Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

Bentley-Ebola
4:52 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Fearing Ebola, Gov. Bentley Asks Colleges About Travel

The governor asked that schools provide the names of anyone planning travel to West Africa, their contact information and return dates.
Credit The Associated Press

Gov. Robert Bentley wants Alabama colleges to identify students or instructors returning from Ebola-ravaged countries in West Africa.

Bentley wrote in a letter to college officials that students and instructors from West Africa may return home for the holidays to visit family and friends.

The governor asked that schools provide the names of anyone planning travel to West Africa, their contact information and return dates. The Decatur Daily reports state public health officials should be notified when travelers return to Alabama.

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Governor's Race
4:43 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Gov. Bentley Posts First Ad To Mention Griffith

Alabama's race for governor is heating up with Republican incumbent Robert Bentley releasing his first ad that focuses on his opponent.
Credit al.com

Alabama's race for governor is heating up with Republican incumbent Robert Bentley releasing his first ad that focuses on his opponent.

Bentley's campaign posted an ad on social media Monday describing how Parker Griffith was elected to Congress as a Democrat, switched to the Republican Party and lost, and then switched back to the Democratic Party to run for governor.

The 30-second ad asks, "If Parker Griffith doesn't know who he is or what he stands for, how can we trust him to lead Alabama?"

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Midterm Elections-State Ads
4:16 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Report Says Alabama 11th In TV Ad Campaign Spending

A national report says Alabama ranks 11th among the states in spending on TV ads for the 2104 state campaigns.
Credit Center for Public Integrity

A national report says Alabama ranks 11th among the states in spending on TV ads for the 2104 state campaigns.

The report by the nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity found that candidates for state level offices in Alabama had spent $6.9 million on TV ads that had aired through Sept. 8.

Nearly half of that came in legislative races. Many larger states didn't come close to that level of spending in legislative races. One of the study's authors says low TV ad rates in Alabama make the advertising available in lower-level races.

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Politics & Government
6:28 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Griffith to Give Up Salary Like Bentley if Elected

Parker Griffith
Credit opensecrets.org

Democrat Parker Griffith says he will give up his salary if elected governor and redirect the money to public education.

Griffith said Monday that he'd also sell the state plane and helicopter used by Republican incumbent Robert Bentley. Griffith says Bentley has made 480 flights since becoming governor and he's wasting taxpayer dollars.

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Business & Education
4:30 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Ala. Leads US In Advanced Placement Gains

Alabama is leading the nation in improvements on Advanced Placement tests used to qualify high school students for college credits.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Alabama is leading the nation in improvements on Advanced Placement tests used to qualify high school students for college credits.

Gov. Robert Bentley and State School Superintendent Tommy Bice announced the results of a study in Montgomery on Wednesday.

Over the last six years Alabama students shown an increase of 136 percent in the number of Advanced Placement exams passed in mathematics, science and English. The national increase over the same period time was 49 percent.

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Alabama Unemployment
3:44 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Ala. Jobless Rate Jumps To 7 Percent

Gov. Robert Bentley announced Friday the state's unemployment rate for July was 7 percent.
Credit http://governor.alabama.gov / Office of the Governor

Alabama's unemployment rate is on the rise.

Gov. Robert Bentley announced Friday the state's unemployment rate for July was 7 percent. That's two-tenths of a percent higher than the June rate of 6.8 percent.

Last month's rate also is higher than the July 2013 jobless rate of 6.3 percent.

Bentley's office says the state added 19,400 jobs in a year. Many of those new positions are in manufacturing.

But unemployment can still rise as more people enter or re-enter the job market.

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Alabama State Trustees
3:47 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Former ASU Trustee Threatens To Sue Governor

Circuit Judge Marvin Wiggins is threatening to sue Gov. Robert Bentley for removing him as a trustee of Alabama State University.
Credit The Montgomery Advertiser

Circuit Judge Marvin Wiggins is threatening to sue Gov. Robert Bentley for removing him as a trustee of Alabama State University.

Wiggins sent an email to the governor saying the removal violates his due process rights and is in violation of the standards of the university's accrediting agency.

A spokeswoman for the governor says he's reviewing the letter.

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GOP 2016-Christie Travel
4:56 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Christie Planning August Swing Through The South

New Jersey Governor and possible 2016 GOP Presidential candidate Chris Christie will visit Alabama in August to stump for Governor Robert Bentley.
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will swing through the south as part of another jam-packed month of travel boosting Republican candidates.

