Rep. Mac Butler running for State Senate

September 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, State Representative Mack Butler, R-Rainbow City, announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination to District 10 of the Alabama State Senate.

Rep. Butler said in a statement, “Our community has been blessed for the past seven years to have conservative leadership in the Alabama Senate, because I’ve been encouraged by so many people and there’s so much work to do in Montgomery, I have decided to enter this race to give the people of Etowah, Cherokee and DeKalb counties the small government, pro-liberty representation in Montgomery that they want.”

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Senator Phil Williams endorses Roy Moore

August 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, August 30, 2017, Alabama State Senator Phil Williams, R-Rainbow City, announced that he has endorsed Judge Roy Moore (R) for U.S. Senate.

Sen. Williams said in a statement, “Judge Roy Moore has served our nation on the front-lines in Vietnam and the people of Alabama with integrity and honor as a two-time Chief Justice. The Judge has been a stalwart defender of the United States Constitution in the face of liberal activist judges and has put principle before personal or political gain time and time again. It is this track record that uniquely qualifies him to fill the Senate seat of Jeff Sessions in Washington, D.C.”

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Former House Minority Leader Craig Ford will not run for Governor

August 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

State Representative Craig Ford (D-Gadsden) announced Thursday that he will not be a Gubernatorial candidate in 2018.  State Rep. Ford had been openly considering a run for Governor for the last year.

Rep. Ford said, “Over the last several years, I have been asked by people from all over the State to run for Governor. It has been truly humbling to receive so much support, and I am grateful to all of my supporters who have expressed so much confidence in me. But after prayerful consideration and many long conversations with my family, I have decided not to enter the race for Governor next year.”

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Moore addresses Etowah County Republicans

August 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, August 19, 2017, Senate Candidate Roy Moore (R) was in Rainbow City for a breakfast meeting with the Etowah County Republican Party.  A packed crowd was on hand to hear from the Etowah County native following his first place finish in the August 15 Republican Senate special election primary.

Judge Moore told his fellow Etowah County Republicans, “This is home.  This is where I was born and reared and where I will die.”

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Nordgren will run for re-election

August 10, 2017

By Staff Report
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 8, 2017, State Rep. Becky Nordgren (R-Gadsden) announced that she will be a candidate for the House Distict 29 seat she has held since 2010.

House District 29 includes portions of Etowah, Calhoun, and DeKalb counties.

Rep. Nordgren said, “Creating jobs, restoring honesty and integrity to State government, and supporting President Donald Trump’s policies on the state level have been among my top priorities during my service in the Alabama House.  Since taking control of the Legislature in 2010, Republicans have implemented many commonsense state government reforms, and I’ll continue changing the way Montgomery operates if my friends and neighbors across the district allow me to continue serving them.”

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Can’t never could

July 6, 2017

Rep. Craig Ford

One of the things I learned from my dad when I was young, is that you can accomplish the things that may seem impossible; things that other people tell you can’t be done.

More than once, somebody (sometimes even me) would tell my dad that something couldn’t be done. But dad would just smile at them and say, “Can’t never could.”

As a legislator, my dad fought for a lot of projects that some people doubted would ever become a reality. Dad fought for I-759 before it ever existed (years later, they named it the “Joe Ford Highway” in honor of him).
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Republicans divided over Etowah County “Party switchers”

April 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Former Public Service Commissioner Terry Dunn (R) released a statement critical of a hot dog supper tonight being hosted the Republican Executive Committee of Etowah County to, “Welcome our newest elected official members: Etowah County Circuit Clerk Cassandra “Sam” Johnson and Etowah County Revenue Commissioner Linda Barrett-Vaughan,” who switched to the Alabama Republican Party from the Alabama Democratic Party.

Commissioner Dunn told The Alabama Political Reporter that he had concerns about anyone who could run and serve as a Democrat while Barack Obama (D) was President. Dunn suggested that if Obama was not too liberal for you to switch parties then, why someone would switch now…..other than to improve their chances of being reelected in a State that is increasingly Republican as was demonstrated by the record GOP votes for Donald J. Trump (the most votes for a presidential candidate in state history). Pres. Trump also carried Etowah County by a large margin.
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Tim Dunn elected as new Chairman of Etowah County Republican Party

January 31, 2017

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

January 6, 2017

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

May 23, 2016

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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