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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Zeigler asks Trump to switch Senate endorsement to Roy Moore

September 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler sent a request to President Donald Trump asking the president to switch his endorsement in Alabama’s U.S. Senate Republican runoff from Luther Strange to Judge Roy Moore.

Trump endorsed the appointed U.S. Sen. Strange in the August 15 GOP primary, but Strange finished second to former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Moore by six percentage points.

The two meet in a Sept. 26, 2017, runoff for the Republican Senate nomination.

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National Federation of Republican Assemblies endorses Roy Moore

September 5, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

In accordance with National Federation of Republican Assemblies bylaws, the Alabama Republican Assembly endorsement of Judge Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate seat in the Alabama Special Election is carried as an endorsement from NFRA. NFRA President Willes K. Lee said in a statement, “Judge Moore is the candidate Alabama and the United States needs in Washington. Conservative in his own right, Judge Moore holds all liberals – Republicans as well as Democrats – to account… as does the NFRA. He is determined to drain the D.C. swamp and to make America great again.”

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Birmingham votes Tuesday for Mayor, City Council, School Board

August 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, voters in Birmingham go to the polls to vote for Mayor, City Council, and School Board.  Unlike State, County, or Judicial elections, municipal elections are non-partisan.

Longtime incumbent William Bell (D) is seeking a third term as Mayor.  Bell was a member of the Birmingham City Council and Mayor Pro Tem in 1999 when longtime Mayor Richard Arrington retired.  Bell became Mayor by law then, but was defeated in the election by then City Councilman, Bernard Kincaid.

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State sues Birmingham to protect Confederate monuments

August 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, August 16, 2017, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) announced that his office has filed suit in Jefferson County Circuit Court against the City of Birmingham and Mayor William Bell for violating state law by constructing barriers to deliberately obscure the Confederate Veterans Monument in Linn Park.

Attorney General Marshall said in a statement, “In accordance with the law, my office has determined that by affixing tarps and placing plywood around the Linn Park Memorial such that it is hidden from view, the Defendants have ‘altered’ or ‘otherwise disturbed’ the memorial in violation of the letter and spirit of the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act.”

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Attorney General Candidate Sam McLure will not accept PAC money, urges other candidates to do the same

August 14, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Attorney General Candidate Sam McLure said on Friday he would not accept any PAC donations to his campaign and urged other attorney general candidates to do the same.

His urging came after Steve Marshall agreed to be a featured speaker at the Business Council of Alabama’s annual government affairs conference in Point Clear, Alabama, that happened last weekend.

McLure clarified that he wasn’t attacking Marshall but rather had a problem with BCA’s President and CEO Bill Canary who he called an “800-pound swamp monster” and a “socialist invader” from New York. Canary was a close friend of former Speaker of House Mike Hubbard who was found guilty of multiple ethics violations last year.

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Tankersley Exit Interview: Final 

August 7, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

“Somebody should do something.”

After nearly five years of being rebuffed for his common-sense stance on the Ethics Commission, Dr. Stewart Hill Tankersley is doing something significant: Exposing institutional corruption and the particular failings of the Commission, sworn to hold every public official to the letter of the law.

Tankersley’s interview with APR confirms what close observers of the Commission have seen over the years.  By peeling back the ugly mechanisms of an almost lawless Commission, Tankersley has exposed  members who routinely entertain ex parte meetings with those seeking favorable outcomes on advisory opinions. Will it stop?  Will these revelations curtail the practice of granting sweetheart rulings for lawyers, lobbyists and their well-heeled clients? Will the Legislature step in and follow through on the ethics reform package prepared by the Attorney General’s Office for last session?

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Tankersley Exit Interview Part 2: No rules, no order

August 1, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

“Our State needs so much help. There is such a lack of confidence in our elected leaders. The Ethics Commission can help restore that lost confidence,” said Dr. Stewart Hill Tankersley in a recent interview with the Alabama Political Reporter.

Tankersley Exit Interview Part 1: Success, collusion, and dismay

While he sees the Ethics Commission’s Executive Director, Tom Albritton, as a champion for a more efficient organization, he worries that the Commission could undercut Albritton’s determination to run an honest shop.

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Martin v. Marshall: AG race off to contentious start

July 31, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

During his introductory press conference in early February, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall was immediately met with questions about a long-rumored investigation into then-Gov. Robert Bentley.

Marshall said at the time that he didn’t know about the investigation, hadn’t been briefed yet, but planned to speak to his new team and then make a public announcement. Two days later, he acknowledged the investigation and recused himself.
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