Matthew Tyson, Author at Bama Politics

Leaving the Confederacy Behind: A Love Letter to the South

By Matthew Tyson on June 14, 2020 | Opinion

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….

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DNC Resolution To End Alabama Democratic Party’s Controversial Minority Appointment Process

By Matthew Tyson on July 3, 2019

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…

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Worley’s Slow Progress On DNC Directives Draws Criticism From Democrats

By Matthew Tyson on July 1, 2019

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. 

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Supreme Court Won’t Review Ruling Overturning 2016 Alabama Abortion Law

By Matthew Tyson on July 1, 2019

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…

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John Merrill Announces Run For Senate, Says He Won’t Resign As Secretary Of State

By Matthew Tyson on June 26, 2019

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…

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Alabama “Red Flag” Bill Aims To Reduce Gun Violence, Allows Courts To Remove Guns From Those Considered A Threat

By Matthew Tyson on April 14, 2019

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…

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Madison County Alabama Drug Bust

Alabama Wiretap Bill Aims To Fight Drug Trafficking In The State

By Matthew Tyson on April 5, 2019

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…

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Alabama State Rep. Mike Ball Talks CARE Act

By Matthew Tyson on March 29, 2019

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…

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Early Voting by State as of 2019

Alabama Early Voting Part of House Democrats 2019 Legislative Agenda

By Matthew Tyson on March 26, 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…

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Del Marsh’s New Enthusiasm for Common Core Repeal Pays Off

By Matthew Tyson on March 21, 2019

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

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