Colbert County Commissioner David Black is running for Treasurer

January 12, 2018

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, January 11, 2018, Colbert County Commissioner David Black announced his candidacy for state treasurer.

Black is an Economics professor at the University of North Alabama.

Black said in a statement that he plans to focus on growing the College Counts 529 Fund, encouraging the use of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) savings plan, and promoting sound fiscal policy for Alabama.

Black is a former White House staff member under the George H.W. Bush Administration and former professor at the University of Alabama. Black is currently the Director of the Small Business Development Center at the University of North Alabama.

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AG Commissioner John McMillan to run for treasurer instead of governor

January 5, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan is running for state treasurer, he told the Alabama Political Reporter.

APR phoned John McMillan because his campaign end of year report still showed him having $53,144 in cash on hand at the end of 2017, and the report had him still in the governor’s race.

Commissioner McMillan confirmed that he is no longer interested in running for governor. McMillan said that on Wednesday he moved that campaign finance money over to his campaign for state treasurer. McMillan told APR that he would qualify for treasurer on Tuesday’s major party campaign qualifying and will release a more detailed statement at that time.

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Kay Ivey maintains lead in fundraising

January 5, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, the end-of-year campaign finance reports for gubernatorial candidates were made public on the Secretary of State’s website. Gov. Kay Ivey continues to maintain a substantial fundraising lead over all of her Republican opponents.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle finished the year with $1,190,303 in cash on hand. $974,430 less than Ivey has in her account.

Ivey reported going into the new year with $2,064,733 in cash.

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Investigation into Pouncey Smear delivered to Special Prosecution Division

August 14, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday last, a package was hand-delivered to the State’s Attorney General’s Office containing the results of two investigations into what is labeled a smear campaign against Dr. Craig Pouncey, by those who plotted to deny him the position of State Education Superintendent.

Delivered directly to the Special Prosecution Division, lead by hard-boiled chief Matt Hart, the dossier encompasses the finds by the Alabama Department of Education conducted by Michael Meyer and the bipartisan Senate committee lead by Senators Gerald Dial (R-Lineville) and Quinton Ross (D-Montgomery).

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Under STAARS Agencies Not Paid

July 25, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Once again, the Alabama Board of Adjustment (BOA) was forced to adjudicate payments from one State agency to another, due to the continued failure of the STAARS accounting system.

At the beginning of the last Legislative Session in 2015, Newton testified before a joint committee on budgeting, assuring lawmakers that STAARS was improving rapidly. Almost eight months later, STAARS continues to fail. The State’s $47 million dollar STAARS accounting software has reached “a new level of dysfunction,” according to State Auditor Jim Zeigler.
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Investigation Reveals State in Arrears with Thousands of Vendors

December 9, 2015

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Open Alabama Checkbook has not been updated since the beginning of fiscal year 2016. In an attempt to find out why,  alreporter.com investigated, and uncovered the ugly truth that the State’s new payment software has left hundreds of thousand of dollars in arrears with thousands of vendors waiting months for payments. According to three high-level agency employees, the State has fallen behind in its payment obligations since June of this year.
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Handicapping the Race: Week Three

December 9, 2015

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

This week we will continue our analysis of the potential horses in the 2018 Alabama Gubernatorial Derby. So far, we have counted down from 18 to 8. In descending order the list includes, Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (18), Supreme Court Justice Jim Main (17), Sen. Greg Reed (16), Sen. Arthur Orr (15), Mayor Vaughn Stewart (14), Mayor Walt Maddox (13), Mayor Sandy Stimpson (12), Congressman Bradley Byrne (11), Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey (10), Sen. Del Marsh (9), and State Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan (8). The next four horses will be revealed today and we will conclude the series next week when we reveal the top three horses.
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