Study: Number of unregulated child care centers to increase if law doesn’t change

September 19, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

A new study by the child-advocate group VOICES for Alabama Children puts the number of unregulated child care centers increasing in Alabama if laws remain the same.

The organization released their 2017 data book, “Alabama Kids Count,” which tracks changes in child welfare through the years. The data book is a compilation of data collected by the organization from various Alabama agencies.

The study looked at unregulated day care centers, which were a hot topic in the 2017 legislative session. The data book said Alabama is one of only seven states that still allow for “broad-based exemptions” for day care centers.

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Brooks votes for Moore in absentee ballot

September 16, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

With a little more than week till the election, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, voted for former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore today in the U.S. Senate race on his absentee ballot.

Brooks said Moore is the best choice in the race and said he believes his campaign is in opposition to Washington interest groups.

“I can’t speak for anyone else, but, as for me, I stand with America,” Brooks said in a statement. “I have voted for Roy Moore because Roy Moore not only stands with America, he will fight for America!”
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Judge seeks open seat on Court of Civil Appeals

September 15, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

A judge announced that she would seek a soon-to-be vacated seat on the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals on Thursday.

Chirsty Edwards, who currently serves as a judge on the Alabama Tax Court, made the announcement that she will seek the seat on Thursday. Edwards said she wants to bring her know how of tax laws to the appeals court.

“Everyone has to pay taxes – businesses, business owners, consumers and regular people,” Edwards said in a statement. “The businesses and the people of this state need a judge who will oversee the tax laws and protect the taxpayers according to all the laws overseen by this court. I will do that.”

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Irma’s Wake: Power outages across Alabama, evacuees’ futures uncertain

September 12, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

As Tropical Depression Irma exits Alabama, it leaves behind a bruised state with power outages, downed trees and Florida evacuees uncertain of their future.

The storm caused tropical-like winds across Eastern Alabama Monday as it moved northwestward from its landfall in Southern Florida Sunday morning.

It made landfall as a category 4 hurricane and weakened until it was a tropical storm in the panhandle of Florida. As the center of the storm crossed into Alabama around the Phenix City area, it was downgraded again to a tropical depression.

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In-person voter registration for US Senate runoff extended due to Hurricane Irma

September 11, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

The deadline to register to vote in person in the Republican U.S. Senate runoff election has been extended due to severe weather caused by Hurricane Irma.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued an executive order Monday afternoon extending the deadline to Tuesday for in-person registration. Ivey previously ordered state offices in effected storm areas closed for the incoming severe winds.

“With today being the deadline to register to vote in September’s runoff, it only makes sense to extend the deadline to tomorrow because of the current weather situation in our state,” Ivey said in a statement. “Voting is a fundamental right in our democracy, and I’m proud to direct the Secretary of State and local boards of registrars to ensure that Alabamians can register tomorrow and still be eligible to vote September 26th.”
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Deadline to register to vote in Republican runoff is Tuesday

September 11, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday will be the last day to register to vote in the Republican runoff for one of Alabama’s U.S. Senate seats.

You can register to vote online through the Secretary of State’s Office’s website until 11:59 p.m. If your local courthouse is operational, you can register in person.

The Secretary of State’s Office said they reached out to the governor’s office to see if the original deadline of Monday could be extended. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued an executive order Monday afternoon that would extend the deadline to Tuesday. She also said she would extend it again if state offices were still closed.
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LIVE UPDATES: Tropical Storm Irma in Alabama, power outages affect thousands

September 10, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, 8:55 p.m.–The center of Tropical Depression Irma has crossed the Georgia-Alabama line near Phenix City, Alabama.

Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, 7:26 p.m.–The Alabama Emergency Management Agency said strong winds will continue in Alabama till 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

Previously, the EMA estimated that strong winds would dissipate at 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday. The agency said flash flooding is possible and the chance of tornadoes are low in the state.
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Strange changes position on US Senate filibuster rule

September 8, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Sen. Luther Strange announced to supporters in an email this week that he no longer supports the filibuster rule that requires 60 senators to vote for cloture on debate in the Senate.

“The Senate filibuster rule is stopping President Trump from achieving our conservative agenda!” the email read. “Obstructionist tactics by liberal Democrats and even some Republicans are preventing important legislation from reaching the Senate floor.

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Alabama Democrats respond to Trump’s DACA decision

September 7, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Democratic Party leaders responded negatively to President Donald Trump’s announcement that his administration would roll back on the Deferral Action for Children Arrivals program, which granted temporary legal status to the children of immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally.

Nancy Worley, the chair of the Alabama Democratic Party, said Trump’s new administration has “turned its back on hard-working families and students” in a press release. She also said the new executive action shows that Trump and fellow Republicans are dividing the country and creating fear within communities.

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State Rep. Ainsworth raises over $1 million in Lieutenant Governor’s race

September 6, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

State Rep. Will Ainsworth, R-Guntersville, has raised more than $1 million in the Lieutenant Governor’s race making his campaign funds the top in the race.

In a press release from his campaign, Ainsworth said his campaign attracted supporters from around the state of Alabama. He said he was “deeply grateful” for the support.

“I am determined that our campaign will have the resources necessary to be highly competitive in the Republican primary, a run-off if one is necessary, and the general election, and this finance report shows we are keeping that commitment,” Ainsworth said.

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