Secretary of State’s office wins award for mock election

By Staff Report

Wednesday, March 21, 2017, The Alabama Secretary of State’s Office is delighted to announce that we were honored with The National Association of State Boards of Education Award for Outstanding Leadership in Voter Education from The National Student/Parent Mock Election. The award is given to states across the US who have organized a student mock election in order to educate today’s youth on the importance of voting and citizen involvement in government.
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Some are using a stalking horse to undermine ethics laws

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The greatest challenge before the Alabama State Legislature when it returns in February is not the budget, schools or Medicaid. It is the slight of hand chicanery used to undermine the State’s ethics laws.

Since the conviction of former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard on 12 felony ethics violations, a coordinated effort has been underway to weaken those laws, with particular focus on how they identify a “principal.” Read More

Big PAC Money Flows to One Candidate in Race to Replace Hubbard

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Four candidates are vying for the seat once held by convicted felon, Mike Hubbard in the Republican primary on September 13. The voters of District 79 have yet to pick a candidate, but the well-heeled of Auburn and influential Montgomery PACs have already chosen theirs.

Jay Conner, Joe Lovvorn, Sandy Toomer and Brett Smith are all in the running, but only Lovvorn is winning the “dash for cash” contest.
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ALFA Hits Jackpot For 20 Years Straight But Doesn’t Want You To

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Will blame, incrimination and meddling be the legacy of the circular firing squad known as the 2016 Special Legislative Session?

Unrelenting lobbying by various groups helped kill Governor Robert Bentley’s lottery bill SB3, which was carried by Sen. Jim McClendon (R-Springville), namely, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, those backing GreeneTrack, VictoryLand and Alabama Farmers Association (ALFA).

Each group lost something in the last minute mugging of the lottery bill… except ALFA.
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A Gun or A Bitter Pill: The Test We Face

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

With only three days remaining in the 2016 Special Session, lawmaker’s willingness to come together for a Medicaid solution is waning, and hopes of letting the people vote on a lottery are faint; if not totally beyond reason.

If we believe that, “The sleep of reason produces monsters,” then we must acknowledge that reason has fallen into a somnolent haze these last few weeks.
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“McLottery” Details Expected Today

By Bill Britt and Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Legislation from Sen. Jim McClendon proposing a vote of the people on a constitutional amendment to approve or reject a statewide lottery is expected later today. A draft of the legislation obtained by the Alabama Political Reporter over the weekend provides some insight as to what the bill may contain.

“McLottery” is the nickname APR has given this legislation. The bill contains several major points which have already been subject to rumors, innuendo, and outright lies.
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Lottery Wars Begin

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Later today, Senator Jim McClendon (R-Springville) will file two lottery bills: one coming from Governor Robert Bentley; the other, crafted by McClendon, with input from his Senate colleagues. Both bills will attract friends and enemies. As the Art of War instructs, “Know your enemy.”

The ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu teaches “If you know both yourself and your enemy, you can win numerous (literally, “a hundred”) of battles without jeopardy.”
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BCA Today: Damaged Goods?

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—“Making a sweet home for business,” is the tagline for the Business Council of Alabama, commonly referred to as BCA around the State House and the Lee County Court House, during the trial of Mike Hubbard, who was found guilty of 12 felony counts of public corruption, with two counts related to the activities of BCA’s Board Chair, Will Brooke.

BCA has arguably become the most powerful lobbying group in the State giving around $2.5 million in the 2014 election cycle to elect pro-business candidates. However, on the witness stand in the Hubbard case, its President and Chief Executive Officer, Billy Canary, found it difficult to admit to Lead Prosecutor, Matt Hart, that the group was one of the most powerful players in Montgomery politics.
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Alabama Manufacturers Endorse Roby

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, January 25, Manufacture Alabama announced that it is endorsing incumbent US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) for re-election in 2016.

Manufacture Alabama’s President, George Clark said in a statement, “Congresswoman Roby is a proven and solid leader for our State. She has an established pro-manufacturing record and has continuously supported the energy, workforce development and regulatory issues critical to the livelihood of manufacturing.” President Clark cited her experience and strong pro-manufacturing record as reasons to support another term for Roby in the United States House of Representatives.
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Farmers, Tea Party, and NRA All Endorse Shelby for Senate

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, December 11, 2015, US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) announced that he had received the endorsement of the National Rifle Association for his reelection to a sixth term in the Senate.  The endorsement is the third major endorsement Shelby received last week.  He also was also endorsed by the Alabama Farmer’s Federation and the Alabama Patriots, one of Alabama’s oldest tea party groups.
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