Bobby Bright to defend his GOP candidacy after challenges

February 23, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Bobby Bright, now a Republican candidate for Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District, plans to defend his candidacy at an ALGOP meeting on Saturday after facing ballot access challenges accusing him of opportunistically switching parties.

Two complaints were recently filed against him, Bright says.

One of those complaints was filed by Houston County Commissioner Brandon Shoupe, alleging that Bright only wanted to run as a Republican because “he knows difficulty first-hand the difficulty of getting elected to Congress as a Democrat in the Second Congressional District,” according to a copy of the complaint Shoupe posted on Twitter last week.

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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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Craig Ford running for State Senate as an Independent

February 12, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, State Rep. Craig Ford, D-Gadsden, announced that he is running as an Independent candidate for state Senate District 10.

“My promise to the voters is that I will work with anyone – and stand up to anyone – to do what’s right for our area,” Ford said.  “That’s who I am, and that’s why I’m running as an Independent.”

“I’m running for the State Senate because I feel like we need a senator who will work to bring people together and work with both parties to get things done,” Ford said. “Too often political games get in the way and we need to focus on solving real problems like improving our schools, creating good paying jobs, and rebuilding our roads and bridges.”

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Trump’s State of the Union Address is Tuesday night

January 30, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

President Donald Trump will address a special joint session of Congress tonight.  The speech will be carried by all cable news networks as well as the four major broadcast TV networks and news talk radio stations across the country.

“President Trump will address a joint session of Congress tomorrow night with his State of the Union address,” U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, said in an email to constituents. “The State of the Union address is an important opportunity for the President to address Congress and the American people to update us on his priorities and plans to accomplish them.”

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Alabama leaders react to Toyota-Mazda announcement

January 11, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Mazda and Toyota announced Wednesday that they had selected the TVA mega site in Limestone County for their newest manufacturing plant.  The $1.6 billion joint venture in the city limits of Huntsville will employ up to 4,000 workers.  A number of Alabama elected leaders reacted to the good economic development news.

“Toyota and Mazda’s decision to locate in Limestone County is great news for Alabama and the Tennessee Valley! I’m thankful Alabama was selected despite fierce competition from other states vying for this plant,” said U.S. Representative Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville. “Toyota and Mazda’s decision validates what many of us in Alabama already know. Alabama is not only America’s #1 football state, we are also on a path to be America’s #1 automotive production state. That is a strong testament to the quality of the location, resources, people and government leadership that Alabama offers.”

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Walt Maddox: The picture Ivey painted of the state was fiction

January 11, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, January 9, 2017, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey gave her first state of the state address to a joint session of the Alabama Legislature.  Ivey presented an optimistic, forward-thinking picture of Alabama with improving budgets, record levels of employment, pay raises for state employees, more teachers, and reforms to make the state competitive moving forward.  On Wednesday, Democratic candidate for Governor Walter “Walt” Maddox said that, “The picture she painted of our state was fiction.”

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Candidates raise over $2 million in lieutenant governor’s race

January 8, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

State Rep. Will Ainsworth, R-Guntersville, state Sen. Rusty Glover, R-Semmes, and Public Service Commission President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh are all running in a competitive race for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.

The campaigns raised $2,390,411 in 2017 and have already spent $527,218.

Ainsworth reported receiving $763,960 in contributions, spending $154,786, and receiving non-monetary donations of $6,277.  Ainsworth also borrowed $500,084leaving him with a cash balance of $1,109,258 entering 2018.

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Perspective | Reflecting on the top stories of Alabama politics in 2017

December 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

As 2017 comes to a close we reflect on the year in Alabama politics.  2017 was a remarkable year in Alabama politics.  For many of the most powerful figures in Alabama politics, it was a disastrous 2017, as the political situation was turned on its head.

No governor in Alabama has been impeached under the 1901 Constitution.  It has been over 100 years since Alabama impeached any statewide official.  That was a secretary of state and Civil War veteran accused of giving payments to a defeated primary opponent for an endorsement.  He was found not guilty by the Senate and kept his office.  Gov. Robert Bentley threatened to change that history over allegations of ethics and campaign finance allegations.  The Alabama Ethics Commission found that Bentley likely broke state laws in his relationship with his alleged mistress, Rebekah Caldwell Mason.  Two days later the House Judiciary Committee released a damning report on Bentley’s conduct alleging that he had misused state resources and then threatened and harassed witnesses of his alleged misconduct.  Three days later Bentley pleaded guilty to misdemeanor campaign finance law violations and resigned.  In 2014 Governor Bentley was re-elected in a cakewalk absolutely beloved by the voters of Alabama.  His administration crashed in utter ruin just 29 months later.  Lieutenant Gov. Kay Ivey became only the second woman governor in state history.  Joining Gov. Don Siegelman and Gov. Guy Hunt, three of the last seven Alabama governors have been convicted of crimes while in office.

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State Canvassing Board expected to certify election results Thursday

December 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Secretary of State John Merrill announced on Friday, Dec. 22, that the Alabama State Canvassing Board will meet Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, at 1 p.m. in the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office to certify the results of the 2017 Special Election for U.S. Senator.

The State Canvassing Board is the state entity that reviews and certifies the results of Alabama’s state and federal elections. This board consists of Gov. Kay Ivey, Attorney General Steve Marshall, along with Merrill.

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Moore says that he will let the process play out before conceding election to Jones

December 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Even though the numbers show that Democrat Doug Jones was clearly the winner of the U.S. Senate seat, the Roy Moore campaign refused to concede and decided instead to wait for the final totals from the campaign to be tabulated.

“Wait on God and let this process play out,” Moore told his supporters.

“May God bless you as you go on, give you safe journey, and thank you for coming tonight,” Moore concluded when he dismissed his campaign watch party. “It’s not over and it’s going to take some time.”

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