Birmingham votes Tuesday for Mayor, City Council, School Board

August 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, voters in Birmingham go to the polls to vote for Mayor, City Council, and School Board.  Unlike State, County, or Judicial elections, municipal elections are non-partisan.

Longtime incumbent William Bell (D) is seeking a third term as Mayor.  Bell was a member of the Birmingham City Council and Mayor Pro Tem in 1999 when longtime Mayor Richard Arrington retired.  Bell became Mayor by law then, but was defeated in the election by then City Councilman, Bernard Kincaid.

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Doug Jones wins Democratic Party Primary

August 16, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 15, 2017, when the Democratic Party primary field was announced most political observers recognized former US Attorney Doug Jones and a host of other candidates who were largely unknown quantities.  The polls fluctuated in the middle of the race; but when voters went to the polls on Tuesday they voted overwhelmingly for the best known candidate in the field and that was Doug Jones who dominated the field with 63.6 percent of the votes cast.

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Sewell, Bell League of Conservation Voters, Conservation Alabama visit Birmingham Civil Rights Monument

August 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 8, US Representative Terri Sewell and Mayor William Bell joined Conservation Alabama and the League of Conservation Voters for a tour of the Birmingham Civil Rights Monument.

The tour highlighted the importance of preserving National monuments at a time when the Trump administration is conducting an unprecedented National Monument “review.”

The Executive Director of Conservation Alabama Tammy Herrington told The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) that President Barack H. Obama (D) had declared the 16th Street Baptist Church, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and the AG Gaston Hotel a National Monument before he left office.  However, President Donald J. Trump (R) has ordered a review of all the National Monuments established by Presidents since 1996.

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Brinson: “This election has been as much about scandal as it has been about issues.”

August 11, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday August 9, 2017, US Senate candidate Dr. Randy Brinson (R) was critical of Senator Luther Strange (R).

Brinson said, “It has been an interesting year in Alabama politics. … This election has been as much about scandal as it has been about issues.”

Brinson criticized Strange, “From his shady appointment to his shady contributions and campaign finance violations similar to what Gov. Bentley was convicted of.”  “Sadly it looks like the Alabama Ethics Commission will not be doing its duties at least before the election.”

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Republican candidates forum in Trussville

August 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The last Republican candidate forum before the August 15th Special Primary was held on Sunday afternoon at the new Sheepdog Firearms facility on Deerfoot Parkway in Trussville.

Bryan Peeples, Dr. Randy Brinson, Congressman Mo Brooks, and Luther Strange participated.  The other candidates had previously scheduled commitments.

Sen. Luther Strange said that he was honored to take the seat of Jeff Sessions, whom he called a friend and a mentor.
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State Rep. Hollis holds town hall in Birmingham

August 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 1, 2017, State Representative Rolanda Hollis (D-Birmingham) held a town hall meeting to show voters how their government is working for them.

The town hall was held in Birmingham’s Guiding Light Church on John Rogers Drive.  About 70 citizens were on hand to hear the panel on government, which included Rep. Hollis, US Representative Terri Sewell (D-Selma), State Senator Linda Coleman-Madison (D-Birmingham), Jefferson County Commissioner George Bowman (D), Birmingham Mayor William Bell, Birmingham City Councilwoman Sheila Tyson, and former Birmingham Mayor Richard Arrington.
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US Representative Terri Sewell addresses group in Birmingham Town Hall

August 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 1, 2017, US Representative Terri Sewell (R-Selma) addressed a town hall in Birmingham hosted by State Representative Rolanda Hollis (D-Birmingham) about Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010) and other issues facing  the Federal government.  The town hall was held in Birmingham’s Guiding Light Church on John Rogers Drive.  About 70 citizens were on hand to hear Sewell and the other participants on the panel on government. 
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Brian McGee drops out, endorses Doug Jones

July 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, July 17, 2017, US Senate candidate Brian McGee (D) dropped his bid for US Senate and endorsed former US Attorney Doug Jones (D) for the position in the August 15, Special Democratic Primary.

Doug Jones said that he was proud to accept the endorsement of McGee in a joint press conference at Jones’ Birmingham campaign headquarters.

Jones said, “I have come to know and respect Brian on the campaign trail, and I am honored to have his support.”
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Source: State Rep. was offered superfund bribe with Luther Strange present

June 29, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

State Rep. John Rogers told federal investigators that he was approached by executives from Drummond Coal and then-Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange and offered what Rogers considered a bribe if he would lead the State’s and Drummond’s efforts against the EPA’s cleanup of a superfund pollution site in north Birmingham, a source close to Rogers told APR.

Asked about the allegations, Rogers declined to confirm them, saying he didn’t want to talk about it “yet, because it’s too volatile.”
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Reaction to Oliver Robinson’s guilty plea

June 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, June 22, 2017, former State Representative Oliver Robinson (D-Birmingham) entered guilty pleas to Federal charges of fraud, bribery, corruption, and tax evasion.

Rep. Robinson resigned from the Alabama House of Representatives last year, claiming that there was a conflict of interest with his serving in the legislature and his daughter working for former Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R).

On Thursday the US Attorney’s office, the FBI, and the IRS claim that Robinson accepted bribes from powerful Birmingham law firm, Balch and Bingham for Robinson to advocate against expansion of a massive EPA Superfund site in Birmingham. Balch & Bingham client, Drummond Coal and its affiliate ABC Coke, would have potentially had to pay $millions to cleanup more neighborhoods in Birmingham.
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