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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama House of Representatives on Wednesday advanced a bill that would make it a felony for doctors to treat transgender youth with hormonal therapy and puberty blockers to help their transition. The House Judiciary Committee approved the bill on an 11-3 vote, putting it in line for a floor vote in the House of Representative. The Senate Health Committee earlier approved a Senate version of the bill. Alabama is one of at least eight states where conservative lawmakers are pushing such measures, arguing such decisions should wait until adulthood. Parents of transgender teens spoke out against the bill in a public hearing earlier this month. The bills introduced in the Alabama Senate and Alabama House of Representatives would prohibit the use of puberty-blocking drugs, hormonal therapy and surgery to treat transgender minors. Violators could face up to 10 years in prison. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press....
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a proposal to require students to complete kindergarten, or demonstrate first-grade readiness, before starting first grade. The House of Representatives approved the bill by Democratic Rep. Pebblin Warren of Tuskegee on a 101-0 vote. It now moves to the Alabama Senate. The bill would require a child to have successfully completed kindergarten or have demonstrated first grade readiness on a district assessment before enrolling in first grade. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia require that children attend kindergarten, according to the Education Commission of the States. The proposal has been introduced before in the Alabama Legislature but did not win final approval. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Alabama, Associated Press
    By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a pair of bills intended to give judges more discretion to deny bail for people accused of violent crimes, a proposal inspired by the death of a college student. Representatives approved two bills to create Aniah’s Law, a measure named after 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard who was killed after being abducted from an Auburn gas station. At the time of the abduction the suspect in the case was free on bond in an earlier kidnapping case Republican Rep. Chip Brown, the sponsor of the bill, said law enforcement officials have asked for the bill for several years. “They believe this bill can save lives,” Brown, R-Mobile, said. The House passed the two bills by votes of 101-0 and 102-0. One is a constitutional amendment, since the Alabama Constitution says people charged with crimes have...
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Four people were found dead inside an Alabama home that caught fire Monday night, officials said. Montgomery Fire/Rescue Assistant Fire Chief Stanley L. Cooper said firefighters arrived at the scene before 11 p.m. Monday and found smoke and flames coming from the front of the home and the roof. Cooper said crews were told that people may still be inside the home. Firefighters searched the house and found four people, who were later pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The victims' names weren't immediately released. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Alabama, Associated Press
    Former Trump administration officials are testing the waters for political office, underscoring the former president’s lasting influence on the Republican Party as it searches for a post-Trump identity. Cliff Sims, the former deputy at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) who is close with several Trump family members, is seriously considering getting into the race to replace retiring Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - COVID-19 rescue bill a unity test for Dems Trump's Slovenia Ambassador Lynda Blanchard jumps into Alabama Senate race Iowa Republican announces Senate bid with Grassley's 2022 plans unclear MORE (R-Ala.). Trump’s former ambassador to Slovenia, Lynda Blanchard, a top Trump donor, has already entered that primary as a “proud member of the MAGA movement.” In Pennsylvania, where Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyPhilly GOP commissioner on censures: 'I would suggest they censure Republican elected...
    By MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press The state of Alabama has no standing in trying to stop the U.S. Census Bureau from including people in the country illegally from the numbers used for divvying up congressional seats, the federal government said in court papers reflecting a reversal that has accompanied the change in presidential administrations. A federal judge should dismiss a lawsuit from Alabama and Republican U.S. Rep. Morris “Mo” Brooks seeking the exclusion of people in the country illegally from the apportionment numbers, attorneys for President Joe Biden's administration said in court papers Wednesday. At the very least, the judge should put the court case on hold until the Census Bureau releases apportionment figures by the end of April that will show whether Alabama keeps seven congressional seats or drops to six, they said. “The possibility that Alabama might receive only six House seats is, by definition, contingent and speculative,"...
