Robbins Endorses Armistead

(Editorial Note: the Alabama Republican Party is faced with a choice this weekend between keeping ALGOP Chairman Bill Armistead or replacing him with Matt Fridy and we are posting letters from supporters of each candidate.)

By Ray F. Robbins II

Dear Fellow SEC Members:

I began working for Republican candidates when only 17 years old and a freshman in college. That year I met Bill Armistead who had started the College Republicans at Samford University. With Bill’s leadership I began working in a phone bank. I have known Bill Armistead since those days in the mid 1960’s. Bill’s energy and dedication to working to get Republican candidates elected even then in the 1960’s impressed me and influenced me to try to do more to help Republican candidates.
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Beth Chapman Endorses Fridy

(Editorial Note: the Alabama Republican Party is faced with a choice this weekend between keeping ALGOP Chairman Bill Armistead or replacing him with Matt Fridy.)

By Beth Chapman
Alabama Secretary of State

Dear Executive Committee Member,

I have known Matt Fridy for many, many years. He is an outstanding man of character and has accomplished tremendous things for the Republican Party in Shelby County.

I have worked closely with Matt Fridy and have confidence in his ability to lead our party into the next year and the 2014 election cycle. I encourage your support of Matt as our next state chairman. I have been outspoken and have written about many issues that matter most to the conservative cause. Matt shares my passion for these ideals as well, and will be a fantastic public messenger as we move forward into the 2014 election cycle. His leadership is effective, and his love for our party is evident.
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Many see the war on coal as a war on jobs

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—It is said that politics makes strange bedfellows, in this instance it might be better phrased, losing jobs makes for common alliance.
So, it is when President of the Alabama AFL-CIO Al Henley and staunch Republican Public Service Commission President Twinkle Cavanaugh are seen on the same side of an argument. Both are willing to fight for coal mining jobs in Alabama.
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Merrill Running for Secretary of State

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday Alabama State Representative John Merrill (R) from Tuscaloosa held a rally at the Alabama State Capitol to announce that he will be running for the Republican nomination for Secretary of State in the 2014 election.

Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan (R) said on Facebook, “My good friend, State Rep. John Merrill of Tuscaloosa, today held a rally at the State Capitol to announce his candidacy for Alabama Secretary of State. He’s high qualified and will make an outstanding constitutional officer. I wish him the best!”
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Sewell Recognizes Lilly Ledbetter

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday U.S. Rep. Terri A. Sewell (D) from Selma released a written statement in recognition of the fourth anniversary of the enactment of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

Rep. Sewell said, “Today we celebrate the tireless efforts of Alabama’s own Lilly Ledbetter, a humble activist who has boldly fought to ensure that our mothers, daughters and granddaughters are equally paid for the work they do regardless of race, age or gender. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the first bill signed into law by President Obama in January of 2009, was critical to restoring the rights of women and other workers so they could fight discrimination and go to court to get equal pay for equal work.”
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Shelby Introduces Bills to Address Deep Fiscal Challenges

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R) from Alabama introduced dual legislative proposals to address our nation’s deep fiscal challenges on Wednesday.

Sen. Shelby introduced a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to address the runaway spending that is imperiling the fiscal health of the nation.  If passed and ratified it would ensure that the federal government does not spend more money than it takes in each year.
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Armistead Comments on Senate District 35 Race in Mobile

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Mobile businessman Bill Hightower will face Alabama State Representative Jim Barton in a Special Republican Primary runoff on Tuesday March 12th.  The winner of the Republican primary will be the next State Senator for District 35 because the Alabama Democratic Party was unable to recruit a candidate.  Former Marine Corps pilot Nick Matranga finished third.

Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead announced the results on Thursday.  Chairman Armistead said in a written statement, “As a former candidate and member of the State Senate, I know the decision making process these three fine Republicans went through to qualify and I thank them each for their willingness to serve the public.  Now voters in Mobile will have a choice to make between two individuals who would both make fine additions to our Republican Senate Caucus in Montgomery.”
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Sessions Says ICE Director John Morton Should be Removed

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) from Alabama spoke on the floor of the Senate, a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, delivered remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the controversies surrounding the Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) John Morton.

The ICE agents union has repeatedly passed no-confidence votes in Director Morton since 2010 because they feel that under his leadership they have been hindered from doing their jobs Senator Sessions said, “Serious questions remain. The ICE union vote of no confidence and the detailed charges against ICE’s leadership are corroborated by those inside the Administration who are afraid to speak out for fear of retaliation that the Obama Administration is dismantling our immigration enforcement capability and pursuing wholesale amnesty, even as it reassures the American people that it is serious about combating illegal immigration.”
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Barton Narrowly Gets in Runoff with Hightower

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Shocking many Montgomery political insiders, in Tuesday’s special Republican Primary for state Senate District 35, business consultant Bill Hightower took 46.5% of the Republican primary vote.  Alabama State Representative Jim Barton (R) came in second with 30% of the vote.  Former Marine pilot Nick Matranga came in third with 23% of the vote.

Hightower and Barton will face off in a March 12 runoff.
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An interview with PSC commissioner Dunn

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The Public Service Commission of Alabama is empowered with some very important responsibilities. However, it has generally worked in quiet anonymity.

This all changed with the January PSC meeting when Commissioner Terry Dunn called for formal hearings on the rates of Alabama’s utilities.

The motion by Dunn was rejected by Commissioners Cavanaugh and Jeremy Oden who favored keeping to the original unanimous vote in December to hold public hearings.
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