Joe Hubbard’s attorney general campaign gets strong support from Poarch Band

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The Poarch Band of Creek Indians appears to want a new attorney general. Campaign finance records show three political action committees heavily financed by the tribe, which runs gaming facilities in Atmore, Montgomery and Wetumpka, gave Democrat Joe Hubbard $250,000 last month for his campaign against Republican incumbent Luther Strange. The donations represented more than [...]

Death penalty legislation brings emotional testimony

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The House and Senate Judiciary committees Tuesday heard frequently emotional testimony over a proposal to aimed at shortening the appeal time for those sentenced to death. For victims of crimes who spoke, the bill would prevent future victims from having to wait 25 years or longer to see sentences carried out, and from dealing with [...]

Death penalty bills scheduled for public hearing today

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  The House and Senate Judiciary committees are scheduled to meet at noon today to hold hearings on the bills supported by the Alabama Attorney General’s office, including legislation aimed at shortening the appeal time for those sentenced to death. Strange has said the proposals will hasten the appeals process and reduce the need for [...]

Federal court upholds district lines for 2014

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A three-judge federal court Friday ruled that district lines approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature in 2012 are constitutional, turning away challenges to the lines from the Alabama Democratic Conference and the Alabama Legislative Black Caucus. In a 173-page opinion, U.S. Circuit Judge William Pryor, a former Alabama Attorney General, found that districts created in 2001 [...]

Voting Rights Act decision: AL lawmakers’ reactions split down political, racial lines

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act split Alabama politicians down political and racial lines Tuesday, with many white Republicans praising the Supreme Court’s move and many black Democrats condemning it. The high court ruled 5-4 that Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, credited with [...]