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Quin Hillyer Endorses Gary Palmer


By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday National Review  columnist and recent Republican First District Congressional candidate Quin Hillyer endorsed Gary Palmer (R) in Alabama’s Sixth Congressional District race.

Hillyer wrote, “Most national conservatives are missing the single most important U.S. House race in the country. From Alabama’s sixth district, near Birmingham, veteran think-tank workhorse Gary Palmer could immediately, even as a freshman, be a conservative congressional superstar.”

Hillyer said that, “Palmer is not just the founder and longtime president of the Alabama Policy Institute (API), but effectively is the dean of the entire alliance of tremendously successful think tanks known as the State Policy Network (SPN). His quarter century in the conservative vineyards gives Palmer not just unassailable credentials as a full-spectrum conservative, but also the policy chops, procedural knowledge, and political skills to hit the Capitol grounds sprinting as an advocate, legislator, and leader.”

Quin Hillyer said, “For 20 years, API had banged the drum for school choice, plowing the political ground and changing minds aplenty. Last year the state finally enacted a sweeping school-scholarship program, combined with school “flexibility” provisions. And for seven years, API had warned about the budget-busting dangers of a particularly generous “special” pension program for state workers. The legislature saved about $60 million a year by eliminating it, following API’s proposal almost to the letter. Successful ethics reforms and campaign-finance reforms — transparency and disclosure, not limits — also tracked the think tank’s longstanding proposals.”

Hillyer said Palmer, “Was an early supporter of current U.S. senator Jeff Sessions, and in 1997 he saw the newly elected Sessions appointed to the Environment and Public Works Committee. Realizing how one-sided much of the day’s public environmental reporting was, Palmer and API produced Facts, Not Fear: Teaching Children About the Environment — which, Palmer notes, attracted front-page attention (aghast, of course) from the Washington Post and New York Times. The book became successful enough to require nine printings; it was translated into Spanish for widespread distribution in South and Central America and also was published in Canada and even Turkey.   National leaders have noticed. Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal told me that Palmer is 'an impressive guy [whose work] has distinguished him nationally as a reliable conservative leader.'"

Hillyer concluded, “All too often, conservative activists rally to whichever seemingly conservative candidate appears best able to rouse the people, or turn a clever phrase, or play well for the cameras. Too often ignored is the knowledge and skill set needed actually to legislate a conservative agenda. For that job, Gary Palmer is one of the best in the business. National conservatives should be rushing to support him.”

Gary Palmer is running in a crowded District Six field that includes: state Representative Paul DeMarco (R) from Homewood, prominent Harbert executive Will Brooke, state Senator Scott Beason (R) from Gardendale, Pelham mattress manufacturer Tom Vigneulle, Robert Shattuck, Indian Springs orthopedist Dr. Chad Mathis.

Longtime Sixth Congressional District incumbent Spencer Bachus (R) from Vestavia is not seeking re-election.

Bachus has served the Sixth District for 11 terms in the U.S. Congress.

 

Tax Season Reflections on the Growing Cost of Prisons

 
Katherine G. Robertson
Alabama Policy Institute 

With the Governor's sign-off, the state's budgets for both the Education Trust Fund and the General Fund are now set for fiscal year 2015.  Of the $1.8 billion budgeted for the General Fund, spending on corrections is the second largest line item, behind only Medicaid, at $394 million or 21.43% of the total General Fund budget.  With nearly 26,000 inmates in custody at an average cost of $42 a day, it is not hard to see why the system accounts for such a large portion of our General Fund--and this is case in many states.
 
As you have heard reported many times lately, Alabama's prisons are overcapacity, housing nearly twice as many occupants (189%) as they are designed to hold.  The dire state of our prisons led Governor Bentley to opine recently that we may have no choice but to build more prisons in order to avoid federal takeover.  The Alabama Public Safety and Sentencing Coalition concluded in 2011 that to house the State's rising number of inmates by 2015, at least one new prison would have to be constructed at a cost of $58 million-not including the cost to operate the facility.  Over time, the need to accommodate more inmates would likely continue as incarceration rates continue in a generally upward trend.
 
