Irma’s Wake: Power outages across Alabama, evacuees’ futures uncertain

September 12, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

As Tropical Depression Irma exits Alabama, it leaves behind a bruised state with power outages, downed trees and Florida evacuees uncertain of their future.

The storm caused tropical-like winds across Eastern Alabama Monday as it moved northwestward from its landfall in Southern Florida Sunday morning.

It made landfall as a category 4 hurricane and weakened until it was a tropical storm in the panhandle of Florida. As the center of the storm crossed into Alabama around the Phenix City area, it was downgraded again to a tropical depression.

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Rep. Pebblin Warren to refile day care bill next session

September 4, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

The bill which would regulate day care centers in Alabama will come back for the next Legislative session.

State Rep. Pebblin Warren, D-Tuskegee, told The Alabama Political Reporter in an email on Friday, that the bill would be filed next year at the beginning of the next Legislative session starting in January 2018. Warren sponsored the Legislation when it came through the Legislature earlier this year.

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Poll shows Moore ahead in US Senate race, negative view of McConnell’s spending

August 21, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

A poll in the race for Alabama’s US Senate seat puts former State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore ahead of sitting US Senator Luther Strange by 19 percentage points.

The telephone poll was conducted by JMC Analytics and Polling and was conducted last week. They polled 515 people and based the demographics of the poll from voter turnout during the Republican Primary on August 15. They gave the polling a margin error of 4.3 percent.

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Governor Ivey replaces office formerly headed by Jon Mason

August 18, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Governor Kay Ivey signed an Executive Order that would replace the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Volunteer Service on Thursday.

Ivey’s new Executive Order establishes the Office of Volunteer Services within the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. The new office will replace the Office of Faith-Based and Volunteer Service. This former office was also known as Serve Alabama.

Serve Alabama was notably run by Jon Mason whose wife, Rebekah, was accused of being former Governor Robert Bentley’s mistress. Ivey asked for Mason’s resignation on her first full day in office in April.

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New report finds Alabama ranks ninth in household usage of food stamps

August 3, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama ranked 9th in the nation for the percentage of households that use the government food stamps program Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program(SNAP) according to a new report by the Food Research and Action Center.

Alabama tied with West Virginia for the 9th rank with 16.1 percent of households using SNAP. The report, which compiled data over a 5-year period, said SNAP reaches 846,000 individuals on average each month in Alabama.
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State Representative Ed Henry: Luther Strange is a “snake in the grass”

July 14, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

State Representative Ed Henry (R- Hartselle) once again affirmed his opposition to US Senator Luther Strange on the State House steps on Thursday amid a new political attack ad against Strange’s opponent US Representative Mo Brooks.

Henry called Strange a “snake in the grass” and said he was opportunistically waiting to pounce on his opponent US Representative and US Senate candidate Mo Brooks.

A pro-Strange Super PAC put out a commercial this week questioning Brooks’ devotion to President Donald Trump. The ad said that Brooks refused to endorse Trump during the 2016 election.
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Super PAC political ad attacks Mo Brooks on his Trump record

July 13, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

A new political ad attacked Alabama US Representative Mo Brooks as someone who did not support President Donald Trump during his run for the White House.

The ad, produced by the Super PAC Senate Leadership Fund, said Brooks refused to endorse Donald Trump during last year’s presidential election.

It shows clips of Brooks on various shows talking negatively about then-Republican Primary Candidate Trump.

“I don’t think you can trust Donald Trump with anything he says,” Brooks said on MSNBC last year.
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Ainsworth pulls away from pack in fundraising for Lieutenant Governor

July 7, 2017

By Sam Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

State Representative William Ainsworth (R-Guntersville) currently leads the way in funds raised for the Lieutenant Governor race.

Ainsworth raised more than $405,000 in June and all the donors were classified as individual or business donors. He ended June with over $390,000 in total.

“Much like Donald Trump’s campaign, ours is a grassroots movement, and I deeply appreciate the early enthusiasm from our donors and supporters,” Ainsworth said in a statement.
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June fundraising winners in State House races

July 7, 2017

By Sam Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

June’s financial disclosures showed some early leaders in fundraising in several State House races around Alabama. The deadline to file financial disclosures was midnight on June 7th.

House District 89

Pike County’s Probate Judge Wes Allen has raised more money than his opponent in the race for House District 89.

Allen raised over $46,000 in the month of June. Most of the money came from individual and business donors in Pike, Montgomery and Dale county. None of the $46,000 came from any PAC.
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Joint Legislative Committee will continue investigation into the Alabama State Department of Education

July 3, 2017

By Sam Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

State Senator Gerald Dial (R-Lineville) said on Friday that the Joint Legislative Committee will continue to pursue an investigation regarding the state superintendent hiring process last year.

“We will likely recall some of the same people who have already testified and ask for explanations of differences in their testimony before the Joint Committee and findings in the recent State Department of Education report,” Dial said in a statement. “We will also ask for additional documentation from those who testify.”
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