Qualified statewide candidates

February 8, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

A host of candidates have qualified for the state’s constitutional offices.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has qualified for her own term in the office of governor. She was elevated from lieutenant governor to the position last April when Gov. Robert Bentley resigned.

Ivey faces a number of Republican primary opponents. Evangelist Scott Dawson, state Sen. Bill Hightower, R-Mobile, Michael McAllister and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle have all qualified for the Republican primary.

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Bill to take ride-hailing services statewide makes it out of committee

January 19, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

A bill that could bring ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft statewide is a step closer to becoming law after a Senate committee Thursday voted to give the bill a favorable report.

Senate Bill 143, sponsored by Sen. Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro, and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, could be up for a vote within the next week after the Senate Committee on Tourism and Marketing voted in favor of the bill Thursday.

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Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh qualifies to run for lieutenant governor

January 9, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, January 8, 2018 Public Service Commission President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh (R) has officially qualified with the Alabama Republican Party to run for Lieutenant Governor in the 2018 Republican Primary.

“It is important for our state to have a strong conservative fighting for us and providing leadership in the Lieutenant Governor’s office,” President Cavanaugh said in a statement. “Alabama needs to see conservative solutions when it comes to jobs, the economy, infrastructure and rural broadband, education, eliminating government waste, and much more. It is time for Alabama to take charge of its own education system and produce a top-notch, trained workforce. With education as a priority, we will grow existing businesses and expand industrial recruitment. I look forward to continuing to lead on job creation in the Lt. Governor’s office.”

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Candidates raise over $2 million in lieutenant governor’s race

January 8, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

State Rep. Will Ainsworth, R-Guntersville, state Sen. Rusty Glover, R-Semmes, and Public Service Commission President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh are all running in a competitive race for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.

The campaigns raised $2,390,411 in 2017 and have already spent $527,218.

Ainsworth reported receiving $763,960 in contributions, spending $154,786, and receiving non-monetary donations of $6,277.  Ainsworth also borrowed $500,084leaving him with a cash balance of $1,109,258 entering 2018.

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Cavanaugh attacks Ainsworth for close ties to Marco Rubio

November 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, the campaign for lieutenant governor became heated when Public Service Commission President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh took a shot at opponent state Rep. Will Ainsworth, R-Guntersville, for his association with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida.

“On Thursday night, apparently the Representative running for Lieutenant Governor will be holding a high-dollar, closed-door event with his great friend, Washington Insider Marco Rubio,” Cavanaugh said. “This is the same Marco Rubio that is tight with Mitch McConnell and the DC Swamp; the same Marco Rubio that was a member of the Gang of Eight with the likes of John McCain and Jeff Flake working for amnesty for illegal immigrants; the same Marco Rubio that admitted he disagreed with Jeff Sessions on immigration policy.”

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Daniel McCurdy to head Alabama Farm Service Agency, Chris Beeker to head Rural Development Office

November 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, November 3, 2017, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced a slate of Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Rural Development (RD) State Directors.  All would be serving as appointees of President Donald Trump.

FSA State Directors help implement U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policies in planning, organizing, and administering FSA programs in their respective states. They are also responsible for running the day-to-day activities of the state FSA office.  Similarly, RD State Directors work to help improve the economy and quality of life in rural America.

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Twinkle Cavanaugh to switch from Governor’s race to Lieutenant Governor

August 17, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Public Service Commission President Twinkle Cavanaugh, a Republican candidate for governor, is preparing to switch her candidacy to the lieutenant governor’s race.

After serving as the president of the Public Service Commission — the state commission that regulates utilities — Cavanaugh announced in March that she would run for governor.

Cavanaugh is expected to make the switch public Thursday, announcing it on Baron Coleman’s politics radio show, which goes on air at 11 a.m.

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Cavanaugh first to file in Governor’s race

March 29, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The race to become Alabama’s 54th Governor will present a crowded field of candidates, but the first out-of-the-pack would appear to be the current President of the Public Service Commission (PSC) Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh, who filed with the Secretary of State on March 1 of this year.

Cavanaugh, a conservative stalwart since the 1990s, will likely face a daunting array of male challengers in a State with only one female serving as a constitutional officer (Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey is the only woman holding a statewide office).
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Alabama Power Launches New Farmers Web Page

November 2, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, October 31, the Alabama Power Company launched a new website to help Alabama’s farmers learn about their energy options.

Alabama Power is also promoting switching to electric powered irrigation systems from the old diesel engine powered systems, which most farms that irrigate have used for decades.

Public Service Commission President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh (R) praised Alabama Power for the move. Pres. Cavanaugh said, “Agriculture is Alabama’s largest industry and farmers constantly ask me what energy options they have to help them grow and become more cost efficient.”
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Manufacture Alabama Endorses Cavanaugh

February 3, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, February 1, Manufacture Alabama announced that it is endorsing incumbent Public Service Commission (PSC) President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh (R) for another term. She is being challenged in the Republican Primary by former PSC Commissioner Terry Dunn (R).

Manufacture Alabama’s President, George Clark said that Cavanaugh’s conservative leadership, experience and reputation are responsible for the association’s endorsement. Clark said, “Throughout her tenure at the PSC, Twinkle has protected ratepayers by standing up to environmental extremists and the federal government’s mounting EPA regulations. Her business-minded leadership at the PSC is vital to our State and our State’s industry — because when the price of energy rises, the impact is felt not only by residential and industrial ratepayers but also by our State’s business climate. Competitive and reliable energy is necessary to drive business.”
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