Tankersley Exit Interview Part 1: Success, collusion, and dismay

July 31, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

As a soldier, physician, and man of faith, Dr. Stewart Hill Tankersley holds firm to his beliefs on right and wrong. As he ends his five-year service on the State’s Ethics Commission, he’s convinced there has been progress, but there are still many obstacles to restoring public confidence in the State’s elected leaders. In just two years, the State has seen the fall of Mike Hubbard, the Speaker of the House, convicted on 12 felony counts of public corruption, and Governor Robert Bentley, resigning in disgrace after accepting a plea to campaign finance violations.
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Martin v. Marshall: AG race off to contentious start

July 31, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

During his introductory press conference in early February, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall was immediately met with questions about a long-rumored investigation into then-Gov. Robert Bentley.

Marshall said at the time that he didn’t know about the investigation, hadn’t been briefed yet, but planned to speak to his new team and then make a public announcement. Two days later, he acknowledged the investigation and recused himself.
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Deadline to register to vote is today

July 31, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming Special Senate Election Primaries is today.

Party Primaries for the Senate Election are on August 15 and a potential runoff may occur in September depending on how the vote is distributed. The General Election is set for December.

The Republican field is a packed one with former Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, US Senator Luther Strange, US Representative Mo Brooks (R), former Christian Coalition Leader Randy Brinson, State Senator Trip Pittman(R-Montrose), Businessman Bryan Peeples, former Australian resident Mary Maxwell, Doctor James Beretta, and Air Force Chaplain Joseph Breault contending for the seat.
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Zeigler Says Strange is campaigning for low information voters

July 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sunday, July 30, 2017, State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) said that US Senator Luther Strange’s (R-Alabama) strategy for getting elected is to, “rely on millions of dollars in ads paid for by Washington insiders to sway low-information voters.”

Zeigler asked, “If you were appointed by disgraced former Gov. Bentley, who you were supposed to be investigating, how would you try to be elected in Alabama’s US Senate primary?”  Zeigler’s answer: “Temporary Sen. Luther Strange is doing it this way: He is counting on millions of dollars in ads paid for by Washington Insiders to sway ‘low-information voters.’”
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In praise of doing what’s right

July 31, 2017

By Larry Lee
Education Matters

Ain’t no way 11 months ago I would ever write what I am now writing. That’s because I had just watched state school board member Stephanie Bell raise her hand on Aug. 11 as one of five votes to hire Mike Sentance as State Superintendent.

I thought then–and still do—it was one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen a group of adults do.  Given his lack of qualifications and lack of support from educators, how do you justify selecting him?
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Cutting through the noise

July 31, 2017
Bradley Byrne

US Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

There has been a lot of noise coming out of Washington and in the national news media. If you listen to all the noise, you would think the only thing happening in our nation’s capital is staffing drama at the White House and an ongoing Russia investigation.

Those topics consume the national headlines day in and day out. Sadly, that narrative does not match the reality of what is happening in the House of Representatives. In fact, we are getting our work done and following through on our promises.
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Nicole Jones running for Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries

July 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, July 29, 2017, Nicole Jones (R) announced that she was dropping her run for the State Senate and will instead be running statewide for Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries.

Nicole Jones said in a statement, “Over the past several weeks I have prayerfully considered where to best leave a legacy in our State, and the Lord presented an opportunity that overwhelmed my heart. At this time, I would be honored to have your support as I run for Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries.”
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Crawford seeks full-term in House

July 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, July 26, State Representative Danny Crawford (R-Athens) will run for re-election in the Alabama House of Representatives.

Rep. Crawford announced, “It’s been an honor and a pleasure to represent the residents of House District 5 the last two years. I’m looking forward to getting back to work on the issues that matter most to them: job creation, education, tax reform, and protecting our conservative values.”
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Mo Brooks says McConnell should resign

July 31, 2017

 By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, July 28, 2017, Congressman and US Senate Candidate Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) suggested that if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) be replaced as Majority Leader if he fails to pass a repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (commonly called Obamacare) and urged the Senate to work through the August recess if necessary to get something done.

US Representative Brooks said, “Last night the Senate failed the American people.  The failure was complete, from top to bottom.  Majority Leader Mitch McConnell failed at the top.  Luther Strange, the Senate’s newest member, failed at the bottom.”
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Shelby and Strange statements on Obamacare repeal vote

July 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, July 28, 2017, US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) today released a statement following the failure of the Senate to pass a repeal of the controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Obamacare).  Sen. Shelby said that the healthcare repeal measure would have given Americans relief from Obamacare and that he is disappointed that it failed.  Senator Luther Strange also expressed disappointment that the key GOP promise was not kept.
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