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Lieutenant governor candidates speak at Vestavia forum

Brandon Moseley



By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Mid-Alabama Republican Club held a forum Saturday for Republican lieutenant governor candidates in Vestavia Hills.

State Rep. Will Ainsworth, R-Guntersville, said, “I moved to Boaz when I was one. My father started a business just him. Today they manufacture locomotives and have thousands of employees. My mom founded the crisis pregnancy center in Marshall County.”

“I have introduced an adoption tax credit,” Ainsworth said. “It expands the adoption credit at to any other state or country.”

“I love Donald Trump and what he has done for the country,” Ainsworth added.

Ainsworth said that people outside the stat know about Nick Saban, but they also know about the Luv Guv and the corruption.

Ainsworth said that his first bill he passed in the legislature eliminated double voting.

“The second bill I passed eliminated something called the revolving door,” Ainsworth said. “People were going straight from government to lobbying. That is a big difference between me and Twinkle. She went straight from the governor’s cabinet to lobbying.”


Ainsworth said that he has an education plan.

“We have got to make sure that all kids have access to technology,” Ainsworth said. “Some parents aren’t doing their job any more. Children are arriving in school that have never read a book before and don’t know their colors. The biggest crisis facing our state is workforce development. I talk to businesses across the state. They say we can’t find people qualified to fill the roles that we have open and when we do they can’t pass a drug test. We forgot the trades. When I went to high school, it was all about where are you going to college. We have got to give parents choice through charter schools.”

“The future of the next 5 to 10 years in Alabama is very bright,” Ainsworth said.

Ainsworth said that he comes from the private sector, is a Christian, is endorsed by the Alabama Forestry Association and the Alabama Farmers Federation.

“I support term limits,” Ainsworth said. “I fought against tax increases. I stood up to Mike Hubband and Governor Bentley and killed a billion in new taxes.”

“It is an honor to serve in the House and would be a privilege to be your lieutenant governor,” Ainsworth said.

Public Service Commission President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh said, “I am running for Lt. Gov. for three reasons: to cut the government fat; we have strong Christian conservative values and they are under attack. It is important to have someone strong in this office and the third is jobs, jobs, jobs.”

“When I was elected to the Public Service Commission they wanted to know what kind of new car I wanted, offered to purchase new furniture for my office and asked how many new cell phones I needed,” Cavanaugh said. “I refused a state car, we didn’t redecorate my office, we did not get a slew of new phones.”

Cavanaugh said that she has cut the number of PSC employees from 119 to 72.

“We had 59 state cars. We changed that,” Cavanaugh said. “Today, you only have a state car if you are going to an audit or you are doing inspections on things like pipelines. I have cut my personal office space by two thirds. We are now sending $13 million back to the state in savings. Thats what we need to do as a state.”

Cavanaugh said she was the first woman chairman of the Alabama Republican Party.

“President Trump has given us a reprieve,” Cavanaugh said. “Now we need to take this chance to reclaim our country.”

“In three years we will have a shortage of 100,000 skilled jobs in our state,” Cavanaugh said. “We have got to improve our workforce. Not every child is going to college; but we need to make sure that every child reaches their potential.”

“I want Alabama to be a beacon for the rest of the country,” Cavanaugh said.

State Senator Rusty Glover, R-Semmes, said we have three good candidates running for this office.

He was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 2002 and has been in the Senate since 2006.

“I come from a very conservative district and they are very happy with my vote,” Glover said.

“The lieutenant governor presides over the Senate, assigns bills to the Senate Committees and approves travel,” Glover said. “He makes the determination if these trips worthy of your money.”

Glover said that he opposed the tax increases in Amendment one.

“I voted against every one of those taxes,” Glover said. “There was a shortage of state troopers on the roads and the Speaker of the House, both pro-tems, and the majority leader all had state troopers driving them back and forth to work. In 2010, the Republicans took control of the legislature and those Trooper drivers were done away with. If I am lieutenant governor, I won’t have a state trooper driving me around.”

“I pledge to be a full-time lieutenant governor,” Glover said. “I am not going to have any other jobs or businesses. I pledge to work with the governor on economic development and workforce development.”

The Mid-Alabama Republican Club meets on the second Saturday of each month in Vestavia.

The major party primaries will be on June 5, 2018.



