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Top Ten Alabama political stories of the decade: Part One

Brandon Moseley



Part One of Two.

On Wednesday, the 2020s begin. Now is a good time to look back on the top ten Alabama political stories of the decade that ends tomorrow at midnight and the headlines that dominated the second decade of the twenty first century.

The Rise of the Alabama Republican Party. In 2010, the Alabama Democratic Party held majorities in both Houses of the Alabama Legislature, and Democrats held the offices of Lieutenant Governor, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries, and Public Service Commission President and a majority on the PSC. Democrats won three of the seven Alabama congressional seats in 2008, though Parker Griffith switched to the GOP late in 2009. The 2010 election reshaped Alabama politically. The Tea Party, which rose as a reaction to Democratic control of Congress and the presidency, helped Alabama Republicans win: supermajorities in both Houses of the State Legislature for the first time in 135 years, every statewide elected office on the ballot that year, six of the seven congressional seats, and every statewide appellate court seat on the ballot. Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb (D) retired to spend more time with her family and PSC Pres. Lucy Baxley (D) was defeated in 2012. Doug Jones’s (D) narrow victory over Roy Moore (R) in the 2017 Special Election was the only Democratic statewide victory in the entire decade in Alabama. The 2014 and 2018 elections only saw Republicans gain more seats for their supermajorities in the Legislature. There was not even a close general election statewide race in 2018. When 2010 began Democrats controlled most county commissions, probate judge seats, sheriffs, and dominated county courthouses across rural Alabama. As 2019 comes to a close, the Alabama Republican Party controls over 65 percent of the partisan political offices in the state.

The Rise and Fall of Mike Hubbard. State Representative Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, was the Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party who orchestrated that shocking 2010 election which gave the Alabama GOP unlimited power. Hubbard promised the people of the state that if they gave the Alabama GOP control of the Legislature for the first time in over four generations that they would bring ethics reform to Montgomery. True to his word, Hubbard became the first Republican Speaker of the House since the 1870s, and immediately instituted a special session where the new GOP super majorities passed a much stronger state ethics law, banned PAC to PAC transfers, outlawed legislators holding jobs for the state “double dipping”, and legislation aimed at weakening the power of the Alabama Education Association (AEA) and its Executive Secretary Paul Hubbert who had dominated Alabama politics for decades. At his apex Hubbard, not the affable Governor Robert Bentley (R), was the most powerful man in the state. Not only was he the most powerful Speaker of the House in memory, he was arguably the most effective and his power to control the fate of legislation was not lost on lobbyists. Political philosopher Baron Montesquieu told us in the eighteenth century that “Absolute power corrupts absolutely” and in Hubbard’s case that maxim proved to be only too true. Hubbard wanted the lifestyle enjoyed by only the privileged few and soon was doing “economic development” and “consulting” work as a sideline to his lucrative work at the Auburn network and his part time job as Speaker of the House.

Hubbard was not the first Speaker of the House to engage in this ethically dubious behavior; but he was the first to do it under the Republicans’ 2010 ethics law, where proving a quid pro quo was not necessary to convict. Hubbard had made enemies within the Alabama Republican Steering Committee going back to the 2010 election over his demand that ALGOP’s printing go through a printing company that he co-owned, Craftmasters.

Alabama Political Reporter’s Editor in Chief Bill Britt began a series of investigative reports into the allegations of shady dealings by Hubbard. This did not go unnoticed by law enforcement and soon the Alabama Attorney General’s office was holding secret investigative grand jury hearings into Hubbard’s conduct. In September 2014 the grand jury indicted Hubbard on over twenty felony ethics violations. Backed by his many powerful friends, Hubbard spent $millions defending himself; but in June 2016 a jury in Lee County found Hubbard guilty on twelve of those counts. Hubbard was removed from the Legislature and sentenced to prison. To this day the elected all Republican Alabama Supreme Court refuses to sign the order sending Hubbard to state prison and he has not served one day of his sentence.

