Zeigler creates Gubernatorial fundraising committee

July 5, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, June 27, 2017, Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) filed a campaign committee Tuesday to begin raising money for the 2018 Governor’s race.

Auditor Zeigler said that he was required to file because he passed the $1,000 legal threshold that requires filing due to “unsolicited campaign donations.”

Zeigler said that he is “running an exploratory campaign for the Governor’s race and will make a final decision after the special election for US Senate.”
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Independence Day, 241 years ago

July 4, 2017


By Jim Zeigler,Alabama State Auditor, and Pat Boone, Entertainer


Many of us Alabamians are enjoying a long Independence Day holiday. For State employees and others who are off work Monday, it is a four-day weekend.


My family, like many of yours, will enjoy barbecue, the lake (or beach), fireworks, and the gathering of family and friends.


241 years ago at the first Independence Day (though it was not called that), it was a different scene altogether.
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Brooks wants to arm Congress

June 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Washington, DC has one of the most restrictive gun laws in the entire country. That infringement on the civil liberties of the Capitol’s citizens very nearly resulted in the slaughter of two dozen GOP congressmen, including Alabama’s own Representatives Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) and Gary Palmer (R-Hoover).  Congressman Brooks was one of six congressmen whose names and office numbers were written on a sheet of paper in the attempted assassin’s pocket.
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Interstate 65: Alabama’s immediate infrastructure needs

June 19, 2017

By State Auditor Jim Zeigler

I do not need expensive studies and consultants to know that Alabama has immediate infrastructure needs. I experienced a major infrastructure problem Saturday afternoon.

While the inadequacy of Interstate 65 from Birmingham to Montgomery — and on all of the Beach route — may or may not be our most dangerous problem, it may well be the most immediate. It is a problem right NOW.
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Meet gubernatorial candidate Scott Dawson

June 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, June 14, 2017, Scott Dawson sat down with The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) to discuss his bid for the 2018 Republican Party nomination for Governor.

APR: Former Governor Bentley wanted to borrow $800 million to build four new mega prisons. Do you support Bentley’s prison plan?

Dawson: When was the last time we spent a large chunk of money on education, or on infrastructure? To me every crime must have a consequence, but ultimately prisons are bigger than buildings. It is about people. Reforming those prisoners so they don’t come back to prison should be discussed when we talk about prison reform. We need prisoner reform. Don’t be slack on crime, but moms are not praying for bigger prisons moms are praying that their sons to change.
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NPR audience boos Jim Zeigler

June 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, June 10, 2017, NPR broadcast its “Weekend Edition Saturday” from Birmingham’s Lyric Theater. State Auditor Jim Zeigler was the only Republican invited on the show. Zeigler said afterwards that he was also the only guest interrupted and booed by the largely Democratic live audience.

Show host Scott Simon asked Zeigler if Donald Trump was good for the brand?

Zeigler replied, “Yes, he is. His base is still with him. And those that were against him are still against him. They’re a lot louder against him, but on Friday, the President proved that he is able to move forward with his agenda. He went into his infrastructure agenda and his plan to cut out some of the regulation and new projects going forward. And this can be huge for America, both businesswise and getting our infrastructure repaired. So the President’s going forward and is not going to be distracted by this issue or any other.”
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State leaders ask Trump to extend Red Snapper season by executive order

June 5, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, June 2, 2017, both Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) and former Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) sent letters to President Trump formally requesting that he use his Executive powers to extend the 2017 Federal Red Snapper Season.

Governor Ivey said in a statement, “Red Snapper fishing is vital to Alabamians as it is a major source of recreational enjoyment and provides great economic impact. Overreaching Federal bureaucrats have unjustly made the 2017 Red Snapper Season shorter than any season in history – that decision is simply unacceptable for Alabama.”
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Zeigler says budget cuts require him to perform audits himself

June 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, June 1, 2017, State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) announced that he will have to become a “field auditor” to keep his office operating after the Legislature cut his budget for the third year in a row.

Zeigler said, “This marks the third year in a row that our budget has been cut. We are $368,400 below sea level. With the severe cuts the previous two years, we cannot do our constitutional job of property inventories with this latest cut. We had already cut everything we could after the last two budget cuts, so there is nothing left to cut.”
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Zeigler: “Unable to do the job” because of budget cuts

May 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, May 26, 2017, State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) said that three consecutive years of budget cuts have left his office with less appropriations than they need to do the job.

Zeigler says the amount appropriated, $762,575.00, is 2.78 less than the amount received during the fiscal year 2007, and below the minimum level needed to run his office.

Zeigler said, “This marks the third year in a row that our budget has been cut. We are $368,400.00 below sea level. With the severe cuts the previous two years, we cannot do our constitutional job of property inventories with this latest cut. We had already cut everything we could after the last two budget cuts, so there is nothing left to cut.”

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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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