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Black Caucus Says Senate Election Needs To Be Held This Year

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Legislative Black Caucus says Gov. Robert Bentley is breaking state election law by waiting until 2018 to hold the election to fill Jeff Session’s former Senate seat. In a press conference Tuesday, Rep. Chris England says he believes the law is clear that a special election should be called this year instead of waiting until…

Questions Surround Gov. Bentley’s Senate Appointment

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is now a senator after Governor Robert Bentley appointed him to fill the seat left vacant by Jeff Session. Sessions was confirmed by the senate Wednesday night to be U.S. Attorney General. Governor Robert Bentley spent the last several months whittling the short list of candidates from over 100, then down to 20. Luther Strange…

Gov. Bentley Names Six Finalists for US Senate Seat

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is naming six finalists for the U.S. Senate seat now held by attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions. Bentley’s list includes U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt of Haleyville and the pro tem of the Alabama Senate, Del Marsh of Anniston. Others include Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange; Bentley appointee Jim Byard; state Rep. Connie Rowe of Jasper; and…

Gov. Bentley Near Decision on Replacement for Sen. Sessions

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says he is nearing a decision on a replacement for U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions. Bentley told reporters Thursday in Mobile that he expects to make a decision by the end of this week. But Bentley says he may not reveal his choice until Sessions resigns his seat to become the new U.S. attorney general under president-elect…

Gov. Bentley Interviews Strange, Roby and Others for Senate Post

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has interviewed six more potential candidates for the U.S. Senate seat now held by attorney general-designee Jeff Sessions. Bentley’s office said the latest round of interviews include state Attorney General Luther Strange, U.S. Rep. Martha Roby and U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer. The governor also interviewed businessman Tim James, state Sen. Greg Reed of Jasper and state…

Roy Moore among 10 People Interviewed for US Senate Seat

Gov. Robert Bentley’s office says he has interviewed suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore and 10 other people for the U.S. Senate seat now held by attorney general-designee Jeff Sessions. Bentley spokeswoman Yasamie August says Moore was interviewed at the recommendation of the Alabama Republican Party. Moore is fighting what amounts to a permanent ouster after being convicted of violating…

Gov. Bentley asks GOP Committee for Senate Appointee Names

Gov. Robert Bentley is asking the Alabama Republican Executive Committee to suggest who should replace U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions. The governor sent a request to the 400-plus committee members seeking their input on who he should appoint to fill Sessions’ seat. President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Sessions to be his U.S. attorney general. Republican Party Chairwoman Terry Lathan said she…

Marco Rubio; Debbie Wasserman Shultz Win Primary Challenges

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has turned back a strong primary challenge and will likely be re-elected to a seventh term in Congress. The Associated Press declared that Wasserman Schultz won her Florida Democratic primary Tuesday against law professor Tim Canova, a Bernie Sanders-backed challenger, with more than 57 percent of the vote. It was the first time Wasserman Schultz…

Update: Lottery Bill Hits Stumbling Block in Senate

The Latest on lottery legislation and a special session of the Alabama Legislature (all times local): ___ 1 p.m. Gov. Robert Bentley’s lottery bill hit a major stumbling block over the issue of electronic gaming. Several Democrats, who previously voted for the bill, said Friday they wanted to allow, or at least keep the door open, to electronic gambling machines…

Senate to Debate Oil Spill Settlement, Medicaid Fix

State senators will debate a division of Alabama’s oil spill settlement funds that could help fill an $85 million hole in the state’s Medicaid budget. The Alabama Senate is expected to take up the bill Wednesday. The debate could get contentious as senators have squabbled over how much should help Medicaid and how much should go for road projects in…