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Alabama Democratic Party draft bylaws do not include disability caucus

BY: - November 27, 2023

A draft of new bylaws for the Alabama Democratic Party’s governing body restore almost all the diversity caucuses abolished by the party in May, but not one for people with disabilities. The new bylaws, ordered by the Democratic National Committee in October amid criticism of party leadership, must be voted on by Feb. 1.  The […]

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New Hampshire sets Jan. 23 presidential primary date, the first in the nation

BY: - November 16, 2023

This story was originally published on New Hampshire Bulletin. Defying the wishes of the Democratic National Committee, Secretary of State Dave Scanlan announced Wednesday that New Hampshire will hold its 2024 presidential primaries on Jan. 23, the first state in the country scheduled to do so. Speaking at a press conference flanked by Republican and […]

Alabama Democrats clash over party direction in contentious DNC hearing

BY: - September 11, 2023

Two factions of the Alabama Democratic Party faced off in an intense, nine-hour hearing held Friday by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in Washington, D.C. One faction, led by Minority Caucus Chair Joe Reed, doubled down on the notion that new bylaws approved at a May meeting of the state party – which led to […]

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Congress brought back earmarks. Now they’re one more point of drama in a divided House

BY: - August 10, 2023

WASHINGTON — The new Republican chairwoman of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee said just before taking over the panel that she planned to “tweak” how the chamber earmarks spending for community projects — coveted state and local funding that members of Congress request. Some of those changes hinted at by Kay Granger of Texas have […]

DNC sets fall hearings on complaints over Alabama Democratic Party

BY: - August 9, 2023

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has scheduled a September hearing in Washington, D.C. over the Alabama Democratic Party’s (ADP) internal battles over leadership and representation. The hearing of the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee (RBC), scheduled for Sept. 8 at 9 a.m., will give the parties in the three challenges to bylaws adopted at a […]

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Despite poor polling numbers, Kamala Harris viewed as key for Democrats in 2024

BY: - July 17, 2023

WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris’ poll numbers have stagnated at a lower level than many of her predecessors’ ratings, a daunting problem for a running mate as the 2024 presidential campaign gets underway. Professors and political experts interviewed by States Newsroom say there are several reasons why Harris’ favorability numbers sagged after she took […]

Democrats predict abortion access, reproductive rights will be key issues in 2024

BY: - June 22, 2023

WASHINGTON — Democrats on Wednesday released new campaign ads and detailed how they plan to talk about abortion access and reproductive rights leading up to the 2024 elections. Top Democratic campaign leaders said during a press call they expect the issues will be key to regaining control of the U.S. House and keeping control of […]

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Iowa, New Hampshire Democratic presidential contests remain in flux after DNC panel meets

BY: - June 16, 2023

New Hampshire Democrats will have at least 90 more days to change when and how the state plans to hold its 2024 Democratic presidential primary after the national party approved an extension in a committee meeting Friday. Iowa, which proposed both a mail-in and an in-person caucus process, was found not compliant. But the state […]

Student loan borrowers hold signs thanking President Joe Biden for canceling debt outside the State House.

Biden student debt relief plan revoked in U.S. House vote

BY: - May 24, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Wednesday voted to overturn the Biden administration’s one-time student debt relief plan that is currently on hold awaiting a Supreme Court decision expected within weeks. Before the 218-203 vote on the resolution, the the White House said President Joe Biden would veto it, arguing that the U.S. Department of […]

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Biden says he’s offered $1 trillion in spending cuts but GOP won’t budge on debt limit

BY: - May 22, 2023

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Sunday his administration has offered $1 trillion in spending cuts as part of the ongoing talks with Republicans around a budget agreement, but he said no deal has yet been reached.  Biden, speaking from Japan during a press conference following the G7 summit, said his administration wants House Speaker […]

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What passed in the Alabama Legislature: May 16-18, 2023

BY: and - May 19, 2023

Here’s a list of the bills that passed the Alabama Legislature this week. Senate HB4, sponsored by Rep. Prince Chestnut, D-Selma, prevents employers from microchipping employees. It passed 33-0. The bill passed with an amendment and returns to the House of Representatives. HB24, sponsored by Rep. Reed Ingram, R-Pike Road, increases penalties for loitering. It […]

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What passed in the Alabama Legislature: May 9 – 11, 2023

BY: and - May 12, 2023

Here’s a round-up of the bills that passed the Alabama Legislature this week.  Senate SB 287, sponsored by Sen. Jack Williams, R-Wilmer, establishes the qualifications and continuing education requirements for the sheriff in Mobile County. The bill passed 30-0. It goes to the House of Representatives. SB 288, sponsored by Sen. Jack Williams, R-Wilmer, increases […]