At present, it is apparent that our General Fund would be hard pressed to allocate this kind of money to such projects without a major hit to, or elimination of, other essential services. Forbes reported last year that the State of Pennsylvania was forced to close 23 Philadelphia-area public schools in order to build a $400 million prison complex due to the fact that the state's prisons were at 105% capacity.  When a federal court ordered California to cap their intake of prisoners in 2013, California released a percentage of all inmates and was left with little choice other than to submit a plan for the construction of several prisons ranging from $150 to $300 million each. After California voters passed a sales tax increase to benefit schools, the state government used hundreds of millions of those dollars to relieve prison overcrowding instead.
 
While Alabama's two-budget system makes a choice between corrections and education unlikely, a long-term plan of prohibitive spending on prison construction and operations would undoubtedly result in a significant shortfall for the funding of other state functions like the judicial system. That is, unless the state opts to raise taxes to cover the cost.
 
For Alabama to maintain control of our corrections while ensuring the preservation of the low tax burden that we all enjoy, getting behind serious reforms to our prison system gives us the best chance of success. Not only have other states been able to nullify the need to build more prisons, but their states have become safer places to live because of the reforms they were able to implement.  Their states have become safer through policies like revamping parole and probation in a way that allows low-level offenders to reenter society while being effectively monitored.  If an offender is better equipped for successful reentry, his or her chance of recidivism is reduced. Those offenders then have a better chance to gain employment and perhaps even become taxpaying citizens.
 
Comprehensive prison reform for the State of Alabama will be a painstaking and complex endeavor, but a necessary one. Time is running out on our opportunity to implement fiscally responsible reforms that are not only good for taxpayers, but are better for our communities and even our prisoners. In the midst of tax day and a contentious election season, prioritizing the adoption of proven prison reforms is one effort that we should all get behind.

 

Alabama Retail Association PACs Make Initial 2014 Endorsements


By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, April 10, 2014 the Alabama RetailPAC, the Alabama Retail Association’s State political action committee, made its first major endorsements in advance of the 2014 campaign cycle. Included on this list are statewide judicial candidates previously endorsed in November of 2013.

Alabama Retail Chairman George Wilder said, “The Alabama Retail Association believes these candidates understand the issues retailers face and that, if elected, these individuals will give retailers’ interests a fair hearing.

Alabama Retail President Rick Brown said, “We are confident these candidates are the best choices for these positions.”  The Retail Association said in their statement that they closely evaluate each candidate’s record and discusses the ramifications of each race before granting its endorsement.

Much like the powerful Business Council of Alabama (BCA), the RetailPAC appears satisfied with the current Republican dominated leadership and is endorsing almost all of that leadership.

For the state’s constitutional offices, RetailPAC endorsed: incumbent Gov. Robert Bentley (R), incumbent Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey (R), incumbent Attorney General Luther Strange (R), Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan (R), incumbent State Treasurer Young Boozer (R), and Public Service Commissioner Place 1 Jeremy Oden (R).

Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey said, "Alabama retailers are an important part of the fabric that holds this state together. Their investments in our communities is the cornerstone of the economic engine that helps improve the quality of life in Alabama. I am honored and very proud to receive their endorsement.”

The only incumbent state wide office holder that RetailPAC refused to endorse is PSC Place 2 Commissioner Terry Dunn (R).  For that office RetailPAC endorsed Chip Beeker (R).

On Monday, April 14 Chip Beeker said in a statement,

“Last week, I was honored to receive the endorsement of Alabama Retail PAC, the political action committee of the Alabama Retail Association.  This group is made up of over 4,000 independent merchant and national company members that sell food, clothing, furniture and other general merchandise at more than 6,000 locations throughout Alabama.  My message of protecting consumers, job creation, improving our economy and pushing back against the overreach of the federal government is resonating across the state.  I truly appreciate the Alabama Retail Association for recognizing my commitment to conservative, pro-business values.  I am grateful for their support.”

In the two Statewide constitutional offices where no incumbents were on the ballot RetailPAC endorsed for Secretary of State: Rep. John Merrill, (R) from Tuscaloosa and for State Auditor: current Alabama Secretary of State Deputy Chief of Staff Adam Thompson (R).

