David Wheeler qualifies to run for Alabama House Seat

January 12, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, January 11, 2018, David Wheeler has officially submitted his qualification paperwork and fees to the Alabama Republican Party for the Alabama House seat in District 47.

“Today culminates almost a year’s worth of work in preparation to represent the people of House District 47,” Wheeler said. “I’d like to thank my friends, family and other supporters, whose help made this become a reality. I’d especially like to thank my wife Diane for her continued encouragement and support.”

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Opinion | History may record Sen. Richard Shelby as Alabama’s greatest senator

January 10, 2018

By Steve Flowers
Inside the Statehouse

A few months back the Jefferson County Republican Party honored our Senior U.S. Senator, Richard Shelby. It was held at The Club in Birmingham. The view from atop Red Mountain from this elegant club is spectacular, especially at night from the ballroom. The glass enclosure allows you to see the grandeur of the Birmingham skyline. As you glimpse at the scene you can see many of the buildings that are the heart of the University of Alabama/Birmingham.

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Jefferson County GOP says they saw nothing suspicious

December 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, December 28, 2017, the Jefferson County Republican Party released a statement concerning the Roy Moore Lawsuit allegations that he lost the special election due to voter fraud.

“The Jefferson County Republican Party, in cooperation with the Alabama Republican Party and the Moore for Senate Campaign, had trained poll watchers observing the voting process at key precincts in the county during the U.S. Senate Special Election earlier this month,” said Jefferson County GOP Executive Director Jeannie Negron Faherty.  “Additionally, observers were present at both the Downtown and Bessemer courthouses during the counting of the absentee ballots, and JeffCoGOP Chairman Sallie Bryant was present at the main courthouse that night during the tabulation of the ballots.  Chairman Bryant was also present last week when the write-in votes were counted, and former JeffCoGOP Chairman (and current District 47 Constable) Gilbert Douglas was present for the county’s vote certification last Friday.  At no time were there any reports of voter fraud, nor did any of our officials witness anything suspicious in nature.”

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Moore alleges election fraud, seeks delay of certification

December 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Republican Senate Candidate Roy Moore is asking Gov. Kay Ivey and the state Canvassing Board to delay certification of the election until a full investigation of voter fraud is conducted.

Moore has filed a motion to delay the certification.  The Moore team has also provided an affidavit from Moore stating that he successfully completed a polygraph test confirming that, “The representations of misconduct made against him during the campaign are completely false.”

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Governor Ivey appoints Mike Anderton Jefferson County DA

November 30, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced that she has appointed Republican Mike Anderton as Jefferson County District Attorney.

“I am proud to appoint Mike Anderton as Jefferson County District Attorney,” Ivey said. “Out of all the applicants, Mike had the most experience, and I know he will work effectively, and with integrity, for the people of Birmingham and all of Jefferson County. Having dedicated his legal career to bringing justice to innocent victims and their families, and working 33 years in the Jefferson County DA’s Office, I am confident in Mike’s abilities to effectively serve as District Attorney.”

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Woodfin inaugurated in Birmingham

November 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Randall Woodfin was inaugurated as the 30th mayor of Birmingham in a noon ceremony in Linn Park on Tuesday

“It is an honor to serve my hometown, Birmingham, Alabama,“ said Woodfin. “Truthfully, this is not my inauguration, it is our inauguration. I, along with the entire City Council, understand the importance of serving you.” Woodfin thanked the hundreds of volunteers, his four thousand donors and the grassroots movement that made all of this possible.

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Gov. Ivey addresses state challenges, including prison construction

November 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey spoke to the Workforce Development Council meeting in Montgomery. Afterward, the governor spoke to the Capital Press.

Gov. Ivey said that since she was elevated to the governorship, unemployment has dropped from 5.4 percent to just 3.8 percent – the lowest number in the history of the state. Ivey said that it was a team effort.

Ivey reminded the council that government does not create jobs, it is private companies that do that.

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Secretary of State turns over names of 674 people for illegal crossover voting

October 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, October 20, 2017, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) announced that he was handing over the names of 674 voters who broke the state’s new law banning crossover voting to prosecutors.

Under the new law, it is a felony to vote in the runoff of the party other than the one that you voted for in the primary.  According to the Secretary of State’s office, 674 people voted in the August 15 Democratic Party primary for U.S. Senate and then voted in the September 26 Republican Party primary runoff.

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David Carrington addresses Etowah County Republicans

October 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington addressed the Etowah County Republican Party in Rainbow City, Alabama, at the Western Sizzlin.

Carrington had previously announced that he was running for governor; but after incumbent Gov. Kay Ivey announced that she would seek a term, he announced that he would not be a candidate.  He also is not running for county commissioner again.

Carrington said that on the first day he was elected, Jefferson County had $3.2 billion in defaulted sewer debt and $105 million in general obligation debt that was also in default.

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Randall Woodfin beats incumbent Mayor William Bell in Birmingham mayoral runoff

October 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Randall Woodfin defeated incumbent William Bell on Tuesday in Birmingham’s mayoral runoff.

As of 6:45 a.m., Mayor William Bell had just 17,353 votes (41 percent) while challenger Randall Woodfin had 24,910 votes (58 percent).

While Bell’s re-election effort was seen by many as being the more old guard traditional Birmingham campaign, relying more on endorsements and campaigning at churches, Randall Woodfin was seen as the more “progressive” of the two candidates, relying more on appealing to liberal activist groups.

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