Troy King qualifies for Alabama attorney general race

February 9, 2018

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Former Attorney General Troy King qualified for a return trip to Montgomery for a second term as Alabama’s attorney general on Thursday.

King qualified in his hometown of Elba, Alabama. King signed his qualification papers in front of  crowd of approximately 100 supporters.

Referring to the culture of corruption that has clouded state government recently, King said that, “The last eight years have been filled with politicians putting their own interests ahead of ours. We watched as politicians passed a new ethics law which they thought nobody would notice when they turned around and broke it.”

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Alice Martin qualifies for Alabama attorney general race

February 8, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, former U.S. Attorney Alice Martin formally qualified as a Republican for the office of Alabama attorney general.

“Earlier today I filed paperwork officially adding my name to the ballot!,” Martin announced in a statement. “It’s important that as many Alabamians as possible see this news and hear our winning message.”

President George W. Bush appointed Martin as a U.S. Attorney.  In her time as U.S. Attorney the U.S. Attorney’s office made a special effort to prosecute the rampant political corruption in Alabama.

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APR files records request related to Luther Strange and Super Fund site

January 30, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Political Reporter filed a freedom of information request with the Alabama Attorney General’s office requesting any and all public records concerning any email communications between the Drummond Company and former Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange.

The same FOI request was made by Tallahassee Attorney David A. Ludder on Aug. 23, 2017, but for some reason has been more or less ignored by the Attorney General’s office. Ludder has again requested the public information.

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House passes bill setting scrapping distinct special elections for US Senate

January 24, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, the Alabama House of Representatives passed House Bill 17, which would mandate that future special elections for U.S. Senator would coincide with the next regularly scheduled election.

The bill was sponsored by state Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Ozark.  Clouse said that this was the first vacancy in 39 years when Sen. James Allen died in 1978.  The governor appointed Allen’s wife to the office, who lost the special election the same year.

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Perspective | Reflecting on the top stories of Alabama politics in 2017

December 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

As 2017 comes to a close we reflect on the year in Alabama politics.  2017 was a remarkable year in Alabama politics.  For many of the most powerful figures in Alabama politics, it was a disastrous 2017, as the political situation was turned on its head.

No governor in Alabama has been impeached under the 1901 Constitution.  It has been over 100 years since Alabama impeached any statewide official.  That was a secretary of state and Civil War veteran accused of giving payments to a defeated primary opponent for an endorsement.  He was found not guilty by the Senate and kept his office.  Gov. Robert Bentley threatened to change that history over allegations of ethics and campaign finance allegations.  The Alabama Ethics Commission found that Bentley likely broke state laws in his relationship with his alleged mistress, Rebekah Caldwell Mason.  Two days later the House Judiciary Committee released a damning report on Bentley’s conduct alleging that he had misused state resources and then threatened and harassed witnesses of his alleged misconduct.  Three days later Bentley pleaded guilty to misdemeanor campaign finance law violations and resigned.  In 2014 Governor Bentley was re-elected in a cakewalk absolutely beloved by the voters of Alabama.  His administration crashed in utter ruin just 29 months later.  Lieutenant Gov. Kay Ivey became only the second woman governor in state history.  Joining Gov. Don Siegelman and Gov. Guy Hunt, three of the last seven Alabama governors have been convicted of crimes while in office.

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State Canvassing Board expected to certify election results Thursday

December 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Secretary of State John Merrill announced on Friday, Dec. 22, that the Alabama State Canvassing Board will meet Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, at 1 p.m. in the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office to certify the results of the 2017 Special Election for U.S. Senator.

The State Canvassing Board is the state entity that reviews and certifies the results of Alabama’s state and federal elections. This board consists of Gov. Kay Ivey, Attorney General Steve Marshall, along with Merrill.

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Measure for measure: The politics of 2017

December 22, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Poltical Reporter

From Aesop, we learn that, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” And Oscar Wilde teaches us that, “No good deed goes unpunished.”

So it is in politics that we experience both measures for measure as a darkly divine comedy where misunderstandings and hidden actors cloud the morality play. God laughs at us because He knows the day of judgment is coming as the palmist surmised.

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Senate passes historic tax cut bill

December 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

The “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” HR1, narrowly passed in the Senate by a vote of 51-48.  Both of Alabama’s U.S. Senators: Richard Shelby and Luther Strange voted in favor of HR1.  The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is the most significant piece of tax cut legislation to pass since 1986.

“The Senate today passed historic legislation to deliver pro-growth, middle-class tax relief to the American people,” Shelby said in a statement.  “This bill not only lowers individual and corporate tax rates, lightening the burden on small businesses, but it works to revitalize our economy – impacting current and future generations to come.  Across the nation, this legislation will help create jobs, increase paychecks, and make the tax code simpler and fairer.”

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Congress could vote on final tax reform bill as early as today

December 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Congress is on the verge of passing the largest tax reform package since 1986, slashing corporate and individual tax rates for most Americans. Congressman Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, said that the reform package will grow the economy and create more jobs if passed.

“We are on the cusp of something truly historic: tax cuts and tax reform for the first time since 1986. Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Americans will get to keep more of their hard-earned money in their pockets instead of having to hand it over to the federal government. Our tax reform plan will also grow the economy, resulting in more jobs and higher wages,” Rep. Byrne said in a statement.

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Almost half of Trump voters did not vote for Roy Moore

December 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Republicans never did fully get behind Roy Moore’s campaign for U.S. Senate.

Moore’s supporters are among the most loyal voters in the state; but Moore failed to unite the Republican Party behind his candidacy.

Moore easily cruised over appointed Sen. Luther Strange in the Republican primary runoff. Moore only had 262,641 votes besting Strange’s 218,505; but in this incredibly heavily-publicized special election he would need more than just primary runoff voters and the Moore campaign and the Alabama Republican Party failed to mobilize the kind of get out the vote effort to increase voter turnout.

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