Democrat Jason Childs drops out of governor’s race

January 12, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sunday, January 7, Democrat Jason Childs, citing a lack of funds, announced that he was withdrawing from the Democratic gubernatorial race.

“Unfortunately we have failed to meet our fundraising goals,” Childs said. “This marks the end of our campaign. I want to thank all of you for your support. I am especially grateful for our friend, and Campaign Manager Virginia Lucci.”

“I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all of my policy advisors,” Childs stated. “The friendships that have been made during this effort will last long after this election cycle is over. Without a doubt the one thing I have learned going through this process, my wife Michelle is a gift from God. We have enjoyed meeting so many fine people from around this great state. Seeing so many progressive minded folks engaged in the political process has been encouraging. I am more optimistic now than ever before. Alabamians are smart, and they know that they deserve a state government that works for them. I am looking forward to working as hard as I can to see to it that the Democratic Primary winner becomes the next Governor of Alabama.”

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Gubernatorial candidate Jason Childs favors legalizing marijuana in Alabama

January 3, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama gubernatorial candidate Jason Childs is promoting his proposal to legalize recreational marijuana in the state of Alabama.

“$880 million. That’s a conservative estimate of the total annual sales of marijuana the first year that it is legal in Alabama,” Childs said in a statement. “This is a harmless plant, not one death in over ten thousand years of use. Not only is it not harmful, it is actually good for you.”

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Hansen calls for marijuana legalization

July 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, July 24, 2017, US Senate Candidate Michael Hansen released a statement calling for the legalization of marijuana.  This statement was in response to news reports that the Trump Administration plans to “crack down” on marijuana.

Hansen said in a statement, “The news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to ‘crack down’ on marijuana users is troubling. The fact of the matter is that the ‘War on Drugs’ is a failed Federal policy that for decades has unfairly targeted people of color. I am calling on Congress to decriminalize, legalize, and regulate marijuana to put an end to this racist social experiment. In addition, I am proposing an economic development zone in Alabama’s Black Belt where unemployment is near 10 percent and where poverty rates approach 40 percent. The Black Belt once lead agricultural production, and I believe it will again.”
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Mo Brooks Interview

June 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, June 16, 2017, US Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) spoke at length with The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) about the major issues facing our nation. The northern Alabama Congressman is also running for the US Senate.

APR: The Senate is going to vote on a Healthcare bill this week that did not contain all of the deficit cutting measures that you and your Freedom Caucus members were able to add in to the plan when it came out of the House. Are you confident that a conference committee will be able to make a healthcare bill that you can support?
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Stacy George has a plan to turn Alabama around

June 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, June 24, 2017, The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) spoke at length with Republican candidate for Governor, Stacy George. George is a former Morgan County Commissioner, a 2014 GOP Gubernatorial candidate, and works for the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC).

APR: There is a possibility that the Congress may pass some part of President Donald J Trump’s infrastructure plan, but ALDOT claims not to have any ability to come up with matching dollars for Alabama to participate. What is your plan to increase funding for road repairs or will road improvement efforts simply have to be postponed?
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Gentile angry for being shut out of Oxford debate

June 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, June 20, 2017, the Calhoun County Republican Party will be holding a debate of GOP Senate Special Election candidates. Not all of the Republican candidates however will be present though. GOP Senate candidate Dom Gentile said that he was not invited by the Calhoun County Republican Party which is hosting the debate at the Oxford Civic Center Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.
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Dom Gentile supports medical marijuana

June 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

US Senate candidate Dom Gentile has announced that he supports medical marijuana.

Gentile said in a statement, “I have recently met with dozens of people who are stricken with medical conditions such as epilepsy, seizures, severe autism, Alzheimers and MS. Many of them have symptoms that can be relieved by cannabis that is specifically formulated for medical use. As I listened to the passionate pleas of these patients and their families, and understood how this can help them, I became a believer that something needed to be done at the federal level. Medical cannabis is listed as a Schedule 1 controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. It is in the same class as heroin and LSD, and that is absurd. I am calling for the FDA and the DEA to immediately re-classify cannabis for medical use and allow the states to decide how to dispense the drug.”
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Crumpton and Zeigler announce they will not run for Senate

May 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

A number of candidates have announced this week that are running in the Special Election for the US Senate seat. On Tuesday, May 16, a couple of high profile candidates announced that they will not be running. State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) and 2016 Senatorial candidate Ron Crumpton (D) both announced that they won’t be in this race.

Marijuana legalization advocate Ron Crumpton said that he was forced to withdraw due to health issues. Crumpton said in a statement on Tuesday, “The good news, we were able to raise the $3480 qualifying fee for US Senate. The bad news, I am not going to be running for the US Senate.”
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In opioid fight, pharmaceuticals are the problem, marijuana the cure

April 4, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

“The opioid epidemic.”

The death and destruction of millions of people has been tagged and properly branded now. The politicians have created task forces. Charitable groups have distributed pamphlets.

The rest of us can do what we always do with these sorts of awful realities: Shake our heads mournfully, agree that it’s awful, quickly change the subject and move on about our business.

On one hand that’s understandable. After all, what are we going to do? We’re not hooked. We’re not giving these drugs out to anyone.
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Alabama Representative: “There’s nobody in our State prisons just for marijuana.”

March 20, 2017

Sam Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Representative Phillip Pettus (R-Killen) said there were zero people in Alabama’s prison system for solely marijuana during a committee meeting.

Pettus’ comments came during a House Judicial Committee Meeting on Wednesday during a public hearing for a new bill that would make possessing 1 ounce or less of marijuana a finable offense.

“There’s nobody in our state prisons just for marijuana,” Pettus said.

Immediately after Pettus’ comment, Representative Patricia Todd (D-Montgomery), who was attending the meeting, quietly disputed Pettus from her seat in the audience.
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