Alabama Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey

The University of Alabama Systems' chancellor is spearheading a coalition from kindergarten to four-year institution leaders to advocate the state's education system.

The Alabama Unites for Education coalition launched last week to protect the state's education budget. The Tuscaloosa News reports the group includes the leadership of the University of Alabama System, the Alabama Community College System, and the Alabama Department of Education as well as the presidents of UA’s three campuses and Auburn University.

Alabama-Israel Task Force (AITF)

The city of Huntsville is hosting a gathering Tuesday, March 25th in celebration of the relationship between Alabama and Israel.  John Buhler is co-founder of the Alabama-Israel Task Force, a group working to bring Christians and Jews together in support of the biblical restoration of the nation of Israel.  Buhler says Alabama issued a resolution in 1943 calling for the establishment of a homeland for the Jewish people 5 years before the state of Israel was declared.

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Former Lt. Gov. Jim Folsom Jr. says he's not planning to run for lieutenant governor even though he filed paperwork creating a campaign committee for this year's race.

Folsom said Monday the filing on Friday was required by Alabama's new campaign finance law because he has a small balance left from his 2010 campaign.


Five dollars has become an issue in the race for lieutenant governor.

Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey's campaign treasurer, Will Sellers, made a $5 donation Tuesday to her Republican primary opponent, Stan Cooke. Sellers sent the money through Cooke's campaign website hours after candidates for statewide office were supposed to suspend fundraising.

Cooke says it was a deliberate attempt to trap him.

Sellers says he noticed that Cooke's website was still accepting donations after the cutoff, and he decided to have some fun by making a small donation.

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.

Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey is scheduled to meet a veteran who plans to walk across America to show his support for the troops.

   Marine Corps veteran Mac McQuown is gearing up to walk across the country and officials say Ivey will greet him Monday on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol building.

   Ivey is expected to give a brief speech at 1 p.m. and officials say McQuown plans to walk to all 50 state capitols.

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.

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.

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.

Ivey served as state treasurer prior to defeating Democratic incumbent Jim Folsom Jr. to win the lieutenant governor's office in 2010.

Alabama Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey is to meet with Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh of Anniston and with Senate Minority Leader Vivian Figures of Mobile in preparation for the 2013 session of the Legislature.

The meeting with Ivey will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the lieutenant governor's office at the Capitol. The session begins Tuesday.

Ivey said each of the Senate leaders will answer questions from the news media and deliver brief remarks,