The Luv Guv. State Representative Robert Bentley, R-Tuscaloosa, with considerable AEA help, defeated former State Senator Bradley Byrne, former Chief Justice Roy Moore, and businessman, and son of a two time governor, Tim James to win the Republican nomination for Governor in 2010. Bentley, like every Republican nominee in 2010, won the general election. Few GOP legislators supported the mercurial Bentley in the primaries and Hubbard and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, largely ran state government the way they wanted and Bentley, who quickly abandoned his AEA benefactors, deferred to them during much of that first term. Bentley was wildly popular with the state electorate and he cruised to an easy re-election over Democrat turned Republican Congressman turned independent turned Democrat Parker Griffith with a shocking 63.6 percent of the vote in an election that never appeared close.

Before the inauguration there were rumors of problems between Bentley and his family. There were a lot of staff changes. Early in 2015 Bentley stunned the Legislature by asking for over a $billion a year in across the board tax increases. That proposal was dead on arrival in the Legislature. Bentley called three special sessions to force the Legislature to agree to his increasingly smaller and smaller tax increase proposals to benefit Alabama’s chronically underfunded State General Fund (SGF). They refused and finally ended the impasse with modest tax increases on tobacco products, nursing home beds, and pharmacies.


Rebekah Caldwell Mason. There was a new power in the Bentley administration and her name was Rebekah Caldwell Mason. There were soon rumors that Mason, thirty years his junior, and Bentley were having an affair. First lady Diane Bentley asked for a divorce after fifty years of marriage. The governor rapidly agreed to her terms. After the divorce, Bentley took Mrs. Mason to the White House as his date, only feeding the rumors about Bentley and Mrs. Mason, who was married to a member of Bentley’s cabinet. Allegations of misuse of state resources soon emerged. A creepy audiotape of a phone conversation between the governor and Mrs. Mason went public that certainly sounded like the two had an inappropriate relationship and the story went national in 2016. State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) and Bentley’s 2014 GOP primary opponent Stacy George filed ethics charges. State Representative Ed Henry, R-Hartselle, introduced articles of impeachment in the 2016 Legislative Session. Hubbard referred them to the House Judiciary Committee for 2017. Attorney General Luther Strange (R) brought Bentley and Mason before a secret grand jury and asked the House Judiciary Committee to defer to the AG’s office. Bentley shocked everyone in 2017 by appointing Strange to a vacancy in the U.S. Senate. The House Judiciary Committee restarted their impeachment investigation. Bentley’s appointed AG Steve Marshall appointed a special prosecutor to take over the Bentley investigation. The Alabama Ethics Commission found in favor of Zeigler and George’s complaint. The House Judiciary Committee began formal impeachment hearings, the first in Alabama in over a hundred years. Bentley pled guilty to three misdemeanor ethics and campaign finance violations and resigned on April 2017.

The Roy Moore saga. Former Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) finished fourth in a field of five GOP gubernatorial candidates in 2010. His political career appeared to be over. Cobb resigned from her post as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, surrendering the seat to Republican control. Bentley appointed his Chief of Staff former Tuscaloosa County Judge Charles “Chuck” Malone to the post. Mobile County Presiding Judge and former Attorney General Charles Graddick challenged Malone. While the two spent large sums of money attacking each other, Moore quietly rose in the polls and on election day 2012 Moore won the primary without runoff shocking the political class. The Alabama Democratic Party sacked their nominee over bizarre social media comments and open hatred of homosexuals and replaced him with Jefferson County Judge Robert Vance. Moore won the general election and resumed his place as Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court. Moore strongly and vocally spoke out against gay marriage. When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the states had to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples, Moore failed to order Alabama probate judges to comply with the unpopular ruling and issue the licenses. Moore’s longtime nemesis, the Southern Poverty Law Center, filed a complaint with the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC). The JIC found that the complaint had merit and suspended Moore from his post pending trial. The Court of the Judiciary ruled against Moore and suspended him for the rest of his term. A special hearing of an appointed Supreme Court (the sitting Justices had conflicts) upheld the COJ ruling. Moore retired from the bench and ran for Senate in 2017. Moore bested Congressman Mo Brooks and Strange in the GOP primary to win the Republican nomination, even though Washington insiders poured $50 million into Strange’s campaign.

