Walt Maddox announces run for Governor

October 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox announced that he was running for Governor of Alabama as a Democrat.

Maddox released a video pledging to end Alabama’s crisis in leadership.

“I believe in Alabama and I believe in our potential which is why I believe that we must solve the crisis of leadership.  In the past 18 months, the Governor, the Speaker, the Chief Justice, and the Majority Leader have left office in shame. And, when courage was required, silence was the only response from Montgomery’s leaders,” Maddox said in a statement.

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Mike Huckabee endorses Scott Dawson for Governor

October 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee  endorsed Scott Dawson for Governor of Alabama.

Huckabee is an author, a former Fox News TV show host, a former pastor and twice a Republican candidate for president of the United States.

Huckabee made the endorsement of Dawson while on the popular “Rick and Bubba” radio show.

“Scott Dawson brings the right heart to the job, and I am thrilled to be with him,” the former governor said.

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David Carrington drops out of Governor’s race

September 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington announced that he was ending his campaign for Governor of Alabama.

Carrington said in a statement to supporters, “After prayerful consideration, I’ve decided it’s time for me to end my campaign for Governor.”

Carrington said, “My six-month journey has been fascinating – one I will never forget or regret. I’ve learned so much about our state, its politics, its citizens and myself. My decision has nothing to do with health or relationship issues. It just wasn’t meant to be.”

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Stacy George announces book release

September 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sunday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Stacy George announced that his book, “Corruption in the Heart of Dixie,” should come out in November.

Commissioner George said in a statement, “Our goal is to complete my book by November of 2017 and do book signings through the remainder of the year.”

George said, “I have been completing my book with the help of Charles Woodall and Karen Brewster George. We are expanding the introduction and we are going to make people think about politics from a local level to a statewide level. The book will challenge you to compare all other candidates in the race on what they have done.”

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Hightower finally decides to run for Governor

September 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, state Sen. Bill Hightower, R-Mobile, announced that he will run for Governor of Alabama in 2018.  Hightower made the announcement at an event with supporters in Mobile at the battleship U.S.S. Alabama.

Hightower said, “As a businessman, I am blessed to work with many in our community, and throughout the State.  Together, we have done much with what God has given us.  The phrase, “Alone I can go fast, but together we can go far”, comes to mind.  And we have much further to go, but we need to place the foundational blocks in place now, for our future.”

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Gov. Ivey now tops pack in fundraising despite having yet to announce her campaign

September 6, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has accepted more than $1 million in donations and major contributions to her gubernatorial campaign committee, leading the pack of announced candidates despite having not yet officially announced her campaign.

Ivey has only been fundraising since Aug. 25 when she filed paperwork organizing her campaign committee. But in the near-two weeks that she has been fundraising, she has already brought in $1,000,200 — thanks in large part to major individual contributions.

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Hightower raises nearly $270,000 in July for Governor Campaign

August 3, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, August 2, 2017, State Senator Bill Hightower (R-Mobile) filed his campaign’s July 2017 Campaign Finance Report.  The report shows that Hightower raised $269,926 in direct contributions from donors in July.  The Senator ended the month with $467,752, spending only $12,923 in the month.

Sen. Hightower said, “The financial and volunteer support I am receiving is very encouraging, and it’s coming from all across Alabama.”
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JIC’s bogus, twisted excuses for denying records in Moore case

December 21, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The Special Alabama Supreme Court appointed to hear the appeal of Chief Justice Roy Moore suspension on December 7, sent an order to the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) giving them fourteen days to show cause as to why the Motion to Intervene and Unseal filed by The Alabama Political Reporter should not be granted.

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The JIC on Monday, December 19, answered the court, claiming it had a constitutional mandate to keep all records confidential. So insistent on this position under the State’s 1901 Constitution, they cited the provision no less than five times.
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The shadowy autocracy of the JIC, the State Supreme Court and the legal elites

November 29, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Two State Senators are offering constitutional amendments that would rein in the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) and the Court of the Judiciary (COJ).

The JIC was created to investigate, receive, initiate complaints leveled against sitting judges, and the COJ was formed to hear cases that the JIC felt needed to be adjudicated. In simple terms, the JIC acts as a prosecutor and grand jury, while the COJ is judge and jury.
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Two Senate bills introduced to rein in JIC, COJ

November 28, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The prosecution and permanent suspension of Chief Justice Roy Moore has caused several lawmakers to question the legitimacy, even the need for the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) and the Court of the Judiciary (COJ).

The COJ ruling in Judge Moore’s case is under appeal before a specially appointed Supreme Court. However, acting chief justice Lyn Stuart has barred Moore from his office, fired his staff and, reportedly, scheduled a new official Supreme Court photograph.
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