Doug Jones fundraising jumps to about $1.3 million, campaign says

October 17, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones has raised about $1.3 million, his campaign said, amounting to a drastic jump in his campaign fundraising, which struggled in the first months of the race.

Through July 31, during the primary in the first three months of the campaign, Jones’ campaign raised less than $300,000. At the end of the third quarter, Jones’ campaign now has more than $1 million in cash on hand, his campaign said.

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US Rep. Mike Rogers to visit Tuskegee on Wednesday to support T-100 trainer plans

October 17, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., who represents Alabama’s 3rd Congressional District, will visit Tuskegee on Wednesday.

Rogers is set to visit with the Macon County Economic Development Authority, which will be meeting at the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in Hangar Two, located at 1616 General Chappie James Avenue at Moton Field.

In March, Tuskegee was announced as a potential production site for the Air Force’s new jet fighter trainer, the T-100. Rogers is expected to give an update on that plan as well as his perspective from Washington.

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Businessman to seek Rep. Phil Williams’ seat in District 6

October 13, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Madison County businessman, Andy Whitt, has announced he will seek election to the Alabama House of Representatives in District 6, currently represented by Rep. Phil Williams, R-Huntsville.

Williams is not seeking re-election next year.

“I am running for the House of Representatives because I want to put my finance and business experience to work for the people of this district and our state,” Whitt said. “It’s time we do more with less, cut the wasteful spending and put hard-working families first. Just like I run our community bank, I will make sure that our state is held accountable and there is a check and balance system in place.”

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Highway to be named in honor of second African American to fly with Thunderbirds

October 13, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

The City of Tuskegee and Macon County will rename a portion of a highway in the city in honor of Captain Joseph “Pete” Peterson, the second African American to serve as a pilot with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

State Road 199 will be renamed as Captain Joseph “Pete” Peterson Memorial Boulevard and new signage will be dedicated at a ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 26.

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Main Super PAC that backed Strange won’t wade into Senate race for Moore just yet

October 11, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

The main Republican Super PAC that bolstered Sen. Luther Strange’s primary bid won’t be wading into the competition between Chief Justice Roy Moore and his Democratic challenger, Doug Jones — at least, not just yet.

The Senate Leadership Fund — a PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel, R-Ky., and Republican leadership in the Senate — is believed to have spent between $8 – 9 million in the Alabama primary over the past few months in an attempt to prop up Strange and his campaign.

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Gov. Kay Ivey and Tommy Battle top $1 million in fundraising

October 9, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Gov. Kay Ivey and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle have now both topped $1 million in fundraising totals, according to the most recent campaign finance reports.

Battle has raised $1,105,351 since fundraising began in the early summer. Ivey, who decided in September to officially run for a full term, has raised over $1.2 million. She hit the $1 million mark last month, just a few weeks after her announcement.
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Democratic candidate for Governor Walt Maddox hopeful Democrats can win

October 6, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Off the heels of his gubernatorial announcement, Tuscaloosa mayor and Democratic candidate for governor, Walt Maddox, said he is hopeful a Democrat like himself can be successful in the gubernatorial race.

“I absolutely believe there is a pathway to victory,” said Maddox, who announced Thursday morning he would officially be running for governor, in an interview with The Alabama Political Reporter. “In large part, it’s because we’re turning a page in Alabama’s history where we’re no longer going to allow the politics of fear to drive the decisions at the ballot.”

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Marshall leading 14-state brief to support Pensacola in maintaining cross in public park

October 5, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Attorney General Steve Marshall is leading a group of attorneys general from across the country in supporting the city of Pensacola, Florida, in a court battle to keep a historic cross on display in a public park.

Marshall led a group of 14 AGs in writing an amicus, or friend of the court, brief, in support of Pensacola in their appeal with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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For Democratic candidate Doug Jones, big turnout with former Vice President Joe Biden could bolster campaign

October 4, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

The atmosphere was reminiscent of years now past when Democratic candidates in Alabama could draw big crowds and national attention. That time could be back again, or at least that’s what the Democrats hope.

Doug Jones, the former U.S. attorney turned Senate candidate who looks to upset firebrand GOP candidate Roy Moore, on Tuesday drew more than 1,000 supporters to an auditorium in Birmingham for a rally with former Vice President Joe Biden — the most high-profile figure to stump for a Democrat in Alabama in years.

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No federal funding for CHIP could cost more than 83,000 Alabama kids their health insurance

October 3, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

If the U.S. Congress can’t get to a deal on funding for the Child Health Insurance Program, more than 80,000 children in Alabama could be without health insurance as soon as next spring.

Congress last week failed to authorize the reauthorize funding for the program, which expired on Sept. 30 at the end of the 2017 Fiscal Year. And without that federal funding, Alabama’s “All Kids” Chip program could be exhausted by early next year.

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