Nine campaign committees, PACs still have not filed 2016 Annual Reports

November 9, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office published a list of principal campaign committees and political action committees that have yet to file their 2016 Annual Report. This report documents all money raised or spent by a candidate or committee each year.

The Secretary of State’s Office says that it made numerous attempts to notify each committee member listed in the FCPA system starting May 1, 2017. Notice was delivered to each committee by phone, mail and email.

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Secretary of State turns over names of 674 people for illegal crossover voting

October 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, October 20, 2017, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) announced that he was handing over the names of 674 voters who broke the state’s new law banning crossover voting to prosecutors.

Under the new law, it is a felony to vote in the runoff of the party other than the one that you voted for in the primary.  According to the Secretary of State’s office, 674 people voted in the August 15 Democratic Party primary for U.S. Senate and then voted in the September 26 Republican Party primary runoff.

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Alabama executes third inmate this year

October 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, the state of Alabama executed Torrey McNabb in Holman prison in Atmore, Alabama, by lethal injection.

McNabb was convicted in the 1997 murder of Montgomery police officer Anderson Gordon.

After being notified that McNabb’s sentence had been carried out, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said in a statement:

“Though Mr. McNabb did not formally ask for clemency, I gave his case, and his sentence, the deepest level of consideration possible,” Ivey said. “Whenever an individual in Alabama is scheduled to be executed, I take seriously my responsibility to weigh the circumstances of the case, mitigating and aggravating factors and the need to ensure justice is served.”

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Martin says if elected as Attorney General, AG will stand for “Alabama Guardian”

October 12, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, former U.S. Attorney Alice Martin (R) sent out an email announcing her plans if elected as attorney general.

“I have been traveling around the state meeting and talking with many Alabamians who are resonating with my message about why I am running as Attorney General. The AG quite simply ‘guards’ the rule of law and your safety,” Martin said.

Martin said that she would guard, “Your constitutional freedoms from assault by the left liberals or guarding against federal overreach, the prison doors and ensuring local convictions obtained by your DA are upheld on appeals & criminals serve their time, your tax dollars from wasteful spending and corrupt officials, your personal identity from computer hacks and the sanctuary of your home against domestic violence.”

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Chess Bedsole top fundraiser in Attorney General’s race

October 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Chess Bedsole’s campaign for attorney general led September finance disclosures in both funds raised and cash on hand. Bedsole raised a total of $121,750 in contributions for the month, more than any of the other four candidates in the race for Alabama attorney general combined.

Bedsole’s strong September showing allowed him to enter this month with more than $400,000 in cash on hand.

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Foundation for Moral Law files brief in Pensacola cross case

October 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, the Foundation for Moral Law filed an amicus brief in the case of Amanda Kondrat’yev et. al v. City of Pensacola, which is pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. In that case, a group of Atheists and Humanists sued the city of Pensacola after being offended at the presence of a cross in Bayview Park. The plaintiffs were represented by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the American Humanist Association. The trial judge reluctantly ordered the city to remove the cross, but the city appealed.

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Marshall leading 14-state brief to support Pensacola in maintaining cross in public park

October 5, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Attorney General Steve Marshall is leading a group of attorneys general from across the country in supporting the city of Pensacola, Florida, in a court battle to keep a historic cross on display in a public park.

Marshall led a group of 14 AGs in writing an amicus, or friend of the court, brief, in support of Pensacola in their appeal with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Attorneys General coalition seeking documents from opioid manufacturers, distributors

September 20, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

A bipartisan coalition of 41 state attorneys general including Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, is seeking documents and information from opioid manufacturers and distributions as part of an investigation into the opioid epidemic.

Marshall on Tuesday announced the subpoenas, which are being sent to manufacturers Endo, Jannsen, Teva, Cephalon and Allergan. Other demands are being sent to Purdue Pharma and distributors AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson. The subpoenas, called Civil Investigative Demands, request documents and information about their opioid production and distribution practices, which the coalition believes could be criminal or negligent.

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Alabama Opioid Council holds initial meeting

September 6, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Gov. Kay Ivey was fairly clear when she put together the objectives for the Opioid Overdose and Addiction Council.

But setting objectives and meeting them are two different things.

The Council, co-chaired by Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, Mental Health commissioner Lynn Beshear and acting State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris, got started on Tuesday, as members came together for the first time in an effort to examine the opioid problem and develop ideas to combat it.

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Attorney General candidate Alice Martin talks new revenge porn laws

September 6, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Republican attorney general candidate Alice Martin appeared on a north Alabama radio show Tuesday to discuss the new sex crime laws signed into law earlier this year that strengthen and clarify reporting requirements for sex offenders and create new laws prohibited revenge porn and “sextortion.”

Martin spoke with WEKI 94.7’s the Rachel Hammer Show about the new laws and the need to continue strengthening Alabama’s sex crime statutes.

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