State Rep. Will Ainsworth to run for Lieutenant Governor

June 23, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

State Rep. Will Ainsworth is expected to announce his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor on Saturday at a kick-off rally in Guntersville.

Ainsworth, a first term Representative who represents Marshall, Dekalb and Blount Counties, is now running to oversee the Alabama Senate and be second in line to the Governorship.

In a press release announcing his candidacy, Ainsworth touted his record on ethics reform, citing his membership on the House Ethics Committee and his signing of Articles of Impeachment against former Gov. Robert Bentley.

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Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow to focus on education in challenging Sen. Larry Stutts in District 6

June 23, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow, a Democrat from Red Bay, Alabama, is risking his longtime House seat for the possibility of moving upstairs to the Alabama Senate where he hopes to focus on public education in Alabama. He plans to run against incumbent State Sen. Larry Stutts (R-Tuscumbia) to represent Alabama’s Senate District 6.  Morrow has been a member of the Alabama House for more than 27 years, having first been elected to the House in 1990.

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State Auditor announces exploratory campaign for Governor

June 21, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

State Auditor Jim Zeigler, who made a name for himself by being a harsh critic of former Governor Robert Bentley, has confirmed an exploratory campaign for Governor. Zeigler, who has served as State Auditor since 2015, will make a final decision later as he assesses a possible run in the 2018 cycle.

Zeigler’s office confirmed the existence of an official Facebook page for his exploratory campaign. The announcement this week is not the first hint that Zeigler would run for Governor.

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Attorney General joins Nationwide coalition to fight opioid abuse

June 16, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Attorney General Steve Marshall announced plans Thursday to participate in a bipartisan group of attorneys general from across the US who are investigating whether opioid drug manufacturers are engaging in illegal marketing and sales practices.

Opioid overdoses — one of the nation’s fastest growing causes of deaths  —resulted in more than 33,000 deaths nationwide in 2015, which is more than four times the same statistic in 1999. The number now rivals deaths from car accidents and firearms.

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Jeff Sessions denies “appalling and detestable” Russian allegations

June 14, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

WASHINGTON — Less than a week after the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey, Attorney General, and former Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions sat in the same chair as the former law enforcement official and delivered a somewhat different set of what he said were facts, defending himself and the Trump camp from what has amounted to a near ceaseless onslaught of new reports and allegations.

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Governor to attend International Paris Air Show next week

June 14, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Governor Kay Ivey will be traveling to France later this week as part of a trade mission to spotlight Alabama companies and possibly recruit new industry to the State.

During her visit to the Paris Air Show — the world’s longest-running and largest aerospace show, which begins Monday — Ivey will meet with various companies from the around the world along with delegations from around Alabama. Many of the meetings with the company delegations will be one-on-one, her office said, but others will be in group settings.

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Death Row inmate Thomas Arthur executed after seven previous attempts

May 26, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — He escaped death seven times, but he didn’t escape the eighth. The Alabama Department of Corrections executed death row inmate, Thomas “Tommy” Arthur, late Thursday night after several hours of delays.

Arthur was put to death by lethal injection at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama, using a controversial three-drug cocktail. He had been convicted for the 1982 murder-for-hire of North Alabama businessman, Troy Wicker.

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In-depth: Former House Speaker files written brief in appeals case

May 25, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

AUBURN — Former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard and his team of attorneys have filed their opening brief with the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, taking the first major step in the appeals process as his defense team works to overturn his 12 felony ethics convictions.

Hubbard’s defense attorneys argue in the new brief that prosecutors from the Alabama Attorney General’s Office used an overly broad interpretation of State ethics laws to get Hubbard convicted by the jury. They say he should be acquitted of the charges.

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Midwifery, Monument bills under review by Governor’s legal team

May 23, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Two high-profile pieces of Legislation that were passed and enrolled late last week are still undergoing a routine legal review, Gov. Kay Ivey’s office said Monday.

Ivey’s legal team is combing through HB315, which would legalize the practice of Midwifery, and SB60, which would prohibit cities and counties from removing Confederate monuments. After the routine review is completed, the Governor will decide whether to sign the two bills.

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Governor’s Office says 2015 hospitalization was the result of altitude sickness

May 23, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — In response to questions from the Alabama Political Reporter, Gov. Kay Ivey’s office said Monday that her 2015 hospitalization in Colorado was the result of altitude sickness not strokes.

“Many born and bred southerners like Governor Ivey are affected by altitude when visiting Colorado,” Ivey’s press secretary Eileen Jones said.  “She was there attending the Aerospace States’ Association Conference. She was vice-chair and in the absence of the chair, she ended up chairing the annual meeting. Did she get checked out at a hospital when at the conference? Yes. Did she have a stroke? No. Was she in the hospital 4 days? No.”

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