Moore appeared to be cruising to an easy victory in the special election; until the Washington Post released a report claiming that Moore dated teen girls while a deputy district attorney in Etowah County in the 1970s, including inappropriate touching of then 15 year old Leigh Corfman in 1976. Moore denied the charges; but Senate leadership including Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, and Senator Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, refused to support Moore’s candidacy. Moore narrowly lost the special election to former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones (D). Moore is the only Republican nominee to lose any statewide race in Alabama during the decade. Moore has sued his accusers as well as Democratic strategists who ran a “Russian style” social misinformation campaign against him in the 2017 special general election. Moore is a candidate for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in 2020.

Kay Ivey’s unlikely rise to power. In 2010 Kay Ivey (R) was state Treasurer and term limited from running for another term in that post. Ivey was a 2010 candidate for Governor; but was badly trailing Byrne and James in the polls and appeared unlikely to make the runoff in the crowded gubernatorial field. She then switched her candidacy and ran for Lieutenant Governor. Ivey defeated State Senator Henry “Hank” Erwin Jr. in the GOP primary and faced affable former Governor Jim Folsom Jr. (D) in the general election. All the Montgomery pundits thought that Folsom would be easily re-elected as Lt. Gov.; but 2010 was a Republican wave election. Every Republican on that statewide ballot won. Ivey was re-elected easily in 2014 and it appeared that her political career would end as Lt. Gov.; then Bentley resigned in 2017. The popular Ivey was elevated to the office of Governor. Ivey focused her administration on economic development. Soon manufacturing plant openings and expansions were being announced and the rising Trump/Ivey economy saw unemployment plummet across the state. Ivey easily beat Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter “Walt” Maddox (D) in the 2018 election, joining Lurleen Wallace (D) as the only two women elected governor in state history.

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Monday is Memorial Day

Brandon Moseley



Today, the last Monday in May, is the day we set aside to remember all of the many soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who have died defending this country in this nation’s many wars over the last 245 years.

Memorial Day is a state and national holiday. There will be no mail service and banks, courthouses, and many government buildings, as well as many offices and businesses, will be closed today.

Many people have the day off and are spending the holiday with family and friends.

A number of Alabama leaders have released statements paying their respects to America’s fallen heroes.

“Memorial Day is a time for all of us to pause and remember the courageous Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend this great nation,” said Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-Montgomery). “Everyone should take this opportunity to honor and reflect on those men and women in uniform who lost their lives fighting to protect the freedoms we enjoy. “

“I realize that Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to summer. However, I hope you will take time to remember what the holiday is truly about,” said Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville). “Veterans Day in November is about honoring all veterans, but Memorial Day is specifically for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and died for our country.”

“On Memorial Day and every day, it’s important to remember and honor the sacrifice made by the members of our military – those who gave their lives in service to our country, the veterans who are still with us today and those who have passed, and the brave men and women who are currently wearing the uniform,” Rep. Roby said. “I extend my sincere condolences to those who lost a family member in the line of duty and my gratitude to those who served or are currently serving. America continues to shine as the Land of the Free, even in the midst of a global pandemic, because of the heroic men and women who sacrificed their lives for our country’s future and prosperity.”

“It’s great that we’re able to be out of our homes this Memorial Day,” said Second District Congressional District candidate Barry Moore. “Hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill are incredible, but as good as they are we don’t need to forget what this day is about. Memorial Day is our special day to honor those who have given their all in the service to our great nation, and May–Military Appreciation Month–is the month dedicated to letting our Veterans and serving military personnel know that we appreciate them and their service. As a Veteran from a family with a strong and proud history of service, and a new father-in-law to an Army Ranger 1st Lieutenant, this day and month have special meaning to me.”