The Alabama Retail Association PAC endorses all the current federal incumbents on the ballot: U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R), 1st District U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne (R) from Montrose, 2nd District U.S. Rep. Martha Roby (R) from Montgomery, 3rd District U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R) from Saks, 4th District U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt (R) from Haleyville, 5th District U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R) from Huntsville, and 7th District U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (D) from Birmingham.

In the open 6th District the group has endorsed: State Rep. Paul DeMarco (R) from Homewood.

For the appellate court races, RetailPAC endorses these unopposed incumbents:

◾Place 1 Associate Supreme Court Justice Greg Shaw

◾Place 1 Court of Civil Appeals Judge William C. “Bill” Thompson

◾Place 2 Court of Civil Appeals Judge Scott Donaldson

◾Place 1 Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Mary B. Windom

◾Place 2 Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Beth Kellum

For the Alabama Senate, RetailPAC endorses:

◾District 2: Incumbent Sen. Bill Holtzclaw, R-Madison

◾District 3: Incumbent Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur*

◾District 4: Incumbent Sen. Paul Bussman, R-Cullman

◾District 5: Incumbent Sen. Greg Reed, R-Jasper*

◾District 6: Incumbent Sen. Roger Bedford, D-Russellville

◾District 7: Incumbent Sen. Paul Sanford, R-Huntsville

◾District 8: Steve Livingston, R-Scottsboro

◾District 9: Incumbent Sen. Clay Scofield, R-Guntersville*

◾District 10: Incumbent Sen. Phil Williams, R-Rainbow City

◾District 12: Incumbent Sen. Del Marsh, R-Anniston

◾District 13: Incumbent Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville

◾District 14: Incumbent Sen. Cam Ward, R-Alabaster*

◾District 15: Incumbent Sen. Slade Blackwell, R-Birmingham*

◾District 16: Incumbent Sen. J.T. “Jabo” Waggoner, R-Vestavia Hills

◾District 18: Incumbent Sen. Rodger M. Smitherman, D-Birmingham*

◾District 19: Incumbent Sen. Priscilla Dunn, D-Bessemer*

◾District 20: Incumbent Sen. Linda Coleman, D-Birmingham

◾District 21: Incumbent Sen. Gerald Allen, R-Tuscaloosa

◾District 24: Incumbent Sen. Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro*

◾District 25: Incumbent Sen. Dick Brewbaker, R-Montgomery*

◾District 26: Incumbent Sen. Quinton T. Ross Jr., D-Montgomery*

◾District 27: Incumbent Sen. Tom Whatley, R-Auburn

◾District 28: Incumbent Sen. Billy Beasley, D-Clayton*

◾District 30: Clyde Chambliss, R-Prattville

◾District 31: Incumbent Sen. Jimmy Holley, R-Elba

◾District 32: Incumbent Sen. Trip Pittman, R-Daphne *

◾District 33: Incumbent Sen. Vivian Davis Figures, D-Mobile*

◾District 34: Incumbent Sen. Rusty Glover, R-Semmes*

◾District 35: Incumbent Sen. Bill Hightower, R-Mobile

*Unopposed at this time

For the Alabama House of Representatives, RetailPAC endorses:

◾District 1 Incumbent Rep. Greg Burdine, D-Florence

◾District 2 Incumbent Rep. Lynn Greer, R-Rogersville

◾District 3 Incumbent Rep. Marcel Black, D-Tuscumbia

◾District 4 Incumbent Rep. Micky R. Hammon, R-Decatur*

◾District 5 Incumbent Rep. Dan Williams, R-Athens

◾District 6 Incumbent Rep. Phil Williams, R-Huntsville*

◾District 7 Incumbent Rep. Ken Johnson, R-Moulton

◾District 8 Incumbent Rep. Terri Collins, R-Decatur

◾District 9 Incumbent Rep. Ed Henry, R-Hartselle

◾District 10 Incumbent Rep. Mike Ball, R-Madison*

◾District 11 Incumbent Rep. Randall Shedd, R-Cullman*

◾District 12 Incumbent Rep. Mac Buttram, R-Cullman

◾District 13 Incumbent Rep. Bill Roberts, R-Jasper

◾District 14 Incumbent Rep. Richard Baughn, R-Lynn

◾District 15 Incumbent Rep. Allen Farley, R-McCalla*

◾District 16 Kyle South, R-Fayette

◾District 17 Incumbent Rep. Mike Millican, R-Hamilton

◾District 18 Incumbent Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow, D-Red Bay

