2014 elections

Alabama-Armed Voters
4:55 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

AG Says County Commissions Can't Ban Guns At Polls

Attorney General Luther Strange has issued an advisory opinion saying a county commission does not have the authority to prohibit firearms at polling places.
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Alabama's attorney general has issued an advisory opinion saying a county commission does not have the authority to prohibit firearms at polling places.

The Chambers County Commission sought the advice of Attorney General Luther Strange after some people showed up to vote in the June 3 primary election in Chambers and Shelby counties carrying guns.

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Alabama AG-Obama
3:48 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Alabama Attorney General Likes Suing Obama

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has sued over the Affordable Care Act, opposed the Obama administration on environmental regulations and filed court briefs in several cases involving federal policy.
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Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says he goes to work every day and thinks of a way to sue the Obama administration.

Al.com reports that Strange made the comment in a speech to the Republican Women of Huntsville. He told the group Tuesday that part of his oath of office compelled him in that pursuit. He described it as a full-time job that's the best job in Alabama politics. Strange has sued over the Affordable Care Act, opposed the Obama administration on environmental regulations and filed court briefs in several cases involving federal policy.

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State Auditor
5:41 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

2 Mavericks In Alabama Auditor Runoff July 15

The Republican runoff for state auditor is on July 15.
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  The Republican runoff for state auditor on July 15 features two of Alabama's best known political mavericks who promise to transform the smallest office in the state Capitol into a center for uncovering wrongdoing.

Mobile attorney Jim Zeigler is known as "Mr. 49 Percent" for losing many close races. He takes on retired Shelby County businessman Dale Peterson, who became an Internet sensation in his 2010 race for agriculture commissioner where he toted a gun and promised to go after the crooks in Montgomery.

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Beason Endorsement
5:13 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Beason Endorses Palmer In 6th District Runoff

The third-place finisher in the Republican primary in the 6th Congressional District, state Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale, has thrown his support to Gary Palmer in the runoff.
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The third-place finisher in the Republican primary in the 6th Congressional District, state Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale, has thrown his support to Gary Palmer in the runoff.

Beason says he and Palmer have known each other for many years through Beason's work in the Legislature and Palmer's leadership of the Alabama Policy Institute in Birmingham. Beason says Palmer knows the issues and is ready to serve.

Palmer ran second in the Republican primary June 3 to state Rep. Paul DeMarco of Homewood. They face off in the runoff July 15.

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Voter Turnout
3:53 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Alabama Voter Turnout Lower Than 2010

Complete but unofficial returns from Tuesday's primary showed voter turnout at nearly 22 percent.

Voter turnout for Alabama's primary election Tuesday was much lower than four years ago.

Complete but unofficial returns from Tuesday's primary showed more than 613,000 people participated. That put the turnout at nearly 22 percent.

The turnout for the primary election four years ago was 32 percent, but both political parties had hot races for governor that year. The races for governor Tuesday were lopsided, with Republican incumbent Robert Bentley and Democrat Parker Griffith winning easily.

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Alabama Governor
3:47 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Griffith, Bentley Prepare For Fall Campaign

The Democratic nominee for governor, Parker Griffith, calls Republican incumbent Robert Bentley timid and irresponsible.
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The Democratic nominee for governor, Parker Griffith, calls Republican incumbent Robert Bentley timid and irresponsible.

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.

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.

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Campaign Ads
4:31 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Limited Government Group Responds To Alabama AG

Alabama Foundation for Limited Government says it doesn't have to disclose its sources of funding because its campaign ads were for educational purposes only.
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A group that ran TV ads critical of the Republican legislative leadership says it doesn't have to disclose its sources of funding because the ads were for educational purposes only.

An attorney for the Alabama Foundation for Limited Government, J. Brandon Rice, told Attorney General Luther Strange in a letter that the ads were not designed to influence Tuesday's primary election.

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Alabama Election
4:17 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

More Than 700,000 Votes Expected In Alabama

More than 700,000 Alabama voters are expected at the polls Tuesday for the first election where voters will be required to show a photo ID.

