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The next Legislature: 35 new faces, same party balance

The next Legislature: 35 new faces, same party balance

But Tuesday’s general election, and the May and June primaries and runoffs, didn’t change the political make-up of the heavily Republican chambers. The parties swapped two seats Tuesday, according to unofficial results from the Secretary of State’s office.

Election 2022: A look at what’s on the Alabama ballot

Election 2022: A look at what’s on the Alabama ballot

Alabama voters will decide races ranging from U.S. Senate and governor to local offices in Tuesday's election. Voter turnout is expected to be moderate, according to a projection by Secretary of State John Merrill. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Here's a quick look at major statewide races and issues:

Britt eyes historic Senate win in Alabama

Britt eyes historic Senate win in Alabama

Republican Katie Britt is looking to become the first woman elected to the U.S Senate from Alabama as she seeks to capture the seat opened by the retirement of GOP Sen. Richard Shelby. Britt faces Democratic nominee Will Boyd and Libertarian John Sophocleus in Tuesday's race for the rare open Senate seat in Alabama.

After COVID-impacted high, absentee voting dips

After COVID-impacted high, absentee voting dips

Alabama does not have early voting and Merrill said usually 96% to 97% of votes are cast in person on election day. In filing absentee applications, voters must swear that they can’t vote at the polls on election day. Allowable reasons include being away for work or higher education, illness and physical disability.

Capitol Journal – November 4, 2022

The show featured sit-down interviews with candidates at the top of the ticket, including Gov. Kay Ivey and her Democratic opponent Yolanda Flowers, as well as Republican Senate nominee Katie Britt and Democratic nominee Will Boyd. 

Inside Alabama Politics – October 31, 2022

Inside Alabama Politics – October 31, 2022

Fresh polling from Cygnal shows where races and constitutional amendments stand a week out of the election, and paid subscribers get the first peek. There's also polling on the issue of medical marijuana and how voters feel.Elliott considers tweaking ALDOT industrial fund; Race for Majority Leader flush with cash ;Potpourri.

Inside Alabama Politics – October 20, 2022

Inside Alabama Politics – October 20, 2022

Another record year for immigrant minors in Alabama. New bill-drafting system on the way. Speaker’s race updateMajority Leader race update. How could Libertarians impact the election? Updated Race ChartsRaces to watch. Weird poll in SD27; Taxes: To Cut or Not to Cut? What’s next on gambling? What's next on education? State House access changing. Potpourri

Democrats who flipped Congress in 2018 face headwind in 2022

Democrats who flipped Congress in 2018 face headwind in 2022

“It was a very different world," pollster John Zogby said of 2018. “Inflation's now where we haven't seen in 40 years and it affects everybody. And this is the party in power. With campaigns, you don't get to say, ‘But it could have been' or ’But look at what the other guy did.'”

GOP steps up crime message in midterm’s final stretch

GOP steps up crime message in midterm’s final stretch

In this year's elections, Republicans often blame crime on criminal justice reforms adopted after George Floyd’s killing by Minneapolis police, including changes to bail laws that critics had long contended disproportionately impacted communities of color, along with accusations that Democrats have not been sufficiently supportive of law enforcement.

Campaign finance reports show tight House, Senate races

Campaign finance reports show tight House, Senate races

There are 25 Alabama House and eight Alabama Senate contests between Republicans and Democrats on the Nov. 8 ballot. Not all of them will be competitive, but September campaign finance reports show real contests for some open seats — and a few situations where incumbents are having to work to try to keep their seats.

Red wave crashing? GOP momentum slips as fall sprint begins

Red wave crashing? GOP momentum slips as fall sprint begins

Beyond the weight of history, Democrats are saddled with Biden's low favorability ratings as roughly 7 in 10 voters believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. Democratic strategists acknowledge serious political headwinds as inflation and pessimism surge, but they note gas prices have ticked down, pandemic worries have waned and Biden has won major legislative victories on several key issues.

