Ethics Commission withdraws McCalla opinion after charities line-up

December 8, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

In a unanimous vote on September 1, 2016, the Alabama Ethics Commission issued advisory opinion 2016-24, which it believed clarified the question regarding public officials soliciting lobbyists and principals for contributions to a charitable organization, operating as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

The issue was raised by the nonprofit group, Friends of McCalla.

After approving the opinion in a 5-0 vote, the Commission gave a 30-day window for public comment; however, it was extended past the 30 days to December 7.
Read More

McClendon Explains Redistricting: Expects to Run for State Senate

October 5, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

State Representative Jim McClendon (R) from Springville was in Columbiana speaking about redistricting Thursday to the South Shelby Chamber of Commerce.  Following his presentation Rep. McClendon acknowledged that he intended to run for the 11th District Seat currently held by Jerry Fielding if the reapportionment plan passed by the state legislature is approved by the Department of Justice (DOJ).  Sen. Fielding meanwhile has switched from the Democrat Party to the Republican Party.
Read More

Alabama Democratic Chairman Kennedy Says Senator Jerry Fielding is Switching To Republican Party

October 2, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Democratic Party Chairman, Mark Kennedy said on Monday that Democratic State Senator, Jerry Fielding (D) from Sylacauga, will switch parties and caucus with the Republican supermajority.  Kennedy said that Senator Fielding’s announcement is expected on Tuesday.

Chairman Kennedy said, “I’ve known Jerry Fielding for more than 20 years, and I’ve never known him to be anything but a man of principle and a good Democrat.  I find it hard to believe that Jerry would turn his back on his Party and the people who have elected him time and time again.  While the matter of choosing a political party is a personal prerogative, it is disingenuous and unfair to voters for officials to unexpectedly announce a party switch halfway through the term they were elected to serve.”
Read More

Sen. Fielding Says His Intent is Too Seek Reelection

July 17, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

In an exclusive phone conversation Alabama State Senator Jerry Fielding (D) from Sylacauga told ‘The Alabama Political Reporter’ Monday:  “My intentions are too seek reelection.”  Sen. Fielding said however that it “was real early in the process”.

‘The Alabama Political Reporter’ asked Sen. Fielding if he thought that the Senate redistricting plan passed by the Republican controlled state legislature would pass review by the U.S. Justice Department.  Sen. Fielding said, “It is hard to say what the federal government will do.  All the experts said that the (U.S.) Supreme Court was going to overturn the healthcare plan too and look at what happened there.”  “It will be real interesting.”  Fielding expected that more law suits would be filed to block the Republicans redistricting plan; but he could not guess how that will turn out.
Read More

McClendon Considers Run For State Senate

July 13, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

State House Member Jim McClendon (R) from Springville spoke at a meeting of the Moody Chamber of Commerce Thursday on redistricting.

Rep. McClendon said that following redistricting the new Senate District 11, “leans in the Republican direction.”

With 51% of the residents of District 11 living in St. Clair County, the St. Clair County Republican told the group of local business leaders, “We have a good chance of having a state senator that lives in the county.”  McClendon said that St. Clair County has not been represented in the Senate by anyone who actually lived in St. Clair County, “in my lifetime……maybe not in the history of the state.”
Read More

© Copyright 2017 Alabama Political Reporter