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Realtors make endorsements

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Tuesday, May 15, the Alabama REALTORS® Political Action Committee (ARPAC), the political arm of the Alabama Association of REALTORS®, announced its endorsement of candidates for the primary elections to be held on June 5, 2018.

ARPAC said in a statement that the candidates endorsed exhibit a commitment to home ownership, private property rights, economic growth and development.

ARPAC Trustees Chair Kim Hallmark said in a statement, “We are proud to endorse each one of these candidates. They recognize the vital role REALTORS® play in promoting our state and helping grow thriving, safe and sustainable communities.”

“These candidates understand what Alabama needs to continue to grow, to create jobs and opportunities and reach its full potential,” said Jeremy Walker, Alabama REALTORS® Chief Executive Officer. “This pro-business, pro-growth focus will help advance the real estate market, and in turn, provide opportunities for our members to help more Alabamians experience home ownership and everything our great state has to offer.”

For Governor ARPAC endorses Governor Kay Ivey.

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For Lieutenant Governor ARPAC endorses Twinkle Cavanaugh. Cavanaugh is currently the Public Service Commission President.

For State Treasurer ARPAC endorses John McMillan. McMillan is currently the Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries.

For Alabama Public Service Commission, Place 1, ARPAC endorses incumbent Jeremy Oden (R).

For Alabama Public Service Commission, Place 2, ARPAC endorses incumbent Chris “Chip” Beeker Jr. (R).

For the Alabama Senate, ARPAC endorses:

District 1: incumbent Tim Melson (R-Florence)
District 2: Tom Butler (R-Madison)
District 3: incumbent Arthur Orr (R-Decatur)
District 4: incumbent Paul Bussman (R-Cullman)
District 5: incumbent Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed (R-Jasper)
District 6: incumbent Dr. Larry Stutts (R-Tuscumbia)
District 7: Sam Givhan (R-Huntsville)
District 8: incumbent Steve Livingston (R-Scottsboro)
District 9: incumbent Clay Scofield (R-Arab)
District 11: incumbent Jim McClendon (R-Springville)
District 12: incumbent Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston)
District 13: Randy Price (R-Opelika)
District 14: incumbent Cam Ward (R-Alabaster)
District 15: Dan Roberts (R-Birmingham)
District 16: incumbent Jabo Waggoner (R-Vestavia Hills)
District 17: incumbent Shay Shelnutt (R-Trussville)
District 18: incumbent Rodger Smitherman (D-Birmingham)
District 19: incumbent Priscilla Dunn (D-Bessemer)
District 20: incumbent Linda Coleman-Madison (D-Birmingham)
District 21: incumbent Gerald Allen (R-Tuscaloosa)
District 22: incumbent Greg Albritton (R-Bay-Minette)
District 24: incumbent Bobby Singleton (D-Greensboro)
District 26: John Knight (D-Montgomery)
District 27: incumbent Tom Whatley (R-Auburn)
District 28: incumbent Billy Beasley (D-Clayton)
District 29: Donnie Chesteen (R-Geneva)
District 30: incumbent Clyde Chambliss (R-Prattville)
District 31: incumbent Jimmy Holley (R- Elba)
District 32: Chris Elliot (R-Daphne)
District 33: incumbent Vivian Davis Figures (D-Mobile)
District 34: Jack Williams (R-Wilmer)
District 35: David Sessions (R-Mobile)

For the Alabama House of Representatives, ARPAC endorses:

