State Rep. Will Ainsworth holds on to fundraising lead in Lieutenant Governor race

November 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The race for the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor is highly competitive with no clear front runner as the candidates all work on establishing name recognition with voters.

The candidates all reported competitive fundraising in October.  Will Ainsworth, Rusty Glover, and Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh have all declared that they are running for the office in the 2018 Republican Primary.

State Rep. Will Ainsworth, R-Guntersville, had a beginning balance coming into October of $1,058,437.65.  Ainsworth reported cash contributions of $45,075.  Ainsworth reported expenditures of $15,2034.79 and line of credit expenditures of $1,336.96 for an ending balance of $1,088,277.86.

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Executive Order prohibits taxpayer funded lobbyists

August 28, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

After Governor Ivey signed Executive Order 706 on July 13, preventing all officials of the executive branch from appointing a registered lobbyist to any related agency, The Alabama Political Reporter asked the Ivey Administration about Governor Fob James’ Executive Order forbidding any State entity from hiring lobbyists.

Governor James, on January 18, 1995, signed Executive Order 1 which prohibits the hiring or contracting lobbyists with State funds. Governor James explained in his Executive Order that agencies hiring lobbyists caused interagency fighting over scarce public resources, causing public money to be wasted.

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Former gubernatorial candidate Tim James endorses former Chief Justice Roy Moore

August 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, August 10, 2017, former Alabama gubernatorial candidates Tim James (R) endorsed Roy Moore for US Senate in a press conference in Montgomery’s RSA Center for Commerce Building.  Former Governor Fob James (R) also endorsed Roy Moore for the US Senate.

Businessman Tim James said in a statement, “Many good people are in this Senate race, I personally know several of them. However, I have made a decision to support Roy Moore for the following reasons: Judge Moore is a family man, a soldier, a judge, and a constitutional scholar.  His most important attribute is his character which matters the most in times like these.”

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Lawyers, Lobbyists and College Cronyism

May 4, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The State’s Community College system has once again invited controversy, with the push to combine colleges under the guidance of the Alabama Community College Board of Trustees, formed in 2015.

As John Archibald pointed out recently, sex isn’t the only scandal happening in Alabama.

Most recently, the merger of the successful Southern Union State Community College with two failing colleges (Central Alabama Community College, and Chattahootchie Valley Community College) has raised concerns, not only in the communities where the colleges are located, but with some in the State Legislature.
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ALEA Chief Responds to Accusation: Story is Planted

March 22, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—In response to an al.com report once again insinuating that Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) Secretary Spencer Collier or his staff had misappropriated State funds or resources, Collier issued a statement calling out reporter Chuck Dean, Governor Robert Bentley’s chief advisor Rebekah Caldwell Mason, Acting ALEA Secretary Stan Stabler, SBI Director Gene Wiggins and Stabler’s public information officer, Anna Morris.

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Collier accuses Dean of being a personal news outlet for Mason saying, “ I will be damned if I will let you, Rebekah Mason, Stan Stabler (an outright racist), Gene Wiggins or Anna Morris drag my name through the mud, and hurt my family. I promise, there is much more to come.”
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