Democratic candidates attempt to take back State House

February 12, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

November 2010 was an earth shattering moment for Alabama Democrats.

They lost every statewide race and more importantly they lost control of the Alabama legislature and the pending redistricting.  In 2014, they lost more House seats.  Friday was the final day of qualifying and Alabama Democrats have recruited candidates for most of the 105 seats in the Alabama House of Representatives.

  • Brandon Willcutt is running in State House District 1.
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Republicans finalize field of State House candidates

February 12, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Qualifying for state house races ended for the 2018 election on Friday.

The Republican Party is hoping that they can hold on to their super majority in the Alabama House of Representatives.  Democrats are challenging the Republicans in 77 of the 105 House of Representatives seats (almost 74 percent).

The GOP primary field has fewer competitive contests that it had four years ago; but it did grow larger on the last day of qualifying.

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Preview of who has qualified as Republicans in State House Races

February 9, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Today is the last day to qualify for political office in the 2018 election as a major party candidate.

Since the Republican wave election of 2010, the Republican Party has had a super majority in the Alabama House of Representatives.  Democrats have recruited a large slate of candidates to challenge the GOP.

A number of incumbents have decided not to seek re-election so this will be a much larger turnover than what Alabama experienced in 2014, before even taking into account any possible upsets in the GOP primaries though there are far fewer (with just hours left) races with competitive primaries than four years ago.

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Qualifying has been slow for state Senate races  

January 29, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

There are only two weeks left in candidate qualifying and there are not a lot of qualified Republican Primary candidates at this point.

Four years ago, Mike Hubbard and his perceived corrupting influence on the Republican Party had a polarizing effect that drew many challengers.  The Alabama Education Association was also funding a lot of those insurgent campaigns.  Most of the challengers failed; but there were competitive GOP primary races all over the state.  This time around, at this point, there are only seven races out of 35 seats where there are two or more qualified GOP candidates and in only two of those are the incumbents facing actual primary challengers.

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Election is on Tuesday

November 7, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 Alabama voters go to the polls to decide whether Donald J. Trump (R) or Hillary R. Clinton (D) will be the next President of the United States. Alabama voters also get to select their representatives to the US Senate, the US House of Representatives, and other races on the ballot on Tuesday.

US Senator Richard Shelby (R) is seeking a sixth term representing in Alabama in the US Senate. He faces a challenge from Ron Crumpton (D).
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Ball Claims Political Suppression

April 13, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Former law enforcement officer/turned politico, State Rep. Mike Ball (R-Huntsville) testified last October that a phone call from Deputy Attorney General Matt Hart was proof of prosecutorial misconduct, in the Speaker Mike Hubbard felony case.

Ball was represented during his testimony before Judge Jacob Walker III, by former Attorney General Bill Baxley. Last month on Huntsville radio, Ball claimed not only was Hart guilty of prosecutorial misconduct, but he had also tried to suppress Ball’s political activities. Ball voiced these newly found concerns only after his attorney (Baxley) became Hubbard’s lead counsel in early March. This is not the first time a Baxley client has testified to prosecutorial misconduct, to later be disgraced.
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Tuesday Was a Good Night for Alabama Incumbents

March 2, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, March 1, every member of Alabama’s congressional delegation handily won their party primary battles. Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville), Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) and Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-Selma) did not even have any primary opposition and Alabama elected congressional incumbents have not lost a primary in the last several cycles. US Senator Richard Shelby (R) beat four opponents in the GOP Primary. US Representatives Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose), Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville), Martha Roby (R-Montgomery), and Mike Rogers (R-Saks) all defeated their primary opponents with more than 60 percent of the votes cast. The Alabama electorate also voted to re-elect Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh to the Alabama Public Service Commission and Tom Parker to the Alabama Supreme Court.
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