2014 elections

PSC-Dunn
4:27 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

PSC Member Terry Dunn Kicks Off Re-Election Bid

Republican Public Service Commission member Terry Dunn has formally kicked off his re-election campaign after drawing three opponents.
Credit Alabama Public Service Commission

Republican Public Service Commission member Terry Dunn has formally kicked off his re-election campaign after drawing three opponents.

Dunn announced Tuesday that he will run on a record of telling the public about the PSC being too cozy with the utilities it regulates.

He also says he'll keep pushing for a formal rate hearing for Alabama Power. He predicts that a change in Alabama Power's rate structure that was recently approved by the other two commissioners will not bring an appreciable decrease in rates.

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Lieutenant Governor-Cooke
5:17 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Minister Enters GOP Race For Alabama Lt. Governor

Jefferson County minister Stan Cooke is running for lieutenant governor in the Republican primary against incumbent Kay Ivey
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A Jefferson County minister is running for lieutenant governor in the Republican primary against incumbent Kay Ivey.

Stan Cooke announced his candidacy Tuesday in Montgomery. Cooke is pastor of the Kimberly Church of God and is founder and president of a Christian mission organization that supports programs in Israel. He previously ran in the 6th Congressional District in 2010 against Republican Spencer Bachus.

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State Auditor-Endorsement
4:41 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Secretary Of State Endorses Employee For Auditor

Republican candidate for state auditor Adam Thompson has picked up an endorsement from his boss, outgoing Secretary of State Beth Chapman.
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Outgoing Secretary of State Beth Chapman has endorsed one of her employees, Adam Thompson, for state auditor.


In a statement Thursday, Chapman said Thompson was her right hand when she served as state auditor from 2003 to 2007, and he is the only candidate with experience in the auditor's office. Thompson currently works in the secretary of state's office.


He faces Anniston attorney Ray Bryan in the Republican primary on June 3, 2014. Democrat Miranda Joseph of Birmingham is also running.

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Governor Bentley
4:56 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Governor Bentley Gets 1st Major Endorsement

Governor Robert Bentley scores the first endorsement for his 2014 re-election campaign.
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The Alabama Forestry Association has thrown its support to Gov. Robert Bentley's re-election campaign.


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.

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Lt. Governor-Ninesling
4:39 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Democrat Scott Ninesling Seeks Ala. Lt. Governor

Scott Ninesling has announced he will run as a Democrat against incumbent Republican Kay Ivey for Alabama's Lieutenant Governor.
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An Autauga County resident plans to run as a Democrat against Republican Kay Ivey.

Scott Ninesling (nihn-SLING') says he's making his first race for public office because he doesn't like how Ivey administered the state's prepaid college tuition program as state treasurer and how she's presided over the state Senate as lieutenant governor.

Ninesling is out of the country every other month because of his job as a fire chief at a liquefied natural gas plant in Africa, but he says he plans to run a well-planned campaign while he's home.

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Organizing Democrats
5:07 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Meetings Aimed At Invigorating Alabama Democrats

The Alabama Democratic Majority is one of many organizations planning training sessions in Alabama to try to reinvigorate a party that has fallen to minority status in state government.
Credit Alabama Democratic Majority

Democrats are organizing multiple training sessions in Alabama to try to reinvigorate a party that has fallen to minority status in state government.


A new organization, the Alabama Democratic Majority, has announced a "grassroots convention" Aug. 3 in Birmingham. Executive Director Bradley Davidson says it will cover everything from registering voters to helping voters comply with Alabama's new law requiring a photo ID to vote.

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State Auditor Race
5:01 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Birmingham Democrat Running Again For Ala. Auditor

Democrat Miranda Joseph will make another run for state auditor in 2014.
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Democrat Miranda Joseph of Birmingham is making another run for state auditor.


Joseph ran against Republican incumbent Samantha Shaw in 2010 and lost. She has filed papers with the state to run again in 2014, when Shaw won't be on the ballot.


Joseph has created a campaign website and says she plans a formal kickoff soon. She is stressing her work as a certified internal auditor. Joseph filed a report with the state last week saying she had not yet raised or spent $25,000 on her campaign. That's the threshold for filing periodic reports of donations.

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Secretary Of State Resigning
4:44 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Ala. Secretary Of State Joining Farmers Federation

Secretary of State Beth Chapman is taking a political consulting job with the Alabama Farmers Federation when she resigns her public office at the end of the month.
Credit sos.state.al.us / Alabama Secretary of State

Secretary of State Beth Chapman is taking a political consulting job with the Alabama Farmers Federation when she resigns her public office at the end of the month.


Federation officials say Chapman will start her new job Aug. 1 and work through the 2014 election.


The federation's director of government relations, Brian Hardin, says the organization has a long-standing relationship with Chapman, including endorsing her for state auditor and then two races for secretary of state.

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Lieutenant Governor-Ivey
4:58 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Alabama's Lieutenant Governor Waits On Fundraising

Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey has announced her run for a second term, but is holding off on fundraising for the campaign for now.
Credit ltgov.state.al.us

Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey is seeking re-election to a second term, but she did not report raising any campaign funds in the first month that candidates could receive donations.


State law allowed candidates for the 2014 elections to start raising money in early June. Those that did had to publicly report their contributions this week, but Ivey reported none.

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Governor-Money
4:47 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Bentley Finds Fundraising Easier As Ala. Governor

Robert Bentley is findinf that fundraising is much easier as an incumbent Governor than it was as a little known state representative four years ago.
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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.


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. He had raised about $15,500 at the same point four years ago, when he was a little-known state representative from Tuscaloosa running in the Republican primary with six other candidates.

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Lieutenant Governor-Ivey
4:40 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Alabama Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey Seeking Re-Election

Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey has kicked off her campaign for a second term.
Credit ltgov.state.al.us

Republican Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey has kicked off her campaign for a second term.


Ivey said that since she became presiding officer of the state Senate the Legislature has downsized government, passed balanced budgets, and sustained essential state services.


Ivey made the announcement Thursday in Montgomery, surrounded by Republican members of the Senate and other GOP officeholders.


So far, she has no announced opposition.

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Chapman's Future
5:01 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Ala. Sec. Of State Won't Run In 2014

Secretary of State Beth Chapman won't seek office in 2014.
Credit sos.alabama.gov

Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman says she won't seek any position in next year's election and will take a sabbatical from elective office.


Chapman has served two terms in her current office and could not seek a third term. She had been mentioned as a contender for higher office, possibly including governor, but she said Tuesday she wants to take a break to pursue entrepreneurial ideas and business opportunities. She said she will support Republican Gov. Robert Bentley for re-election.

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Sessions Running Again
5:14 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Alabama Senator Will Seek Re-Election In 2014

Senator Jeff Sessions will seek a fourth term in office in 2014.
Credit Photo Courtesy of Senator Jeff Sessions

Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama says he plans to run for a fourth term next year.


Sessions is beginning his 17th year of service in the Senate. The 66-year-old senator said Wednesday in Montgomery he's still enjoying serving in Washington and plans to run again in 2014.

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New Districts
5:13 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Justice Dept. Clears Ala.'s Legislative Districts

The U.S. Justice Department has cleared Alabama's new legislative districts for use in the 2014 elections.
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The U.S. Justice Department has cleared Alabama's new legislative districts for use in the 2014 elections.

Assistant U.S. Attorney General Thomas Perez notified state Attorney General Luther Strange of the decision Friday. The Justice Department has to review new political boundaries in Alabama to make sure they don't violate the 1965 Voting Rights Act by disenfranchising black voters.

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