Elections Hobson campaign announces county chairs Published 4 months ago on March 16, 2018 By Brandon Moseley Rich Hobson speaks at an event launching his congressional campaign. (Via YouTube) Share Tweet Monday, the Rich Hobson for Congress Campaign announced county chairs in each of the 15 counties of Alabama’s 2nd congressional district. Hobson, 56, is an attorney and was twice the head Administrator Officer of the Alabama Judicial System. He has also worked for the Foundation for Moral Law and as Roy Moore’s Senate campaign manager. “Our campaign’s momentum is growing, and I’m excited to have these local leaders on board,” Hobson said. “They are all fantastic community leaders, and they will do a great job of getting the word out about our conservative vision for America. I look forward to working with each of them as I continue connecting with as many residents of the Second District as possible.” The Hobson Campaign County Chairs include: Autauga County, Suzelle Josey; Barbour County, Dr. Terry Batton and Ken Senes; Bullock County, Anne Brabham and John Green; Butler County, Donald Mitchell; Coffee County, Don Cullen and Ben McKee; Conecuh County, Clifton Buchanon and Chris Godwin; Covington County, Judge Ashley McKathan and Judge Jerry Stokes; Crenshaw County, David Ammons; Dale County, Bereka Paez, Bill Paez and Jim Sullivan; Elmore County, Jeana Boggs and Charles Moore; Geneva County, Gail Andress, Colley Andress, and Jerry Gay; Henry County, Lawrence Carter; Houston County, Judi Jay and Major Danny Odom; Montgomery County, Michael Quattlebaum and Ronald Skipper; and Pike County, Wally Lowery and Mike Tate. Hobson is an attorney and a longtime aide to Roy Moore. Hobson was the head of the Administrative Office of Courts both times when Moore was chief justice. Hobson also was the director of the Foundation for Moral Law. Hobson said that he made the decision to run about a year ago.Advertisement Hobson is challenging U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, who is running for her fifth two-year term in the U.S. Congress. State Rep. Barry Moore, R-Enterprise, former Congressman Bobby Bright, and retired Sergeant Major Tommy Amason is also running for the Republican nomination for the House. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Tabitha Isner and Audri Scott Williams are running in the Democratic Primary. Republican incumbents are historically safe from primary challenges in Alabama; but Roby has angered some conservatives, who perceive her as too moderate. Wetumpka Tea Party President and founder Becky Gerritson challenged Roby two years ago. Roby won that primary, but then antagonized some GOP voters by publicly withdrawing her support for President Donald Trump during the 2016 general election after an old interview where Trump used an inappropriate word and appeared to be saying that he liked to assault women surfaced. The major party primaries are on June 5. Print this piece Related Topics:2018 electionBarry Mooreconservativecounty chairsDonald TrumpRepublicanRich HobsonSecond Congressional District Up Next APR website to undergo maintenance this weekend Don't Miss Lawmaker admits new ethics bill would have saved Mike Hubbard from prosecution Brandon Moseley Brandon Moseley is a senior reporter with six and a half years at Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Facebook. Continue Reading Elections Secretary of State’s Office begins voter fraud investigation in Wilcox and Perry Counties Published 1 day ago on July 20, 2018 By Brandon Moseley Turnout in Tuesday’s primary runoff was just 12.7 percent across the state. That percentage, however, varied wildly across the state. Many Democrats did not vote as there were not any statewide Democratic runoffs. Understandably then, the counties with the worst voter participation rates were Democratic dominated Black Belt Counties. Choctaw County was the worst in the state with an incredibly low .59 percent. It was followed by Hale with 1.53 percent. Third worst was Sumter with 1.6 percent followed by Bullock with 2.8 percent. The Blackbelt had the worst voter turnout; but it also recorded by far the highest turnouts in Tuesday’s runoff election. The Wilcox County probate judge’s race was apparently so exciting that 44.1 percent of voters turned out despite the heat and no statewide Democratic races. Wilcox County has 11,058 people. 1,631 of those are under 18. There are only 9,423 voting age persons in the county, but an impressive 9,383 of them are registered voters. That is almost an impossible 99.59 percent voter registration rate. An incredible 4,167 of those voters made time in their day to cast a ballot in Tuesday’s runoff. 