Statewide major party candidates field is set as qualifying closes

February 12, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Major Party qualifying ended on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, and there were some late additions, including in the governor’s race.

State Senator Slade Blackwell, R-Mountain Brook, is running as a Republican for governor.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has qualified for her own term in the office of governor. She was elevated from lieutenant governor to the position last April when Governor Robert Bentley resigned.

In addition to Ivey and Blackwell, evangelist Scott Dawson, state Senator Bill Hightower, R-Mobile, Michael McAllister and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle are all running in the Republican primary.

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Qualified statewide candidates

February 8, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

A host of candidates have qualified for the state’s constitutional offices.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has qualified for her own term in the office of governor. She was elevated from lieutenant governor to the position last April when Gov. Robert Bentley resigned.

Ivey faces a number of Republican primary opponents. Evangelist Scott Dawson, state Sen. Bill Hightower, R-Mobile, Michael McAllister and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle have all qualified for the Republican primary.

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Donna Beaulieu runs for Court of Criminal Appeals

December 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, Republican Attorney Donna Beaulieu announced her candidacy for the seat on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals.

Beaulieu has spent almost 32 years of work in the legal field, including more than 20 years as a practicing attorney.

Donna Beaulieu says that she will bring her values, skills, experience and knowledge to the bench in ruling on issues as a judge on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. Beaulieu has handled a variety of cases through the years in many different courts in Alabama, and at all state and federal court levels. Donna Beaulieu has also handled appeals on numerous and varied issues in Alabama’s state and federal appeal courts. Donna Beaulieu has also successfully litigated her own Free Speech/First Amendment case that went to the United States Supreme Court.

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Tankersley Exit Interview: Final 

August 7, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

“Somebody should do something.”

After nearly five years of being rebuffed for his common-sense stance on the Ethics Commission, Dr. Stewart Hill Tankersley is doing something significant: Exposing institutional corruption and the particular failings of the Commission, sworn to hold every public official to the letter of the law.

Tankersley’s interview with APR confirms what close observers of the Commission have seen over the years.  By peeling back the ugly mechanisms of an almost lawless Commission, Tankersley has exposed  members who routinely entertain ex parte meetings with those seeking favorable outcomes on advisory opinions. Will it stop?  Will these revelations curtail the practice of granting sweetheart rulings for lawyers, lobbyists and their well-heeled clients? Will the Legislature step in and follow through on the ethics reform package prepared by the Attorney General’s Office for last session?

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A year after his felony conviction Hubbard remains free, ethics laws in jeopardy

June 13, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

As the word “guilty” rang out twelve times in a Lee County courtroom on the evening of June 10, 2016, Alabama’s political world was rendered breathless as if dropped to the canvas by a body blow to the liver.

The conviction of Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, who led Alabama’s Republican party from the backwoods of political power to an overwhelming supermajority in the State House and Senate, was a singularly dark moment in the State’s history. Yet, the date marking one year since he was found guilty of felony public corruption charges passed, seemly without notice.
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Chris McCool, Criminal Appeals candidate, addresses St. Clair County Republicans

May 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, May 18, 2017, Court of Criminal Appeals candidate Chris McCool (R) was in St. Clair County making his appeal to the Republican Party for their support in his bid to become an appeals judge.

St. Clair County District Attorney Richard Minor (R) introduced McCool. Minor said that McCool is the District 24 District Attorney (DA) serving Fayette, Pickens, and Lamar Counties. “Chris is a man of God” and a preacher with his own Church. He has a wonderful family and he also has cattle and chickens. “He is the one to vote for.”
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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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