A further look at revelations in final report on scheme to smear Pouncey

June 26, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A recently exposed internal investigation by the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE), alleges five individuals devised a “scheme” in July of 2016, to deny Dr. Craig Pouncey a fair chance of being selected as the State Superintendent of the Department of Education.

The internal investigation also found that an unnamed individual or individuals participated in the plot to discredit Pouncey. At this time it is unclear who, other than the five people named in the report, may have colluded in the actions taken to derail Pouncey’s election. A statement by attorney Dennis Bailey at Wednesday’s Board meeting may reveal some tantalizing clues.
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Judge Moore Interview

June 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, June 23, 2017, Republican US Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore took time to speak with The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) and answer a number of issues across a wide spectrum of issues likely to face the Senate.

APR: You recently expressed some concerns with the secret Senate healthcare bill released yesterday. What do you say to Republicans who say that the enemy of the good is the perfect bill that will never pass and that we should just craft a bill and get it passed as any healthcare bill would be better than Obamacare even if we have to come back and fix it next year and the year after that?
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Alabama Hospital Association opposes Senate Healthcare Bill

June 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, June 23, 2017, the Alabama Hospital Association released a statement opposing the Senate Republicans healthcare bill that was released on Thursday.

The Alabama Hospital Association wrote in a statement: “Alabama’s hospitals support meaningful reforms that will enhance our State’s health care delivery system and support access to quality care throughout our state. Unfortunately, the bill released yesterday by the US Senate, the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, does not meet either objective.”
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Ainsworth launches campaign with down-home flair, commitment to ethics, jobs, and reform

June 26, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

On Saturday evening, a packed house at Guntersville City Hall celebrated with State Rep. Will Ainsworth as he announced his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor. He said, “After a lot of prayer, and a lot of council, it’s time for a new day in Alabama, and I’m excited to announce my candidacy for Lieutenant Governor of Alabama.”

Ainsworth represents a new wave of young lawmakers, not looking for a job but wanting to make a difference. “I’m not a career politician, and I don’t play by their rules. Running for Lt. Governor isn’t about a career or making a living for me, this is about what kind of Alabama we’re going to pass on to the next generation.”‘
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Boeing to add 400 more jobs in Alabama

June 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Governor Kay Ivey (R) and her team were at the Paris Air Show last week working to continue to grow Alabama’s booming aerospace industry. One of the largest aerospace employers in the world, Boeing Co. has a large presence in the state of Alabama. Currently Boeing has about 2,700 employees in Alabama; but that is expected to swell nearly fifteen percent to 3,100 by 2020.
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State Rep. Will Ainsworth to run for Lieutenant Governor

June 23, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

State Rep. Will Ainsworth is expected to announce his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor on Saturday at a kick-off rally in Guntersville.

Ainsworth, a first term Representative who represents Marshall, Dekalb and Blount Counties, is now running to oversee the Alabama Senate and be second in line to the Governorship.

In a press release announcing his candidacy, Ainsworth touted his record on ethics reform, citing his membership on the House Ethics Committee and his signing of Articles of Impeachment against former Gov. Robert Bentley.

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Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow to focus on education in challenging Sen. Larry Stutts in District 6

June 23, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow, a Democrat from Red Bay, Alabama, is risking his longtime House seat for the possibility of moving upstairs to the Alabama Senate where he hopes to focus on public education in Alabama. He plans to run against incumbent State Sen. Larry Stutts (R-Tuscumbia) to represent Alabama’s Senate District 6.  Morrow has been a member of the Alabama House for more than 27 years, having first been elected to the House in 1990.

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Judge Moore wants full repeal of Obamacare

June 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, November 22, 2017, former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) said that he supports the full repeal of Obamacare and suggested that the Senate healthcare plan released on Thursday is an “in name only” repeal of the controversial 2010 healthcare bill.

Chief Justice Moore said in a statement, “As I stated over a month ago, I will oppose any bill that does not fully repeal Obamacare. We knew from day one that the concept of Obamacare was doomed to fail just as socialized medicine has failed in every country where it has been implemented.”
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Nicole Jones running for Senate District 7

June 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, June 22, 2017, Huntsville area economic and commercial real estate developer Nicole Jones announced that she is running as a Republican for State Senate District 7, where incumbent Senator Paul Sanford (R-Huntsville) is not seeking reelection.

Jones said on social media, “Huntsville, Madison County, and Senate District 7, We build our community together, and you mean something to me, which is why I will work diligently and tirelessly for YOU.”
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Luther Strange: “Obamacare is in a Death Spiral”

June 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, June 23, 2017, US Senator Luther Strange (R-Alabama) urged Congress to repeal and replace the controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, better known as Obamacare.

Senator Strange said on social media, “Obamacare is in a death spiral. Did you know that 47 counties in America are projected to have no Obamacare Exchange insurers in 2018? Congress needs to act to repeal and replace Obamacare now.”
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