4,061 of those voted in the Wilcox County probate judge race, between Democrats Chris Stone and Britney Jones-Alexander. Alexander won the contest. The 44.41 percent voter turnout for the poor Black Belt county was three and a half times the state average.Advertisement Perry County had a 36.35 percent turnout and they were followed by Dallas at 35.43 percent and Greene at 34.08 percent. Subscribe to our daily newsletter The Secretary of State’s office has some suspicions about the success of some of these rural community organizers ability to turn out their votes. Secretary of State John Merrill has launched an investigation into Wilcox and Perry Counties because the number of absentee ballots appears to be unbelievably high. Sec. Merrill told the Alabama Media Group’s John Sharp that his office is “looking into to prospects of absentee broker operations, in which campaign workers or people with an unknown organization, exchange gifts or cash for absentee ballots.” Secretary Merrill has said that he wants to make it easy to vote; but hard to cheat. Below are voter participation rates for all 67 counties: Wilcox – 44.41% Perry – 36.35% Dallas – 35.43% Greene – 34.08% Covington – 31.32% Marion – 27.85% Fayette – 27.71% Lamar – 26.19% Lowndes – 25.47% Walker – 25.01% Clay – 24.12% Coosa – 23.8% Macon – 21.95% Crenshaw – 21.09% Blount – 20.77% Elmore – 18.92% Geneva – 18.73% Marshall – 18.72% Chilton – 18.08% Coffee – 18.07% Autauga – 17.39% Montgomery – 17.34% Bibb – 17.02% Pike – 16.61% Tallapoosa – 16.42% Henry – 16.4% Dale – 15.67% Baldwin – 15.57% Houston – 15.03% Jackson – 14.33% Limestone – 13.16% Jefferson – 12.6% Winston – 12.27% De Kalb – 11.68% Chambers – 11.23% Pickens – 11.18% Cullman – 11.03% Shelby – 10.99% Colbert – 10.79% Etowah – 10.77% Franklin – 10.73% Talladega – 10.3% Calhoun – 10.22% St. Clair – 10.08% Butler – 9.97% Cleburne – 9.72% Mobile – 9.49% Randolph – 9.44% Lee – 9.41% Morgan – 9.07% Barbour – 8.45% Cherokee – 8.45% Marengo – 8.01% Clarke – 7.79% Madison – 7.66% Lawrence – 7.43% Escambia – 7.24% Lauderdale – 6.88% Washington – 6.7% Monroe – 6.46% Tuscaloosa – 5.94% Russell – 4.95% Conecuh – 3.68% Bullock – 2.8% Sumter – 1.6% Hale – 1.53% Choctaw – 0.59% Print this piece Continue Reading Elections Walt Maddox, statewide candidates host forum in Gardendale Published 1 day ago on July 20, 2018 By Brandon Moseley Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox will headline a forum for Democratic candidates at the Gardendale Civic Center on July 30 at 6 p.m. Maddox will be joined by a host of other statewide legislative and local candidates. Maddox claims that he offers voters a path forward out of the state’s corruption and funding crisis. “It’s the same crisis we’ve been facing for the last seven years,” says gubernatorial candidate Maddox. “If we don’t do something today, there will be no tomorrow; we need safe infrastructure, access to healthcare and good paying jobs.” The organizers say they “put people before party” so they can bring about change in Alabama. “As taxpayers, we have been shortchanged for too long,” says former Gardendale City Councilman Blake Guinn, who is working for the Maddox campaign and is one of the forum’s organizers. “I’m tired of being last in everything but football. I’m looking for candidates who have the energy, intelligence, and vision to move this state forward.”Advertisement Most Alabama politicians are just “rubberstamp” what their national party says, says Jennifer L. Greer, a retired university assistant professor who lives in Gardendale and is also organizing the forum. “I don’t care about Washington. I care about Alabama and getting services for my tax dollars, like Alabama’s First-Class Pre-K in every community.” Subscribe to our daily newsletter Maddox will be joined at the Gardendale forum by: Danner Kline, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, 6th Congressional District. Judge Robert “Bob” Vance, Democratic candidate for Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Dr. Will Boyd, Democratic candidate for Alabama Lieutenant Governor. Joseph Siegelman, Democratic candidate for Alabama Attorney General. Heather Milam, Democratic candidate for Alabama Secretary of State. Donna Smalley, Democratic candidate for Alabama Supreme Court, Place 4. Cara McClure, Democratic candidate for Public Service Commission, Place 1. Kari Powell, Democratic candidate for Public Service Commission, Place 2. Veronica R. Johnson, Democratic candidate Alabama House District 51. Danny Carr, Democratic candidate for Jefferson County District Attorney. The event is free and open to the public. Democrats have renewed enthusiasm after Doug Jones defeated Roy Moore for U.S. Senate. Prior to that win, the last Democrat to win a statewide office in Alabama was Lucy Baxley, who was elected to president of the Alabama Public Service Commission in 2008. The last time a Democrat won a gubernatorial election was 1998, when Don Siegelman defeated incumbent Republican Fob James. The general election will be November 6. Print this piece Continue Reading Elections Attorney General Steve Marshall defeats Troy King for GOP nomination Published 3 days ago on July 18, 2018 By Brandon Moseley Republican voters went to the polls and elected Steve