Cavanaugh attacks Ainsworth for close ties to Marco Rubio

November 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, the campaign for lieutenant governor became heated when Public Service Commission President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh took a shot at opponent state Rep. Will Ainsworth, R-Guntersville, for his association with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida.

“On Thursday night, apparently the Representative running for Lieutenant Governor will be holding a high-dollar, closed-door event with his great friend, Washington Insider Marco Rubio,” Cavanaugh said. “This is the same Marco Rubio that is tight with Mitch McConnell and the DC Swamp; the same Marco Rubio that was a member of the Gang of Eight with the likes of John McCain and Jeff Flake working for amnesty for illegal immigrants; the same Marco Rubio that admitted he disagreed with Jeff Sessions on immigration policy.”

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US Sen. Marco Rubio to endorse Will Ainsworth for Lieutenant Governor

November 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, will be in Birmingham on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. Sen. Rubio reportedly will endorse state Rep. Will Ainsworth for Alabama Lieutenant Governor.

“Come hear Senator Marco Rubio’s endorsement of our campaign on Thursday. The campaign is sponsoring the first 50 people to get in for free to the Reception. It starts at 6:00 PM and goes until 6:45 PM. It is located at the East Hall on the 3rd Floor in Meeting Room 3. Let us know if you would like to come,” Rep. Ainsworth said on social media.

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State Rep. Will Ainsworth holds on to fundraising lead in Lieutenant Governor race

November 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The race for the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor is highly competitive with no clear front runner as the candidates all work on establishing name recognition with voters.

The candidates all reported competitive fundraising in October.  Will Ainsworth, Rusty Glover, and Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh have all declared that they are running for the office in the 2018 Republican Primary.

State Rep. Will Ainsworth, R-Guntersville, had a beginning balance coming into October of $1,058,437.65.  Ainsworth reported cash contributions of $45,075.  Ainsworth reported expenditures of $15,2034.79 and line of credit expenditures of $1,336.96 for an ending balance of $1,088,277.86.

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Rusty Glover endorses US Senate candidate Roy Moore

November 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, November 6, 2017, state Senator Rusty Glover, R-Semmes, announced that he has endorsed Roy Moore in the Alabama special election for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by Jeff Sessions.

“Judge Roy Moore is a principled leader who will be a strong supporter of President Trump’s America First agenda,” Glover said. “The American economy is slowly recovering from the Obama malaise, unemployment is ticking downwards, and more and more job opportunities are opening up for workers. We need a senator in Washington who will support tax reform for American businesses and families, and keep up the forward-momentum of our economy.”

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State Rep. Will Ainsworth endorses Roy Moore

November 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, state Rep. Will Ainsworth, R-Guntersville, announced that he is backing U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate. Ainsworth said that Moore will work to rebuild a strong military and ensure that soldiers and veterans are treated with respect.

“I am honored to offer my enthusiastic endorsement to Judge Roy Moore and his campaign for the U.S. Senate,” Ainsworth said. “Judge Moore embraces and fully supports President Trump’s agenda of repealing Obamacare, lowering taxes on working Americans, protecting our borders, and ensuring we have a strong military with active soldiers and veterans who are treated with the respect and deference they deserve.”

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State Rep. Ainsworth raises over $1 million in Lieutenant Governor’s race

September 6, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

State Rep. Will Ainsworth, R-Guntersville, has raised more than $1 million in the Lieutenant Governor’s race making his campaign funds the top in the race.

In a press release from his campaign, Ainsworth said his campaign attracted supporters from around the state of Alabama. He said he was “deeply grateful” for the support.

“I am determined that our campaign will have the resources necessary to be highly competitive in the Republican primary, a run-off if one is necessary, and the general election, and this finance report shows we are keeping that commitment,” Ainsworth said.

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Alabama Forestry Association endorses State Rep. Will Ainsworth for Lieutenant Governor

August 10, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Forestry Association has endorsed State Rep. Will Ainsworth, R-Guntersville, for lieutenant governor next year. The endorsement comes from the Association’s PAC, ForestPAC.

“With his public record and real-world understanding of how business works, Will has exciting plans to guide our state toward greater job creation and financial stability, while also reigning in regulatory barriers to growth.”

The Association represents more than 250,000 timberland owners and 120,000 employees of the timber industry in Alabama.

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Did the race for Lt. Governor end before it began?

July 10, 2017

By Larry Lee
Education Matters

Candidates for election in 2018 have now turned in their first monthly financial report to the Secretary of State.  This covers the month of June.

These include the three announced Republican candidates for Lt. Governor–Will Ainsworth, Mary Scott Hunter and Rusty Glover.  The differences in the reports are astounding and do not bode well for either Hunter of Glover.

At the start of the reporting period, Hunter had a beginning balance of $50,000.  However, she only raised $6,720 while spending $7,076 and ended up with less in the bank than she had a month earlier.  Glover’s numbers tell about the same story.  He started with $60,911, raised $13,801 and spent $19,199 to leave a balance of $55,513.
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Conservative Opposition to Gaming and Tax Plans (Opinion)

May 11, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

GOP candidate after GOP candidate running for office in 2014 said that they were for limited government, rightsizing government, and no new taxes, yet here we are a few months later and now GOP leaders are telling us that we need new revenues.  Nobody much talked about the revenue issue during last year’s election that has dominated this year’s legislative session.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) is pushing a plan that would take an additional $541 million a year in from the private sector. Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R from Auburn) is proposing over $100 million in new taxes and giving the Poarch Creek Indians a statewide gaming monopoly in exchange for a $250 million one-time windfall payment to balance the general fund.  Even Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R from Anniston) has gotten on the new revenue bus proposing: a state lottery, opening up casinos at Victoryland, Greenetrack, the Birmingham Race Course, and the Mobile Dog Track to Class III gaming as well as the Governor  signing a compact with the Poarch Creek Indians.
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The Answer To Alabama’s Fiscal Crisis Lies In Removing Earmarks And Using Commonsense Budgeting Practices

April 20, 2015

By Rep. Will Ainsworth

Alabama’s General Fund budget, which appropriates taxpayer dollars to non-education state agencies like Medicaid, the Department of Corrections, Public Safety, and others, faces an economic crisis not seen since the darkest days of the Great Depression.

With historically stagnant revenues, rising Medicaid costs related to Obamacare, a prison system on the precipice of federal takeover, and significant funding obligations required by law, a budget shortfall estimated at roughly $270 million looms over the State House.
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