By noon on Tuesday, the photo had rocketed across the Internet. The editorial page editors of The New York Times posted it to their blog, with the headline "No Comment Necessary: Vote for Me or I'll Shoot." In the Washington Post, the headline was "Meet the Alabama legislator who really, really loves his guns."
West's tensions with Russia could raise Rogers' profile For a little more than a year, Rogers has chaired the House Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, which oversees most everything associated with America's nuclear weapons. That includes missiles, bombers and the satellites that watch them, among other things.
Anniston students get inside look at democracy Students from Anniston elementary schools toured the State House and the Capitol in Montgomery this week. The tour has been a rite of passage, at least in some schools, for decades. Countless Alabamians recall making the pilgrimage, at age 9 or 10, to the places that figure so prominently in Alabama's fourth-grade history textbooks — places that also loom large in Civil War and civil rights history.
District 12 Senate race sees injection of ‘dark money’ One political scientist says it's a sign that “dark money” has found its way into state-level politics. "If someone doesn't curtail this, it's going to become the new method for financing campaigns," said Jess Brown, a political science professor at Athens State University.
Legislature votes to loosen rules on stormwater runoff plans As a weekend of rain swelled ditches and flooded streets across the state Monday, environmentalists and business leaders were waiting eagerly to see if Bentley would sign SB355 — a bill that would rewrite the rules for how local governments handle stormwater runoff.
Analysis: 2014 Legislature ends on a flat note The legislative session that ended Thursday wasn't Alabama's strangest, or its most contentious -- or its most productive. But it was a great example of how hard it is to make laws without getting into a fight.
‘Dark’ money on edges of local Alabama Senate race Opponents of Sen. Del Marsh, R-Anniston, have picked up some fundraising steam in recent weeks. But dark money — cash spent on politically-themed ads by organizations that don't disclose their sources of income — may soon become the driving force of the campaign.
Legislature leaves governor with no-pay-raise education budget Sine die another day: The last-minute vote left Gov. Robert Bentley with few options. He could approve the budget, which doesn't have the 2 percent teacher pay raise he lobbied for. Or he could veto the budget and convene a special session of the Legislature so lawmakers could start again.
Guns-in-cars bill dies in House committee The bill, which passed the Alabama Senate in March, failed to pass out of a House committee because no one on the committee would second a motion to send it to the full House.
E-textbook bill passes hurdle, heads to House A bill that would allow the state to issue up to $100 million in bonds to replace paper textbooks with electronic ones was on its way Wednesday to the Alabama House of Representatives for a vote.
Even when crime victims don’t show up to speak, Janette Grantham of the group Victims of Crime and Leniency is usually present to argue against parole for any inmate convicted of a violent crime. Grantham said no one had told her the parole backlog was cleared, though she said she's noticed a significant drop in the number of hearings.
Some historians believe that perhaps ten out of the roughly 200 people accused by McCarthy had ties to Soviet intelligence, but McCarthy never produced substantial evidence against any of them at the time he made the claims.
More than 3,000 Alabama elementary, middle and high school students are lined up for scholarships to attend private school next year through a program set up by the much-debated Alabama Accountability Act.
A bill before the Alabama Legislature would require registered sex offenders to warn principals before they enter K-12 school campuses, and would give school systems the power to monitor them while they’re in a school.
At least a half-dozen states have laws on the books that make part or all of the process for lethal injection confidential, and most of those laws have been passed or strengthened since the death-drug shortage began in 2011.
A lawyer for an inmate on Alabama's death row says a court-ordered confidentiality clause in her client's case shouldn't prevent the Alabama Department of Corrections from releasing information on suppliers of drugs for lethal injection.
Anniston City Manager Brian Johnson has previously explained that the purpose of taking some employees out of the civil service system is to allow him flexibility of assignments in unusual or critical situations.