Marshall as the Republican nominee for Alabama Attorney General. Marshall was appointed as District Attorney by then Governor Don Siegelman (D). Tuesday night Marshall thanked his supporters and his team and said that there would be a new vision for Alabama going forward. “What reaffirms me is I’m not going to do this alone,” Marshall said. “I’m with amazing warriors that have a passion to help the people of this state. I can tell you tonight they are ready to go to work and I’m ready to let them go, let them at it.” Marshall said in a statement, “Before almost every athletic event in which I competed, the last words from my father were always “don’t leave anything on the field.” I can say with certainty that, in this campaign, we have left it all on the field. I remain forever grateful for all the volunteers who have devoted countless hours over the course of the last 13 months and the dedicated staff who worked on the campaign. We have given Alabama a clear choice. And, I am steadfast in the belief that God is sovereign and He is good in the result.”Advertisement The race pitted the current Attorney General Steve Marshall versus former Attorney General Troy King. King was appointed Attorney General by former Governor Bob Riley (R) in 2004. He was elected to his own term in 2006; but was defeated in the 2010 Republican primary by lobbyist Luther Strange. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Steve Marshall was appointed as AG by then Gov. Robert Bentley (R) after appointing Strange to the U.S. Senate. Marshall was the District Attorney of Marshall County for many years. He switched to the Republican Party in 2011. Troy King campaigned vowing, “We have got to take this state back from the grips of violent crime.” King described himself as the only Republican running in this Republican runoff and he had support from many prominent conservatives, most notably retired Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore who sent out 50,000 letters of endorsement to his most committed supporters across the seat. Trump advisor Roger Stone flew in Monday to endorse King and prominent Trump backer Perry Hooper Jr. also endorsed King. None of it helped. Republicans voted to stick with Marshall. As of press with 100% of precints reporting: Marshall had 211,562 votes 62 percent. Troy King had just 129,409 votes 38 percent. Marshall was supported by most of the business groups in Alabama and he was endorsed by 41 of the 42 district attorneys. Steve Marshall raised $3,233,610 in contributions much of it from out of state plus $20,215 in in-kind contributions, outraising Troy King by over a million. King raised $2,225,663 plus $16,218 in in-kind contributions. King has accused Marshall of using the Republican Attorney General’s Association (RAGA) to skirt Alabama’s 2010 law banning PAC to PAC transfers. Marshall says that since RAGA is not Alabama based the PAC to PAC transfer ban law does not apply to them. King filed a lawsuit; but the Montgomery judges dismissed the lawsuit saying that he does not have jurisdiction over RAGA as it is out of state. Marshall defended his campaign in an interview with WSFA TV Montgomery. “We have followed the rules and done the right thing,” Marshall said. On King’s lawsuit Marshall said, “I think it was a desperate act for a candidate that was losing. Nothing that we have done is inconsistent with Alabama law.” RAGA contributed over $700,000 to Marshall’s campaign. “RAGA and those Republican attorney generals are fighting a very important fight in this country,” Marshall said. “I don’t have any regrets in this campaign.” King conceded that Marshall won the election but did not drop his complaint with the Alabama Ethics Complaint over the RAGA money, which King claims may have come from Mississippi gaming interests and pharmaceutical companies regulated by the AG. Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) Chair and Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge congratulated Marshall in a statement: “What a great night for Steve Marshall and the people of Alabama,” Rutledge said. “Steve is a dedicated conservative who has always stood for the rule of law and defended the Constitution. A fierce advocate for Alabama, Steve is also an incredibly decent man.” “Steve Marshall is completely committed to serving his state and tomorrow he will wake-up and get right back to work. Steve will continue to combat opioids and violent crime,” Rutledge added. “He will continue to fight for Alabama families. RAGA is proud to stand with Steve Marshall – a big congratulations to my friend and colleague on his victory tonight.” Marshall suffered the loss of his wife, Bridgette, just last month. When asked how her suicide affected the race Marshall said, “People see me more now as a person than as a political figure and know that we suffer too.” Marshall will now face Joseph Siegelman (D) in the November 6 general election. 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