Alabama’s ‘conservative government’ soon to collide with non-conservative issues

Voters may have ushered in one of the most thoroughly conservative governments Alabama has ever seen on Tuesday, but the issues the newly minted lawmakers face are largely practical matters with little partisan bent.

In short, no matter who is in charge, Alabama needs roads and other basic upkeep. And that means Alabama needs money.

“This is a trying time for Republicans,” said Jonathan Gray, a Republican campaign strategist based in Mobile. “The state clearly needs additional funding. The problem is how do you justify that with a conservative agenda.”

Republicans won every statewide election on Tuesday, and added five more GOP lawmakers to their already supermajority status in Montgomery. Now the Republican-dominated Legislature could be making uncomfortable tax decisions that could determine the group’s reputation for years to come.