Alabama Farmers Federation endorses Roby for another term

February 16, 2018

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, the Alabama Farmers Federation endorsed U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, for re-election and cited her support for the agriculture community in Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District.

Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell praised Roby’s work on behalf of Alabama’s farmers in Congress.

“The Alabama Farmers Federation is fortunate to have a true friend of farmers in Representative Martha Roby,” Parnell said. “She not only understands the issues facing the agriculture community, but she is also extremely responsive to the needs of the members we serve. We are proud to stand by Martha Roby and continue to support her as she works on behalf of the people of Alabama’s Second District.”

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Democrats qualify for state Senate races

February 12, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Democratic Party closed qualifying on all offices, including the Alabama state Senate.

32 Democrats qualified for the state Senate, and there are a number of Democratic primary contests.

The Senate is currently composed of 26 Republicans, seven Democrats and one independent. Senate District 26 is vacant. The district was recently represented by Sen. Quinton Ross, D-Montgomery.

All seven Democratic incumbent Senators are running for another term in the Alabama Senate.

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Republican primary field for State Senate is set

February 12, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Major party qualifying ended on Friday. February 9 and there were a number of late changes in the state Senate slates, most notably Senator Slade Blackwell’s decision to pull out of his senate re-election race to pursue the governor’s office.

The Senate is currently composed of 26 Republicans, seven Democrats, and one independent.  Senate District 26, which was held by Sen. Quinton Ross, D-Montgomery, is currently vacant.

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Scott Dawson will officially qualify for governor’s race today

February 1, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, Scott Dawson will officially qualify as a Republican candidate for governor.

Dawson will qualify on-air on the popular Rick and Bubba Show in Vestavia Hills. The Alabama Republican Party has online registration, which Dawson will fill out live on the radio between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.

“We need a vision for Alabama that everybody can buy into,” Dawson told the Alabama Political Reporter in June. “It takes more than just one man sitting in an office in Montgomery making plans. We need both Houses of the State Legislature to buy in. We need to get the mayors and the county commissioners involved. We need everybody in the State working together to make Alabama better so that kids that grow up in Alabama can stay in Alabama, and have successful lives here, so that we don’t have to get on a plane to go visit our grandkids.”

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Republican State Rep. Mack Butler qualifies for State Senate

February 1, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

 State Representative Mack Butler, R-Rainbow City, on Friday qualified to run in the Republican primary for District 10 of the Alabama State Senate. Incumbent Senator Phil Williams is not seeking another term.

“Our community has been blessed for the past seven years to have conservative leadership in the Alabama Senate,” Rep. Butler said. “Because I’ve been encouraged by so many people and there’s so much work to do in Montgomery, I have decided to enter this race to give the people of Etowah, Cherokee and DeKalb counties the small government, pro-liberty representation in Montgomery that they want.”

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Qualifying has been slow for state Senate races  

January 29, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

There are only two weeks left in candidate qualifying and there are not a lot of qualified Republican Primary candidates at this point.

Four years ago, Mike Hubbard and his perceived corrupting influence on the Republican Party had a polarizing effect that drew many challengers.  The Alabama Education Association was also funding a lot of those insurgent campaigns.  Most of the challengers failed; but there were competitive GOP primary races all over the state.  This time around, at this point, there are only seven races out of 35 seats where there are two or more qualified GOP candidates and in only two of those are the incumbents facing actual primary challengers.

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Zeigler decides not to run for governor

January 28, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, State Auditor Jim Zeigler announced that he will not be a candidate for governor and is dissolving his exploratory campaign.

“It is just not my time,” Zeigler said in a statement.

Zeigler, who has just completed three years of a four-year term as auditor, now has until the Feb. 9 deadline to decide whether to seek a second term as state auditor.

Zeigler declined to endorse anyone in the Republican field but did have positive comments on the remaining GOP candidates for governor.

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Athens State Rep. Danny Crawford qualifies to run for re-election

January 22, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, incumbent state Rep. Danny Crawford, R-Athens, qualified to run for a full term in the Alabama House of Representatives.

“I’m excited to officially kick-off my campaign,” Crawford said. “It’s been an honor to represent the residents of House District 5 these last two years, but there’s more work to be done. I’m looking forward to introducing bills that will make a difference in the lives of people — both in my region and around the state.”

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Madison County GOP Chairman Sam Givhan qualifies for State Senate race

January 21, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, Madison County GOP Chairman Sam Givhan has formally qualified with the Republican Party to run for the Alabama State Senate representing District 7 in Madison County.

“I am excited to hit the campaign trail and talk to the voters about the issues they care about most, things like the economy, education, and infrastructure,” Givhan said. “We’ve got great some great momentum happening in the district and around the state, and I know we can take this progress to the next level.”

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Tommy Battle officially qualifies for governor’s race

January 19, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tommy Battle, the mayor of Huntsville, officially qualified Thursday for the Republican primary.

Battle signed the paperwork in a gathering with his family, friends and supporters in a packed restaurant in Hoover.

“I’m running for governor because we’re in a battle for Alabama’s future, and I’m ready to lead us in a new direction,” Battle said. “While the ship of state may be settled, it is time to move it forward. Alabama has been stagnant for far too long, and I’m ready to get us moving forward.”

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