New billboards carry a “Public Service Message” from Milton McGregor

December 5, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Maybe you’ve seen the billboards.

There are 18 of them around Alabama, mostly concentrated in Montgomery and south Alabama. On them, in giant letters, is the word “EXPOSED!”

Just underneath are three photos: former Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, former Gov. Bob Riley and former U.S. attorney Leura Canary.

Out to the side: “As seen in the documentary Atticus v. Architect.”

And below that, the signature: “A public service announcement by Milton McGregor.”

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State Rep. Will Ainsworth holds on to fundraising lead in Lieutenant Governor race

November 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The race for the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor is highly competitive with no clear front runner as the candidates all work on establishing name recognition with voters.

The candidates all reported competitive fundraising in October.  Will Ainsworth, Rusty Glover, and Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh have all declared that they are running for the office in the 2018 Republican Primary.

State Rep. Will Ainsworth, R-Guntersville, had a beginning balance coming into October of $1,058,437.65.  Ainsworth reported cash contributions of $45,075.  Ainsworth reported expenditures of $15,2034.79 and line of credit expenditures of $1,336.96 for an ending balance of $1,088,277.86.

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Democrat or Republican for Jefferson County DA?

October 24, 2017

By Bill Britt 
Alabama Political Reporter

Jefferson County voters elected Democrat Charles Todd Henderson District Attorney over incumbent Republican Brandon Falls to become the first Democrat to hold the office in nearly a generation. However, Henderson will never serve as District Attorney after being convicted of felony perjury charges, which stem from him lying to a judge. Now it falls to Gov. Kay Ivey to appoint a district attorney for the state’s most populous county.

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Twinkle Cavanaugh endorses Roy Moore for US Senate

October 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Roy Moore for U.S. Senate campaign announced that Public Service Commission President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh (R) has endorsed Moore for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by Jeff Sessions (R).

Cavanaugh said in a statement, “Voters across this nation overwhelmingly rejected the failed policies of the Obama era last November when they elected Donald Trump as President of the United States.  I am confident that the people of Alabama will send the same message to Washington this December when they elect Judge Roy Moore to the United States Senate.”

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Political fortunes come and go

October 18, 2017

By Steve Flowers
Inside the State House

Now that the dust has settled from the Republican Senate primary, we can focus on the much-anticipated 2018 elections.

Kay Ivey is definitely running for governor. She raised over one million dollars in a few short weeks in August with an exploratory committee. As of the last reporting period, she has raised $1.2 million followed closely by Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, who is at $1.1 million.

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Alabama Forestry Association endorses Strange

September 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, the Alabama Forestry Association urged their membership to vote for U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala.

“The headline in the Montgomery Advertiser on October 6, 2014 read ‘U.S. Supreme Court rejects Alabama school-funding case.’ We can (and should) thank Luther Strange for this victory,” the group wrote in a release on their website.

“There have been several important landmark dates in the history of the Alabama Forestry Association; the election that defeated Bob Riley’s $1 billion tax hike (Amendment One) and the transfer of power in the Statehouse in 2010 come quickly to mind,” the AFA wrote “However, the final disposition of the Lynch v. State of Alabama lawsuit has to be the most important for Alabama’s landowners.”

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Attorney General OKs withholding millions from educators

September 10, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Quietly under cover of so-called attorney-client privilege, educators are being denied millions of dollars, and the state’s Open Meetings Act is in jeopardy.

The Alabama Education Association recently celebrated winning a lawsuit alleging the Retirement System of Alabama’s PEEHIP Board met illegally to improperly raise state employees’ health insurance rates – PEEHIP is short for Public Education Employees’ Health Insurance Plan, which provides health coverage to education workers.
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Marshall topped short list to replace Hubbard prosecutor

September 6, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A recently discovered “short list” of potential special prosecutors is shedding light on why former Gov. Robert Bentley may have appointed Steve Marshall as the state’s attorney general.

During Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard’s criminal investigation, his lawyers, political allies and donors repeatedly called for Bentley to replace Chief Prosecutor Matt Hart. Until recently, it was not publicly known that Bentley had considered removing Hart and even compiled a roll of potential replacements with Marshall topping the list.

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Does Governor Ivey support a vote on the lottery?

August 25, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

At a recent press gaggle,  a reporter asked Governor Kay Ivey what the chances of Alabama passing a lottery are? Alabama is one of only six states that does not have some form of lottery. Her statement while clear to those who understand Alabama’s 1901 Constitution was taken out of context to say that the Governor opposed letting the people vote on a lottery.

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UPDATE: Sources say Gov. Kay Ivey to seek full-term next year

August 15, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Several high ranking lawmakers have confirmed to the Alabama Political Reporter that Gov. Kay Ivey will run for Governor in 2018. Ivey, who ascended to the Governor’s office after Robert Bentley fled the position under a cloud of scandal, is now poised to win the job in her own right.

Over the past few weeks, Ivey has reached out to influential lawmakers to inform them of her decision to run. She has received widespread support from Republican Legislators, especially Senators who have worked with her over the last six years. “She doing an excellent job as Governor and she has my support; which is what I told her,” said a long serving Senator who spoke with Ivey last week.

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