Gubernatorial candidates attend Vestavia Hills forum

February 13, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, February 10, 2018, the Mid Alabama Republican Club held the first Republican primary gubernatorial forum at their regular meeting in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.

“This is what Alabama is about,” Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said. “We believe in starting meeting with prayer, with the pledge.  We have the fifth largest National Guard in the country.”

Battle said that he moved to Huntsville in 1980, and then started his first restaurant.

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GOP governor’s race candidates to address MARC on Saturday

February 9, 2018

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

The 2018 gubernatorial race kicks off on Saturday when most of the Alabama GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Speak at a forum in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.

The Mid-Alabama Republican Club will be hosting the forum at the Vestavia Hills Public Library.

“We’re very excited to having this event. This is a great opportunity for people to come out and hear about the candidates’ vision for Alabama first hand, so they can make an informed decision in the upcoming primary,” MARC President, former Rep. Paul DeMarco, R-Homewood, said.

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Birmingham Waterworks Board chairwoman indicted

December 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Chairman of the Birmingham Water Works Board Sherry Lewis was indicted Wednesday for violating Alabama’s ethics laws.

Along with Lewis, the state and FBI also arrested a former vice president at Arcadis – the company formerly known as Malcolm Pirnie – Jerry Jones, and Mount Vernon Mayor Terry Williams, the owner of Global Solutions International, Inc., on felony state ethics charges. Jones was the vice president of engineering company, Arcadis. He managed the company’s multimillion dollar business with Birmingham Water Works.

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Carns predicts Gov. Kay Ivey will run for second term

August 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, August 12, 2017: State Representative Jim Carns (R-Vestavia) told the Mid-Alabama Republican Club (MARC) that he expects Governor Kay Ivey (R) to run for the position in 2018.

Jim Carns was delivering his State Legislature report to the gathered Republican activists at the Vestavia Library.  Carns said that Senate President Del Marsh (R-Anniston) recently announced that he is running for another term in the State Senate.

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Speculation swirls around new Birmingham Water Works Board

January 3, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

For several years, lawmakers from Birmingham, Jefferson and surrounding counties have engaged in a turf war to reform the Birmingham Waterworks Board (BWWB). Even now, as the much sought after reforms have become law, as of January 1, 2017, the fight to maintain the status quo continues in backrooms and courtrooms. “Like the sewer debacle, it may require law-enforcement to finally clean up the mess that is the Water Board,” said a lawmaker, speaking on background, while referencing multi-count indictments over the Jefferson County sewer construction scandal in 2005. Read More

Alabama Remembers September 11

September 12, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday was the 13th anniversary of 9-11. On that day in 2001, terrorists who were members of the Middle Eastern Group Al Qaeda under orders from Osama Bin Laden, seized four Americans airliners filled with passengers by force and flew three of them into the two Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington D.C. After learning of the carnage by cell phone, the passengers of the fourth airliner attacked their terrorist captors and took control of the plane by force. They like the passengers of the other three aircraft all died that day; but their sacrifice likely saved the Capital Building and the lives of thousands more Americans on the ground. Any illusions we might have had that we lived in a time of peace ended that day. The War on Terror continues to this day. Thursday was also the second anniversary of the deadly attack on Americans in Benghazi, Libya.
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Low Turnout Runoff Goes As Predicted

July 16, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Experts including Alabama Secretary of State Jim Bennett (R) were predicting incredibly low voter turnout in the single digits in Tuesday’s July 25th Republican Primary runoff.  To the dismay of those of us who make our living covering the Alabama political scene, those predictions proved much too correct.

There are over 3 million registered voters in Alabama.  Of those, only 235,938 people voted on the Cotton Promotion Amendment. The amendment to allow cotton farmers to have a referendum on making their checkoff mandatory passed with 63 percent of the vote.  204,472 Republicans voted in the highly competitive Secretary of State’s race, where rising Republican star, State Representative John Merrill defeated former Montgomery County Probate Judge Reese McKinney.  Rep. Merrill received 108,664 votes to just 95,808 votes for Judge McKinney.
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You Must Have Photo I.D. to Vote Tuesday

July 11, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Most people in Alabama are enjoying cookouts, time with family, the pool, the lake, and the good weather; but Secretary of State Jim Bennett (R) reminded voters in a written statement Tuesday that there is an election on Tuesday, July 15.

Secretary of State Jim Bennett expects a very low turnout on Tuesday.

Sec. Bennett said, “We are only expecting about 5 percent of the voters to show up to the polls on Election Day next week.  It is very important for voters to take every opportunity to cast a ballot and make their voice heard.”
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Palmer Favors Tax Increase, Yes That’s Right!

July 8, 2014

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Lately, the far-right-wing talking heads, and even those who consider themselves to be the media elite, have taken to bashing Congressional candidate Rep. Paul DeMarco. The talking point has been that DeMarco deceptively used a quote by his campaign rival out of context.

DeMarco’s campaign recently aired a commercial that quotes his opponent, Gary Palmer stating that he would support an increase in State taxes.
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Hospital Association and Realtors Endorse DeMarco

June 27, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

State Representative Paul DeMarco’s campaign got welcome news this week when both RPAC, the political arm of the National Association of REALTORS®, and the Alabama Hospital Association announced that they were endorsing Paul DeMarco’s candidacy in the Republican Primary Runoff to represent Alabama’s Sixth Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.

In a prepared statement, Alabama Association of REALTORS® President, Pam Segars-Morris, cited Mr. DeMarco’s hard work on housing issues during his tenure in the Alabama State House as the primary reason for their support.  President Segars- Morris said, “Paul DeMarco has been a strong leader for REALTORS® and homeowners during his tenure as a public servant in Alabama, but particularly as a legislator in the State House. In Congress, I have every confidence Mr. DeMarco will continue to stand up for REALTORS®, homeowners, and private property rights. Mr. DeMarco is exactly the type of person we need representing us in Washington.”
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