An interview with Senate candidate Robert Kennedy

August 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, August 4, 2017, The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) had an in depth conversation with US Senate Candidate Robert Kennedy Jr. (D).  Kennedy is running in the Democratic Party Special Election Primary for the Senate seat vacated when Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) was confirmed as Attorney General.

APR asked: The VA scandal exposed the fact that most federal employees can not be fired, even for incompetence. Should that change?

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Tommy Amason announces run for Congress

August 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, July 27, 2017, Tommy Amason, an Army Command Sergeant Major and two-tour Iraq War veteran, formally announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Congressional House seat in District 2. The announcement event was held at the Wetumpka Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1472.

Amason touted his experience as a war veteran and nearly thirty years of service in the US Army Reserves as qualifications for his serving in the United States House of Representatives.
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Marcel Black will not seek another term in Alabama House

July 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, July 5, 2017 veteran State Legislator, Marcel Black (D-Tuscumbia), announced that he will not be running for his eighth term in the Alabama House of Representatives in 2018.

Representative said, “Serving the people of the Shoals as their representative in Montgomery has been a privilege and honor, and I will always be appreciative of the opportunity that they entrusted me with.”

Black said that he has considered his decision for a while and finally concluded that, “if you are beginning to seriously think about leaving Montgomery, it is probably time to do so. For me that time has come.”
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Michael Hansen Interview

July 5, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, June 29, 2017, The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) sat down with Senate candidate Michael Hansen (D) and discussed issues likely to face the Senate.

APR: If Syria attacks civilians with chemical weapons again, after both Presidents Trump and Obama have warned Assad not to do that, should the US mission in Syria change to removing Assad?

Hansen: I prefer coalition forces. I do not like the US unilaterally intervening and prefer to work with our allies, such as NATO; but yes if Assad uses chemical weapons there has to be consequences.
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We all need a Summer of Revival

June 7, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama needs a vibrant two-party system. In truth, it has never had one in modern times.

Democrats controlled the State for a long time, with Republicans holding only a few offices. Then, in 2010, Republicans swept into control, with a supermajority in both houses of the Legislature and winning every statewide office. It has been that way ever since.

I’m not a Democrat or Republican, and I vote for candidates in both parties. But I’m not trying to blow smoke, either. My politics certainly lean left, which means more often than not I identify more with Democratic Party positions, especially on a national level.
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Alabama Democratic Party announces major summer of revival

June 5, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, June 2, 2017, Today, the Alabama Democratic Party announced a major statewide Summer of Revival program designed to bolster local party organizations in order to win down-ballot races.

The Party will partner with county parties and external allies to invest in local organizing projects over the summer, which will increase the Party’s capacity to elect Democrats up-and-down the ballot in 2017, 2018, and beyond.
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Fisher running for Senate

May 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, May 16, 2017, businessman Jason E. Fisher announced that he will be running as a Democratic Party Candidate for the United States Senate seat left vacant when Jeff Sessions was confirmed by the Senate as US Attorney General. Jason Fisher is the Vice President & Senior Consultant at Ruffalo Noel Levitz, a direct marketing company specializing in education-based philanthropy and enrollment management services. Mr. Fisher is a Democrat from Orange Beach.
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Speaker Joe McCorquodale has died

April 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, the Alabama House of Representatives had a moment of silence for former Speaker of the House Joe McCorquodale (D) who passed away early on Tuesday.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) wrote in a statement: “Many Alabamians are saddened to learn of the sudden death of Joe C. McCorquodale, former Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives. I counted him as a friend, a mentor, and a colleague. Mr. Speaker was a man of principle who truly loved and served this State. When he hired me as the House Reading Clerk he gave me wise advice he said, ‘Never, ever lie. If you tell one lie, you’ll forget and will tell another. Soon you will be caught up in lies.’ I assured him I understood and would never do so. To this day his advice resonates with me.”
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Montgomery County Democratic Conference announces new leadership

March 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 23, 2017, Emerging from trusteeship, the Montgomery County Democratic Conference (MCDC) elected a new slate of officers and executive committee members on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

The group elected Janet May as its Chairperson. Joe M. Reed was chosen as Vice Chairperson.

Other officers elected include: Mary E. Williams, Recording Secretary; Sheena Gamble, Assistant Secretary; Lillian Jefferson, Treasurer; Kenyatte Hassell, Coordinator; Tamika Miller, Vice Chair Women’s Affairs; Robert Thompson, Vice Chair for Youth Affairs and Maggie J. Stringer, Vice Chair for Senior Affairs.
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Crumpton announces he will challenge Luther Strange

February 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley

It has been 20 years since Alabama had a new U.S. Senator, that was until Friday when Governor Robert Bentley appointed Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) to fill the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions (R) confirmation as U.S. Attorney General. Already one candidate has come forward to challenge Strange for the seat. Marijuana legalization activist, Ron Crumpton (D), who has already run for Senate in 2016, against Sen. Richard Shelby (R), has announced that he will run against Senator Strange.
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