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Alabama unemployment rate drops to record-low 3.7%
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Alabama unemployment rate drops to record-low 3.7%

By WILL WHATLEY, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – According to the numbers, it’s a good time to be working in Alabama. The Alabama Department of Labor announced today that February’s unemployment rate of 3.7 percent is the lowest recorded rate in the state’s history. February’s rate is a tick down from January’s 3.8 percent,...

Senate committee passes ALDOT accountability bill
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Senate committee passes ALDOT accountability bill

By Will Whatley, Alabama Daily News The Alabama Senate Committee on Transportation and Energy met Thursday morning to discuss and pass an accountability bill pertaining to the pending gas tax legislation that will be put before the upper chamber later in the special session. Sponsored by Sen. Clyde Chambliss (R – Prattville), Senate Bill 2...

Report: Bad roads cost Alabamians billions
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Report: Bad roads cost Alabamians billions

By WILL WHATLEY, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. –  If you own and operate an automobile in Alabama, poor infrastructure could be costing you around $1,500 a year in added wear and maintenance, a transportation research group says. TRIP, a Washington, D.C.-based national nonprofit, said in a report released Monday that Alabama drivers collectively lose...

Failed State House candidate floats anti-gas tax resolution for GOP
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Failed State House candidate floats anti-gas tax resolution for GOP

Photo of Tom Fredricks courtesy of The Decatur Daily By WILL WHATLEY, MARY SELL and TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – An erstwhile State House candidate who campaigned against a potential gas tax increase is still trying to press his opposition by asking the Alabama Republican Party to formally condemn it. A plan to increase...

New Member Profile: Sen. Chris Elliott
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New Member Profile: Sen. Chris Elliott

By WILL WHATLEY, Alabama Daily News The Alabama State Senate welcomes a new face from District 32 for the first time since 2007. Businessman and former Baldwin County Commissioner Chris Elliott, R-Daphne, replaces Sen. Trip Pittman, who did not seek re-election. Elliott outlasted a crowded Republican primary field for the south Baldwin County seat, including...

Ainsworth names Jess Skaggs Deputy Chief of Staff
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Ainsworth names Jess Skaggs Deputy Chief of Staff

By WILL WHATLEY, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth announced Thursday that he has appointed Montgomery native Jess Skaggs to serve as his Deputy Chief of Staff. “As Lieutenant Governor, I plan for my office to be the most active and engaged in Alabama’s history, and Jess Skaggs has the...

Chambliss Named Majority Floor Leader for State Senate Republicans
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Chambliss Named Majority Floor Leader for State Senate Republicans

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed (R-Jasper) announced Thursday that Sen. Clyde Chambliss (R-Prattville) has been named Majority Floor Leader for the State Senate Republican Caucus. Reed called Chambliss a proven leader who has a deep grasp of the Senate’s rules and procedures and has the respect of his Senate colleagues on...

Federal employees affected by partial government shutdown can apply for unemployment compensation
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Federal employees affected by partial government shutdown can apply for unemployment compensation

The Alabama Department of Labor (ADOL) today announced that federal employees who have been furloughed due to the partial government shutdown can apply for unemployment compensation benefits. “There are thousands of federal employees in Alabama who may be impacted by this shutdown,” said Fitzgerald Washington, ADOL Secretary. “Should these workers need assistance during this time,...

Governor Ivey Announces Important Changes to Staff
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Governor Ivey Announces Important Changes to Staff

MONTGOMERY — Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday announced important changes to her staff as she transitions to a full term.  Adam Thompson is being promoted to Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, joining Liz Filmore who is serving as Deputy Chief of Staff for Administration. Thompson currently serves as the governor’s Appointments Director.  In Thompson’s...