ADC endorses attorney Fred Bell in Senate District 26 race

December 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Democratic Conference convened a screening committee in Montgomery and voted to endorse Attorney Fred Bell in the Democratic primary special election for Senate District 26 on Tuesday.

Bell is a Montgomery city councilman representing Council District 6 in southeast Montgomery.

Chairman of the ADC, Joe Reed, said that Bell has been an Alabama Education Association attorney and has an exemplary record as a public servant.

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Marshall rakes in out-of-state, PAC support after Republican Attorney General’s Association meeting

December 5, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Republican Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, who will be seeking a full term in next year’s statewide elections, raked in $159,400 in contributions in November — with a sizable portion coming from out-of-state and PAC donations. But even without his PAC and out-of-state fundraising, his fundraising still outpaces any of the other candidates challenging him.

The former Marshall County district attorney who was appointed by former Gov. Robert Bentley to be attorney general in February remains the leading candidate in an already competitive race for the state’s top law enforcement post. Since he began fundraising in June, his campaign has pulled in more than $630,000 in support.

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Wadsworth appointed to House Judiciary Committee

July 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, July 10, 2017, Speaker of the Alabama House of Representative Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) appointed State Representative Tim Wadsworth (R-Arley) to the House Judiciary Committee.

Rep. Wadsworth said in a statement, “I would like to thank Speaker Mac McCutcheon for the appointment to the Alabama House Judiciary Committee. I have been a practicing attorney for 31 years and am licensed in Alabama and Mississippi in both Federal and State Courts. My educational background includes a BS in Accounting, Masters in Tax Accounting (M.T.A.) from the University of Alabama and a JD (Law) from Cumberland School of Law. I appreciate the opportunity to serve on the judiciary committee and my legal and professional background will give me an opportunity to further serve the citizens of the State of Alabama.”
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Zeigler creates Gubernatorial fundraising committee

July 5, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, June 27, 2017, Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) filed a campaign committee Tuesday to begin raising money for the 2018 Governor’s race.

Auditor Zeigler said that he was required to file because he passed the $1,000 legal threshold that requires filing due to “unsolicited campaign donations.”

Zeigler said that he is “running an exploratory campaign for the Governor’s race and will make a final decision after the special election for US Senate.”
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A sad day for education in Alabama

June 22, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The dumbest conspiracy in the recent history of Alabama’s Department of Education took center stage on Wednesday during a heated, dumpster fire of a State Board of Education meeting.

With board members routinely raising their voices to speak over each other, backhanding insults and tossing about serious allegations of fraud and malfeasance, a department attorney outlined what he deemed a “tawdry scheme” to undermine the superintendent candidacy of a longtime State Educator.
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Prince Chestnut wins Special Election in a landslide

April 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 Prince Chestnut (D) won the House District 67 election by a large margin over Toby Gordon (I). As of press time Chestnut had 96 percent of the vote.

Chestnut said on Twitter, “Thank you to everyone who liked, tweeted, retweeted, donated & posted. Your support helped our campaign & we are truly grateful. ‪#voteblue.”

HD67 is the seat given up by State Representative Darrio Melton (D) when he was elected Mayor of Selma.
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Is Wednesday the beginning of the end for Robert Bentley?

April 5, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

People at the Alabama State House like to know things.

Even when they don’t know things, they don’t mind at all if you happen to think that they know something. Anything, really.

With that in mind, there are a lot of people at the State House who know things about Gov. Robert Bentley’s impeachment.

They know that the House will definitely probably vote to impeach the Governor later this month. And they know that the Senate will then definitely probably sit on that impeachment process until the end of the session.
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APR’s Top 5 Under-reported stories of 2016

December 29, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Over the past year, APR has broken a number of prominent, statewide stories.

While many of those have been picked up by other news outlets – some of them lifted nearly verbatim from APR’s website without attribution – a few stories have gone almost unnoticed and with little follow-up from more traditional outlets.

These stories are important and involve millions of dollars of taxpayer money, abuses of power and manipulations of the systems meant to ensure law and order and justice in the state. Read More

1978: Gov. Wallace appoints Mrs. Allen to US Senate

December 5, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The last time a Governor of Alabama made an appointment to the US Senate was after the death of James Allen in 1978. Allen suffered a fatal heart attack on June 1, 1978, while vacationing with his wife, Maryon. A few days later Gov. George Wallace phoned Allen’s young Chief of Staff, Tom Coker, to ask who he thought the Senator would want to take his seat in Washington. “I was still at the condo when Gov. Wallace called,” said Coker. “He wanted to know who I thought Senator Allen would want to take his place in the Senate.”
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Breaking: Bogus Report Leaked By Bentley Cohort To Smear Nemesis

October 1, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERYAlabama Political Reporter confirmed late Friday night that an operative inside Gov. Robert Bentley’s administration leaked a false report to Associated Press (AP) reporter Kim Chandler, smearing former law enforcement chief, Spencer Collier.

Chandler has yet to publish the findings in the trumped-up document, but she has received all the material, according to insiders.

The suspicious report stems from an investigation ordered by the Governor within hours of Collier’s firing.
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