Senate Republicans float income tax break in “Fighting for Alabama” agenda

January 12, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Ahead of what is expected to be a quiet and relatively non-controversial Legislative Session, Senate Republicans released a four-pronged agenda highlighting priorities that include an income tax break and a push for broadband in rural communities.

Republican senators announced the agenda — notably less partisan and low key than previous years — before heading into the second day of this year’s session on Tuesday.

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Strange: Write-in campaign “highly unlikely”

November 15, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Senator Luther Strange, R-Ala., said pursuing a write-in campaign is “highly unlikely” on Tuesday according to multiple media outlets.

Strange’s comments come after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested a write-in campaign to oppose Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore’s campaign. In a Wall Street Journal interview, McConnell suggested that former U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions would make a good write-in candidate.

Alabama Chairman Terry Lathan told members of her party that anyone encouraging such an action would be thrown out of the party.

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Republican Caucus to hold Pro-Life Day in Alabama Senate today

April 20, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Alabama’s Senate Republicans are designating Thursday as “Pro-Life Legislation Day” in the Alabama Senate. They plan to consider several bills that would affect assisted suicide and declare Alabama a Pro-Life State.

Three bills are on the Senate schedule for tomorrow: The first would ban assisted suicide in Alabama, the second proposes a constitutional amendment to officially declare Alabama a Pro-Life State and the third would allow healthcare workers to opt out of participating in abortions, according to the bills’ sponsors.

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The bumpy road to a prison bill

March 10, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

When Sen. Cam Ward left Montgomery for a trip to DC on Wednesday evening, there seemed to be a tentative agreement among Senate Republicans and various lobbyists, special interest groups and public watchdogs on a prison deal.

That agreement, spelled out in a new bill Ward floated to the media late Wednesday, cut the number of prisons being constructed from four to three, reduced the overall cost by $25 million and, most importantly to the bill’s survival, it removed the alternative delivery method and ensured the entire project would be publicly bid at every stage.
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