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Todd Stacy and the team at Alabama Daily News run through the top stories in Alabama politics explaining what happened, why it matters, and what's next. Get a more in-depth understanding of what drives Alabama politicians and policymakers from Montgomery to Washington, D.C. Follow along with Alabama Daily News via the daily news digest by subscribing at www.aldailynews.com/subscribe

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In the Weeds: Super Tuesday 2020

Super Tuesday is upon us, and Republicans and Democrats in Alabama will be voting on races and initiatives up and down the ballot. At stake are the nominations for U.S. Senate, two open Congressional seats, a Supreme Court seat, a few appellate court seats, and President of the United States. Despite all the anticipation it brings, sometimes Election Day is boring with little actually happening during the daylight hours. Alabama Daily News Publisher Todd Stacy and award-winning political consultant David Mowery have you covered with a new “In the Weeds” podcast full of commentary about all the races on the ballot, plus the constitutional amendment on education governance. Presidential, Senate races on Alabama’s Super Tuesday ballot

61 MINMAR 3
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In the Weeds: Super Tuesday 2020

In the Weeds: A career of fighting has led Byrne to Senate showdown

By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Bradley Byrne is a fighter. That’s what Alabama’s 1st District Congressman says differentiates him from the field of other candidates in the race for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, and there’s plenty of evidence that his previous experience backs that up. Over a political career that has taken him from the state school board and the State Senate to the Alabama Community College System chancellor’s office and the U.S. House of Representatives, Byrne’s fights have been famous. Perhaps the most successful was Byrne’s bout with the state’s two-year college system, which had been mired in a patronage scandal until he, a reform-minded governor and federal prosecutors came in to clean it up. Perhaps the least successful was his run for governor in 2010 that saw him on a quixotic quest to take on the then-all-powerful state teachers’ association, only for that group to marshal untold resources to defeat him in the end...

25 MINFEB 26
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In the Weeds: A career of fighting has led Byrne to Senate showdown

In the Weeds: Tuberville disrupts Senate race as ‘outsider’

By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Tommy Tuberville does not care about your need for nuance. In a political landscape where tricky issues can sometimes cause politicians to split hairs on policy, the former football coach and current U.S. Senate candidate has found a winning formula: be blunt, keep it simple and always pivot back to President Donald Trump. Though seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Alabama is Tuberville’s first foray into elected government, politics was always part of his job in the 20 years he spent as a head coach at big-time college football programs. During his ten-year stint at Auburn, Tuberville was known for deftly handling the media, sometimes by answering the question he wanted to answer, rather than what had been asked. Staying on message and avoiding the weeds of an issue is a valuable skill for politicians, and having advanced practice at it has made Tuberville a dangerous competitor in this GOP Senate race. And yet...

26 MINFEB 25
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In the Weeds: Tuberville disrupts Senate race as ‘outsider’

In the Weeds: Sessions campaigns as the consistent conservative he’s always been

By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News PRATTVILLE, Ala. – Jeff Sessions hasn’t changed. That’s his message to voters as he campaigns to be elected back to the Senate seat he held for 20 years before leaving it to become Attorney General of the United States. He wants Republicans in Alabama to remember the rock-ribbed conservative who often irritated his party’s leadership by pushing his unique brand of conservatism that heavily influenced today’s Trump agenda. But as he exits thepassenger door of a black SUV and strides by himself into the Courtyard Marriott hotel, it’s clear a lot has changed for Sessions. Gone is the accompaniment of a large staff and security detail.The last time I interviewed Sessions, he arrived at our family’s 2018 Auburn tailgatein a flurry of lights and sirens with about a dozen federal security agents, at least as many local and state law enforcement and several staff members alongside him. That comes with the territory when you are the nation’s top law ...

46 MINFEB 24
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In the Weeds: Sessions campaigns as the consistent conservative he’s always been

In the Weeds w/ Rep. Martha Roby

By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – U.S. Rep. Martha Roby has served as the congressman for Alabama’s 2nd District since 2011. First elected as a part of the Republican wave of 2010, Roby recently decided that this, her fifth term in Congress, will be her last. Before the House let out for its August recess, Roby announced that she will not seek another term. That decision surprised a lot of people because virtually no one had predicted Roby would be stepping away next year. She was also somewhat coy on the factors that contributed to her decision, only saying that she and her family had prayed about it and decided it was time to “close those this chapter.” For the latest episode of “In the Weeds” with Alabama Daily News, I sat down with my former boss for a more in depth conversation about her decision, how Congress has changed over the years, what accomplishments she’s proudest of, and what’s next for her career. She also had some advice for any candidates...