More than 700,000 Alabama voters are expected at the polls Tuesday for the first election where voters will be required to show a photo ID.

Alabama's chief election official, Jim Bennett, is predicting that 25 percent to 27 percent of Alabama's 2.8 million registered voters will turn out for the primary election. That's down from 32 percent four years ago, when both parties had hotly contested races for governor.

This is the first election where voters have to show a photo ID. That can include a driver's license, non-driver ID, Alabama voter ID or passport.

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Anti-Speaker Ad
4:15 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Auburn Sports Contract Focus Of Hubbard Race

Auburn University's former lobbyist appears in the television spot accusing Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard of getting confidential information to win the college's broadcasting contract more than a decade ago.
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A decade-old old broadcasting contract at Auburn University is taking center stage in a new campaign ad.

Auburn University's former lobbyist appears in the television spot accusing Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard of getting confidential information to win the college's broadcasting contract more than a decade ago.

Lobbyist Buddy Mitchell says he gave Hubbard copies of the proposals to broadcast Auburn sporting events. Mitchell says that enabled Hubbard to undercut his competitors and win the 2002 contract.

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GOP Primary
4:02 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

GOP Supermajority Plays Defense In Primaries

A bitter war is erupting for control of the Alabama Statehouse and this time it is Republican versus Republican.
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A bitter war is erupting for control of the Alabama Statehouse and this time it is Republican versus Republican.

Republicans won a majority in the Alabama Legislature in 2010, but in 2014 many incumbents are facing primary party challenges.

Republican Senate leader Del Marsh called many of the challengers RINOs, or Republicans in name only. He said many were funded by the Alabama Education Association, which has often been at odds with current legislators.

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George-Lottery
5:04 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Alabama Governor Candidate Promotes Lottery Plan

Republican candidate for governor Stacy George says his state lottery proposal could produce up to $200 million annually to help five programs.
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Republican candidate for governor Stacy George says his state lottery proposal could produce up to $200 million annually to help five programs.

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.

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Governor's Race-Prisons
4:11 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Gov. Bentley Opponent Calls For Releasing Inmates

Stacy George says if elected Governor, he would create a second parole board like Gov. Bob Riley did to expedite the parole of non-violent inmates.
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A prison guard running against Gov. Robert Bentley says Alabama's prison system is at risk of a federal takeover because of severe overcrowding.

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.

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Senate Candidate-Probe
4:12 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

DA Looking At Ala. Senate Candidate's Expenditures

A district attorney in east Alabama says he has begun a preliminary investigation into the campaign finances of Republican state Senate candidate Tim Sprayberry of Heflin.
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A district attorney in east Alabama says he has begun a preliminary investigation into the campaign finances of Republican state Senate candidate Tim Sprayberry of Heflin.

District Attorney E. Paul Jones said Friday it appears that there are campaign contributions that were not reported. He said it also appears campaign funds were spent on personal expenses.

Jones said several complaints prompted the investigation, and it is ongoing.

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Senate Race-Replacement
4:12 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Ala. Republicans Replace Candidate In Senate 6

The Alabama Republican Party has changed its candidate in a state Senate race in northwest Alabama.
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The Alabama Republican Party has changed its candidate in a state Senate race in northwest Alabama.

Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead says Jerry Mays dropped out of the Senate District 6 race, and the party's Candidate Committee replaced him with Tuscumbia obstetrician Larry Stutts.

Stutts has never run for public office before, but Armistead said he's well known in northwest Alabama because of his medical practice.

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Voter ID
3:49 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Alabama Offering Free Photo IDs To Vote

Voters who don't have a valid photo ID to use in Alabama's elections can get one free at county board of registrars' offices.
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Voters who don't have a valid photo ID to use in Alabama's elections can get one free at county board of registrars' offices.

Alabama's chief election official, Secretary of State Jim Bennett, says registrars' offices in every county will be offering the free IDs, starting this week.

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