Farmers Federation endorses Kay Ivey, Will Ainsworth, Alice Martin

February 13, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Farm PAC, a political action committee of the Alabama Farmers Federation, announced their endorsements for the 2018 primary election for three key statewide races.

FarmPAC spokesman Jeff Helms wrote that the endorsements followed a full day of meetings, during which Republican and Democratic candidates for statewide office met with Federation county leaders from across the state. Each candidate was given ten minutes to address the more than 80 FarmPAC Advisory Trustees and answered questions on issues ranging from taxes and regulation to judicial philosophy and traditional values.

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Statewide major party candidates field is set as qualifying closes

February 12, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Major Party qualifying ended on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, and there were some late additions, including in the governor’s race.

State Senator Slade Blackwell, R-Mountain Brook, is running as a Republican for governor.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has qualified for her own term in the office of governor. She was elevated from lieutenant governor to the position last April when Governor Robert Bentley resigned.

In addition to Ivey and Blackwell, evangelist Scott Dawson, state Senator Bill Hightower, R-Mobile, Michael McAllister and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle are all running in the Republican primary.

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Troy King qualifies for Alabama attorney general race

February 9, 2018

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Former Attorney General Troy King qualified for a return trip to Montgomery for a second term as Alabama’s attorney general on Thursday.

King qualified in his hometown of Elba, Alabama. King signed his qualification papers in front of  crowd of approximately 100 supporters.

Referring to the culture of corruption that has clouded state government recently, King said that, “The last eight years have been filled with politicians putting their own interests ahead of ours. We watched as politicians passed a new ethics law which they thought nobody would notice when they turned around and broke it.”

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Alice Martin qualifies for Alabama attorney general race

February 8, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, former U.S. Attorney Alice Martin formally qualified as a Republican for the office of Alabama attorney general.

“Earlier today I filed paperwork officially adding my name to the ballot!,” Martin announced in a statement. “It’s important that as many Alabamians as possible see this news and hear our winning message.”

President George W. Bush appointed Martin as a U.S. Attorney.  In her time as U.S. Attorney the U.S. Attorney’s office made a special effort to prosecute the rampant political corruption in Alabama.

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Qualified statewide candidates

February 8, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

A host of candidates have qualified for the state’s constitutional offices.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has qualified for her own term in the office of governor. She was elevated from lieutenant governor to the position last April when Gov. Robert Bentley resigned.

Ivey faces a number of Republican primary opponents. Evangelist Scott Dawson, state Sen. Bill Hightower, R-Mobile, Michael McAllister and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle have all qualified for the Republican primary.

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Opinion | Alabama’s Year of the Woman

January 31, 2018

By Steve Flowers
Inside the Statehouse

This political year of 2018 may very well be the Year of the Woman in Alabama politics. In Alabama’s 200 year history, only one woman has been elected governor. Lurleen Wallace won in 1966. Only two women have served as governor, Governor Lurleen and our current governor, Kay Ivey. It may be a historic year.

Sue Bell Cobb, the former Alabama State Supreme Court Chief Justice, and the first woman to hold that position, is hoping to be able to be the Democratic standard-bearer. She was elected Chief Justice in 2006, in a very expensive, high profiled battle with Republican Drayton Nabors. She had been a District Court Judge in her native Conecuh County for a long time before running statewide. She was elected to a six year term as Chief Justice in 2006, but quit after four years, inexplicably.

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Alabama Senate passes bill to prohibit, track racial profiling in traffic stops

January 17, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama State Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday in favor of a bill that would define racial profiling, prohibit law enforcement officers from engaging in it and require law enforcement agencies to track the race of those pulled over for traffic stops.

Sen. Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham, introduced the bill, which would require agencies, including local police departments, county sheriffs and ALEA, to file reports with the Attorney General’s Office that including the race and ethnicity of motorists stopped by law enforcement.

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Moore supporters seek revenge against Sen. Shelby

January 15, 2018

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A group of Judge Roy Moore’s supporters is planning to introduce a resolution to censure Alabama’s U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby because he publicly stated that he “couldn’t vote for Roy Moore,” as reported by Politico on Saturday.

It’s no small irony that a faction of the Alabama Republican Executive Committee is tarring Sen. Shelby with half-truths and lies just like The Washington Post is accused of doing with Judge Moore.

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Conservative groups discuss issues facing Legislative Session

January 11, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, leaders of various conservative and Tea Party groups held a planning meeting at the Alabama State House an hour before the 2018 Regular Legislative Session began.

Dr. Lou Campomenosi with the Common Sense Campaign of Alabama emceed the event.  Campomenosi said, “I think it is important for people like us to meet to set the tone for the Legislature.”

Pastor John Killian praised the efforts of the Tea Party. “You folks, your work has paid off. Things are not perfect, but things are better than they were before 2010. Over a billion dollars has been cut, pro-life bills have passed, they sent us a constitutional amendment on pro-life that we should pass or they will never listen to us again.” Killian also praised the rolling reserve act and warned against legislation doing away with an elected school board. He also warned about a National Constitutional convention.

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AG candidate Alice Martin addresses conservative groups

January 10, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Republican candidate for Attorney General Alice Martin on Tuesday addressed conservative groups at their legislative session preview meeting in the Alabama Statehouse.

Martin is a former U.S. Attorney under President George W. Bush and is a former Alabama Deputy Attorney General under then Attorney General  Luther Strange.

Martin said that as U.S. Attorney she got over 140 federal convictions of elected and appointed public officials.  As Deputy Alabama Attorney General she was a part of over 20 state public corruption convictions.  Martin said that while she was state Deputy Attorney General they tried to pass ethics reform through the Alabama Legislature but could not because of then Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard.  Martin said that the three bills the AG wanted, “Passed quickly out of the Senate but in the House we could not even get a committee meeting.  We learned that the Committee Chairmen were told by Hubbard if they even had a hearing they would be stripped of their committee chair.”

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