Results are in: The top issues facing the state according to APR’s Influentials Poll

January 3, 2018

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Results from the Alabama Political Reporter‘s first Influentials Poll are in, and some of the state’s most prominent political minds believe the state needs to chart a course for growth that doesn’t neatly fit into either party’s public persona.

APR asked its exclusive list of lawmakers, public officials, consultants, association leaders, media analysts and lobbyists to rank the most important issues facing the state as it moves into 2018.

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League of Influentials to join APR for unique surveys

December 18, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

As part of our ongoing efforts to bring real news and honest opinions about Alabama politics, the Alabama Political Reporter is launching a one-of-a-kind survey to gain expert insight into the most critical issues facing our state.

Over the last several months, APR has recruited over 70 individuals from all walks of Alabama politics to join a survey we call The Influentials Poll.

As the situation warrants, APR will conduct anonymous surveys to take the pulse of the state of our state.

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Power of the pen to fill the vacuum left by a Congress that can’t get its act together

October 17, 2017

By Stefano de Stefano

Earlier this year, I asked a group of conservatives to imagine how the Republican-controlled Congress would respond if President Trump signed an executive order repealing Obamacare. My question was met with an ominous silence.

Last week, the president signed an executive order he described as the opening stages of Obamacare repeal. Though his order doesn’t cross the line into outright legislation, he makes no bones about his intention to use “the power of the pen” to fill the vacuum left by a Congress that “can’t get its act together.”

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Mike Huckabee endorses Roy Moore

September 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, former Arkansas Governor and Republican Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee announced on his website that he has endorsed Roy Moore for U.S. Senate in the Republican special primary election runoff.

Huckabee said in a statement, “Frankly, I wasn’t planning on making an endorsement in the runoff in the GOP US Senate primary race. I don’t have personal relationships with either of the two candidates and neither of them supported me in either of my campaigns for President so I had no political obligation to get involved. I have good friends in Alabama whose support is split between Senator Luther Strange, who was ‘strangely’ appointed to the post by disgraced Governor Robert Bentley who made the appointment just as he was shown the door and resigned from office, and Judge Roy Moore, who is famous for his fights to preserve the display of the 10 Commandments on State property. But recent events made me realize that if the GOP establishment is horrified at the notion of Judge Moore being elected, then by all means, let’s hope the wonderful people of Alabama make Judge Moore into Senator Moore!”

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Strange turns negative again

August 30, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 29, 2017. As expected, Republican Senator Luther Strange has launched his next round of attacks on former Alabama Chief Justice Judge Roy Moore, in a desperate bid to resurrect his floundering campaign for the US Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions earlier this year.

The Strange campaign said, “Voters have a clear choice in this election: President Trump’s conservative fighter, Luther Strange, who has a record of taking on the swamp, or another hypocritical politician, Roy Moore, who has spent 40 years putting himself and his ambition ahead of Alabamians.”

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Tankersley Exit Interview Part 1: Success, collusion, and dismay

July 31, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

As a soldier, physician, and man of faith, Dr. Stewart Hill Tankersley holds firm to his beliefs on right and wrong. As he ends his five-year service on the State’s Ethics Commission, he’s convinced there has been progress, but there are still many obstacles to restoring public confidence in the State’s elected leaders. In just two years, the State has seen the fall of Mike Hubbard, the Speaker of the House, convicted on 12 felony counts of public corruption, and Governor Robert Bentley, resigning in disgrace after accepting a plea to campaign finance violations.
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A curious case of Canarys

July 19, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

It has become common to hear lawmakers say “BCA is the new AEA.” This statement refers to the fact that, under the leadership of convicted felon, former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, the Business Council of Alabama has risen to control the State’s Legislative agenda, much like the Alabama Education Association did in years past.

So egregious is BCA’s CEO Billy Canary’s latest behavior that he is receiving widespread criticism not only in Montgomery but in Washington DC, as well. High-level operatives and agents say Canary is no longer welcome in some Senate and Congressional offices. Lawmaker’s in the Nation’s Capital, as well as Montgomery, are set on isolating him until the BCA Board sees the light.
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Gov. Ivey bans lobbyists from State boards and commissions

July 14, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Gov. Kay Ivey, continuing her shakeup in Alabama’s executive branch, on Thursday signed an executive order banning lobbyists from serving on appointed State boards and commissions.

The executive order, her fourth so far, bans any executive officials from appointing a registered lobbyist to boards or commissions, effective immediately.

“Just minutes after taking the oath of office, I promised the people of Alabama that the Ivey administration would be open, transparent, and honest, and I am proud to be fulfilling that promise,” Ivey said.

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Birmingham Realtors PAC held FCPA reports for four years

July 11, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

In his ongoing effort to ensure adherence to the Fair Campaign Practice Act (FCPA), Secretary of State John Merrill continues to crackdown on those who fail to report according to State law’s required guidelines. One such group, put on notice by the Secretary of State’s Office, is the Birmingham Association of Realtors (BARPAC) Political Action Committee.

According to the Secretary of State’s records, BARPAC did not file annual reports for four years, as required from 2013 through 2016, and made over $37,000 in political contributions to candidates, lobbyists, and others during those years.
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Task Force examines budget and finds surprises

May 31, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Legislature is taking a serious look at the State’s budgeting process to make data-driven decisions on how best to address the reoccurring fiscal challenges facing our State. An Interim Report on Budget Reform prepared by the Joint Task Force on Budget Reform (JTF) released on May 11 of this year, shows many surprising facts, and offers some hope for remedies to decades of old problems.
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