Secretary of State to evaluate all county registrars





This week, Secretary of State John H. Merrill notified all 204 Registrars in the State of Alabama that their performances would be evaluated following the November 3, 2020 General Election.

“Every agent of the state should be held accountable for their actions – especially those who are tasked with protecting the opportunity for Alabamians to exercise their constitutional right to vote. These evaluations will ensure that Registrars are completing their duties in serving the people of their respective county,” stated Secretary Merrill.

Beginning December 1, 2020, the Office of the Secretary of State will be traveling to all 67 counties to meet with and confirm whether or not each registrar is completing his or her assigned duties.

Section 17-4-35 of the Code of Alabama requires the Supervisor of Voter Registration to evaluate Registrars on the performance of their lawful functions. Section 17-3-2 requires the Secretary of State to prescribe guidelines to assist the State Board of Appointment to determine the qualifications of the members of the Boards of Registrars.

The qualifications are as follows:

  • Capable of following Alabama’s Ethics Laws
  • Self-motivated, reliable, responsible, accountable
  • Resident of county
  • Qualified elector of county (registered to vote)
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Computer skills (Microsoft Office competency including Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Proficient in utilizing an email account
  • Proficient in typing (word and data processing)
  • Ability to utilize a computer, scanner, printer, label-maker, and camera
  • Map reading skills (understanding of local, county, and state district lines, precincts, and polling places)
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills, including customer service skills to assist citizens, voters, election officials, and other offices in-person, by email, and via telephone
  • Understanding and willingness to express office etiquette
  • Ability to work Monday through Friday and some weekends during intervals of the year in preparation of local, county, and state elections
  • Reliable and responsible for working assigned days as agreed upon by the Board of Registrars
  • Must be willing to consider the registrar position as the primary occupation, and must be available for working the normal business hours of the office
  • Must have reliable transportation to and from the office location
  • Understanding of confidentiality and security of private information
  • Willing to retain and protect private information not available to the public
  • Ability to travel to mandatory training sessions one or more times a year throughout the state
  • Required to be a team player and work alongside two other board members in close proximity in the office setting
  • Understanding of Title 17 of the Code of Alabama, the Alabama Administrative Code, and Alabama Attorney General Opinions that apply to the position
  • Willingness to study and learn daily functions of the office using the Alabama Boards of Registrars Handbook and other guidance from the Alabama Secretary of State
  • Proficient in managing, filing, and storing extremely important and permanent documents received in the office, including voter registration applications and voter file maintenance records
  • Capable of learning to utilize multiple systems of software related to voter registration and the Alabama free Photo Voter ID
  • Must be unbiased and completely non-partisan during office hours and during any point in which representing the office
  • Ability to form positive working relationships with local, county, and state election officials and be cooperative and professional when working with other offices

Evaluations will be made public, following completion.

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Alabama House District 49 major party candidate qualifying is closed

Brandon Moseley



Tuesday, the Alabama Republican Party closed its candidate qualifying period for the Alabama House of Representatives District 49 special primary election.

The following individuals have qualified to run as Republicans for the District 49 seat: Russell Bedsole, James Dean, Chuck Martin, Jackson McNeely, Mimi Penhale, and Donna Strong.

The Alabama Political Reporter talked Wednesday to the Alabama Democratic Party and they have also closed qualifying. Cheryl Patton has qualified to run as a Democrat for the seat.

The vacancy in House District 49 was created when State Representative April Weaver (R-Briarfield) announced her resignation to accept an appointment with the Trump administration as a regional director of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

House District 49 consists of portions of Bibb, Shelby and Chilton Counties. The winner will serve the remainder of April Weaver’s term which ends in late 2022.

The special Republican primary election for House District 49 will be held on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. Since only Patton qualified as a Democrat there will be no need for a Democratic Party primary. If a Republican runoff election is needed, it will be held on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. The winner of the Republican nomination will face Ms. Patton in the special general election to be held on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, two weeks after the general election on November 3.

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Coastal 150 endorses Jerry Carl for Congress

Brandon Moseley



Wednesday, Coastal 150 announces their endorsement of Republican Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl for Alabama’s First Congressional District.

Wiley Blankenship is the Executive Director of Coastal 150.

