In last week's edition of Inside Alabama Politics, we speculated on the likelihood of businessman Tim James and former U.S. Ambassador Lynda Blanchard running in the GOP primary against Gov. Kay Ivey.
'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.
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.
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.
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
What happened, why it matters and what's next with the Speaker's move; Thinking about special sessions;
Another prominent, long-serving lawmaker not seeking reelection; Dayne Cutrell to Maynard; Watson Donald to Shelby; ACCS shoring up security reporting.
A series of phone calls and meetings took place this week in which members of the House and Senate from both parties discussed possible changes to the legislation pending in the House that could earn enough votes to pass. Multiple lawmakers who confirmed the discussions to Alabama Daily News described them as productive.
By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The House of Representatives will take up a revamped gambling package this week as the Alabama Legislature winds down its final days of the 2021 regular session. In April, the Senate passed a wide-ranging gambling plan that would institute a state lottery, allow for nine casinos...
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
RIP Bud Skinner
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.
Ivey threads the needle;
Senate 2022 update;
Musical chairs for undercard races;
Tuberville minds the political shop;
How goes the session: Budgets, Broadband push, Push back on trans bills, Permanent reminder of a temporary feeling;