Jemma Stephenson

Jemma Stephenson

Jemma Stephenson 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.

Alabama House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels talks about Allen v Milligan proceedings on Aug. 14, 2023, in Birmingham, Alabama.

Federal judges express frustration with Alabama attorneys over congressional map

By: - August 14, 2023

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — A panel of three federal judges Monday appeared skeptical of a congressional map produced by the Alabama Legislature and frustrated by the state’s apparent refusal to create a district where Black candidates could compete. That frustration spilled over into closing arguments presented by Alabama Solicitor General Edmund LaCour, who told judges that […]

State Rep. Chris England, D-Tuscaloosa, speaks to Rep. Chris Pringle, R-Mobile during a special session on redistricting on Friday, July 21, 2023 in Montgomery, Alabama.

Experts skeptical of Alabama’s redistricting strategy ahead of critical hearing

By: - August 12, 2023

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — It’s the plaintiffs’ case to lose. That was the verdict of legal scholars ahead of a critical Monday hearing on whether a new congressional map approved the Alabama Legislature last month addresses a three-judge panel’s concerns about potential Voting Rights Act violations. “It’s always hard to predict, but I think it’s going […]

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Alabama congressional map: Federal court won’t let state relitigate Voting Rights Act

By: - August 2, 2023

The court overseeing a challenge to Alabama’s congressional map said Tuesday it would not allow the state to relitigate whether the state’s prior map violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. At a Monday morning status conference, attorneys with the Alabama attorney general’s office suggested they wanted to challenge earlier parts of the case, […]

A group of House Republicans speak during a special session of the Alabama Legislature on July 21, 2023.

Alabama Legislature keeps one majority-Black district in revised congressional map

By: and - July 22, 2023

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — 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 […]

A vigil is held for victims of a mass shooting in Dadeville, Alabama on April 16, 2023.

At least four dead, 28 injured in shooting at birthday party in Dadeville

By: , and - April 16, 2023

At least four people were killed and 28 injured in a shooting at a birthday party in Dadeville on Saturday night. The shootings took place on Broadnax Street around 10:30 p.m., said Sgt. Jeremy Burkett, a spokesman for ALEA, at a press conference Sunday morning. The Alexander City Outlook reported the shootings took place at […]