Jemma Stephenson

Jemma Stephenson

Jemma covers education as a reporter for the Alabama Reflector. She previously worked at the Montgomery Advertiser and graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Gary Palmer of Alabama withdraws from U.S. House Speaker race

By: - October 24, 2023

U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Hoover, has withdrawn from the race for speaker of the house, just two days after declaring his candidacy for the position. Palmer said in a statement Tuesday morning that a Monday night forum among the candidates for the position had given him hope for Congress, and that he saw broad consensus on issues […]

Alabama Congressman Gary Palmer to run for U.S. House speaker

By: - October 23, 2023

U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer of Alabama announced his bid Sunday to run for Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Palmer is one of nine House Republicans who announced their candidacy for the position by a deadline on Sunday. “The Republican majority must be willing to make the reforms necessary to ensure fiscal responsibility and […]

Federal court selects new Alabama congressional map

By: and - October 5, 2023

A federal court Thursday ordered Alabama to implement a new congressional map drawn by a court-appointed special master that creates a majority-Black district and a near-majority Black district. In a 49-page opinion issued on Thursday morning, U.S. Circuit Judge Stanley Marcus and U.S. district judges Anna Manasco and Terry Moorer wrote that the plan, known […]

Federal court won’t delay Alabama redistricting ruling

By: - September 11, 2023

A three-judge panel Monday declined Alabama Secretary of State Wes Allen’s request to delay their order for a special master to draw new congressional maps for the state. In a 26-page opinion, U.S. Circuit Court Judge Stanley Marcus and U.S. District Court judges Anna Manasco and Terry Moorer wrote that they saw “no basis” to […]

Court-appointed cartographer withdraws from Alabama congressional redistricting case

By: - July 24, 2023

A cartographer appointed by the court overseeing Alabama’s congressional redistricting lawsuit has stepped away from the case. Nathaniel Persily, a Stanford University School of Law professor appointed cartographer by the court in February 2022, withdrew from the position on Monday, according to an order from the court.  The three judges considering the case Monday ordered […]

Alabama Legislature passes controversial congressional map

By: and - July 22, 2023

The Alabama Legislature Friday afternoon approved a congressional map that would lower the percentage of Alabama’s current majority-Black district and create a district in southeast Alabama that would be nearly 40% Black. The proposed map passed the House on a 75-28 vote Friday after it passed the Senate 24-6. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed the […]

Alabama bill would ban school boards from interfering with student-led prayer

By: - March 2, 2023

A state representative has filed a bill that would ban school boards from stopping public prayers and require schools to allow students conducting prayers to use school-owned property. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Tracey Estes, R-Winfield, would insert language into a 1993 law that says that no organization, including a local school board or athletic […]