Tommy Battle officially qualifies for governor’s race

January 19, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tommy Battle, the mayor of Huntsville, officially qualified Thursday for the Republican primary.

Battle signed the paperwork in a gathering with his family, friends and supporters in a packed restaurant in Hoover.

“I’m running for governor because we’re in a battle for Alabama’s future, and I’m ready to lead us in a new direction,” Battle said. “While the ship of state may be settled, it is time to move it forward. Alabama has been stagnant for far too long, and I’m ready to get us moving forward.”

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Opinion | History may record Sen. Richard Shelby as Alabama’s greatest senator

January 10, 2018

By Steve Flowers
Inside the Statehouse

A few months back the Jefferson County Republican Party honored our Senior U.S. Senator, Richard Shelby. It was held at The Club in Birmingham. The view from atop Red Mountain from this elegant club is spectacular, especially at night from the ballroom. The glass enclosure allows you to see the grandeur of the Birmingham skyline. As you glimpse at the scene you can see many of the buildings that are the heart of the University of Alabama/Birmingham.

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Longtime WBRC Fox 6 anchor Bill Bolen dies

January 5, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Longtime Birmingham television anchor Bill Bolen has died.

Bolen was a radio and television newsperson for seven decades. He was a news anchor and TV personality on WBRC FOX6 News for over 40 years until his retirement in 2010.

“It breaks my heart to let you all know that Mr. Bolen has passed away. He’s now with his beloved Vivian he so affectionately Called Mama. I can hardly think right now – but his family wanted me to share the news with you because he loved you so much. Please pray for his family – this is an enormous loss to so many,” WBRC anchor, Janice Rogers, said on social media.

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Robert Kennedy endorses Doug Jones, urges that no one write in his name

December 11, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Democrat Robert Kennedy Jr. contacted the Alabama Political Reporter to announce that he was not running a write-in campaign for U.S. Senate.

Longtime Birmingham area radio personality Frank Matthews released a video on Wednesday urging Black voters not to vote for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones, but to instead write in Democratic Primary candidate Robert Kennedy Jr..

Kennedy said that it was “humbling” that people still wanted him as their senator; but that he had endorsed Jones on election night and that he was still honoring his pledge to support him.

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First arrests made in Birmingham Water Works Board probe

December 7, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The chairwoman of the scandal-plagued Birmingham Water Works Board and two others were arrested Wednesday on felony ethics charges.

BWW chairwoman Sherry Lewis was indicted by a special grand jury earlier this week on charges of misusing her office for personal gain, or the gain of a family member, voting on matters in which she had a personal interest and soliciting or accepting anything for the purpose of corruptly influencing official action.

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Frank Matthews urges Black voters to write in Robert Kennedy for US Senate

December 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Recent Birmingham Mayoral candidate, civil rights activist, anti-Confederate monuments community organizer, and longtime Birmingham area radio personality Frank Matthews is urging Black voters not to vote for Democratic Party U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones; but to instead write in Democratic Primary candidate Robert Kennedy Jr. on Tuesday.

Kennedy is a former U.S. Navy Commander who graduated from the Naval Academy at Annapolis, where he was elected as class president, and has a Master’s degree from Duke.  Kennedy performed well in early polls of the Democratic Primary.  This was attributed to his famous sounding name.

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McLeod Software purchases new headquarters building in Hoover

December 5, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

McLeod Software has purchased a 140,000-square foot office building in Hoover for its new corporate headquarters. The company announced that it plans to move into it’s new facility in early summer 2018 at the completion of a major remodeling project.

“One of the most rewarding opportunities McLeod Software offers our region is new jobs being transplanted from other states,” said Hoover City Councilman Place 5 Derrick M. Murphy.  He is the Chairman of the Commerce & Development committee.

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Woodfin inaugurated in Birmingham

November 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Randall Woodfin was inaugurated as the 30th mayor of Birmingham in a noon ceremony in Linn Park on Tuesday

“It is an honor to serve my hometown, Birmingham, Alabama,“ said Woodfin. “Truthfully, this is not my inauguration, it is our inauguration. I, along with the entire City Council, understand the importance of serving you.” Woodfin thanked the hundreds of volunteers, his four thousand donors and the grassroots movement that made all of this possible.

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Randall Woodfin will be sworn in as mayor today

November 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, Birmingham Mayor-elect Randall Woodfin will be sworn in as Mayor in Linn Park.

“We want to instill a renewed belief in public service to our city” Woodfin said.  “That goes beyond city hall.  It means each of us supporting our neighbors, friends, family members and those who simply need a helping hand.  We want this to be a time when our citizens can come together and celebrate this special time but also work together as a community.”

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Randall Woodfin to be inaugurated as Mayor of Birmingham on Tuesday

November 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, Birmingham Mayor-elect Randall Woodfin will be inaugurated.  All events are designed to honor the citizens and will be open to the public.

“Inauguration day is the culmination of more than a year of hard work by many, many people across our city who joined together to win this important election,” Woodfin said. “Whether they knocked on doors, made phone calls or just went out to vote, they made a difference in the outcome of the election, and now it is up to us to honor their support with an administration that is focused on improving all of our neighborhoods, education system, public safety and other issues important to our great city.”

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