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Candidates appeal for votes from the Shelby County Republican Women

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Saturday, several candidates were in Indian Springs to attend a candidate’s forum sponsored by the Republican Women of Shelby County at the Indian Springs Town Hall. Debra Jones is running for Alabama Supreme Court associate justice.

Jones said that her parents named her after Debra who was a Judge in the Bible.

After law school she worked as an assistant district attorney. Then Jones practiced law for 16 years. She also started the Children’s Advocacy Center. Jones became a judge by running against a Democratic incumbent that had been in office for 21 years.

“The nine judges who sit on the Alabama Supreme Court will decide the culture in which you and your children live,” Jones said.

Bill Cole is running for the Court of Criminal Appeals.

“I have practiced law for 13 years,” Cole said.

“I have four children coached sports taught Sunday School,” Cole said. “I am a member of MARC (the Mid-Alabama Republican Club). I go regularly. I have met so many people in the last two years.”

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Cole said that as a judge, “It is important to manage your docket and keep it in good shape; and I intend to do the same thing on the court of criminal appeals.”

Dr Robin Litaker is running for Public Service Commission.

“I am not a politician,” Litaker said. “I am a 32 and a half year veteran of the Alabama Public School system. I have been a teacher of the year. I have been a principal and an assistant principal.”

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“I am a Christian,” Litaker said. “I am a lifelong Republican like my daddy and my granddaddy.” “I have a lot of experience on boards. I have stood up to Dr. Paul Hubbert a number of times, sometimes face to face.” “I have years of experience studying and implementing complex policies and regulations in a fair and equitable manner.”

Litaker promised to be a public servant if she is elected.

Pat Thetford is running for Court of Civil Appeals. Thetford said that he has served as a judge in Jefferson County and has experience in trials and courts.

A number of Shelby County local candidates also addressed the group.

Patrick Kennedy is running for Circuit Judge Place 2.

Sheriff John Samaniego is seeking another term.

The Alabama Political Reporter asked, ICE in the past as had as few as three agents assigned to the state.

Samaniego said that it has improved some. The facility that was built in Etowah County has reduced the number of criminal illegals sitting in jails, but still once one bonds out the state can’t continue to hold them unless a federal authority has come to pick them up.

Nicolle Saia is running for District Judge in Shelby County. She is an alumnus of Cumberland Law School.

Saia sits on the board of the Montessori school and is very involved civilly.

Jule Palmer is running for re-election to her judgeship.  She addressed the group asking for their support.

Sharon Cooper is running for Shelby County Circuit Clerk.

“I am a Christian, a Republican and a lifelong Shelby County resident,” Cooper said. “I have served 30 years in the circuit clerk’s office. I am currently your chief Magistrate. I am for term limits. I will be a working clerk.”

Mary Harris is also running for circuit clerk.

“I had worked for the Circuit Clerk’s office for 26 years when I was elected in 1999,” Harris said.

Allison Boyd is running for Shelby County Judge of Probate.

Boyd said that she has a degree from Samford, a MBA from UAB, and a law degree from Cumberland.

Boyd said that she worked in the D.A.s office in Tuscaloosa and then moved back to Shelby county.

I worked crimes against children,” Boyd said. “I sent a lot of people to prison, some for the rest of their lives. I moved to the drug court level. There I worked on getting people’s lives back on track. I accepted a position with the probate court and have worked there for the last two years.”

State Representatives Arnold Mooney, R-Indian Springs, said that candidates like him who are unopposed in the primary will not be on the primary ballot.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle is running for the Republican nomination for governor. Battle also addressed the Shelby County Republican Women.

“In about 17 days you are going to pick your new governor,” Battle said. “Your vote will take us away from the last 30 years.”

The Shelby County Republican Women are the official affiliate in Shelby County of the Alabama Federation of Republican Women. Dawn Ray is the President and they normally meet on the third Saturday of each month.

Brandon Moseley is a senior reporter with eight and a half years at Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Facebook. Brandon is a native of Moody, Alabama, a graduate of Auburn University, and a seventh generation Alabamian.

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Jones to attend Auburn student forum, Tuberville hasn’t yet responded to invitation

Jones has agreed to attend the forum, but it was unclear whether Tuberville planned to attend.

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Sen. Doug Jones, left, and Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville, right.

The College Democrats at Auburn University and the College Republicans at Auburn University have asked U.S. Senator Doug Jones, D-Alabama, and his Republican opponent, Tommy Tuberville, to attend a student forum on Wednesday.

“We are excited to invite the candidates running for our U.S. Senate seat and provide this opportunity for any Auburn student to hear directly from them, and we hope it will inform our student bodies’ decisions with the November 3rd election only days away,” said Carsten Grove, president of the College Democrats at Auburn University, in a statement.

Jones has agreed to attend the forum, Auburn University College Democrats confirmed for APR on Sunday, but it was unclear whether Tuberville planned to attend. The student organization  was still awaiting a response from Tuberville’s campaign.

