2018 Races to Watch

December 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The major party primaries are on June 5, 2018.  Formal major party candidate qualifying opens on January 9; but already politicos are looking ahead to these 2018 races.

In 2014 it was a question if Democrats were even going to find a candidate willing to run against the then very popular incumbent Governor, Robert Bentley; now the Republicans have a new incumbent and there are a host of Democrats who have already declared their candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Governor.  Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb is running.  So is former state Representative James Fields, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, LGBTQ activist Chris Countryman, and Center of Progress founder Jason Childs.

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State Sen. Larry Stutts receives Community Service Award

November 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley  
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, state Sen. Larry Stutts, R-Sheffield, was presented with the first ALFRA Community Service Award by Kenneth Paschal, the state president for the Alabama Family Rights Association for his dedication to child-focused friendly legislation.

The ALFRA Community Service Award recognizes the valuable contributions of ALFRA members and associates who have demonstrated outstanding service, dedication and commitment to communities, families and children of our state. Other 2017 recipients of this award include Attorney Austin Burdick and Attorney Melissa Isaak – both members of the Alabama Law Institute Family Law Standing Committee.

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Tony Riley announces State House candidacy

September 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, Attorney Tony Riley announced that he is running for the Republican nomination for the District 18 seat for the Alabama House of Representatives.

Riley said that his campaign will focus on economic growth in Northwest Alabama and improving education.

“With the unprecedented economic growth that parts of Alabama have experienced over the past few years, it is now more important than ever that we, in the more rural areas of the state, concentrate on improving education. This must be our goal so that our children have the advantage for opportunity, success, and the ability to stay and thrive in their hometown,” Riley said.

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Rep. Mac Butler running for State Senate

September 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, State Representative Mack Butler, R-Rainbow City, announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination to District 10 of the Alabama State Senate.

Rep. Butler said in a statement, “Our community has been blessed for the past seven years to have conservative leadership in the Alabama Senate, because I’ve been encouraged by so many people and there’s so much work to do in Montgomery, I have decided to enter this race to give the people of Etowah, Cherokee and DeKalb counties the small government, pro-liberty representation in Montgomery that they want.”

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Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow to focus on education in challenging Sen. Larry Stutts in District 6

June 23, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow, a Democrat from Red Bay, Alabama, is risking his longtime House seat for the possibility of moving upstairs to the Alabama Senate where he hopes to focus on public education in Alabama. He plans to run against incumbent State Sen. Larry Stutts (R-Tuscumbia) to represent Alabama’s Senate District 6.  Morrow has been a member of the Alabama House for more than 27 years, having first been elected to the House in 1990.

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Stutts Blames Media “Firestorm,” Says Cosponsors Knew About “Rose” Connection (They Say Differently)

April 6, 2015

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The newly minted State Senator and OB/GYN who tried to overturn a law related to the death of one of his patients is not giving up the fight, according to close associates.

Sen. Dr. Larry Stutts (R- Sheffied) said recently that he “technically had decided to not move the bill forward” because of the media “firestorm.”

Stutts, who has been seated in the State legislature for only a few weeks, gained National notoriety after trying to pass SB289, which would have repealed a woman’s legal right to remain in the hospital for 48 hours after a normal live birth, 96 hours if the birth was cesarean or presented a complication. The bill would have also repealed a State law requiring physicians to notify a woman in writing that her mammogram showed dense tissue that may mask breast cancer.
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Senator/Physician Moves to Repeal Law Inspired by His Patient’s Death

March 29, 2015

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—A newly-elected OB/GYN State Senator has enlisted the support of six Republican Senate colleagues to repeal a law based, in part, on the death of one of his patients.

Senator Dr. Larry Stutts (R-Sheffield) has offered SB289, which would repeal a woman’s legal right to remain in the hospital for 48 hours after a normal live birth and 96 hours if the birth was cesarean or presented complication. His bill would also repeal State law requiring physicians to notify woman in writing that her mammogram showed dense tissue that may mask breast cancer.
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Ross To Lead Alabama Senate Democrats

December 3, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Senate Democrats announced on Monday, December 1, that the Alabama Senate Democratic Caucus has elected Senator Quinton Ross (D from Montgomery) to serve as Senate Minority Leader for the next four years.

Senator Ross said in a written statement, “I am humbled and honored to be elected to the position of Minority Leader by my Democratic colleagues in the Alabama Senate. I look forward to working tirelessly with the Majority leadership and other elected officials to address the critical issues facing the State of Alabama for the next four years.”
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Stutts Wins Recount in District 6

December 2, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, December 1 Alabama Secretary of State Jim Bennett (R) said that Monday’s recount in Senate District 6 showed that Republican Larry Stutts has defeated Democrat Roger Bedford by a 70-vote margin. The previously announced results showed a 66-vote margin for Stutts.

Secretary of State Bennett said, “While a recount was required by state law because of the very close results, it shows the results are substantially the same and our elections system worked well.”
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