Gov. Ivey announces Special Election dates for House District 21

October 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter 

Monday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a proclamation to set the Special Election dates for Alabama House District 21.

Gov. Ivey set the major party primaries for Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.

If a major party runoff is necessary, it will be on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. The Special General Election would then be on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. If there is only one major candidate for each major party and no need for a primary, the general election will be held Tuesday, March 27, 2018. If there is a primary but no runoff is needed, the General Election will be Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

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Political fortunes come and go

October 18, 2017

By Steve Flowers
Inside the State House

Now that the dust has settled from the Republican Senate primary, we can focus on the much-anticipated 2018 elections.

Kay Ivey is definitely running for governor. She raised over one million dollars in a few short weeks in August with an exploratory committee. As of the last reporting period, she has raised $1.2 million followed closely by Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, who is at $1.1 million.

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Airbus announces second line in Mobile

October 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, Airbus announced that it has acquired a 50.01 percent stake in the C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership with Bombardier. While the headquarters and main assembly plant for the Bombardier aircraft, Airbus will move some Bombardier C Series aircraft production to its plant in Mobile.

“This acquisition by Airbus and promise of new investments in Alabama show that our aerospace sector is strong and that our workforce can support an additional assembly line. Alabamians take pride in their work and that is showing on Airbus aircraft around the world. We look forward to adding the C Series aircraft as another product proudly made in Sweet Home Alabama,” Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said in a statement.

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Rumor about Justice Glenn Murdock has hint of truth

October 16, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Rumors are part of the stock-in-trade of Montgomery politicos, and this past Friday it churned out buzz that Supreme Court Associate Justice Glenn Murdock was going to make a big announcement by day’s end.

In an attempt to run the gossip to ground, The Alabama Political Reporter called Murdock in the early afternoon. After leaving a voicemail, the clock ran out at 5 p.m. with no announcement – after 5 p.m. on a Friday, the only news from the political world are stories they want people to ignore.

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Gov. Kay Ivey and Tommy Battle top $1 million in fundraising

October 9, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Gov. Kay Ivey and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle have now both topped $1 million in fundraising totals, according to the most recent campaign finance reports.

Battle has raised $1,105,351 since fundraising began in the early summer. Ivey, who decided in September to officially run for a full term, has raised over $1.2 million. She hit the $1 million mark last month, just a few weeks after her announcement.
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Democratic candidate for Governor Walt Maddox hopeful Democrats can win

October 6, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Off the heels of his gubernatorial announcement, Tuscaloosa mayor and Democratic candidate for governor, Walt Maddox, said he is hopeful a Democrat like himself can be successful in the gubernatorial race.

“I absolutely believe there is a pathway to victory,” said Maddox, who announced Thursday morning he would officially be running for governor, in an interview with The Alabama Political Reporter. “In large part, it’s because we’re turning a page in Alabama’s history where we’re no longer going to allow the politics of fear to drive the decisions at the ballot.”

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Alabama AG reignites “Bingo Wars”

October 5, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall has reignited the electronic bingo fight.

Marshall on Wednesday announced five lawsuits filed in counties around the state – Macon, Morgan, Lowndes, Houston and Greene – aimed at stopping existing gambling operations in those counties. The filings also request injunctions against the casinos to force them to stop operations immediately.

“It is the responsibility of the Attorney General to ensure that Alabama’s laws are enforced, including those laws that prohibit illegal gambling,” a release from Marshall’s office said. “Through multiple rulings in recent years, the Alabama Supreme Court has made it abundantly clear that electronic bingo and the use of slot machines are illegal in all Alabama counties.”
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Reaction to US Senate primary runoff

September 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, the voters of Alabama selected Roy Moore to be the GOP candidate in the race to fill the Senate seat of Jeff Sessions , now U.S. attorney general.  Leaders from across Alabama and beyond congratulated Moore on the victory.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said in a statement: “One of my first acts as governor was to move the special election date so it was held in compliance with the law. Now the people have had their say.”

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Toyota announces $106 million investment in Huntsville engine plant

September 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, Toyota announced plans to invest $106 million and add 50 jobs at its Alabama engine plant, the latest expansion for the Huntsville facility that is a key part of the automaker’s global operations.

The investment will provide for a complete replacement of the current four-cylinder engine line at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, the only Toyota engine plant in the world to produce four-cylinder, V-6 and V-8 engines all under the same roof.

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Gov. Kay Ivey appeals to religious conservatives in new ad

September 19, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

As the race for governor begins to heat up, Gov. Kay Ivey is making an appeal to the state’s religious conservatives in a new ad that launched Monday called “Faith and Life.”

In the ad, Ivey focuses on her life in church and her pro-life beliefs, which she says are rooted in her faith in God.

“I’m pro-life because God teaches us to love life, and he created us,” Ivey said in the ad. “He wants us to love one another. I believe that life begins at conception. I am strongly pro-life.”

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