-1 s2019 AUG 19
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In the Weeds w/ Rep. Martha Roby

In the Weeds w/ Frank Abagnale, Jr

Frank W. Abagnale, Jr. was one of the world’s greatest con men. As a teenager in the 1960s, he papered New York with fake checks, travelledthe world as an airline pilot, ran a medical ward as a pediatrician, and practiced law in the Louisiana Attorney General’s office – all without the training or degrees that are required of those jobs. Now, Abagnale is one of the world’s foremost security experts, parlaying that cunning and guile he learned on the street to help the FBI stay one step ahead of swindlers and identity thieves. His life was famously portrayed on the Silver Screen in Steven Spielberg’s “Catch Me If You Can,” in which Abagnale was played by Leonardo Decaprio. Here’s the film trailer: Abagnale has spent the last 43 years working with the FBI consulting on security and fraud. On Thursday, he was in Huntsville as part of a special AARP Alabama and AARP Fraud Network event offered to help citizens avoid getting scammed. More than 1,000 people registered to take part...

-1 s2019 JUL 22
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In the Weeds w/ Frank Abagnale, Jr

In the Weeds with Attorney General Steve Marshall

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – For this week’s episode of “In the Weeds” with Alabama Daily News, I sat down with Attorney General Steve Marshall. Though not planned this way, the timing ended up being fortuitous because it came the same week as the first shake-ups at the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles. On Friday, Gov. Kay Ivey announced the appointment of Charlie Graddick as Executive Director of that agency (though Inside Alabama Politics subscribers got this scoop on Wednesday) and now Caroline Beck and Mary Sell are reporting that Board Chairman Lynn Head could also now be replaced as her term recently expired. During this episode, I unpack the Pardons and Paroles saga going back at least two years into the Jimmy O’Neal Spencer case to the recently-passed legislation to overhaul the system. Marshall talked about the situation in depth, and it’s clear this is one of his biggest frustrations and highest priorities. Here are a few other items to listen for in our interview: We talk...

-1 s2019 JUL 15
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In the Weeds with Attorney General Steve Marshall

In the Weeds w/ Sen. Del Marsh

In this week’s episode of “In the Weeds,” we talk to Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh. He certainly had an interesting legislative session, both as the leader of the Senate and personally. We discussed how the gas tax and infrastructure plan sailed through the Senate, the details of his education governance overhaul, and how he went from throwing out red meat at the beginning of the session back to managing the Senate toward the end. One of our most interesting exchanges was about why he ultimately decided not to pursue the U.S. Senate seat. For about a year, he’s been on everybody’s short list for candidates for U.S. Senate, but in the middle of the legislative session, he announced that he wouldn’t be running. I asked him to walk me through the whole thing, and he had a little fun with it, while also being pretty candid. The pre-interview discussion is about the U.S. Senate race and specifically what has changed between this race and the 2017 special election that favored ...

-1 s2019 JUN 25
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In the Weeds w/ Sen. Del Marsh

In the Weeds w/ Speaker Mac McCutcheon

We’re breaking down the recently-concluded Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature with House Speaker Mac McCutcheon in this week’s episode of “In the Weeds w/ Alabama Daily News.” Caroline Beck and I discuss some of the latest developments, including two bills that received “pocket vetoes” from Gov. Kay Ivey due to legislative drafting errors. We also dive into the details of the Education Trust Fund – what it pays for and how. Plus, we explain how a last-minute revenue transfer from the education budget to the general fund will help pay for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. My guest this week is House Speaker Mac McCutcheon. I’m grateful to the Speaker for sitting down with me to review the session. Ten or twelve days after adjournment allows for a little better perspective on what happened, and Speaker McCutcheon had some interesting thoughts about what passed and what didn’t. In particular, he was proud of the gas tax and infrastructure plan that he has labor...

69 MIN2019 JUN 13
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In the Weeds w/ Speaker Mac McCutcheon

In the Weeds w/ Mike Rogers

This week’s guest is Congressman Mike Rogers of Alabama’s 3rd District. That district runs along the eastern border of the state from Cherokee County to the north all the way down past Auburn to Russell County to the South. He was first elected to Congress back in 2002 to take the place of a guy named Bob Riley, who was leaving Congress to run for Governor. That makes Mr. Rogers Alabama’s second longest serving member in the House. For as long as I’ve been following him, Rogers has always been engaged on military and agriculture issues. He’s been on both the Agriculture Committee and the House Armed Services Committee pretty much the whole time he’s been in Washington, with a few exceptions that he gets into some in our discussion. That makes sense because his district is home to the Anniston Army Depot, where they produce and repair tanks and other ground combat vehicles. They actually just got a new contract at the Depot that will be a big deal for the 3,600 workers there. T...

