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Bill to end elections for county school superintendents to be considered by the House

Brandon Moseley



The Alabama House of Representatives is considering controversial legislation that would end elections for county school superintendents.

Senate Bill 280 is sponsored by Sen. Dick Brewbaker, R-Montgomery, and is being carried in the House by state Rep. Steve McMillan, R-Gulf Shores. SB280 seeks to eliminate county school superintendent elections in more than half of the state of Alabama.

The Senate has already passed the legislation and the bill is on the proposed special order calendar in the Alabama House of Representatives for Tuesday.

Alabama Eagle Forum is opposing the bill to end free elections for superintendents.

The groups said in a statement, “SB280 is expected to come up for a vote before Thursday in the House. This legislation will have two horrible impacts on local education.  First SB280 will force over fifty percent of the Alabama counties to stop holding free elections.”

“Counties that hold elections for County Superintendent of Education will be forced to have the local board of education handpick the County Superintendent,” Eagle Forum wrote.  “SB280 removes current rights from local education leaders and parents who live in the county.”

“The second, critical impact of the SB280 is that it also removes local education rights from other counties in Alabama,” Eagle Forum said. “Counties which currently have an appointed County Superintendent will not be able to hold elections. SB280 is modeled after legislation being pushed by special interests in other states to centralize education and reduce local control. SB280 centralizes power in the hands of a few and harms our communities. All legislators should oppose SB280 since it completely removes your right to hold a local election for County Superintendent of Education, and SB280 prevents other districts from holding elections in the future.  Contact your State Representative today.”

Members of local school boards desire more power which is why they oppose elected superintendents and instead prefer appointed superintendents whom they can fire. They have been conspiring with legislators to get more appointed superintendents for years. The city superintendents are all appointed rather than elected.


The 2018 legislative session is winding down and legislators are eager to finish up their work and go home. The two chambers have to concur on the education trust fund budget that is currently in a conference committee, and the House has to consider a measure on whether or not to give education retirees a one time bonus based on the number of years that they worked, but that is the last of their constitutional duties on the budgets. Leadership in both Houses are trying to force controversial pieces of legislation through in the remaining hours of the 2018 legislative session.

The Senate has not released a proposed special order calendar yet; but is believed to be considering a new substitute version of HB317 which exempts economic developers from the state’s 2010 ethics law. Some in the media have been critical of aspects of this legislation. Juvenile Justice Reform is believed to also be coming up on the floor. HB225 is sponsored by Rep. Jim Hill, R-Odenville, and is being carried by Senator Cam Ward, R-Alabaster. If passed it would decrease the number of juveniles being held in lockup and instead provides treatment and corrections services in local programs. The legislation is controversial with some judges and juvenile probation officers.

The House is also considering a plan that would require law enforcement to record the age, race, and ethnicity of every motorist they stop and include that in a database maintained by the Alabama Attorney General (SB84 by Senator Smitherman and Representative Coleman). That was blocked on the BIR on Thursday, but the leadership has put it back on the special order calendar.

Other bills on the House special order calendar include:

  • SB226 by Senator Sanford and Representative Mooney dealing with the lodging tax
  • SB246 by Senator Dial and Representative Sells revising the process to authorizing criminal background checks for EMS personnel
  • SB116 by Senator Sanders and Representative Jack Williams (R-Vestavia) terminates the parental rights of a parent who create their child in the act of rape
  • SB42 by Senator Ward and Representative Fridy deals with Class 8 municipalities, weeds, abatement, and alternative procedures to declare a public nuisance after prior abatement
  • SB8 by Senator McClendon and Representative Phil Williams deals with Treasures and artifacts, cultural resources that are eligible for or listed in National Register of Historic Places, not Al. Register of Landmarks and Heritage
  • SB154 by Senator Melson and Representative England deals with municipalities, ordinances, summons and complaint in lieu of arrest
  • SB96 by Senator Dial and Representative Weaver grants investigators for the State Board of Nursing police powers
  • SB9 Senator Melson and Representative Crawford creates a lifetime state duck stamp option for waterfowl hunters (this bill was filibustered on Thursday by the Black Caucus)
  • SB92 by Senator and Orr/Representative deals with increasing the possible weekly benefit for unemployment compensation, but lowers the length of benefits from 26 weeks to 14 or 20 based on the unemployment rate in the recipient’s county of residence
  • SB160 by Senator Whatley and Representative England would allow the expungement of criminal records for youthful offenders
  • SB322 by Senator Scofield and Representative Faulkner deals with domestic violence protection orders
  • SB297 by Senator Glover and Representative Davis would exempt cottage operations producing baked goods and roasted coffees from obtaining food service permits from the health department
  • SB249 by Senator Melson and Representative Mooney would allow the members of the Advisory Board to the State Health Officer to meet by electronic means and establish rules of procedures for meetings
  • SB151 by Senator Smitherman and Representative Faulkner defines terrorist threats against schools and churches in the criminal code


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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