Rep. Ensler proposes bills to curb gun violence

reshman Rep. Phillip Ensler, D-Montgomery, called for eight different acts of the Alabama Legislature to help curb gun violence in his district and across the state. Ensler held the press conference just five days after a shooting at a Dadeville birthday party killed four and injured 32, with some still in critical condition. But Ensler … Read more

We must face the whole truth of history’: Lawmaker speaks against HB7 education bill

In January, House Bill 7 was introduced to the Alabama House of Representatives despite a similar bill failing to pass last year. The bill, which was introduced by Rep. Ed Oliver, would prohibit public schools from teaching “certain divisive concepts relating to race, sex, or religion.” The bill does not specify any further on which … Read more

Rep. Phillip Ensler plans package of gun bills aimed at mental health resources, violence prevention

Rep. Phillip Ensler, D-Montgomery, said Thursday he plans to introduce a package of laws that would create community violence prevention resources and add some restrictions for gun owners with mental health concerns. Ensler, who is a lawyer, said he believes lawmakers can find ways to curb gun violence without taking away constitutional rights. He said … Read more

Alabama elects first Jewish legislator in more than four decades

Phillip Ensler, a lawyer and former teacher, declared victory Tuesday night over incumbent Republican Charlotte Meadows to serve in the Alabama House of Representatives. Meadows had represented House District 74 since a special election in 2019 to replace Rep. Dmitri Polizos, who died while in office. Redistricting based on the 2020 census, though, shifted the … Read more

Phillip Ensler wins House District 74 in first Democratic state house flip since 2010

Attorney Phillip Ensler appeared to defeat Rep. Charlotte Meadows for a Montgomery-area House seat, becoming the first Democrat to flip an Alabama House seat in 12 years. Ensler had 7,490 votes (60%) in unofficial returns Tuesday night. Meadows had 4,972 votes (40%). “We have won, and I’m excited and grateful, but humbled,” Ensler said in … Read more

Phillip Ensler brings focus on education, public safety as newly elected state rep

Phillip Ensler, the recently elected Democratic state House Representative for Montgomery’s District 74, was voted in by a wide margin against Republican incumbent Charlotte Meadows, gaining exactly 60 percent of the vote on election day. “It’s always a big relief when you get the results and see that our message, focusing on solutions and working together … Read more