John Knight, David Burkette in runoff for State Senate seat

December 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

State Rep. John Knight, D-Montgomery, and Montgomery City Councilman David Burkette received the most votes in the special Democratic Primary in Montgomery County’s state Senate District 26 special election.

The two will face off in a runoff to fill the District 26 seat vacated by Quinton Ross after he became the president of Alabama State University.

“Words cannot express how thankful I am. I appreciate all of your support. This journey is not over yet. I led the primary and with your help I will be elected your next Alabama Senator District 26!” Knight on social media.

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ASU’s debt plan is solid

December 14, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

There seems to be some confusion about Alabama State University’s plan to manage its debt.

At a board meeting last Friday, the trustees heard a proposal from new president Quinton Ross to take advantage of a federal loan program available to historically black colleges to refinance a significant portion of the university’s debt. Additionally, the university will consider borrowing a bit more money at the same time to conduct a few maintenance projects.

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Bring photo ID to the polls today; House District 4, Senate District 26 also have elections

December 12, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Today is the day that Alabama selects its new U.S. senator to replace Jeff Sessions.  Sessions vacated the seat months ago to be President Donald J. Trump’s Attorney General.  In addition to the Senate race between Doug Jones and Roy Moore, there will also be major party primary elections in State House District 4 and state Senate District 26.

The hypermedia attention and the vitriol on social media is possibly drawing many voters to the polls that normally only vote in Presidential elections, if then.  In order to be sure that your vote is counted you need to remember to bring your photo ID with you when you go to the polls. The State of Alabama has a law that requires that you show a valid photo ID in order to get to participate in the election process.

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Special election guidance for voters in State House District 4 and Senate District 26

December 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill announced that voters located in parts of Morgan and Limestone County, and in Montgomery, will have an additional race to vote for when they head to the polls on Dec. 12 to vote in the special general election for U.S. Senate.

Those voters that reside in state House District 4 and Senate District 26 will take the first step in determining who will represent them in Montgomery in the state House of Representatives and the state Senate, respectively.

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Knight complains about cuts to Alabama State University

November 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sunday, state Rep. John Knight, D-Montgomery, issued a letter complaining about what he felt are excessive budget cuts to Montgomery’s Alabama State University.

“Alabama State University has come too far to allow the chairman of the Senate Education Committee to destroy our university. He has proposed ten times more cuts to Alabama State University than all the other universities in the state of Alabama combined,” Rep. Knight wrote.

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Why was Rep. Bradley Byrne at ASU?

October 19, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

There was a rare sighting Wednesday on the Alabama State University campus: a white Republican.

U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne stopped by the campus for a quick tour and to check in with his old Alabama Senate colleague, Quinton Ross, ASU’s new president.

But the visit wasn’t simply a friendly calling. Byrne is co-chair of the House’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities Caucus – a group tasked with making recommendations to the White House on how to meet HBCUs’ needs in the coming years.

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Major Party qualifying has closed in House District 4 and Senate District 26

October 11, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Republican Party announced that it has closed candidate qualifying for both Alabama House of Representatives District 4 and Senate District 26 on Tuesday, October 10 at 5:00 p.m. Senate District 26 represents Montgomery County and House District 4 represents Limestone and Morgan counties.

The following individuals qualified to run in the special Republican Primary for the House District 4 seat: Tom Fredricks; Parker Duncan Moore; and Tom Willis
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Ross officially signs at ASU; Knight confirms Senate run

October 3, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

State Sen. Quinton Ross, D-Montgomery, is officially Alabama State University’s president, and state Rep. John Knight, D-Montgomery, is officially running for Ross’s vacated Senate seat.

Ross, who has served in the Alabama Senate for the past 15 years was named ASU’s 15th president two weeks ago and the university’s board of trustees approved his $300,000 contract on Friday. Before he could sign it, however, Ross had to officially resign from the Senate.

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ASU changes: Athletic director Melvin Hines resigns

September 28, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

As Alabama State University officials work through finalizing a contract for incoming president Quinton Ross, the usual personnel shifts that occur with a power change are ongoing.

Sources told APR this week that ASU athletic director Melvin Hines has resigned from the university. Officials are still working with Hines to determine his final day on the job, but he could work until the end of the calendar year, the sources said.

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Candidates circling Ross’s soon-vacant Senate seat

September 21, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Quinton Ross hasn’t officially left the Alabama Senate yet, but the hopefuls are already circling.

Ross was selected earlier this month as Alabama State University’s president. Barring something weird, he’ll take over on Oct. 2. ASU trustees are set to approve a contract for him at a Sept. 29 board meeting.

Ross said on Wednesday that he and trustees are working through the particulars of that contract now, and he feels like a deal is pretty close.

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