Alabama Governor Bentley second term http://apr.org en Griffith, Bentley Prepare For Fall Campaign http://apr.org/post/griffith-bentley-prepare-fall-campaign <p></p><p>The Democratic nominee for governor, Parker Griffith, calls Republican incumbent Robert Bentley timid and irresponsible.</p><p>Griffith says he plans to focus his general election campaign on Bentley refusing to expand the state Medicaid program and not doing enough to increase jobs in the state.</p><p>Bentley said Wednesday he doesn't like negative campaigning, and he will focus his campaign on his records and his goals. He says politicians might not be very good candidates if they have to spend their time talking about how bad their opponents are.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:47:48 +0000 The Associated Press 53255 at http://apr.org Griffith, Bentley Prepare For Fall Campaign Alabama Governor Candidate Promotes Lottery Plan http://apr.org/post/alabama-governor-candidate-promotes-lottery-plan <p></p><p>Republican candidate for governor Stacy George says his state lottery proposal could produce up to $200 million annually to help five programs.</p><p>During a news conference Tuesday in Montgomery, George said he would divide the money between volunteer fire and rescue squads, technical college scholarships, voluntary pre-kindergarten, the state General Fund, and downtown revitalization projects. He says contracts for the revitalization would have to go to companies in the communities being served, which would generate jobs in each town.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 22:04:49 +0000 The Associated Press 52341 at http://apr.org Alabama Governor Candidate Promotes Lottery Plan Gov. Bentley Opponent Calls For Releasing Inmates http://apr.org/post/gov-bentley-opponent-calls-releasing-inmates <p></p><p>A prison guard running against Gov. Robert Bentley says Alabama's prison system is at risk of a federal takeover because of severe overcrowding.</p><p>At a news conference Thursday in Montgomery, Stacy George said that if elected, he would create a second parole board like Gov. Bob Riley did to expedite the parole of non-violent inmates. George said he will ask the Legislature to repeal the habitual offender law that provides for longer sentences for repeat offenders and he will make the repeal retroactive. He says that could reduce the prison population by more than one-fourth.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 21:11:48 +0000 The Associated Press 52040 at http://apr.org Gov. Bentley Opponent Calls For Releasing Inmates 3 Of Bentley's Opponents Seek Alabama Lottery http://apr.org/post/3-bentleys-opponents-seek-alabama-lottery <p>Three candidates for governor are running on state lottery platforms.</p><p>Both Democratic candidates for governor, former U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith of Huntsville and Fayette businessman Kevin Bass, are proposing a lottery to pay for college scholarships. One of the Republican candidates, former Morgan County Commissioner Stacy George, is advocating a lottery to pay for scholarships and several other programs.</p> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 07:52:25 +0000 The Associated Press 47292 at http://apr.org 3 Of Bentley's Opponents Seek Alabama Lottery Huntsville Mayor Battle Not Running For Governor http://apr.org/post/huntsville-mayor-battle-not-running-governor <p></p><p>Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle says he's not running for governor of Alabama.</p><p>Battle announced on his website Tuesday he has decided against seeking the state's highest office. He calls being mayor of Huntsville a "dream job" he doesn't want to give up.</p><p>Battle is in his sixth year as mayor of the city of 184,000 residents.</p><p>Bentley's only announced GOP opponent is former Morgan County Commissioner Stacy George. Among Democrats, former minor league baseball player and Fayette businessman Kevin Bass is running.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:42:33 +0000 The Associated Press 44960 at http://apr.org Huntsville Mayor Battle Not Running For Governor Longshot Republican For Governor Campaigning Again http://apr.org/post/longshot-republican-governor-campaigning-again <p></p><p>A longshot Republican candidate for governor is campaigning again after being sidelined by illness.</p><p>Former Morgan County Commissioner Stacy George said Thursday that he was diagnosed with idiopathic thrombocytopenic on Oct. 2. The illness involves a low blood platelet count. It required lots of treatments to get his platelet count back to normal and end his fatigue. But George says he's back to running.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 21:38:42 +0000 The Associated Press 44682 at http://apr.org Longshot Republican For Governor Campaigning Again Gov. Bentley Tops $3 Million For Campaign http://apr.org/post/gov-bentley-tops-3-million-campaign <p></p><p>Gov. Robert Bentley has already raised more for his re-election campaign than he spent to win the Republican nomination for governor in 2010.</p><p>Bentley's campaign filed a campaign finance report showing he raised more than $746,000 in December. That brought his total fundraising to $3.3 million.</p><p>Bentley reported spending $2.6 million to win the Republican nomination in 2010. His entire campaign in 2010 cost $8.1 million.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 21:33:41 +0000 The Associated Press 44476 at http://apr.org Gov. Bentley Tops $3 Million For Campaign Ala. Sen. Billy Beasley Considers Run For Governor http://apr.org/post/ala-sen-billy-beasley-considers-run-governor <p></p><p>Democratic state Sen. Billy Beasley of Clayton is considering running for governor.</p><p>The four-term legislator says his campaign platform would include repealing Alabama's new private school tax credits and holding a statewide referendum on legalizing a state lottery.</p><p>Beasley says he's assessing support and will make a decision soon. The deadline for Democrats and Republicans to sign up is Feb. 7.</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 22:08:58 +0000 The Associated Press 44355 at http://apr.org Ala. Sen. Billy Beasley Considers Run For Governor Governor Bentley Gets 1st Major Endorsement http://apr.org/post/governor-bentley-gets-1st-major-endorsement <P>The Alabama Forestry Association has thrown its support to Gov. Robert Bentley's re-election campaign.</P> <P>Bentley said Thursday the forestry group was the first major organization to endorse him in 2010 and now it's the first for the 2014 election. But there's a big difference. It didn't endorse him in 2010 until after he won the Republican primary.</P> <P>Executive Vice President Chris Issacson said the organization normally waits until after a contested primary like it did in 2010, but endorsing Bentley early for 2014 was a no-brainer. Thu, 18 Jul 2013 21:56:47 +0000 The Associated Press 34408 at http://apr.org Governor Bentley Gets 1st Major Endorsement Bentley Finds Fundraising Easier As Ala. Governor http://apr.org/post/bentley-finds-fundraising-easier-ala-governor <P>Robert Bentley is finding that raising campaign money as an incumbent governor is much easier than doing it as a state representative seeking statewide office for the first time.</P> <P>Bentley filed a campaign finance report Tuesday night showing he took in $422,500 in contributions in his first month of fundraising for his re-election campaign. Wed, 03 Jul 2013 21:47:23 +0000 The Associated Press 33478 at http://apr.org Bentley Finds Fundraising Easier As Ala. Governor Alabama Governor Seeking Second Term http://apr.org/post/alabama-governor-seeking-second-term <P>Gov. Robert Bentley has announced he will seek a second term.</P> <P>The 70-year-old Republican governor put to rest Tuesday any speculation about his future plans.</P> <P>House Speaker Mike Hubbard says he has no plans to run against Bentley.</P> <P>Bradley Byrne, who finished second to Bentley in the GOP race in 2010, says he hasn't decided what he will do in 2014. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:56:13 +0000 The Associated Press 28249 at http://apr.org Alabama Governor Seeking Second Term