“I’m thankful we have a President whose example we can follow in honoring our fallen,” former State Rep. Moore continued. “In February, when President Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base and saluted the coffins of Sgt. Javier Jaguar Gutierrez and Sgt. Antonio Rey Rodriguez when they returned home, he showed the reverence and respect these two young men were due. This Memorial Day we all need to be equally diligent in showing that respect for those who have borne the battle. Take time today to think about what this day means, and if you get the chance during the rest of this month, tell a Vet or serviceman or woman that you’re thankful for them. God Bless our troops and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.”

“Together, our nation pays immortal tribute to the extraordinary courage, unflinching loyalty, and unselfish love, and supreme devotion of the American heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice,” said President Donald J. Trump (R) on Thursday. “It’s the ultimate sacrifice, and it is indeed. They laid down their lives to ensure the survival of American freedom. Their names are etched forever into the hearts of our people and the memory of our nation. And some of you, it’s been very close — very, very close. It’s very close to your heart. We’ll cherish them and our Gold Star families for all time. We take good care of them. They’re very special to us. Just as we’ll always remember the nearly 82,000 Americans missing in action.”

Here is a video that Aderholt and his team put together a few years ago to honor the fallen from Alabama’s 4th District.

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SEC clears path for member schools to resume athletics training on June 8

Brandon Moseley



The Southeastern Conference announced on Friday, that voluntary in-person athletics activities may resume on Southeastern Conference campuses, at the discretion of each university, beginning June 8 under strict supervision of designated university personnel and safety guidelines developed by each institution.

The coronavirus crisis ended Spring sports such as baseball and softball and cost both men and women’s basketball teams most of their post-season play. Spring football camps were eliminated. No training has been allowed in on-campus athletics facilities since March 12. The SEC had suspended all athletics activities through May 31.

June 8 will begin a transition period that will allow student-athletes to gradually adapt to full training and sports activity after this recent period of inactivity. Each university has been instructed to develop plans that are consistent with state and local health directives. Under the new directive, certain activities will be permitted based on the ability to participate in controlled and safe environments, while also maintaining recommended social distancing measures.

The decision to resume athletics activities, which at this time is limited by the NCAA to voluntary activities supervised by strength and conditioning personnel, was made with the guidance of the Conference’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force.

The task force was created by the SEC’s Presidents and Chancellors in April and is comprised of a cross-section of leading public health, infectious disease and sports medicine professionals from across the SEC’s 14 member institutions. The Task Force will remain active to provide continued advice and guidance to the SEC and its members as they prepare for a return to competition.

“The safe and healthy return of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators and our greater university communities have been and will continue to serve as our guiding principle as we navigate this complex and constantly-evolving situation,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “At this time, we are preparing to begin the fall sports season as currently scheduled, and this limited resumption of voluntary athletic activities on June 8 is an important initial step in that process. Thanks to the blueprint established by our Task Force and the dedicated efforts of our universities and their athletics programs, we will be able to provide our student-athletes with far better health and wellness education, medical and psychological care and supervision than they would otherwise receive on their own while off campus or training at public facilities as states continue to reopen.”

As part of its recommendations, the Task Force prepared a series of best practices for screening, testing, monitoring, tracing, social distancing and maintaining cleaned environments. These recommendations are to serve as a roadmap for each school prior to and upon the return of student-athletes to their campuses.

“While each institution will make its own decisions in creating defined plans to safely return student-athletes to activity, it is essential to employ a collaborative approach that involves input from public health officials, coaches, sports medicine staff, sports performance personnel and student-athletes,” Sankey said. “Elements of the Task Force recommendations provided key guidance for determining the date of the return to activity.”


The protocols include a three stage screening process that involves screening before student-athletes arrive on campus, within 72 hours of entering athletics facilities and on a daily basis upon resumption of athletics activities.

Testing of symptomatic team members (including all student-athletes, coaches, team support and other appropriate individuals) is part of the protocols.

It is recommended that schools immediately isolate team members who are under investigation or diagnosed with COVID-19. This is to be followed by contact tracing, following CDC and local public health guidelines.

