GOP’s Dawson says lottery plans prey on those who can least afford it

February 20, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Democratic candidate for governor Walter “Walt” Maddox released his plan for an education lottery Monday following a lottery plan released by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sue Bell Cobb released last week.

That afternoon Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Dawson released a statement denouncing the Democrat lottery proposal as an effort to keep Alabama in the past, prey on those who can least afford it, and bank the future of our kids on a game of chance.

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Marriage equality activist Chris Countryman qualifies for governor

February 12, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Chris Countryman was the first 2018 candidate to declare for governor, but he was one of the last candidates to formally qualify.

Countryman is telling voters that he will give them their state back. Countryman, a marriage equality activist, is running in the Democratic primary. Major party qualifying ended at 5 p.m. on Friday.

“It is a new day in Alabama. A new chance to bring people together, a new chance to change lives,” Countryman said in a statement. “A new day to break down walls of division and of discourse. A chance to show the world that there will be ‘No Divide.’ That our spirits won’t be stopped, and our resolve to bring a new era of hope to Alabama citizens will not be taken away from us by any form of government.”

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Scott Dawson will officially qualify for governor’s race today

February 1, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, Scott Dawson will officially qualify as a Republican candidate for governor.

Dawson will qualify on-air on the popular Rick and Bubba Show in Vestavia Hills. The Alabama Republican Party has online registration, which Dawson will fill out live on the radio between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.

“We need a vision for Alabama that everybody can buy into,” Dawson told the Alabama Political Reporter in June. “It takes more than just one man sitting in an office in Montgomery making plans. We need both Houses of the State Legislature to buy in. We need to get the mayors and the county commissioners involved. We need everybody in the State working together to make Alabama better so that kids that grow up in Alabama can stay in Alabama, and have successful lives here, so that we don’t have to get on a plane to go visit our grandkids.”

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Opinion | Alabama’s Year of the Woman

January 31, 2018

By Steve Flowers
Inside the Statehouse

This political year of 2018 may very well be the Year of the Woman in Alabama politics. In Alabama’s 200 year history, only one woman has been elected governor. Lurleen Wallace won in 1966. Only two women have served as governor, Governor Lurleen and our current governor, Kay Ivey. It may be a historic year.

Sue Bell Cobb, the former Alabama State Supreme Court Chief Justice, and the first woman to hold that position, is hoping to be able to be the Democratic standard-bearer. She was elected Chief Justice in 2006, in a very expensive, high profiled battle with Republican Drayton Nabors. She had been a District Court Judge in her native Conecuh County for a long time before running statewide. She was elected to a six year term as Chief Justice in 2006, but quit after four years, inexplicably.

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Democrat Jason Childs drops out of governor’s race

January 12, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sunday, January 7, Democrat Jason Childs, citing a lack of funds, announced that he was withdrawing from the Democratic gubernatorial race.

“Unfortunately we have failed to meet our fundraising goals,” Childs said. “This marks the end of our campaign. I want to thank all of you for your support. I am especially grateful for our friend, and Campaign Manager Virginia Lucci.”

“I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all of my policy advisors,” Childs stated. “The friendships that have been made during this effort will last long after this election cycle is over. Without a doubt the one thing I have learned going through this process, my wife Michelle is a gift from God. We have enjoyed meeting so many fine people from around this great state. Seeing so many progressive minded folks engaged in the political process has been encouraging. I am more optimistic now than ever before. Alabamians are smart, and they know that they deserve a state government that works for them. I am looking forward to working as hard as I can to see to it that the Democratic Primary winner becomes the next Governor of Alabama.”

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Josh Jones announces he will not run for governor

January 8, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Businessman Josh Jones formally announced Thursday that he had suspended his campaign for governor as a Republican.

“I am thankful for the incredible people of Alabama,” Jones said. “Thank you for all the support and prayers through this process. Though this campaign has come to an end may we bind together and not let the establishment and ‘Old Alabama Politics’ continue to lead our great State into mediocrity. May God’s grace deliver a Statesman to lead!”

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With optimism high, Democrats running for governor report end-of-year cash on hand

January 5, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

In 2010, Alabama Republicans completely dominated the Democrats by winning supermajorities in both houses of the Alabama Legislature and every statewide race on the ballot. The GOP repeated that performance in 2014, and Democrat fortunes appeared to be at an all-time low.

This year, however, Alabama Democrats are more optimistic than they have been in a long time. Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore in the U.S. Senate special election, the first Democratic win in any statewide race since 2008. The Republican Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, has been convicted of felony ethics violations. The Republican House Majority Leader Mickey Hammon, R-Decatur, has pleaded guilty to felony campaign finance ethics violations. Republican Gov. Robert Bentley pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations and resigned the governorship in April 2017. In 2016, the Court of the Judiciary suspended the Republican Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore. The momentum generated by the Jones campaign combined with Republican ethics issues have made Alabama Democrats much more optimistic entering 2018 than they were at this time in 2014.

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Gubernatorial candidate Jason Childs favors legalizing marijuana in Alabama

January 3, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama gubernatorial candidate Jason Childs is promoting his proposal to legalize recreational marijuana in the state of Alabama.

“$880 million. That’s a conservative estimate of the total annual sales of marijuana the first year that it is legal in Alabama,” Childs said in a statement. “This is a harmless plant, not one death in over ten thousand years of use. Not only is it not harmful, it is actually good for you.”

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2018 Races to Watch

December 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The major party primaries are on June 5, 2018.  Formal major party candidate qualifying opens on January 9; but already politicos are looking ahead to these 2018 races.

In 2014 it was a question if Democrats were even going to find a candidate willing to run against the then very popular incumbent Governor, Robert Bentley; now the Republicans have a new incumbent and there are a host of Democrats who have already declared their candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Governor.  Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb is running.  So is former state Representative James Fields, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, LGBTQ activist Chris Countryman, and Center of Progress founder Jason Childs.

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Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox campaigns for Doug Jones

December 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuscaloosa Mayor and Democratic candidate for governor Walt Maddox announced that he is campaigning for Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Doug Jones.

“We Need Doug in the U.S. Senate,” Maddox announced.

Maddox, who is running for Alabama governor in 2018, announced that he will spend the next seven days campaigning for Jones, saying that Jones represents the change we need in Washington to help Alabama families.

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