Lyn Stuart becomes State’s second female Chief Justice

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — For the first time in Alabama’s history, women are at the helm of two of the State’s Branches of Government.

On Wednesday, Gov. Kay Ivey appointed Associate Justice Lyn Stuart to lead Alabama’s judicial system as Supreme Court Chief Justice. Stuart, only the second woman to become chief justice in the state, had been serving as Acting Chief Justice since Chief Justice Roy Moore’s suspension in May 2016.

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An executive amendment from the Governor could hold up controversial adoption bill

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Gov. Kay Ivey is considering an executive amendment to a controversial bill passed by the Alabama Legislature this week that would give faith-based adoption agencies the right to deny services to same-sex couples.

Ivey is considering a relatively minor change to the bill, sources close to the governor have told the Alabama Political Reporter. But applying an executive amendment to the bill would send it back to the Legislature for another round of votes, where it could get lost in the chaos as the end of the 2017 legislative session looms.

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Legislation threatens Alabama Film Office

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Math is hard for some people.

No one understands that better than Sen. Gerald Dial, who spent the better part of Wednesday giving math lessons – specifically, lessons on how percentages work – to a few legislative colleagues.

Dial mainly focused on those colleagues who sought to repeal a 2009 law he sponsored that established the Alabama Film Office and the “entertainment industry incentive act.”
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Tom Parker is running for Chief Justice

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, Alabama: Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker (R) announced that he is running for Chief Justice.

Justice Parker said in a statement, “For twelve years I’ve been honored to serve as a strong, conservative voice on the Alabama Supreme Court. Today, I’m announcing my campaign for Chief Justice of Alabama in the 2018 Primary Election, to succeed Judge Roy Moore, who was unlawfully removed from office.”
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Roy Moore is running for US Senate

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) announced that he is running for the US Senate seat in this year’s Special Election. Moore joins a crowded Republican field that includes: state Representative Ed Henry (R-Hartselle), US Senator Luther Strange (R), and former Alabama Christian Coalition President Randy Brinson. Marijuana legalization activist Ron Crumpton has announced that he is running as a Democrat.
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Strange to co-chair Senate Values Action Team

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, US Senator Luther Strange (R) was selected to be the Co-Chairman of the Values Action Team caucus. The Values Action Team Caucus is a leading Force for Pro-Life and Religious Liberty Legislation.

Sen. Strange said in a statement, “Religious freedom is what brought early settlers to our shores and is a fundamental part of our government and culture. Today more than ever, this freedom must be preserved and extended to the most vulnerable among us. I am proud to join Chairman Blunt and my colleagues on the Values Action Team, and I look forward to working with them to protect the rights of the American conscience and bring Alabama values to Washington.”
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Tommy Tuberville decides against gubernatorial run

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

AUBURN — Former Auburn Football coach Tommy Tuberville has decided against stepping into the political arena, forgoing his possible run for governor next year, a top aide confirmed.

Tripp Skipper, who was assisting with Tuberville’s exploratory campaign, confirmed that Tuberville decided he won’t seek the Republican Party’s nomination for the State’s highest office.

“After a lot of thought and prayer, he just felt like the timing wasn’t right,” Skipper said. “He decided to forgo the race to pursue other opportunities.”

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Alabama’s Education Department posts erroneous grad rates, but was it sabotage?

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama State Department of Education had to remove error-filled graduation data from its website on Tuesday, the latest setback for a department that has suffered more than its fair share of late.

After APR and al.com reported early on Tuesday that the graduation data had been pulled due to errors, ALSDE released a statement later in the afternoon saying mistakes were made in data manipulation. State superintendent Michael Sentance also said the department erred in releasing the data to the media without having it verified by local superintendents.
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Wallace-Dothan recognized as one of nation’s best two-year colleges

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama’s Wallace Community College-Dothan has been recognized as one of the nation’s top two-year colleges by the American Association of Community Colleges.

The community college, led by President Linda Young, received  the AACC’s Award of Excellence for Student Success at the association’s annual conference in New Orleans on Monday.

Wallace-Dothan, Alabama’s fastest growing community college, was recognized for successfully implementing the I-CAN instructional initiative, Improvement, Constant and Never Ending, which is intended to close the gap between socioeconomic status and completion rates.

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Midwives decriminalization bill passes House

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, the Alabama House of Representatives passed House Bill 315. HB315 was sponsored by State Representative Ken Johnson (R-Moulton) to legalize midwives is now on the floor of the House.

Rep. Ken Johnson said that under Alabama law it is currently a misdemeanor for a certified professional midwife (CPM) to be present at a home birth.

State Representative Mary Moore (D-Birmingham) said, “I have some concerns about this bill.”
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