Washington, DC – The Democratic filibuster of Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor's nomination to become a federal judge is partly responsible for prompting Senate Republicans to schedule a 30-hour "talkathon" starting Wednesday night. The GOP wants to keep the senate in session around the clock to bring attention to what Republicans call Democratic obstruction. Chad Pergram reports from Capitol Hill.
Washington, DC – Democrats in the U-S Senate were able to block another attempt to bring Attorney General Bill Pryor's judicial nomination to a vote. Democrats filibustered his nomination again Thursday. Senate Republicans needed 60 votes to break it but got only 51. Senator Jeff Sessions continues to express his displeasure with the situation, saying certain Democrats are distorting Pryor's political and legal record. It was the second time Senate Republicans were unable to force a vote on Pryor's nomination.
Birmingham, AL – The year-long search for Jefferson County's school superintendent ended Wednesday. School board members met privately for an about an hour before offering the job to Phil Hammonds. He was the system's deputy superintendent of instruction from 1997 to 2001 and is currently superintendent of Sylacauga schools. Hammonds' salary is still being negotiated, but he's expected to take the new position January first. The Jefferson County school system is the state's second-largest with nearly 39 thousand students.