Republicans finalize field of State House candidates

February 12, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Qualifying for state house races ended for the 2018 election on Friday.

The Republican Party is hoping that they can hold on to their super majority in the Alabama House of Representatives.  Democrats are challenging the Republicans in 77 of the 105 House of Representatives seats (almost 74 percent).

The GOP primary field has fewer competitive contests that it had four years ago; but it did grow larger on the last day of qualifying.

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Preview of who has qualified as Republicans in State House Races

February 9, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Today is the last day to qualify for political office in the 2018 election as a major party candidate.

Since the Republican wave election of 2010, the Republican Party has had a super majority in the Alabama House of Representatives.  Democrats have recruited a large slate of candidates to challenge the GOP.

A number of incumbents have decided not to seek re-election so this will be a much larger turnover than what Alabama experienced in 2014, before even taking into account any possible upsets in the GOP primaries though there are far fewer (with just hours left) races with competitive primaries than four years ago.

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Qualifying has been slow for state Senate races  

January 29, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

There are only two weeks left in candidate qualifying and there are not a lot of qualified Republican Primary candidates at this point.

Four years ago, Mike Hubbard and his perceived corrupting influence on the Republican Party had a polarizing effect that drew many challengers.  The Alabama Education Association was also funding a lot of those insurgent campaigns.  Most of the challengers failed; but there were competitive GOP primary races all over the state.  This time around, at this point, there are only seven races out of 35 seats where there are two or more qualified GOP candidates and in only two of those are the incumbents facing actual primary challengers.

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State Sen. Bill Holtzclaw ends campaign for Congress

January 26, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, State Sen. Bill Holtzclaw, R-Madison, announced that he is ending his effort to win the Republican nomination for the Fifth Congressional District. Holtzclaw, who earlier had announced that he will not run for another term for state Senate, had been challenging popular incumbent Congressman Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville.

“After much consideration I have decided to end my campaign for Congress in the 5th Congressional District,” Holtzclaw announced. “Two weeks ago, I began my final legislative session as the State Senator for District 2. At times it has been ‘rough and tumble,’ but in the end it has been a rewarding 8 years serving as a member of the Alabama State Senate. I’m proud to have championed legislation for small businesses, veterans’ affairs and to combat driving under the influence, along with numerous issues that constituents brought to my attention. I am proud of the passage of such bills and the positive changes they have brought to the lives of everyday Alabamians.”

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Editorial: Accountability Act Shows that Alabama Democrats Are Powerless

March 4, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

In 2010 the people of Alabama gave the Republican Party commanding majorities in both the Alabama House and the Senate. When the Republicans were in the minority, they had very little ability to move legislation through the legislature; but they were very capable of killing legislation that they did not like. A perfect example being efforts by Milton McGregor and Ronnie Gillie to legalize their gambling fiefdoms after the fact. During Democratic Party rule, Year after year McGregor’s Sweet Home Alabama bills would be introduced in the legislature. Hours, days, even weeks would be wasted debating a bill that the Republicans would filibuster. McGregor would pull away a Republican here and there (see Senator Harri Anne Smith for example); but it was never enough and despite having the full support of the Democratic party leadership all of his efforts failed.
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