Ivey has name of campaign for Governor reserved

August 17, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Gov. Kay Ivey’s team has filed paperwork reserving a name for a non-profit campaign for re-election. The paperwork, which reserves the non-profit “Kay Ivey for Governor, Inc.” was filed with the Secretary of State’s Office Wednesday.

The filing is further public indication that Ivey is going to run for re-election, which APR confirmed earlier this week. The non-profit entity reservation would be the first step in Ivey’s plan to run for a full term. She hasn’t filed paperwork established her principal campaign committee, but that paperwork should be coming soon.

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Twinkle Cavanaugh to switch from Governor’s race to Lieutenant Governor

August 17, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Public Service Commission President Twinkle Cavanaugh, a Republican candidate for governor, is preparing to switch her candidacy to the lieutenant governor’s race.

After serving as the president of the Public Service Commission — the state commission that regulates utilities — Cavanaugh announced in March that she would run for governor.

Cavanaugh is expected to make the switch public Thursday, announcing it on Baron Coleman’s politics radio show, which goes on air at 11 a.m.

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Moore cozies up to Putin, says he’s ‘more akin to me than I know’ on same-sex marriage

August 11, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

It’s no secret anywhere former Chief Justice Roy Moore is no fan of same-sex marriage, but the leading Senate candidate on Thursday took it one step further, cozying up to Russian President Vladimir Putin after being questioned on the topic.

In an interview with The Guardian, a British newspaper, reporters asked Moore what he thought about his view on same-sex marriage being similar to Putin’s, who has cracked down on what he has said is “homosexual propaganda” in schools. Putin has also turned a blind eye in the Russian state of Chechnya as gay men have been tortured and even killed.

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New poll shows Moore leading Strange, Brooks in primary matchup

August 11, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

A new poll of the US Senate special primary election set for next week shows former Chief Justice Roy Moore consistently leading the rest of the primary pack, trailed by incumbent Sen. Luther Strange and US Rep. Mo Brooks.

In a hypothetical runoff between Strange and Moore, the poll suggests Moore would lead there as well.

The poll, conducted by Montgomery polling firm Cygnal and released Thursday, showed Moore ahead of Strange with a more than 8-percentage point lead. Moore has polled consistently above 30 percent in recent public polls, including this new poll at 30.7 percent. Strange trails with 22.6 percent and Brooks has 18.1 percent — barely outside the poll’s margin of error of 4.37 percentage points.

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Tuscaloosa millionaire developer files Ethics Complaint against Luther Strange

August 10, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Millionaire Tuscaloosa real-estate developer Stan Pate has filed an ethics complaint against Sen. Luther Strange alleging his acceptance of an appointment to the US Senate was improper and violated the State’s ethics laws, APR has confirmed.

The ethics complaint, filed Wednesday with the Alabama Ethics Commission, alleges that Strange violated state ethics laws in three different instances: by announcing his desire to be appointed to the Senate, by accepting an interview with former Gov. Robert Bentley during an active criminal investigation his office was overseeing, and by suspending the House’s impeachment investigation into Bentley.

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Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh will seek re-election

August 10, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama’s most powerful State senator will seek re-election to the Legislature’s upper chamber next year.

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, will seek re-election to the Senate, he announced Wednesday. The move comes after he considered running for both the US Senate and for Governor.

“Since Republicans took over the Legislature, we have been able to pass many key pieces of legislation,” Marsh said. “However, the work is not done and if I am fortunate enough to be sent back to Montgomery by the people of Senate District 12, I look forward to continuing conservative policies that make government more efficient and accountable to the taxpayers.”

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Powerhouse political donor Stan Pate steps up ad campaign, plans to file ethics complaint against Luther Strange

August 8, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

With a week to go in the US Senate special primary election for Alabama’s junior senator seat, millions of dollars have been dumped into the state in an attempt to influence voters, and even more cash will soon be dolled out.

Millionaire Tuscaloosa developer Stan Pate has already been blanketing social media with pointed ads directed at Sen. Luther Strange, alleging that he made a deal with former Gov. Robert Bentley to get appointed to his Senate seat in exchange for a get out of jail free card.

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Technology company to bring 300 new jobs to Brewton

August 8, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Another win for Alabama’s economic development push was announced Monday as a Southern-based technology firm gears up to expand into Brewton, Alabama, hiring 300 new workers.

Gov. Kay Ivey announced in a press release Monday that Provalus will invest about $6.5 million in a new technology service and support center. Provalus is a subsidiary of the Atlanta-based Optomi, a corporation that the Governor’s Office said is focused on filling its technology, business and support positions with domestic labor.

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Secretary of State continues electronic voting system for citizens, service members overseas

August 3, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama voters living abroad will be able to vote electronically next month thanks to a system set to be implemented by Secretary of State John Merrill’s office.

Merill announced Wednesday that the state of Alabama will use an electronic ballot delivery and return system. It will be implemented during the upcoming Senate Special Election and for the 2018 statewide election cycle.

The system will allow service members deployed abroad and citizens living overseas to return their absentee ballots electronically.

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Mercedes drops subcontractor at Tuscaloosa plant following alleged foreign worker violations

August 2, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Automaker Mercedes Benz has dropped a construction subcontractor at two of its auto plants following an investigative report by CBS News showed the company hired for construction at the plant was using hundreds of unauthorized foreign workers.

The report, which aired during the premier of the network’s new investigative series, “CBSN: On Assignment,” found that the Eastern European foreign workers hired by a subcontractor being used at the plant in Tuscaloosa County had obtained B1/B2 visas to work at the plant.

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