John Merrill leads June fundraising in Secretary of State campaign

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Rep. John Merrill edged out former Montgomery County Probate Judge Reese McKinney in the first month of fundraising for the GOP race for Secretary of State, thanks in part to pre-existing funds. Campaign finance documents filed this week showed Merrill, a Republican from Tuscaloosa, raised $80,182.85 in June, while McKinney brought in $43,261.83. Crenshaw County [...]

Gov. Robert Bentley says he’ll move quickly to appoint new Secretary of State

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Gov. Robert Bentley said Monday he would move quickly to appoint a new Secretary of State, following the announcement that Beth Chapman would resign from the office effective Aug. 1. “We will do that very soon, so we can ensure a smooth transition in the office,” the governor said.  Bentley said he is developing a [...]

Lawmaker makes it official, enters 2014 race

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People who have spent any time with state Rep. John Merrill knew he would eventually run for higher office. This week, the freshman Republican made that official with stops in several cities to announce he is running for secretary of state – an office he said he has been eyeing since he was 14. Merrill’s [...]

Legislature passes bill dropping school age to 6

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The Alabama Legislature approved a bill that would require children to begin attending school at age 6 instead of 7, which is the current age for children to begin attending school in the state. The House passed the bill 73-20 on Tuesday. The Senate previously approved the proposal, which now goes to Gov. Robert Bentley [...]