Democrat Jason Childs drops out of governor’s race

January 12, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sunday, January 7, Democrat Jason Childs, citing a lack of funds, announced that he was withdrawing from the Democratic gubernatorial race.

“Unfortunately we have failed to meet our fundraising goals,” Childs said. “This marks the end of our campaign. I want to thank all of you for your support. I am especially grateful for our friend, and Campaign Manager Virginia Lucci.”

“I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all of my policy advisors,” Childs stated. “The friendships that have been made during this effort will last long after this election cycle is over. Without a doubt the one thing I have learned going through this process, my wife Michelle is a gift from God. We have enjoyed meeting so many fine people from around this great state. Seeing so many progressive minded folks engaged in the political process has been encouraging. I am more optimistic now than ever before. Alabamians are smart, and they know that they deserve a state government that works for them. I am looking forward to working as hard as I can to see to it that the Democratic Primary winner becomes the next Governor of Alabama.”

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Candidates raise over $2 million in lieutenant governor’s race

January 8, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

State Rep. Will Ainsworth, R-Guntersville, state Sen. Rusty Glover, R-Semmes, and Public Service Commission President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh are all running in a competitive race for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.

The campaigns raised $2,390,411 in 2017 and have already spent $527,218.

Ainsworth reported receiving $763,960 in contributions, spending $154,786, and receiving non-monetary donations of $6,277.  Ainsworth also borrowed $500,084leaving him with a cash balance of $1,109,258 entering 2018.

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With optimism high, Democrats running for governor report end-of-year cash on hand

January 5, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

In 2010, Alabama Republicans completely dominated the Democrats by winning supermajorities in both houses of the Alabama Legislature and every statewide race on the ballot. The GOP repeated that performance in 2014, and Democrat fortunes appeared to be at an all-time low.

This year, however, Alabama Democrats are more optimistic than they have been in a long time. Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore in the U.S. Senate special election, the first Democratic win in any statewide race since 2008. The Republican Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, has been convicted of felony ethics violations. The Republican House Majority Leader Mickey Hammon, R-Decatur, has pleaded guilty to felony campaign finance ethics violations. Republican Gov. Robert Bentley pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations and resigned the governorship in April 2017. In 2016, the Court of the Judiciary suspended the Republican Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore. The momentum generated by the Jones campaign combined with Republican ethics issues have made Alabama Democrats much more optimistic entering 2018 than they were at this time in 2014.

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2018 Races to Watch

December 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The major party primaries are on June 5, 2018.  Formal major party candidate qualifying opens on January 9; but already politicos are looking ahead to these 2018 races.

In 2014 it was a question if Democrats were even going to find a candidate willing to run against the then very popular incumbent Governor, Robert Bentley; now the Republicans have a new incumbent and there are a host of Democrats who have already declared their candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Governor.  Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb is running.  So is former state Representative James Fields, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, LGBTQ activist Chris Countryman, and Center of Progress founder Jason Childs.

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Jason Childs is running for Governor as a Democrat

November 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Democratic Primary is heating up with multiple candidates appealing to Alabama liberals for the Democratic nomination.  One of these is Jason Childs.

Childs said in a statement, “Six years ago I founded Center for Progress in Alabama, a progressive public policy research and advocacy organization. Our goal was simple, fight to protect the hard working folks of the state we all love. I have traveled to 48 states and I can tell you that there is not a better place to live, work, or do business than right here in Alabama. We are home to the hardest working and most good hearted people you can find, and they deserve better than what they have been getting from Montgomery.”

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Kay Ivey continues to lead in fundraising battle

November 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) continues to lead the field in campaign fundraising ahead of the 2018 primary.  The Governor closed October with a reported ending balance of $1,616,029.87 in her campaign account, more than any of her competitors, from either major party, for the state’s highest office.

Gov. Ivey reported raising cash contributions in October of $391,146.24.  Her campaign spent just $62,985.64 in October.

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Scandals May Present Opportunity for Alabama Democrats

April 1, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, March 30, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R)’s top political advisor and alleged mistress, Rebekah Caldwell Mason announced that she was stepping down from her position. State Representative Ed Henry (R-Hartselle) announced that he was drawing up articles of impeachment against the embattled Governor. Meanwhile efforts by Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) to get his trial for 23 counts of felony ethics violations thrown out on a legal technicality were dashed when Judge Walker rejected prosecutorial misconduct assertions by the Hubbard defense team against Matt Hart on Tuesday.
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Breakdown of Statewide Offices

November 3, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, November 4, Alabamians all over the State go to the polls to vote on who our leaders will be for the next four years.  While campaigns have been going on for over a year, if you think some of the people on this ballot are unfamiliar to you, you are not alone.  Some of these campaigns were more active than others and some office seekers were unable to get the money for the statewide media blitz we all have grown accustomed to.
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Ivey Says that She is Committed to Alabama’s Military

September 1, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Lt. Governor Kay Ivey (R) has announced that she has launched a tour of Alabama military installations.

