Jefferson County GOP says they saw nothing suspicious

December 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, December 28, 2017, the Jefferson County Republican Party released a statement concerning the Roy Moore Lawsuit allegations that he lost the special election due to voter fraud.

“The Jefferson County Republican Party, in cooperation with the Alabama Republican Party and the Moore for Senate Campaign, had trained poll watchers observing the voting process at key precincts in the county during the U.S. Senate Special Election earlier this month,” said Jefferson County GOP Executive Director Jeannie Negron Faherty.  “Additionally, observers were present at both the Downtown and Bessemer courthouses during the counting of the absentee ballots, and JeffCoGOP Chairman Sallie Bryant was present at the main courthouse that night during the tabulation of the ballots.  Chairman Bryant was also present last week when the write-in votes were counted, and former JeffCoGOP Chairman (and current District 47 Constable) Gilbert Douglas was present for the county’s vote certification last Friday.  At no time were there any reports of voter fraud, nor did any of our officials witness anything suspicious in nature.”

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Governor Ivey appoints Mike Anderton Jefferson County DA

November 30, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced that she has appointed Republican Mike Anderton as Jefferson County District Attorney.

“I am proud to appoint Mike Anderton as Jefferson County District Attorney,” Ivey said. “Out of all the applicants, Mike had the most experience, and I know he will work effectively, and with integrity, for the people of Birmingham and all of Jefferson County. Having dedicated his legal career to bringing justice to innocent victims and their families, and working 33 years in the Jefferson County DA’s Office, I am confident in Mike’s abilities to effectively serve as District Attorney.”

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More county elected officials join the Republican Party

November 30, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The 2018 elections are approaching and more Alabama elected officials are becoming members of the Republican Party.

Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan made a statement welcoming the new ALGOP elected officials:

“Today, because of our strong county Republican parties, the ALGOP is thriving,” Lathan Said. “Now, 60 percent of all partisan elected officials in Alabama are Republican. With our steadfast conservative supporters, we can truly say we have a successful and well-equipped team. Our roots are deep and our message is clear as we prepare for the 2018 Alabama Primary Elections. Adding these valuable new members only helps to strengthen and grow our party.”

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Carns predicts Gov. Kay Ivey will run for second term

August 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, August 12, 2017: State Representative Jim Carns (R-Vestavia) told the Mid-Alabama Republican Club (MARC) that he expects Governor Kay Ivey (R) to run for the position in 2018.

Jim Carns was delivering his State Legislature report to the gathered Republican activists at the Vestavia Library.  Carns said that Senate President Del Marsh (R-Anniston) recently announced that he is running for another term in the State Senate.

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Jeffco GOP Condemns Birmingham Resolution Designating the City as a Sanctuary City

February 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 the Jefferson County Republican Party Executive Committee approved a resolution condemning the Birmingham City Council’s vote to designate Alabama’s largest city as a “Sanctuary City”.

Jefferson County Republican Party Chairman Sallie Bryant said in a statement, “Not only are the actions of the Birmingham City Council expressly against established state law, after speaking with several lawmakers and business leaders, it’s clear this move will have a negative effect on our county’s economic development efforts to recruit new businesses to the area,” Chairman Sallie Bryant said.
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Lottery Is Dead For November 8 Ballot and Foreseeable Future

August 24, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Senate debated the lottery for four days of this Special Session. On Tuesday, August 23, it took the Alabama House of Representatives just a few minutes to effectively kill the lottery, without ever even discussing it in a committee.

Freshly energized lottery opponents used the tight timeline and a rarely used parliamentary maneuver to kill the lottery bill for the November 8 ballot. Wednesday, August 24, was the last day for the lottery bill to pass out of the House in time for the November 8 Presidential election. Inexplicably the House chose not to meet on Saturday or Monday. It was a fatal mistake by the House leadership. The leadership had assigned State Senator Jim McClendon’s (R-Springville) Senate Bill 3 to the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee; but there was no scheduled meeting of the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee.
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Some Republicans Claim Lottery Could Hurt Republican Candidates

August 23, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

A growing chorus of GOP insiders are urging the members of the House of Representatives to reject a controversial constitutional amendment, to vote on a lottery on the November 8, Presidential election ballot.

They argue that a lottery vote will only bring a disproportionate number of Democrats to the polls.

Jefferson County Republican Party Chair Sallie Bryant recently wrote, that a General Election vote on the lottery, “Would be disastrous for Republicans in Jefferson County, as it would drive up Democrat turnout in a year when it is expected to be lower. We’ve already put so much work into this election — not just our incumbents and new candidates who have been out campaigning, but members of our Executive Committee who have spent countless hours organizing and fundraising on their behalf.”
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Opposition to Lottery is Growing

August 19, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Polls routinely show us that most people in Alabama favor having a lottery of some sort; but there is huge disagreement on the details and where that money should go. Four of the twelve legislative days in this Special Session have been burned up and no lottery bill has yet to pass on the floor of either House as opposition to the lottery as presented is only growing stronger and support for a lottery to bail out the General Fund is rapidly evaporating.
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Rising Republican Star Killed in Car Crash

March 22, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Saturday, March 19, the President of the Jefferson County School Board, Dean Taylor, age 35, died in an automobile accident.  Taylor was active in the Greater Birmingham Young Republicans, Jefferson County Republicans, Young Republican Federation of Alabama and was considered a rising star in GOP politics.

The Chair of the Jefferson County Republican Party Sallie Bryant said in a statement, “Our heartfelt condolences to the family of Jefferson County BOE member Dean Taylor, who lost his life in a tragic accident overnight. He was an exemplary public servant who fought tirelessly to improve education for all students and provide our teachers the resources they needed. He will be greatly missed.”
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