Birmingham Waterworks Board chairwoman indicted

December 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Chairman of the Birmingham Water Works Board Sherry Lewis was indicted Wednesday for violating Alabama’s ethics laws.

Along with Lewis, the state and FBI also arrested a former vice president at Arcadis – the company formerly known as Malcolm Pirnie – Jerry Jones, and Mount Vernon Mayor Terry Williams, the owner of Global Solutions International, Inc., on felony state ethics charges. Jones was the vice president of engineering company, Arcadis. He managed the company’s multimillion dollar business with Birmingham Water Works.

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Shelby, Strange vote for GOP tax plan

December 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, the U.S. Senate voted along part lines, 51-49, to support their tax reform package known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The legislation is now expected to be conferenced with the U.S. House’s tax reform bill, who passed their own version earlier.

“The Senate today passed legislation to deliver pro-growth tax relief for the American people,”  U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said. “This is a bill that, if signed into law, will positively impact current and future generations by expanding economic opportunities and lowering taxes for the middle-class. Reducing rates and reforming our tax code will not only put more money in the pockets of hardworking Americans, but it will also allow businesses to create jobs and increase wages.”

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Tommy Bryan to seek another term on the Alabama Supreme Court

November 30, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice Tommy Bryan announced his bid for re-election to the Alabama Supreme Court.

Justice Bryan has served on the Alabama Supreme Court since 2013 and said in a statement that he has stood firm in his mission of protecting Alabama’s conservative values.

“I want to continue to bring leadership and judgment that the people of Alabama can trust,” Bryan said. “I want to ensure for the people of Alabama a judicial system that is fair and balanced.”

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Governor Ivey appoints Mike Anderton Jefferson County DA

November 30, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced that she has appointed Republican Mike Anderton as Jefferson County District Attorney.

“I am proud to appoint Mike Anderton as Jefferson County District Attorney,” Ivey said. “Out of all the applicants, Mike had the most experience, and I know he will work effectively, and with integrity, for the people of Birmingham and all of Jefferson County. Having dedicated his legal career to bringing justice to innocent victims and their families, and working 33 years in the Jefferson County DA’s Office, I am confident in Mike’s abilities to effectively serve as District Attorney.”

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Marshall joins letter supporting Trump in appointing Consumer Financial Protection Bureau head

November 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, November 27, 2017, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall joined four other attorney generals in a letter today to President Donald Trump and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions declaring their confidence in the President’s authority to appoint an acting director for the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Obama appointee, CFPB Director Richard Cordray resigned over the weekend.  Trump then appointed Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney to take over as acting director.  Richard Cordray however had appointed his chief of staff, Leandra English, as the deputy director of the CFPB.  She now claims that makes her the acting director.  On Sunday night Ms. English sued President Trump in order to block Mulvaney from taking over as acting director of the agency.

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McLure withdraws from race for Attorney General

November 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Alabama Attorney General candidate, Sam McLure, announced that he his withdrawing from the Alabama attorney general’s race.

“We entered this race in July, invigorated with a vision to see the people of Alabama take back our government … take it back from being used as a tool to enrich the elite … take back our Government to be used as a platform to speak for the weak,” McLure stated. “It has filled me with tremendous joy and hope to see the soul of our great State rise up to do just that.”

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Nine campaign committees, PACs still have not filed 2016 Annual Reports

November 9, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office published a list of principal campaign committees and political action committees that have yet to file their 2016 Annual Report. This report documents all money raised or spent by a candidate or committee each year.

The Secretary of State’s Office says that it made numerous attempts to notify each committee member listed in the FCPA system starting May 1, 2017. Notice was delivered to each committee by phone, mail and email.

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AG’s investigation of Bentley administration, Mason still active

November 8, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Attorney General’s Office’s investigation into former Gov. Robert Bentley’s administration isn’t over yet.

During a hearing on Monday in the wrongful termination suit filed by former Alabama Law Enforcement Agency secretary, Spencer Collier, attorneys for parties on both sides mentioned that some collection of discovery materials – particularly those involving Bentley’s former top aide, Rebekah Mason – had been delayed by an ongoing criminal investigation.
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Jason Childs is running for Governor as a Democrat

November 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Democratic Primary is heating up with multiple candidates appealing to Alabama liberals for the Democratic nomination.  One of these is Jason Childs.

Childs said in a statement, “Six years ago I founded Center for Progress in Alabama, a progressive public policy research and advocacy organization. Our goal was simple, fight to protect the hard working folks of the state we all love. I have traveled to 48 states and I can tell you that there is not a better place to live, work, or do business than right here in Alabama. We are home to the hardest working and most good hearted people you can find, and they deserve better than what they have been getting from Montgomery.”

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Bernie Sanders, Randall Woodfin may aid Doug Jones in Senate campaign

October 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, October 17, The New York Times reported that “national leaders, including Senators Chuck Schumer and Bernie Sanders, have appealed to Mr. Woodfin to deploy his field organization to help Mr. Jones in the Special Election for the Senate.”

Randall Woodfin is the 36-year-old mayor-elect of Birmingham. Woodfin told the reporters, Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns, that African-Americans are “looking for people to fight for their issues.”

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