Birmingham votes Tuesday for Mayor, City Council, School Board

August 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, voters in Birmingham go to the polls to vote for Mayor, City Council, and School Board.  Unlike State, County, or Judicial elections, municipal elections are non-partisan.

Longtime incumbent William Bell (D) is seeking a third term as Mayor.  Bell was a member of the Birmingham City Council and Mayor Pro Tem in 1999 when longtime Mayor Richard Arrington retired.  Bell became Mayor by law then, but was defeated in the election by then City Councilman, Bernard Kincaid.

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Rogers and Cooper send letter to President urging greater missile defense funding due to North Korean threat

August 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley  
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 15, 2017, Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Saks) and Ranking Member Jim Cooper (D-Tennessee) sent a bipartisan letter to President Trump to help the United States better prepare and handle the most recent North Korean threats. The bill was passed in July following successful tests of North Korean missile technology.

Chairman Rogers said, “President Trump has already begun to make tremendous strides in rebuilding our National defense. And his strong stand against the North Korean threat is greatly welcomed. Today, I ask President Trump to fully support the $2.5 billion increase to ensure we are completely prepared to deal with any threat that comes out of North Korea. The funding Mr. Cooper and I have requested is the same amount that passed overwhelmingly by the House in this year’s NDAA.”

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Gov. Ivey creates new Council on Opioid addiction

August 17, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Governor Kay Ivey has created a new council to fight opioid addiction in Alabama.

Ivey signed an Executive Order to create the Alabama Opioid Overdose and Addiction Council on Tuesday changing the already existing Alabama Council on Opioid Misuse and Addiction. The Council was created to fight the ongoing Opioid epidemic currently happening around the United States.

“Opioid addiction is a major problem in Alabama. We are a top prescribing state with hundreds of deaths each year from overdoses. It’s a serious situation that all citizens need to be aware of and help us with,” Ivey said in a statement. “We must find ways to curtail this crisis in Alabama. I look forward to reviewing the council’s recommendations for strategies to reduce the number of deaths and other effects caused by opioid misuse in our state.”

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Alabama Constitution Party to hold summer dinner in Prattville

August 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, August 26, 2017 the Alabama Constitution Party will hold their annual dinner meeting in Prattville.

The Party announced in a statement, “Ladies and Gentlemen, Saturday, August 26th the Alabama Constitution Party Summer Dinner will be held at Islamorada Fish Company inside the Bass Pro Shop in Prattville, Alabama from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Please clear your schedule and be here with us as we make Alabama political history.  This event is open to everyone who loves freedom and wishes to make a difference in the future of Alabama.”

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Doug Jones wins Democratic Party Primary

August 16, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 15, 2017, when the Democratic Party primary field was announced most political observers recognized former US Attorney Doug Jones and a host of other candidates who were largely unknown quantities.  The polls fluctuated in the middle of the race; but when voters went to the polls on Tuesday they voted overwhelmingly for the best known candidate in the field and that was Doug Jones who dominated the field with 63.6 percent of the votes cast.

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Siegelman Documentary worth your time and anger

August 15, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

No wonder Leura Canary didn’t want people to see the Siegelman documentary.

“Atticus v. The Architect: The Political Assassination of Don Siegelman” is a scorching documentary, particularly if you’re one of the many Republican officials who played a role in the prosecution of Alabama’s former Governor.

For all of the local attention this film has received – thanks in large part to Canary’s pushback against allowing the film to be shown in Montgomery — “Atticus” doesn’t really reveal much in the way of new information. What it does – and it’s the first medium to do so – is put the whole sordid ordeal in one tidy package that’s easy for the common person to digest.

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Alabama votes on Tuesday

August 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama voters go to the polls on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, to decide who they want to represent them in the US Senate seat vacated when Jeff Sessions (R) was confirmed as US Attorney General.

There are nine Republicans and seven Democrats vying for the position.

The seven Democratic candidates running in the US Senate Special Primary Election. are: Will Boyd, Vann Caldwell, Jason Fisher, Michael Hansen, Doug Jones, Robert Kennedy, Jr., and Charles Nana.

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Attorney General Candidate Sam McLure will not accept PAC money, urges other candidates to do the same

August 14, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Attorney General Candidate Sam McLure said on Friday he would not accept any PAC donations to his campaign and urged other attorney general candidates to do the same.

His urging came after Steve Marshall agreed to be a featured speaker at the Business Council of Alabama’s annual government affairs conference in Point Clear, Alabama, that happened last weekend.

McLure clarified that he wasn’t attacking Marshall but rather had a problem with BCA’s President and CEO Bill Canary who he called an “800-pound swamp monster” and a “socialist invader” from New York. Canary was a close friend of former Speaker of House Mike Hubbard who was found guilty of multiple ethics violations last year.

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US Senate candidate Hansen responds to violence in Virginia

August 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, August 12, 2017: Over the past few days, neo-Nazis and White supremacists fought in a series of clashes with Black Lives Matter and Antifa members. On Saturday, an alt-right protestor drove a car into a crowd of leftist protesters killing one and injuring several.

US Senate candidate Michael Hansen (D) released a statement in response to the recent events at the University of Virginia.

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