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Capitol Journal provides extensive coverage of the Alabama Legislature and Alabama politics from a studio inside the Alabama Statehouse. Don Dailey hosts the program, examining key issues and interviewing newsmakers.

Capitol Journal provides extensive coverage of the Alabama Legislature and Alabama politics from a studio inside the Alabama Statehouse. Don Dailey hosts the program, examining key issues and interviewing newsmakers.

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Capitol Journal provides extensive coverage of the Alabama Legislature and Alabama politics from a studio inside the Alabama Statehouse. Don Dailey hosts the program, examining key issues and interviewing newsmakers.

Language:

English


Episodes

February 24, 2021

2/24/2021
We will report on the Senate today approving a bill that would legalize the use of medical marijuana in the state. We will also report on House committee approval of legislation that would ban certain transgender treatments for minors. We will be joined by Rep. Matt Simpson of Daphne, who will discuss his legislation that would reimburse some first-responders for certain PTSD treatment costs. We will also be joined by Rep. Tommy Hanes of Bryant and Clint Reid with the College Republican...

Duration:00:26:41

February 23, 2021

2/23/2021
We will report on Sen. Del Marsh delaying debate on his gambling amendment while he continues to work on the enabling legislation. We will also report on the House unanimously approving a bill that would give state judges greater discretion in denying bail to suspects charged with violent crimes. We will be joined by Rep. Allen Treadaway of Morris, who will discuss his bill that would toughen the penalties for rioting and defunding police. And Rep. Ritchie Whorton of Owens Cross Roads will...

Duration:00:26:39

February 22, 2021

2/22/2021
We will be joined by Sen. Clyde Chambliss of Prattville, who calls the legislation both transformative and somewhat concerning. We will also be joined by Joe Godfrey, Executive Director of the Alabama Citizens Action Program, who will talk about his group’s opposition to the gambling bill. We will also report on expected House action tomorrow on closely-watched bail reform legislation.

Duration:00:26:39

February 19, 2021

2/19/2021
Gov. Kay Ivey joins us to discuss the gambling bill, her private lease prison plan, and bills to curtail the governor’s authority. We will also be joined by U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville, who will talk with us about his vote to acquit former President Trump, his phone call with Trump on the day of the capitol insurrection, and President Biden’s COVID relief plan. And State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris will be with us to discuss how this week’s winter weather affected our virus vaccination...

Duration:00:56:39

February 12, 2021 - Week In Review

2/12/2021
We’re joined by Sen. Del Marsh, who discusses the sweeping gambling expansion bill that he introduced this week. We’re also joined by Secretary of State John Merrill, who talks with us about possibly running for retiring U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby’s seat next year, election integrity and its role, as Merrill sees it, in the impeachment trial. And State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris joins us to discuss wrapping up mass vaccination clinics held around the state this week.

Duration:00:56:39

February 11, 2021

2/11/2021
We report on the Senate today debating the new lottery and gaming legislation. We’re joined by Rep. Pebblin Warren of Tuskegee, who will discuss how the gambling bill would affect her district, which includes Victoryland. We will also report on the House giving final passage to a priority bill that would grant limited protection to businesses and other entities against COVID-19-related lawsuits. And we will be joined by Rep. Becky Nordgren of Gadsden, who will talk with us about her bill...

Duration:00:26:39

February 10, 2021

2/10/2021
We will report on today’s committee approval of a new, comprehensive lottery and gambling expansion bill. We will be joined by Robbie McGhee with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, who will discuss the bill’s authorizing a gaming compact with the tribe, if voters ultimately approve. We will also report on lawmakers today advancing a bill that would ban transgender surgeries and therapies on minors. And Sen. Tom Whatley of Auburn will be with us to discuss his legislation that would curtail...

Duration:00:26:39

February 9, 2021

2/9/2021
We report on the House passing a bill that would allow some non-violent offenders to be considered for new, shorter sentences. We also report on a new bill that would block new federal gun control laws in Alabama. We’re joined by Rep. Juandalynn Givan of Birmingham, who discusses her legislation to amend the Memorial Preservation Act heading to committee tomorrow. And we’re also joined by Rep. Parker Moore of Hartselle, who talks about his bill that would allow retired teachers to work a...

Duration:00:26:40

February 8, 2021

2/8/2021
We’re joined by Dr. Mary McIntyre, the Chief Medical Officer for the state health department, who will discuss a particular effort to encourage African Americans to get the shots. We’re also joined by Alabama Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington, who will talk with us about a steady decline in our unemployment numbers.