Lt. Gov. Ivey said in a written statement, “My time in office can be characterized by my efforts to support our military. Strengthening our military assets has been a primary pillar of my service. I have long been an ardent patriot and supporter of our military men and women. My father, an Army officer, fought on the battlefields in Europe during World War II. Throughout my years in public service, I have encouraged our youth to become citizen leaders and serve their communities, State, and Nation. Like most Alabamians, patriotism is one of my core values.”

Lt. Gov. Ivey is the Chair of the Jobs Creation and Military Stability Commission (MSC) which is tasked with developing a coordinated, statewide approach to protecting and strengthening Alabama’s military bases so we don’t lose bases from the anticipated next round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) cuts.

Lt. Gov. Ivey said, “Alabama is home to four major military installations: Maxwell Air Force Base, Ft. Rucker Army Post, Anniston Army Depot, and Redstone Arsenal. Nearly 12,000 active duty members, 22,000 Reserve and National Guard personnel, and more than 420,000 veterans live in Alabama. In these times of persistent conflict, the Department of Defense looks to Alabama to complete missions that are vital to our Nation’s overall defense strategy. Our service men and women have answered the call time and time again.”

The Conservative Lt. Governor continued, “Military in our State is not only critical to our national security, but it’s a major economic engine. And like any engine, it needs maintenance. Local communities surrounding the military installations and State leaders have a great responsibility to maintain and retain the military’s interests and secure those assets.  MSC started from the ground up. We assembled a group of top-notch retired military officers, local officials, business leaders, and state lawmakers. Now for the first time, military officials, the business community, and state leaders are communicating in an intentional and strategic way.”

Ivey said that she has recently launched a tour of several military installations, including Guard and Reserve units. These trips are focused on meeting with leadership and studying and discussing the critical needs of Alabama’s military bases.  Ivey said that there’s no replacement for first-hand experience and face-to-face communication.

Ivey wrote in her statement, “I began the tour at the 908th Airlift Wing at Maxwell Air Force Base where I met with Wing Commander Colonel Adam Willis and other key leadership. The 908th has an impressive 50-year history and is strategically located to carry out combat support and humanitarian missions on a workhorse of an aircraft, the C-130. The 908th generates a $69.3 million economic impact and employs 1,200 people. Typical of military units, it’s a well-oiled machine. Airmen take great care and personal pride in their work, and it shows. I enjoyed meeting the C-130 pilots and navigators and exploring the giant aircraft. It’s no wonder the C-130 has been in continuous production longer than any other military aircraft.  It’s truly a marvel of American ingenuity and engineering that has stood the test of time.”

The C-130 can transport utility helicopters, armored vehicles, personnel, wounded, and standard palletized cargo up to 42,000 pounds to and from combat or natural disaster zones utilizing less than desirable runways or airdrop its load directly to U.S. forces.

Col. Willis showed Ivey the aging control tower and hangars that need improvement. The condition and capabilities of facilities are important factor in the BRAC process, where Congress and the Pentagon decide whether a state gets to keep its military base or not.

Ivey said, “The C-130 is important to the 908th and the 908th is important to Alabama. The MSC is committed to providing the 908th with the support it needs to continue its mission. Over the next few months, I will visit other military installations and I look forward to reviewing their needs. Congress has not decided when it will authorize the next round of BRAC, but we are on the right track to be ready when it does.”

For the last five years the United States has been cutting its defense capabilities and hollowing out its force anticipating peace in the Middle East that never actually comes.  U.S. armed forces are currently engaged in Iraq fighting ISIS and providing aid to refugees.  A smaller force needs fewer military bases.

Lt. Governor Kay Ivey his running for a second term.  Her opponent in the November General Election is former Cullman State Representative James Fields (D).

 

Ivey Says She is Committed to Alabama’s Military

August 29, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Lt. Governor Kay Ivey (R) has announced that she has launched a tour of Alabama military installations.

Lt. Gov. Ivey said in a written statement, “My time in office can be characterized by my efforts to support our military. Strengthening our military assets has been a primary pillar of my service. I have long been an ardent patriot and supporter of our military men and women. My father, an Army officer, fought on the battlefields in Europe during World War II. Throughout my years in public service, I have encouraged our youth to become citizen leaders and serve their communities, State, and Nation. Like most Alabamians, patriotism is one of my core values.”
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