Democrat Jason Childs drops out of governor’s race

January 12, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sunday, January 7, Democrat Jason Childs, citing a lack of funds, announced that he was withdrawing from the Democratic gubernatorial race.

“Unfortunately we have failed to meet our fundraising goals,” Childs said. “This marks the end of our campaign. I want to thank all of you for your support. I am especially grateful for our friend, and Campaign Manager Virginia Lucci.”

“I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all of my policy advisors,” Childs stated. “The friendships that have been made during this effort will last long after this election cycle is over. Without a doubt the one thing I have learned going through this process, my wife Michelle is a gift from God. We have enjoyed meeting so many fine people from around this great state. Seeing so many progressive minded folks engaged in the political process has been encouraging. I am more optimistic now than ever before. Alabamians are smart, and they know that they deserve a state government that works for them. I am looking forward to working as hard as I can to see to it that the Democratic Primary winner becomes the next Governor of Alabama.”

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Josh Jones announces he will not run for governor

January 8, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Businessman Josh Jones formally announced Thursday that he had suspended his campaign for governor as a Republican.

“I am thankful for the incredible people of Alabama,” Jones said. “Thank you for all the support and prayers through this process. Though this campaign has come to an end may we bind together and not let the establishment and ‘Old Alabama Politics’ continue to lead our great State into mediocrity. May God’s grace deliver a Statesman to lead!”

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With optimism high, Democrats running for governor report end-of-year cash on hand

January 5, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

In 2010, Alabama Republicans completely dominated the Democrats by winning supermajorities in both houses of the Alabama Legislature and every statewide race on the ballot. The GOP repeated that performance in 2014, and Democrat fortunes appeared to be at an all-time low.

This year, however, Alabama Democrats are more optimistic than they have been in a long time. Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore in the U.S. Senate special election, the first Democratic win in any statewide race since 2008. The Republican Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, has been convicted of felony ethics violations. The Republican House Majority Leader Mickey Hammon, R-Decatur, has pleaded guilty to felony campaign finance ethics violations. Republican Gov. Robert Bentley pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations and resigned the governorship in April 2017. In 2016, the Court of the Judiciary suspended the Republican Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore. The momentum generated by the Jones campaign combined with Republican ethics issues have made Alabama Democrats much more optimistic entering 2018 than they were at this time in 2014.

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Gubernatorial candidate Jason Childs favors legalizing marijuana in Alabama

January 3, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama gubernatorial candidate Jason Childs is promoting his proposal to legalize recreational marijuana in the state of Alabama.

“$880 million. That’s a conservative estimate of the total annual sales of marijuana the first year that it is legal in Alabama,” Childs said in a statement. “This is a harmless plant, not one death in over ten thousand years of use. Not only is it not harmful, it is actually good for you.”

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2018 Races to Watch

December 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The major party primaries are on June 5, 2018.  Formal major party candidate qualifying opens on January 9; but already politicos are looking ahead to these 2018 races.

In 2014 it was a question if Democrats were even going to find a candidate willing to run against the then very popular incumbent Governor, Robert Bentley; now the Republicans have a new incumbent and there are a host of Democrats who have already declared their candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Governor.  Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb is running.  So is former state Representative James Fields, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, LGBTQ activist Chris Countryman, and Center of Progress founder Jason Childs.

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Jason Childs is running for Governor as a Democrat

November 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Democratic Primary is heating up with multiple candidates appealing to Alabama liberals for the Democratic nomination.  One of these is Jason Childs.

Childs said in a statement, “Six years ago I founded Center for Progress in Alabama, a progressive public policy research and advocacy organization. Our goal was simple, fight to protect the hard working folks of the state we all love. I have traveled to 48 states and I can tell you that there is not a better place to live, work, or do business than right here in Alabama. We are home to the hardest working and most good hearted people you can find, and they deserve better than what they have been getting from Montgomery.”

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Walt Maddox announces run for Governor

October 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox announced that he was running for Governor of Alabama as a Democrat.

Maddox released a video pledging to end Alabama’s crisis in leadership.

“I believe in Alabama and I believe in our potential which is why I believe that we must solve the crisis of leadership.  In the past 18 months, the Governor, the Speaker, the Chief Justice, and the Majority Leader have left office in shame. And, when courage was required, silence was the only response from Montgomery’s leaders,” Maddox said in a statement.

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Mike Huckabee endorses Scott Dawson for Governor

October 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee  endorsed Scott Dawson for Governor of Alabama.

Huckabee is an author, a former Fox News TV show host, a former pastor and twice a Republican candidate for president of the United States.

Huckabee made the endorsement of Dawson while on the popular “Rick and Bubba” radio show.

“Scott Dawson brings the right heart to the job, and I am thrilled to be with him,” the former governor said.

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Hightower raises nearly $270,000 in July for Governor Campaign

August 3, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, August 2, 2017, State Senator Bill Hightower (R-Mobile) filed his campaign’s July 2017 Campaign Finance Report.  The report shows that Hightower raised $269,926 in direct contributions from donors in July.  The Senator ended the month with $467,752, spending only $12,923 in the month.

Sen. Hightower said, “The financial and volunteer support I am receiving is very encouraging, and it’s coming from all across Alabama.”
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Loan makes Cavanaugh’s Gubernatorial campaign fund biggest in race

July 6, 2017

By Sam Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Potential Gubernatorial Candidate Twinkle Cavanaugh raised more money than any other candidate in the Governor’s race so far.

Cavanaugh’s financial disclosures from June show she had much support from individual donations. In total, she raised $69,336 in the month with the median donation being $100.

A statement from her campaign said the donations came from 170 unique individuals and businesses from 43 different Alabama towns.
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