Matthew Tyson, Author at Bama Politics

If you know me, then you know that I am deeply, immensely proud of my southern heritage and upbringing. I believe the south is a special, magical place set apart for a special, magical people. Being southern is not just a happy accident or some…

On Friday, June 28, the Rules Committee of the Democratic National Committee passed a resolution barring the Alabama Democratic Party’s Minority Caucus from directly appointing at-large minority members to the State Democratic Executive Committee, the party’s representative body, without a full vote from the committee’s…

In August of 2018, Nancy Worley was re-elected as chair of the Alabama Democratic Party – an event that was soon overshadowed by a series of formal complaints contesting the legitimacy of her win.  Six months later, on February 14, 2019, the DNC credentials committee…

On Friday, June 28, the Supreme Court declined to review a ruling from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals regarding The Alabama Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Act. The bill, which was passed in 2016, made it illegal for a physician to perform Dilation and…

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill announced in a press conference Tuesday that he will run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Doug Jones. Merrill is the sixth candidate to enter the increasingly crowded Republican primary, which also includes U.S. Rep Bradley…

Representative Merika Coleman (D – Birmingham) wants to do something about gun violence in the state of Alabama. On March 21, Coleman introduced HB265, also known as the Gun Violence Protective Order Act. If passed, this law would prohibit individuals who are found by the…

Madison County Alabama Drug Bust

Some lawmakers are hoping to stymie the flow of drugs into Alabama this legislative session. On March 21, Representative Rex Reynolds (R – Huntsville) introduced HB275, a bill that would authorize the wiretapping of individuals who are believed to be committing, have committed, or are…

In 2014, Rep. Mike Ball (R – Madison) introduced legislation that would go on to become Carly’s Law – a bill that authorized the University of Alabama in Birmingham to conduct a study on the effects of cannabidiol (also known as CBD oil) on patients…

Early Voting by State as of 2019

On March 20, Rep. Thomas Jackson (D, Montgomery) introduced a bill that would authorize early voting in the state of Alabama. If passed, HB256 would require the governing body of each county to open at least one early voting center 14 days before an election….

On Thursday, March 21, the Alabama State Senate passed SB 119 – a bill that would repeal the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards, also known as Common Core. The final vote was 23-7 with 5 absent. Senator Del Marsh (R, Anniston), announced the legislation…