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Past articles by Jim:

Alabama's black leaders are upset President Obama is coming to Selma on March 7, and here's why

View full sizeState Sen. Hank Sanders, D-Selma, speaks at a press conference objecting to President Obama's choice of March 7 to march in Selma.Jim Stinson | jstinson@al.com  MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Black leaders from Alabama are upset President Barack Obama has... → Read More

Bentley's inauguration festivities bring out protesters, $8,000 in barbecue and Big Al

View full sizeGov. Robert Bentley greets a well-wisher at the post-inauguration celebration, held at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala., Jan. 19, 2015.Jim Stinson / jstinson@al.com  MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Gov. Robert Bentley celebrated his inauguration on Monday afternoon with a... → Read More

Better than New Jersey: Bentley gathers cabinet to discuss his first-term accomplishments

View full sizeGov. Robert Bentley addresses his cabinet and media as he discusses his first-term accomplishments, in the old House chamber in the Alabama Capitol, Jan. 14, 2015.Jim Stinson | jstinson@al.com  MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- On Tuesday night, Gov. Robert Bentley... → Read More

Lawmaker makes proposal on the Alabama Senate floor - to his girlfriend

View full sizeState Sen. Clay Scofield, R-Arab, proposes to his girlfriend, Collier Tynes, on the floor of the Alabama Senate, Jan. 13, 2015.Jim Stinson | jstinson@al.com  When state Sen. Clay Scofield, R-Arab, went to pick up his date last winter,... → Read More

Bentley will attend preview screening of 'Selma' at Montgomery cinema

View full sizeGov. Robert Bentley meets with "Selma" producers, on June 27, from left, Nan Morales, Jeremy Kleiner and Dede Gardner, and executive producer Paul Garnes, right.Mike Cason  MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Gov. Robert Bentley will attend a Montgomery preview of... → Read More

2015 ushers in new Alabama laws, including the consolidated Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and IDs for veterans

View full sizeThe Alabama Law Enforcement Agency now has 12 law enforcement agencies under its umbrella, and hopes to add more state troopers to Alabama roads.State of Alabama website  MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- A 2013 law that required the consolidation of many... → Read More

South Pittsburg, Tenn., bans 'negative' comments on social media because Internet rumors irritate officials

Jeff Powers, city commissioner of South Pittsburg, Tenn.City of South Pittsburg  City officials in South Pittsburg, Tenn., a municipality that sits across the state line from northeastern Alabama, have banned "negative comments" made on social media by city officials or... → Read More

There's a war on Christmas and here's why, says Bill Armistead, Alabama GOP chairman

Bill Armistead, Alabama GOP chairman  MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Despite the fact that Bill O'Reilly of Fox News declared the war on Christmas over, and won by Christmas celebrators, the chairman of the Alabama Republican Party says the war is still... → Read More

Christmas clemency for former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman? Let's hear what you think.

Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman  MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman was in federal court on Monday, dressed in a red jumpsuit from the Montgomery County jail. He looked tired and a little bit thin. He was chained,... → Read More

Del Marsh, Alabama Senate president pro tempore: We'll cut another 8 percent out of state government before tax hikes

View full sizeSen. Del Marsh, R-Anniston  MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- The 2015 legislative session kicks off in March, and with it, a shortfall in the General Fund of between $250 million and $700 million. The General Fund currently is fine, according... → Read More

Gov. Robert Bentley cracks open the door to expand Medicaid and enhance state revenues for budget

View full sizeGov. Robert Bentley, R-Ala., addresses freshman lawmakers on the last day of their orientation in the Capitol auditorium, Dec. 11, 2014.Jim Stinson | jstinson@al.com  MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Gov. Robert Bentley cracked the door open on the expansion of... → Read More

Pastor Juan McFarland loses case to remain as head of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church after AIDS, sex and drugs admissions

Juan McFarland, former pastor of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in MontgomeryShiloh MBC  MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Pastor Juan McFarland has lost his case to remain the head of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. Judge Charles Price, of the 15th Judicial Circuit of... → Read More

Pastor Juan McFarland fights for job after sex, drugs and HIV confession

Juan McFarland is fighting in court to keep his job as pastor of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Montgomery. MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Pastor Juan McFarland testified in court on Monday for the first time since his dispute with his own Baptist... → Read More

Jeff Sessions claims research shows Congress may block funding for Obama's immigration amnesty order

U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Mobile  MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Mobile, is claiming this week that Congress has the authority to defund President Barack Obama's recently announced plans to offer limited amnesty to as many as 5 million... → Read More

Joe Hubbard thinking of running for Montgomery mayor after loss in AG's race

View full sizeDemocrat Joe Hubbard speaks to the media after he conceded to Republican incumbent Luther Strange in the Alabama attorney general's race in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.AP/Albert Cesare  MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Joe Hubbard is thinking of... → Read More

Still waiting on your Alabama tax refund? Man says he's waited for nine months

  MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- A Huntsville man says he has been waiting about nine months for his tax refund, and he keeps getting the same wait-and-see message from the Alabama Department of Revenue. Alvin Powell, 80, of Huntsville says he... → Read More

Luther Strange wins Alabama attorney general race, earning second term and besting Joe Hubbard

View full sizeAlabama Attorney General Luther Strange signs in to vote at his polling place at George Washington Middle School in Pike Road, Ala., on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.Mickey Welsh  MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Attorney General Luther Strange, the incumbent Republican... → Read More

Joe Hubbard and Luther Strange talk about attorney general's office representing consumers regarding utility rates

MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Attorney general candidates were asked by the editorial board of Alabama Media Group about the office's role in representing consumers before the Public Service Commission. Actually, the question was submitted by a reader with the username "contrarian."... → Read More

Joe Hubbard returns $10,000 contribution from Canadian gaming company; AG Luther Strange says donation 'reflects desperation'

View full sizeAttorney general candidates Joe Hubbard and Luther Strange  MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Joe Hubbard, the Democratic candidate for attorney general, said late Wednesday afternoon that he has returned a $10,000 contribution from a Canadian gaming company in Quebec. Hubbard... → Read More

How many guns do the attorney general candidates own? They explain open-carry too (on video)

MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- How many guns do Luther Strange and Joe Hubbard own? It's a pertinent question, as the men are running for attorney general, the top law enforcement official in the state government. And when the editorial board of... → Read More