Young Democrats Debate Watch

By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

BIRMINGHAM—Young Democrats across Alabama hosted public watch parties for the last presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Wednesday night.

The Alabama Young Democrats, a statewide organization, along with members of their Birmingham, East Alabama and North-Central Alabama chapters, hosted a joint watch party with the Hillary Clinton campaign at the Historic Carver Theatre in downtown Birmingham. More than 250 attendees packed the theatre, booing and cheering together throughout the debate.
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Republicans and Democrats Both Hold Debate Watch Parties In Birmingham

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, October 19, 2019, presidential candidates Hillary R. Clinton (D) and Donald J. Trump (R) will face each other for the last debate of the 2016 presidential election in Los Vegas, Nevada: a state that is essential to both candidate’s presidential ambitions. Both Democrats and Republicans will be holding debate watch parties in Birmingham on Wednesday night.

The Alabama Young Democrats announced that: “Hillary for Alabama is partnering with the Alabama Young Democrats to bring you a night at the theatre, premiering The Final Debate, at the historic Carver Theatre in the heart of downtown Birmingham. The event is FREE and open to the public. The theatre concession stand will be open to attendees, serving popcorn, candy, and a selection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.”
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Human Rights Campaign and Young Democrats Rainbow Caucus Applaud Moore’s Suspension

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, May 7, the Human Rights Campaign and the Alabama Young Democrats Rainbow Caucus both released statements applauding the decision by the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission to suspend Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore (R).

HRC Alabama State Manager Eva Walton Kendrick said, “Roy Moore is an embarrassment to the state of Alabama. He has repeatedly used his authority to discriminate against LGBT people and their families, and to defy federal marriage equality rulings. Moore’s suspension is welcome news, and we expect the Ethics Commission will permanently throw him out of office after reviewing his pattern of intentionally flouting the laws he vowed to uphold.”
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Alabama Democrats Post 2016 Delegate Selection Plan

 

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, June 10, the Alabama Democratic Party has posted its Delegate Selection Plan for the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Alabama Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy Worley said that the Plan is available on the Alabama Democratic Party’s website for a period of 30 days, beginning June 4, 2015.  The plan contains a calendar of events and deadlines prior to Alabama’s newly passed Presidential Primary Election date, March 1, 2016.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, former Virginia Senator Jim Webb, and Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee are all likely Democratic Party candidates for 2016 at this point.

While Alabama has not voted for a Democrat for President since 1976 the decision to move the Primary up to March 1 means, that the Alabama Democrats’ 58 delegates could be critical for which candidates can remain in the race after March 1, ultimately deciding which Democrat gets the nomination for President.

The Democratic nominee has won four of the last six Presidential elections nationally.

According to the press release by Alabama Democratic Party Chair Nancy Worley, after the public comment period, the Plan will be submitted to the State Democratic Executive Committee (SDEC) for final approval.  Finally the Democratic National Committee will review the plan following the SDEC’s approval.

The Plan specifies how Democratic Presidential Candidates gain access to the ballot, how Alabama’s 58 delegates and 4 alternates are determined in congressional district elections and by the State Democratic Executive Committee, and how a registered voter may qualify and run for a delegate position.

The Alabama Young Democrats released a statement expressing support for the delegate plan, “We’re glad to see that the Party is incorporating young people in their delegate selection process, and we feel confident that they have set our youth participation goals fairly. We have had very productive conversations with Chairwoman Worley and we are confident that she is fully invested in growing youth involvement in the Party. We’re looking forward to the delegate selection process and to giving more young people an opportunity to represent Alabama on the national level.”

The process to adopt the 2016 Delegate Selection Plan officially began June 3, 2015, with an Affirmative Action Committee meeting to review, modify and adopt the Draft Plan, including an Affirmative Action Plan. The Alabama Democratic Party seeks a diverse group of candidates on the March 1 ballot.

To read the plan in its entirety visit the Alabama Democrats website:

www.aldemocrats.org

The public may comment on the posted plan by sending a message to the Democratic Party via a link on the website, aldemocrats.org, calling the Party office, (334) 262-2221, or writing the Alabama Democratic Party, P.O. Box 950, Montgomery, AL 36101.

Nancy Worley is the Chairwoman of the Alabama Democratic Party. She spent more than 25 years as an educator in the Decatur public school system, and is a former Secretary of State and former president of the Alabama Education Association.

 

Young Republicans Gather In Mobile

By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY–The 2013 National Convention of the Young Republican National Federation will convene in Mobile this weekend at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel.

Event guests include several notable Alabama Republicans, including Congresswoman Martha Roby, Senator Jeff Sessions and Governor Robert Bentley, and Kansas Congressman Kevin Yoder.

According to the convention website, the weekend will include at least 12 break-out sessions on various political topics, many of which will be hosted by well-known organizations, such as the Leadership Institute, FreedomWorks and the Heritage Foundation.
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