District 1: incumbent Phillip Pettus (R-Killen)
District 2: incumbent Lynn Greer (R-Rogersville)
District 4: Parker Moore (R-Decatur)
District 5: incumbent Danny Crawford (R-Athens)
District 7: Proncey Robertson (R-Decatur)
District 8: incumbent Terri Collins (R- Decatur)
District 9: Scott Stadthagen (R-Hartselle)
District 10: incumbent Mike Ball (R-Madison)
District 11: incumbent Randall Shedd (R-Cullman)
District 12: incumbent Corey Harbison (R-Cullman)
District 13: incumbent Connie Rowe (R-Jasper)
District 14: incumbent Tim Wadsworth (R-Arley)
District 15: incumbent Allen Farley (R-McCalla)
District 16: incumbent Kyle South (R-Fayette)
District 18: Jamie Kiel (R-Russellville)
District 19: incumbent Laura Hall (D-Huntsville)
District 20: incumbent Howard Sanderford (R-Huntsville)
District 21: Rex Reynolds (R-Huntsville)
District 22: incumbent Ritchie Whorton (R-Owens Cross Roads)
District 23: incumbent Tommy Hanes (R-Bryant)
District 24: incumbent Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville)
District 25: incumbent Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon (R-Huntsville)
District 26: incumbent Kerry Rich (R-Guntersville)
District 27: Wes Kitchens (R-Arab)
District 29: incumbent Becky Nordgren (R-Gadsden)
District 31: incumbent Mike Holmes (R-Wetumpka)
District 32: incumbent Barbara Boyd (D-Anniston)
District 33: incumbent Ron Johnson (R-Sylacauga)
District 34: incumbent David Standridge (R-Hayden)
District 35: incumbent Steve Hurst (R-Munford)
District 36: incumbent Randy Wood (R-Anniston)
District 37: incumbent Bob Fincher (R-Woodland)
District 38: Debbie Wood (R-Valley)
District 39: TJ Maloney (R-Heflin)
District 40: incumbent K.L. Brown (R- Jacksonville)
District 41: incumbent Corley Ellis (R-Columbiana)
District 42: incumbent Jimmy Martin (R-Clanton)
District 43: incumbent Arnold Mooney (R-Indian Springs)
District 44: incumbent Danny Garrett (R-Trussville)
District 45 incumbent Dickie Drake (R-Leeds)
District 46: incumbent David Faulkner (R-Birmingham)
District 47: David Wheeler (R-Vestavia)
District 48: incumbent Jim Carns (R-Birmingham)
District 49: incumbent April Weaver (R-Alabaster)
District 50: incumbent Jim Hill R-Moody)
District 51: incumbent Allen Treadaway (R-Morris)
District 52: incumbent John Rogers (D-Birmingham)
District 53: incumbent Anthony Daniels (D-Huntsville)
District 55: incumbent Rod Scott (D-Fairfield)
District 56: incumbent Louise Alexander (D-Bessemer)
District 57: incumbent Merika Coleman (D-Birmingham)
District 58: incumbent Rolanda Hollis (D-Birmingham)
District 59: incumbent Mary Moore (D-Birmingham)
District 60: incumbent Juandalynn Givan (D-Birmingham)
District 62: incumbent Rich Wingo (R-Tuscaloosa)
District 63: incumbent Bill Poole (R-Tuscaloosa)
District 64: incumbent Harry Shiver (R-Bay Minette)
District 65: incumbent Elaine Beech (D-Chatom)
District 66: incumbent Alan Baker (R-Brewton)
District 67: incumbent Prince Chestnut (D-Selma)
District 68: incumbent Thomas Jackson (D-Thomasville)
District 69: incumbent Kelvin Lawrence (D-Hayneville)
District 70: incumbent Chris England (D-Tuscaloosa)
District 71: incumbent A.J. McCampbell (D-Livingston)
District 72: incumbent Ralph Howard (D-Greensboro)
District 73: incumbent Matt Fridy (R-Montevallo)
District 74: incumbent Dimitri Polizos (R-Montgomery)
District 75: incumbent Reed Ingram (R-Montgomery)
District 76: incumbent Thad McClammy (D-Montgomery)
District 79: incumbent Joe Lovvorn (R-Auburn)
District 80: incumbent Chris Blackshear (R-Phenix City)
District 82: incumbent Pebblin Warren (D-Tuskegee)
District 84: incumbent Berry Forte (D–Eufaula)
District 85: incumbent Dexter Grimsley (D-Newville)
District 86: incumbent Paul Lee (R-Dothan)
District 87: Jeff Sorrells (R-Hartford)
District 88: Al Booth (R-Prattville)
District 90: incumbent Chris Sells (R-Greenville)
District 92: incumbent Mike Jones (R-Andalusia)
District 93: incumbent Steve Clouse (R-Ozark)
District 94: incumbent Joe Faust, (R-Fairhope)
District 95: incumbent Steve McMillan (R-Bay Minette)
District 96: Matt Simpson (R-Mobile)
District 97: incumbent Adline Clarke (D-Mobile)
District 98: incumbent Napolean Bracy (D-Mobile)
District 100: incumbent Speaker Pro Tem Victor Gaston (R-Mobile)
District 101: incumbent Chris Pringle (R-Mobile)
District 102: Willie Gray (R-Citronelle)
District 103: incumbent Barbara Drummond (D-Mobile)
District 104: incumbent Margie Wilcox (R-Mobile)
District 105: Chip Brown (R-Mobile)

