Tim Dunn elected as new Chairman of Etowah County Republican Party

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, January 30, 2017 the Etowah County Republican Party elected its new officers.

The new Chairman is Tim Dunn. Newly elected Chairman Dunn said in a statement, “We will bring a fresh look at new ideas, focus on getting our youth interested and involved for the successfulness of our future as a party.”

George Day was elected as Vice Chairman of elections. Scott Hassell was chosen as Vice Chair of Finance. Herman Spicer was chosen as Vice Chair of Logisitics. Tammy Drisskill was elected Vice Chair of Membership. Michael Barton was elected as the group’s Treasurer. Misty Sosebee Ledbetter was re-elected as Secretary. Driskill will continue as head of the Etowah County Republican Party. J. Holland will continue in his role as Communications Chairman and as Chair of the Republican breakfast. Read More

A sports complex would be big for our local economy

By House Minority Leader Rep. Craig Ford

Etowah County has produced a lot of great athletes over the years, including several NFL players like Dre Kirkpatrick and Carnell “Cadillac” Williams. In November, the “Lady Fusion 03” soccer team won the state championship in the U13 division.

We have a proud sports tradition here, and now more than ever we need a sports complex to accommodate these teams. Whether its you soccer like our state champion Lady Fusion team (soccer is the fastest growing sport in the country) or travel ball and little league baseball and softball teams, there is a significant need for a sports complex. Read More

EPA Warns that Chemicals Could be Too High in Eight Alabama Water Systems

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, May 20, the Alabama Department of Public Health announced that the tap water from the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority, the Gadsden Water Works and Sewer Board, the Centre Water and Sewer Board, A.W. (Vinemont Anon West Point) Water Systems Inc., West Lawrence Water Co-op, the Northeast Alabama Water District, the Rainbow City Utilities Board, and the Southside Water Works and Sewer Board may pose some health risks according to new standards released by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
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Maybe Santa Will Bring Us What Congressman Aderholt Won’t: The I-759 Extension

By Minority Leader Rep. Craig Ford

We are just a few weeks away from Christmas, and children across the state are heading to the mall or shopping center to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what they want for Christmas.

I haven’t sat on Santa’s lap since I was a kid, but at this point Santa may be our best hope for finally getting the I-759 extension.

Every elected official in Etowah County has said for years that the I-759 extension is critical. Ask anyone driving down East Meighan Boulevard and they will tell you just how bad things have gotten.
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Bentley Takes Tax Increase Tour to Etowah County

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday April 24, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) was in Etowah County meeting with members of the Chamber of Commerce to warn about the impact to Etowah County if the Legislature passes a 2016 General Fund budget that cuts government agencies and programs without any of his requested revenue increases.

Gov. Bentley said, “We are facing a tremendous crisis in our General Fund Budget that will impact every Alabama County if not addressed by the Alabama Legislature. I am committed to finding new revenue so our state agencies can continue to provide essential services to Alabamians. For decades, we have failed to address the way our non-education state agencies are funded. With no one-time money available to support the General Fund and debts that are owed, we have a real crisis on our hands. The cuts in the Legislative proposal impact all 67 counties in Alabama. I encourage the residents of Etowah County to let their elected representatives know that these cuts will hurt the people in Etowah County.”
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Gladden Opposes Combining Budgets

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Most states have all of their revenue from income taxes, sales taxes, sin taxes, property taxes, business taxes, licenses, and fees come into one common fund. Then, legislators prioritize their spending for the next business year into how much money the schools, prisons, court system, state colleges, state police, roads, state parks, Medicaid, etc. need in order to function for the next year; much like most families and businesses operate.
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House Minority Leader Craig Ford to Run For Re-Election

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, Representative Craig Ford (D) from Gadsden ended much speculation when he announced that he was seeking re-election to the Alabama House of Representatives.

The Minority Leader in the Alabama House of Representatives said, “I enjoy serving the people of District 28, and I believe I can do more for education, state employees, law enforcement, firefighters and the people of Etowah County by serving another term in the House.”  Ford announced that he will seeking re-election to the Alabama House of Representatives House District 28 in Etowah County.
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Butler Qualifies: Faces Primary Opponent

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Rainbow City Republican Mack Butler qualified to run for re-election, like most Republican legislators, on Wednesday when Alabama Republican Party staffers visited the capital city to allow legislators the chance to qualify without having to make the drive up to Alabama Republican Headquarter in the Birmingham/Hoover area.

Rep. Mack Butler announced on Facebook, “The Alabama Republican Party came to Montgomery today to qualify candidates. I proudly qualified to be on the 2014 ballot for State House District 30!”  Butler’s House District 30 covers parts of Etowah and St. Clair Counties.
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Sen. Phil Williams Critical of Wind Mill Project

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

In a recent op-ed on his website, Senator Phil Williams (R) from Rainbow City suggests that money and financial gain are behind the recent war on coal that has recently descended on the State.

Sen. Williams wrote that there should be a requirement that, “…so-called ‘Green Energy’ resources prove their worth without having to be propped up by massive subsidization. In a free market economy the better mousetrap will find a buyer. But that is not what we see with alternative energy which benefits from massive (and speculative) government credits and subsidies just to survive.”
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Michael Gladden announces candidacy for Nordgren’s seat

By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY-—Michael Gladden announced this week that he will run as a Democrat to represent the 29th district in the Alabama House of Representatives.

Gladden is from Gadsden, Ala., and will run against incumbent Becky Nordgren (R-Gadsden) if she seeks re-election. At this point, Gladden does not have a primary opponent.

“I have always held a deep-rooted passion for my community and for public service long before I first ran for office in 2006,” Gladden said on Facebook on Thursday.
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