Kiel running for State House in District 18

July 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, July 24, 2017, prominent Russellville businessman Jamie Kiel announced that he was running for the GOP nomination in State House District 18.

Jamie Kiel (R) said, “I am a businessman. I have balanced my budget, met payroll and made ends meet. What Montgomery needs is a common-sense, conservative businesslike approach. That is what I intend to do as your next Representative.”

Kiel is the founder and owner of Kiel Equipment.  What began as a local business 22 years ago now serves customers across Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee, selling and leasing mowers, tractors, and other heavy duty equipment.
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Morrow running for State Senate

June 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, June 21, 2017, State Representative Johnny Mack Morrow (D-Red Bay) announced that he is running for State Senate District 6.

Rep. Morrow said in a statement, “I am announcing today my candidacy for State Senate District 6. Morrow will likely be challenging incumbent Dr. Larry Stutts,” (R-Sheffield).

Rep. Morrow said in a statement, “I have received a great deal of encouragement from people all over the district who want me to run for the Senate. So many people have come to me and told me that they are disappointed with the way our area has been represented in the State Senate. I believe I can take my experience from the House of Representatives and my love for this area and do a better job in Senate District 6 that what is being done now.”
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APR breaks it down: The $845 million plan for new prisons expected in the House

May 10, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — A House prison construction plan in the works is expected to include the provisions that would allow for the construction of a new women’s prison and three regional men’s facilities at a cost of up to $845 million.

The revamped House plan will come as lawmakers stare down the end of the 2017 Legislative Session, set to close with only five legislative days to go and several priorities left unfinished. Lawmakers are making a final sprint to get a prison reform plan through.

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Lawmaker wants House to condemn Rebekah Mason

April 19, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow wants to make sure that Rebekah Mason – the alleged mistress of former Gov. Robert Bentley – doesn’t escape punishment for her role in the year-long scandal that’s engulfed this State.

Morrow on Wednesday introduced a resolution that he wants the House to consider that would encourage the Attorney General’s office to investigate Mason for potential criminal activity, apologize to those hurt by her actions, condemn those actions and applaud Bentley’s ex-wife, Diane, for her strength and integrity.
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ADOC: Prisoners were transferred to save money, not to inflate the population

March 17, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

A spokesperson for the Alabama Department of Corrections acknowledged that it ended contracts with several county sheriffs to house prisoners but said the change was due to budget cuts and not an effort to artificially inflate the prison population.

Several sheriffs earlier this week expressed frustration to lawmakers over the transfer of those prisoners and a lack of communication with DOC officials. The sheriffs at the meeting – six in all – said they had nearly 1,000 empty in their jails alone because of the transfers.
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Sheriffs: DOC stole our inmates to make case for new prisons

March 16, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

In order to inflate the number of prisoners being housed in State-run prisons possibly to make a better case to build new prisons, Alabama Department of Corrections officials last year began moving dozens of prisoners being held in county facilities, several County Sheriffs said during a meeting Wednesday at the State House.

The Sheriffs – from Clarke, Clay, Sumter, Macon and Lowndes – said they had long-standing contracts with DOC to house prisoners, but last summer, as a new $800 million prison plan was being floated to lawmakers, DOC officers started showing up at their county jails and removing prisoners. Now, those sheriffs said they had more than 600 empty beds – with potentially thousands more in other counties – at a time when DOC officials are saying State prisons are at nearly 200 percent capacity.
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Judging Bentley with apparent conflicts of interest

March 8, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The next hearing of the Alabama Ethics Commission could prove significant as sources close to the commission believe that some of the ethics complaints filed against Governor Robert Bentley will be presented.

If the evidence submitted at April 5 meeting shows probable cause, it would still require a vote by the Commission to forward the matter to the Attorney General’s office or the appropriate District Attorney for presentation to a grand jury.
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Legislators float an alternative to Bentley’s $800 million prison construction plan

February 22, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — A bipartisan group of North Alabama legislators want an alternate considered to Gov. Robert Bentley’s plan to build four new “mega” prisons with an $800 million bond issue.

Rep. Johhny Mack Morrow, D-Rebay, Rep. Ed Henry, R-Decatur, and Rep. Danny Crawford, R-Athens, on Tuesday discussed a tentative plan that would call for the State to contract with county and municipal jails to house State inmates.

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Legislators Make Recommendations on Amendments

November 7, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Politcal Reporter

For months, Alabamians have been focused on who they are going to vote for President of the United States. On Tuesday, they go to the polls and vote, where they face the hard stuff: voting on another fourteen amendments to the Alabama Constitution. A number of state legislators have expressed their opinions on the various amendments.

State Representative Christopher John England (D-Tuscaloosa) said that Amendment 1, “Expands the Auburn Board of Trustees to promote and encourage diversity. It also staggers the member’s terms so that they don’t all expire at the same time. I am voting yes.”
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Rural Caucus Holds Meeting With ADEM, Ag Leaders to Discuss Fees on Poultry Farmers

August 17, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 16, the members of the House Rural Caucus held a lengthy meeting with top Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) officials and Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan (R), state Veterinarian Tommy Frazier as well as representatives of the Alabama Poultry and Egg Association and the Alabama Farmers Federation. At issue is how to fund continued inspections of Alabama’s numerous poultry farms.
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