Mike Huckabee endorses Scott Dawson for Governor

October 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee  endorsed Scott Dawson for Governor of Alabama.

Huckabee is an author, a former Fox News TV show host, a former pastor and twice a Republican candidate for president of the United States.

Huckabee made the endorsement of Dawson while on the popular “Rick and Bubba” radio show.

“Scott Dawson brings the right heart to the job, and I am thrilled to be with him,” the former governor said.

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Moore Campaign says Doug Jones is too liberal for Alabama

October 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) was in Birmingham campaigning for Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Doug Jones  on Tuesday.

The Chairman of the Roy Moore for U.S. Senate Campaign, Bill Armistead, said, “Today, we are witnessing the beginning of a clear contrast between Judge Roy Moore, the conservative voice for Alabama, and Doug Jones, the liberal voice for big government.  Doug Jones has been trying to fool Alabama voters into thinking that he is really one of them, but he has shown his true colors by bringing in President Obama’s Vice President to campaign for him and raise money for his campaign.  Jones’s embrace of Joe Biden reveals his true colors as a supporter of the Obama-era policies that have put the long-term safety and security of America at risk.”
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David Carrington drops out of Governor’s race

September 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington announced that he was ending his campaign for Governor of Alabama.

Carrington said in a statement to supporters, “After prayerful consideration, I’ve decided it’s time for me to end my campaign for Governor.”

Carrington said, “My six-month journey has been fascinating – one I will never forget or regret. I’ve learned so much about our state, its politics, its citizens and myself. My decision has nothing to do with health or relationship issues. It just wasn’t meant to be.”

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Stacy George announces book release

September 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sunday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Stacy George announced that his book, “Corruption in the Heart of Dixie,” should come out in November.

Commissioner George said in a statement, “Our goal is to complete my book by November of 2017 and do book signings through the remainder of the year.”

George said, “I have been completing my book with the help of Charles Woodall and Karen Brewster George. We are expanding the introduction and we are going to make people think about politics from a local level to a statewide level. The book will challenge you to compare all other candidates in the race on what they have done.”

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Gov. Ivey now tops pack in fundraising despite having yet to announce her campaign

September 6, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has accepted more than $1 million in donations and major contributions to her gubernatorial campaign committee, leading the pack of announced candidates despite having not yet officially announced her campaign.

Ivey has only been fundraising since Aug. 25 when she filed paperwork organizing her campaign committee. But in the near-two weeks that she has been fundraising, she has already brought in $1,000,200 — thanks in large part to major individual contributions.

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Former House Minority Leader Craig Ford will not run for Governor

August 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

State Representative Craig Ford (D-Gadsden) announced Thursday that he will not be a Gubernatorial candidate in 2018.  State Rep. Ford had been openly considering a run for Governor for the last year.

Rep. Ford said, “Over the last several years, I have been asked by people from all over the State to run for Governor. It has been truly humbling to receive so much support, and I am grateful to all of my supporters who have expressed so much confidence in me. But after prayerful consideration and many long conversations with my family, I have decided not to enter the race for Governor next year.”

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Hightower raises nearly $270,000 in July for Governor Campaign

August 3, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, August 2, 2017, State Senator Bill Hightower (R-Mobile) filed his campaign’s July 2017 Campaign Finance Report.  The report shows that Hightower raised $269,926 in direct contributions from donors in July.  The Senator ended the month with $467,752, spending only $12,923 in the month.

Sen. Hightower said, “The financial and volunteer support I am receiving is very encouraging, and it’s coming from all across Alabama.”
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Meet gubernatorial candidate Scott Dawson

June 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, June 14, 2017, Scott Dawson sat down with The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) to discuss his bid for the 2018 Republican Party nomination for Governor.

APR: Former Governor Bentley wanted to borrow $800 million to build four new mega prisons. Do you support Bentley’s prison plan?

Dawson: When was the last time we spent a large chunk of money on education, or on infrastructure? To me every crime must have a consequence, but ultimately prisons are bigger than buildings. It is about people. Reforming those prisoners so they don’t come back to prison should be discussed when we talk about prison reform. We need prisoner reform. Don’t be slack on crime, but moms are not praying for bigger prisons moms are praying that their sons to change.
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Some are using a stalking horse to undermine ethics laws

January 10, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The greatest challenge before the Alabama State Legislature when it returns in February is not the budget, schools or Medicaid. It is the slight of hand chicanery used to undermine the State’s ethics laws.

Since the conviction of former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard on 12 felony ethics violations, a coordinated effort has been underway to weaken those laws, with particular focus on how they identify a “principal.” Read More

Judiciary Committee will hear testimony on Sessions confirmation Tuesday and Wednesday

January 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hear testimony on whether or not US Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) should be confirmed as the next US Attorney General on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 10th and 11th, 2017. Various civil rights groups are actively opposing Sessions’ confirmation.

On Friday, the witnesses before the Committee were announced who will be called to testify.

US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) will be the first witnesses called by Republicans on behalf of Sessions. Read More

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