Doug Jones fundraising jumps to about $1.3 million, campaign says

October 17, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones has raised about $1.3 million, his campaign said, amounting to a drastic jump in his campaign fundraising, which struggled in the first months of the race.

Through July 31, during the primary in the first three months of the campaign, Jones’ campaign raised less than $300,000. At the end of the third quarter, Jones’ campaign now has more than $1 million in cash on hand, his campaign said.

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State Rep. Jim Patterson has died at age 67

October 2, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama State Rep. Jim Patterson, R-Meridianville, has passed away at age 67, APR has confirmed.

Patterson died of a massive heart attack, several lawmakers confirmed to APR. He had complained of shortness of breath and chest pains earlier today.

Patterson was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 2010 to represent portions of Madison County. Patterson, during his tenure in the House, was a supporter of conservative bills on economic development, low taxes and ethics.

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Offering “Real News Now” takes money

September 20, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

It seems every few hours someone yells, “fake news!” So in an effort to counter so-called fake news, political operatives, associations and a host of others are creating websites that have the look and feel of a legitimate news outlet without disclosing who is actually driving the content or agenda.

Alabama’s Republican Party has stopped just short of producing a full-blown news site, but it is distributing a newsie email called “ALGOP Real News Now,” which is said to be, “Fighting back against the liberal media with real news.”

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Roy Moore and Luther Strange in Republican Primary Runoff

August 16, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 15, 2017, former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) received the most votes in the Republican Primary.  He was followed by Senator Luther Strange (R) who had the poorest performance by any sitting Republican Senator in a Republican Primary since 1962.

Chief Justice Moore said, “This has been a wonderful victory.  I want to thank every one of you for what you have done and what you will do.  This is a great victory.”  Moore said that the, “Efforts by silk stocking elitists in Washington to control the people of Alabama,” had failed.

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Week 11: Alabama Legislative Report — May 9

May 8, 2017

Contributed by Beth Marietta Lyons
Lyons Law Firm

The Alabama Legislature convened in Session for Day 22 of the annual Regular Session on Tuesday, May 2, held 37 committee meetings throughout the week, and convened in Session on Wednesday for Day 23 and Thursday for Day 24.

There have been 1018 bills introduced to date.

The Legislature will return to Montgomery on Tuesday, May 9 for Legislative Day 25 of the Session with the House convening at 1:00 p.m. and the Senate convening at 2:00 p.m.

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Chanceller of community college system plans to retire

February 9, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Mark Heinrich, chancellor of the State’s embattled community college system, has submitted his retirement and will step down from his job on April 1.

He will be replaced temporarily by the man at the center of the controversy.

Heinrich, who has served as the chancellor of the Alabama Community College System since 2012, delivered his notice of retirement to the board of trustees Wednesday.

He said he plans to retire because of a prolonged illness.

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Same-sex marriage fight loses the State more than $300,000

February 3, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — State officials’ fight to keep marriage equality from coming to Alabama has culminated in a $300,000 bill for taxpayers — with little to show for it.

Last month, the Attorney General’s office agreed to pay a total of $315,000 to attorneys representing a gay couple in the case of Strawser v. Strange. US District Judge Callie Granade issued an order on Jan. 20, in accordance with the negotiated resolution.

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General Fund uncertainty may hinder more criminal justice appropriations

January 26, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The Alabama Medicaid Agency isn’t the only part of the State government with funding issues, and uncertainty over the future of Medicaid is spilling over into other agencies’ funding as well.

The Alabama Legislature will begin its regular legislative session in just a few weeks. As lawmakers prepare, the session will bring another stint of debate over the State’s beleaguered General Fund budget, the budget that funds all noneducational agencies of the State government.

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Alabama judicial override safe from Supreme Court review

January 24, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The US Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a challenge to Alabama’s system of judicial override for the death penalty from several death-row inmates in the State.

In a list of orders on pending cases released Monday, the Court denied certiorari in the case of Thomas Arthur v. Alabama. Arthur and two other death-row inmates petitioned the high court in November to review Alabama’s death row laws.

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Alabamians wonder what happens after Obamacare is repealed

January 20, 2017

Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

OPELIKA — In Opelika, Alabama, there is a small office, tucked away on the second floor of a law practice along the small town’s main street. There’s no sign on the front door indicating its placement, and most wouldn’t know it’s there.

The office belongs to Hannah Duncan, a recent graduate of Auburn University who works as a health care navigator for EnrollAlabama, an organization that helps sign low- and middle-income Alabamians up for health insurance coverage through the federal health insurance exchange set up by President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care law.

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