Elections

TUSCALOOSA COUNTY CANDIDATES APPEARING AT TUESDAY FORUM

If you’re interested in learning more about those running for Tuscaloosa County’s next probate judge, tax assessor and circuit clerk, candidates will be speaking at a forum Tuesday. Here are the candidates: Circuit Clerk Angie Achterhof (D) Magaria Hamner Bobo (R) Tuscaloosa County Tax Assessor Deborah A. Fowler (D) Leigh Ann Fair (R) Tuscaloosa County

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TUSCALOOSA PROBATE JUDGE CANDIDATES SQUARE OFF

The election for probate judge of Tuscaloosa County is growing closer and candidates came together to discuss their aspirations and goals. Republican candidate Rob Robertson and Democratic candidate Laura K. Gregory squared off in a forum sponsored by Tuscaloosa’s Rotary Club on Sept 25. One of these candidates will take over the position from incumbent

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DEBATE? MOST RECENT GOVERNORS HAVE BEEN WILLING

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – While Gov. Kay Ivey is not the first incumbent governor to refuse to debate a challenger, most recent governors have been willing to face off with their opponents The incumbent Republican has so far refused to debate Democratic challenger Walt Maddox ahead of November, but three of the four prior governors

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MADDOX: ALABAMA IN MENTAL HEALTH CARE CRISIS

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Gubernatorial challenger Walt Maddox says Alabama, once a leader in providing mental health care, is now in a mental health care crisis. Maddox says the state has a dire shortage of mental health services. He’s reiterating his support for expanding Medicaid to boost the state health care network. The Democratic nominee

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SESSIONS TELLS LAW ENFORCEMENT ‘WE HAVE YOUR BACK’

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions told a gathering of law enforcement officials that “we have your back” and praised tough on crime policies he said can lower violence rates. The attorney general spoke Monday in Birmingham at the Justice Department’s National Public Safety Partnership Symposium. Sessions called President Donald Trump a

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ALABAMA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE UNCHANGED IN AUGUST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama’s unemployment rate is holding steady at 4.1 percent. Figures released by the state on Friday show Alabama’s jobless rate for August is unchanged from the July rate. That’s slightly worse than the rate from a year ago, and it’s also higher than the U.S. rate of 3.9 percent. State Labor

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STEVE FLOWERS: THOUGHTS ON UPCOMING ELECTIONS

WVUA 23 Political Analyst Steve Flowers came in this Thursday to speak on the upcoming Alabama election. Flowers said that it is not surprising that Gov. Kay Ivey continues to decline a debate with Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, as the state is still primarily Republican. He said that because of this, he believes that most

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ACLU SUES ALABAMA SECRETARY OF STATE FOR BLOCKING TWITTER USERS

By WVUA 23 Web Contributor James Ogletree The American Civil Liberties Union announced Wednesday morning that it is suing Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill for blocking constituents on his personal Twitter account. According to a statement released by the ACLU, the organization believes Merrill blocking three users from interacting with his personal account is

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DOUG JONES: KAVANAUGH NOMINATIONS NEEDS SLOWING

By WVUA 23 Reporter Ivy Ervin and WVUA 23 Web Contributor Alex Lange U.S. Sen. Doug Jones spoke on a variety of topics on Sept. 19, including the Senate hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the new legislation dealing with the opioid crisis. Jones said the confirmation process should slow down until senators

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ALABAMA ELECTIONS CHIEF SUED FOR BLOCKING PEOPLE ON TWITTER

By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A lawsuit has been filed against Alabama’s secretary of state for blocking people on Twitter. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by three people who said Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill had blocked them from his Twitter account “because of opinions they expressed or questions they

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FINAL FIFTY DAYS FOR GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION

UPDATE Sept. 18 2018: Republican incumbent Gov. Kay Ivey was in Tuscaloosa at Indian Hills Country Club as a guest of the Tuscaloosa Rotary Club. Ivey talked about how the state of Alabama is doing and her plans for improving education, public safety and the economy. She said that current efforts within the state are

