Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

Bond Sales
5:02 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Alabama Sells News Bonds For Industrial Incentives

State officials are issuing $33 million in bonds to keep promises to new and expanding industries and refinancing nearly $140 million in old bonds to save $12 million.
Credit istockphoto

State officials are issuing $33 million in bonds to keep promises to new and expanding industries and refinancing nearly $140 million in old bonds to save $12 million.

Two state boards headed by the governor voted unanimously Wednesday to refinance $1.9 million in bonds sold in 2001 for improvements at state parks and $137.7 million in bonds sold between 2001 and 2005 to pay for incentives the state promised new and expanding industries.

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Politics & Government
8:12 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Ala. Governor Sets Ceremonial Signings for Bills

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will hold a ceremonial signing of bills aimed at reducing the abuse of prescription drugs.

   Bentley's office said the governor will be joined by officials with the Medical Association of Alabama and other leaders at the ceremonial signing ceremony. The governor officially signed the legislation earlier this year.

   The ceremony will be at 1 p.m. Monday in the Old House chamber at the Alabama Capitol.

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Politics & Government
8:17 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Ala. Governor Raises $1 Million for Re-election

Governor Robert Bentley has raised more than $1 million in two months for his re-election campaign, according to a campaign finance report.
The Associated Press

Republican Gov. Robert Bentley has raised more than $1 million in two months for his re-election campaign.
   Bentley filed a campaign finance report Thursday showing he has raised $1,009,270 since fundraising began in early June. He began with nearly $237,000 left over from his 2010 victory. After spending nearly $180,000, he has almost $1.1 million in his campaign chest.

   Campaign spokeswoman Rebekah Mason said receiving more than $1 million in two months amounts to a vote of confidence from Alabama citizens.

Homes-Severe Weather
4:37 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Home Safety Money Available In 8 Alabama Counties

Gov. Robert Bentley announced hazard mitigation funds are now available for residents in eight Alabama to safeguard their homes from severe weather.
Credit The Associated Press

Residents in eight Alabama counties will have an opportunity to safeguard their homes from severe weather.

Gov. Robert Bentley said Wednesday that more than $900,000 in hazard mitigation funds is available in Baldwin, Covington, Dallas, Geneva, Mobile, Monroe, Perry and Pickens counties.

The funds are a result of the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Isaac in 2012. People interested in applying should contact their county Emergency Management Agency office.

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Politics & Government
7:36 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Ala. Governor Takes Recovery Tour to Monroe County

Governor Robert Bentley will take his economic tour to Monroeville in Monroe County.
yellowhammerpolitics.com

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley takes his Road to Economic Recovery Tour back on the road with a visit to Monroeville in Monroe County.

   A release from the governor's office says Bentley will begin the tour at about 11 a.m. Tuesday with a visit to the Monroeville town square on the West Claiborne Street side.

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Governor-Roads
4:55 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Gov. Bentley's Road Program Nears $1 Billion

With the latest round of road and bridge projects, Governor Bentley's Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program is up to nearly $1 billion in projects
Credit The Associated Press

Gov. Robert Bentley has announced another $372 million in road and bridge projects for 45 counties in Alabama.

The announcement Wednesday alongside a $10 million bridge widening project in Calera will bring Bentley's Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program to nearly $1 billion in projects. The Republican governor says that will culminate the program for now because that's all the state should borrow at this time. Bentley wouldn't speculate on whether he would bring the program back if he's elected to a second term next year.

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Health Overhaul-Alabama
4:48 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Ala. Getting Little To Promote Obama Health Plan

Alabama will receive very little money to help promote the Affordable Care Act after choosing to not set up a state-run health insurance exchange.
Credit debate.org

Alabama is getting 73 cents per person to help residents understand the Affordable Care Act and decide if they want coverage through a health insurance exchange.

Federal funding figures show Alabama's amount is lower than many states because Gov. Robert Bentley decided not to create a state-run health insurance exchange and is leaving it to the federal government. That meant Alabama's state government didn't seek any of the millions available for outreach and advertising.

