Billy Powell Urges Cattlemen to Vote to Renew Checkoff

December 12, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Cattleman’s Association Executive Vice President Dr. Billy Powell, addressed the membership of the St Clair County Cattlemen’s Association at their annual Christmas Party event at Celebrations in Pell City.

Dr. Powell said that this has been a good year for the cattle industry in Alabama.  Alabama’s farmers have seen record feeder calf prices and Powell said that next year also looks good for the cow calf sector.
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Hunter Defends North Alabama Work Force

December 12, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The competition between states to land the Boeing 777x plant has become fierce. Part of competition is promoting the benefits of your state and sometimes competition sinks to tearing down the other states in the competition. Some of Alabama’s competitors have reportedly attacked North Alabama workers, saying that the state’s education system does not produce enough workers with the ability to learn the high skills needed to assemble jetlines for Boeing. State of Alabama School Board Mary Scott Hunter (R) defended North Alabama workers and schools in her latest column.
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Bentley Submits Offer to Boeing

December 11, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) joined several other governors when he submitted Alabama’s incentive package to American aviation giant, Boeing, for the new 777x airliner factory. Alabama has proposed locating the factory in the Huntsville area which is already a research and manufacturing hub for the aerospace industry. Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions (R) praised state and local officials for their efforts in attempting to craft a deal with Boeing.
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Terry Jones Announces Candidacy in House District 21

December 11, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Terry Jones from Hazel Green announced this week that he will be running for the Alabama Legislature in House District 21 as a Democrat against Representative Jim Patterson, (R) from Meridianville.

The Hazel Green teacher and coach, Terry Jones said, “I had never thought about running for office until this past year when our state legislature passed the Accountability Act. Our representatives in Montgomery voted to take a million dollars out of our public schools and use that money to send kids in South Alabama to private school. That’s just not right.”
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Alabama Progressives Plan Organizational Meeting in Mobile

December 11, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The last four years have not been good for Democrats in Alabama. Governor Robert Bentley’s election in 2010 has meant 11 straight years of Republican control of the Alabama Governor’s office. Democrats in the the Alabama Congressional delegation have decreased from three to just one, Rep. Terri Sewell from Selma. Not only did Democrats in the State legislature lose their majorities in both houses of the legislature, the Republicans won super majorities. The Republicans swept all the statewide judicial elections and all the statewide constitutional offices. The Alabama Democratic Party saw a 2013 that was dominated by intra-party feuding, while Republicans continued to make inroads into counties that previously were Democratic party dominated.
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Armistead Comments on McCutcheon v. FEC Case

October 11, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, Bill Armistead, issued a statement regarding the oral arguments heard earlier in the week before the Supreme Court in the case of McCutcheon v. FEC. Prominent Alabama engineer and noted Republican activist, Shaun McCutcheon, is suing the Federal Elections Commission because he believes that federal limits both on how much money an individual can give to federal candidates violates his Freedom of Speech rights under the U.S. Constitution.
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FreedomWorks PAC Endorses Dr. Chad Mathis for Congress

October 10, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, Dr. Chad Mathis (R) from Indian Springs announced his candidacy for Congress. On Wednesday, the conservative doctor collected his first national endorsement when FreedomWorks PAC officially endorsed Dr. Chad Mathis’s run for Congress in Alabama’s 6th Congressional District.

FreedomWorks PAC President Matt Kibbe said in a written statement, “Our fiscal house is in chaos. Congress has lost sight of our constitutional principles, and career politicians are to blame. If we are going to change the status quo in Washington, we need to start by sending people to Congress who understand how big the mess is, and who have the backbone to fix it. We need to elect citizens who have more experience in the private sector than the government sector, and Dr. Mathis is that kind of citizen.”
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Bentley Announces New Steel Tubing and Pipe Plant in Lawrence County

October 10, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) announced that IT-TRI LLC is planning to invest up to $68 million to build a new steel tubing and pipe manufacturing plant in Lawrence County, creating 100 new manufacturing jobs in Trinity by the end of 2015.

Gov. Bentley said in a written statement, “On the state and local levels, we are committed to attracting more jobs to Lawrence County and to all of Alabama. We have the best workforce of any state in the country. We have good people who are ready to work hard and help this company succeed.”
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Meadows and Polizos Advance to Runoff

October 9, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, Dimitri Polizos (R) narrowly missed winning the House District 74 seat without a runoff. The longtime Montgomery restauranteur and County Commissioner received 1901 votes……46% of the ballots cast.

Following the reporting of the unofficial results Commissioner Polizos went to Facebook to report his results, “Thank you so much for the support! 46% of a bigger than expected turnout. Only because of awesome supporters like you! Now for the runoff where you’ll help us win.”
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Sellers, Polizos, and Meadows Battle for District 74 Today

October 8, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, Republican voters in Alabama House District 74 will go to the polls to decide who will represent the highly conservative district for the next 14 months.

Charlotte Borden Meadows, Dimitri Polizos, and Heather Sellers are all running for House District 74 which was vacated by Rep. Jay Love (R) when he resigned to accept a position directing an education reform group.

On Tuesday, the candidates appealed to what is likely to be a very small turnout of voters.
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