For the Alabama Supreme Court, ARPAC endorses:

Supreme Court Chief Justice: Lyn Stuart
Place 2 Associate Supreme Court Justice: Tommy Bryan
Place 3 Associate Supreme Court Justice: Will Sellers
Place 4 Associate Supreme Court Justice: Jay Mitchell

For the Alabama Civil Court of Appeals, ARPAC endorses:

Place 1 Court of Civil Appeals Judge: Michelle Manly Thomason
Place 2 Court of Civil Appeals Judge: Terri Thomas
Place 3 Court of Civil Appeals Judge: Terry Moore

For the Alabama Criminal Court of Appeals, ARPAC endorses:

Place 1 Court of Criminal Appeals Judge: Richard Minor
Place 2 Court of Criminal Appeals Judge: Chris McCool
Place 3 Court of Criminal Appeals Judge: Bill Cole

For the State Board of Education, ARPAC endorses:

Place 2: Tracie West
Place 6: incumbent Cynthia McCarty

The Alabama Association of REALTORS® (AAR) is the largest statewide organization of real estate professionals comprised of over 15,000 members from 26 boards and 1,200 real estate companies.

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King pauses campaign after opponent’s wife’s death

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After learning about the death of Attorney General Steve Marshall’s wife, his opponent, former Attorney General Troy King, announces a pause in his campaign out of respect for the Marshall family’s loss.

“Paige and I just learned of the tragic death of Brigette Marshall,” said, King. “Today is a sad and difficult day. Today we are not in different political campaigns or camps. We are husbands and wives, fathers and mothers. We cannot imagine the deep sense of loss and grief the Marshall family must face.”

King further offered condolences saying, “We offer our deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers for Attorney General Steve Marshall and his family and pray that God’s grace and peace and hope will enfold and sustain them.”

King’s campaign also said, “Out of respect for the Marshall family, I have paused my campaign during this time of mourning. I have directed that all of our advertising be stopped. May God hold them in the palm of His hand.”

King and Marshall will face each other in the July 17 Republican runoff for state’s Attorney General.

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Alabama Supreme Court Candidate Donna Wesson Smalley talks Justice with APR

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Thursday, the Alabama Political Reporter went to Jasper for an extended interview with Democratic candidate for Associate Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Place 4.

Donna Wesson Smalley grew up on a cattle farm in Etowah County near Attalla. She is an attorney with four decades of experience with the law. She earned her law degree from the University of Alabama Law School. Smalley is 62 years old.

APR asked: Why are you running for Alabama Supreme Court?

“The real truth is that I feel a real calling for it,” Smalley said. “I have dedicated my whole life to the law, and this is a natural next step.”

APR asked: What are your qualifications to serve on the state Supreme Court?

