Young Democrats Debate Watch

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By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

BIRMINGHAM—Young Democrats across Alabama hosted public watch parties for the last presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Wednesday night.

The Alabama Young Democrats, a statewide organization, along with members of their Birmingham, East Alabama and North-Central Alabama chapters, hosted a joint watch party with the Hillary Clinton campaign at the Historic Carver Theatre

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Trump’s Most Presidential Moment?

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By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

Last night, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump took the stage in the first debate of the 2016 general election. The entire 90 minutes was essentially taking a RC Car to a Nascar race–it was clear Donald Trump simply couldn’t compete on a national stage.

Where Hillary Clinton was poised and prepared to defend her actions and positions, Donald Trump looked lost, became unwound and resorted

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We Can’t Expect Change Without Voting For It, Too

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By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, Joe Lovvorn narrowly prevailed in a field of four candidates for the GOP nomination to fill former Speaker Mike Hubbard’s seat in the Alabama House of Representatives. Hubbard vacated his seat under State law when he was convicted of more felonies than you can count on both hands.

Campaign finance records show that Lovvorn was backed by many of the same high-dollar Montgomery

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Why Alabama Missed The Boat On Medicaid… And Which Southern State Got It Right

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By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

In 2011, then-Governor Steve Beshear implemented Managed Care Organizations in Kentucky, taking a trial-model that had been in place since 1997 and expanding it into a full program. Moving half a million Medicaid recipients into Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) was estimated to save the commonwealth $1.3 billion over three years, $375 million of which would be saved in the general fund budget.

At

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Governor’s Emotional Appeals Aren’t Fooling Anyone

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By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

I usually follow the #ALpolitics hashtag on Twitter, and it’s usually good for up-to-date news and up-to-date laughs. Lately, those laughs have come from the Governor’s account–he’s taken to the Twittersphere multiple times in the last week to emphasize the growing need to fully fund Medicaid, highlighting faces of people–particularly children–whose coverage

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Hubbard’s “Friends” Defense is Wishful Thinking

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By Beth Clayton

Last week, I sat in on part of the Mike Hubbard criminal trial and listened to witnesses gush about what a great friend they consider Hubbard, how they love him “like a brother,” and how would do anything for him. This theme is, no doubt, part of the defense’s strategy to utilize the “friends” loophole in the state ethics laws that have brought Hubbard before a jury of his peers on 23 felony

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Sandy Stimpson Prepares to Take Office

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By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY–Mayor-Elect Sandy Stimpson is preparing to take office in Mobile after defeating incumbent mayor Sam Jones in Tuesday’s election.

Stimpson must prioritize his agenda and resolve staffing issues before taking office.

Stimson has said that it should be a “seemless transition” and that he plans to remove the door to the mayor’s office on his first day.

He also plans to make developing

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Uncontested, Safe and Shocking: Municipal races across the state

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By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY–Yesterday, voters in Mobile, Tuscaloosa and Birmingham
headed to the polls to cast ballots in their municipal elections for
mayor, city council and board of education.

The three mayors races ranged from uncontested to safe to shocking.

In Tuscaloosa, incumbent Mayor Walt Maddox headed unopposed into his third term.

In Birmingham, incumbent Mayor William Bell, who was heavily favored<br

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Election Day Rundown

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By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

Today, voters will head to the polls in Mobile, Birmingham and Tuscaloosa to cast ballots in crucial municipal elections. Below, catch the rundown on the major races and candidates on the ballot in each city.

MOBILE
The Mobile mayor’s race is a nonpartisan race between incumbent Mayor Sam Jones and challengers Sandy Stimpson and Doris J.W. Brown.

Jones is Mobile’s first African-American mayor

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Democrats Gather in Heflin

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By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY–Saturday, Democrats gathered in Heflin for the first “Yellar Dog Brawl” benefitting the Alabama Democratic Majority, a non-profit foundation established by former chair of the Alabama Democratic Party, Judge Mark Kennedy.

Kennedy received an award for his service to the party from the Cleburne County Democratic Executive Committee. He spoke on the strength of a “people-powered”

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