In budget requests, state agencies seek pay raises, larger workforces

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Despite the tight budget picture, state agencies Monday pressed ahead with their budget requests, saying the state’s health care and public safety needs persisted through good times and bad. State agencies have made total increase requests of $268 million, according to the Legislative Fiscal Office.  In separate presentations Monday afternoon, the Alabama Medicaid Agency, Department [...]

Gov. Robert Bentley releases $2 million to maintain current court operations

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Gov. Robert Bentley has released $2 million of an $8.5 million conditional appropriation that Chief Justice Roy Moore says is critical for maintaining current court operations and avoiding layoffs. “It is my desire that this $2 million will assist you in funding some additional needs until the Legislature reconvenes in 2014,” Bentley wrote in a [...]

In Chief Justice and PSC races, similar paths to victory

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Alabama Democrats nursing their wounds today might take comfort from the fact their candidates for statewide office ran well ahead of President Barack Obama, who garnered just 38 percent of Alabama’s vote on Election Day. But running ahead didn’t mean finishing first. Voters elected former Chief Justice Roy Moore to his second term in that [...]

Chuck Norris cuts radio ad for Roy Moore

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Actor Chuck Norris has cut a radio ad on behalf of Republican Chief Justice nominee Roy Moore, calling him a “true patriot” who would fight left-wing organizations. In the 30-second spot, Norris and his wife Gena, both of whom have donated to the Moore campaign, call the former Chief Justice a “friend” who believes that [...]

Robert Vance gets endorsements from 1 current, several former Alabama Supreme Court justices

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A current Republican justice on the Alabama Supreme Court and several former justices — two of them Republican — urged voters Tuesday to vote for Democratic nominee Robert Vance for Alabama Chief Justice in the Nov. 6 election. Current Justice Tom Woodall and former Acting Chief Justice Gorman Houston, also a Republican, were among those [...]