Alabama leaders react to landmark SCOTUS religious liberty case

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (EETV)- Several Alabama leaders are reacting positively to a landmark decision on religious liberty released today by the United States Supreme Court in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado Civil Rights Commission case. The case centers around a Colorado-based Christian baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple due to personal religious grounds. All five conservative justices and two of the court’s traditionally liberal justices sided with the Christian cake shop owner. The case was seen as a test to whether state anti discrimination laws supersede personal religious liberty rights. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall released a statement saying, “The Supreme Court’s 7-2 decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado Civil Rights Commission is major a victory for the First Amendment right of religious expression in America.” Congressman Mike Rogers, who represents the Auburn area, also released a statement saying, “After years of going down a path that seemed to forget our core values, today marks a turn in the tide as religious liberties prevailed.”


Attorney General Steve Marshall joins other state officials in supporting new school safety program

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (EETV)- Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall has endorsed Gov. Kay Ivey's new school safety proposal. The proposal, called the Alabama Sentry Program, allows specially trained school administrators to be armed in order to prevent potential school shooting treats. “I share Governor Ivey’s concerns that every effort be made to ensure that all Alabama’s schools have the ability to protect our children by quickly responding to threats to their safety,” said Marshall.


Longtime Auburn Mayor Bill Ham not seeking reelection

AUBURN, Ala. (EETV)- Longtime Auburn Mayor Bill Ham formally announced Monday during a Memorial Day breakfast that he would not seek reelection. Ham was first elected in 1998 and during that time has overseen a period of immense population and economic growth in the city. Ham has traditionally been a familiar face on Auburn University's campus throughout the years, having traditionally participated in events hosted by various campus organizations.  The next Auburn municipal election is scheduled for August 28. 


Republicans nationwide starting to close midterm polling gap ahead of Alabama’s primary

AUBURN, Ala. (EETV)- Voters in many states across the nation are getting ready to head to the polls to see who will represent them during this year’s highly contested midterm election. The midterm election, which usually has low voter turnout, is traditionally seen as a referendum on the party that controls the White House. Much of the discussion over the past few months has been whether or not Democrats will muster enough support to retake the House of Representatives, a branch of government they have not controlled since 2010. Given the large number of Democratic incumbents up for reelection in traditionally Republican states, many pundits see little chance of Democrats regaining control of the Senate. Recent polls suggest that generic support for Republican candidates has grown.


Meet the Republican candidates for Alabama Attorney General

AUBURN, Ala. (EETV)- Alabama’s primary election is just a little over a week away, and the Republican field for attorney general is quite large and hotly contested. Steve Marshall is the incumbent attorney general, having served the position since 2017 when he was appointed by former Gov.


Meet the Democratic candidates for Alabama Attorney General

AUBURN, Ala. (EETV)- Alabama’s primary election is just a little over a week away, and the Democratic field for attorney general consists of just two candidates. Chris Christie, not to be confused with the former Republican governor of New Jersey, is a Birmingham based attorney who has not held elected office before.


Meet Alabama's Democratic candidates for Governor

AUBURN, Ala. (EETV)- AUBURN, Ala. (EETV)- Alabama’s gubernatorial primary election is just a week away, and the Democratic field is very large with six candidates competing for the nomination. Walt Maddox is the current mayor of Tuscaloosa, having served in that position since 2005.


Meet Alabama's Republican candidates for Governor

AUBURN, Ala. (EETV)- Alabama’s gubernatorial primary election is just a week away, and the Republican field is quite large with four candidates competing for the nomination. Kay Ivey is the current governor, having served in the position for a little over a year.


Alabama joins lawsuit targeting DACA program

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (EETV) – Alabama Attorney Steve Marshall is one of a coalition of seven attorneys general who filed a lawsuit Tuesday calling for the halt of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which was implemented by an Obama administration without the legal consent of Congress.


State leaders visiting Japan this week

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (EETV) – Governor Kay Ivey this week is leading a small team of Alabama economic development specialists on a business development mission to Japan for high-level meetings with executives of global automakers Toyota, Mazda and Honda. The Alabama delegation is departing for Japan today (Tuesday) and will return on Thursday following the appointments in Tokyo.


Alabama Pre-K system named best in the nation

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (EETV) – Governor Kay Ivey is applauding the announcement that for the 12th year in a row, Alabama’s First Class Pre-K program is being hailed as one of the nation’s highest quality state-funded pre-kindergarten programs for four-year-olds. This report released today by the National Institute for Early Education Research in its 2017 State of Preschool Yearbook.


Plain Talk: Justice Sue Bell Cobb

AUBURN, Ala. (EETV)- Former Alabama Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb talks about her campaign for the Democratic nomination for governor on this episode of Plain Talk.