Beason Will Not Seek State Senate Reelection

Staff Report

State Senator Scott Beason, widely considered one of Alabama’s leading and most conservative legislators, announced Friday that he would not be seeking a third term in the Alabama Senate.
“I have always been humbled by the faith the people of the 17th District placed in me. Very few people thought we could win this Senate seat eight years ago, but thanks to support of the people we did. I am very pleased with all we have accomplished together,” Beason said.
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Pinkleton Decision on State House Race

Staff Report

(HUNTSVILLE, AL) – January 31, 2014

Putting his State and Party first, Republican David Pinkleton made the very difficult decision to not enter the race for the Alabama House of Representatives in District 20.  His decision was based on the best interest of the Republican Party, and more importantly, for the good of the people of the State of Alabama.

“Our nation and Alabama are at a critical point.  I seriously considered running for State House,” said Pinkleton.  “After meeting with Republican elected officials and citizen activists throughout Madison County and Alabama, it is imperative that I not enter the race in order to maintain a united front and support the current elected Republicans who brought positive change to Alabama.”
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Former Rep. Henry White Announces Candidacy for Alabama House of Representatives

Staff Report

Athens, AL – Former State Representative Henry A. White, a Democrat from Limestone County, has announced his candidacy for the 5th District of the Alabama House of Representatives. Rep. White believes it is time for a change to come to Limestone County. He has been a lifelong resident of Athens and is dedicated to being the voice of the people of Limestone County.

“There’s no question that things are not right in Montgomery,” said White. “We’re not creating jobs like we should, and our state leaders are abandoning our public schools. I believe we can do better, and that is why I decided to get in this race. It’s about schools, and it’s about jobs!”
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Former Rep. Jody Letson Announces Candidacy for Alabama House of Representatives

Staff Report

Courtland, AL – Former State Representative Jody Letson, a Democrat from Courtland, announced today that he is a candidate for the Alabama House of Representatives in District 7, which includes all or portions of Franklin, Lawrence, Morgan and Winston Counties. Letson previously served in the Alabama Legislature for 14 years.

Said Letson, “We need a change. Over the past three years, we’ve lost thousands of jobs, seen attack after attack on our public schools and had our voices ignored in Montgomery. That is why I decided to run again.”
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Roby Closely Monitors Immigration Policy Developments

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, House Republicans have released principles for immigration reform that may indicate that the House Republican leadership may be close to an agreement with Democrats on long stalled immigration reform.  U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R) from Montgomery said that she is closely monitoring the situation in Congress.

Congresswoman Roby said in a written statement, “I am closely monitoring any developments in Congress relating to immigration policy. There’s no question our immigration system is broken and in need of reform, but it matters how we do it. What the Senate passed last year is unacceptable. It amounts to amnesty with no true enforcement mechanisms to secure the border.”
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Snow, Bestiality and the Working Unemployed: Week Three’s Goat Hill Update

By Lee Hedgepeth
Alabama Political Reporter

This Friday, citizens across Alabama – many of whom are just now settling in from the frosty conditions – have some legislative news to catch up on. Although one legislative day was effectively wasted, both the Senate and the House did manage to meet for some business this week, with both bodies passing bill and resolutions.

The House of Representatives did not have enough legislators present on Tuesday to conduct business. Though the body was required by its own rules to meet again on Wednesday to seek a quorum again, Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard advised members not to attempt a trip to Montgomery if they deemed it a safety risk, though he said lawmakers had a “constitutional duty” to try and meet. House Minority Leader Craig Ford also urged his caucus members to heed on the side of caution for their safety.
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In the Heart of Dixie, Dixie is Gone and so, it Appears, is its Heart

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Our State will never reach its potential until we elect leaders who care more about doing what is right than winning the next election.

We will never see greatness until men and women of integrity are willing to do the very thing that might cost them their next campaign.

Of course, it could be that if politicians did risk it all to make our State a better place to live, they may find that the people would reward them in greater measure than they could ever imagine.
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Roger Bedford Criticizes SB11 (w/video)

By Lee Hedgepeth
Alabama Political Reporter

After the passage of his expungement bill in the Alabama Senate, Democrat Roger Bedford spoke with APR about that proposal, and other topics. One issue we asked about was Senate Bill 11, a proposal that passed the body after multiple filibusters by Democrats. The legislation, which is pending committee action in the House of Representatives, would consolidate many of the functions of the legislature, and restructure many entities under the supervision of a newly structured Legislative Council.
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House Holds Afternoon Session to Close Week

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama State Legislature failed to get a quorum on Tuesday or Wednesday because of the weather that prevented so many legislators from reaching Montgomery. On Thursday however both the Alabama House and Senate were able to go into session at 1:00 pm.

Following the short session State Representative Christopher John England (D) from Tuscaloosa said, “House has adjourned until Tuesday (2/4). Today the House passed HB88 dealing with unemployment compensation, HB44 relating to the annual license tax and registration fee with respect to truck tractors, HB89 concerning municipal annexations, HB129 relating to sales and use tax, HB102 which establishes the Alabama Home Buyers Initiative Act, HB27 which increases the punishment for breaking into an unoccupied dwelling, HB58 which creates additional penalties for boating under the influence, and HB47 which creates rules and regulations for the use of tracking devices. If you want to take a look at the bills we passed today or any other house bills that have been passed or introduced, hit the link below. As always, if you have any questions, concerns, issues, complaints, or if you just want to call me a bunch of names, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Looking forward to hearing from you.”
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Special Elections Will Be Tuesday, February 4th

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama House District 31 was scheduled to have a Special Republican Party Runoff on Tuesday.  Prior to the election, Governor Robert Bentley announced a state of emergency late Monday and postponed the Special Runoff until Tuesday, February 4th.  Similarly Gov. Bentley postponed the Special Democratic runoff in House District 53 and the Special General Election in House District 104.  All three elections will be held on Tuesday, February 4th.
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