    The state of Alabama has no standing in trying to stop the U.S. Census Bureau from including people in the country illegally from the numbers used for divvying up congressional seats, the federal government said in court papers reflecting a reversal that has accompanied the change in presidential administrations. A federal judge should dismiss a lawsuit from Alabama and Republican U.S. Rep. Morris “Mo” Brooks seeking the exclusion of people in the country illegally from the apportionment numbers, attorneys for President Joe Biden’s administration said in court papers Wednesday. At the very least, the judge should put the court case on hold until the Census Bureau releases apportionment figures by the end of April that will show whether Alabama keeps seven congressional seats or drops to six, they said. “The possibility that Alabama might receive only six House seats is, by definition, contingent and speculative,” Biden administration attorneys said. “After...
    On Monday, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) made it official and announced he would not seek a seventh term for the U.S. Senate in 2022. Among the possible names mentioned to be a contender for the upcoming vacancy is Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL). While Brooks has been roundly criticized for being an outspoken critic of the handling of the 2020 presidential election, that is not thought to be something that would work against him in a possible Republican U.S. Senate primary match-up in Alabama. Brooks told Breitbart News he would be running in an election in 2022 but did not specify whether it was for the U.S. House or U.S. Senate. “I am running for election in 2022, either for my House seat or for the Alabama Senate seat,” Brooks said in a statement provided to Breitbart News. “Quite frankly, the last three months of scurrilous and palpable false attacks on me...
    By Nandita Bose WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House and the labor leaders connected with the Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union have discussed the group's effort to unionize an Amazon.com Inc facility in Alabama, an RWDSU official said on Wednesday. Amazon, America's second-biggest private employer behind Walmart Inc, does not have any union labor in the United States, and workers at its fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama, would be the first to join if they vote in favour. The last attempt by Amazon workers to unionize was in 2014. A White House spokeswoman, who declined to comment directly on the Alabama effort, said President Biden supports union organizing and collective bargaining and has urged employers not to run anti-union campaigns or interfere with organizing and bargaining. He has also called for holding employers accountable and increasing penalties when they do, she added. RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum told Reuters the...
    Loading the player... Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) was asked about the news-making behavior of freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and instead of offering insight or critique, he claimed to not be aware of her actions. Read More: Meghan McCain calls for GOP to remove Majorie Taylor Greene from committee According to Business Insider, the comment was made to CNN producer Ted Barrett on Tuesday and referenced the weather as his excuse for being unaware of the recent call to have Taylor Greene ousted for empowering conspiracy theories. Politicians on all sides of the political spectrum have spoken out against her. However, Tuberville avoided taking that route. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images) “I haven’t even looked at what all she’s done,” he remarked according to BI. “I’d have to hold back a statement on that. Travel in this weather it’s been a little rough looking at any news or...
    A group of GOP House freshmen penned a letter to President-elect Joe Biden on his inauguration day pledging to work with the incoming Democratic president to find common ground solutions for all Americans. The 17 Republicans, led by Rep. Beth Van Duyne of Texas, congratulated Biden on the start of his presidency and offered to work with him on targeted coronavirus relief, protecting Americans with pre-existing health conditions, improving infrastructure and restoring the economy.  TWO GOP HOUSE FRESHMEN BEAT THE ODDS, LAND COVETED COMMITTEE SPOTS "We firmly believe that what unites us as Americans is far greater than anything that may ever divide us," the lawmakers wrote. "In that spirit, we hope that we can rise above the partisan fray to negotiate meaningful change for Americans across the nation and maintain the United States’ standing as the best country in the world." The GOP members say they'd like to...
    President Donald Trump pardoned former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on Tuesday night after he was arrested for allegedly defrauding hundreds of thousands of donors who donated to his crowdfunded border wall project. Trump offered a list of pardons on his last night in office which included Bannon as well as famous rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black, who both were prosecuted on federal weapons offenses, Reuters reported. Bannon was arrested after he raised more than $25 million into a nonprofit group called “We Build The Wall” under the false pretense that all money raised would be spent on the construction of a border wall on the US-Mexico border, according to the Justice Department. (RELATED: Bannon Arrested On Chinese Billionaire’s $28 Million Mega Yacht) Former advisor to President Donald Trump and executive chairman of Breitbart News, Steve Bannon introduces Roy Moore, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, at...