Libertarian party gains statewide ballot access 

Libertarian party gains statewide ballot access 

According to the Libertarian Party of Alabama’s website, “The Libertarian Party of Alabama is committed to America’s heritage of freedom: Individual liberty and personal responsibility, a free market economy of abundance and prosperity, and a foreign policy of non-intervention, peace, and free trade.”

More than 1 million voters switch to GOP in warning for Dems

More than 1 million voters switch to GOP in warning for Dems

More than 1 million voters across 43 states have switched to the Republican Party over the last year, according to voter registration data analyzed by The Associated Press. The previously unreported number reflects a phenomenon that is playing out in virtually every region of the country — Democratic and Republican states along with cities and small towns — in the period since President Joe Biden replaced former President Donald Trump.

Capitol Journal: June 24, 2022

Capitol Journal: June 24, 2022

Dr. Julia Booth of the Medical Association of Alabama discussed the prospects of Alabama expanding Medicaid. June 27 is actually the 10th anniversary of the NFIB vs. Sebelius case that upheld the Affordable Care Act, but also allowed states to opt out of Medicaid expansion if they so chose.

State Senate contest comes down to coin flip

State Senate contest comes down to coin flip

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill told Alabama Daily News a coin flip is allowable in this situation, if that’s how the party wants to determine the winner. He said  coin flips have settled two elections in recent years. One was a 2018 general election for Clay County sheriff, the second was a 2020 Houston County board of election primary.

Britt wins big over Brooks in Alabama Senate race

Britt wins big over Brooks in Alabama Senate race

Britt, 40, cast herself as part of a new generation of conservative leaders while disparaging Brooks, 68, as a career politician. If victorious in November, Britt will be the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Alabama and one of its youngest members.

GOP secretary of state, Dem gubernatorial nominations set

GOP secretary of state, Dem gubernatorial nominations set

Voters selected the Republican nominee for Alabama's top election official in the runoff Tuesday, and the general election race for governor was set as Democratic voters picked their gubernatorial nominee. Three other statewide nominations plus a U.S. House seat also were on the ballot.

Election 2022: Long Republican Senate race ends today

Election 2022: Long Republican Senate race ends today

While Brooks and Britt have similar views, their race represents a clash between two wings of the party and different generations. Shelby for decades epitomized the old-guard political style, using his clout and relationships to quietly steer federal projects and funding to his home state. Brooks, 68, is known for his bombastic oratory style. The six-term congressman was a founding member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus and has made his opposition to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a pillar of his campaign, embarking on a "Fire McConnell Tour" of town halls.

Alabama runoffs: Down the ballot

Alabama runoffs: Down the ballot

The party nominations for five statewide offices including secretary of state on the Republican side and governor on the Democratic ticket are on the ballot in Tuesday's primary runoff election in Alabama. The GOP nomination for a lone congressional seat also will be decided. Here is a look at the races:

11 Legislative contests on ballot today

11 Legislative contests on ballot today

Three incumbent Alabama House members are trying to hold onto their seats today while another six runoff contests are for open seats in the House.For the State Senate, there are two high profile runoffs for open seats, one on the Republican side and one for Democrats.

Inside Alabama Politics – June 15, 2022

Inside Alabama Politics – June 15, 2022

Has Trump tipped Katie over the top? Where does Mo go from here? What happened and what's next in Senate District 27. Election superlatives; The House GOP's interesting election night; Making an example of HanesRacing for the Speaker's gavel; Five vie for Speaker Pro Tem; A new House Clerk; Incommunicado on budgets, hearings; Where are we on a special session? Potpourri

GOP runoff to choose next State Auditor 

GOP runoff to choose next State Auditor 

Rep. Andrew Sorrell of Muscle Shoals and pastor Stan Cooke of Kimberly are trying to convince new voters why the State Auditor is a critical role in Alabama government and why they're the best person for the job. 

