Ainsworth responds to Doug Jones’ critical comments of his plan to arm school teachers

February 22, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, State Rep. Will Ainsworth, R-Guntersville, responded to recent criticism of his plan to arm school teachers received from U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama.

Ainsworth has introduced legislation allowing teachers with Alabama Peace Office Safety and Training (APOST) certification to have access to guns on school grounds as a plan to deal with the possibility of a school shooting.

Jones — who was elected on Dec. 12 — called Ainsworth’s plan “the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard.”

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Dueling Republicans place Pike County probate judge’s office at epicenter of new gay marriage debate

February 20, 2018

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A storm is brewing over Pike County as Republican primary candidates battle over same-sex marriage licenses. One Republican wants to make Pike County a welcoming center for same-sex couples; the other wants to stay out of the marriage business.

Retiring Pike County Probate Judge Wes Allen in February of 2015, ended the practice of granting marriage licenses to anyone in the county as a result of the hotly debated same-sex marriage ruling that put Alabama in the national spotlight.

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Etowah County Commissioner Jeff Overstreet seeks fourth term

February 15, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Etowah County Commissioner Jeff Overstreet announced he will seek a fourth term in District 4 for the office in 2018.

Overstreet said that being a local business owner has served him well during his time on the Commission.

“My years in business have afforded me the opportunity to learn the basics about budgeting, spending, and prioritizing needs as they arise,” Overstreet said. “The County Commission is very budget driven. Most of what we do has spending tax dollars at the heart of it, and it’s our duty to distribute those dollars wisely.”

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Decatur Mayor Tab Bowling endorses Parker Moore

February 14, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Decatur Mayor Tab Bowling endorsed Parker Moore, a Republican candidate for Alabama State House of Representatives in District 4.

“We need someone who will be a positive voice for all citizens within the district,” Bowling said in the endorsement. “We need a conservative who will represent our traditional values and stand firm for our beliefs. I’ve considered these issues, which is why I am supporting Parker Moore. Parker has a servant’s heart and I know he will serve District 4 with honestly and integrity.”

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Statewide major party candidates field is set as qualifying closes

February 12, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Major Party qualifying ended on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, and there were some late additions, including in the governor’s race.

State Senator Slade Blackwell, R-Mountain Brook, is running as a Republican for governor.

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 Governor Robert Bentley resigned.

In addition to Ivey and Blackwell, evangelist Scott Dawson, state Senator Bill Hightower, R-Mobile, Michael McAllister and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle are all running in the Republican primary.

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Qualifying closes for 2018 Alabama Congressional races

February 12, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Major party qualifying for the 2018 elections is finished, and Alabamians have a number of choices.

All seven Alabama Congressional incumbents have qualified for another term. There is no U.S. Senate race this year. Democrat Senator Doug Jones faces re-election in 2020. Alabama’s senior Senator Richard Shelby faces the voters next in 2022.

In the 7th Congressional District, incumbent Terri Sewell does not have a major party opponent.

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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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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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Mendheim qualifies for Alabama Supreme Court race

February 8, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice Brad Mendheim qualified for the Republican nomination, Place 1.

“I am pleased to announce that I will be a candidate for a full term,” Mendheim said. “I am grateful for the confidence placed in me by Governor Kay Ivey, and also to my colleagues and staff at the Supreme Court for their assistance during this transition.”

Mendheim was recently appointed to the Alabama Supreme Court by Gov. Kay Ivey to fill the seat formerly held by Justice Glen Murdock, who resigned to pursue other opportunities. Prior to his appointment by Ivey, Mendheim was a Circuit Judge for Houston and Henry counties. Before he was elected to that office, Mendheim served as District Judge of Houston County from 2001 to 2008.

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Arthur Orr qualifies for another term in the State Senate

February 6, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, State Senator Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, announced that he has filed qualifying papers to seek a fourth term in the Senate District 3 seat that he has held since 2006.

“Since my first day serving in Montgomery, I have focused my efforts on improving education, economic development, and efficiency in state government, and we have made great strides in each of these areas in recent years,” Orr said. “At the same time, I have worked to ensure that the citizens of Morgan, Madison, and Limestone counties have received their share of state investment dollars in our schools, our roads, and other critical needs. I hope to continue serving the Tennessee Valley over the next for years.”

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