    Eds: This take covers Alabama through Arkansas Alabama – District 1 289 of 289 precincts – 100 percent -Open James Averhart, Dem 116,949 – 36 percent x-Jerry Carl, GOP 211,825 – 64 percent Alabama – District 2 445 of 445 precincts – 100 percent -Open Phyllis Harvey-Hall, Dem 105,286 – 35 percent x-Barry Moore, GOP 197,996 – 65 percent Alabama – District 3 307 of 307 precincts – 100 percent Adia Winfrey, Dem 104,595 – 32 percent x-Mike Rogers, GOP (i) 217,384 – 68 percent Alabama – District 4 423 of 423 precincts – 100 percent Rick Neighbors, Dem 56,237 – 18 percent x-Robert Aderholt, GOP (i) 261,553 – 82 percent Alabama – District 5 x-Mo Brooks, GOP (i) Uncontested Alabama – District 6 x-Gary Palmer, GOP (i) Uncontested Alabama – District 7 x-Terri Sewell, Dem (i) Uncontested Alaska – District 1 442 of 442 precincts – 100 percent...
    Eds: This take covers Alabama through Arkansas Alabama 1: Jerry Carl, GOP 2: Barry Moore, GOP 3: Mike Rogers, GOP (i) 4: Robert Aderholt, GOP (i) 5: Mo Brooks, GOP (i) 6: Gary Palmer, GOP (i) 7: Terri Sewell, Dem (i) Alaska 1: Don Young, GOP (i) Arizona 1: Tom O’Halleran, Dem (i) 2: Ann Kirkpatrick, Dem (i) 3: Raul Grijalva, Dem (i) 4: Paul Gosar, GOP (i) 5: Andy Biggs, GOP (i) 6: David Schweikert, GOP (i) 7: Ruben Gallego, Dem (i) 8: Debbie Lesko, GOP (i) 9: Greg Stanton, Dem (i) Arkansas 1: Rick Crawford, GOP (i) 2: French Hill, GOP (i) 3: Steve Womack, GOP (i) 4: Bruce Westerman, GOP (i) Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    (CNN)President Donald Trump lauded Tommy Tuberville this week after the Republican Alabama senator-elect said he is not ruling out joining a House member to object to the election results when Congress meets in a joint session to accept the votes of the Electoral College.Trump is continuing to push senators to overturn the election while Tuberville's efforts would put his party in an awkward spot to vote on whether to accept the will of the voters or side with him. Trump's effort highlights the conflict facing congressional Republicans following the GOP President's election loss last month. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who for the first time this week recognized Joe Biden as President-elect, has privately urged his Republican colleagues not to join House conservatives in their planned objection next month.Tuberville, while stumping in Georgia for the Senate runoff elections which will determine control of the chamber, said in a video that...
    (CNN)Republican Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama wrote on Twitter Thursday that he tested positive for Covid-19 and was experiencing mild symptoms, the fourth member of Congress in the past week to announce a positive test for the coronavirus. "This morning I tested positive for COVID-19," Rogers wrote in the tweet. "I immediately consulted with the Office of the Attending Physician and am currently self-isolating. I am experiencing mild symptoms but otherwise I am in good spirits and looking forward to getting back to work soon."Rogers' announcement comes a day after the United States broke records for the highest daily number of new reported coronavirus cases and the most recorded daily deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to the COVID Tracking Project.His announcement follows others prominent members who've disclosed their diagnoses over the past week including Reps. Devin Nunes and Ken Calvert, both California Republicans, and GOP Rep. Joe...
    Rep. Mike RogersMichael (Mike) Dennis RogersJohn Katko tapped to be next ranking member of House Committee on Homeland Security Overnight Defense: Lawmakers release compromise defense bill in defiance of Trump veto threat | Senate voting next week on blocking UAE arms sale | Report faults lack of training, 'chronic fatigue' in military plane crashes Hillicon Valley: GOP chairman says defense bill leaves out Section 230 repeal | Senate panel advances FCC nominee | Krebs says threats to election officials 'undermining democracy' MORE (R-Ala.) said Thursday that he tested positive for COVID-19, making him the fourth House member this week alone to reveal they contracted the virus. Rogers said that he's currently experiencing "mild symptoms" and has gone into quarantine. "This morning I tested positive for COVID-19. I immediately consulted with the Office of the Attending Physician and am currently self-isolating. I am experiencing mild symptoms but otherwise I am in...
              Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks to the newsmakers line. During the third hour, Brooks discussed his motivation and commitment to filing an objection come January 6 when Congress reconvenes to count the electoral college votes. He hinted that several senators and congressmen will be joining him in the double digits and urged all American citizens to contact their states’ senators and congressman demanding they protect the United States voting system. Leahy: Joining us on the newsmaker line Congressman Mo Brooks from an Alabama Republican. Welcome, Congressman Brooks. Brooks: Thank you. I appreciate the opportunity to be with you today. Leahy: So you have said publicly that when Congress convenes on...
    By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House of Representatives is adjusting procedures for the 2021 session because of the COVID-19 pandemic, including purchasing remote voting tablets that will allow legislators to spread out in the congested Alabama Statehouse. House Speaker Mac McCutcheon said Tuesday that they are trying to reduce crowding and make conditions safer for lawmakers and staff members. Lawmakers return to Montgomery on Feb. 2 for the 2021 legislative session, but could return sooner if a special session is called. “I don’t think we’ll ever get to the point where we can say it's 100% safe, but we want to minimize all of the risks that we can,” McCutcheon said. When the House is in session, the 105 representatives will be spread out in three locations — the House chamber floor, the gallery that overlooks the floor and an overflow room. The House...
    Rep. Robert AderholtRobert Brown AderholtLobbying world The Hill's Coronavirus Report: WHO vs. Trump; Bernie's out Bottom line MORE (R-Ala.) said Friday that he has tested positive for COVID-19, making him the third House member this week to report a positive coronavirus test. Aderholt said in a statement that he is asymptomatic but had been isolating and got tested after his wife had the virus. "I fully expected to receive a negative test, because I have felt, and continue to feel fine and have no symptoms. Unfortunately, I received word Friday morning that my test came back positive. After speaking with the Attending Physician for Congress, I will continue to isolate," Aderholt said. Aderholt did not cast floor votes this week while quarantining. Neither did the other two House members who tested positive earlier this week, Reps. Austin ScottJames (Austin) Austin ScottThompson named top Republican on Agriculture Democrats eye Dec. 11...
    A university in Alabama has sued a former student who they said participated in a prank that caused more than $400,000 in damage to a fraternity house where he lived. The federal lawsuit filed this week by Samford University alleges John Brody Cantrell and his friend, Christopher Wilson, went to the attic of the Sigma Chi fraternity house to play a prank on other fraternity members in April 2019, AL.com reported. While they were in the attic, the lawsuit said Wilson stepped on and damaged a pipe, causing it to be ruptured and flood the building.  He was not named as a defendant. A former member of the Sigma Chi fraternity at Samford University in Homewood, Alabama, is being sued by the university for causing $400,000  in damage to the fraternity home (above) The Samford University campus is seen in the above file photo RELATED ARTICLES Previous...
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Flags across Alabama are at half-staff as former state Rep. Alvin Holmes is laid to rest. Holmes, who had been the longest-serving member of the Alabama House of Representatives before his 2018 defeat, died on Nov. 21. He was 81. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey ordered flags at half-staff Sunday to honor Holmes on the day he is buried. The order lasts until sunset. It is a fitting honor for someone who served his state in the House for 44 years, Ivey said in her order. “Anyone who had the privilege of working with or hearing Rep. Holmes address the Legislature knows that he was passionate about his work and cared deeply about improving our state, specifically in matters involving civil rights,” Ivey wrote. Holmes was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1974, just four years after African Americans — who hadn’t served since Reconstruction...
    Text messages sent to field workers collecting data for the census indicate speed was prioritized over accuracy. As Alabama census workers went door to door, text messages from a supervisor, obtained by the Associated Press, pushed workers to "check off as many households as possible on the list of homes census takers were supposed to visit because residents never had filled out census questionnaires." One text instructed data collectors to falsify data by marking households as having one occupant if workers were unable to interview a household after two attempts. “You are to clear the case indicating occupied by 1,” the text from a census supervisor in Dothan, Alabama, said. At least one census worker, who provided the texts to the Associated Press, said she did not comply with the texts due to the risk of falsifying data. Earlier this month, the Census Bureau said it found "certain...
