Statewide major party candidates field is set as qualifying closes

February 12, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Major Party qualifying ended on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, and there were some late additions, including in the governor’s race.

State Senator Slade Blackwell, R-Mountain Brook, is running as a Republican for governor.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has qualified for her own term in the office of governor. She was elevated from lieutenant governor to the position last April when Governor Robert Bentley resigned.

In addition to Ivey and Blackwell, evangelist Scott Dawson, state Senator Bill Hightower, R-Mobile, Michael McAllister and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle are all running in the Republican primary.

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Moore camp: Son’s arrest has “nothing to do with the campaign”

October 11, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, the Roy Moore for Senate campaign responded to the arrest of his son, Caleb Moore on Monday for trespassing.

Bill Armistead, the Chairman for the Roy Moore for U. S. Senate Campaign made the following statement on Caleb Moore’s arrest for trespassing: “This is a personal matter involving an alleged hunting violation by Judge Moore’s son Caleb over eleven months ago which has nothing to do with the campaign.”

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More Scandals swirl around Strange’s campaign

September 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Many Alabama voters were already suspicious of the circumstances around former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley’s decision to appoint Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., to the U.S. Senate; now new allegations are swirling around Strange, his personal finances, and his campaign finance chair.

State Auditor Jim Zeigler revealed on Tuesday that Strange owns 16 percent of a company that sells VISAs to wealthy foreigners, mostly Chinese.

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Wilcox Assistant DA Lipinsky announces run for State Auditor

September 1, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Elliot Lipinsky, an assistant district attorney in Wilcox County, is running for Alabama’s State Auditor.

Lipinsky announced his candidacy on Thursday, saying he wants to refocus the office as State Auditor and avoid grandstanding.

“I am running out of a sense of service, and to inject some new blood into Alabama politics,” Lipinsky said.  “So many career politicians and perennial candidates are only concerned with what their next move on the chessboard of offices is. We need younger people to be involved and to serve our State. I’m going to put my money and my fate where my conviction is.”

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Interstate 65: Alabama’s immediate infrastructure needs

June 19, 2017

By State Auditor Jim Zeigler

I do not need expensive studies and consultants to know that Alabama has immediate infrastructure needs. I experienced a major infrastructure problem Saturday afternoon.

While the inadequacy of Interstate 65 from Birmingham to Montgomery — and on all of the Beach route — may or may not be our most dangerous problem, it may well be the most immediate. It is a problem right NOW.
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NPR audience boos Jim Zeigler

June 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, June 10, 2017, NPR broadcast its “Weekend Edition Saturday” from Birmingham’s Lyric Theater. State Auditor Jim Zeigler was the only Republican invited on the show. Zeigler said afterwards that he was also the only guest interrupted and booed by the largely Democratic live audience.

Show host Scott Simon asked Zeigler if Donald Trump was good for the brand?

Zeigler replied, “Yes, he is. His base is still with him. And those that were against him are still against him. They’re a lot louder against him, but on Friday, the President proved that he is able to move forward with his agenda. He went into his infrastructure agenda and his plan to cut out some of the regulation and new projects going forward. And this can be huge for America, both businesswise and getting our infrastructure repaired. So the President’s going forward and is not going to be distracted by this issue or any other.”
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Zeigler Objects to Closed Door Meeting for Bentley

November 1, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, October 31, 2016, Alabama Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) has asked Alabama State Attorney General Luther Strange (R) for an AG’s opinion about a closed meeting of the House Judiciary Committee that Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) has requested. The House Judiciary Committee is investigating into whether Bentley’s actions would justify impeachment or not. Auditor Zeigler believes that a closed door meeting under these circumstances could violate the Open Meetings law and is asking Strange for a ruling.
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Alabama Republicans’ Thoughts on Debate

September 27, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, September 26—Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton faced off for their first debate. For those expecting fireworks, it did not disappoint. The debate was hosted at Hofstra University and moderated by NBC News’ Lester Holt. The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) watched it in Vestavia Hills with the Alabama Minority GOP, the Constitutional Conservatives and the Jefferson County Republican Party. The strongly pro-Trump crowd cheered every minute.
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Zeigler Disputes Statements by Bentley Attorneys

August 12, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, August 10, Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) released a statement in which he disagreed with recent statements by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s (R) attorney that say that only the most serious offenses warrant impeachment. Auditor Zeigler says that interpretation of the 1901 Constitution is wrong

Attorneys for Gov. Robert Bentley filed a brief on impeachment standards to the House Judiciary Committee, in which they argued that only the most serious charges are grounds for impeachment.
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Bill Would Give Governor Power to Appoint State Auditor, Agriculture Commissioner

March 22, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—A proposed amendment to the State’s 1901 constitution, would give the authority to appoint the State Auditor and Secretary of Agriculture and Industry to Governor Bentley.

Currently, the State constitution states that these public offices are filled by a vote of the people, something that State Rep. Paul Beeckman (R-Prattville) would change with HB432.

john-mcmillanWhile the State Auditor office is of small consequence in the greater scheme of government, the Secretary of Agriculture and Industry is a very powerful position, currently held by John McMillan.
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