Crumpton and Zeigler announce they will not run for Senate

May 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

A number of candidates have announced this week that are running in the Special Election for the US Senate seat. On Tuesday, May 16, a couple of high profile candidates announced that they will not be running. State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) and 2016 Senatorial candidate Ron Crumpton (D) both announced that they won’t be in this race.

Marijuana legalization advocate Ron Crumpton said that he was forced to withdraw due to health issues. Crumpton said in a statement on Tuesday, “The good news, we were able to raise the $3480 qualifying fee for US Senate. The bad news, I am not going to be running for the US Senate.”
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Stacy George opposes $845 million Prison Plan

May 12, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

GOP Gubernatorial candidate Stacy George has taken a stand against the prison construction plan that the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) is lobbying the Legislature to pass.

George, who works as a prison guard for ADOC told The Alabama Political Reporter that the biggest problem facing the State’s prisons is that they are understaffed. While George thinks there is some need for construction he opposes former Governor Robert Bentley’s plan to borrow $845 million.
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Carrington is running for Governor

May 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday May 8, 2017, Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington (R) announced officially that he was running for Governor of Alabama.

Carrington gathered with over 200 friends, family, community leaders, supporters, and Alabama’s political reporters, and journalists at Vulcan Park to officially announce that he was launching his campaign for Governor of Alabama.

Commissioner Carrington said, “My experience in Jefferson County has prepared me to deal with incredibly difficult and complex issues. My vision is to embark on a path to move our K-12 education system from the bottom 10 percent to the upper 25 percent and to move Alabama’s median family income from the lower 10 percent to the top 50 percent over the next ten years.”
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State Leaders angered over three-day Snapper season

May 3, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama fishermen can only catch and keep Red Snapper for three days this year.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that the 2017 Gulf of Mexico Federal Red Snapper Recreational Seasons open for the private angling and Federally permitted for-hire components on June 1, 2017, at 12:01 a.m. local time. The private angler component season will be three days and the Federally permitted for-hire component season will be 49 days in Federal waters. Private Anglers must not take any red snapper after June 4, 2017, at 12:01 a.m.
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Finance Department set to terminate STAARS contract ahead of court date

May 2, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — The Alabama Finance Department is set to terminate its contract with a technology company over the controversial $47-million STAARS software program, according to court documents.

The Finance Department purchased the new statewide accounting system software, the State of Alabama Accounting and Resource System, in 2015. In December 2015, The Alabama Political Reporter reported that the state was unable to pay thousands of vendors because of failures in the software.

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Randy Brinson announces candidacy for Senate

April 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, April 24, 2017, the race for US Senate got more crowded as Randy Brinson announced that he was leaving his position as head of the Christian Coalition in order to run for the US Senate vacancy created when Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) stepped down after he was confirmed by the Senate as President Trump’s US Attorney General.

Brinson said in a statement, “As President of the Christian Coalition of Alabama, and founder and chairman of Redeem The Vote, I believe we have been successful in helping shape the moral direction of our State and more importantly, speaking out about corruption and illegal activity that has led to the resignation and conviction of many of our elected leaders. Working with these groups has given me insight into how frustrated voters are with the corruption, self-dealing, and venality of politicians at all levels of our government. For this reason, I am now compelled to step down from my roles with the Christian Coalition and Redeem the Vote in order to run for the United States Senate in the special election this August. I am looking forward to working with a preeminent campaign team and running a modern, well-funded campaign that will draw a contrast between myself, as a voter advocate and faith leader, and the incumbent, and other career politicians running for this office. In the coming days I will be launching my campaign website, engaging the grassroots throughout Alabama, and calling on you for your support and prayers. Together we will win this race.”
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Qualifying for Senate Seat begins today

April 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Republican Party announced that it will open candidate qualifying for the Alabama US Senate Special Election on Monday, April 24 at 8:30 a.m. central time.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) had originally set the special election to replace Jeff Sessions for November 2018 to coincide with the regular election. A number of legal scholars, including state Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) and State Representative Christopher John England (D-Tuscaloosa) argued that Bentley and his team of legal advisors had improperly defined “forthwith” and urged a 2017 Special Election.
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Zeigler ends lawsuit after Ivey sets Special Election

April 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, April 20, 2017, Alabama Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) announced that he and Tommy Chapman were dropping their lawsuit challenging the legality of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s (R) dubious decision to delay the Special Election for US Senate for 21 months. Bentley has since departed the Governor’s mansion to avoid impeachment and prosecution, and Gov. Kay Ivey (R) has reversed Bentley’s order on the Special Election.
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Luther Strange and a very bad choice

April 19, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday was not a good day for Luther Strange.

Alabama’s appointed US Senator found out by way of a phone call from Gov. Kay Ivey that she was reversing course and calling a Special Election to be held later this year for the seat Strange currently holds.

Strange, Alabama’s former Attorney General, is the only announced candidate for that seat. And he was banking on staying in it until Nov. 2018, when, if his plan worked, he would be officially elected to that seat.
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Ivey has not ruled out running for Governor

April 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, February 13, 2017, new Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) addresses reporters for her first press conference as Alabama’s Governor.

When pressed by reporters, Gov. Ivey would not commit to whether she would run for the office in 2018 or not. Ivey told reporters that she had months to make that determination and her focus now was on the affairs of the State.
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