Legal lottery, gaming in Alabama isn’t progress, it’s common sense

August 30, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Gov. Kay Ivey wants to allow Alabama citizens to vote on a lottery.

Her office said so this week to APR Editor in Chief, Bill Britt.

This is what passes for progress in Alabama. A Governor allowing voters to decide on a potential revenue source that could drastically alter the way this State does business.

Why we’re still discussing this topic, I have no idea. Alabama is broke. Alabama loves to gamble. Alabama already has legal gambling.

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Secretary of State continues electronic voting system for citizens, service members overseas

August 3, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama voters living abroad will be able to vote electronically next month thanks to a system set to be implemented by Secretary of State John Merrill’s office.

Merill announced Wednesday that the state of Alabama will use an electronic ballot delivery and return system. It will be implemented during the upcoming Senate Special Election and for the 2018 statewide election cycle.

The system will allow service members deployed abroad and citizens living overseas to return their absentee ballots electronically.

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Group seeks Federal court order reinstating some felons’ voter registration

July 25, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

A nonpartisan election public interest group is seeking a Federal court injunction ordering Alabama’s Secretary of State to reinstate some felons’ voter registration and educate others on their rights to register to vote.

The group, the Campaign Legal Center, is seeking an injunction from Federal District Court Judge Keith Watkins, who will hear the case Tuesday. The request for an injunction also seeks to force the Secretary’s Office to educate the public about recent changes to election law in Alabama.

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Merrill says Alabama still won’t send voter info to Feds as Commission postpones data request

July 11, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

WASHINGTON —  The Federal Commission created by President Donald Trump to audit the nation’s election system has postponed a controversial request to states seeking voter roles and personal voter data.

But it doesn’t look like it will change Alabama’s response.

The Commission vice chair, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, said in a Federal court filing Monday that the Commission has sent letters to all 50 secretaries of state directing them not to submit any sensitive voter data to the Commission.

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Sessions Shocked By President’s Comments on Illegal Immigrants Voting

November 8, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sunday, November 6, 2016, US Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) said that he was shocked by comments by President Barack H. Obama (D) which he alleges encouraged illegal aliens to vote.

Sen. Sessions said, “I am shocked that the President of the United States—who is the chief law enforcement officer for the nation and to whom all federal law enforcement officers report—failed to strongly and immediately object to a statement by an interviewer that unlawful immigrants can and should vote in US elections. The interviewer proposed a radical and illegal action, which the President had a duty to condemn.”
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The Power of the Pen

November 7, 2016

By Terry Lathan
Chairman, Alabama Republican Party

On Tuesday, November 8, America will once again return to our voting booths to decide our fate. The process our Founding Fathers fought for is still alive and well in the greatest nation on earth. The power of our pens will choose what path we travel as a nation. While most emphasis is given to a single day, the Alabama Republican Party has been preparing for Tuesday for over a year.
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Fact Checking State School Board Member

October 28, 2016

By Larry Lee
Education Matters

“Hyperbole” should be the middle name of most all politicians. They are masters of embellishment, of overstatement, of stretching the truth and tall tales both big and small.

As we’ve all be told from birth, “take it with a grain of salt” is super advice when listening to a politician pontificate. I was reminded of this a couple days ago when I read an article in the Gadsden Times titled: “State board member addresses superintendent hire, other issues.”
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Victoryland Reopens With Blowout Attendance

September 14, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

SHORTER—Starting before noon on Tuesday, people were lining up, along with the traffic, around Victoryland in Macon County, for its “Grand” reopening at 2:00 pm.

People poured through the doors and flooded the lobby, as they all rushed to get their chance to gamble at Victoryland, again.

At a press conference last month, Victoryland owner, Milton McGregor, announced the plan to reopen on September 13. The casino opened with 500 electronic bingo machines and had anticipated hiring 200 staff members.
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Local Elections Across Alabama Tuesday

August 22, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, August 23, 2016, voters in 522 towns in Alabama will go to the polls to vote for their town’s Mayor and City Council.

Municipal elections are traditionally the least participated in. Far more voters will go to the polls on November 8, to vote in the Presidential election. But, the irony is, voters can make more of an immediate impact on their communities by voting in a municipal election.
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Group Organizes to Get Alabama Millennials to Participate in Election Process

December 30, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On March 1, Alabama voters will go to the polls to decide who will represent the Republican and Democratic Parties in the November Presidential election. Other offices on the 2016 ballot include US Senator, US Representative, Public Service Commission President, Alabama Supreme Court Justice, as well as many county offices. The only that matter in an election however are the people that turnout to vote. Historically young people are the least likely to actually participate in the democratic process. Only ten percent of Alabama millennials participated in the 2012 presidential election according to New York Times exit polling.
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