Almost half of Trump voters did not vote for Roy Moore

December 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Republicans never did fully get behind Roy Moore’s campaign for U.S. Senate.

Moore’s supporters are among the most loyal voters in the state; but Moore failed to unite the Republican Party behind his candidacy.

Moore easily cruised over appointed Sen. Luther Strange in the Republican primary runoff. Moore only had 262,641 votes besting Strange’s 218,505; but in this incredibly heavily-publicized special election he would need more than just primary runoff voters and the Moore campaign and the Alabama Republican Party failed to mobilize the kind of get out the vote effort to increase voter turnout.

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A change in Alabama

December 13, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

This changes things.

Oh, don’t think that I’m going to launch into some sappy love-fest over Doug Jones’ victory Tuesday night. (And it was a victory. Not even Bob Riley and Billy Canary could dig up 20,000-plus votes to save Roy Moore.)

Jones’ victory alone doesn’t deserve a love-fest. The people of Alabama did what they should have done — prevented an awful candidate from becoming their U.S. Senator. You don’t get a cookie for doing the things you’re supposed to do. But you can be proud of doing the right thing, and I am proud of the results.

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Governor Ivey applauds President’s space policy directive

December 12, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said that President Donald Trump’s new Space Policy Directive will lead to humans colonies on the moon and a human mission to Mars.

Trump signed the President Space Policy Directive 1 (SPD-1) on Monday. According to SPD-1, NASA will lead an innovative and sustainable program of exploration with commercial and international partners to enable human expansion across the solar system, and to bring back to earth new knowledge and opportunities. This program will begin with missions beyond low-Earth orbit, the United States will lead the return of humans to the moon for long-term exploration and utilization, followed by human missions to Mars and other destinations.

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Pre-filed bill would abolish elected School Board

December 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

State Sen. Greg Albritton, R-Atmore, declared war on the state school board of Education with his introduction of Senate Bill 25, which would wipe out the Board and the position of Alabama state school superintendent.

Albritton’s bill would eliminate the position of State Superintendent of Education and reclassify the position as a cabinet position known as the Director of Education.

For decades Alabama governors have complained that they did not have enough power over education in the state.  This bill would turn education into just another cabinet level agency, much like the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency or the Department of Corrections.

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Ivey urges Congress to pass tax reform

December 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced she has joined fellow Republican governors in sending a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., urging Congress to pass tax reform legislation.

“President Trump is proposing the largest tax cut for American families and businesses in decades,” Ivey said. “The current tax structure is oppressive to families and businesses alike, and it simply sets us up for failure in today’s global economy. We’ve proven in Alabama, with the lowest unemployment rate in history, lower taxes and less government regulation produces jobs – it’s time Washington joins us in our efforts.”

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Moore campaign threatens to sue anti-Moore super PAC Highway 31

December 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Roy Moore Senate campaign blasted an ad paid for by the Highway 31 super PAC as “patently false.”

The campaign announced in a statement that they have issued cease and desist letters demanding that television stations remove the ad from the air immediately.

The letter specifically calls out the ad for what the Moore campaign says are its “quoting third-hand gossip and repeating outright falsehoods.”

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Ivey announces $1.5 million grant to help expand state pre-K to more schools

December 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced that the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded a $1.5 million grant to help expand the state’s Pre-K through Third Grade Integrated Approach to Early Learning program.

“I’m thrilled to announce the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education a $1.5 million grant that will go a long way in helping us to expand our Pre-3 program,” Ivey said. “Ensuring that our children receive a high-quality, early childhood education is a key component to my ‘Strong Start, Strong Finish’ initiative. I’m thankful the Kellogg Foundation is helping me to invest in the future of Alabama’s children.”

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BOCAR Group breaks ground on new plant in Huntsville

December 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

BOCAR, a Tier 1 automotive supplier, broke ground on a $115 million new plant in Huntsville, creating more than 300 jobs in a project that adds to the state’s booming automotive manufacturing sector.

Gov. Kay Ivey attended the groundbreaking.

“Delighted to join BOCAR in the groundbreaking to celebrate their $115 million investment in Limestone County,” Ivey said. “This Tier 1 auto parts supplier will continue to show the strength of Alabama’s auto industry.”

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Governor announces that this is Computer Science Education Week

December 5, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Gov. Kay Ivey, as part of Computer Science Education Week 2017, announced she is joining the Governors’ Partnership for K-12 Computer Science. The governor announced that creating opportunities for computer science education in Alabama is a pillar of her “Strong Start, Strong Finish” education initiative, and this Partnership furthers that commitment.

“Today, as we kick off Computer Science Education Week 2017, I’m pleased to partner with other governors around the country through the Governors’ Partnership for K-12 Computer Science,” Ivey said. “I am excited to lead the efforts to expand access to computer science education for all students in Alabama. We must continue working to provide opportunities so that students can have a running start toward the high-demand jobs of today. We live in a technology-driven world so I want to ensure our educational system teaches in a technology-driven way. Joining the Governors’ Partnership is a key step forward in paving the way for my ‘Strong Start, Strong Finish’ education initiative.”

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Governor Ivey appoints Mike Anderton Jefferson County DA

November 30, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced that she has appointed Republican Mike Anderton as Jefferson County District Attorney.

“I am proud to appoint Mike Anderton as Jefferson County District Attorney,” Ivey said. “Out of all the applicants, Mike had the most experience, and I know he will work effectively, and with integrity, for the people of Birmingham and all of Jefferson County. Having dedicated his legal career to bringing justice to innocent victims and their families, and working 33 years in the Jefferson County DA’s Office, I am confident in Mike’s abilities to effectively serve as District Attorney.”

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