Jasper businessman Matthew Woods sworn in as state community colleges trustee

February 15, 2018

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees gained a new member on Wednesday.

Gov. Kay Ivey recently appointed Matthew Woods, a Bevill State Community College graduate and Jasper area businessman, to serve as a representative for District 4 in West Alabama.

Woods was sworn in on Wednesday after being confirmed by the Alabama Senate on Feb. 8. He’ll replace District 4 Trustee Frank Caldwell, who recently resigned his position on the board, which oversees Alabama’s 25 community and technical colleges.

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Ainsworth qualifies for lieutenant governor’s race

February 8, 2018

Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

State Rep. Will Ainsworth, R-Guntersville, announced Wednesday on the Dale Jackson Show in Huntsville that he officially filed qualifying papers to seek the office of lieutenant governor in the 2018 Republican primary election set for June 5.

“I want to use the lieutenant governor’s office as a bully pulpit for issues like workforce development, improving education, fighting new taxes and promoting conservative causes,” Ainsworth said. “I am a businessman, not a career politician, and I believe the people of Alabama deserve a government as honest and hardworking as the citizens it seeks to serve.”

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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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Kiel running for State House in District 18

July 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, July 24, 2017, prominent Russellville businessman Jamie Kiel announced that he was running for the GOP nomination in State House District 18.

Jamie Kiel (R) said, “I am a businessman. I have balanced my budget, met payroll and made ends meet. What Montgomery needs is a common-sense, conservative businesslike approach. That is what I intend to do as your next Representative.”

Kiel is the founder and owner of Kiel Equipment.  What began as a local business 22 years ago now serves customers across Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee, selling and leasing mowers, tractors, and other heavy duty equipment.
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Gentile angry for being shut out of Oxford debate

June 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, June 20, 2017, the Calhoun County Republican Party will be holding a debate of GOP Senate Special Election candidates. Not all of the Republican candidates however will be present though. GOP Senate candidate Dom Gentile said that he was not invited by the Calhoun County Republican Party which is hosting the debate at the Oxford Civic Center Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.
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Dom Gentile supports medical marijuana

June 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

US Senate candidate Dom Gentile has announced that he supports medical marijuana.

Gentile said in a statement, “I have recently met with dozens of people who are stricken with medical conditions such as epilepsy, seizures, severe autism, Alzheimers and MS. Many of them have symptoms that can be relieved by cannabis that is specifically formulated for medical use. As I listened to the passionate pleas of these patients and their families, and understood how this can help them, I became a believer that something needed to be done at the federal level. Medical cannabis is listed as a Schedule 1 controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. It is in the same class as heroin and LSD, and that is absurd. I am calling for the FDA and the DEA to immediately re-classify cannabis for medical use and allow the states to decide how to dispense the drug.”
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Dom Gentile advocates creating health insurance options

June 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, June 5, 2017, Alabama candidate for US Senate, Dom Gentile announced his plan to give consumers more health insurance choices in states that are currently dominated by one large insurance company, such as Alabama where Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama (BCBS) has over 90 percent of the health insurance market.

Gentile said in a statement, “My plan is to introduce legislation that allows consumers in these states the option to buy their insurance from the same plans that Congress and their staffs do, which is currently DC Health Link (www.dchealthlink.com). DC Healthlink has 112 plan options and four large private insurers. Once congress gets its act together and finally repeals and replaces Obamacare, this Legislation would allow consumers in these states to have access to any new insurance options given to the Congressmen, Congresswomen and Senators should the DC Health Link option be changed.”
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Gentile running for Senate as Republican

May 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Birmingham businessman Dom Gentile, 51, has qualified to run for the US Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions. Gentile is kicking off his campaign by traveling the State and talking to business owners, first responders, veterans, active military and citizens. Gentile says that he believes that it is time to rid our state of its nefarious politicians and vote in a fresh and untainted non-politician who will lead the charge towards building tomorrow’s Alabama, the right way.
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Welcome to Alabama: The Heart of Corruption

May 23, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The chronically delayed trial of The State of Alabama V. Michael G. Hubbard is set to begin Tuesday. Nearly two years after his indictments on 23 felony counts of public corruption, a jury of his peers will hear opening statements from the State, and the defense. There was a defense motion pending before trial Judge Jacob Walker, III, but late on Friday, Hubbard’s defenses withdrew the motion.
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Defense May Have Revealed Key Strategy

May 19, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Jury selection in the Speaker Mike Hubbard felony public corruption trial is complete, with twelve jurors and four alternates. During the three day process, there were hints of possible strategies from the defense that could prove troubling, not for the prosecution, but team Hubbard.

The jury is comprised of nine men and seven women. Five of the men and four of the woman are African-American, and four of the men and three of the women are white.
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