Politics

Uncomfortable Choice for Alabama GOP Voters in Senate Race

For Democrat Doug Jones and Republican Roy Moore, the path to victory in the Alabama Senate race could run through the middle. To win against Moore, Jones must peel away some GOP support in the deeply red state. His campaign has run commercials of Republicans discussing their decision to vote for Jones. Meanwhile, Moore is counting on reliable GOP voters…

Split Between House, Senate on Taxes Poses a Big Challenge

The House and Senate tax overhaul plans are broadly similar, but crucial differences are creating headaches for Republican leaders determined to keep myriad interest groups and factions of the GOP satisfied. And then there’s the ambitious timetable of finishing in time to get legislation to President Donald Trump by Christmas. The most politically challenging decisions involve dealing with popular and…

Nearly 100 Candidates and PACs Violate Alabama Finance Rules

Alabama’s secretary of state says 92 political candidates and donation groups have broken campaign finance rules. Secretary John Merrill on Monday publicly released the names of all the candidates and political action committees that failed to disclose donations by this year’s January cutoff date. He says the release is intended to compel PACs and candidates to file financial records of…

Ron Sparks Calls Out Gov. Kay Ivey Over His Firing

Former Director of the Alabama Rural Development Office says his firing was purely political.

The former Director of Alabama Rural Development Office, Ron Sparks is speaking out over his firing by new Alabama Governor Kay Ivey.   Sparks says his dismissal was purely political.  Sparks spoke one on one with Alabama News Network’s Jeff Sanders.  Sparks says he found out about the abolishment of his office through the press and not by Ivey’s office. Sparks says…

Breakdown of the State of Alabama Politics

The resignation of Governor Robert Bentley ends a huge political shakeup for the state of Alabama. Former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard was the first to go. Hubbard was the head of the legislative branch of government until June of 2016, when he was found guilty of violating ethics laws and was removed from office. Former Chief Justice Roy…

State Sen. Dick Brewbaker Resigns from Republican Caucus

Montgomery  State Senator Dick Brewbaker has resigned from the Senate Republican Caucus. Brewbaker tells Alabama News Network  he resigned over the way the lottery proposals have been handled in the current special session of the legislature. He also says he doesn’t share the priorities of the caucus when it comes to the lottery. The Republican Caucus will still hold a supermajority in…

Friends and Colleagues Remember Journalism Pioneer Bob Gambacurta

Tributes are still coming in for a pioneer in Alabama journalism who passed away this week. Bob Gambacurta was found dead in his Montgomery home this past Tuesday.  He was 71.  During his career, Gambacurta easily flowed between both the world of print writing and TV journalism.  He was a news anchor at different stations in Alabama in the 1980’s….

Local Views on Alabama’s State Government

Beeland Park in Greenville is a place where many locals get together to have lunch and hold regular meetings. It is also a good place for people to catch up on what is going on in the state. People across Alabama have been taking an interest in what is going on with state politics. Robert Layton and his friend Russell…

Facebook Makes Changes to ‘Trending Topics’ After Review

Facebook says it is dropping its reliance on news outlets to help determine what gets posted as a “trending topic” on the giant social network following a backlash over a report saying it suppressed conservative views. Facebook’s General Counsel Colin Stretch outlined this and other reforms in a 12-page letter sent Monday to Republican Sen. John Thune, chairman of the…

Enough Signatures Gained to Begin Impeachment Efforts Against Gov. Bentley

A state lawmaker says he has enough signatures to re-ignite an impeachment effort against Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley. Republican Rep. Ed Henry announced Thursday that he had obtained 23 signatures on impeachment articles. The announcement came after the House passed a rule change requiring 21 votes to start an impeachment investigation. That thwarted Henry’s earlier effort with 11 signatures. Henry…