-1 s2019 MAY 17
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In the Weeds w/ Mike Rogers
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Latest Episodes

In the Weeds: Super Tuesday 2020

Super Tuesday is upon us, and Republicans and Democrats in Alabama will be voting on races and initiatives up and down the ballot. At stake are the nominations for U.S. Senate, two open Congressional seats, a Supreme Court seat, a few appellate court seats, and President of the United States. Despite all the anticipation it brings, sometimes Election Day is boring with little actually happening during the daylight hours. Alabama Daily News Publisher Todd Stacy and award-winning political consultant David Mowery have you covered with a new “In the Weeds” podcast full of commentary about all the races on the ballot, plus the constitutional amendment on education governance. Presidential, Senate races on Alabama’s Super Tuesday ballot

61 MINMAR 3
Comments
In the Weeds: Super Tuesday 2020

In the Weeds: A career of fighting has led Byrne to Senate showdown

By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Bradley Byrne is a fighter. That’s what Alabama’s 1st District Congressman says differentiates him from the field of other candidates in the race for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, and there’s plenty of evidence that his previous experience backs that up. Over a political career that has taken him from the state school board and the State Senate to the Alabama Community College System chancellor’s office and the U.S. House of Representatives, Byrne’s fights have been famous. Perhaps the most successful was Byrne’s bout with the state’s two-year college system, which had been mired in a patronage scandal until he, a reform-minded governor and federal prosecutors came in to clean it up. Perhaps the least successful was his run for governor in 2010 that saw him on a quixotic quest to take on the then-all-powerful state teachers’ association, only for that group to marshal untold resources to defeat him in the end...

25 MINFEB 26
Comments
In the Weeds: A career of fighting has led Byrne to Senate showdown

In the Weeds: Tuberville disrupts Senate race as ‘outsider’

By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Tommy Tuberville does not care about your need for nuance. In a political landscape where tricky issues can sometimes cause politicians to split hairs on policy, the former football coach and current U.S. Senate candidate has found a winning formula: be blunt, keep it simple and always pivot back to President Donald Trump. Though seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Alabama is Tuberville’s first foray into elected government, politics was always part of his job in the 20 years he spent as a head coach at big-time college football programs. During his ten-year stint at Auburn, Tuberville was known for deftly handling the media, sometimes by answering the question he wanted to answer, rather than what had been asked. Staying on message and avoiding the weeds of an issue is a valuable skill for politicians, and having advanced practice at it has made Tuberville a dangerous competitor in this GOP Senate race. And yet...

26 MINFEB 25
Comments
In the Weeds: Tuberville disrupts Senate race as ‘outsider’

In the Weeds: Sessions campaigns as the consistent conservative he’s always been

By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News PRATTVILLE, Ala. – Jeff Sessions hasn’t changed. That’s his message to voters as he campaigns to be elected back to the Senate seat he held for 20 years before leaving it to become Attorney General of the United States. He wants Republicans in Alabama to remember the rock-ribbed conservative who often irritated his party’s leadership by pushing his unique brand of conservatism that heavily influenced today’s Trump agenda. But as he exits thepassenger door of a black SUV and strides by himself into the Courtyard Marriott hotel, it’s clear a lot has changed for Sessions. Gone is the accompaniment of a large staff and security detail.The last time I interviewed Sessions, he arrived at our family’s 2018 Auburn tailgatein a flurry of lights and sirens with about a dozen federal security agents, at least as many local and state law enforcement and several staff members alongside him. That comes with the territory when you are the nation’s top law ...

46 MINFEB 24
Comments
In the Weeds: Sessions campaigns as the consistent conservative he’s always been

In the Weeds w/ Rep. Martha Roby

By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – U.S. Rep. Martha Roby has served as the congressman for Alabama’s 2nd District since 2011. First elected as a part of the Republican wave of 2010, Roby recently decided that this, her fifth term in Congress, will be her last. Before the House let out for its August recess, Roby announced that she will not seek another term. That decision surprised a lot of people because virtually no one had predicted Roby would be stepping away next year. She was also somewhat coy on the factors that contributed to her decision, only saying that she and her family had prayed about it and decided it was time to “close those this chapter.” For the latest episode of “In the Weeds” with Alabama Daily News, I sat down with my former boss for a more in depth conversation about her decision, how Congress has changed over the years, what accomplishments she’s proudest of, and what’s next for her career. She also had some advice for any candidates...

