Gov. Kay Ivey’s campaign releases first video, ‘My Sweet Home, Alabama’

September 15, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Gov. Kay Ivey’s campaign for a full term has released its first video, “My Sweet Home, Alabama,” highlighting Ivey’s roots, faith and family.

The video, released yesterday, is tracked by Ivey, who describes her hometown of Camden, her family and what she learned growing up in small town Alabama.

“Growing up in a small town like Camden you just grow up helping one another and your neighbors mean the world to you,” Ivey said. “It taught me what was right and what was wrong and you always strive to do what’s right.”

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APR holds first post-announcement interview with Gov. Kay Ivey

September 8, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

In her first post announcement interview, Gov. Kay Ivey spoke with the Alabama Political Reporter about her priorities, how she views the governor’s role in facing the challenges and changes that she sees will in the coming years and how she will lead the state with selfless devotion.

“The people of Alabama deserve a governor that’s focused on the issues, the people’s issues not the politicians,” Ivey said. “Good jobs and bigger paychecks, that allows them to provide for their families and I’m up to the task.”

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Strange changes position on US Senate filibuster rule

September 8, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Sen. Luther Strange announced to supporters in an email this week that he no longer supports the filibuster rule that requires 60 senators to vote for cloture on debate in the Senate.

“The Senate filibuster rule is stopping President Trump from achieving our conservative agenda!” the email read. “Obstructionist tactics by liberal Democrats and even some Republicans are preventing important legislation from reaching the Senate floor.

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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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Ivey has already raised $175,000 for a campaign she hasn’t announced

September 1, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Gov. Kay Ivey has received five major contributions in the past week to her gubernatorial campaign, which she still has not officially announced.

In total, she has brought in at least $175,000, so far, for her campaign for a full term, and that’s just since Aug. 25. If her fundraising continues at this pace, she will soon catch up with Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, who has more than $668,000 on hand.

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US Senate candidates prepare for the people to vote

August 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 15, 2017: The 16 remaining candidates for US Senate will make their final push to get voters to choose them at the polls today.

Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) has been the Republican frontrunner through out this race.  On Tuesday morning, Roy Moore and his wife, Kayla, will participate in their traditional horse ride to the polls at the Gallant Fire Department.

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Mitch McConnell bolsters Strange’s campaign

August 3, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 1: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Kentucky) unprecedented interference in the Alabama Republican Primary is becoming a national story.

On Monday, US Representative and US Senate candidate Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) released a new ad reaffirming his strong support of Donald Trump’s presidency and attacking Luther Strange for what he called his “deceptive attacks.”

Congressman Brooks said, “There’s only one “never Trumper” in this race: Luther Strange. I supported President Trump in 2016 and wrote a $2,500 check to help him win. Luther never endorsed Trump, never donated and is now helping Mitch McConnell block the America First Agenda in the Senate.”
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Bryan Peeples addresses North Jefferson County Republicans

July 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, July 24. 2017, US Senate Candidate Bryan Peeples (R) addressed the North Jefferson County Republican Club at their monthly meeting at Jim and Nick’s Barbecue in Gardendale.

Peeples warned that, “Our country faces very serious problems right now.”  The drip, drip, drip of alleged Trump – Russian collusion scandal news from the media is preventing us from focus on our problems.  “This election is not about me it is about you.  It is not about Judge Moore.  It is not about Luther Strange.  It is not about Mo Brooks.”
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Hansen calls for marijuana legalization

July 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, July 24, 2017, US Senate Candidate Michael Hansen released a statement calling for the legalization of marijuana.  This statement was in response to news reports that the Trump Administration plans to “crack down” on marijuana.

Hansen said in a statement, “The news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to ‘crack down’ on marijuana users is troubling. The fact of the matter is that the ‘War on Drugs’ is a failed Federal policy that for decades has unfairly targeted people of color. I am calling on Congress to decriminalize, legalize, and regulate marijuana to put an end to this racist social experiment. In addition, I am proposing an economic development zone in Alabama’s Black Belt where unemployment is near 10 percent and where poverty rates approach 40 percent. The Black Belt once lead agricultural production, and I believe it will again.”
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Doug Jones says Sessions did the right thing

July 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, July 20, 2017, Democratic candidate for US Senate Doug Jones said that Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) did the right thing and the President was wrong; in his criticism of both the person and the office.

Former US Attorney and Democratic US Senate Candidate Doug Jones calls on all candidates to put Country over Party.  Following President Donald Trump’s statements criticizing Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal from the ongoing Russia investigation, Jones said in a statement, “As a former US Attorney and Prosecutor, I know how important it is to put politics aside and do the right thing no matter the consequences. While I did not support the appointment of Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General, and continue to disagree with his actions on many issues, Jeff Sessions did the right thing both ethically and legally when he recused himself from the investigation in to Russians actions.”
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