The SPLC Action Fund is looking to support candidates in eight Alabama cities
Alabama Political Reporter
by Chance Phillips
19h ago
In a first for the SPLC Action Fund, the political arm of the Southern Poverty Law Center, the organization is looking at supporting candidates for municipal office in Alabama in 2025. While the Action Fund has endorsed Alabama candidates for judge and district attorney before, the 2025 elections will be the first set of municipal races in Alabama since the Action Fund began endorsing local candidates. In a press release, the SPLC Action Fund stated it is considering supporting candidates in eight cities where “Black residents have been historically underrepresented” in local government. The ..read more
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Jacksonville State announces closure of DEI office
Alabama Political Reporter
by Jacob Holmes
21h ago
Jacksonville State University is closing its Office of Diversity and Inclusion in response to Alabama’s new laws prohibiting certain DEI programs, the college announced Wednesday. “This decision was not made lightly but is necessary to ensure compliance with the new legal framework imposed by Act 2024-34,” JSU President Don Killingsworth Jr. wrote in an email to students and staff Wednesday. JSU is the first university to announce such changes in an attempt to comply with the new legislation, which takes effect Oct. 1. The office only has two staff positions, and the college noted that neithe ..read more
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Opinion | The smallest men who ever lived
Alabama Political Reporter
by Josh Moon
21h ago
They have come, one by one, to the courtroom in lower Manhattan, where they have each taken turns, hats in hands and all shame left thousands of miles behind, groveled in front of microphones and reporters on behalf of the naked emperor.  They have decried his criminal trial as unjust, a miscarriage of justice, an abuse of the American justice system and a sham. They have ranted and raved with such phony passion that porn actors – maybe even the one their cult leader paid to hide their affair – have looked on in awe.  From Alabama, Steve Marshall and Tommy Tuberville and Dale Strong ..read more
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Sen. Tuberville continues attacking Social Security funding model
Alabama Political Reporter
by Chance Phillips
21h ago
On Tuesday, Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville told Newsmax host Carl Higbie that the American people had been “sold a bill of goods” when Social Security was passed. He frankly stated that “most people won’t get Social Security.” In a tweet on Wednesday linking to a Newsmax article about his comments on Social Security, Tuberville said: “We need to close Washington, D.C. for the next 6 months and save America.” According to the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees’ 2024 report, the primary Social Security fund will be unable to pay 100 percent of current scheduled benefits by 2033. Thi ..read more
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PARCA: Huntsville grows as Birmingham and Montgomery fall behind
Alabama Political Reporter
by Mary Claire Wooten
21h ago
A report from the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, based on estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, reveals data that since the pandemic, Birmingham and Mobile have seen a consistent decrease in population while North Alabama cities like Athens and Huntsville have been consistently gaining in population. As Huntsville becomes larger, cities like Madison and Decatur, the ninth and tenth most populated cities, respectively, also continue to grow at higher rates. Huntsville sits comfortably as the largest city in Alabama with almost 29,000 more residents than Birmingham. Huntsville has ..read more
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Miles College celebrates 10-year business accreditation reaffirmation
Alabama Political Reporter
by Staff
21h ago
Miles College announced that the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Board of Commissioners has granted a 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation for the Miles College’s Division of Business and Accounting. This prestigious recognition “underscores our commitment to excellence in business education.” “Miles College extends our heartfelt gratitude to the entire leadership team of Miles College for their unwavering support and hard work to obtain this reaccreditation. This achievement is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our faculty, staff, and students ..read more
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Gov. Ivey finalizes state’s purchase of the Foley Beach Express
Alabama Political Reporter
by Staff
21h ago
Governor Kay Ivey, on Wednesday, joined local officials in Baldwin County to sign paperwork that finalizes the state of Alabama’s purchase of the Foley Beach Express toll bridge. The chairman of the Baldwin County Commission and the mayors of Foley, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach all joined Governor Ivey at Foley City Hall on the eve of the state taking ownership of the toll bridge. At yesterday’s ceremonial signing, Governor Ivey noted the positive impact of this agreement for Alabamians and visitors. “Our Coast continues to experience record growth and success, and I am proud we are making ne ..read more
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Troy University researcher leads development of lung surfactant for premature babies
Alabama Political Reporter
by Staff
21h ago
Troy University researcher Dr. Suzanne Farver Lukjan is the lead scientist on a team helping to develop a synthetic lung surfactant used to prevent and treat respiratory distress in premature babies.  Surfactants are substances that decrease surface tension where liquids interface with other liquids, gases or solids. In addition to their use in medicines, they are found in a wide range of products including detergents, cosmetics, motor oils and adhesives.  Lung surfactants help premature babies breathe while their lung cells finish developing. In addition to offering a potential alt ..read more
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Huntsville library sets new policies after new state requirements
Alabama Political Reporter
by Jacob Holmes
2d ago
The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library system moved forward with a set of new policies on Tuesday despite potential changes last week to the Alabama Public Library Service administrative code. Some residents praised the changes for strengthening the library’s policy toward intellectual freedom while others criticized the move and predicted the system will lose $500,000 in state funding when the policies are found to be insufficient of what APLS requires. Board president Kevin Gray said before the public comment session that these changes have been in the works for months and that the po ..read more
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Judge threatens to jail lawyers challenging state’s law banning gender-affirming care
Alabama Political Reporter
by Jacob Holmes
2d ago
U.S. District Judge Liles Burke, a Trump appointee, has ordered a group of lawyers to hand over an otherwise confidential document or potentially face sanctions and even imprisonment. Burke is the judge overseeing Boe v. Marshall, the lawsuit challenging an Alabama law that criminalizes the provision of gender-affirming care to minors. The numerous lawyers involved in representing the plaintiffs—about 40 in all—have been under the microscope for nearly two years over allegations that they participated in unlawful forum-shopping. A three-judge panel has already found that the lawyers did ..read more
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