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2/28/14 Group Watch: Governor’s Economic Recovery Tour

Governor Robert Bentley is visiting the Shoals area today during his statewide Road to Recovery Tour. This tour allows the governor to discuss state-level job efforts and local economic conditions in communities across the state of Alabama. Early in the day, the governor will visit with leaders, residents and small

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February 21, 2014 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

Lots of general bills passed both houses this week, and the push to repeal Common Core is back. Tuesday (15th legislative day): The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill keeping secret the manufacturers and suppliers who furnish the drugs for Alabama’s executions by lethal injection. The House passed several bills of local application only and gave

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2/21/2014 Group Watch: Common Core

This week, State Senator Scott Beason, as promised, introduced legislation to repeal the Common Core curricula in the state, a popular cause with conservatives. Beason, who is a candidate for Congress, apparently ignored the message from Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh that any such legislation was dead on arrival. Most

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2/14/2014 Group Watch: Election News

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February 14, 2104 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

It was a productive week in Montgomery: Changes to boating laws could stiffen penalties for operating a boat while drunk, and the Smoke-free Air Act has passed the Senate. Tuesday (10th legislative day): The House passed several bills of local application only as well as general bills to: prohibit the licensing of healthcare

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February 7, 2014 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

News & Views from the State House A number of local and non-controversial bills passed through the House and Senate this week, and one of last session’s hotly debated topics, the repeal of Common Core standards, probably won’t even be discussed this session. Tuesday (10th legislative day): The House approved several bills

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2/7/14 Group Watch: Special Election Results

On Tuesday, February 4, 2014, there were two special primary elections and one special general election. Voters in Mobile overwhelmingly elected Republican Margie Wilcox to replace Jim Barton who resigned last year. Democratic voters in Birmingham elected Anthony Johnson to run against Republican W. A. Casey on March 25, 2014,

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2/7/14 Group Watch: Political Announcements

This week Democratic Senator Tammy Irons of Florence confirmed rumors that she will not seek re-election to the Senate. Senator Irons who previously served two terms in the House announced she will not run in her newly expanded Senate district. The expanded district, which adds more likely Republican voters to

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January 31, 2014 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

Winter Storm 2014 slowed the pace of The Alabama Legislature this week, but it was back to business as usual by Thursday, and issues addressed included election laws and child safety. Tuesday (7th legislative day): The weather prevented the House from achieving a quorum, but not the Senate. Twenty-two of the 35

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January 24, 2014 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

The Alabama Legislature returned to work on Tuesday, for the fourth day of the 2014 regular session. Bills passed addressed issues ranging from religious rights to liquor sales. Tuesday (4th legislative day): The House passed bills that provide misdemeanor punishment for discriminatory misconduct by the Alabama Department of Revenue against Alabama taxpayers, and

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