Statewide digital campaign launched by conservative group

February 19, 2018

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A new advocacy group aims to hold Republican politicians accountable when they stray from conservative principles.

Conservatives for Better Leadership is “dedicated to fostering a more competitive and prosperous Alabama,” according to the recently formed 501(c)4 headed by advocate and publisher Apryl Marie Fogel.

“We believe that conservative fiscal policies and a strong culture of ethics in state government will make Alabama a better place to live, work and raise a family, wrote Fogel in announcing the project. “When public officials fall short of these goals, we intend to hold them accountable.”
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Analysis | Gov. Ivey’s campaign kick off solid, steady, shocking

February 14, 2018

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

When Alabama’s Governor Kay Ivey took the stage at the Montgomery Renaissance Tuesday night to kick-off her campaign for governor, she was buoyant, charming and in command of the evening. Most attendees agreed that Gov. Ivey hit all the right notes in her 10-plus-minute speech.

But it was her introduction by the state’s most wealthy private business owner, Jimmy Rane, that left heads shaking and tongues wagging across the state’s political landscape.
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Troy King qualifies for Alabama attorney general race

February 9, 2018

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Former Attorney General Troy King qualified for a return trip to Montgomery for a second term as Alabama’s attorney general on Thursday.

King qualified in his hometown of Elba, Alabama. King signed his qualification papers in front of  crowd of approximately 100 supporters.

Referring to the culture of corruption that has clouded state government recently, King said that, “The last eight years have been filled with politicians putting their own interests ahead of ours. We watched as politicians passed a new ethics law which they thought nobody would notice when they turned around and broke it.”

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Commission for “Ethics Reform and Clarification” is pure fantasy

January 26, 2018

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A Senate joint resolution creating The Code of Ethics Reform and Clarification Commission sponsored by Republican Senators Arthur Orr, President Pro Tem. Del Marsh and Majority Leader Greg Reed has been submitted to the Rules Committee and could be making it’s way through the Senate soon.

Creating a commission to reform and clarify current ethics laws sounds like a reasonable undertaking until it’s understood that the underlying premise is to weaken much of existing laws.

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Poarch Creek have major legislative victory in Congress

January 22, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the Poarch Band of Creek Indians Land Reaffirmation Act by a voice vote.

The bill was sponsored by U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne.

This legislation would address a legal technicality that, in theory, could potentially have legally jeopardized the tribe’s reservation status.

This issue first came up in April 2013 when then state Senator Bryan Taylor, R-Prattville, while representing the Escambia County Commission as an attorney, launched a legal campaign to disenfranchise the PCI of their Tribal standing before the Federal government. Taylor, argued that the 2009 Supreme Court ruling in ‘Carcieri v. Salazar’ rendered the PCI’s Land Trust null and void.  Then Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange also brought up this issue in a letter to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs.  The Bureau, during the Obama Administration, rejected these arguments; but some think that if this were taken to federal court that the Tribe could lose their federally protected trust status.  The purpose of the lawsuit was to make the Tribe pay taxes to Escambia County; but at least in theory it could have closed the county’s leading employer.

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Opinion | MLK statue long overdue at State Capitol

January 15, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

At a ceremony Monday at the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in downtown Montgomery, Gov. Kay Ivey will announce Alabama’s inclusion in a 12-state Civil Rights Trail.

The Trail will feature historic landmarks in several cities, including 10 sites in Montgomery alone.

At none of those Montgomery sites will there be a statue of Martin Luther King Jr.

Because there isn’t a single statue of the man in Montgomery.

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A change in Alabama

December 13, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

This changes things.

Oh, don’t think that I’m going to launch into some sappy love-fest over Doug Jones’ victory Tuesday night. (And it was a victory. Not even Bob Riley and Billy Canary could dig up 20,000-plus votes to save Roy Moore.)

Jones’ victory alone doesn’t deserve a love-fest. The people of Alabama did what they should have done — prevented an awful candidate from becoming their U.S. Senator. You don’t get a cookie for doing the things you’re supposed to do. But you can be proud of doing the right thing, and I am proud of the results.

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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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