-1 s2019 AUG 19
Comments
In the Weeds w/ Rep. Martha Roby

In the Weeds w/ Frank Abagnale, Jr

Frank W. Abagnale, Jr. was one of the world’s greatest con men. As a teenager in the 1960s, he papered New York with fake checks, travelledthe world as an airline pilot, ran a medical ward as a pediatrician, and practiced law in the Louisiana Attorney General’s office – all without the training or degrees that are required of those jobs. Now, Abagnale is one of the world’s foremost security experts, parlaying that cunning and guile he learned on the street to help the FBI stay one step ahead of swindlers and identity thieves. His life was famously portrayed on the Silver Screen in Steven Spielberg’s “Catch Me If You Can,” in which Abagnale was played by Leonardo Decaprio. Here’s the film trailer: Abagnale has spent the last 43 years working with the FBI consulting on security and fraud. On Thursday, he was in Huntsville as part of a special AARP Alabama and AARP Fraud Network event offered to help citizens avoid getting scammed. More than 1,000 people registered to take part...

-1 s2019 JUL 22
Comments
In the Weeds w/ Frank Abagnale, Jr

In the Weeds with Attorney General Steve Marshall

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – For this week’s episode of “In the Weeds” with Alabama Daily News, I sat down with Attorney General Steve Marshall. Though not planned this way, the timing ended up being fortuitous because it came the same week as the first shake-ups at the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles. On Friday, Gov. Kay Ivey announced the appointment of Charlie Graddick as Executive Director of that agency (though Inside Alabama Politics subscribers got this scoop on Wednesday) and now Caroline Beck and Mary Sell are reporting that Board Chairman Lynn Head could also now be replaced as her term recently expired. During this episode, I unpack the Pardons and Paroles saga going back at least two years into the Jimmy O’Neal Spencer case to the recently-passed legislation to overhaul the system. Marshall talked about the situation in depth, and it’s clear this is one of his biggest frustrations and highest priorities. Here are a few other items to listen for in our interview: We talk...

-1 s2019 JUL 15
Comments
In the Weeds with Attorney General Steve Marshall

In the Weeds w/ Sen. Del Marsh

In this week’s episode of “In the Weeds,” we talk to Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh. He certainly had an interesting legislative session, both as the leader of the Senate and personally. We discussed how the gas tax and infrastructure plan sailed through the Senate, the details of his education governance overhaul, and how he went from throwing out red meat at the beginning of the session back to managing the Senate toward the end. One of our most interesting exchanges was about why he ultimately decided not to pursue the U.S. Senate seat. For about a year, he’s been on everybody’s short list for candidates for U.S. Senate, but in the middle of the legislative session, he announced that he wouldn’t be running. I asked him to walk me through the whole thing, and he had a little fun with it, while also being pretty candid. The pre-interview discussion is about the U.S. Senate race and specifically what has changed between this race and the 2017 special election that favored ...

-1 s2019 JUN 25
Comments
In the Weeds w/ Sen. Del Marsh

In the Weeds w/ Speaker Mac McCutcheon

We’re breaking down the recently-concluded Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature with House Speaker Mac McCutcheon in this week’s episode of “In the Weeds w/ Alabama Daily News.” Caroline Beck and I discuss some of the latest developments, including two bills that received “pocket vetoes” from Gov. Kay Ivey due to legislative drafting errors. We also dive into the details of the Education Trust Fund – what it pays for and how. Plus, we explain how a last-minute revenue transfer from the education budget to the general fund will help pay for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. My guest this week is House Speaker Mac McCutcheon. I’m grateful to the Speaker for sitting down with me to review the session. Ten or twelve days after adjournment allows for a little better perspective on what happened, and Speaker McCutcheon had some interesting thoughts about what passed and what didn’t. In particular, he was proud of the gas tax and infrastructure plan that he has labor...

69 MIN2019 JUN 13
Comments
In the Weeds w/ Speaker Mac McCutcheon

In the Weeds w/ Mike Rogers

This week’s guest is Congressman Mike Rogers of Alabama’s 3rd District. That district runs along the eastern border of the state from Cherokee County to the north all the way down past Auburn to Russell County to the South. He was first elected to Congress back in 2002 to take the place of a guy named Bob Riley, who was leaving Congress to run for Governor. That makes Mr. Rogers Alabama’s second longest serving member in the House. For as long as I’ve been following him, Rogers has always been engaged on military and agriculture issues. He’s been on both the Agriculture Committee and the House Armed Services Committee pretty much the whole time he’s been in Washington, with a few exceptions that he gets into some in our discussion. That makes sense because his district is home to the Anniston Army Depot, where they produce and repair tanks and other ground combat vehicles. They actually just got a new contract at the Depot that will be a big deal for the 3,600 workers there. T...

-1 s2019 MAY 17
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In the Weeds w/ Mike Rogers
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