What’s the prescription for the opioid problem?

August 18, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

If you’ve lost a loved one to drug abuse, as I have, anger and sadness might color your resolve to fight a war against a substance, rather than address the causes that drive someone into the arms of darkness.

We have been told by the President of the United States and the US Attorney General that there is an opioid epidemic and that war has been declared against it. But, we are ignoring the factors that lead to its use.
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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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Moore, Strange to runoff; Jones wins Dem primary

August 15, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Roy Moore and Luther Strange will head to a Sept. 26, GOP primary runoff in the Special Election for US Senate. Former US Attorney Doug Jones will await the winner in the Dec. 12, General Election.

With just all 67 of Alabama’s counties reporting, Moore was the top vote-getter on Tuesday in the GOP, raking in 38.90 percent of the votes but falling short of the 50-percent threshold needed to win outright. Strange picked up just over 32 percent, nearly doubling third-place Mo Brooks, who had just 19.7 percent.

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Low turnout, ‘inactive’ status the stories of special election primaries

August 15, 2017

By Josh Moon

Alabama Political Reporter

It has not been a particularly good election day.

Early indications from the special election Senate primaries on Tuesday are that voter turnout will be historically low – somewhere around the 10-percent mark – and there have been numerous issues with voters finding themselves listed as “inactive” when trying to vote.

Secretary of State John Merrill said he wasn’t “100 percent certain exactly what happened” that caused so many voters to be labeled as “inactive,” but he was certain that it wasn’t a partisan issue.
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UPDATE: Sources say Gov. Kay Ivey to seek full-term next year

August 15, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Several high ranking lawmakers have confirmed to the Alabama Political Reporter that Gov. Kay Ivey will run for Governor in 2018. Ivey, who ascended to the Governor’s office after Robert Bentley fled the position under a cloud of scandal, is now poised to win the job in her own right.

Over the past few weeks, Ivey has reached out to influential lawmakers to inform them of her decision to run. She has received widespread support from Republican Legislators, especially Senators who have worked with her over the last six years. “She doing an excellent job as Governor and she has my support; which is what I told her,” said a long serving Senator who spoke with Ivey last week.

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Investigation into Pouncey Smear delivered to Special Prosecution Division

August 14, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday last, a package was hand-delivered to the State’s Attorney General’s Office containing the results of two investigations into what is labeled a smear campaign against Dr. Craig Pouncey, by those who plotted to deny him the position of State Education Superintendent.

Delivered directly to the Special Prosecution Division, lead by hard-boiled chief Matt Hart, the dossier encompasses the finds by the Alabama Department of Education conducted by Michael Meyer and the bipartisan Senate committee lead by Senators Gerald Dial (R-Lineville) and Quinton Ross (D-Montgomery).

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Big Luther’s big problems

August 13, 2017

By Josh Moon

Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, yet another ethics complaint was filed against Luther Strange, Alabama’s appointed U.S. Senator.

It is the latest in what has become a recurring problem for Strange – people, from his opponents to the Alabama Secretary of State to just ordinary citizens, raising legal questions about his behavior.

Thursday’s ethics complaint, filed by Tuscaloosa businessman Stan Pate, accuses Strange of three violations of ethics laws for accepting an appointment to the Senate from a person Strange was investigating. Strange, the state’s former attorney general, was in the midst of an active investigation focused on former Gov. Robert Bentley.
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Sentance survives ― again

August 11, 2017
Alabama Superintendent Michael Sentance

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Michael Sentance has survived another Alabama Board of Education meeting.

For at least the third time in his 11-month tenure as the state superintendent of education, Sentance entered a board meeting on Thursday with his future in doubt. He walked away with his title intact after a conciliatory statement that he read to board members.

Following Sentance’s brief statement, school board vice-president Stephanie Bell asked for discussion, and then, seeing none, called for an adjournment. Board member Mary Scott Hunter – a Sentance supporter – attempted to speak but was cut off by Bell and the vote to adjourn.

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Breaking: Alabama Power pulls support from BCA Governmental Affairs Conference

August 9, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Political Reporter has confirmed Alabama Power Company executives notified Bill Canary, CEO of the Business Council of Alabama, that the power giant would not support the upcoming BCA Governmental Affairs Conference in Point Clear and that its employees would not attend the event, according to sources with high level access.

Those with knowledge of the incident say Canary was stunned by the call, querying why Alabama Power was abandoning the conference. He was informed that there were a number of reasons but chief among them was his leadership style, which has led to many Legislative failures. Insiders say the company sees Canary as a liability that it can no longer ignore.

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