2014 elections

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.
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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.
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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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Bentley-Governor
3:33 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Gov. Bentley Tops $3 Million For Campaign

Gov. Robert Bentley has already raised more for his re-election campaign than he spent to win the Republican nomination for governor in 2010.
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Gov. Robert Bentley has already raised more for his re-election campaign than he spent to win the Republican nomination for governor in 2010.

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.

Bentley reported spending $2.6 million to win the Republican nomination in 2010. His entire campaign in 2010 cost $8.1 million.

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Beasley-Governor
4:08 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Ala. Sen. Billy Beasley Considers Run For Governor

Democratic state Senator Billy Beasley is considering running for governor.
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Democratic state Sen. Billy Beasley of Clayton is considering running for governor.

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.

Beasley says he's assessing support and will make a decision soon. The deadline for Democrats and Republicans to sign up is Feb. 7.

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Legislative Districts
4:00 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Court Upholds Ala. Legislature's New Districts

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld Alabama's new legislative districts.
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A panel of three federal judges has upheld Alabama's new legislative districts.

The judges split 2-to-1 in a decision Friday that said the new districts are not discriminatory and do not violate the Voting Rights Act or the Constitution.

The Legislative Black Caucus and the Alabama Democratic Conference had sued over the districts, which were designed by the Legislature's Republican majority. State Attorney General Luther Strange, who defended the new districts in court, says he's pleased the judges found the districts consistent with federal law.

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Alabama State-Ross
3:50 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Ross Seeks Re-Election After Not Getting ASU Post

Democratic state Sen. Quinton Ross of Montgomery is seeking re-election after not being selected president of Alabama State University.
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Democratic state Sen. Quinton Ross of Montgomery is seeking re-election after not being selected president of Alabama State University.

Ross was one of three finalists interviewed by the Alabama State trustees Friday, but they chose Gwendolyn Boyd from John Hopkins University.

Shortly after the selection, Ross announced he will run for a fourth term next year. Ross said he was thankful to be nominated to the Alabama State position, but he looks forward to continuing to represent his Montgomery County constituents.

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Big Campaign Contributors
3:55 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

AEA, Drummond, Creeks Among Big 2014 Donors

The state teachers' organization, a mining company and an Indian tribe that operates casinos are among the top campaign contributions in Alabama for next year's elections.
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The state teachers' organization, a mining company and an Indian tribe that operates casinos are among the top campaign contributions in Alabama for next year's elections.

Campaign finance records show the Alabama Education Association has donated $770,000 to candidates since June. AEA Executive Secretary Henry Mabry said the group is donating to Democrats and Republicans who support public education.

The Birmingham-based Drummond Co. has donated $489,000. That included $25,000 donations to both Gov. Robert Bentley and Attorney General Luther Strange.

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