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Politics & Government
2:35 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Roy Moore Joins Fight Against Gay Marriage

Chief Justice Roy Moore
Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press

Known for fighting to display the Ten Commandments in his state's judicial building, Alabama's chief justice is jumping into the national gay marriage debate. Roy Moore has sent letters to all 50 governors urging them to get their legislatures to call for a convention to add an amendment to the U.S. Constitution recognizing only unions between one man and one woman. Moore says the country's moral foundation is under attack, and a state-initiated convention under Article V of the Constitution is the only way to stop it. An Article V convention has never been held.

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Business & Education
2:24 am
Fri February 7, 2014

South Alabama Names New President

Tony G. Waldrop
The Univeristy of Central Florida library.ucf.edu

An administrator from the University of Central Florida has been named president of the University of South Alabama in Mobile.

Trustees unanimously selected Tony G. Waldrop as president during a meeting Thursday.

Waldrop is provost and executive vice president at Central Florida, which is located in Orlando. He also held administrative positions at the University of North Carolina and the University of Illinois.

At South Alabama, Waldrop replaces the late Gordon Moulton, who retired last July 1 and died in September.

Politics & Government
7:17 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Legislative Overview for Thursday

The Associated Press

A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Wednesday, a committee meeting day:

COMMITTEES:

—Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee approved a bill to give a one-time pension bonus to retired state employees. Goes to Senate.

—Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee approved a House-passed bill to provide an income tax credit to Alabama families that adopt children in Alabama. Goes to Senate.

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Politics & Government
6:36 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Two Democrats Announce Intentions

Rep. Craig Ford
Alabama House of Representatives legislature.state.al.us

Tomorrow’s filing deadline for political candidates is prompting several Democrats to announce their intentions.  House minority leader Craig Ford of Gadsden says he’ll run for re-election rather than seeking higher office.  He had been considering a run for Governor or Lieutenant Governor but says he can do more from the state legislature. 

Meanwhile, Florence Democrat Tammy Irons says she will NOT be seeking re-election.  The Republican majority redrew her district significantly.  She says her expanded district could mean she’d have less time with her family and law practice.

Politics & Government
10:53 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Legislative Overview for Wednesday

A summary of action in the Alabama legislature on Tuesday, the 10th meeting day of the regular session:

HOUSE:

—Approved a bill to end the requirement to publish lists of registered voters in newspapers and instead publish the list on the county's website. Goes to Senate.

—Approved a bill to authorize warrantless arrests under certain conditions for trespassing on the property of an education insitution. Goes to Senate.

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Politics & Government
10:49 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Special Elections: Johnson Leads Democratic Runoff

Anthony "Alann" Johnson
ourcampaigns.com

Anthony "Alann" Johnson is leading the race to become the Democratic nominee for House District 53 in Birmingham.

Al.com reports that Johnson pulled away from attorney Arthur Shores Lee as the final boxes were counted in the Democratic runoff.

With 23 of 24 precincts reporting Tuesday night, Johnson had 297 votes, or 56 percent of the vote, to Lee's 236 votes, or 44 percent.

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Politics & Government
10:43 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Special Elections: Republican Wins Easily in Mobile County

Margie Wilcox
margiewilcox.com

Republican Margie Wilcox has easily won the Alabama House District 104 special general election in Mobile County.

Unofficial election returns show Wilcox defeated Democrat Stephen Carr with 2,931 votes, or 91 percent, to 307 votes, or 9 percent. The district in western Mobile County leans heavily Republican.

Wilcox is the owner of Yellow Cab of Mobile. She will take her seat in the Alabama Legislature later this week.

The seat was vacant after Rep. Jim Barton resigned in August to join a Montgomery lobbying firm.

Politics & Government
10:39 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Special Elections: Holmes Wins Seat in House

Mike Holmes
holmes4house.com

The former chairman of the Elmore County Republican Executive Committee, Mike Holmes, has won the Republican runoff in Alabama House District 31 and will be joining the Legislature.

Holmes pulled 2,028 votes, or 57 percent, in the special election Tuesday against Wetumpka car dealer Jimmy Collier, who got 1,550 votes, or 43 percent. The winner faced no Democratic opposition in the heavily Republican district, which covers parts of Elmore and Coosa counties in central Alabama.

Politics & Government
6:44 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Polls are Open for 3 Special Elections

istockphoto

Voters in four Alabama counties are going to the polls to fill three vacancies in the Alabama House of Representatives. House District 31 in Elmore and Coosa counties is having a Republican runoff between Mike Holmes and Jimmy Collier. The winner has no Democratic opposition. Voters in part of Jefferson County are choosing between Anthony "Alan" Johnson and Arthur Shores Lee in the Democratic runoff for House District 53. The winner faces Republican Willie "W.A." Casey in March.

Politics & Government
6:35 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Legislators Return to Work

The Associated Press

Alabama legislators are returning to Montgomery after last week's meeting schedule got interrupted by the winter storm. Both the Senate and the House get back to work Tuesday afternoon. Alabama Senate leaders hope to vote on a proposal to ban legislators from becoming lobbyists for two years after they leave office. A loophole in current law allows lawmakers to resign and immediately lobby the chamber opposite where they served. Some Republicans are pushing the bill after several GOP lawmakers resigned last year.

Politics & Government
8:22 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Beason Won't Seek Re-election in Alabama Legislature

Sen. Scott Beason (R)
legislature.state.al.us

Republican Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale won't seek another term in the Alabama Legislature.

Beason issued a statement Friday saying it's time to end his time at the Statehouse.

He was first elected to the Alabama Legislature in 1998.

Beason was behind Alabama's sweeping immigration bill, considered the toughest in the nation before it was largely gutted by the courts.

The lawmaker also the sponsor of Alabama gun legislation last year. The bill pitted the National Rifle Association against business groups over the issue of guns in workplace parking lots.

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Politics & Government
7:13 am
Mon February 3, 2014

US Rep. Rogers Under Fire for Controversial Remarks

Rep. Mike Rogers (R)
mike-roger.house.gov

An Alabama gay and lesbian advocacy organization and the state association of realtors are blasting an Alabama congressman for making statements they consider inappropriate and offensive.

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Politics
12:54 am
Sun February 2, 2014

New Orleans Mayor Wins Re-Election In A Landslide

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu greets supporters after winning reelection in New Orleans on Saturday.
Gerald Herbert AP

Boosted by a drop in the city's murder rate and an endorsement from President Barack Obama, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu won a landslide victory Saturday in his bid for a second term.

"The results tonight confirm what we hoped was true four years ago: that the people of this great city are ready to move forward," Landrieu told is supporters in a victory speech.

Landrieu had 64 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting in Saturday's election.

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Politics & Government
6:57 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Bentley: Don't Play the Blame Game

NPR

Gov. Robert Bentley says people shouldn't be playing the blame game for the epic ice storm that caught Birmingham off guard, stranding motorists on interstates and students in schools.

Bentley said Thursday schools and emergency officials made plans off forecasts that predicted the worst of the weather would hit about 100 miles south of Alabama's largest city. The state moved resources south to prepare for snow in Montgomery and ice in lower Alabama.

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Science & Health
6:38 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Some Schools Still Closed Friday

Associated Press

Thousands of Alabama school kids are getting another day off from class because of the winter storm.

School systems throughout central Alabama are taking Friday off because of lingering icy spots on roads. That includes all schools around Birmingham, the state's most populous area.

Much of the snow and ice melted Thursday as temperatures rose above freezing. But many county roads and side streets still have slick spots, and freezing temperatures overnight made them worse.

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