Category: Primary

Justices struggle with partisan redistricting again
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Justices struggle with partisan redistricting again

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Dealing with an issue that could affect elections across the country, Supreme Court justices wrestled Wednesday with how far states may go to craft electoral districts that give the majority party a huge political advantage. But even as they heard their second case on partisan redistricting in six...

Daily News Digest – March 28, 2018
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Daily News Digest – March 28, 2018

 Good morning! It’s Wednesday, March 28, and this is your Daily News. 1. Big day for BHAM: Stadium, BJCC upgrades are going to happen.  Last week, the State Legislature did its part. Yesterday, the Birmingham City Council stepped up and did theirs, and now a new downtown stadium and makeover for the BJCC complex will become a reality. The new...

State of play on the Legislature’s (maybe) last day
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State of play on the Legislature’s (maybe) last day

Not so fast, my friends. That was Senate Minority Leader Rodger Smitherman’s message to his colleagues Tuesday night as many in the Legislature were eager to vote on the remaining bills and adjourn for the year. By slowing down bills the majority wants (Education Trust Fund budget, Economic developer bill), Smitherman is using his leverage in the Senate...

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Federal charges against man accused in child porn video case

MILLBROOK, Ala. (AP) — A man arrested in Alabama and accused of producing a viral child porn video has been charged in federal court. News outlets report prosecutors announced 11 child pornography production charges against 44-year-old Germaine Moore, who authorities say is the focus of child sexual abuse cases in Alabama and Michigan. A criminal...

Birmingham City Council commits funds toward new stadium
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Birmingham City Council commits funds toward new stadium

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Birmingham City Council has committed $90 million over the next 30 years to help pay for a new downtown stadium. AL.com reports the council voted 6-3 Tuesday to pay $3 million a year toward the expansion of the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, including renovation of Legacy Arena and a $174 million...

Divided Senate delays vote on ethics exemption
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Divided Senate delays vote on ethics exemption

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A divided Alabama Senate delayed a vote on a proposal to exempt economic developers from the state law that governs lobbyists. Senators on Tuesday postponed a vote as the proposal threatened to get bogged down in an unrelated filibuster because an anti-racial profiling bill had stalled in the House of Representatives....

House delays vote on bill to track race in traffic stops
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House delays vote on bill to track race in traffic stops

By KIM CHANDLER and MALLORY MOENCH, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House of Representatives did not vote Tuesday on anti-racial profiling legislation, ratcheting up the stakes on what could be the final day of the legislative session. Lawmakers adjourned Tuesday to continue negotiations on the bill that would require police officers to record...

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Alabama’s first gay legislator bids farewell to House

By MALLORY MOENCH, The Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s first openly gay legislator bid farewell to the House of Representatives on Tuesday evening. Rep. Patricia Todd, a Democrat from Birmingham, will not seek re-election after serving 12 years. Todd said on the House floor that her colleagues are “incredible, beautiful people” who all treated...

AP-NORC Poll: Trump benefiting from economic policies
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AP-NORC Poll: Trump benefiting from economic policies

By JULIE PACE and EMILY SWANSON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A growing American economy and passage of a Republican tax overhaul appear to be helping President Donald Trump lift his approval ratings from historic lows, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Trump remains unpopular with the majority...

Last days of session, part two
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Last days of session, part two

The prevailing narrative most of this session has been the lack of legislative drama. I’ve contributed to that in this space, and most recently in my column on what a great budget year it has been in Alabama (thx Sand Mountain Reporter for publishing). However, drama is starting to build around some “must-pass” legislation in these...