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Inside Alabama Politics – October 7, 2020

October 7, 2020

Programing note Exciting news! After several months of work, Inside Alabama Politics and Alabama Daily News will soon be merging websites. That means the next time you receive an IAP News Update email, it will direct you to the Alabama Daily News site, where your same subscription information will log you in to enjoy the…...

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Ivey prison plan announcement expected soon

September 2, 2020

Gov. Kay Ivey is preparing for a major announcement in the coming days about her plan to lease three new men’s prisons from private developers, multiple sources told Inside Alabama Politics this week.  Since May, Ivey and the Alabama Department of Corrections have been in a “confidential proposal evaluation period” with two companies that will buy…...

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Inside Alabama Politics – August 28, 2020

August 28, 2020

Special Session Talk Ever since the Alabama Legislature adjourned its truncated 2020 regular session, lawmakers and lobbyists alike have asked the same question: Will there be a special session later this year? It’s a ponderous topic, and yet it remains relevant given all the chatter amongst politicos around the state. Three months ago, it was…...

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Inside Alabama Politics – July 29, 2020

July 29, 2020

The way of the mask It has been almost two weeks since Gov. Kay Ivey issued a statewide order mandating face coverings be worn in public places with more than 10 people present. That order expires Friday, unless the governor opts to extend it. The mask mandate did not come without controversy. Lt. Gov. Will…...

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Inside Alabama Politics – June 30, 2020

June 30, 2020

Don’t look now, but tomorrow marks the half way point of the year. That means the rough and tumble hellscape that is 2020 is half way over. Today marks two weeks until the July 14 elections when, at long last, the parties will have set the field for the November elections. In both situations, the…...

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Inside Alabama Politics – June 3, 2020

June 3, 2020

What’s next for Senate leadership? The Alabama Senate has had its share of smart, strategic, and powerful leaders over the years. From Joe Fine and Ryan deGraffenreid, Jr. to John Teague to Roger Bedford. It has also been the place of wild leadership struggles, including taking away all of the power from the Lt. Governor…...

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Inside Alabama Politics – May 8, 2020

May 8, 2020

Behind the Budget Brouhaha It has been quite a week in Alabama politics. What began as mild rumblings of a disagreement between the executive and legislative branches over federal coronavirus relief money ended as a full-scale two-way public feud. All week – and really for the last few weeks – lawmakers had taken veiled shots…...

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Inside Alabama Politics – April 23, 2020

April 23, 2020

The Legislature Resumes In five days, the Alabama Legislature is scheduled to reconvene its 2020 Regular Session. When the House and Senate last met on March 31, they agreed to reconvene on April 28, but allowed themselves some wiggle room. A new joint legislative rule was adopted allowing the Speaker of the House and President…...

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Inside Alabama Politics – March 31, 2020

March 31, 2020

We’re back in session – for a few minutes The Alabama Legislature is meeting today in Montgomery. Yes, you read that correctly. At perhaps the most precarious time so far during the coronavirus pandemic, the Senate and House are gaveling back into session, at least for a few minutes. House Clerk Jeff Woodard and Senate…...

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Inside Alabama Politics – February 26, 2020

February 26, 2020

The Home Stretch We’re “down to the licklog” of the 2020 primary elections. As of this writing, there is one week to go until the March 3 contests with some very significant offices hanging in the balance: the U.S. Senate, two seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and a place on the State Supreme…...

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