Midterm takeaways: Mixed bag for Trump in SC; Nevada Senate showdown

Midterm takeaways: Mixed bag for Trump in SC; Nevada Senate showdown

Trump and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell don't agree on much. One rare exception is Laxalt, who won Nevada's Republican Senate primary. The mutual support, which brought together the Trump and establishment wings of the party, demonstrates the intense focus Republican have placed on flipping the seat held by first-term Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, who is considered among the most vulnerable senators.

Once dumped by Trump, Brooks seeks his endorsement again

Once dumped by Trump, Brooks seeks his endorsement again

Brooks on Sunday released a statement on Twitter asking "MAGA Nation" to help plead his case for Trump's endorsement, calling himself the "Trump candidate" in the race. Brooks faces Katie Britt in the June 21 runoff that will decide the GOP nomination for the seat being vacating by retiring Sen. Richard Shelby.

Durant won’t endorse in Alabama’s Senate runoff

Durant won’t endorse in Alabama’s Senate runoff

Durant said he will not endorse either of the remaining candidates for the GOP nomination for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby. The June 21 runoff pits Katie Britt, Shelby's former chief of staff and former leader of a state business group, against U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, who resurrected his campaign after losing former President Donald Trump's backing.

Tough GOP race for Shelby seat in Alabama closes with flurry

Tough GOP race for Shelby seat in Alabama closes with flurry

Trump scrambled the race this spring when he backed away from Brooks who had been seen as an early favorite in the race. Trump had initially endorsed Brooks — who had been a key champion of the false claims that the 2020 election was stolen — but Trump rescinded that endorsement in March, citing Brooks' languishing performance and accused the congressman of going "woke" for saying it was time to move on from the 2020 presidential outcome and focus on upcoming elections.

Ivey stresses record, opponents challenge her on it

Ivey stresses record, opponents challenge her on it

In the closing hours of the gubernatorial campaign, Ivey stressed her record as she seeks a second full term in office. But her opponents, including former Trump ambassador Lindy Blanchard and businessman Tim James, portrayed Ivey as not adequately conservative, citing her support of a gas tax increase to fund road and bridge construction and her handling of the coronavirus pandemic, including a long-expired mask and business closure mandate.

GOP primary race for Alabama Senate seat turns bitter

GOP primary race for Alabama Senate seat turns bitter

Both Britt and Brooks have criticized Durant for "dodging debates" after his campaign declined three separate dates offered by the Alabama Republican Party. Durant said he is willing to debate but could not make it fit his schedule.
Outside groups have pumped more than $20 million into the race to either support or oppose one of the frontrunners.

Ivey, challengers race to right in Alabama GOP primary

Ivey, challengers race to right in Alabama GOP primary

Alabama's Republican primary has become a race to the right, with candidates staking out extreme positions on abortion, immigration and LGBTQ issues. The race was supposed to be a cake walk for Ivey — who still remains favored to win a second full term — but right flank opponents are trying to make it a referendum on conservative credentials as they seek to push the Alabama governor into a runoff.

New ADN/Gray TV poll shows tightening Senate race, likely runoff

New ADN/Gray TV poll shows tightening Senate race, likely runoff

The survey, conducted by Cygnal this week, showed Katie Britt maintaining her lead at 30.8%, but slipping slightly since the same poll was taken ten days earlier. Mo Brooks gained another six points since the last poll and is now at 28.5%, within the margin of error of Britt. Mike Durant recovered slightly to pick up about three points at 24.3% after his dramatic slide in the last poll.

Durant seeks to take military, business experience to Senate

Durant seeks to take military, business experience to Senate

Durant said that if elected, at the very top of his to-do list would be to finish the border wall that former President Donald Trump started, to make the country energy independent and to maintain a strong military. He believes that the biggest threat to Alabama right now is inflation because of its impact on the working class, and he has many ideas for solutions to that crisis.

In run for Senate, Brooks touts conservative firebrand record

In run for Senate, Brooks touts conservative firebrand record

Having worked on so many national policy issues during his time in Congress, Brooks found it difficult to list just three priority issues he would like to address if chosen as Alabama’s next U.S. Senator. Instead, he said broadly that he wants to protect the principles laid out in the Constitution and fight for the triumph of moral values, like the right to life for the unborn, over what he sees as amoral ones.

