Ivey names Brian Hastings as EMA Director

September 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced that she has named Brian Hastings as director of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency.  Director Hastings is a recently retired colonel from the U.S. Air Force.

Ivey said, “The recent events in Texas remind us of the importance of having a well-run and effective Emergency Management Agency. Colonel Hastings has extensive military experience and is a proven leader. He will bring an unmatched work-ethic, determination, and unparalleled experience of leading under extreme circumstances – all of which are essential attributes of an effective EMA Director.”

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Gov. Kay Ivey appoints Jo Bonner to chair Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council

May 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) appointed former Congressman Jo Bonner (R-Mobile) to serve as her designee to the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council (Alabama RESTORE Council) and thereby to serve as the council’s designated chairman in Gov. Ivey’s place.

Gov. Ivey said, “The Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council is tasked with restoring and protecting one of our State’s greatest natural resources, our Gulf. Its work is important not only because God has called us to be good stewards of the planet He has given us, but also because the major economic impact that the Gulf plays in our State is through tourism, fishing, shipping and other ways. I can think of no one better than Jo Bonner to serve as my designee to lead its efforts. Jo has a long history of being a tireless advocate for Alabama’s coast. I am excited to see the great things he accomplishes in this new endeavor.”
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A bill that can save lives

December 5, 2016
Bradley Byrne

Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

I met a young boy named Gabe Griffin a few years back at Battleship Park in Mobile. His family and friends had organized a cross country bike ride that started in Oregon and ended on Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

The goal of the ride was to raise awareness about Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a rare disease in young boys that causes your muscles to weaken rapidly. Despite suffering from Duchenne, Gabe was thrilled that day to be greeted by the University of South Alabama mascots, the Azalea Trail Maids, and local firefighters. I will never forget the smile on Gabe’s face on that special day.
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Amendment 2: Fact vs Fiction, Check The Records

November 4, 2016

By Senator Clay Scofield

Visiting Alabama’s State Parks and boating on Lake Guntersville were staples of my childhood. As I’ve travelled and experienced other public lands around the country, I’ve grown to appreciate these parks more and recognize the incredible gift from God our state parks are to us. This is why, for the last few years, I’ve been doing all I can to protect these amazing resources. The state parks belong to the citizens of Alabama, and I worked this year to write a constitutional amendment that would help ensure our parks are protected for future generations. I hope you’ll join me in supporting our parks and voting yes for Amendment 2 this Tuesday.
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Young Democrats Debate Watch

October 21, 2016

By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

BIRMINGHAM—Young Democrats across Alabama hosted public watch parties for the last presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Wednesday night.

The Alabama Young Democrats, a statewide organization, along with members of their Birmingham, East Alabama and North-Central Alabama chapters, hosted a joint watch party with the Hillary Clinton campaign at the Historic Carver Theatre in downtown Birmingham. More than 250 attendees packed the theatre, booing and cheering together throughout the debate.
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Standing Up for the Gulf Coast

July 25, 2016
Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

I am so proud to live on the Gulf Coast. From our delicious food to the abundant natural resources, our part of the country is unlike any other.

My family has called this area home since the 1780s. My family has always enjoyed fishing, swimming, boating, and just spending time on the Gulf. It has become a way of life for my family, just like it has for so many others.
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State Senator Says Bentley Breaking the Law with Gulf State Park Spending

June 30, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Firebrand Senator Paul Sanford (R-Huntsville) added an amendment to the Gulf State Park Project appropriations bill that sets a deadline for funding. It reads, “If the State of Alabama does not receive or has not been awarded any National Resource Damage Assessment funds or Restore Act funds for the purposes of this chapter by December 31, 2015, this chapter is repealed on January 1, 2016.”
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The BP Settlement Belongs to All of Alabama

April 5, 2016


By Thomas Scovill

SB267 is a bill proposed by Senator Hightower of Mobile County, to grab the State’s BP settlement money for road projects in Baldwin and Mobile Counties on the Gulf coast.

The $1 billion in the State settlement is just one of many settlements. Many individuals, businesses, and local governments have already gotten, or will get money in other settlements for their particular damages.
On top of this, in another settlement, Alabama is getting $1.3 billion for environmental damages, and most of that must necessarily be used where the damage to the environment is on the Gulf coast.
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Handicapping the Governor’s Race (Continued)

December 2, 2015

by Steve Flowers

This week we will continue counting down and handicapping the prospective horses in the 2018 Alabama Gubernatorial Derby. We handicapped the following horses in descending order last week, Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (18), Supreme Court Justice Jim Main (17), Sen. Greg Reed (16), Sen. Arthur Orr (15) and Mayor Vaughn Stewart (14).

This week we begin with horse Number 13, a spot which is held by a mayor of a major city. Interestingly, four of the eighteen horses in the 2018 Alabama Derby are mayors.
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Transocean Settlement Means $20 Million More for General Fund

October 27, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, October 22 Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) announced that Alabama has agreed to a settlement with Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling, Inc., which owned the Deepwater Horizon. Alabama will receive $20 million which is all being directed to the state general fund (SGF).

Governor Bentley said, “The State of Alabama suffered tremendous environmental and economic losses because of the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill in April 2010.  I appreciate the entire Alabama team for working to ensure Alabama is fairly compensated. This agreement with Transocean is another positive step forward as we continue to recover from the effects of such a significant environmental and economic disaster.”
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