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Lieutenant governor candidates to address the Mid-Alabama Republican Club Saturday

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The 2018 GOP Lieutenant Governor candidates will speak at a forum in Vestavia Hills, Alabama on Saturday morning.

The Mid-Alabama Republican Club will be hosting the forum at the Vestavia Hills Public Library.

“Join us Saturday, March 10th as we host all three of the GOP candidates for Lt. Governor:  State Senator Rusty Glover, Public Service Commission President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh, and State Representative Will Ainsworth,” the MARC said in a statement.

Former State Rep. Paul DeMarco, R-Homewood, is the current President of MARC.

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“They’ll each have the opportunity to share what their vision is for our great state and why they deserve to be our party’s nominee.  This is such an important position, as we’ve all seen during the past year, so we hope you’ll come out and hear what they have to say!” MARC announced in a statement.

At this time last year, Robert Bentley was the governor of Alabama. In April, he resigned to avoid a likely impeachment and possible prosecution.  His resignation elevated Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey to the governor’s mansion.  The office of Lt. Gov. presently is vacant.

The Vestavia Hills Public Library is at 1221 Montgomery Highway.

Breakfast and fellowship begins at 8:30 am. The meeting starts promptly at 9:00 am

The major party primaries will be on June 5, 2018.

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Ainsworth says that Twinkle is a liar

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The Republican race for Alabama Lieutenant Governor has gotten heated with both candidates questioning the truthfulness of the other. On Monday, state Representative Will Ainsworth, R-Guntersville, loaded up the family into a new flatbed truck with a giant fiberglass tiger statue in the back and towing a powerful bass boat. The Ainsworth family toured the state on the last day of the campaign in what Ainsworth called a “truth tellin tour.”

The Alabama Political Reporter caught up with Ainsworth at a press conference in Vestavia at the City Hall. Ainsworth presented APR with a copy of a letter from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office that he said offers conclusive proof he was never arrested in that area.

“You have NO record of arrest/confinement at Jackson County, Alabama Jail. Per the Circuit Clerk’s Office, you have ONE Citation/Ticket in the year 2001 for operating an unregistered boat,” the letter from Jackson County Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen reads.

Ainsworth told APR that in 2001, he was operating a boat that was owned by a friend, “I didn’t have money for a boat,” when the marine police ticketed them for not having proof of registration of the boat through a current boat sticker. The owners of the boat were able to present the court with proof of registration so they were charged $10 in court costs and the case was dismissed. Ainsworth said that he was never arrested for the boating infraction.

“Twinkle made it up,” Ainsworth said of his opponent’s claim that he had been arrested in Jackson County. Ainsworth even had a campaign sign saying, “Twinkle is a liar.”

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Ainsworth said that Twinkle has falsely claimed in television and radio ads and mass mailings costing thousands of dollars.

Ainsworth also objected to the Cavanaugh campaign’s claim that he stole $15,000 worth of property.
Ainsworth admitted that he was arrested once while a college student at Auburn University; but said that it was a “college prank” and not grand theft.

Ainsworth admitted stealing a fiberglass tiger, like the one that he had on his truck.  The tigers had been placed around the City of Auburn by the Chamber of Commerce.

APR asked: there has been some conflicting reports on this as to whether it was one tiger or several tigers.  How many tigers was it?

“Five,” Ainsworth said.

APR asked were all of the tigers eventually returned or are there some of them hidden in Guntersville someplace?

Ainsworth said yes, they were all returned and that they never meant to keep the tigers. The plan was to take the tigers and hold them until an amnesty day came where they could return them without charges being filed. They were, however, discovered before the amnesty. Ainsworth admitted that it was a mistake.

Ainsworth said that the Cavanaugh campaign has misreported the facts of what happened in these two incidents.

“If we can’t trust Twinkle to tell the truth as a candidate, how can Alabamians ever believe a word she says as an elected official,” Ainsworth said. “As a career politician and a product of the Montgomery swamp, she has based her entire campaign on lies, deceit, and dirty tricks in hopes that some of her false attacks will stick. I have confidence that Alabama Republican runoff voters are too smart for her dirty tricks.”

APR asked if all of the negative campaigning and negative attacks have hurt the chances of the Republican nominee against the Democratic nominee for Lt. Governor in the fall, Dr. Will Boyd.

Ainsworth said that he did not think it would.

The Republican primary runoff is today.

Hash Tags: truth tellin tour, Will Ainsworth, fiberglass tiger, college prank, Twinkle Cavanaugh, liar, Republican Party, runoff, Will Boyd

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Secretary Merrill reminds voters that crossover voting rules are in effect

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Today, July 17, 2018, voters will return to the polls to make a final selection for the candidates they want to represent the Republican or Democratic party in the November General Election which will be held on November 6, 2018.

