19 major party candidates qualify for Senate race

May 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

GOP master strategist Karl Rove reportedly warned Alabamians not to run against Luther Strange (R) for the Senate seat vacancy created by Jeff Sessions (R) confirmation as US Attorney General. That warning was largely ignored and 19 people actually qualified to run for Senate by Wednesday’s Friday cutoff for major party qualifying.

Eleven Republican qualified for the US Senate race. According to the Alabama Republican Party, the following individuals submitted qualifying paperwork to run for the US Senate seat: James Paul Beretta, Joseph F. Breault, Randy Brinson, Mo Brooks, Dom Gentile, Karen Haiden Jackson, Mary Maxwell, Roy Moore, Bryan Peeples, Trip Pittman, and Luther Strange.
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The shape of things to come?

December 26, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Several decisions over the next few weeks and months could significantly affect Alabama’s future for generations. Among these are, the appointment of Senator Jeff Sessions’ replacement, the Special Supreme Court’s ruling in Chief Justice Roy Moore’s appeal and the findings of the Montgomery Grand Jury concerning Governor Robert Bentley.

Bentley is publicly holding casting-calls to find Sessions’ replacement upon his confirmation as US Attorney General. From a novice State representative to Chief Justice Moore himself, Bentley is parading potential candidates around like beauty pageant contestants. Each day the press publishes an ever-expanding list of hopeful nominees. It seems more like a charade than a selection process. Identifying the next junior Senator from Alabama is serious business, with little in common with the spectacle it now seems to have become. Perhaps, Bentley is using the Senate interviews to line up support for the billion dollar prison bill he plans to push in a special legislative session. Perhaps it is simply to hide his real intentions. With this Governor, the only thing you know for sure is that you don’t know.
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A sober choice is needed to replace Senator Sessions

November 22, 2016

By Bill Britt

Alabama Political Reporter

Currently, the most coveted prize in Alabama politics is to be chosen to replace Senator Jeff Sessions, upon his confirmation as US Attorney General. Governor Robert Bentley will choose the recipient.

In all likelihood, Bentley’s choice wins reelection in 2018, he or (remotely) she would become the senior Senator from Alabama and the leader of the State’s Congressional delegation.

Since 1822, only ten Alabama Senators vacated their office before the end of their term.
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Alabama’s Major Party Chairs Comment After 2016 Election

November 10, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Republican Party Chairperson Terry Lathan was exuberant after the last of the results came in from Tuesday’s election, which saw Donald J. Trump pull off a major upset in defeating Democratic Nominee and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

“The Alabama Republican Party is thrilled with the results of this year’s election,” Lathan stated. “We look forward to having a Republican president return to the highest office in the land… President Trump will make our nation stronger with his commitment to upholding the Constitution and protecting Americans through conservative policies. We know he will hold true to his campaign promise and put America First. Next to his Inauguration Day, we anxiously await President Trump’s Supreme Court appointments.”
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Young Republicans Prepare Get Out The Vote Efforts in Jefferson County

October 28, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, October 26, 2016, Alabama Federation of Young Republicans Chair Jackie Curtis announced that the Young Republicans (YRs) would be deploying to very purple Jefferson County on the weekend before the November 8 election.

Cutis said in a statement, “Please make plans to join YRs from around the State for our major campaign deployment to lead GOTV efforts in Jefferson County, Alabama. We have District Attorneys, Brandon Falls and Bill Veitch, four incumbent judges, and many qualified judicial candidates on the ballot this year. Jefferson County is one of the only true “purple counties” in the state, which makes this our biggest in-state battleground. We need your help to defeat the Democrats and turn Jefferson County RED on November 8th.”
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Corley Ellis Appears to Be Next Representative in District 41

August 17, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, August 15, the Alabama Republican Party closed candidate qualifying for Alabama House of Representatives District 41 at 5:00 p.m. CDT.

The only candidate who qualified to run for the vacant District 41 seat was Corley Ellis.

Corley Ellis represents Shelby County Commission District 1.

He is from Columbiana, where he is the owner/operator of Ellis Properties.

According to their website: “Ellis Properties, Inc. is a full service Real Estate Brokerage firm that specializes in farms, acreage, timber and land development in Shelby County and central Alabama. We also market and sell residential properties.”
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House District 41 Primary is Set For October 18

July 29, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, July 27, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) announced the timeline for a Special Election to fill the vacant District 41 seat in the Alabama House of Representatives. The District 41 vacancy was created when Gov. Bentley appointed Rep. Mike Hill (R-Columbiana) to be the Superintendent of the State Banking Department.

According to the special election timeline finalized Wednesday the Special Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. If there is no need for a Special Primary Election because the two major parties each have only one candidate, the Special General Election will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.
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BCA’s Canary Cares About Next Superintendent of Education

July 18, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Business Council of Alabama CEO, Billy Canary, and former State Superintendent of Education and current leader of BCA’s education arm, Joe Morton, recently co-authored an Op-Ed in which they pose questions they want answered by the State Superintendent candidates.

Canary and Morton write, “no way are we trying to influence the vote or the final selection…[of State Superintendent]” This is like a hooker telling a John that hard cash will have no bearing on the outcome of their date.
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Loyalty Pledge Impediment to Electing Honest Speaker

June 20, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—At the urging of then Speaker of the House, Mike Hubbard, in 2014 the Steering Committee of the Alabama Republican Party added a loyalty oath to the qualifying packets given to each candidate running for office under the GOP banner. The pledge was added according to a steering committee members after the qualifying rules had been approved. Hubbard, who was then under indictment on 23 felony counts of public corruption, wanted to ensure that House Republicans would reelect him as Speaker, and the fealty clause was a means to that end.
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GOP Lawmakers And Candidates Speak At Train Depot

October 30, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Evoking images from an era long-ago, where the railroads were the primary method of travel, Republican candidates in Jefferson County spoke at the historic train depot in Leeds, AL.

State Representative Dickie Drake (R from Leeds) who represents Alabama House of Representatives District 45. Drake thanked everyone for coming to the event. Drake who was first elected in a special election for the office previously held by his brother, Owen Drake, said that he has no opponent on Tuesday, but urged everyone to vote on Tuesday, November 4.
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