Today is Pearl Harbor Day

December 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Today is Dec. 7 and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is asking that all Alabamians lower our flags today in remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which precipitated the United States’ entry into World War II.

“At the request of the President, I am directing flags to be displayed at half-staff on Thursday, December 7, 2017, to honor and remember our military members who heroically fought at Pearl Harbor, on December 7, 1941,”  Ivey said. “Seventy-six years ago, Japanese fighter planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, destroying much of our Pacific Fleet and killing more than 2,400 Americans. The flags should remain lowered at half-staff until sunset on Thursday,”

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Report shows Wexford Health Services failing requirements in Indiana

November 15, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Shortly, Gov. Kay Ivey, along with key advisers, will determine what health service provider can best address the court order mandates to improve health care in Alabama’s correctional facilities.

Alabama officials who are considering turning over state prison health care to Wexford Health Services should take time to review the firm’s conduct since taking over Indiana’s contract earlier this year.

There are indications that Wexford is over-promising and under-delivering throughout the country. As reported by Alabama Political Reporter last month, Wexford has failed to deliver on its obligation in Illinois, where it vowed to help that state emerge from federal court supervision.

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Entry to Alabama State Parks now free for all veterans

November 9, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Just a few days before Veterans Day, Gov. Kay Ivey announced that admission to Alabama State Parks for all veterans will now be free.

The program, launched along with the Alabama Legislature and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, began on Nov. 1. It will give veterans free access to state parks, park facilities, boat ramps and the Gulf State Park Pier.

“I am so proud that as a state we can stand up together and show our support of veterans,” Ivey said. “This new policy is just another mark in the long history of Alabama supporting our military men and women. More than 1 in 10 Alabamians are veterans and there is still so much that we can do to give them the respect they deserve. I hope this small token will show each distinguished member of our military family how appreciative we are of their service to our country.”

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State unemployment down to 3.8 percent

October 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, October 20, 2017 Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) announced that Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally-adjusted September unemployment rate is down to 3.8 percent, a big drop from August’s rate of 4.2 percent and well below the September 2016 rate of 6.0 percent. The last time Alabama’s unemployment rate was this low was in April 2007, when it also measured 3.8 percent; this is the lowest rate in recorded history.

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Governor Ivey to attend Wallace State-Oneonta Facility groundbreaking

October 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, October 19, 2017, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on will attend the ground-breaking ceremony celebrating construction of Wallace State-Oneonta’s new technical training facility. The governor will make an announcement of her support for this initiative.

The project includes the addition of 20,000 square feet which will house academic and workforce development space as well as economic development offices for Oneonta and Blount County. There is currently an 18,000 square foot technical training facility in use with approximately 450 students enrolled.
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Governor Ivey applauds Austal announcement of new US Navy ship order

October 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, Austal USA announced it has been tasked by the U.S. Navy to build an additional Littoral Combat Ship, the 15th such ship in the class.

After the announcement, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said in a statement, “When Alabama’s businesses succeed, Alabamians succeed. Austal USA is a 21st-Century, technology-driven, employer which provides good wages and good opportunities for its employees. Austal is critical to our state’s high-tech military and aerospace manufacturing sector.”

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Gov. Ivey declares state of emergency for Nate, expected to hit Alabama this weekend

October 6, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey declared a statewide state of emergency for Tropical Storm Nate, whose projected path has it hitting Alabama by Sunday.

The state of emergency order also authorizes the State Emergency Operations Center in Clanton, Alabama, to monitor the storm. Ivey said in a statement that the order will free up resources for “’storm related activity.”

“State and local leaders are ready to respond if needed, but our people need to stay weather-aware and heed any directions given by local officials,” Ivey said in a release.
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Reaction to Jim Patterson’s Death

October 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley

Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, October 2, 2017 it was announced that state Representative Jim Patterson R-Meridianville has unexpectedly passed away from a sudden heart attack.  He was 67.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey on Tuesday offered her deepest condolences to the Patterson family and the entire Madison County area.

“Representative Patterson had a huge heart and exemplified the role of a citizen-legislator. Jim was a voice for the children and the needy in our society, and that voice will be sorely missed,” Governor Ivey said. “My thoughts and prayers remain especially with his wife Susan and their three children during this very difficult time. They have lost a loving husband and father, and Alabama has lost a tremendous public servant. As Governor, I will do all I can to help the Madison County area and our state move forward.”
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Ivey announces construction of new whiskey factory in Troy

September 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced that the makers of Clyde May’s Alabama-style whiskey plan to consolidate operations in Troy, Alabama, where the company will build an artisan distillery, rack houses and a bottling hub, as well as a tasting experience center designed to attract tourists.

Conecuh Ridge Distillery LLC’s project calls for an initial investment of $13.6 million in Troy and will employ 50 people in the fifth year of operation. The average annual wage for those jobs is around $54,000.

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David Carrington drops out of Governor’s race

September 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington announced that he was ending his campaign for Governor of Alabama.

Carrington said in a statement to supporters, “After prayerful consideration, I’ve decided it’s time for me to end my campaign for Governor.”

Carrington said, “My six-month journey has been fascinating – one I will never forget or regret. I’ve learned so much about our state, its politics, its citizens and myself. My decision has nothing to do with health or relationship issues. It just wasn’t meant to be.”

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