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December 2020 Group Watch: Lynn Beshear Retires as Mental Health Commissioner

Lynn Beshear retired as Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Mental Health on December 16, after being appointed to the position in July 2017 by Governor Ivey. Beshear is credited with spearheading many initiatives to increase access of services for citizens with mental illness while navigating complexities of delivery by the department and

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December 2020 Group Watch: Special Elections

Governor Ivey has scheduled a special election in Alabama Senate District 14 to replace Cam Ward, who was appointed to head the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles. The special primary election will be March 30, 2021. A runoff, if necessary, will be April 27, and the general election will

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December 2020 Group Watch: Terry Lathan Not Seeking New Term

After serving as Chair of the Alabama Republican Party since 2015, Terry Lathan announced that she will not seek another term. She noted the Party’s recent win reclaiming the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by Doug Jones and said she was ready to “travel different roads of service” for the

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November 2020 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

Fall weather is finally here in Alabama, and along with that pleasant development comes other good “climate” news: national recognition praising Alabama’s business-friendly environment, plus a bevy of positive economic development wins for the state. Golden Boy Foods Expanding AL Manufacturing Operations: Golden Boy Foods plans to invest more than $13 million in an expansion project

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November 2020 Group Watch: AL Election Results

With the retirement of U.S. Reps. Martha Roby and Bradley Byrne and the defeat of Senator Doug Jones, Alabama elected three new members to its nine-member congressional delegation. Former State Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) was elected to replace Roby in the Second Congressional District, Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl will

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November 2020 Group Watch: Tweet of the Month

@scottbeason Nov 11 Proud of my little girl.

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November 2020 Group Watch: Gov Announces Awardees of Crisis Center Funding

Governor Ivey announced the awardees of funding for crisis centers to serve individuals with mental illness and substance use disorders. The providers and locations of the new crisis centers are AltaPointe Health in Mobile, the Montgomery Area Mental Health Authority and Wellstone Behavioral Health in Huntsville. The crisis care centers are

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November 2020 Group Watch: We Are Thankful

2020 has given us plenty to complain about, but the tough stuff also puts things in sharp perspective, shining a spotlight on the things in our lives to be thankful for. At The Bloom Group, we’re grateful for a lot, but this year, as we are every year, we are

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November 2020 Group Watch: New Director of Bureau of Pardons and Paroles

Governor Ivey has appointed Sen. Cam Ward (R-Alabaster) to serve as director of the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles,  effective December 7, 2020. Currently in his third term in the Alabama State Senate, Ward serves as the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee where he has spearheaded bills related to criminal

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November 2020 Group Watch: Former AL Senator Passes

E.B. McClain, a former four-term Alabama senator, died in his home in Pleasant Grove. The Bessemer native was 80 years old. He received his bachelor’s degree from Miles College. He was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives, where he served from 1987 through 1994. In 1994, he was elected

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