Rep. Mac Butler running for State Senate

September 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, State Representative Mack Butler, R-Rainbow City, announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination to District 10 of the Alabama State Senate.

Rep. Butler said in a statement, “Our community has been blessed for the past seven years to have conservative leadership in the Alabama Senate, because I’ve been encouraged by so many people and there’s so much work to do in Montgomery, I have decided to enter this race to give the people of Etowah, Cherokee and DeKalb counties the small government, pro-liberty representation in Montgomery that they want.”

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Public Hearing on SB 289 on Monday, April 6

March 31, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Senate Bill 289 would repeal a 1998 law requiring that insurance companies pay for a 48 hour hospital stay following natural child births and longer for caesarian section.  Passage would allow insurance companies to send women and infants home sooner following deliveries and save money.  Critics warn that potential complications could result in potentially some loss of life.

The earlier legislation was sponsored by Sen. Roger Bedford (D from Russellville).  His wife Maudie was a vocal proponent for the 48 hour rule.
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BCA Drops Strange Contributions By 90 Percent

December 3, 2014

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—In 2010, the Business Council of Alabama (BCA) gave attorney general candidate Luther Strange $50,000 to win. In 2014, running as an incumbent, the organization only contributed $5,000 to his reelection.

There is one significant event that occurred at the Attorney General’s office between 2010 and 2014 that could have changed the relationship been BCA and Strange, and that was the investigation of Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard.
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Ross To Lead Alabama Senate Democrats

December 3, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Senate Democrats announced on Monday, December 1, that the Alabama Senate Democratic Caucus has elected Senator Quinton Ross (D from Montgomery) to serve as Senate Minority Leader for the next four years.

Senator Ross said in a written statement, “I am humbled and honored to be elected to the position of Minority Leader by my Democratic colleagues in the Alabama Senate. I look forward to working tirelessly with the Majority leadership and other elected officials to address the critical issues facing the State of Alabama for the next four years.”
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Alabama Voters Give Huge Mandate to GOP Senate Super Majority

November 6, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

BIRMINGHAM—On Tuesday, November 4, 2014, four years of careful planning by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R from Anniston) and the Alabama Republican Party ended with a late night celebration as the GOP not only defended their Super Majority against fierce coordinated attacks by desperate Democratic Party challengers, but actually added Senate seats.

Alabama voters gave Republicans control of both Houses of the Alabama Legislature for the first time in the election of 2010.  Not just control, but super majority control.  Alabama Democrats have spent the last four years planning to take back control and they got their chance on Tuesday, November 4.
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Democrats Challenge Republicans Hold On State Senate

February 10, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The State Senate is locked firmly in the hands of a Republican Super-Majority but the Alabama Democratic Party is hoping that that changes in the near future.  Qualifying for the Senate and all other offices in the state of Alabama closed at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and Democrats have candidates running in 22 of Alabamaís 35 State Senate Districts.

The Alabama Democratic Party was able to field candidates in most State Senate Districts in Alabama.  This is what ëThe Alabama Political Reporterí has at this time.  Candidates with an (i) behind their name are Democratic incumbents:
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Senator Roger Bedford Announces Bid for Reelection to Alabama State Senate

February 6, 2014

Staff Report

Senator Roger Bedford (D-Russellville) announced today that he will seek reelection for Alabama Senate District 6.  Senate District 6 includes portions of Marion, the northern portion of Lawrence, all of Franklin, all of Colbert and part of Lauderdale counties including Southwest Florence and Waterloo.

Bedford’s main concern will continue to be job creation: “While I am proud of the new jobs that have been created in our Senate District over the past years, I will continue to make recruiting better paying jobs for the people of Northwest Alabama my top priority.”
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Alabama Senate Passes Democrat’s Expungement Bill (w/Video)

January 24, 2014

By Lee Hedgepeth
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Senate passed a bill allowing for the expungement of arrest record when the charges were dropped or the person was found not guilty. The bill was introduced by Democrat Roger Bedford, who says that the law fixes significant problems for Alabamians.

“That’s the problem,” he told APR, “is that they ask if you’re convicted, and [even if its a traffic crime] you have to say yes.” He also says that the law would fix situations where for example, marijuana is found in a car full of people and all are charged. Although eventually one person is likely to claim the drugs, and charges on the other individuals are dropped, there is no way to get that off their record, and that could lead to employment problems down the road. “Employers could pick that type of thing up.”
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LRS Delays Bill Infuriating Bedford

January 17, 2014

by Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—On Thursday, Senator Roger Bedford (D-Russellville) went to the podium empty handed when his bill was called by the Lt. Governor.

Bedford expressed his anger for the Legislative Reference Service for failing to have a substitute ready in time for discussion on the Floor of the Senate.

Before the bill was passed out of Judiciary Committee on Wednesday there were two amendments attached requiring it to go back to LRS for a substitute to be prepared. However, when the bill was called the substitute was still not ready.
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Bedford Prefiles Bronner Bill in Senate

December 30, 2013

By Lee Hedgepeth
Alabama Political Reporter

The fight for control over investments of the Employees’ Retirement Systems and the Teachers’ Retirement Systems in Alabama has not yet reached its end.

On December 16th, the Alabama Political Reporter reported on events leading up to an identical bill being prefiled on the House side in preparation for the 2014 Alabama legislative session by Democrat Johnny “Mack” Morrow of Red Bay. Curtis Stewart, a recent Robert Bentley appointment to the ERS board, announced a resolution that would prevent Dr. David Bronner, Chief Executive Officer of the Retirement Systems of America and Secretary-Treasurer of ERS, from using proxy votes of other investment committee members to take immediate action on day-to-day investment decisions.
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