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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Democratic candidates attempt to take back State House

February 12, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

November 2010 was an earth shattering moment for Alabama Democrats.

They lost every statewide race and more importantly they lost control of the Alabama legislature and the pending redistricting.  In 2014, they lost more House seats.  Friday was the final day of qualifying and Alabama Democrats have recruited candidates for most of the 105 seats in the Alabama House of Representatives.

  • Brandon Willcutt is running in State House District 1.
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Republicans finalize field of State House candidates

February 12, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Qualifying for state house races ended for the 2018 election on Friday.

The Republican Party is hoping that they can hold on to their super majority in the Alabama House of Representatives.  Democrats are challenging the Republicans in 77 of the 105 House of Representatives seats (almost 74 percent).

The GOP primary field has fewer competitive contests that it had four years ago; but it did grow larger on the last day of qualifying.

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Preview of who has qualified as Republicans in State House Races

February 9, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Today is the last day to qualify for political office in the 2018 election as a major party candidate.

Since the Republican wave election of 2010, the Republican Party has had a super majority in the Alabama House of Representatives.  Democrats have recruited a large slate of candidates to challenge the GOP.

A number of incumbents have decided not to seek re-election so this will be a much larger turnover than what Alabama experienced in 2014, before even taking into account any possible upsets in the GOP primaries though there are far fewer (with just hours left) races with competitive primaries than four years ago.

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Group advocates for paid family and medical leave

February 6, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Family and Medical Leave Act was passed 25 years ago. The National Partnership for Women and Families celebrates this milestone but says that the country urgently needs a national paid leave plan.

“Twenty-five years ago today, our nation took a major step toward a more equitable and family friendly future when the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) became law,” said Debra L. Ness, the president of the National Partnership for Woman and Famiies. “It was the country’s first national law ever to recognize the challenges working people face when children are born or adopted, or serious health issues arise. The FMLA advanced women’s equality in the workplace, but it was only a first step. Today, with the country in the midst of another historic conversation about gender equality, paid leave is essential to creating the kind of lasting change women, families, businesses and the next generation need.”

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Zeigler to run for second term as state auditor

February 2, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, Alabama state Auditor Jim Zeigler announced that he will seek a second term.

“It has been an honor to serve the people of Alabama as State Auditor, and I humbly ask for their vote again on June 5th,” Zeigler said. “State Government needs a watchman against wasteful spending and mismanagement. I have done my best to add that role to the State Auditor’s office. As State Auditor I will always put the people of Alabama first.”

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New grand jury subpoenas issued for potential campaign finances abuse

January 25, 2018

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

As a tsunami of subpoenas swept across the state earlier this week, both Democrat and Republican elected officials and campaign consultants were left reeling in near panic.

A Montgomery Grand Jury under the direction of the state’s Attorney General’s Special Prosecution Unit is looking into violations of the state Fair Campaign Practice Act. More specifically, they want to know whether candidates or campaign workers used credit cards to pay personal expenses.
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Shelby blames Schumer and the Democrats for government shutdown

January 21, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, Senate Democrats led by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., blocked a continuing resolution to keep the federal government funded. Democrats refused to support any continued funding of the government unless Republicans gave in to their demands over keeping President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which expires in March, in place.

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, reacted strongly to Senate Democrats’ failure to support HR195, the Continuing Resolution to keep the government funded.

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Opinion | The Medicaid work requirement isn’t what it seems

January 18, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Kay Ivey should be ashamed.

She’s probably not, because there’s very little chance that someone could do what she did this week and still be affected by feelings such as shame and empathy. But she should be.

In an announcement Tuesday, Ivey said that she had directed the state’s Medicaid director to implement work requirements and higher copays for Medicaid recipients.

Let me explain why this is terrible. And why Ivey certainly knows this is terrible.

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