ALGOP Chair, Steering Committee reprimand Hooper

October 13, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Crenshaw County Republicans and some on the ALGOP steering committee are still seething over self-proclaimed Alabama Trump Victory chairman, Perry O. Hooper Jr., inserting himself into a recent local event.

The rift came to a head at Wednesday’s ALGOP Steering Committee meeting according to multiple sources with knowledge of the event but are not authorized to speak on the record. According to these sources, ALGOP Chair Terry Lathan felt there was no need to address Hooper’s unrelenting self-aggrandizing political activities, but the rest of the committee disagreed. After some discussion, the committee unanimously approved that Lathan would send Hooper an official reprimand.

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Businessman to seek Rep. Phil Williams’ seat in District 6

October 13, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Madison County businessman, Andy Whitt, has announced he will seek election to the Alabama House of Representatives in District 6, currently represented by Rep. Phil Williams, R-Huntsville.

Williams is not seeking re-election next year.

“I am running for the House of Representatives because I want to put my finance and business experience to work for the people of this district and our state,” Whitt said. “It’s time we do more with less, cut the wasteful spending and put hard-working families first. Just like I run our community bank, I will make sure that our state is held accountable and there is a check and balance system in place.”

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Moore Campaign responds to Washington Post articles on Foundation for Moral Law

October 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, Bill Armistead, the Chairman for the Roy Moore for U.S. Senate Campaign accused the reporters from the Washington Post of sleazy tactics and innuendo in the recent story related to Moore and the Foundation for Moral Law.

“The story was full of all of the same distortions and innuendos that characterized past political attacks on Judge Moore,” Armistead said.  “Judge Moore is man of impeccable character who served our country during a time of war in Vietnam and is a true patriot who does not back down from those who violate our constitution.  He has always served with integrity and according to the highest ethical standards.”
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Highway to be named in honor of second African American to fly with Thunderbirds

October 13, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

The City of Tuskegee and Macon County will rename a portion of a highway in the city in honor of Captain Joseph “Pete” Peterson, the second African American to serve as a pilot with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

State Road 199 will be renamed as Captain Joseph “Pete” Peterson Memorial Boulevard and new signage will be dedicated at a ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 26.

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Roby supports Whistleblower Protection Act

October 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of legislation that would secure greater protections for federal whistleblowers and increase penalties against those who retaliate against them.

S.585, the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act, strengthens penalties for those who retaliate against federal employee whistleblowers, adds protections and opportunities for whistleblowers placed on probation and ensures all federal employees have a greater knowledge of whistleblower rights and protections.

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Deer Archery Season opens Saturday, Oct. 14

October 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Deer Archery Season opens across Alabama on Oct. 14.  Alabama allows archers to use traditional archery methods, compound bows, and crossbows.

In Zone B of the state only antlered bucks can only be taken for the first 10 days of bow season.  Check the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) website or a 2018 game regulations book for more details go to:

http://www.eregulations.com/alabama/guide/deer-hunting-season-bag-limits/

ASCNR reminds hunters to be safe while hunting this fall and always wear a safety harness from an elevated position.  Numerous accidents occur when hunters fall out of their tree stands.  Remember that hunters are required to report all deer and turkeys harvested through Alabama’s Game Check system. Hunters will have 48 hours to report their harvest through the OA mobile app or online at:
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Federal court tosses challenges to Alabama redistricting plan

October 13, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

A three-judge federal court panel has tossed out lawsuits challenging Alabama’s new redistricting plan, effectively clearing the way for the plan to be used in the 2018 election cycle barring appeals.

The judges in Alabama’s Middle District determined that the challenges, which were brought by Alabama’s Legislative Black Caucus and the Alabama Democratic Conference, were untimely and lacked standing to challenge in the specific districts.

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Audri Scott Williams announces run for Congressional District 2

October 12, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, September 30, 2017, Audri Scott Williams, Global Trustee for URI (United Religions Initiative) announced that she was running as a Democrat for Alabama’s Second Congressional Seat in 2018.  That seat is currently held by U.S. Representative Martha Roby, R-Montgomery.

Williams said in a statement, “I’m running because we’ve been neglected by politicians who’ve placed party interests before public interests.  We’ve been neglected by those in power who looked away from the lost factories and underpaying jobs, who turned a blind eye to rising premiums and the return of preexisting conditions, who let our veterans languish in conditions that are beneath their service, and who’ve normalized the lack of accountability in Washington.“

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Montgomery judge orders mediation in Pouncey lawsuit

October 12, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Craig Pouncey lawsuit is headed for mediation.

Pouncey, the Jefferson County Schools superintendent, filed a lawsuit earlier this year alleging various Alabama State Department of Education employees and a State School Board member conspired to block him from becoming the state school superintendent.

Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Roman Shaul has now ordered the parties in that lawsuit into mediation and asked that they reach a settlement by Dec. 31.

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Trump’s disapproval rating increased in Alabama since January, still remains popular

October 12, 2017

By: Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

President Donald Trump’s approval rating has dropped in Alabama since January by 2 percentage points, and his disapproval rating has increased by nearly 9 percentage points, according to a new study.

Morning Consultant, a political research agency, conducted the survey over a nine-month period from January and September. They interviewed over 470,000 people from 50 different states and the District of Columbia.

While Trump dropped in Alabama, the state still ranks third in states that the president is popular in with 59.1 percent of respondents saying they approved of Trump. Wyoming and West Virginia ranked first and second respectively with over 60 percent approval.

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