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“I offer a lot with the breath of my experience. I have 40 years as a practicing attorney. I am a former adjust instructor at the University of Alabama School of Law. I am a former adjunct professor in writing in the English Department. I relocated to Walker County in 2005 after being in Tuscaloosa for 23 years. I have done a lot of different things in the practice of law, which I think is important.”

“That I am a woman brings another experience to the court and Alabama needs more women in leadership positions,” Smalley said.

APR asked if the Judicial Inquiry Commission  and the Court of the Judiciary should be tasked with disciplining judges, or should judges be treated like every other constitutional office and the legislature be the body tasked with impeaching judges (like in the federal system)?

“I think the JIC is much better equipped to handle disciplining judges with an eye of protecting the sanctity of judges and the courts than the legislators. They are not as well equipped by education and experience. There is a balance between popular opinion and a more studied reasoning. That is one of the aspects of our code that has been used as a model used around the world.”

Smalley credited Howell Heflin with modernizing that section and felt that it, “Should be kept.”

APR asked: Does the state of Alabama have an ethics problem?

“Yes, obviously we have an ethics problem when three of our top elected officials have had to be replaced,” Smalley replied. “One definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

“We have pretty good ethics laws, but we need better enforcement of them,” Smalley said. “For the few public officials that do break the public trust – they need to be punished.”

APR asked: The Business Council of Alabama (BCA) has been very active in endorsing and contributing towards judicial races. Is there a conflict of interest there in judicial candidates accepting contributions and donations from business interests that routinely have business before the court system?

“It is hard to avoid the appearance of impropriety when any one group contributes large amounts of money to the judges that settle disputes that often involves companies that are members of that group,” Smalley said. “This is a big problem and we need to figure out how to solve it.”

“We really need for the legislature to come up with a plan to deal with campaign finance laws in a fair and effective matter,” Smalley added.

APR asked: Should judicial races in Alabama be partisan political races?

“Not in my opinion,” Smalley said. “Politics really shouldn’t have any place in the review of elected races at all. I have practiced with judges who have been both Democrats and Republicans in different points in their careers; but they ruled the same way.”

Smalley said that running judicial races without the party affiliations would be very difficult; but there needs to be some campaign finance reform by the legislature. Our current system has no limits on dark money and allows unlimited donations from businesses and individuals. The appearance of impropriety should be avoided in judicial races.”

APR asked: There is a wide range in caseloads from circuit to circuit across the state. Should the legislature reallocate the judges from areas that have experienced population declines to areas that have experienced growth?

Smalley said no, that we should be adding judges to those areas of the state that are growing faster than other areas not taking judges away. “Getting more judges across the state would streamline how fast cases could come to trial. Justice delayed is justice denies.”

APR asked: Do the poor get treated fairly in our court system, or is there two sets of laws? One for people with money to have the best representation and another system for those who can’t afford the same defense.

“No, the poor are not treated fairly in our court system,” Smalley said. “I don’t know of anyone who can seriously argue otherwise. That is a problem we continue to struggle with, and that is not just a criminal court matter but also in the civil courts.”

APR asked: Do poor people get trapped in the court system being assigned penalties and court costs they can not afford and then additional fines and fees for not paying the previous fines?

“Absolutely, yes, people do get trapped in that system and in my opinion it is indefensible,” Smalley said. “Some agencies like the courts are not supposed to be self supporting. They are supposed to be supported by all of us so that everyone regardless of their station in life can seek justice for wrongs created by others. Justice for all is a basic tenant of our society. It is depressing how the poor are treated in our state and our country.”

APR asked: Republicans have dominated Alabama judicial races for well over a decade because there is a perception that Democrats are soft on crime. Are you strong enough to punish criminals and get justice for victims of crime?

