Opinion | Steve Flowers: Shelby, Ivey can brush off Senate special election critiques

February 7, 2018

By Steve Flowers
Inside the Statehouse

A few weeks back my column illuminated the career and influence attained by our senior U.S. Senator Richard Shelby. In the column and in my book, “Six Decades of Alabama Political Stories,” I reference the fact that our current senior senator will be regarded as one of Alabama’s greatest U.S. Senators. I consider Lister Hill, John Sparkman, and Richard Shelby in that triumvirate. However, history more than likely will reveal that Shelby is eclipsing Hill and Sparkman in the annals of senatorial lore.
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Lowell Barron Subpoena of AG Strange Quashed

March 13, 2014

By Lee Hedgepeth
Alabama Political Reporter

DeKalb County Circuit Court Judge Randall Cole issued an order yesterday that has conditionally quashed the subpoena against Attorney General Luther Strange ordering him to testify in the campaign finance violation trial of former Senate Pro Tem Lowell Barron.

Barron, who was an Alabama Senator for 28 years – until his narrow, 628 vote defeat in 2010 by Republican Shadrack McGill – who was also the Mayor of Fyffe for over a decade before his long stint in the legislature, which ended in his serving as Senate Pro Tem from 1999 until 2007 and his tenure as chair of the Senate Rules Committee until his electoral loss three years later.

In late 2012, he was nearly fatally injured in a tractor accident. A few months later, in April 2013, Barron, as well as his former assistant Rhonda Johnson, were indicted by a DeKalb County grand jury on several campaign finance charges stemming from nearly $60,000 in ill-advised campaign expenditures from Barron to Johnson, as well as the gifting of a 2007 Toyota for “campaign” uses.
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Senate Republican Leader Sen. Jabo Waggoner on Passage of Constitutional Amendment

September 19, 2012

Staff Report

From the Office of Senate Majority Leader Senator Jabo Waggoner

Vestavia Hills – Alabama Senate Majority Leader and Chairman of Senate Rules Committee, Senator Jabo Waggoner released a statement on passage of the Constitutional Amendment to transfer funds from the Alabama Trust Fund to the state’s General Fund:

“By passing this Amendment, Alabama voters have given us a vote of confidence in our ongoing efforts to reform state government, to consolidate programs and continue the hard work of cost-cutting.  The Amendment will give the General Fund time while we continue our focused and resolute efforts to bring government spending under control and restructure government programs for better outcomes and effectiveness.  I also want to thank those citizens who earnestly opposed the Amendment and constructively shared with me many thoughtful recommendations.  Republican Senators will be reviewing all these policy ideas in our ongoing efforts to implement an efficient, cost effective and more transparent state government. On behalf of the Senate Republicans, I want to thank the people of Alabama for their resounding affirmation of our ongoing work.”

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