Farmers Federation endorses Kay Ivey, Will Ainsworth, Alice Martin

February 13, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Farm PAC, a political action committee of the Alabama Farmers Federation, announced their endorsements for the 2018 primary election for three key statewide races.

FarmPAC spokesman Jeff Helms wrote that the endorsements followed a full day of meetings, during which Republican and Democratic candidates for statewide office met with Federation county leaders from across the state. Each candidate was given ten minutes to address the more than 80 FarmPAC Advisory Trustees and answered questions on issues ranging from taxes and regulation to judicial philosophy and traditional values.

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Zeigler to run for second term as state auditor

February 2, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, Alabama state Auditor Jim Zeigler announced that he will seek a second term.

“It has been an honor to serve the people of Alabama as State Auditor, and I humbly ask for their vote again on June 5th,” Zeigler said. “State Government needs a watchman against wasteful spending and mismanagement. I have done my best to add that role to the State Auditor’s office. As State Auditor I will always put the people of Alabama first.”

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Byrne applauds decision to allow Gulf States to set their own red snapper season lengths

February 2, 2018

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, February 1, 2018 the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council approved an exempted fishing permit pilot program for the 2018 and 2019 Red Snapper seasons in the Gulf of Mexico. The program will allow the Gulf states to set their own Red Snapper season lengths.

Congressman Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, applauded the decision.

“I want to thank the Gulf Council for their support of the exempted fishing permit pilot program to ensure local fishermen have an adequate Red Snapper season for the next two years,” Bryne said. “As I have always said, this issue is about so much for than just our fishermen. A full Red Snapper season is good news for the hotels, restaurants, gas stations, and other small businesses in our coastal communities.”

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Sportsmen’s Caucus holds annual luncheon

February 1, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, January 31, 2018, the Alabama Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus held their annual luncheon on the south lawn of the Alabama capitol complex.  The luncheon held in conjunction with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) brings together Alabama legislators and constitutional officers with the many sportsmen’s organizations that are committed to protecting and passing on Alabama’s rich hunting and fishing legacies.

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Zeigler decides not to run for governor

January 28, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, State Auditor Jim Zeigler announced that he will not be a candidate for governor and is dissolving his exploratory campaign.

“It is just not my time,” Zeigler said in a statement.

Zeigler, who has just completed three years of a four-year term as auditor, now has until the Feb. 9 deadline to decide whether to seek a second term as state auditor.

Zeigler declined to endorse anyone in the Republican field but did have positive comments on the remaining GOP candidates for governor.

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Josh Jones announces he will not run for governor

January 8, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Businessman Josh Jones formally announced Thursday that he had suspended his campaign for governor as a Republican.

“I am thankful for the incredible people of Alabama,” Jones said. “Thank you for all the support and prayers through this process. Though this campaign has come to an end may we bind together and not let the establishment and ‘Old Alabama Politics’ continue to lead our great State into mediocrity. May God’s grace deliver a Statesman to lead!”

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Kay Ivey maintains lead in fundraising

January 5, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, the end-of-year campaign finance reports for gubernatorial candidates were made public on the Secretary of State’s website. Gov. Kay Ivey continues to maintain a substantial fundraising lead over all of her Republican opponents.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle finished the year with $1,190,303 in cash on hand. $974,430 less than Ivey has in her account.

Ivey reported going into the new year with $2,064,733 in cash.

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Growing up in the “Home o’ Gomer” Sylacauga​.

December 1, 2017

By Jim Zeigler

Sylacauga, Alabama’s own Jim Nabors (Gomer Pyle) has died at 87.

People who hear that I grew up in Sylacauga sometimes ask if I knew Jim Nabors growing up. For you yutes too young to remember, Jim Nabors was a nightclub singer who then became famous as Gomer Pyle on the Andy Griffith Show and, later on his own show, Gomer Pyle, USMC. He can sing like the voice of God in a deep, operatic presentation that is just the opposite of his high-pitched Gomer Pyle voice. “Shame, shame, shame.” “Surprise, surprise, surprise.” “Judy, Judy, Judy.” “Citizen’s arayest. Citizen’s arayest.” “Well, goooooooool-lee.”

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Stacy George drops out of Governor’s race, endorses Kay Ivey

November 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, former Morgan County Commissioner Stacy George (R) announced that he was dropping out of the Alabama governor’s race and was endorsing Gov. Kay Ivey. George says that he is dropping out of public life. He will complete his book.

“I, Stacy Lee George am leaving the 2018 Governor’s race. I am endorsing Kay Ivey for Governor. Over the last couple of months while finishing my book I have realized that Governor Ivey has been able to steady the ship in Alabama,” George said in a statement.

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If you are a woman, you know

November 14, 2017

By Cheryl Cook
Contributed

Why didn’t a 14 year old girl from a small town in Alabama go to authorities with her allegations of sexual misconduct against a 32 year old District Attorney 40 years ago?

If you are a woman, you know.

Even forty years later, male supporters of Roy Moore are saying the following:

“A 14 year old girl doesn’t make good decisions.” (Alabama GOP Co Chairman Riley Seibenhener.)

“Take Mary and Joseph. Mary was a teenager. Joseph was an adult carpenter.” “Roy Moore fell in love with one of the younger women.” (Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler)

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