Ivey has name of campaign for Governor reserved

August 17, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Gov. Kay Ivey’s team has filed paperwork reserving a name for a non-profit campaign for re-election. The paperwork, which reserves the non-profit “Kay Ivey for Governor, Inc.” was filed with the Secretary of State’s Office Wednesday.

The filing is further public indication that Ivey is going to run for re-election, which APR confirmed earlier this week. The non-profit entity reservation would be the first step in Ivey’s plan to run for a full term. She hasn’t filed paperwork established her principal campaign committee, but that paperwork should be coming soon.

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Battle raises over $200,000 in July

August 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Huntsville Mayor and 2018 Republican Gubernatorial candidate Tommy Battle reported another strong month of campaign fundraising.

Mayor Battle is reporting raising over $303,968.21 in July.  Battle reported expenditures of $10,906.32.  Battle began July with $356,133.83 in cash in his account and ended the month with $648,398.82 in his account.

The biggest contribution was actually an $85,000 transfer from the Battle Campaign.  The largest actual contributors were: W.S. Propst $50,000, Francisco J. Collazo $25,000, Harold R. Brewer $10,000, Angel R. Almodovar $10,000, Wayne McMahan LLC $10,000, Samples Commercial Real Estate $10,000, and Joseph A. Hollingsworth $10,000.
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Hightower raises nearly $270,000 in July for Governor Campaign

August 3, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, August 2, 2017, State Senator Bill Hightower (R-Mobile) filed his campaign’s July 2017 Campaign Finance Report.  The report shows that Hightower raised $269,926 in direct contributions from donors in July.  The Senator ended the month with $467,752, spending only $12,923 in the month.

Sen. Hightower said, “The financial and volunteer support I am receiving is very encouraging, and it’s coming from all across Alabama.”
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It’s not complicated

August 2, 2017

By Steve Flowers
Inside the State House

There is a proven theory espoused by political scholars that has prevailed in southern political history for decades. The premier political scholar, Dr. V. O. Key, first illustrated this repetitious theme that has weaved its way through the southern electorate. He called it “Friends and Neighbors” politics. It is not a complicated hypothesis. It simply means that southerners tend to vote for someone from their neck of the woods. It is a truism in all southern states. However, it is most pronounced in the Heart of Dixie.
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The Alabama Ethics Commission is failing us

August 1, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Ethics Commission has become a joke.

Let’s all stop pretending that this five-man panel, along with its Executive Director and legal counsel, are any sort of a defense against corrupt public servants or a means to punish public corruption.

They’re not.

Not consistently.

And not without an air of corruption and good-ol’-boy backroom dealing surrounding nearly everything they do.

Need examples?

Well, first off, read Bill and Susan Britt’s interview with outgoing commissioner Stewart Tankersley. Secondly, consider all of the problems this bunch has created when a simple, straightforward interpretation of law was all anyone expected.
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Zeigler Says Strange is campaigning for low information voters

July 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sunday, July 30, 2017, State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) said that US Senator Luther Strange’s (R-Alabama) strategy for getting elected is to, “rely on millions of dollars in ads paid for by Washington insiders to sway low-information voters.”

Zeigler asked, “If you were appointed by disgraced former Gov. Bentley, who you were supposed to be investigating, how would you try to be elected in Alabama’s US Senate primary?”  Zeigler’s answer: “Temporary Sen. Luther Strange is doing it this way: He is counting on millions of dollars in ads paid for by Washington Insiders to sway ‘low-information voters.’”
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Alabama leaders express support for Sessions

July 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

President Donald J. Trump (R) is increasingly preoccupied by the many investigations that are now centering around his 2016 election and allegations that the Trump campaign may have colluded with the Russian government to expose former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s secrets and tilt the election in his favor.  Trump’s anger is increasingly focused on his Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R).  Sessions, a former Alabama Senator, angered his boss by recusing himself from the Trump Russian collusion investigation after it was revealed that Sessions, while a prominent member of the Trump campaign, did have two meetings with the Russian ambassador.  The President disagrees and a growing number of sources believe that the embattled President is considering firing Sessions as AG.
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At 100-day mark, Gov. Kay Ivey’s approval rating soars

July 19, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Ahead of her 100th day in office as Alabama’s Chief Executive, a new approval poll shows that Governor Kay Ivey is one of the most popular Governors in the country.

A Morning Consult poll conducted from April 1 to July 10, the results of which were released Tuesday, lists Ivey as the sixth most popular Governor in the country, touting a 64-percent approval rating. Her disapproval rating of 13 percent is also the lowest of all 50 governors.

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Gov. Ivey bans lobbyists from State boards and commissions

July 14, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Gov. Kay Ivey, continuing her shakeup in Alabama’s executive branch, on Thursday signed an executive order banning lobbyists from serving on appointed State boards and commissions.

The executive order, her fourth so far, bans any executive officials from appointing a registered lobbyist to boards or commissions, effective immediately.

“Just minutes after taking the oath of office, I promised the people of Alabama that the Ivey administration would be open, transparent, and honest, and I am proud to be fulfilling that promise,” Ivey said.

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