Byrne will not run for Governor, will run for another term in Congress

August 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, August 30, 2017, U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, announced that he will not run for Governor of Alabama. Instead, Byrne will seek a third-term representing Alabama’s First Congressional District in 2018. Byrne expects Governor Kay Ivey (R) to run for the office next year.

The popular Gulf Coast Congressman said, “I have made the decision; I will not run for governor next year. After speaking with Gov. Ivey, I think it’s important for the state that we have continuity and stability.”

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Gerald Dial’s possible retirement could be a catastrophe for public education in Alabama

August 31, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

There is an impending catastrophe for public education in Alabama.

Sen. Gerald Dial is considering not running for re-election and running for Alabama Agriculture Commissioner instead.

I know that sounds odd.

First, it’s odd that the resignation of any one state lawmaker could be a catastrophe. And second, it’s odd that I would believe a Republican’s resignation could have such a devastating effect.

That should tell you how serious this is.

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Artur Davis, LSA in legal standoff

August 31, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Legal Services Alabama is in an uproar.

Last week, Artur Davis, the former Alabama gubernatorial candidate, resigned as LSA’s executive director and wrote a scathing op-ed about his decision on his way out. In it, and in a subsequent complaint to the national Legal Services office and an Alabama Bar Association complaint, Davis alleged he resigned after LSA’s board president, LaVeeda Battle, placed him on leave over trumped-up charges and a personal vendetta.

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Former House Speaker Mike Hubbard remains free 

August 31, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Sentenced to prison over a year ago on 12 felony counts of public corruption, former Republican Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard remains free awaiting a ruling from the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. If his appeal is turned down by the court, he will most likely be filing with the State Supreme Court.

Even before his indictment on October 20, 2014, on 23 felony charges of ethics violations, Hubbard launched an expansive publicity campaign to deny, deflect, delay and derail all attempts to hold him accountable under the Ethics laws he and the Republican supermajority passed in 2010.

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Barry Moore campaign releases poll showing that Roby is vulnerable

August 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, August 31, 2017, State Representative Barry Moore’s, R-Enterprise, congressional campaign released results of a poll, by WPA Intelligence, outlining what they claim is the vulnerability of incumbent Representative Martha Roby, R-Montgomery.

According to the memo released to the Alabama Political Reporter (APR) incumbent Martha Roby is viewed favorably by only thirty-three percent of Republican voters, while forty-three percent have an unfavorable view of the four-term congresswoman.

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Senator Phil Williams endorses Roy Moore

August 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, August 30, 2017, Alabama State Senator Phil Williams, R-Rainbow City, announced that he has endorsed Judge Roy Moore (R) for U.S. Senate.

Sen. Williams said in a statement, “Judge Roy Moore has served our nation on the front-lines in Vietnam and the people of Alabama with integrity and honor as a two-time Chief Justice. The Judge has been a stalwart defender of the United States Constitution in the face of liberal activist judges and has put principle before personal or political gain time and time again. It is this track record that uniquely qualifies him to fill the Senate seat of Jeff Sessions in Washington, D.C.”

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UNA to hold Town Hall to address opioid crisis

August 31, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

The University of North Alabama will be hosting a Town Hall on opioid addiction featuring Attorney General Steve Marshall, Alabama’s Mental Health Commissioner Lynn Beshear, Acting State Health Officer Scott Harris, and State Senator Tim Melson.

The event, focused on fostering recovery and solution, was organized by State Representative Johnny Mack Morrow and the University of North Alabama and is scheduled for Sept. 27 from 4-6 p.m. in Norton Auditorium.

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“Buy America” Policy is important for Alabama Jobs

August 31, 2017

By Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh
Lieutenant Governor Candidate

This Labor Day weekend, Alabamians will celebrate the end of summer and the start of another college football season. While we gather with family and friends, I hope we will also reflect on the importance of supporting Alabama jobs and the contributions American workers continue to make to our economy.

Since I first became active in public service, job creation and growth have been two of my primary objectives. As I continue to serve Alabama, my goal is to create a healthier economy and to facilitate job growth in all corners of the State. Jobs must be our primary focus, whether in farming, manufacturing, coal mining, the iron and steel trades or any other industry in our State.

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Bemoaning our post-truth society

August 31, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Many readers know that, along with my journalism career, I’m also an English instructor at UAB. During most semesters, I teach two or three classes in the English Department, usually freshman composition courses and/or sophomore literature.

I enjoy teaching, and I’ve been doing that at UAB since 2001.

This semester, however, I’m a “communications” instructor as well, as part of an interdisciplinary course in the UAB Honors College. In my years of teaching, I’ve never taught as a communications or journalism instructor; I stick to English because I love to teach writing, and the UAB English Department has been very, very good to me.

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Strange turns negative again

August 30, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 29, 2017. As expected, Republican Senator Luther Strange has launched his next round of attacks on former Alabama Chief Justice Judge Roy Moore, in a desperate bid to resurrect his floundering campaign for the US Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions earlier this year.

The Strange campaign said, “Voters have a clear choice in this election: President Trump’s conservative fighter, Luther Strange, who has a record of taking on the swamp, or another hypocritical politician, Roy Moore, who has spent 40 years putting himself and his ambition ahead of Alabamians.”

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