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Ossoff wins Ga. Senate seat, gives Dems control

Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff has won his Senate runoff election. His victory gives Democrats control of the Senate for the opening of Democrat Joe Biden’s presidency. Democrats needed to win both of Georgia’s Senate runoff elections on Tuesday to claim the Senate majority. The 33-year-old Ossoff defeated 71-year-old Republican David Perdue, who held the seat for the past six years…

McConnell congratulates Joe Biden as president-elect

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell/Source: AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File) WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell congratulated Democrat Joe Biden on Tuesday as the president-elect. The Republican leader said the Electoral College “has spoken.” The Republican leader’s statement ends weeks of silence over President Donald Trump’s defeat. It comes after a groundswell of leading Republicans said Biden is…

What Can we Expect From the 2020 Alabama Legislative Session?

The 2020 Alabama Legislative Session is just over a week away, so what can we expect from lawmakers? Last year two lottery bills stalled in the state house, but Monday Republican Representative Steve Clouse announced that he would introducing a lottery bill this session. Find that story here. Another issue that lawmakers have been working on, is repealing a grocery tax…

A Preview of Alabama Politics in 2020

The Alabama Legislative Session is set to begin in just a few weeks, and with a new year comes new political agendas. Last year we saw a controversial abortion bill pass through the Legislature, and talks of an Alabama lottery stalled before it gained any traction. The year 2020 is expected to have a host of crucial bills pass through…

U.S. Rep Sewell: Medicaid Expansion Solution

U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell says she and the only other Democrat in the Alabama Congressional Delegation—U.S. Senator Doug Jones—have introduced legislation to convince Republicans in the Alabama Legislature to support Medicaid expansion.     The Representative was in Montgomery for a health care round-table discussion about health care. She says  the state’s failure to expand Medicaid several years ago was…

State Supreme Court to Review Hubbard conviction

The Alabama Supreme Court will review former House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s ethics conviction. Defense attorney Bill Baxley said Monday that the Supreme Court granted review on one matter that he considered the “catch-all issue” in the case. Baxley said that was whether the law is clear and if Hubbard’s behavior constituted a violation. Hubbard was one of the state’s most…

President Trump Delivers 1st State of the Union Address

President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address clocked in at one hour and 20 minutes. According to the American Presidency Project, that makes Trump’s speech one of the longest State of the Union addresses in recent presidential history. President Bill Clinton’s final State of the Union speech in January 2000 ran longer than Trump’s at just over an…

Sen. Doug Jones Votes With Republicans to Stop Government Shutdown

  Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Doug Jones released the following statement after voting to end debate on a short-term government funding bill. Sixty votes were needed to advance the bill to a final vote in the Senate. The vote tally was 50-49. “ I voted to keep the federal government open past midnight tonight and to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program –…

CBO: 14 Million People Could Lose Coverage Under GOP Health Bill

Nonpartisan analysts project that 14 million people would lose coverage next year under the House bill dismantling former President Barack Obama’s health care law. The estimate is a blow to Republicans. Monday’s estimate by the Congressional Budget Office says the number of uninsured would grow to 24 million by 2026. The projections give fuel to opponents who warn the measure…

GOP Running into Opposition from GOP on Tax Overhaul

House Republicans face opposition to their plan to overhaul the way corporations pay federal taxes from a powerful group of lawmakers – other Republicans. The Senate’s No. 2 Republican and the chamber’s top Republican tax-writer have both been critical. And President Donald Trump says he doesn’t love it. The House GOP plan would scrap the 35 percent tax on corporate…