Secretary of State John Merrill (R) reminded voters that, as a result of legislation passed in the 2017 Session of the State Legislature sponsored by Senator Tom Whatley (R-Auburn) and Representative Arnold Mooney (R-Indian Springs), that they will only be able to cast a ballot for the party that they selected in the June 6th Primary.

Some candidates for both parties have already been selected, but voters are encouraged to return to the polls to make the final selections for their party representatives.
Voters will also be asked to show photo-ID.

Forms of photo ID accepted at the polls are any of the following documents: driver’s license; Alabama photo voter ID card; State issued ID (any state); federal issued ID; US passport; employee ID from Federal Government, State of Alabama, County, Municipality, Board, or other entity of this state; student or employee ID from a public or private college or university in the State of Alabama (including postgraduate technical or professional schools); Military ID; or Tribal ID.

Persons without a valid photo ID can get an Alabama photo voter ID card for free from their Board of Registrars.

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To apply for the free Alabama photo voter ID, a voter must show: a photo ID document or a non-photo identity document that contains full legal name and date of birth; documentation showing the voter’s date of birth; documentation showing the person is a registered voter; and documentation showing the voter’s name and address as reflected in the voter registration record. A citizen’s name, address, and voter registration status can be verified by the Secretary of State’s Staff, using the statewide voter registration system.

Examples of non-photo ID documents that can be used in applying for a free Alabama photo voter ID card include a birth certificate, marriage record, Social Security Administration document, hospital or nursing home record, Medicare or Medicaid document, or an official school record or transcript.

The State of Alabama does not have same day voter registration so if you are not already registered to vote, you likely will not be able to in today’s election. The deadline to get registered for this election has passed. If you are registered to vote, and moved but still live in the state of Alabama but did not update your registration; you will have to go back to where you were assigned to vote when you lived at your old address.

The Secretary of State’s website can provide any Alabama voter with their assigned polling location.

Alabama does not have any online voting and it is too late to apply for an absentee ballot so you will have to physically go to the polling place where you are assigned in order to participate in the election. If you already have an absentee ballot you need to go ahead and turn that in.

Alabama does not have party registration, so if you did not vote in June’s primary election June you can vote in either the Republican or Democratic runoff elections. If you did vote in the primary, you are limited to voting only in the same party that you voted for in June. No matter how you vote today you are free to vote for the candidates of your choice regardless of party in the general election on November 6.

There is no write-in candidates allowed in either party primary.

The polls will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m.

Refer back to alreporter.com after the polls close for election results when they become available.

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District Attorneys Association head Barry Matson endorses Steve Marshall

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Barry Matson, the Executive Director of the Office of Prosecution Services (OPS) and the Alabama District Attorneys Association (ADAA) took to Facebook to urge Republican voters to come out and vote for Attorney General Steve Marshall.

Marshall was appointed Attorney General by then Governor Robert Bentley (R) and is seeking his own term as AG.

“I’ve never used this platform for anything political,” Matson said. “I’ve never pressed my political thoughts or concerns on any of you. But my concerns for our state, the rule of law and the fair and honest use of the justice system in Alabama is greater than the attacks I will receive from some. I support STEVE MARSHALL for Attorney General and I ask for your vote for Steve.”

“Steve Marshall is a good man, one of the best I’ve ever known,” Matson added. “Steve was a great District Attorney for many years and has been an exceptional Attorney General. I’ve tried cases as Steve’s co-council and witnessed his care for victims and his passion for justice. Many of the men and women in the current Attorney General’s office have served past AGs, including Steve’s opponent. They overwhelmingly support Steve as a genuine leader that is actually qualified with abilities to be a real prosecutor. Steve has zealously sought justice for victims and our state, while tempering that zeal with fairness and honesty for all concerned.”

“Steve has devoted his professional career to the fair administration of justice,” Matson continued. “His passion to help victims of crime is unmatched and his judgment and work ethic has been recognized by his peers. As DA, the District Attorneys in Alabama asked Steve to represent them before the National District Attorneys Association and as their president. I’ve worked in the Justice System since 1985 and I’ve been a prosecutor for almost 27 years. Steve is the most qualified candidate for Attorney General in my lifetime.”

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Matson was critical of former Attorney General Troy King (R).

“IN CONTRAST, when his opponent was previously the Attorney General, 41 out of the 42 elected Alabama District Attorneys** stood together and declared “No Confidence” in his ability as Attorney General,” Matson added. “This action was unprecedented and should be a warning to every voter.”

Troy King was Attorney General from 2004 to 2011. He was defeated in the Republican party primary by Washington D.C. lobbyist Luther Strange (R). The position became vacant in 2017 when Bentley appointed Strange to the U.S. Senate.

Marshall was appointed district attorney of Marshall County by then Governor Don Siegelman (D).

Marshall switched to the Republican Party some time around 2010. King says that he is the only Republican running for attorney general.

The polls open at 7:00 am and close at 7:00 pm.

The winner of the Republican primary will face Joseph Siegelman (D) in the November 6 general election.

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