Senate committee approves bill to allow display of Ten Commandments on public property

February 9, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

An Alabama Senate committee approved a bill Thursday that will allow for the public display of the Ten Commandments on public property including government building grounds and public schools.

The bill, by Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, received a unanimous vote from the Senate Constitution, Ethics and Elections committee after Democrats pushed for an amendment to allow for the placement of other religious displays that express faith or religious belief.

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An undeniable, political truism

December 20, 2017

By Steve Flowers
Inside the Statehouse

Well, folks, we have had a more exciting and fun filled political year than we expected. Usually, most of the fun is reserved for even numbered years when presidential or gubernatorial elections are held.

However, it’s been a good ride. Obviously, the Special Election for the remaining three years of Jeff Sessions’ senate term monopolized the year. Although you will have to remember, that election was preceded by two events that set up the senate race.

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2018 Legislative Session just 92 days away

October 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Halloween is not here yet, and most people are just beginning their Christmas shopping list. That said, it is time to begin preparing for the 2018 Legislative Session. The 2018 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature begins early this year so that the members can go out and campaign ahead of the June 5, 2018 major party primaries.

This Session begins on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, and must end no later than Monday, April 23, 2018 at midnight. If both Houses pass both the Education (ETF) and State General Fund budgets, they can leave earlier than that.

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Gov. Kay Ivey and Tommy Battle top $1 million in fundraising

October 9, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Gov. Kay Ivey and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle have now both topped $1 million in fundraising totals, according to the most recent campaign finance reports.

Battle has raised $1,105,351 since fundraising began in the early summer. Ivey, who decided in September to officially run for a full term, has raised over $1.2 million. She hit the $1 million mark last month, just a few weeks after her announcement.
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Democratic candidate for Governor Walt Maddox hopeful Democrats can win

October 6, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Off the heels of his gubernatorial announcement, Tuscaloosa mayor and Democratic candidate for governor, Walt Maddox, said he is hopeful a Democrat like himself can be successful in the gubernatorial race.

“I absolutely believe there is a pathway to victory,” said Maddox, who announced Thursday morning he would officially be running for governor, in an interview with The Alabama Political Reporter. “In large part, it’s because we’re turning a page in Alabama’s history where we’re no longer going to allow the politics of fear to drive the decisions at the ballot.”

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Working Families Party congratulates Randall Woodfin on election to Mayor

October 5, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

The Working Families Party has congratulated Birmingham Mayor-elect Randall Woodfin on his victory Tuesday night.

“Randall Woodfin ran on the idea that the people of Birmingham have a right to demand a government that truly works for all its people, and that a city can provide opportunity and lift up those who’ve been left behind,” said Joe Dinkin, national spokesperson for the Working Families Party. “Woodfin is part of a wave of local candidates around the nation who are running on bold, transformative progressive visions and winning.”

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Alabama Forestry Association endorses Probate Judge Wes Allen in House Race

September 29, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Forestry Association announced their endorsement of Pike County Probate Judge Wes Allen in the Alabama House of Representative District 89 race.

The Alabama Forestry Association represents forestry workers in state and local politics.

Chris Isaacson, the executive vice president of the Alabama Forestry Association, said the organization was “proud” to endorse Allen.

“Wes has served for eight years as probate judge for Pike County, an office that has provided him a unique understanding of the needs of citizens in the rural areas of Alabama,” Isaacson said. “In addition to his professional experience, Wes’s family has been involved in forestry for more than 35 years, providing him an even greater awareness of the business that drives Alabama’s rural economy.”

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Candidates circling Ross’s soon-vacant Senate seat

September 21, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Quinton Ross hasn’t officially left the Alabama Senate yet, but the hopefuls are already circling.

Ross was selected earlier this month as Alabama State University’s president. Barring something weird, he’ll take over on Oct. 2. ASU trustees are set to approve a contract for him at a Sept. 29 board meeting.

Ross said on Wednesday that he and trustees are working through the particulars of that contract now, and he feels like a deal is pretty close.

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I’m not voting Tuesday, but Republicans should

September 21, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

I won’t be voting on Tuesday in the Special GOP Runoff between Roy Moore and Luther Strange. I voted in the Special Democratic Primary, so I’m going to respect the law and not try to cross over.

Though in an election paid for by Alabama taxpayers, that crossover law is bunk. If Republicans paid for their own primaries and Democrats paid for their own primaries, they could set such rules.

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Judge seeks open seat on Court of Civil Appeals

September 15, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

A judge announced that she would seek a soon-to-be vacated seat on the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals on Thursday.

Chirsty Edwards, who currently serves as a judge on the Alabama Tax Court, made the announcement that she will seek the seat on Thursday. Edwards said she wants to bring her know how of tax laws to the appeals court.

“Everyone has to pay taxes – businesses, business owners, consumers and regular people,” Edwards said in a statement. “The businesses and the people of this state need a judge who will oversee the tax laws and protect the taxpayers according to all the laws overseen by this court. I will do that.”

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