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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Ivey awards more than $10.5 million in community improvement grants

February 2, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday awarded more than $10.5 million in community development block grants to 28 towns and cities, providing funds for those communities to improve their streets and water, sewer and drainage systems.

Ivey said the block grants are needed to address the health and welfare of citizens in many communities. This is the second round of community development block grants. The first were awarded on Jan. 24.

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Why I Strongly Support Trump

October 17, 2016

By Frances Taylor
President, Alabama Federation of Republican Women

As we race toward the conclusion of this presidential race, I am often asked my opinion of Donald Trump, especially in light of the revelation of a private conversation and the attacks from the left.

It is easy for me to discuss why I so strongly support him and his vision for a brighter future for America. His plan for America entails several key components that directly affect the prosperity and well-being of its citizens:
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Alabama Not Affected By Court Ruling in Proof of Citizenship

September 13, 2016

By Brandon Moseley and Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

You have to be a US citizen in order to participate in the election process (either by birth or by completing the naturalization process). Everyone knows and understands this; but no one has been required to provide proof that they are actual citizens in order to participate.

That was about to change after the Executive Director Brian Newby of the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) had granted the requests of Alabama, Georgia, and Kansas to include documentary proof of citizenship requirements in the state-specific instructions to the federal voter registration form, used for mail-in registration. On Friday, September 9, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit narrowly reversed (2-1) a lower court ruling and issued an injunction against imposing the requirement.
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Bi-Partisan Suit Filed Over “Bentley’s Pet Project”

July 26, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—A bi-partisan civil lawsuit was filed in Montgomery County Circuit Court on Monday, to halt Gov. Robert Bentley’s “unconstitutionally and unlawfully” spending of State funds on the Gulf State Park Project.

SEE FILING

The complaint, filed on behalf of Democrat State Representative Johnny Mack Morrow (D-Red Bay) and Republican State Auditor Jim Zeigler, accuses the Governor of usurping legislative appropriations authority to allocate State funds.
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Us or Them?

July 25, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The government has a role in the lives of its citizens, but it should be a government of the people, by the people, for the people, as Abraham Lincoln memorialized at Gettysburg.

Of the many lessons learned from Mike Hubbard’s time as Speaker, the failure of his strict mode of divisive leadership, is the most important one for us to remember. Hubbard embodied and advanced the paranoid politics of “us” against “them,” a foreboding trend growing stronger throughout our nation.
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Who Will Be Served: Justice or the Powerful Political Elites?

July 7, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The sentencing hearing for Mike Hubbard will be held this Friday at 10:00 AM, in the court of Judge Jacob Walker, III. If Hubbard is treated differently than any other criminal, or if he is shown the slightest bit of deference because of his position, the peoples’ trust in law and State government will continue to be shattered.

When Hubbard was under investigation, a vast majority were convinced he would never be indicted because they believed a Republican controlled Attorney General’s Office would never indict one of their own. Once indicted, Hubbard, as well as the majority of politicos and citizens, thought he would never stand trial because the courts couldn’t be trusted to bring such a powerful politician to heel. Finally, most didn’t trust the jury system, thinking that they would be swayed by Hubbard’s political standing in the community, or that his allies just might buy-off a juror or two. Hubbard was indicted, he did stand trial, and a jury of his peers found him guilty of 12 felony public corruption charges.
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Rep. Says Lyin’ Bentley Should Come Clean

April 27, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Like a bulldog on his leg, or a thorn in his side, Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow (D-Red Bay) is once again asking Gov. Robert Bentley to “fess up.”

Taking a page from Republican Presidential front runner, Donald Trump, who has called his chief rival, “Lyin’ Ted,” Rep. Morrow calls Bentley, “Lyin’ Alabama Governor.” In a letter sent to Bentley on April 26, Morrow asks Bentley, “What lies have you told?” Morrow goes on to list at least 11 lies he believes Bentley has told including, “no new taxes,” “closing rural driver’s license offices,” “ABC stores,” and “parks,” just to name a few.
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