Some are using a stalking horse to undermine ethics laws

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The greatest challenge before the Alabama State Legislature when it returns in February is not the budget, schools or Medicaid. It is the slight of hand chicanery used to undermine the State’s ethics laws.

Since the conviction of former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard on 12 felony ethics violations, a coordinated effort has been underway to weaken those laws, with particular focus on how they identify a “principal.” Read More

Incumbent Senator Ousted by Rep. Jim McClendon

By Lee Hedgepeth
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY – Alabama Senator Jerry Fielding was made a lame duck this week, losing by a landslide to Representative Jim McClendon of Sylacauga.

Fielding, who was elected in 2010 as a Democrat and switched to the GOP in 2012, was in headlines this legislative session when he suggested he might move to pass a resolution praising the cast of Duck Dynasty for the controversial statements made in a magazine interview about both homosexuals and African-Americans, prompting nationwide coverage.
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Establishment Candidates Hold On to Power

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R Anniston retained their seats in Tuesday’s Republican Primary.  Not only did they win, most of their allies received big wins as well.

Rep. Mike Hubbard crushed challenger Sandy Toomer by 20 percentage points.

Congressman Mike Rogers and former Governor Bob Riley both descended on Lee County with an army of GOP volunteers to canvass neighborhoods on behalf of the speaker.  That all hands on deck campaign strategy and blistering attacks totally overwhelmed the Toomer campaign.  Hubbard said afterwards, “Humbled by the trust you showed in me tonight. Your continued support is validation that our conservative movement is working. As we move forward to the General Election, you have my word to keep fighting for you.”
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Don’t Let Facts Influence The Vote

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

There will be no tanks on the streets, or soldiers with weapons locked and loaded as we go to the polls on Tuesday.

The only weapon of war that will have been used against the voters of our State, will be propaganda. This killing machine poisons the mind and soul, while leaving the body whole, at least for a time.

So far this election season, the propaganda machine has played mostly to our paranoias, fears and prejudices. This sort of information warfare has become stock-in- trade for modern political campaigns. Whether it’s Sen. Tom Whatley’s campaign photo-shopping an image of his opponent Andy Carter walking at Toomer’s Corner with President Barack Obama, (something that never happened) or Sen. Jerry Fielding a life long Democrat accusing his life long Republican opponent Dr. Jim McClendon of voting with Obama, (an outright lie).
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McClendon Launches July Massacre Out-Raising Opponent 10-to-1

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter


MONTGOMERY—An unexpected battle is brewing in Senate District 11 as veteran republican lawmaker, Rep. Jim McClendon,(R-Springville), takes on newly-minted GOP Senator Jerry Fielding (R-Sylacauga). But if early campaign contributions are an indication of the final results, this will not be a heated conflict but a bang and then a whimper.

In what might be called a “July Massacre”, McClendon out-raised Field 10-to-1 in campaign contributions. According to the secretary of state filings McClendon raised $76,130.00 in July with Fielding bringing in only $7,000.00. The FCPA reports show that Fielding has $14,180.92 in cash on hand while McClendon has $156,956.89.
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Hubbard’s “real republican” incumbents include Obama donor and party switchers

By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—At a meeting in Birmingham last week, Representative Mike Hubabrd (R-Auburn) rallied the Young Republicans to protect the GOP supermajorities against fake Republicans trying to take back the power in Montgomery.

“I’m telling you the race will be determined in the primary,”  Hubbard said.

Hubbard called out groups like AEA, who intend to support pro-eduction candidates on both sides of the aisle.

“We cannot let those entities infiltrate and highjack our primary. They are going to try. AEA in their propaganda has made it clear that Republicans are going to have alternatives in the Republican primary,” Hubbard said.
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Beware infiltrators warns Hubbard

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—  Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard warned young republicans gathered in Birmingham last week that infiltrators will be entering “our primary.”

These outsiders will challenge incumbent republicans. “from the right and from the left,” cautioned Diamond Mike.

Hubbard raised the specter of “The Others,” coming to displace our kind. The “others” are the democrats, who will pretend they are republicans. But who is a real republican?
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Medical marijuana advocate launches bid for State Senate

By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Ron Crumpton has announced that he intends to run for Alabama’s state senate in 2014.

Crumpton, who is from Cropwell, Ala., will run for the 11th senate district, which is currently represented by Jerry Fielding (R-Sylacauga). He has not stated his party affiliation for this campaign, however his fan page lists “Democratic Libertarian” and his personal page lists his political views as “Libertarian Republican.”
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Shelby County Republican Executive Committee Conducts Business Meeting

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, the Shelby County Republican Executive Committee met to conduct party business and discuss strategy in Pelham.

The committee voted to fill two vacancies on their committee. Steve Johnson from Greystone was added to the executive committee.

Johnson said, “Thank you very much for welcoming me to this community. I have been very involved in the Tea Party and the Alabama Legislative Watchdogs.”

The executive committee also voted to add Michael Smith. Smith has been an active member of both the Greater Birmingham Young Republicans and the Shelby County Young Republicans as well as the Alabama minority GOP. Smith said, “Thank you very much and I look forward to becoming more involved.”
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Senate Majority Leader Welcomes Fielding to Republican Caucus

Staff Report

From the Office of Senate Majority Leader Jabo Waggoner

MONTGOMERY – The longest-serving Republican in the Alabama Senate today welcomed Senator Jerry Fielding (R-Sylacauga) to the Senate Republican Caucus.

At a press conference along with fellow Senate Republicans, Senate Majority Leader Jabo Waggoner officially welcomed Fielding to the caucus, a move that boosts the Republican majority in the upper chamber to 23 members.

Fielding, who was elected in 2010, said that while he’s been contemplating the switch for several months, the liberal platform adopted by national Democrats at the Party convention in North Carolina proved that there’s no longer room for this conservative Democrat within the party.
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