◾District 19 Incumbent Rep. Laura Hall, D-Huntsville*

◾District 20 Incumbent Rep. Howard Sanderford, R-Huntsville*

◾District 21 Incumbent Rep. Jim Patterson, R-Meridianville

◾District 22 Incumbent Rep. Wayne Johnson, R-Ryland

◾District 23 Incumbent Rep. John Robinson, D-Scottsboro

◾District 24 Nathaniel Ledbetter, R-Rainsville

◾District 25 Incumbent Rep. Mac McCutcheon, R-Capshaw*

◾District 26 Incumbent Rep. Kerry Rich, R-Albertville

◾District 27 William Ainsworth, R-Guntersville

◾District 28 Incumbent Rep. Craig Ford, D-Gadsden

◾District 29 Incumbent Rep. Becky Nordgren, R-Gadsden

◾District 31 Incumbent Rep. Mike Holmes, R-Wetumpka*

◾District 32 Incumbent Rep. Barbara Bigsby Boyd, D-Anniston*

◾District 33 Incumbent Rep. Ron Johnson, R-Sylacauga

◾District 34 Incumbent Rep. David Standridge, R-Hayden*

◾District 35 Steve Dean, R-Munford

◾District 36 Incumbent Rep. Randy Wood, R-Anniston*

◾District 37 Bryant Whaley, R-Rock Mills

◾District 38 Randy Price, R-Opelika

◾District 39 Incumbent Rep. Richard J. Lindsey, D-Centre

◾District 40 Incumbent Rep. Koven L. Brown, R-Jacksonville

◾District 41 Incumbent Rep. Mike Hill, R-Columbiana*

◾District 42 Incumbent Rep. Kurt Wallace, R-Maplesville

◾District 43 Dr. Doug Clark, R-Hoover

◾District 45 Incumbent Rep. Richard “Dickie” Drake, R-Leeds*

◾District 47 Incumbent Rep. Jack Williams, R-Birmingham

◾District 48 Incumbent Rep. Jim Carns, R-Birmingham*

◾District 49 Incumbent Rep. April Weaver, R-Brierfield*

◾District 51 Incumbent Rep. Allen Treadaway, R-Morris*

◾District 52 Incumbent Rep. John Rogers Jr., D-Birmingham

◾District 53 Anthony Daniels, D-Huntsville

◾District 54 Incumbent Rep. Patricia Todd, D-Birmingham

◾District 55 Incumbent Rep. Rod Scott, D-Fairfield

◾District 57 Incumbent Rep. Merika Coleman-Evans, D-Birmingham*

◾District 58 Incumbent Rep. Oliver Robinson, D-Birmingham*

◾District 59 Incumbent Rep. Mary Moore, D-Birmingham

◾District 60 Incumbent Rep. Juandalynn Givan, D-Birmingham

◾District 61 Incumbent Rep. Alan Harper, R-Aliceville

◾District 62 Rich Wingo, R-Tuscaloosa

◾District 63 Incumbent Rep. Bill Poole, R-Tuscaloosa*

◾District 64 Incumbent Rep. Harry Shiver, R-Bay Minette

◾District 65 Incumbent Rep. Elaine Beech, D-Chatom *

◾District 66 Incumbent Rep. Alan Baker, R-Brewton*

◾District 68 Incumbent Rep. Thomas Jackson, D-Thomasville*

◾District 69 Kelvin Lawrence, D-Hayneville

◾District 70 Incumbent Rep. Chris England, D-Tuscaloosa*

◾District 71 Incumbent Rep. A.J. McCampbell, D-Livingston

◾District 72 Incumbent Rep. Ralph Howard, D-Greensboro

◾District 73 Matt Fridy, R-Montevallo

◾District 74 Incumbent Rep. Dimitri Polizos, R-Montgomery

◾District 75 Reed Ingram, R-Montgomery

◾District 79 Incumbent Rep. Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn