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MADDOX KICKS OFF BUS TOUR IN ALABAMA GOVERNOR’S RACE

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Gubernatorial challenger Walt Maddox kicked off a statewide bus tour as he seeks to make gains against Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey. The Tuscaloosa mayor and Democratic nominee began the tour Monday in his hometown of Tuscaloosa. Describing himself as the only candidate with solutions, Maddox is running on a platform of

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STEVE FLOWERS: POLITICAL HISTORY AND IMPORTANCE OF TUSCALOOSA

WVUA 23 Political Analyst Steve Flowers came in to speak on the importance of Tuscaloosa and the University of Alabama beyond college football. Flowers discussed the political importance of Tuscaloosa, including its past as the state’s capitol and prominent political figures from the city. He also spoke on how the University of Alabama helped train

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IVEY: ‘DON’T NEED A DEBATE’

By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey says she has no plans to debate her Democratic challenger as she seeks a full term in office. Speaking to reporters Wednesday after a speech in Montgomery, Ivey responded to Walt Maddox’s repeated calls for a debate before the November election. Ivey

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MADDOX: SENSELESS THAT ALABAMA HAS NO LOTTERY

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Walt Maddox said it is senseless that Alabama doesn’t have a state lottery when surrounding states do. Speaking at a Tuesday candidate forum before retired state and education employees, Maddox said state leaders have failed to address the state’s longstanding problems in education and health care, mental health

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IVEY RAISES $495,000 IN AUGUST; MADDOX RAISES $338,000

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey raised nearly $500,000 for her campaign last month as the incumbent Republican regains a cash advantage over gubernatorial challenger Walt Maddox. In a campaign finance report filed Tuesday, Ivey reported raising $400,000 in August. That is in addition to $95,000 in large contributions she reported last month.

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ROY MOORE SUES SACHA BARON COHEN OVER ‘DEFAMATORY’ TV PRANK

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Failed U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore is suing comedian Sacha Baron Cohen for defamation after being pranked on Cohen’s television show. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Washington, D.C., accuses Cohen of smearing Moore’s name and intentionally inflicting emotional distress. Moore was duped into appearing on a “Who is America?” segment where

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STEVE FLOWERS: POLITICAL EFFECTS OF THE LABOR FORCE IN ALABAMA

WVUA 23 Political Analyst Steve Flowers stopped by our studio Thursday to discuss the political effects of labor across the state of Alabama. Flowers discussed the transition of the state’s workforce from once being heavily unionized to now being against unions. You can watch the full interview above.

IVEY REPORTS LARGE CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has reported a string of large campaign contributions as she looks to reclaim fundraising dominance in the gubernatorial race. Campaign finance reports show the incumbent Republican has received $95,000 in large contributions over the last three weeks. Ivey received $25,000 each from the Alabama Builders Political Action

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NORTHPORT CITY COUNCIL STRUGGLING TO FILL VACANT SEAT

For more than three months, the Northport City Council’s District 1 seat has sat vacant. Now, Northport Mayor Donna Aaron and the rest of the council must name the new District 1 representative by Friday, or Gov. Kay Ivey is required to step in and appoint one. Former Northport Mayor Wayne Rose, who served as

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DISTRICT 61 CANDIDATE GATHERS WITH CONSTITUENTS

Members of the Flatwoods community gathered Sunday to meet with one of their potential state representatives. Tommy Hyche is the Democratic candidate for Alabama House District 61, which covers the area just west of Tuscaloosa to the Mississippi state line. Hyche’s platform is emphasizing school funding, Medicaid funding and helping those among Alabama’s working class.

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MAYOR SITS DOWN FOR CITY BUDGET CHAT

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox dropped by the WVUA 23 studio Thursday, discussing his 2019 Tuscaloosa City budget. Here’s some of what the budget includes: Total budget? $209 million — $155 million for general fund, and $54 million for water and sewer fund 3.5 percent raise for all city employees (2 percent cost-of-living adjustment, and a

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‘IN GOD WE TRUST’ DISPLAYS COULD RETURN TO ALABAMA SCHOOLS

Tuscaloosa, AL (WVUA)-Christianity could be returning to Alabama schools in the form of signs and displays. Back in February Alabama lawmakers approved legislation allowing ‘In God we trust’ displays on public property including allowing public schools to consider displaying the motto in school buildings and classrooms. Reba Smith said she’s all for the motto to

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