Duration:00:26:39

February 5, 2021 - Week In Review

2/5/2021
We recap the first week of the legislative session with new Senate President Pro Tem Greg Reed of Jasper, who will also discuss Gov. Kay Ivey’s controversial prison lease deal. New Senate Majority Leader Clay Scofield of Guntersville will talk with us about his new position and about his particular priority -- broadband expansion. And State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris will join us to discuss next week’s coronavirus vaccine eligibility expansion.

Duration:00:56:39

February 4, 2021

2/4/2021
We report on the legislature today moving three priority bills dealing with COVID liability for businesses, tax exemptions for federal virus relief money, and extending economic incentives. And Rep. Chip Brown of Hollinger’s Island joins us to discuss his bills that would bar discrimination against those who decide not to get a virus vaccination, and another that would withhold tax incentives from companies that he believes censor free speech on their media platforms.

Duration:00:26:39

February 3, 2021

2/3/2021
We report on a medical marijuana bill today clearing its first legislative hurdle. We also report on committee approval of another bill that would give state businesses certain protection from pandemic-related lawsuits. And we’re joined by Rep. Mike Holmes, who will discuss his concerns over Gov. Kay Ivey’s prison lease deal. Holmes will also talk about his proposed bill that would strengthen the Memorial Preservation Act.

Duration:00:26:39

February 1, 2021

2/1/2021
We report Gov. Kay Ivey today signing private lease deals to build two new men’s prisons. We’ll also report on the state health department launching a new online portal for making coronavirus vaccination appointments. And we’re joined by Rep. Jamie Kiel , who discusses his bills that would both allow businesses to stay open during pandemic states of emergency and give local school boards a say in extended school closures.

Duration:00:26:39

January 29, 2021

1/29/2021
Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth joins us to talk about the upcoming impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump and about preparations for next week’s start of the legislative session. Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon will also be with us to discuss how the pandemic will affect lawmakers’ work and the prospects for a special session. And State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris will join us to talk about Alabama getting more coronavirus vaccine and about opening up eligibility to more people.

Duration:00:56:39

January 22, 2021

1/22/2021
Republican Congressman Jerry Carl of Mobile joins us to discuss reaching out to new Democratic President Joe Biden and his concerns over some of Biden’s first executive orders. We will also be joined by Senator Malika Sanders Fortier of Selma, who will talk about her bill that would give local lawmakers the authority to consider renaming the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge. And State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris will be with us to discuss efforts to ramp up distribution of the coronavirus...

Duration:00:56:39

January 15, 2021

1/15/2021
Cong. Robert Aderholt joins us to discuss this week’s U.S. House vote to impeach President Donald Trump for a historic second time. State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris is with us to talk about mounting problems with coronavirus vaccine distribution. And state Sen. Gerald Allen of Tuscaloosa joins us to discuss his plans to fight a move to repeal his Monuments Preservation Act in the new legislative session.

Duration:00:56:43

January 8, 2021

1/8/2021
Cong. Gary Palmer of Hoover joins us to reflect on the uprising at the U.S. Capitol this week and his contention that President Trump bears some responsibility. We will also be joined by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh of Anniston, who will discuss the DC violence, as well as his plans to bring a new a lottery bill. And State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris will talk with us about the worsening pandemic and about challenges in the vaccination process.

Duration:00:56:43

December 18, 2020

12/18/2020
Congressman Robert Aderholt of Haleyville joins us to discuss the negotiations over a new coronavirus relief package, as well as the election controversy. State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris will talk with us about Alabama, this week, administering its first doses of the virus vaccine. And Senator Arthur Orr of Decatur will join us to discuss a bill he’s working on that would not require Alabamians be given the vaccine.

Duration:00:56:40

December 11, 2020

12/11/2020
State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris joins us to talk about the imminent arrival of the coronavirus vaccine and our surging virus numbers. Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed of Jasper will join us to talk about the state being sued over prison conditions and his nomination to be the next President Pro Tem. Rep. Russell Bedsole of Alabaster will be with us to discuss constituent concerns over a proposed new state prison in his district. And Rep. Jamie Kiel of Russellville will join us to talk...

Duration:00:56:43

December 4, 2020

12/4/2020
State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris joins us to discuss a new daily record for Alabama coronavirus cases and his fears for the future. Ala. Hospital Association President Dr. Don Williamson is with us to talk about a new record for COVID-related hospitalizations in the state. Jason Isbell with the Alabama Bankers Association, Inc. joins us to discuss how businesses are faring as the pandemic rages. And Congressman Mo Brooks of Huntsville talks with us about his decision to oppose ratifying...

Duration:00:56:43