“I don’t think that is why Republicans have dominated judicial races,” Smalley said. “That is a false premise. Republicans have dominated judicial races because they have spent more money to influence the voters. Democrats are like Republicans: they don’t want crime in their families or neighborhoods,” Smalley continued. “We need to do some of the things that we know will reduce crime. We need to be spending more money on early childhood education, job training, and mental health. They all dramatically reduce crime. That is where we need to be focusing instead of creating a cottage industry of private prisons. My hope is that everyone including Republicans will join in solving the problems. Republicans have had the House the Senate the executive branch, the courts, and their approach has not worked. People are still concerned about crime.”

APR asked: Alabama recently executed a man in his eighties. Is there something administratively the courts can do to expedite the appeals process so that death penalties can be performed in less than 20 years of sentencing?

“If there were enough judges and a better system for providing competent defense attorneys, that would streamline it some,” Smalley said. “I don’t think we should change the defendants’ protections.”

“Sometimes justice delayed is justice denied,” Smalley said. “We know it is less costly to have life without parole than the death penalty.”

APR asked: Does the state legislature need to find more funding for the Alabama Court System, particularly the circuit clerks offices?

“It is ridiculous,” Smalley said. “They lost manpower consistently. There is a third of the manpower that they had when I started practicing. ”

APR asked: There has been a popular perception, that in the past, some of the Justices on the Alabama Supreme Court have been a little lazy. If you are elected to the state’s highest court, can the public trust you to put in a full week’s work and not get behind on your work?

“Yes, and I pledge to write opinions,” Smalley said. “One of the things that I have heard across the state, particularly from lawyers, is that they don’t receive a reason written response on their filings. They deserve that much from the appellate courts.”

APR asked: There is a perception that whoever wins the GOP nomination for a statewide judicial race will win the office. Is that making it hard for you to fund raise in this race?

“I just don’t believe that paradigm is true anymore,” Smalley said. “The pendulum has begun to swing, and I don’t really need for somebody to give me hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy my vote. I intend to work my campaign at the grass roots level. That will win voters over.”

Smalley said, “I am confident that I am the most qualified candidate in this particular race. I am 62 years old, and I have been practicing law for 40 years. I have a breadth of experience that my opponent lacks. Most of his work has been with lobbying and governmental affairs. Most of my work has been with real people with real problems.”

“I don’t think either party should have every appellate judgeship, and that is what we have now.”

Donna Wesson Smalley (D) is running against James “Jay” Mitchell (R) for state Supreme Court Justice Place 4.

Jefferson County Circuit Judge Robert Vance Jr. (D) is running for Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court against Associate Justice Tom Parker (R).

Smalley and Vance are the only Democrats running for any of the statewide judicial offices.

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Former State Health Department employee pleads guilty to ethics violations

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Tuesday, a former employee of the Alabama Department of Public Health pleaded guilty for using her official position for personal gain and felony ethics violation.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) announced that Yoskio Denise Givner, age 32, of Montgomery, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Circuit Court. The case was prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Division.

Givner admitted in her guilty plea to using her former position as an administrative assistant for the Alabama Department of Public Health to falsify travel vouchers, forging her supervisor’s name on documents requesting payment for per diem and mileage she did not earn because she did not travel. Between October 2013 and August 2016, Givner used this scheme to steal more than $15,000 from the State of Alabama.

“Public employees are entrusted to conduct themselves in the service of the people of Alabama with integrity and honor, and when that trust is violated as it was by this defendant, I am committed to prosecuting those who use their positions for illegal personal gain,” said Attorney General Marshall.

Marshall thanked the Alabama Department of Public Health for its vigilance in reviewing the illegal vouchers and its assistance in the investigation and prosecution of this case. The AG commended the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Division, noting in particular Assistant Attorney General Peggy Rossmanith and Special Agents for their outstanding work to achieve this conviction.

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Steve Marshall is a longtime district attorney in Marshall County. He was appointed as AG by then Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) after Bentley appointed then AG Luther Strange (R) to the U.S. Senate seat held by Jeff Sessions.  Sessions was appointed U.S. Attorney General by President Donald J Trump (R).

Marshall is running for his own term as AG in the Republican primary runoff election on July 17 against former AG Troy King (R).

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

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