◾District 80 Incumbent Rep. Lesley Vance, R-Phenix City

◾District 81 Incumbent Rep. Mark Tuggle, R-Alexander City

◾District 82 Incumbent Rep. Pebblin Warren, D-Tuskegee*

◾District 84 Incumbent Rep. Berry Forte, D-Eufaula

◾District 86 Incumbent Rep. Paul Lee, R-Dothan*

◾District 87 Incumbent Rep. Donnie Chesteen, R-Geneva*

◾District 88 Incumbent Rep. Paul Beckman, R-Prattville*

◾District 89 Incumbent Rep. Alan Boothe, R-Troy

◾District 90 Incumbent Rep. Charles Newton, R-Greenville

◾District 91 Incumbent Rep. Barry Moore, R-Enterprise

◾District 92 Incumbent Rep. Mike Jones, R-Andalusia*

◾District 93 Incumbent Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Ozark

◾District 94 Incumbent Rep. Teddy “Joe” Faust, R-Fairhope*

◾District 95 Incumbent Rep. Steve McMillian, R-Bay Minette*

◾District 96 Incumbent Rep. Randy Davis, R-Daphne*

◾District 97 Incumbent Rep. Adline Clarke, D-Mobile*

◾District 98 Incumbent Rep. Napoleon Bracy, D-Prichard

◾District 99 Incumbent Rep. James Buskey, D-Mobile

◾District 100 Incumbent Rep. Victor Gaston, R-Mobile*

◾District 101 Chris Pringle, R-Mobile

◾District 102 Jack Williams, R-Wilmer

◾District 104 Incumbent Rep. Margie Wilcox, R-Mobile*

◾District 105 Incumbent Rep. David Sessions, R- Grand Bay*

The Alabama Retail Association represents retailers, the largest private employer in the State of Alabama, before the Alabama Legislature and the U.S. Congress. The group has 4,000 independent merchant and national company members that sell food, clothing, furniture and other general merchandise at more than 6,000 locations throughout Alabama. The Alabama Retail has promoted the retailing industry in Alabama since 1943.



Attacking the Messenger, Ignoring the Message (And Leaks)


By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter
 
MONTGOMERY—The Alabama Foundation for Limited Government is under attack for allegedly violating the Fair Campaign Practice Act (FCPA).
 
Senate President Pro Tem, Del Marsh (R-Anniston) has accused the foundation of breaking the State’s Fair Campaign Practice Act as well as being a front for the Alabama Education Association.
 
But, in reality, according to its founder, former Republican Senator John Rice, it is the messenger that is being attacked while ignoring the message. Rice says the message is about ending corruption in Montgomery, “...but they purposefully ignore that and attack the messenger as a diversion.”
 
Many other incumbent Republican lawmakers have made the same assertion as Marsh, saying the foundation is little more than a shill for the teachers organization.
 
The individual legislators who have found fault with the messenger have yet to address the message, which is an anti-corruption pledge, according to Rice.
 
“They keep talking about where the money comes from but they never mention the pledge,” says Rice. “What if I am receiving funds from the Catholic Church would that change the message?”
 
Rice, says that the foundation is under attack not because of its funding but because it has dared challenge lawmakers to put their name to a document that says they will help end corruption in the State Capital.
 
“They keep trying to make this about me, as a way to avoid taking responsibility for the terrible pattern of corruption in Montgomery,” said Rice. He points out the Alabama Foundation for Limited Government came about as a result of the 2013 legislation that allowed unlimited campaign contribution from corporations. Rice said, "They opened the door on this and now they don’t like it when someone is playing by their rules while calling them to account.”
 
Both Marsh and Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) control dark money foundations. Marsh has filed a complaint with the Secretary of State asking for an investigation into the foundation controlled by Rice.
 
According to Deputy Secretary of State, Emily Thompson, Senator Marsh filed his complaint with their office on March 28. She said that the compliant was forwarded with an accompanying letter to the Attorney General on April 2, which is standard protocol.
 
On Friday, April 11, the Alabama Political Reporter received a tip that Rice had received a letter from the AG’s office and that they were demanding that he turnover the foundations list of donors. Later, we were to find out that we received that information before Rice had received his certified letter from the Post Office or knew the content of the letter. Rice has still not confirmed the letters content, saying only that he has forwarded the information to his attorneys.
 
This raises several questions:
 
1. Did the Attorney General’s Office intentionally leak information about the letter to make sure that the press was on top of the story?
 
