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2014 elections

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.
Credit governor.alabama.gov

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.
Credit Senator Billy Beasley / Facebook

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.
Credit globaltradelawyer.net

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.
Credit Alabama Senate Democrats

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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Riley-Election
3:58 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Former Alabama Governor Helping GOP Legislators

Former Gov. Bob Riley will be a major player in the 2014 elections in Alabama even though his name is not on the ballot.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Former Gov. Bob Riley will be a major player in the 2014 elections in Alabama even though his name is not on the ballot.

Riley has raised more than $1 million for his political action committee, Alabama 2014, and he's using it to help Republicans keep their seats in the Legislature.

Riley's PAC has given $23,884 to Rep. Jim Patterson of Merdianville, $22,501 to Rep. Ken Johnson of Moulton, $21,583 to Rep. Wayne Johnson of Ryland, and smaller amounts to other incumbents.

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Alabama Elections-Campaign Finance
11:24 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Report Shows Millions Raised Ahead Of '14 Ala. Elections

Statewide elections are still more than a year away, but candidates are busy raising money.
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Statewide elections are still more than a year away, but candidates are busy raising money.

The Anniston Star reported Sunday that state finance records show more than $11 million has been raised since June — when candidates first became eligible to receive contributions for their 2014 campaigns.

The newspaper says Republican candidates have picked up $6.8 million of that cash, while Democrats garnered only $861,000. Political action committees pulled in $6.3 million over the same time period.

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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
Credit blog.al.com

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.
Credit thompsonforauditor.com

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.
Credit wikipedia.org

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.
Credit linkedin.com

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.
Credit blog.al.com

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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