Knight v. Burkette: A near riot, unpaid bills and a campaign manager calls it quits in the District 26 race

February 8, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

By almost all measures, the evening of Dec. 12 should have been a happy one for the David Burkette Campaign.

While the Montgomery City Councilman didn’t win his bid for the Senate District 26 seat, he had pulled off a surprising second-place finish and forced an even more surprising runoff with longtime state Rep. John Knight. Burkette had even managed to beat fellow councilman Fred Bell, who had the backing of the state’s Democratic Conference and was better funded.

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Ward Comments on Prison Plan following Holman Prisoner Violence

March 14, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Whether or not the State should borrow $800+ million to build four new massive prisons, has been one of the most discussed topics in Montgomery this legislative session.  Alabama prisons have been overcrowded, understaffed, underfunded, and poorly maintained, for decades.  Governor Robert Bentley has been promoting this ambitious prison building project as part of his controversial Great State 2020 Plan.

On Saturday, inmates at the Holman State Prison in Atmore got into a fight in their dorms.  When the prison guards entered to restore order, the prisoners stabbed a guard and Warden Carter Davenport.  Reportedly a 100 inmates were involved in the riot that followed, in which they started a fire.  The prisoners, who apparently have contraband phones, posted pictures and video from the event to their YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter accounts.  The Corrections Department rushed three Correctional Emergency Response Teams (CERT) to the troubled prison, and eventually, order was restored.
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