Democrat Will Boyd announces run for lieutenant governor

February 5, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, Dr. Will Boyd, former Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in Alabama’s 2017 special election, filed his declaration of candidacy for the office of lieutenant governor of Alabama.

“Alabama needs a Lieutenant Governor who will fight for a stronger economy, truly affordable healthcare, and quality public education for all,” Boyd said. “My priority following the primary was to do all I could to help get Doug Jones elected as U.S. Senator. Now it’s time to elect other strong Democrats statewide so we can lead Alabama forward!”

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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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Loan makes Cavanaugh’s Gubernatorial campaign fund biggest in race

July 6, 2017

By Sam Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Potential Gubernatorial Candidate Twinkle Cavanaugh raised more money than any other candidate in the Governor’s race so far.

Cavanaugh’s financial disclosures from June show she had much support from individual donations. In total, she raised $69,336 in the month with the median donation being $100.

A statement from her campaign said the donations came from 170 unique individuals and businesses from 43 different Alabama towns.
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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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The race is on

May 18, 2017

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

The race for our open US Senate seat will be the marquee political event for the remainder of this year. It will be a great show. However, we have a sensational and pivotal 2018 Governor’s race evolving simultaneously. This much-anticipated gubernatorial derby will be affected by the preliminary Senate horse race.

The political landscape has changed dramatically with the decisive move by new Governor Kay Ivey to call for the election of Jeff Sessions’ successor to the Senate this year.
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Stacy George opposes $845 million Prison Plan

May 12, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

GOP Gubernatorial candidate Stacy George has taken a stand against the prison construction plan that the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) is lobbying the Legislature to pass.

George, who works as a prison guard for ADOC told The Alabama Political Reporter that the biggest problem facing the State’s prisons is that they are understaffed. While George thinks there is some need for construction he opposes former Governor Robert Bentley’s plan to borrow $845 million.
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Carrington is running for Governor

May 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday May 8, 2017, Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington (R) announced officially that he was running for Governor of Alabama.

Carrington gathered with over 200 friends, family, community leaders, supporters, and Alabama’s political reporters, and journalists at Vulcan Park to officially announce that he was launching his campaign for Governor of Alabama.

Commissioner Carrington said, “My experience in Jefferson County has prepared me to deal with incredibly difficult and complex issues. My vision is to embark on a path to move our K-12 education system from the bottom 10 percent to the upper 25 percent and to move Alabama’s median family income from the lower 10 percent to the top 50 percent over the next ten years.”
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Tommy Tuberville decides against gubernatorial run

April 26, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

AUBURN — Former Auburn Football coach Tommy Tuberville has decided against stepping into the political arena, forgoing his possible run for governor next year, a top aide confirmed.

Tripp Skipper, who was assisting with Tuberville’s exploratory campaign, confirmed that Tuberville decided he won’t seek the Republican Party’s nomination for the State’s highest office.

“After a lot of thought and prayer, he just felt like the timing wasn’t right,” Skipper said. “He decided to forgo the race to pursue other opportunities.”

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Ivey has not ruled out running for Governor

April 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, February 13, 2017, new Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) addresses reporters for her first press conference as Alabama’s Governor.

When pressed by reporters, Gov. Ivey would not commit to whether she would run for the office in 2018 or not. Ivey told reporters that she had months to make that determination and her focus now was on the affairs of the State.
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Who’s in or out in 2018 and Trump is good for Alabama

January 11, 2017

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

Alabama is going to fare wall under President Trump. There is an old adage that says, “Those that bake the pie get to eat it.” We truly baked the pie for Trump. We overwhelmingly supported him in the GOP primary and helped him secure the nomination. We then gave him one of the largest mandates in the nation in the November General Election. Read More

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