Inside Alabama Politics – May 16, 2022

Inside Alabama Politics – May 16, 2022

Abortion issue could get complicated in Alabama if Roe is overturned; Senate race: Where we are
Can we talk about the postcard? Governor race: Where we are; Campaign Finance and Spending Update;
Another business vs. trial lawyer proxy war; Reviewing major PAC spending

Trump’s bid to shape GOP faces test with voters in May races

Trump’s bid to shape GOP faces test with voters in May races

The first test comes on Tuesday when voters in Ohio choose between the Trump-backed JD Vance for an open U.S. Senate seat and several other contenders who spent months clamoring for the former president's support. In the following weeks, elections in Nebraska, Pennsylvania and North Carolina will also serve as a referendum on Trump's ability to shape the future of the GOP.

Durant turns down proposed GOP debate dates

Durant turns down proposed GOP debate dates

WHNT, one of the stations that would have televised the proposed debate, reported that organizers said Durant declined the debate invitation. An organizer, who was not authorized to discuss the conversations with the campaigns, also told The Associated Press that Durant declined all three possible dates.

Inside Alabama Politics – March 8, 2022

Inside Alabama Politics – March 8, 2022

A review of Senate race TV & radio spending; A review of Governor's race TV & radio spending;
Debbie Long resigns from Ethics Commission; When will a second ARPA special session begin?
A late move on taxes from the Legislature; What's next for Jeff Coleman? Potpourri

Inside Alabama Politics – March 1, 2022

Inside Alabama Politics – March 1, 2022

Judicial allocation issue could come to a head; Albritton bringing gambling options to Senate; Senate puts more reporting requirements in 2023 budget; Some in House wary of possible 'death tax'; AEA's influence grows in House; Gun bill rankles House GOP Caucus; Ballot access and the Republican Party

Britt, allies begin TV ad barrage

Britt, allies begin TV ad barrage

Katie Britt and political groups supporting her U.S. Senate candidacy have launched a series of new television advertising in recent days. The February ad barrage marks a turning point in the Senate race as the "air war" phase starts with 91 days to go until the May 24 primary election.

Inside Alabama Politics – January 31, 2022

Inside Alabama Politics – January 31, 2022

Sifting through the long list of qualified candidates up and down the ballot; Some last minute surprises on qualifying day; Implications from monster court ruling on redistricting; Dust up over Auburn trustee appointment leads to lion tweet; What will the Durant story fallout be? Potpourri

Inside Alabama Politics – December 21, 2021

Inside Alabama Politics – December 21, 2021

Senate race heats up; Running for Governor; What’s really going on with Trump?
Gambling legislation: What could really happen? Spat between Ethics Commission & AG could get serious; Reading between the lines on prisons; RSA funds show eye-popping growth; Coleman to challenge Moore? Big push on reducing recidivism coming; Potpourri.

Blanchard begins race for governor

Blanchard begins race for governor

Former U.S. Ambassador Lindy Blanchard officially launched her campaign for governor Tuesday, switching from running for the U.S. Senate to challenging incumbent Gov. Kay Ivey in the Republican primary.

Tim James running for Alabama governor

Tim James running for Alabama governor

James told Alabama Daily News he plans to formally kickoff his campaign next month, but he’s already visiting parts of the state with some campaign help, including former Alabama GOP Chairman Bill Armistead, and will be in the Shoals Tuesday and Wednesday.

Inside Alabama Politics – September 7, 2021

Inside Alabama Politics – September 7, 2021

'Getting close' on a prison deal; How PACs are faring entering the cycle; Will James make a run for gov? Will Blanchard? More Pitts & Perkins drama; Counties ask for $10M reimbursement from state for county jail strains; Connie Rowe moving upstairs? Review: Dino’s or the Bar Formerly Known as Bud’s.

