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October 6, 2017 - Week In Review

10/7/2017
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We report on Alabama’s preparations for Tropical Storm Nate. We also report on new state lawsuits challenging the use of electronic bingo machines in casinos in five counties. We’re joined by Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon of Monrovia, who will remember Rep. Jim Patterson of Meridianville, who died suddenly this week at the age of 67. We’re joined by Rep. James Buskey of Mobile, who will talk with us about his decision to retire after 42 years in the legislature.

Duration: 00:56:48


September 29, 2017

9/29/2017
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We have a complete wrap-up of Roy Moore winning the Republican U.S. Senate runoff election. We're joined by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh of Anniston, who had considered running for the U.S. Senate. He contends that the national media's gotten it wrong - that Moore's win wasn't about an anti-estabishment mood in Alabama. We also talk with Sen. Cam Ward of Alabaster about this week's meeting of the Joint Legislative Prison Committee. He'll be joined by Craig DeRoche with the group...

Duration: 00:56:39


September 22, 2017

9/23/2017
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We report on big campaign rallies for Luther Strange and Roy Moore in the GOP U.S. Senate runoff -- President Trump in Huntsville for Strange and Sarah Palin in Montgomery for Moore. We also report on Thursday’s big Strange-Moore debate. We’re joined by Sen. Clyde Chambliss of Prattville, who will discuss the state’s prison problems. We’re also joined by Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow of Red Bay, who will talk about a town hall meeting he is hosting next week in Florence on the opioid drug crisis.

Duration: 00:56:39


September 15, 2017

9/15/2017
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We report on this week’s resignation of Alabama Superintendent of Education Michael Sentance, a day before the state school board was expected to vote on whether or not to fire him. We’re joined by Rep. Steve Clouse of Ozark, who reacts to the resignation. Clouse also discusses his bill to change the way special U.S. Senate elections are called. We’re also joined by Sen. Bill Holtzclaw of Madison, who will discuss this week’s first meeting of a new task force that will look at the state’s...

Duration: 00:56:40


September 8, 2017 - Week In Review

9/8/2017
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We report on Alabama’s efforts to accommodate thousands of hurricane evacuees from Florida. We also report on Gov. Kay Ivey formally announcing that she will run for a full term in office. We’re joined by Sen. Bill Hightower of Mobile, who also formally announced this week that he was entering the GOP gubernatorial race. We’re also joined by Sen. Dick Brewbaker of Pike Road, who will talk about his bill to remove the renaming of schools from the state’s new Memorial Preservation Act. He...

Duration: 00:56:41


September 1, 2017 - Week In Review

9/1/2017
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We report on Alabama’s efforts to help Texas respond to the hurricane disaster. We’re joined by Rep. Pebblin Warren of Tuskegee, who says she’s bringing back her bill to regulate religious-affiliated daycare centers. The move comes in the wake of a child recently dying in a hot van while in the care of such a facility in Mobile. We’re also joined by Public Service Commission President Twinkle Cavanaugh, who talks with us about her decision to drop out of the Republican race for governor...

Duration: 00:56:39


August 25, 2017 - Week In Review

8/25/2017
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We’re joined by Senator Gerald Allen of Tuscaloosa, who discusses criticism of the Memorial Preservation Act that he sponsored. He says he hopes the state can avoid violence over historic monuments like that seen in other states. We’rel also joined by Representative Juandalynn Givan of Birmingham, who has introduced bills to repeal and replace Allen's act. She said she stands with Birmingham in covering up a Confederate monument there.

Duration: 00:56:41


August 18, 2017 - Week In Review

8/18/2017
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We have a complete wrap-up of this week’s U.S. Senate primary elections. We’re joined by former Chief Justice Roy Moore, who made it into a Republican runoff with Senator Luther Strange. Moore will discuss the campaign ahead. We’re also joined by former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones, who won the Democratic Senate nomination this week. He says he thinks he can win the office outright. We also report on Gov. Kay Ivey taking a possible step toward running for a full term. And we report on the...

Duration: 00:56:43


August 11, 2017

8/13/2017
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Duration: 00:56:39


August 4, 2017 - Week In Review

8/4/2017
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We’re joined by Rep. Mike Jones of Andalusia, the new chair of the powerful House Rules Committee. He will discuss his role in vetting bills and deciding which ones to send to the House floor for debate. We’re also be joined by Rep. Ken Johnson of Moulton and Courtney Sirmon with the Alabama Birth Coalition. They will talk about the state later this month beginning the process of putting together a board to license midwives in Alabama. They hope that certified professional midwives can...

