Politics

Medical Marijuana Vote Delayed in State Senate

A medical marijuana bill has stalled in the Alabama Senate under a filibuster threat. Republican Sen. Tim Melson of Florence delayed a vote on his bill Wednesday night. However, Melson says he believes he has the votes needed to eventually pass the legislation in the Senate. The bill would set up a state oversight commission and a process for prescribing…

Kamala Harris to Address Alabama Democratic Conference

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris will serve as the keynote speaker for a meeting of the black caucus of the Alabama Democratic Party. The Alabama Democratic Conference says the black Democratic senator from California will address a luncheon during its 59th annual convention in Montgomery in June. A statement announcing the speech says the ADC hasn’t endorsed anyone in the…

Former Wetumpka City Councilman Dies

Former Wetumpka City Councilman Percy Gill has died. Mayor Jerry Willis has confirmed Percy Gill died Thursday night. Willis says Gill suffered a stroke a few days ago. Gill was known for his passion of working with young people. Funeral Arrangements have not been announced. Categories: News Tags: Mayor Jerry Willis, Percy Gill, Politics, Wetumpka City Council

Judge: State Won’t Be Ordered To Redistrict Before 2020

A federal judge says a lawsuit challenging Alabama’s congressional districts will go forward, but the state can’t be forced to redraw lines before 2020. U.S. District Judge Karon Bowdre issued the decision Wednesday. Eight African-American voters filed the 2018 voting rights lawsuit contending the state illegally packs minority voters into a single congressional district. The lawsuit contends Alabama should have…

Attorneys Ask DA to Probe Campaign Donations to AG Steve Marshall

Two Montgomery lawyers are asking the local district attorney to review $735,000 in contributions Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall received from a national Republican group as a possible campaign finance violation. Jullian McPhillips, who has spoken as a campaign surrogate for Marshall’s opponent, Joe Siegelman, and conservative attorney Melissa Isaak, sent the letter Thursday to the district attorney. They contend…

Alabama Gov. Ivey Extends Fundraising Lead Over Maddox

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has extended her fundraising lead in the race for governor. According to campaign finance reports filed Tuesday, Ivey reported raising more than $735,000 last month. Challenger Walt Maddox reported raising $373,000. Ivey’s largest September contributors were businesses and influential political entities, including $25,000 each from the Alabama Farmers Federation, Drummond Coal, Blue Cross and six other…

Walt Maddox Kicks Off Bus Tour in Alabama Governor’s Race

Gubernatorial challenger Walt Maddox kicked off a statewide bus tour as he seeks to make gains against Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey. The Tuscaloosa mayor and Democratic nominee began the tour Monday in his hometown of Tuscaloosa. Describing himself as the only candidate with solutions, Maddox is running on a platform of establishing a state lottery and expanding Medicaid. Alabama has…

Face 2 Face: Doug “New Blue” Smith

In our Face2Face political interview series, Senior Political Rpeorter Tim Lennox talks with a Democratic Primary Candidate for Governor. He goes by Doug “New Blue” Smith. Categories: Face 2 Face Tags: Alabama, Politics

Face 2 Face: Chris Countryman

Senior Political Reporter Tim Lennox sat down for a Face to Face with Gubernatorial candidate, Chris Countryman. Categories: Face 2 Face Tags: alpolitics, chris countryman, face 2 face, Politics

Challengers Criticize Absent Ivey as Governor Skips Debate

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s primary challengers took aim at her decision to skip a televised debate. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, state Sen. Bill Hightower and evangelist Scott Dawson criticized Ivey’s decision to not attend the Thursday debate hosted by WVTM-13 in Birmingham. Dawson said Ivey was not elected governor and voters deserve to hear her vision. Ivey, who was lieutenant…