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Politics & Government
8:21 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Bentley to Have Ceremonial Signing of Voting Bill

Gov. Bentley will hold a signing ceremony for a bill that makes it easier for emergency workers to cast their ballots.
governor.alabama.gov

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will hold a ceremonial signing ceremony for a bill that allows qualified emergency workers to vote by absentee ballot if they are called away from their homes to respond to an emergency immediately before an election.

   Bentley has scheduled the ceremony for 10 a.m. Monday at the Circler of Flags at the Alabama Capitol. The bill passed the Legislature during the past session that ended in May.

Politics & Government
7:31 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Alabama Governor to Visit Geneva in Economic Tour

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is taking his road to economic recovery tour to Geneva in southeast Alabama.
The Associated Press

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will take his road to economic recovery tour back on the highway to visit Geneva in southeast Alabama.

Rural Crime
5:18 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Gov. Bentley Lauds Efforts Of Crime Fighting Unit

Gov. Robert Bentley joined officials with the Agriculture Rural Crime Unit Thursday at a cattle farm near Montgomery to laud the efforts of the unit.
Credit governor.alabama.gov / Office of Governor Robert Bentley

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says a newly-formed task force is having success in combating rural crime, such as the theft of farm animals and equipment.

Bentley joined officials with the Agriculture Rural Crime Unit Thursday at a news conference at a cattle farm near Montgomery. Since June, agents with the newly-formed unit have made 14 felony arrests and have recovered more than a half million dollars in stolen property.

Alabama Law Enforcement Secretary Spencer Collier says the new unit is part of an initiative to consolidate state law enforcement efforts.

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Governor-State Planes
4:43 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Governor Bentley's Flights Cost $621,712 In 21 Months

Gov. Robert Bentley's office spent over $600,000 on travel in state-owned airplanes in his first 21 months in office.
Credit The Associated Press

Gov. Robert Bentley's office spent $621,712 on travel in state-owned airplanes in his first 21 months in office.


The Decatur Daily and TimesDaily obtained the figures by filing an open records request with the Bentley administration.


Most of the travel was on a six-passenger jet owned by the state Department of Transportation. That agency billed the governor's office $598,610. The remaining $23,102 was for using aircraft operated by two other state agencies.

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New Secretary Of State
5:03 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Governor Bentley Chooses Bennett For Sec. Of State

Governor Robert Bentley has selected former Secretary of State Jim Bennett to to replace Beth Chapman.
Credit governor.alabama.gov

Former Secretary of State Jim Bennett is returning to the office.

Gov. Robert Bentley announced Tuesday that he's chosen Bennett to replace Beth Chapman. She's resigning at the end of the month to become a political consultant with the Alabama Farmers Federation.

Bennett served as secretary of state from 1993 to 2003. Then he served in Gov. Bob Riley's Cabinet and in Bentley's Cabinet as labor commissioner. He retired last year when the departments of Labor and Industrial Relations were merged.

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Governor - France
2:53 pm
Sat July 6, 2013

Governor Bentley's Trip To Paris $88,000 To $97,000

Governor Bentley's trip industry-hunting trip to France last month is estimated to cost the state between $88,000 and $97,000.
Credit dyn.politico.com

The state Department of Commerce estimates Gov. Robert Bentley's industry-hunting trip to France last month will cost the state between $88,000 and $97,000.

The department says that estimate includes seven people: Bentley; his wife, Dianne; two security staff members; Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield; and two other department employees. The Department of Commerce leads the state government's industrial recruitment effort.

Department spokeswoman Gerri Miller said the goal of the trip to the Paris Air Show in mid-June was to bring home jobs.

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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.
Credit wikipedia.org

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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Governor's Veto Power
5:02 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Commission Says Don't Change Governor's Veto Power

A commission established to study ways to revise the state Constitution has rejected a recommendation from Gov. Robert Bentley to expand the governor's veto power.
Credit State of Alabama

A commission established to study ways to revise the state Constitution has rejected a recommendation from Gov. Robert Bentley to expand the governor's power by making it harder for the Legislature to override his vetoes.

The commission is studying the 1901 Constitution and recommending proposed changes. Any changes would have to be approved by the Legislature and Alabama voters.

When the governor currently vetoes legislation, it takes a simple majority vote of the membership to override the veto. That's 53 votes in the House and 18 in the Senate.

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