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Monday, April 23, 2018

Despite Record-Low Approval, Trump Retains Some Support

You’d never know the man is in trouble by witnessing a race in Alabama for the GOP nomination to the U.S. Senate, where the leading candidates are vying to see who can most tightly tie himself to Trump’s ankle.

August 12, 2017

Life Inside Alabama’s Sadistic Christian Bootcamp

Today, in the United States, there is a multibillion-dollar industry for residential treatment—one that sells an illusory promise to desperate parents: Your children’s addictions and mental health problems can be cured with a relatively quick (and usually expensive) fix.

March 2, 2017

How Jeff Sessions Helped Kill Equitable School Funding In Alabama

A lawsuit in the 1990s had Alabama poised to fund poor black school districts as fairly as wealthy white schools. As state attorney general, Jeff Sessions fought the effort passionately and won. Today, Alabama’s public schools remain a story of inequality because of Sessions’ duplicitous legal jousting.

January 30, 2017
A same-sex marriage supporter holds a sign referring to Alabama's Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, during a protest outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in Birmingham, Alabama February 9, 2015. REUTERS/Marvin Gentry

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Ousted Over Gay Marriage Defiance

A state ethics panel effectively removed Alabama’s controversial chief judge after he directed lower court judges to refuse to perform gay marriages.

September 30, 2016
A same-sex marriage supporter holds a sign referring to Alabama's Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, during a protest outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in Birmingham, Alabama February 9, 2015. REUTERS/Marvin Gentry

Alabama’s Top Judge Faces Ethics Charges Over Gay-Marriage Order

Despite the decision and a federal court ruling that made gay marriage legal in Alabama, Chief Justice Roy Moore in January issued an administrative order to state probate judges that they should not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, according to court documents.

May 8, 2016
Virginia voters line up early to cast their ballots in Super Tuesday elections at the Wilson School in Arlington, Virginia March 1, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Thousands Switch Parties Ahead Of Super Tuesday

Thirteen states have closed primaries, which means that only Democrats can vote in Democratic primaries and Republicans in Republican contests.

March 1, 2016

This Week In Crazy: Welcome Back To The Nuthouse

And we’re back. The right wing kicked the year off by freaking out in spectacular fashion to President Obama’s executive actions on gun control, indulging in some pandering to those precious Iowan evangelical ballot punchers, and kicking that dead horse called “traditional marriage” into a pulp. Welcome to “This Week In Crazy.”

January 8, 2016

Alabama Chief Justice Orders Halt To Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

State’s chief judge Roy Moore says the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality has caused “confusion and uncertainty” — so he’s stopping it.

January 6, 2016

Storms Snarl U.S Travel, Threaten Rare Winter Tornadoes

Snow, sleet and hail snarled transportation in large parts of the United States on Monday during one of the busiest travel times of the year, after dozens died in U.S. storms that were just some of the wild weather seen worldwide over the Christmas holiday period.

December 28, 2015

Late Night Roundup: Bill Clinton’s Trump Phone-Tag

Bill Clinton: “I get credit for doing a lot of things I didn’t do — like that.”

October 7, 2015
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Just How Green Are State Governments?

States have employed a host of energy-saving programs, green-purchase requirements, building efficiency standards and financial incentive arrangements to meet those goals. So how are they doing in meeting targets they have set for themselves?

July 1, 2015

South Carolina Isn’t Only State To Have Struggled With Confederate Flag Displays

The flag, emblematic of slavery to most but a symbol of states’ rights and Southern pride to others, has become something of a political football in the wake of the shootings.

June 23, 2015
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5 States That Are Trying To Thwart Gay Marriage

Some states are trying to find the least discriminatory ways to discriminate against same-sex couples.

June 15, 2015
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Happy Jefferson Davis Day!

If you happen to be in Alabama today, crack open a cold one for Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America, whose legacy of leading the short-lived nation devoted to keeping people in bondage is still celebrated in the Heart of Dixie.

June 1, 2015
Maine has had less than 3 percent growth since 2010. LL Bean is the flagship retailer of the state. Photo: StormFall via Flickr

Which States Have The Most Job Growth Since The Recession?

Although the nation’s unemployment rate has been around a seven-year low of about 5.4 percent, job growth among the states has been uneven, with several showing only meager gains more than five years removed from the depths of the Great Recession.

May 27, 2015
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High Court Says Alabama May Have Improperly Redistricted Black Voters

Supreme Court rules 5-4 that Alabama redistricted black voters in order to dilute their influence.

March 25, 2015

Georgia House Panel Takes No Action After Hours Of ‘Religious Liberty’ Testimony

Speaking in the bill’s favor, Rev. Garland Hunt said, “I voted for my elected officials to protect my religious freedoms. The Lord is our judge. The Lord is our lawmaker.”

March 25, 2015

Thousands Remember 1965 Selma March In Bridge Crossing

Thousands of marchers turned out on Sunday to call for a new fight for voting rights.

March 9, 2015
Governor Robert Bentley, AEMA Director Art Faulkner and FCO Mike Byrne discuss tornado recovery (Alabama EMA via Flickr)

Deficits In U.S. States Have Alabama’s Governor Risking Career

Many Republican governors are out of options — and turning to tax hikes.

March 3, 2015

Judge Roy Moore Stands On The Wrong Side Of History…Again

Like George Wallace before him, history won’t view the Alabama judge kindly.

February 16, 2015

Cartoon: Marriage Equality, Alabama-Style

Alabama slowly gets used to gay marriage.

February 10, 2015

Same-Sex Marriages Begin In Alabama As Some Counties Refuse To Issue Licenses

Alabama faces a Constitutional crisis over gay marriage.

February 9, 2015

Alabama Gay Marriages Could Begin Next Week After Court Lifts Stay

An Alabama appeals court has cleared the way for same-sex marriage in the Heart of Dixie.

February 3, 2015

Despite Conservative Republicans, Gay Marriage Will Prevail

Republicans have lost this round of the culture war, and there’s no turning back.

January 31, 2015