Duration: 00:56:40


July 28, 2017 - Week In Review

7/28/2017
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We report on President Donald Trump stepping up his criticism of U.S. Attorney General and former Alabama senator Jeff Sessions. Trump is unhappy about Sessions recusing himself from the Russia probe. We’re joined by Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, who says he can empathize with Sessions. After taking office, Marshall recused himself from a probe of former governor Robert Bentley. We’re also joined by Alabama Board of Education Vice President Stephanie Bell, who will talk about...

Duration: 00:56:43


July 21, 2017 - Week In Review

7/21/2017
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We report on Gov. Kay Ivey marking her first 100 days in office. We also report on President Donald Trump expressing dissatisfaction with Attorney General and former Alabama senator Jeff Sessions. We will be joined by Alabama Corrections Commissioner Jefferson Dunn, who will discuss mediation efforts surrounding court-ordered inmate mental health care improvements. We’re also joined by Rep. Jim Hill of Moody, the new chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. He will talk about his...

Duration: 00:55:50


July 14, 2017 - Week In Review

7/14/2017
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We’re joined by Sen. Trip Pittman of Montrose, who says he doesn’t think there will be a special legislative session this year to deal with the state’s prison problems. Pittman will also discuss his campaign for the U.S. Senate. We’re also joined by Secretary of State John Merrill, who will discuss an upcoming deadline to register to vote in the special election, as well as his concerns over a controversial federal request for state voting records. And we will talk about all of the week’s...

Duration: 00:56:43


July 7, 2017

7/10/2017
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We’re joined by Congressman Mo Brooks of Huntsville, who discusses North Korea, witnessing the recent baseball practice shootings outside Washington, and his campaign for U.S. Senate. We also talk with Rep. Alan Boothe of Troy about his decision not to seek re-election and his new position as House Floor Leader. And we’rejoined by Randy McGilberry, the chair of the Bettis Commission for Prison Reform. He hopes his group can have a "seat at the table" in a possible legislative session on...

Duration: 00:56:45


June 30, 2017 - Week In Review

6/30/2017
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We report on a federal judge ordering the state to make significant improvements to mental health care for prison inmates. We will be joined by House Speaker Mac McCutcheon of Monrovia, who will talk about a possible special legislative session to deal with our prison problems. We will also be joined by Senator Paul Bussman of Cullman, who says he hasn't decided whether he will seek re-election and that he is concerned that some of his conservative Republican colleagues aren't running again.

Duration: 00:25:08


Jiune 23, 2017 - Week In Review

6/23/2017
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We report on the state's response to this week's storms. We will also report on an Alabama Board of Education investigation into an alleged smear campaign against a former finalist for superintendent. We will be joined by Sen. Rodger Smitherman of Birmingham, who will discuss the latest legal maneuverings over reapportionment. And we will also be joined by Rep. Barry Moore of Enterprise, who will talk about his demand that the state health department fire a former veterans health official.

Duration: 00:56:39


June 16, 2017 - Week In Review

6/17/2017
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We report on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Senate testimony this week on alleged Russian meddling in last year's election. We will also report on Alabama Congressmen Mo Brooks and Gary Palmer witnessing the shootings at a congressional baseball practice. We will be joined by Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur, who chairs the upper chamber's education budget committee. He says he was disappointed that there wasn't more money for higher education. We will also be joined by state school board...

Duration: 00:54:10


June 9, 2017 - Week In Review

6/9/2017
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We report on Alabama executing Robert Bryant Melson for a triple murder. We will also report on three big leadership changes in the Alabama House this week. We will be joined by Rep. Jim Patterson of Meridianville, who will discuss the governor signing into law his bill that mandates insurance coverage for autism therapy. We will also be joined by Alabama Mental Health Commissioner Jim Perdue, who will talk about how the state has been hit particularly hard by the opioid drug crisis.

Duration: 00:54:10


June 2, 2017 - Week In Review

6/2/2017
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.We're joined by Governor Kay Ivey, who will discuss her first month and a half in office, the possibility of her calling a special legislative session to deal with prisons, and how all of the controversy surrounding former governor Robert Bentley may have hurt the state economically. We will also be joined by Senator Gerald Allen of Tuscaloosa, who will talk about Ivey signing into law his so-called 'monuments' bill, as well as the failure of his gun legislation. And we will talk about...

Duration: 00:56:40


May 26, 2017 - Week In Review

5/26/2017
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We report on Gov. Kay Ivey signing into law both the monuments and midwives bills. We will also report on Ivey appointing Will Sellers to the Supreme Court. We are scheduled to be joined by House Speaker Mac McCutcheon of Monrovia, who will handicap the legislative session. We will also be joined by Alabama GOP Chairwoman Terry Lathan of Mobile, who will discuss the crowded Republican field for the U.S. Senate. And we'll talk about all of the week's top state government news in our Week in...

Duration: 00:56:40

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