual in Alabama

More schools in Alabama are moving to virtual learning because of the pandemic.

  Veterans in nursing homes still honored during pandemic

Veterans Day looks different this year because of the pandemic. So, instead of public ceremonies, some groups put on a parade for veterans at the nursing home.

  Alabama leaders respond to presidential election

Some Republican Alabama leaders, as of now, stand hesitant to call Joe Biden the President-Elect.

  Alabama Republicans, Democrats react to Biden’s victory

Both of Alabama’s Democratic and Republican parties are weighing in on President-elect Joe Biden’s win, and the controversy over the validity of the election process.

  State Rep. Kirk Hatcher announces bid for Alabama Senate

A member of the Alabama House of Representatives announced that he is running for the state Senate.

  Groups want unspent CARES Act money for business grants

And with time running out to spend that money, groups including the Alabama Restaurant and Hospitality Association and the National Federation of Independent businesses are asking state leaders to dish out more grants for small businesses.

Proposal looks to give legislature special session powers

One Alabama lawmaker pre-filed a bill proposing a constitutional amendment allowing the state legislature to call itself into a special session.

ADOC records: Mike Hubbard transferred to Kilby prison infirmary

Former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard has been transferred to the Kilby Correctional Facility infirmary from Draper Correctional Facility, according to Alabama Department of Corrections records.

  Some Ala. Democrats staying enthusiastic despite Senate seat loss

But even with the loss, Congresswoman Terri Sewell, D-District 7, and Rep. Chris England, D-Tuscaloosa, tried to keep the crowd at the Jones watch party enthusiastic Tuesday night.

  Former Alabama speaker transferred to prison for sentence

Former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard has been moved to a state prison to serve time for his ethics convictions.

  State Rep. John Rogers says he’s working to get early voting to Alabama

Thousands of Alabamians took advantage of absentee voting in this year’s presidential election leading many to wonder why the state doesn’t offer early voting. That’s a decision for Alabama lawmakers, and one state rep is already working on it.

  Tuberville wins Alabama U.S. Senate race

Tommy Tuberville has defeated incumbent Doug Jones to take Alabama’s U.S Senate seat.

Record-breaking voter participation in Alabama

Voting is underway across the country. Here in Alabama, the polls opened at 7 a.m. with voters already in line.

MPS to dismiss schools early Tuesday to give employees time to vote

Montgomery Public Schools will dismiss early on Tuesday to allow MPS employees time to vote.

Director of pardons and paroles resigns, Gov. Ivey to seek new leadership

Judge Charlie Graddick has resigned as the director of the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles.

Ala. voters to decide 6 constitutional amendments in November election

In addition to the presidential contest, Alabama voters will see a number of local and state races on the ballot on Nov. 3.

Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh not running for reelection

Marsh, a Republican, has represented the 12th District since 1998. His counties include Calhoun, Talladega, Clay.

Alabama voters with COVID-19 can cast emergency absentee ballots

Alabama voters who contract COVID-19 in the days leading up to the general election may be able to cast an emergency absentee ballot.

Alabama State NAACP to provide rides, assistance to voters Tuesday

The Alabama State NAACP and its branches across the state will offer free rides to the polls on Tuesday.

  Ala. lawmakers to re-introduce early voting legislation in 2021

As droves of voters cast absentee ballots in the upcoming election, some lawmakers see the record-breaking participation as a vote to change the way Alabama conducts elections.

  Gov. Ivey announces locations of mental health crisis centers

Gov. Kay Ivey announced Wednesday three mental health crisis diversion centers will be located in Montgomery, Mobile and Huntsville.

Alabama requires employers to give some employees an hour to vote

If you work from 8a.m. to 6:30 p.m., state law says your boss has to let you leave work at during your shift to go to the polls. But they only have to give you an hour. Some worry that won't be enough next Tuesday.

  Some voters waiting to cast absentee ballot want early voting

Lines to vote absentee in person paint a picture of enthusiasm for the election, but the snaked rows of people also show a desire for early voting in Alabama.

Why will some absentee ballots in Alabama not count?

Alabama voters have returned a record number of absentee ballots, but we’ve learned some of the mail-in ballots may not be counted.

  $37M invested for high speed internet in unserved, rural Alabama

Thousands of Alabamians in rural areas will be connected to the internet.