Since most of the athletes have not been allowed to do anything but the most basic of workouts, there is to be a transition period that allows student-athletes to gradually adapt to full training and sport activity following the long period of inactivity.

During the month of June, NCAA regulations permit only strength and conditioning personnel to supervise voluntary on-campus athletics activities in the sports of football and men’s & women’s basketball. A current waiver that permits eight hours of virtual film review has been extended through June 30 for football and basketball.

Consistent with NCAA regulations, organized practices and other required physical activities remain prohibited in all sports. A previously announced suspension of in-person camps and coaches clinics conducted by SEC institutions remains in effect until July 31.

Many SEC schools hope to play their football seasons this fall on schedule. While football fall camps don’t begin until early August, coaches says that student-athletes need to be improving their strength, speed, and agility to get in the appropriate physical condition so that they can compete in fall camps. Without that strength and conditioning, coaches feel that more players could get injured in those practices.

On Thursday, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) issued a new Safer at Home order that allowed schools to begin using their athletics facilities for strength and conditioning. Schools and educational institutions will be allowed to open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines on June 1. Gyms across the state were allowed to reopen subject to social distancing and occupancy limits on May 24.

The relaxation of the health rules mean that the athletes will be able to compete in football seasons resume. It is still not known if there will be fans in the stands for those games, though University of Alabama Athletics Director Greg Byrne recently said that that is the school’s plan. Both the University of Alabama and Auburn University are members of the Southeastern Conference.

Fox Sports reported on Friday that if the 2020 football season was not played, the members of the ‘power five’ conferences (including the SEC), would lose over $5 billion in revenue. The cost cutting moves necessary to balance budgets after that hit would end virtually all non-revenue generating sports, including every women’s sport, on campus. Athletics budgets were already hit from the loss of NCAA basketball tournament revenue.

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Talladega will hold GEICO 500 on June 21 without fans in the stands

Brandon Moseley



The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) has announced that the GEICO 500, MoneyLion 300 and General Tire 200 automobile races have all been rescheduled for the weekend of June 20 to 21.

They will be raced without fans in attendance.

“We are excited that NASCAR has announced the rescheduling of our April race weekend to June 20-21,” said Talladega Superspeedway President Brian Crichton. “While we will have cars on track, in the interest of the health and safety of all involved, including fans, NASCAR will be running our three races – the GEICO 500, MoneyLion 300 and General Tire 200 – without fans in attendance in accordance with the State of Alabama, CDC and public health agency standards and protocols.”

The Cup Series GEICO 500 will be held on Sunday, June at 2:00 pm CST.

The Xfinity series MoneyLion 300 will be held on Saturday, June 20 at 4:30 pm CST.

The ARCA series General Tire 200 will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 1:00 pm CST.

“NASCAR, like Talladega Superspeedway, prides itself in being fan-friendly, and the fans drive everything we do,” Crichton said. “The decision to race without fans is focused on the long-term health of you and our sport. NASCAR has a great respect for the responsibility that comes with a return to competition, and after thorough collaboration with public officials, medical experts and state and federal officials, NASCAR has implemented a comprehensive plan to ensure the health and safety of the competitors and surrounding communities.”

“For our June 20-21 events, we hope you will enjoy watching and listening to the 3- and 4-wide racing at the sport’s Biggest and Most Competitive track via our broadcast partners FOX, FS1 and MRN Radio,” Crichton concluded. “We will persevere through this together.”


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Motorsports are the only major pro sports league that has resumed play after the coronavirus global pandemic struck in mid-March. The NBA is considering a proposal to playout the remainder of their season and playoffs sequestered at the Wide World of Sports complex at Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida with no fans present. The NHL is in the process of considering a similar proposal to finish this year’s hockey season. Major League Baseball has not played a single game of their season yet. MLB owners have made a proposal that the league play an 80 game season without fans present. The idea is meeting with skepticism from MLB players due to a controversial proposal capping players salaries for this season in a 50:50 revenue sharing agreement. The proposal that would dramatically reduce MLB players’ salaries for this season. Horse racing and mixed martial arts have held some sporting events in recent weeks.

