Mickey Hammon gets three months in prison for mail fraud

February 16, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

A federal Court sentenced former House Majority Leader Micky Ray Hammon, R-Decatur, to three months in prison for committing mail fraud Thursday.

U.S. Attorney Louis V. Franklin Sr. announced the sentence. Hammon served in the Alabama House of Representatives from 2003 until 2017, representing Alabama’s 4th District.

Hammon will also be subject to three years of supervised release upon completion of his prison sentence.

On Sept. 26, 2017, Hammon pleaded guilty to using money donated to his 2014 re-election campaign to pay personal expenses. This is a violation of Alabama law, which strictly limits the ways that donated money can be used.  Hammon used the United States Postal Service to commit his offense when he received campaign donation checks through the mail, making this a federal offense.

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Alabama Senate votes to make state parks free for military vets

February 16, 2018

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Senate passed the Parks for Patriots Act on Thursday giving veterans of the armed forces free admission to Alabama State Parks.

The bill was part of a package of five bills to support military veterans passed Thursday, which Gov. Kay Ivey proclaimed was “Military Appreciation Day” in Montgomery.

House Bill 58, the Parks for Patriots Act, was sponsored by state Rep. Dickie Drake, R-Leeds, and passed the House in January.  Ivey declared free admission for veterans starting on November 1.  This bill makes what has been an executive policy decision actual law.  The bill now goes to the governor.

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House passes education budget

February 14, 2018

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama House of Representatives passed the largest education trust budget in over 10 years unanimously on Tuesday.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey praised the House for its passage of the education budget and pay raises for education employees.

“Today, the House of Representatives passed an education budget similar to the one I proposed in January that represents the largest investment in education in a decade,” Ivey said. “This budget gives teachers a much-deserved pay raise, provides additional funding for our proven First-Class Pre-K program and funds the efforts of my ‘Strong Start, Strong Finish’ education initiatives. I commend Representative Bill Poole and the House leadership for their tireless efforts to send a very admirable education budget to the Senate.”

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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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Gubernatorial candidates attend Vestavia Hills forum

February 13, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, February 10, 2018, the Mid Alabama Republican Club held the first Republican primary gubernatorial forum at their regular meeting in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.

“This is what Alabama is about,” Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said. “We believe in starting meeting with prayer, with the pledge.  We have the fifth largest National Guard in the country.”

Battle said that he moved to Huntsville in 1980, and then started his first restaurant.

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Ivey announces grant to Calhoun College Huntsville Hospital Nursing lab

February 13, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced a grant to assist Huntsville Hospital to build a nursing simulation lab at Calhoun College’s Huntsville campus on Friday.

“Today, I was thrilled to announce that I have awarded a $1 million grant to [Huntsville Hospital] to partner with [Calhoun College] to construct a nursing simulation lab at their Calhoun-Huntsville campus,” Ivey said on Twitter. “Great example of how collaborative efforts create a lasting impact for years to come.”

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Lawmakers request ALSDE give back $1.4 million to MPS after clerical error

February 9, 2018

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

State Reps. John Knight, D-Montgomery, and Thad McClammy, D-Montgomery, called on the Alabama State Department of Education to return $1.4 million that was mistakenly sent to another school district in a letter and press conference on Thursday.

Their complaint stems from a clerical error by the Alabama State Department of Education that sent $1.4 million to the Pike Road Schools instead of the Montgomery Pubic School System. The money, which was supposed to be returned in October, never manifested from the Pike Road Schools

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GOP governor’s race candidates to address MARC on Saturday

February 9, 2018

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

The 2018 gubernatorial race kicks off on Saturday when most of the Alabama GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Speak at a forum in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.

The Mid-Alabama Republican Club will be hosting the forum at the Vestavia Hills Public Library.

“We’re very excited to having this event. This is a great opportunity for people to come out and hear about the candidates’ vision for Alabama first hand, so they can make an informed decision in the upcoming primary,” MARC President, former Rep. Paul DeMarco, R-Homewood, said.

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Mendheim qualifies for Alabama Supreme Court race

February 8, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice Brad Mendheim qualified for the Republican nomination, Place 1.

“I am pleased to announce that I will be a candidate for a full term,” Mendheim said. “I am grateful for the confidence placed in me by Governor Kay Ivey, and also to my colleagues and staff at the Supreme Court for their assistance during this transition.”

Mendheim was recently appointed to the Alabama Supreme Court by Gov. Kay Ivey to fill the seat formerly held by Justice Glen Murdock, who resigned to pursue other opportunities. Prior to his appointment by Ivey, Mendheim was a Circuit Judge for Houston and Henry counties. Before he was elected to that office, Mendheim served as District Judge of Houston County from 2001 to 2008.

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Ivey signs Toyota-Mazda incentives bill

February 8, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, February 6, 2018, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law Senate Bill 98, providing authority to counties to abate rollback ad valorem taxes for certain projects that qualify for the incentives under the Alabama Jobs Act.

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, and Rep. Danny Crawford, R-Decatur, and will allow Limestone County to offer tax abatements as part of the Toyota-Mazda local incentives package.

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