For Birmingham residents, it’s an exciting time

October 5, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Well, it has been a long, long time since Birmingham residents have seen an election for city leadership like we saw this year.

And, really, that’s good news.

Better news, really, was that Birmingham voters found themselves in a rare and enviable position.

Both of the candidates for mayor were capable and encouraging. Both of the candidates for the Districts 2, 5 and 9 City Council seats were also capable and encouraging.

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Richardson takes control: changes coming to ALSDE, Montgomery intervention

September 28, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

There are changes coming to the Alabama Department of Education – starting with the Montgomery intervention.

Interim state superintendent Ed Richardson said during an Alabama Board of Education meeting on Wednesday that he is in the process of examining the takeover of the state’s third largest school system and will be implementing some changes.

Richardson, whose three-month contract was approved during Wednesday’s meeting, said he plans to meet with Montgomery County Board of Education members on Thursday evening to go over his proposed changes.

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ASU changes: Athletic director Melvin Hines resigns

September 28, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

As Alabama State University officials work through finalizing a contract for incoming president Quinton Ross, the usual personnel shifts that occur with a power change are ongoing.

Sources told APR this week that ASU athletic director Melvin Hines has resigned from the university. Officials are still working with Hines to determine his final day on the job, but he could work until the end of the calendar year, the sources said.

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Legislative Republican Leadership Stands In Agreement with Obama

March 17, 2015

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Few Republicans in legislative leadership admit sharing common cause with President Barack Obama, but when it comes to charter schools and Common Core they are in full agreement.

It might come as a surprise to many conservatives that Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) and House Speaker Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) agree with the President when it comes to Common Core and charter schools.
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House Committee Approves Charter Schools Bill

March 16, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Providing Alabama families with choices in education has been stated as a priority for the Republican super-majority in this legislative session. This week, Alabama’s first charter school bill moved rapidly through the legislature. On the second day of the legislative session, a public hearing was held on charters. It rapidly moved forward out of committee in the Senate. On Tuesday, the bill received several amendments, but was passed by the full Senate and moved on to the Alabama House of Representatives. On Thursday, March 12, the 60 page bill received a favorable report from the House Education Policy Committee.
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New FCPA Laws Change Campaign Committee Practices

August 13, 2013

By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The 2014 campaign season is underway, and candidates for state and local elected offices are having to adjust to new laws regarding their campaign financial disclosures.

Alabama law requires candidates to file regular reports of the their campaign’s contributions received and expenditures made. In previous elections, candidates were required to file reports 45 days and 10 days prior to an election, as well as every year once they had met the filing thresholds for the office they were seeking.
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