Rogers and Cooper send letter to President urging greater missile defense funding due to North Korean threat

August 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley  
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 15, 2017, Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Saks) and Ranking Member Jim Cooper (D-Tennessee) sent a bipartisan letter to President Trump to help the United States better prepare and handle the most recent North Korean threats. The bill was passed in July following successful tests of North Korean missile technology.

Chairman Rogers said, “President Trump has already begun to make tremendous strides in rebuilding our National defense. And his strong stand against the North Korean threat is greatly welcomed. Today, I ask President Trump to fully support the $2.5 billion increase to ensure we are completely prepared to deal with any threat that comes out of North Korea. The funding Mr. Cooper and I have requested is the same amount that passed overwhelmingly by the House in this year’s NDAA.”

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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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Ethics Commission punts decision, creates more confusion

August 17, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Despite pleas from its executive director and legal counsel, the Ethics Commission on Wednesday elected to table a decision on an opinion that defined some economic development site consultants as lobbyists.

The non-decision allows the five-person Commission to avoid making a public decision on the matter – instead shuffling it off with hopes that the state Legislature will correct it through legislation – but it will do little to ease confusion about the matter, executive director Tom Albritton said.

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State sues Birmingham to protect Confederate monuments

August 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, August 16, 2017, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) announced that his office has filed suit in Jefferson County Circuit Court against the City of Birmingham and Mayor William Bell for violating state law by constructing barriers to deliberately obscure the Confederate Veterans Monument in Linn Park.

Attorney General Marshall said in a statement, “In accordance with the law, my office has determined that by affixing tarps and placing plywood around the Linn Park Memorial such that it is hidden from view, the Defendants have ‘altered’ or ‘otherwise disturbed’ the memorial in violation of the letter and spirit of the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act.”

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Gov. Ivey creates new Council on Opioid addiction

August 17, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Governor Kay Ivey has created a new council to fight opioid addiction in Alabama.

Ivey signed an Executive Order to create the Alabama Opioid Overdose and Addiction Council on Tuesday changing the already existing Alabama Council on Opioid Misuse and Addiction. The Council was created to fight the ongoing Opioid epidemic currently happening around the United States.

“Opioid addiction is a major problem in Alabama. We are a top prescribing state with hundreds of deaths each year from overdoses. It’s a serious situation that all citizens need to be aware of and help us with,” Ivey said in a statement. “We must find ways to curtail this crisis in Alabama. I look forward to reviewing the council’s recommendations for strategies to reduce the number of deaths and other effects caused by opioid misuse in our state.”

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Roy Moore and Luther Strange in Republican Primary Runoff

August 16, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 15, 2017, former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) received the most votes in the Republican Primary.  He was followed by Senator Luther Strange (R) who had the poorest performance by any sitting Republican Senator in a Republican Primary since 1962.

Chief Justice Moore said, “This has been a wonderful victory.  I want to thank every one of you for what you have done and what you will do.  This is a great victory.”  Moore said that the, “Efforts by silk stocking elitists in Washington to control the people of Alabama,” had failed.

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Alabama politics: Setting new lows

August 16, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Maybe we’re expecting too much from our politicians.

On a day when the president of the country called a group of white supremacists “fine people,” a guy who has been twice booted from his chief justice job beat the Republican field and forced a runoff against a guy who sold out his attorney general office in order to get a political appointment from a governor he was investigating.

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There’s very little difference 

August 16, 2017

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE

By Steve Flowers

You know the results of Tuesday’s primaries for our U.S. Senate seat.  I had to go to press before the vote.  However, the assumption was that there would be a runoff in the Republican primary.  It is safe to say that the winner of that runoff on September 26 will be elected as our next junior U.S. Senator.  We are such a reliably Republican state that winning the GOP Primary will be tantamount to election in December.
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GOP Chairwoman Terry Lathan congratulates Moore and Strange

August 16, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 15, 2017, Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan made a statement congratulating Judge Roy Moore and Senator Luther Strange for their top two finishes in the Alabama Special Republican Primary.

Following the results of today’s historic election Chairman Lathan said, “Congratulations to Judge Roy Moore and Senator Luther Strange on winning today’s Alabama US Senate Primary Election. We commend all our excellent candidates. It is challenging to run for office, especially in a quick statewide race. We need good citizens to agree to serve our great state. We certainly had a strong slate of candidates for this election.”

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