2. If this was an intentional leak, who leaked it and why?
 
If so, this means that someone within the AG’s office is using their position to play dirty politics.
 
Since 2012, the Office of Attorney General Luther Strange has become a black hole of information.  Those inside the office say that Chief Deputy Kevin Turner is keeping Strange away from the press while waging a war within the department to appease Republican power brokers outside.
 
Several individuals inside the AG’s office have said that Turner is deliberately trying to derail investigations that might be harmful to Strange's political career, including the investigation into Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn). Could it be that someone is using their office to encourage investigation into anyone who might call out corruption? That is a question that Rice would like an answer to as well.
 
“The whole purpose of the Foundation for Limited Government is about doing what is right for Alabama and not just for a few that are in power,” said Rice.
 
According to Rice, The Alabama Anti-Corruption Pledge is a comprehensive, common sense plan for ethics reform in State government that all legislators and candidates should sign. The pledge includes term limits, a ban on pay-to-play schemes, restrictions on gifts like football tickets, and other reforms that will make State government more accountable and transparent.
 
The Attorney General’s Office had no comment on the letter to Rice.

Manufacture Alabama and Steel Industry Leaders Show Support for DeMarco


By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
 
State Representative Paul DeMarco (R) from Homewood has been building momentum for his campaign for Congress representing Alabama’s Sixth District.  On April 4 leaders of Birmingham’s iron and steel industry and members of Manufacture Alabama held a fundraising luncheon at the U.S. Steel offices in Hoover.

Manufacture Alabama President George Clark said in a written statement, “Rep. DeMarco has been a leader and an advocate for manufacturing since being elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 2005.  Rep. DeMarco was the House sponsor of the Metal Coil Securement Act that made Alabama’s roads safer.”

Rep. DeMarco said, “The companies and people that make up Manufacture Alabama keep this State working. These companies and their workers deserve a federal government that does not strangle companies with punitive regulations. We must fight for conservative, common-sense support in Washington for Alabama manufacturers and their employees.”

Rep. DeMarco is also the sponsor of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights that established a separate tax judiciary known as the Tax Appeals Commission, removing the existing Administrative Law Judge from the Department of Revenue. Gov. Robert Bentley signed this bill into law March 4, 2014.

DeMarco was recently on the long list of candidates endorsed by the political arm of the powerful Alabama Retail Association, RetailPAC.

Alabama Retail Chairman George Wilder said, “The Alabama Retail Association believes these candidates understand the issues retailers face and that, if elected, these individuals will give retailers’ interests a fair hearing.

Rep. DeMarco’s campaign announced on Friday that it will report raising more than $484,000 in the first quarter of 2014, making his total contributions to date more than $850,000.

Rep. DeMarco said in a prepared statement, “The people of Alabama’s Sixth District have embraced our campaign for conservative, common sense leadership in Congress.  The people standing with this campaign are not the special interests of Washington, but hard-working Alabamians looking for people of courage willing to fight for what we believe, no matter what.”

Rep. DeMarco is reporting that more than 1,200 individuals have contributed to the campaign. Contributions range from $5 to the maximum $2,600 allowed by an individual under federal elections law.  Nearly 97-percent of the contributions have come from Alabama.

DeMarco is currently the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, co-chair of the Jefferson County Delegation and is on the Joint Oversight Committee for the Alabama Homeland Security Agency.

Manufacture Alabama is Alabama’s only trade association dedicated exclusively to the competitive, legislative, regulatory and operational interests and needs of manufacturers and their partner industries and businesses. 

Rep. DeMarco is a two-term state representative.  DeMarco is running for the Republican nomination for Alabama’s Sixth District.  The seat is currently being represented by U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus (R) from Vestavia.  Congressman Bachus is retiring after 11 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Alabama Policy Institute co-founder and former President Gary Palmer, longtime Harbert executive Will Brooke, prominent Pelham mattress manufacturer Tom Vigneulle, Indian Springs orthopedist Dr. Chad Mathis, Gardendale State Senator Scott Beason and Robert Shattuck are all running in Alabama’s Sixth Congressional District Republican Primary.

The winner of the June 3rd Republican Primary will face Democrat Avery Vise in the November general election.  Longtime incumbent Spencer Bachus (R) from Vestavia is not seeking another term.


 

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