Posts by Brandon Moseley

State Sen. Del Marsh’s gambling bills clear Senate committee

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The Alabama Senate Tourism Committee gave a favorable report Wednesday to a bill that would expand casino gambling in Alabama and create a lottery. Senate Bill 214 is a proposed amendment to the Alabama Constitution that would overturn Alabama’s constitutional ban on gambling and games of chance. Senate Bill 215 is the enabling legislation that would go into effect if SB214 is passed and then ratified by Alabama voters. Both SB214 and SB215 are sponsored by state…

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House committee advances COVID liability bill

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The Alabama House of Representatives will consider legislation Thursday that would give businesses and other entities limited civil liability protection from COVID-related lawsuits. The bill was given a favorable report on Wednesday by the House Judiciary Committee. The legislation would give businesses, churches, schools, healthcare providers, cultural entities, governments, and individual employees or officers in a company limited immunity from civil liability resulting from the COVID-19 crisis. The bill, Senate Bill 30, is sponsored by state Sen. Arthur…

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House passes bill to bring back retired judges to deal with case backlog

The Alabama House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday that would bring back retired judges on a part-time basis to deal with a judge shortage and a growing backlog of cases in the Alabama Judicial System. House Bill 109 is sponsored by state Rep. Jim Hill, R-Odenville, a retired St. Clair County circuit court judge and the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. He explained that there is an enormous shortage of judges in the Alabama Judicial System,…

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Republican efforts focus on Georgia Senate races

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-to-4 decision Wednesday that the state of New York’s COVID-19 restrictions violated the freedom of religion rights of New Yorkers. The court’s decision in Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo just pauses the enforcement of these rules against the litigants who’ve challenged them while the case proceeds, but it still sends a signal that the majority of the court thinks the restrictions are unconstitutional. The lawsuits filed by the…

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Congressman-elect Jerry Carl names chief of staff

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-to-4 decision Wednesday that the state of New York’s COVID-19 restrictions violated the freedom of religion rights of New Yorkers. The court’s decision in Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo just pauses the enforcement of these rules against the litigants who’ve challenged them while the case proceeds, but it still sends a signal that the majority of the court thinks the restrictions are unconstitutional. The lawsuits filed by the…

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Supreme Court rules that churches can meet despite COVID restrictions

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-to-4 decision Wednesday that the state of New York’s COVID-19 restrictions violated the freedom of religion rights of New Yorkers. The court’s decision in Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo just pauses the enforcement of these rules against the litigants who’ve challenged them while the case proceeds, but it still sends a signal that the majority of the court thinks the restrictions are unconstitutional. The lawsuits filed by the…

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Robbers fire at police, race in I-20 car chase with speeds reaching 115 mph

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Lately, I’ve been adhering to the old adage, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” So, what have I been doing with all my free time? Thinking — or at least I think I’m thinking. When I look over the political landscape here at home and across the nation, I see a great surge of self-interest, special-interest and “us versus them” loathing, but little in the way of what constitutes the…

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Freeze warning Monday night into Tuesday morning

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Lately, I’ve been adhering to the old adage, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” So, what have I been doing with all my free time? Thinking — or at least I think I’m thinking. When I look over the political landscape here at home and across the nation, I see a great surge of self-interest, special-interest and “us versus them” loathing, but little in the way of what constitutes the…

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Auburn’s blowout loss could put Malzahn in the hot seat

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Lately, I’ve been adhering to the old adage, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” So, what have I been doing with all my free time? Thinking — or at least I think I’m thinking. When I look over the political landscape here at home and across the nation, I see a great surge of self-interest, special-interest and “us versus them” loathing, but little in the way of what constitutes the…

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USDA is seeking rural energy grant applications

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Four hundred years ago, on Nov. 11, 1620, after 66 days at sea, a group of English settlers landed near what is today Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Onboard the Mayflower were 102 men, women, and children, including one baby born during the Atlantic crossing, who made up the Pilgrims. The Mayflower, captained by Christopher Jones, had been bound for the mouth of the Hudson River. The ship took a northerly course to avoid pirates, but the decision…

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