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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Reaction to Oliver Robinson’s guilty plea

June 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, June 22, 2017, former State Representative Oliver Robinson (D-Birmingham) entered guilty pleas to Federal charges of fraud, bribery, corruption, and tax evasion.

Rep. Robinson resigned from the Alabama House of Representatives last year, claiming that there was a conflict of interest with his serving in the legislature and his daughter working for former Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R).

On Thursday the US Attorney’s office, the FBI, and the IRS claim that Robinson accepted bribes from powerful Birmingham law firm, Balch and Bingham for Robinson to advocate against expansion of a massive EPA Superfund site in Birmingham. Balch & Bingham client, Drummond Coal and its affiliate ABC Coke, would have potentially had to pay $millions to cleanup more neighborhoods in Birmingham.
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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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Hunter proclaims innocence after report found she conspired against Pouncey

June 22, 2017

By Sam Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Board of Education Representative Mary Scott Hunter proclaimed her innocence on Wednesday after a report found that she had colluded with four others to discredit State Superintendent Candidate Dr. Craig Pouncey.

Other conspirators include Interim State Superintendent Dr. Philip Cleveland, two attorneys in the Alabama State Education Department, and General Counsel Juliana Dean.

Hunter called the report a “coordinated scheme” that was “cooked up” by some of her colleagues at a Board of Education meeting on Wednesday.
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Alabama State Board of Education to hire outside attorney to address Meyer report

June 22, 2017

By Sam Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama State Board of Education decided on Wednesday to hire their own legal counsel after a report said a board member conspired to undermine a State Superintendent candidate.

Board Vice-President Yvette Richardson said the board itself is not under investigation but didn’t want to involve itself in the pending litigation against Alabama State Department of Education officials.

The board will hire their own legal counsel only regarding the report made by Michael Meyer, which implicates three department attorneys in a scheme to undermine Dr. Craig Pouncey’s bid for State Superintendent.
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Brooks wants to arm Congress

June 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Washington, DC has one of the most restrictive gun laws in the entire country. That infringement on the civil liberties of the Capitol’s citizens very nearly resulted in the slaughter of two dozen GOP congressmen, including Alabama’s own Representatives Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) and Gary Palmer (R-Hoover).  Congressman Brooks was one of six congressmen whose names and office numbers were written on a sheet of paper in the attempted assassin’s pocket.
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