Analysis: What we learned from the latest Daily News poll

Analysis: What we learned from the latest Daily News poll

Since our Alabama Daily News audience is filled with politicians and politicos, we try to offer quality polling every so often to find a glimpse into the mind of the Alabama voter. The timing of this most recent survey with Cygnal was based on the GOP Senate primary finally appearing to be settled, the campaigns for state lawmakers just getting underway and a potential special session on prisons in the coming weeks or months.

Inside Alabama Politics – August 16, 2021

Inside Alabama Politics – August 16, 2021

State leaders are getting close on a prison plan; General Fund, ETF revenues up, but budget leaders watching delta variant; Trump rally begets opportunities, headaches; ALDOT transfers road money to admin fund; Field for HD 20 expands, but will Sanderford run? Carnley makes it a race in SD 31; Updated chart on who's running and who's not.

Inside Alabama Politics – July 28, 2021

Inside Alabama Politics – July 28, 2021

Could 'lost revenue' be used in prison fix? Special session update; How would COVID-19 affect a special? ‘Legislative blackout’ on campaign fundraising shrinks to 2 weeks; What Congressional Democrats' $3.5T budget package could mean for Alabama Medicaid; The List: Who's Running, Who's Not; Who will be House Education Budget Chair? This Matrix lawsuit is a doozy; Big Bud's news; Potpourri

More lawmakers decide on election for 2022

More lawmakers decide on election for 2022

The 2022 general election may be more than a year away, but the primaries take place next May and party qualifying ends in January. That means now is decision time for many state lawmakers on whether or not to seek another term in office.

Rusty Glover enters State Auditor race

Rusty Glover enters State Auditor race

The State Auditor's race is shaping up to be one of 2022's most competitive contests. Glover is joining current state Rep. Andrew Sorrell, R-Muscle Shoals, and Kimberly pastor Stan Cooke in the Republican primary.

Inside Alabama Politics – April 27, 2021

Inside Alabama Politics – April 27, 2021

Senate 2022 update
Census: By the skin of our teeth
When will the election be?
More on Merrill
Let’s talk about earmarks
What’s next on prisons
Legislative math: Medical Marijuana and gambling
Ed Henry is back and he has a PAC
New podcast
RIP Bud Skinner
Potpourri

ADN Inside Politics: State of play on gambling

ADN Inside Politics: State of play on gambling

Alabama lawmakers are ready to move forward with a bill calling for a statewide vote on a lottery - and only a lottery. According to multiple state senators, Senate Bill 320 will reach the Senate floor today when the body gavels in at 2:30 p.m. Yet, mere hours before debate begins, negotiations on a path forward on the issue of gambling are still very much in flux.

Inside Alabama Politics – Thursday, January 21

Inside Alabama Politics – Thursday, January 21

We all thought 2020 was a doozy, but the first three weeks of 2021 have given the worst year ever a run for its money. One silver lining for political junkies is that there is more going on politically than anytime in recent memory. 
That's what we cover here at Inside Alabama Politics, and we're honored to have you along for the ride. 

Inside Alabama Politics – December 3, 2020

Inside Alabama Politics – December 3, 2020

By our count, this is fifth edition of Inside Alabama Politics to speculate on the possibility of a special session of the Alabama Legislature to take care of unfinished business from the COVID-curtailed 2020 Regular Session. There are good reasons for that.

Inside Alabama Politics – November 6, 2020

Inside Alabama Politics – November 6, 2020

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh rocked the Alabama political world last week by telling The Anniston Star he would not be seeking a seventh term in 2022. (Kudos, by the way, to The Star for the big scoop). This week,  we asked Marsh, the Senate’s top leader since 2010, what that means for Senate leadership for the next two years.

Bud’s to renovate, reopen

Bud’s to renovate, reopen

For decades, politicos have frequented the Fairview Avenue watering hole to blow off steam from the legislative session and suck in some smoke. Lawmakers, lobbyists, big time officials and small time upstarts have come to Bud's to hug, clink glasses and get along, while the very serious gentlemen in the Corner solve the world's problems.