Ron Bishop runs write-in campaign for Senate

October 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, the Executive Committee of The Libertarian Party of Alabama selected Ron Bishop of Irondale, Alabama, to represent the party as a write-in candidate for the upcoming special election for the U.S. Senate.

Bishop formally announced his candidacy at the Whistle Stop Festival on Saturday, September 30 in Irondale.

“Alabama has the most restrictive ballot access laws in the nation. The Democrats and Republicans are attempting to keep the Libertarians off of the ballot, but the voters of Alabama can write us back on it by writing in Ron Bishop for the U.S. Senate,” said Josh Tuttle, LPA chairman.

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Gov. Ivey announces Special Election dates for House District 21

October 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter 

Monday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a proclamation to set the Special Election dates for Alabama House District 21.

Gov. Ivey set the major party primaries for Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.

If a major party runoff is necessary, it will be on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. The Special General Election would then be on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. If there is only one major candidate for each major party and no need for a primary, the general election will be held Tuesday, March 27, 2018. If there is a primary but no runoff is needed, the General Election will be Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

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Constitution Party meets in Prattville

August 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, August 26, 2017, Alabama Constitution Party activists and supporters from across the State gathered for a summer meeting at the Islamorada Fish Company in Prattville, inside Bass Pro Shop.

David King announced that he and his family and Constitution Party volunteers had already gathered enough signatures of valid voters within the district to qualify to run in State House District 55 in 2018.

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Legislative Session is winding down

May 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

There are only six Legislative days left in the 2017 Alabama Legislative Session. There is still an awful lot of work to do however.

The primary purpose of even having Legislative Sessions is to pass the budgets. The State General Fund (SGF) budget was passed in the Senate on Thursday. The House passed the Education Trust Fund (ETF) budget on Wednesday. Both Houses have now passed both budgets. Both Houses however have to vote on whether or not to concur with changes made by the other house.
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Third Party Candidate Says that Current Ballot Access Laws Limits Choice and Competition

October 6, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, October 5, 2016, Constitution Party candidate for the Lee County Commission, Ken Busby issued a statement highly critical of Alabama’s ballot access laws which he says limits choices for voters and the rights of candidates to participate in the political process.

Busby said that Lee County has had two third party candidates run for offices, with zero major party opposition to the incumbent, fail to meet the ballot access requirements, which Busby described as extremely challenging.
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Court Decision Could Make Ballot Access Easier for Third Party Candidates

October 3, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

There are two major political parties and three significant minor political parties in this country. In theory, voters get to choose between the Republican, Democratic, Libertarian, Green and Constitution Parties, plus Independent candidates when they vote. Alabama doesn’t really work that way. The way districts are gerrymandered based on race and political party preferences, there are a lot of districts where one of the two major political parties is so dominant they aren’t seriously going to be challenged by the other party and third parties don’t really have a realistic path to ballot access. Nowhere is this more true than in special elections, where independent and third party candidates only have a few weeks to get the signatures that the state requires for ballot access for a district no one knew was going to be vacant. That could be changing
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Confusion at End of House District 79 Race

September 26, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, September 22, 2016, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) announced that Republican Primary winner Joe Lovvorn will be certified as the winner of the House District 79 (HD79) seat after the Secretary of State’s office determined that Libertarian candidate Gage Fenwick failed to get enough signatures from registered HD79 voters to qualify for ballot access.

On Friday, Fenwick then released a statement questioning the Merrill press release in which, “They stated that Libertarian Party candidate Gage Fenwick did not acquire enough verified signatures for ballot access. It was also stated that the number of signatures needed was 300 when the campaign was informed that it needed 276 signatures from Director of Elections Ed Packard back in July. There is now concern that the campaign was either given the wrong number to begin with or that a new standard was reached and the Secretary of State’s office failed to inform the campaign.”
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Joe Lovvorn Wins House District 79 Seat

September 23, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, September 22, 2016, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) announced that Joe Lovvorn will be certified as the winner of the House District 79 seat, formerly held by disgraced Speak of the House Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn). Lovvorn won the primary held on September 13, 2016. No other state party successfully met the requirements to appear on the general election in January, therefore there is no longer a need to hold that election.
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Libertarian Hopes to Qualify in House District 79

September 19, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, September 13, Gage Fenwick announced, “Today we turned in over 300 signatures for ballot access! One step closer towards Liberty in Alabama! Help us by liking and sharing our page! Ask your friends to help support our cause!”

On Saturday, the Libertarian candidate for House District 79 told the Alabama Political Reporter that he still is waiting for the Secretary of State’s office to certify his candidacy.
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Republican Party Disallows Several Candidates: Does Not Go Far Enough for Some Critics

February 24, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Republican Party announced in two releases that Ray Bryan, Kimberly Drake, Thomas Drake, Jim McFerrin, Ginger Poynter and Jamie Wilkins were all denied ballot access by the ALGOP Candidate Committee in meetings on Friday and Saturday.  The Candidate Committee remanded John McKelvey and George Carleton, Jr. to the Tallapoosa County Republican Party to make a decision concerning admittance on the Republican primary ballot.
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