Roy Moore is running for US Senate

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) announced that he is running for the US Senate seat in this year’s Special Election. Moore joins a crowded Republican field that includes: state Representative Ed Henry (R-Hartselle), US Senator Luther Strange (R), and former Alabama Christian Coalition President Randy Brinson. Marijuana legalization activist Ron Crumpton has announced that he is running as a Democrat.
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Qualifying Democrats for US Senate Special Election begins today

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, the Alabama Democratic Party will open qualifying for the Special Primary Election to fill the US Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions at 9:00 AM today.

Alabama Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy Worley said, “Democrats in Alabama have an excellent opportunity to fill this Republican-held seat,” which was created by the resignation of former US Senator Jeff Sessions after he was confirmed to by US Attorney General by the Senate.
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Today is Confederate Memorial Day

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, April 24, 2017, is Confederate Memorial Day. State offices are closed in remembrance of the soldiers and sailors who died defending the Confederate States of America (C.S.A.) during the Civil War of 1861 to 1865.

The President of the Southern Historical Protection Group Mike Williams said in a statement, “Confederate Memorial Day is set aside in Alabama to honor the thousands of men who were called upon by their State to defend the rights held by this State. Governor Lewis E. Parsons made a preliminary estimate of losses. Nearly all the white men served, some 122,000 he said, of whom 35,000 died in the war and another 30,000 were seriously disabled. The next year Governor Robert M. Patton estimated that 20,000 veterans had returned home permanently disabled, and there were 20,000 widows and 60,000 orphans. I am glad Alabama has chosen to continue to honor the sacrifices these brave Alabamians. I hope everyone stops and reflects on the sacrifices made and why we continue to honor them. This is a big part of Alabama History.” Mike Williams is also the past State Adjutant of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
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Lawmaker wants House to condemn Rebekah Mason

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow wants to make sure that Rebekah Mason – the alleged mistress of former Gov. Robert Bentley – doesn’t escape punishment for her role in the year-long scandal that’s engulfed this State.

Morrow on Wednesday introduced a resolution that he wants the House to consider that would encourage the Attorney General’s office to investigate Mason for potential criminal activity, apologize to those hurt by her actions, condemn those actions and applaud Bentley’s ex-wife, Diane, for her strength and integrity.
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Mac McCutcheon: Legislature did the right thing on Impeachment

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) addressed the Young Republicans about a number of topics including resignation of Gov. Bentley.

Speaker McCutcheon said, “Last week was a very stressful week, but at the end of the day I hope the state understands that the House did that the right way.”

Speaker McCutcheon said that when the Articles of Impeachment were first introduced they were assigned to the Rules Committee, which McCutcheon was Chairman of at the time.
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Strange meets with steel workers

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, April 17, 2017, US Senator Luther Strange (R) was in Tuscaloosa following the Trump Administration’s $1 billion proposal to revitalize ailing infrastructure nationwide.  Senator Strange met with steel workers at the Nucor Plate facility in Tuscaloosa.

Sen. Strange said, “The President’s infrastructure plan has enormous potential to infuse fresh investment and job growth into Alabama manufacturing, and the steel produced here in Tuscaloosa and across the state will be the steel that builds a new generation of bridges and roads across America.  I am proud of the hard work being done here in Tuscaloosa, and I am committed to putting domestic producers at the head of the line as we break ground on this exciting new era.”
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Special Election today in HD 67

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Voters go to the polls today to vote in House District 67.

This is the seat given up by State Representative Darrio Melton (D) when he was elected Mayor of Selma.

Prince Chestnut (D) faces independent candidate Toby Gordon in the special general election.

Chestnut won the Special Democratic Primary with over 70 percent of the vote. No Republican qualified for the majority minority district in the Black Belt.
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More departures as staff shakeup continues in the Governor’s Office

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Gov. Kay Ivey has accepted the resignation of several more staff holdovers from Gov. Robert Bentley’s resignation as a shakeup in the Governor’s Office continues.

Zach Lee, the former director of local and government affairs for Bentley, has been let go from the Governor’s staff, the Governor’s spokesperson said Monday. Franklin Johnson, Bentley’s former deputy chief of staff, and Jake Jakobs, Bentley’s aide-de-camp, are also departing the Governor’s Office, sources have told APR.

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Ivey promises to turn the State around, strengthen Ethics Laws

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — In the first press conference of her young administration, Gov. Kay Ivey promised to turn the State around after years of political turmoil following the ouster of a governor, a House speaker and a chief justice.

Ivey, 72, who assumed the State’s highest post Monday after former Gov. Robert Bentley resigned after falling prey to a spiraling sex scandal, laid out a broad, albeit vague political agenda in response to wide-ranging questions from reporters.

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House members file JIC complaint against judge over Bentley ruling

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Several House Republicans have filed an official complaint with the Judicial Inquiry Commission alleging Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Greg Griffin violated several canons of judicial ethics by failing to recuse from a temporary restraining order request filed last week by former Gov. Robert Bentley.

Rep. Corey Harbison (R-Cullman) and around a dozen other House members filed the complaint, which also alleges a history of violations by Griffin.
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