Category: 2018 Elections

GOP Candidates Focus on Ivey in Governor’s Debate

Where was Ivey?

That was the question of the night during a Thursday debate with three of the four Republican candidates for governor.

Evangelist Scott Dawson, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and state Sen. Bill Hightower participated in a debate broadcast live on WVTM. Gov. Kay Ivey declined the invitation, citing prior commitments. Instead she was in Birmingham a few miles away from the debate, throwing out the first pitch at the opening night for the Birmingham Barons at Regions Field.

Ivey’s absence at the debate — and on the campaign trail— seemed to bond the three men against a common foe. When given the opportunity to ask the other candidate a question, each man questioned the other on Ivey’s absence. Read more.

Marshall Leads the Pack of AG Candidates in Fundraising

Incumbent Steve Marshall has raised $629,185 in his bid to win a full term as Alabama’s attorney general, according to his latest financial disclosure report.

Marshall faces two former prosecutors, Troy King and Alice Martin, in the June 5 Republican primary. Birmingham lawyer Chess Bedsole rounds out the field of candidates for the GOP nomination. On the Democratic side, Birmingham attorneys James S. “Chris” Christie Jr. and Joseph Jay Siegelman are vying for the nomination. Read more.

Ivey Tops $3 Million in Fundraising for Governor, Far Outpacing Her Challengers

Gov. Kay Ivey has raised $3.18 million in her bid to win a full term, almost as much as the combined total of her three challengers in the Republican gubernatorial primary, according to campaign finance reports filed this week.

Among Democrats, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox holds a slight advantage in fundraising over former Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb as the campaign for the June 5 primary heads into its final two months. Read more.

Parker Takes the Lead Over Stuart in Fundraising for the Chief Justice Seat

Associate Justice Tom Parker is leading the campaign-contribution contest as he seeks to defeat Chief Justice Lyn Stuart in the Republican nomination for chief justice of Alabama, according to reports filed this week with the Secretary of State’s office.

Parker, who was elected to the Alabama Supreme Court in 2004 and 2010, has raised $210,750. Stuart, who has served on the court since 2001 and was appointed chief justice last year after the ouster of Roy Moore, reported contributions of $130,000.
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