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Mike Lindell’s conspiracy-fueled pillow company fights to survive his election obsession

BY: - December 2, 2023

This story was originally published on Minnesota Reformer. CHASKA, Minnesota — Pillow mogul Mike Lindell calls up former Michigan state senator Patrick Colbeck, who works for something Lindell made up called the Election Crime Bureau, to talk about press strategy. Lindell tells Colbeck a press release needs to mention his “offense fund,” to which people […]

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Round 3: Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission awards production and distribution licenses

BY: - December 1, 2023

The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission Friday awarded 20 licenses for the production and distribution of medical cannabis in its third attempt to get the new industry started in the state. The awards followed three days of presentations from applicants and months of litigation over the AMCC’s prior methods of evaluating  applications. “The week we had […]

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Sandra Day O’Connor, who made history as the first woman on the Supreme Court, dies at 93

BY: - December 1, 2023

WASHINGTON — The first woman to serve on the nation’s highest court is dead at 93. Sandra Day O’Connor, a groundbreaking justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, died Friday in Phoenix, Arizona of complications related to advanced dementia, probably Alzheimer’s, and a respiratory illness, according to an announcement from the court. President Ronald Reagan nominated […]

DNC receives proposed bylaws from Alabama Democratic Party

BY: - December 1, 2023

The Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee said Friday they have received revised bylaws and membership lists from the Alabama Democratic party. Minyon Moore, co-chair of the committee, said during a meeting of the committee that the proposals had been given to committee members, along with challenges. “In the meantime, the staff will continue […]

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New York Republican George Santos expelled by U.S. House in bipartisan vote

BY: - December 1, 2023

WASHINGTON — New York Republican George Santos on Friday became the sixth lawmaker in history and the first member of the GOP to be expelled from the U.S. House of Representatives. The 311-114 bipartisan vote, which required two-thirds support, followed months of scandal that culminated in a federal criminal indictment and a damning report from […]

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Alabama House committee expects draft of ethics law changes in January

BY: - December 1, 2023

An Alabama House committee plans to have a draft of proposed changes to the state’s ethics laws ready in January, ahead of the February start of the 2024 legislative session. Rep. Matt Simpson, R-Daphne, the chair of the House Ethics and Campaign Committee, said at a meeting Thursday he wants the members of the committee […]

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Alabama House Rules Chair: Legislators to look at gambling, vouchers, workforce

BY: - November 30, 2023

The chair of the powerful Alabama House Rules Committee Wednesday said legislators would look at gambling, charter and voucher programs and the labor shortage in the legislative session scheduled to begin in February. Rep. Joe Lovvorn, R-Auburn, the chair of the House Rules Committee, told county commissioners and directors at the Association of County Commissions […]

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Buttigieg says former President Carter encouraged him to drop out of the 2020 presidential race

BY: - November 30, 2023

This story was originally published on Michigan Advance. U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in East Lansing on Wednesday that former President Jimmy Carter encouraged him to drop out of the 2020 presidential election. “I had come there in hopes that we might be able to earn some support from them, but it was clear […]

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GOP senators walk out of vote on subpoenas in U.S. Supreme Court ethics inquiry

BY: - November 30, 2023

WASHINGTON — South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham and Republican colleagues stormed out of a Democratic-led U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Thursday to authorize subpoenas for two high-profile GOP operatives as part of an ethics probe into undisclosed financial ties to U.S. Supreme Court justices. The panel voted 11-0 to subpoena billionaire Republican donor Harlan Crow […]

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Abortion opponents push state lawmakers to promote unproven ‘abortion reversal’

BY: - November 30, 2023

Read more Stateline coverage on how states are either protecting or curbing access to abortions. Anti-abortion organizations are pushing state lawmakers to promote a controversial and unproven “abortion reversal” treatment — flouting the objections of medical professionals who point out it is not supported by science. In the past several years, Republican lawmakers in at […]

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Biography of a district: Alabama 2nd district residents lack health care access

BY: - November 30, 2023

The biggest health care issue in Alabama’s new 2nd Congressional District? A lack of access to it. It’s an old problem, said Dev Wakeley, a worker policy advocate for Alabama Arise, stemming from a lack of investment from the state and a lack of resources for those living there. “This is a Black Belt district. […]

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Alabama county commissions plan mental health push in 2024 legislative session

BY: - November 30, 2023

AUBURN – The Association of County Commissions of Alabama plans to make a push on mental health issues in the 2024 session of the Alabama Legislature. The organization, holding its annual meeting in Auburn this week, plans to support expansion of residential treatment facilities; improved training for corrections officers on mental health crises; additional funding […]