Christie is planning visits to more than half a dozen states in August, including Mississippi and Alabama. He has been traveling the country in his role as chair of the Republican Governors Association.

On August 12, Christie will return to Maine to campaign for incumbent Gov. Paul LePage.

The next day he'll head to Birmingham, Alabama to boost Gov. Robert Bentley, then to Biloxi, Mississippi for Gov. Phil Bryant.

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Immigrant Overload-Alabama
7:12 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Ala. Reacts To Possible Arrival Of Immigrant Kids

Alabama residents have split opinions on whether immigrant children crossing into the United States should be housed at Maxwell Air Force Base.
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 Alabama residents have split opinions on whether immigrant children crossing into the United States should be housed at Maxwell Air Force Base.

Officials at the Federal Emergency Management Agency notified Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's office this week that Maxwell is under consideration for housing the influx of immigrant minors arriving in the country.

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Alabama State Trustees
3:55 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Governor Bentley Removes Wiggins From ASU Board

Gov. Robert Bentley has removed Circuit Judge Marvin Wiggins as a trustee of Alabama State University.
Credit The Associated Press

Gov. Robert Bentley has removed Circuit Judge Marvin Wiggins as a trustee of Alabama State University.

Bentley, who is president of the Alabama State board of trustees, had given Chairman Elton Dean and Vice Chairman Wiggins until Thursday afternoon to resign. Dean did, but Wiggins refused because he said he had done nothing wrong.

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Special Session
5:13 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Gov. Bentley Says He Plans To Call Special Session

Gov. Robert Bentley says he plans to call a special session of the Legislature to use money from the state's education budget to pay for economic incentives to lure new businesses.
Credit The Governor's Office

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says he plans to call a special session of the Legislature to use money from the state's education budget to pay for economic incentives to lure new businesses.

Al.com reports Bentley made the remarks Wednesday at a workforce development summit in Washington County. He said the special session would come after the election in November.

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Alabama Budget Officer
3:34 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Bentley Taps Butler As Ala. State Budget Officer

Longtime state fiscal expert Kelly Butler is Alabama's new state budget officer.
Credit Office of the Governor of Alabama

Longtime state fiscal expert Kelly Butler is Alabama's new state budget officer.

Gov. Robert Bentley announced Butler's appointment on Tuesday.

The state budget officer leads the Executive Budget Office and advises the administration on the state's General Fund and education budgets.

Butler has been assistant state budget officer for two years. He previously worked for 19 years with the Legislative Fiscal Office, most recently serving as the state Senate's fiscal officer.

Bentley says Butler brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the job.

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Alabama Unemployment
3:36 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Alabama Unemployment Unchanged At 6.8 Percent

Gov. Robert Bentley says seasonally adjusted rate for June represents nearly 145,000 people looking for work.
Credit The Governor's Office

Alabama's unemployment rate for June is unchanged at 6.8 percent.

Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday the seasonally adjusted rate represents nearly 145,000 people looking for work. June's rate is higher than the 6.5 percent recorded a year ago.

Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are Shelby at 5.0 percent, Baldwin and Cullman at 5.7 percent, and Lee and Cherokee at 5.9 percent.

The counties with the highest rates are Wilcox at 17.2 percent, Perry at 14.8 percent and Dallas at 14.3 percent.

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New Labor Commisoner
4:31 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Gov. Bentley Names New Labor Commisioner

Fitzgerald Washington has been appointed to be the next Alabama Department of Labor Commissioner.
Credit Shelton State Community College

Governor Robert Bentley has appointed Fitzgerald Washington to be the next Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Labor.

Washington has spent the last 15 years working for The Buffalo Rock Company. While there he served as Corporate Marketing and Sales Director handling the company’s multicultural marketing initiatives before being promoted to General Sales Manager in 2002.

Governor Bentley also appointed Washington to the Alabama Workforce Council. Washington replaces Tom Surtees who stepped down as labor commissioner late last month.

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Red Snapper-Alabama
4:39 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Alabama Opens Red Snapper Fishing In State Waters

Gov. Robert Bentley says Alabama state waters will be open to fishing for red snapper and gray triggerfish every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in July.
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Gov. Robert Bentley says Alabama state waters will be open to fishing for red snapper and gray triggerfish every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in July.

Bentley said Thursday that the extra fishing days will be good for the Gulf coast economy.

The federal red snapper season was only nine days. Alabama's director of marine resources, Chris Blankenship, says state officials believe there are still enough red snapper in Alabama waters to open an additional season. The minimum size for snapper will be 16 inches total length.

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