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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.
Credit RNC

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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Attorney General Candidate-Poarch Contributions
3:55 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Tribe Gives $250,000 To Attorney General Candidate

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is contributing heavily to the Democratic challenger for attorney general, who has criticized Attorney General Luther Strange's legal action against the tribe.
Credit Poarch Band of Creek Indians

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is contributing heavily to the Democratic challenger for attorney general, who has criticized Attorney General Luther Strange's legal action against the tribe.

Montgomery Rep. Joe Hubbard filed campaign finance reports this week showing he received $250,000 from political action committees funded by the tribe.

The money represents the bulk of the $326,827 that Hubbard raised in the first month of his campaign for attorney general.

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Attorney General-Hubbard
3:47 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Hubbard Running For Ala. Attorney General

State Rep. Joe Hubbard is running for attorney general of Alabama.
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State Rep. Joe Hubbard is running for attorney general of Alabama.

The Montgomery Democrat is promising to address public corruption, consumer protection and crime.

Hubbard announced his campaign on Thursday. He is the only candidate to challenge incumbent Republican Luther Strange. Hubbard is accusing Strange of being an absentee attorney general.

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Politics & Government
6:36 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Two Democrats Announce Intentions

Rep. Craig Ford
Alabama House of Representatives legislature.state.al.us

Tomorrow’s filing deadline for political candidates is prompting several Democrats to announce their intentions.  House minority leader Craig Ford of Gadsden says he’ll run for re-election rather than seeking higher office.  He had been considering a run for Governor or Lieutenant Governor but says he can do more from the state legislature. 

Meanwhile, Florence Democrat Tammy Irons says she will NOT be seeking re-election.  The Republican majority redrew her district significantly.  She says her expanded district could mean she’d have less time with her family and law practice.

Attorney General Endorsement
12:29 pm
Sat January 25, 2014

Business Coalition Endorses Ala. Attorney General

The Alabama Civil Justice Reform Committee has endorsed state Attorney General Luther Strange for re-election.
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  A coalition of business interests called the Alabama Civil Justice Reform Committee has endorsed state Attorney General Luther Strange for re-election.

Committee Chairman Tom Dart said Friday the Republican attorney general has maintained the integrity of the office and has been a strong voice for fairness.

The Civil Justice Reform Committee is traditionally a major contributor to campaigns. So far, Strange has no announced opposition in his bid for a second term, but candidates can sign up until Feb. 7.

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Huntsville Mayor-Governor
3:42 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Huntsville Mayor Battle Not Running For Governor

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle says he's not running for governor of Alabama.
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Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle says he's not running for governor of Alabama.

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.

Battle is in his sixth year as mayor of the city of 184,000 residents.

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.

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Luther Strange-Campaign
3:38 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Strange Opening Re-Election Campaign For Ala. AG

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is kicking off his re-election campaign.
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Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is kicking off his re-election campaign.

Strange will begin his re-election bid by filing his qualifying materials Monday morning at state Republican Party headquarters in Hoover.

It's not a surprise: Strange announced a year ago that he would seek a second term in 2014.

The attorney and former lobbyist defeated incumbent Troy King in the GOP primary in 2010, and then he went on to win the general election.

Strange has no announced opposition this year among either Republicans or Democrats.

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Governor-George
3:38 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Longshot Republican For Governor Campaigning Again

A longshot Republican candidate for governor is campaigning again after being sidelined by illness.
Credit RNC

A longshot Republican candidate for governor is campaigning again after being sidelined by illness.

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.

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Wren-Retiring
3:28 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Alabama Rep. Greg Wren Won't Seek Re-Election

A four-term state representative, Republican Greg Wren of Montgomery, has decided not to seek re-election this year.
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A four-term state representative, Republican Greg Wren of Montgomery, has decided not to seek re-election this year.

Wren issued a statement Thursday saying he has enjoyed his 16 years of public service but after much prayer, he had decided it is time to retire when his term ends in November.

Wren represents the 75th District, which covers parts of Montgomery and Elmore counties. He has served as chairman of the Joint Legislative Medicaid Committee and the Joint Energy Committee.

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