NASCAR has already held two races at Darlington and one at Charlotte after resuming racing on May 17. Kevin Harvik won the Real Heroes 400 driving a Ford and Denny Hamlin won the Toyota 500 driving a Toyota in the first two Cup Series races since NASCAR resumed racing after a ten week hiatus. NASCAR intends to run a 36 race season this year.

Motorsports are the only major professional sports league played at a major league level in the state of Alabama. In addition to the Talladega Superspeedway, the state is also home to the Barber Motorsports Parks near Leeds. The Barber facility hosts both professional motorcycle racing and the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, a NTT Indycar series event. That event was cancelled due to efforts to shut down the economy to fight the spread of the coronavirus.

The COVID-19 global pandemic has already killed 98,705 Americans through Sunday morning.

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Aderholt says he is glad Alabama is loosening restrictions

Brandon Moseley



Friday, Congressman Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville, said that he is “glad that our state is holding strong and loosening restrictions.”

“The first three weeks of May have been eventful for all of us, as parts of our economy in Alabama have reopened and as more economic relief bills have been brought before Congress,” Aderholt said. “I am glad that our state is holding strong and loosening restrictions so that we can go to church, get a haircut, and even sit down for a meal at certain restaurants. This is solid progress, and I am hopeful that we will see more of it as we move further into May.”

“Although there is not a great deal of good news coming from Washington, there is good news in Alabama,” Aderholt said. “As you all know and have experienced, our state is one of the most open in the entire country. Some studies have us ranked as the 4th most open state out of all 50 in the union. This is fantastic, especially since the number of cases has not spiked since enacting these measures.”

“Last weekend I asked a question on my Facebook page about how you think this strategy for reopening has been going,” Aderholt continued. “The results were overwhelming, as 73 percent of the responses were supportive of the strategy. I think this reflects what most of us are feeling, and that is an urge to get back to work and get back to normal.”

On Thursday, Gov. Ivey issued a new Safer at Home order that allowed many more businesses to reopen.

Arcades, theaters, bowling alleys, can now reopen subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines. Athletics facilities and activities will be allowed to reopen subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines for training on May 24. Schools and educational institutions will be allowed to open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines on June 1. Athletics competitions can resume on June 14. Child day care facilities are open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines. Summer Camps will also be allowed to remain open with rules and guidelines available.

All citizens are encouraged to stay home and follow good sanitation practices.

“This is a serious deadly disease,” Ivey said on Thursday. “It takes all of us being vigilant and adhering to the social distancing to slow the spread of the coronavirus.”


“People are safer at home to the extent that that is feasible,” said state Public Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris. “We really need to remember to wear face coverings when you got out and avoid going out if you don’t have to.”

All retail stores are open subject to a 50 percent occupancy rate, social-distancing and sanitation rules. All medical procedures are allowed unless prohibited in the future by the State Health Officer to preserve resources necessary to diagnose and treat COVID-19. Healthcare providers must follow COVID-19-related rules and guidance from state regulatory boards or public health authorities. Senior Citizen Centers regular programming is still suspended except for meals still available through curbside pick-up or delivery. Hospitals and nursing homes still must implement policies to restrict visitation. Churches and houses of worship are allowed to meet but must maintain 6 feet of distance between persons not from same household. Restaurants, bars, and breweries may open with limited table seating, 6 feet between tables and subject to additional sanitation rules and guidelines. Athletic facilities and gyms, such as fitness and gyms, may open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines. Close-contact service providers (such as barber shops, hair salons, nail salons, tattoo services) may open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines. Alabama’s beaches are open, but all persons must maintain 6 feet of separation. Some local governments have much more stringent policies that they have put in place.

These orders will be in place until July 3 at 5 p.m. at the sole discretion of the governor. Some local governments have put in place more draconian rules.

Robert Aderholt represents Alabama’s Fourth Congressional District.

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