Ivey proclaims Small Business Saturday

November 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a proclamation formally declaring November 25 as Small Business Saturday in Alabama. Small Business Saturday is designed to celebrate and support small businesses and the impact it has on Alabama communities. The Friday after Thanksgiving, historically, is the largest shopping day of the year, but most of that business goes to big box stores.

“Small Business Saturday is a wonderful opportunity for Alabamians to support local businesses on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving,” Ivey said. “Small businesses have long been recognized as the economic engine for job growth, economic stability and preserving neighborhoods across Alabama and the nation.”

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Ivey announces $1.5 million in Homeland Security grants

November 22, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter 

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced that first responders from across the state will receive Homeland Security grants totaling $1.5 million.

“Homeland Security is hometown security,” Ivey said Monday. “Our first responders are the first line of defense for Alabama. As such recent events as hurricanes that swept through the Southeast to the terrorist attack in New York City demonstrated, first responders must be trained and ready to respond to natural disasters and man-made events.”

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Alabama’s October unemployment rate falls to record low 3.6 percent

November 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced today that Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted October unemployment rate is just 3.6 percent, down from September’s previous record-tying rate of 3.8 percent, and well below October 2016’s rate of 6.1 percent.

“Today, I’m thrilled to announce Alabama’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October is down to 3.6 percent,” Ivey said in a statement. “This is the LOWEST in Alabama HISTORY! What we are doing is working and, in turn, Alabamians are working. I will persist in my efforts to put every Alabamian who wants to work in a good paying job by recruiting high-wage, high-skill industries to our state.”

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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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Gov. Ivey remembers Macon County economic development official Harold Powell

November 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Macon County Economic Development Authority Secretary-Treasurer Harold Powell died in Italy during a trip to lure Leonardo Aircraft to build a new manufacturing plant in Macon County.

“It is with great sorrow that I learned today of the passing of Harold Powell Jr. while representing the State of Alabama and Macon County on an economic development mission to Italy,” Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R), who was traveling in Italy with Mr. Powell said in a statement.

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Cavanaugh attacks Ainsworth for close ties to Marco Rubio

November 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, the campaign for lieutenant governor became heated when Public Service Commission President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh took a shot at opponent state Rep. Will Ainsworth, R-Guntersville, for his association with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida.

“On Thursday night, apparently the Representative running for Lieutenant Governor will be holding a high-dollar, closed-door event with his great friend, Washington Insider Marco Rubio,” Cavanaugh said. “This is the same Marco Rubio that is tight with Mitch McConnell and the DC Swamp; the same Marco Rubio that was a member of the Gang of Eight with the likes of John McCain and Jeff Flake working for amnesty for illegal immigrants; the same Marco Rubio that admitted he disagreed with Jeff Sessions on immigration policy.”

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Taxpayers continue to pay Bentley’s legal bills

November 9, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama taxpayers have forked out more than $100,000 over the last 15 months to pay for attorneys defending former Gov. Robert Bentley, one of his former cabinet members and a state employee in a single lawsuit, billing records obtained by APR show.

Much of the money was spent after Bentley and former Alabama Law Enforcement Agency director Stan Stabler were no longer employed by the state.

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US Sen. Marco Rubio to endorse Will Ainsworth for Lieutenant Governor

November 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, will be in Birmingham on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. Sen. Rubio reportedly will endorse state Rep. Will Ainsworth for Alabama Lieutenant Governor.

“Come hear Senator Marco Rubio’s endorsement of our campaign on Thursday. The campaign is sponsoring the first 50 people to get in for free to the Reception. It starts at 6:00 PM and goes until 6:45 PM. It is located at the East Hall on the 3rd Floor in Meeting Room 3. Let us know if you would like to come,” Rep. Ainsworth said on social media.

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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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State Rep. Will Ainsworth holds on to fundraising lead in Lieutenant Governor race

November 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The race for the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor is highly competitive with no clear front runner as the candidates all work on establishing name recognition with voters.

The candidates all reported competitive fundraising in October.  Will Ainsworth, Rusty Glover, and Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh have all declared that they are running for the office in the 2018 Republican Primary.

State Rep. Will Ainsworth, R-Guntersville, had a beginning balance coming into October of $1,058,437.65.  Ainsworth reported cash contributions of $45,075.  Ainsworth reported expenditures of $15,2034.79 and line of credit expenditures of $1,336.96 for an ending balance of $1,088,277.86.

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