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Former state Rep. Alvin Holmes, who had been the longest-serving member of the Alabama House of Representatives before his 2018 defeat, has died. He was 81. Alabama House of Representatives spokesman Clay Redden confirmed Holmes’ death Saturday. Holmes, one of the first African Americans elected to the Alabama Legislature, was for decades a fixture at the Statehouse. His political career included battles over issues ranging from removing Jim Crow language from the state Constitution to taking the Confederate flag off of the Alabama Capitol. With his trademark outspokenness, he had panache for humorous, and sometimes controversial, moments. Holmes was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1974, just four years after African Americans — who hadn’t served since Reconstruction — returned to the Legislature. “I came to the Statehouse out of the civil rights movement. I said I wanted to go up there and make...
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The body of an elderly Alabama woman missing since June has been found in a vacant house. The remains of Irene Campbell, 81, were discovered late Thursday inside a house in Birmingham. The home's owner and a work crew discovered the remains and called police just before 3:30 p.m., al.com reported. Campbell was last seen Monday, June 15, asleep in her bed. Her family said she suffered from dementia.. When her daughter, Shirrell Moore, returned to Campbell's house after work, the door was wide open, and the mattress was half off the bed. One of Campbell’s shoes was by the sofa and the other was on the front porch. Campbell was nowhere to be seen. Birmingham police and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency issued alerts in Campbell’s disappearance. Family and friends searched daily for her but could not find her. A $7,500 reward had been offered...
    A US Navy training plane crashed into a house in Alabama, killing two on board. Horrific footage shows home in flames in the Friday evening incident. 12Crews are seen at the site of the plane crash in AlabamaCredit: AP:Associated Press 12Authorities have not yet released the names of the victims in the crashCredit: AP:Associated Press The Baldwin County Sheriff's Office first said there was a plane crash around 5pm. Police initially said an unknown kind of plane crashed near Magnolia School in Magnolia Springs in Alabama.. The plane was later identified by police as a US Naval aircraft – and the US Naval Air Forces identified the plane specifically as a T-6B Texan II aircraft. 12The house is seen ablaze after the plane crashed Credit: WKRG News 12A house and several vehicles were damaged in the crash, the fire department saidCredit: WKRG News 12Credit: Twitter/ @1BC_SO 12The aircraft in the...
    Twitter blocked a post from top White House coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas on Sunday that questioned the use of masks as a means of curbing the spread of the illness. Atlas, who joined the White House in August, wrote, “Masks work? NO,” while adding that the widespread use of face coverings is not supported by evidence. “Masks work? NO: LA, Miami, Hawaii, Alabama, France, Phlippines, UK, Spain, Israel. WHO: widesprd use not supported’ + many harms; Heneghan/Oxf CEBM: ‘despite decades, considerble uncertainty re value’; CDC rvw May:’no sig red’n in inflnz transm’n’; learn why,” the top doctor wrote. A spokesperson for the social media company told the Associated Press that the tweet violated its policy of sharing false or misleading information about the coronavirus that could lead to harm. Atlas, the former chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center, said Twitter’s action amounted to censorship. “I don’t understand...
    Steve Barnes, founder of the well-known law firm Cellino & Barnes, dies in plane crash National Taco Day 2020: Get free tacos, food deals Sunday at Taco Bell, Del Taco, Moes and more Anti-Tommy Tuberville ad goes viral during Alabama game Tommy Tuberville is running for a senate seat in Alabama, and the battle for the spot has gotten nasty. © Mickey Welsh/Montgomery Advertiser-Imagn Content Services, LLC Tommy Tuberville's opponent, Doug Jones, ran an attack ad that aired during halftime of the Alabama-Texas A&M game on CBS. Tuberville’s opponent, Doug Jones, ran an attack ad that aired during halftime of the Alabama-Texas A&M game on CBS. The attack ad called out Tuberville’s character and the way the former Auburn coach has left numerous jobs. The anti-Tommy Tuberville political ad that ran on CBS calling him a quitter is loooooool pic.twitter.com/27ExWzvtY0 — gifdsports (@gifdsports) October 3, 2020 Ouch. Tuberville beat...
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