“Our members believe that Jerry Carl is the right person to serve our region in Congress.” Blankenship said. “He understands our unique needs and supports our shared vision for coastal Alabama. We expect that Mr. Carl will represent Coastal Alabama well and look forward to working with him in Washington. “The experience, character and leadership that he brings to the office is what we believe is necessary to solve the challenges facing our region and our nation. “

“In case you missed it, our campaign has picked up some huge endorsements recently,” Carl said. “t’s an honor to be endorsed by these well-respected conservative leaders who know that I will fight for south Alabama in Congress.”

Carl has also been endorsed by the Alabama Farmers Federation, former State Representative Chris Pringle, and Wes Lambert.

Jerry Carl was born in Mobile, started his first company at the age of 25 and grew that small business into numerous other companies throughout the region. In all, Jerry has started over ten different companies ranging from real estate to healthcare and timber, to even the manufacturing of church furniture. Carl and his wife Tina have been married for over 37 years. They have children and grandchildren.

When Jerry was frustrated with the direction of Mobile’s local government, he ran for County Commission where he still serves today. On the county commission he has been a vocal fiscal hawk and advocate for pro-growth, job-creating policies, and is laser‑focused on creating economic opportunities so good-paying jobs can be created.

Carl is an avid hunter, a lifelong supporter of Second Amendment rights, and believes all human life should be protected from the moment of conception.


Carl is promising to build the wall along our southern border, “stop the liberals from imposing a 90% tax rate on hard-working Alabamians,” and “stand with Trump to do what’s right and fight for us.”

Coastal 150 is a comprehensive group of community leaders who work from a grassroots level to the highest levels of government to further the mission of Coastal Alabama Partnership to make coastal Alabama the place to live, work and play along the Gulf Coast. Coastal 150 gives all regional leaders an opportunity to be involved in the development of our coastal region’s bright future.

Carl faces former State Senator Bill Hightower in the July Republican primary runoff. The eventual Republican nominee will face the winner of the Democratic primary runoff. between James Averhart and Kiani Gardner, in the November general election.

First Congressional District incumbent Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) is not seeking re-election.

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Alabama Republicans will hold summer meeting August 1

Brandon Moseley



The Alabama Republican Party announced Tuesday that the state executive committee will meet on Saturday, August 1.

The Alabama Republican Party Summer Meeting is scheduled to be at the Trussville Civic Center, 5381 Trussville Clay Road, Trussville, AL 35173.

“We will be meeting in person and will be following all social distancing guidelines as applicable at the meeting time,” wrote Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan. “As the guidelines change, the ALGOP will plan accordingly for a safe, in person business meeting. The civic center can accommodate the social distancing guidelines with some alternations. However, as of today, special event buildings are closed. We will look for a backup place in case we need one. For now, our meeting is booked at the Trussville Civic Center.”

“Because of the guidelines that require distancing and not knowing what the future brings, the luncheon fundraiser we had scheduled prior to our meeting will be postponed,” Lathan explained. “Seating for 8-10 people at a table is not conducive for now- hopefully this will change sooner than later. It takes us months to prepare for 500 at our dinners, luncheons and meetings. The virus situation has hijacked many of our choices. Stay tuned for information about an exciting event later in the fall.”

Lathan said that, “The guidelines are fluid and our plan will need to adjust accordingly.”

“Please be assured that our team will be focused on having a safe and efficient Summer Meeting on August 1.”

Re-electing Donald Trump and defeating Democratic incumbent Sen. Doug Jones are the focuses of the Alabama Republican Party. Tommy Tuberville and Jeff Sessions are in the July 14 Republican Primary runoff seeking that nomination.

The Alabama Republican Party holds six of the state’s seven congressional seats. They are not challenging incumbent Terri Sewell, D-Selma.


Republican incumbents Mo Brooks of Huntsville and Gary Palmer of Hoover do not have Democratic challengers.

Republicans are hoping to re-elect incumbent Congressmen Robert Aderholt and Mike Rogers who face Democratic challengers. The 1st and 2nd Congressional Districts are both vacant.

In CD1 Bill Hightower faces Jerry Carl in the Republican Party primary runoff. In CD2 Barry Moore and Jeff Coleman are seeking the GOP nomination. Both eventual nominees will face Democratic opponents in the fall.

The Alabama Republican Party holds every statewide office. The highest-profile state office on the November ballot is Public Service Commission President where the Alabama Republican Party hopes to re-elect incumbent Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh.

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