Jones has for months requested Tuberville join him in a debate, but Tuberville has declined.

“AUCR takes great pleasure in coming together with AUCD to co-host the Alabama Senate candidates in this forum. We are looking forward to a very informative and constructive event,” said Lydia Maxwell, president of the College Republicans at Auburn University.

Dr. Ryan Williamson, assistant professor of political science, is to emcee the forum, which will be open to all Auburn University students in the Mell Classroom Building at 6 p.m., according to a press release from the College Democrats at Auburn University.

Students will be permitted 30 seconds to ask a question of either candidate, and each candidate will have two minutes to answer, according to the release.

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Capacity at the forum will be limited and precautions taken due to COVID-19. Any student with an Auburn ID is welcome and attendance will be first come, first served.

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Trump Truck and boat parades this weekend

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Trump boat parade

As Election Day draws near, Alabama Republicans are excited about promoting the re-election of Donald J. Trump as President and the election of Tommy Tuberville for U.S. Senate. This weekend two pro-President Trump events are happening in the state. There will be a truck parade from Ashland to Phenix City on Saturday sponsored by the Clay County Republican Party, while there will also be a boat parade on Wilson Lake in the Shoals sponsored by the Colbert County Republican Party on Sunday.

The pickup trucks will assemble at the Ashland Industrial Park in Clay County, 8240 Hwy 9, Ashland. There is a pre-departure rally at 10:00 a.m. central standard time. The trucks will depart at 11:00 a.m. and then proceed on a parade route that will take them into the bitterly contested swing state of Georgia. The Trump Pickup Parade will wind through east Alabama and West Georgia traveling through LaGrange and Columbus before concluding near the Alabama/Georgia line in Phenix City, 332 Woodland Drive, Phenix City at approximately 2:00 p.m. central time. Speakers will begin at 3:00. Trump flags will be on sale at the event.

The Phenix Motorsports Park will be hosting what sponsor hope could possibly the world’s largest Pickup Tuck parade in U.S. history that is routing over 50 mile through Georgia in effort to “pickup” President Trump’s numbers in GA.

A number dignitaries have been invited to address the Phenix City rally, including Coach Tuberville. Former State Sen. Shadrack McGill, Trump Victory Finance Committee member former State Rep. Perry O. Hooper Jr., and Paul Wellborn, the President and CEO of the largest Family owned Kitchen Cabinet manufacture in the USA are among the featured speakers who have committed to speak at the event.

Entertainment will be provided by: Charity Bowden, an up and coming country music singer who was the runner up on “The Voice”. Charity will sing ‘I am Proud to be an American’ as well as songs from her Voice performances. The McGill Girls will also perform. The three beautiful and talented sisters will be singing patriotic songs in three part harmony. Geoff Carlisle, a professional DJ will be keeping the crowd pumped with music and entertainment.

Following the speakers and the entertainment there will Trump truck-vs- Joe Bidden truck races down the drag strip for the finale.

The Northwest Alabama boat parade will be on Sunday. The boats will gather at 2:00 p.m. near Turtle Point and then the flotilla will parade around the open waters of Wilson Lake til 3_00 p.m.. There will be a contest for best decorated Trump boats.

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Trump supporters have held a number of large boat parades across the state to show their support for the re-election of Pres. Trump.

Boat parade sponsors say that this parade will be: pro-American, pro-law enforcement, pro-military.

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Opinion | Doug Jones’s pathway to victory: Substance over lies

Jones said his work in the Senate should prove to the people of the state that party matters less than productivity. 

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Alabama Sen. Doug Jones speaks during the Democratic National Convention.

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones believes voters will ultimately see through Tommy Tuberville’s lazy campaign and lies, and that enough of them will be moved by his work over the last two years to send him back to D.C. 

Jones’ comments came during a lengthy interview on the Alabama Politics This Week podcast. He also discussed his plans to address some of Alabama’s most pressing issues and also praised Sen. Richard Shelby, an Alabama Republican.  

But it was Jones’ comments about Alabama voters — and whether too many of them are incapable of moving away from the Republican Party — that were most interesting. Jones still believes there are open-minded voters in the state, and that there isn’t enough attention being paid to polls showing a growing dissatisfaction in Alabama with President Donald Trump. 

“There are a number of things that Donald Trump has done that people (in Alabama) don’t agree with,” Jones said. “There are a number of things that he’s done that’s hurt Alabama and that they’re not OK with. That’s where I come in.”

Jones said his work in the Senate, where he’s sponsored the most bipartisan legislation over the last two years, should prove to the people of the state that party matters less than productivity. 

“I tell everyone, you owe it to yourself to look at every candidate and every issue,” Jones said. “I do that. I’ve been a Democrat all my life but I don’t think that I have ever pulled a straight lever. Because I look at every issue. I will tell you that there have been times that I didn’t vote for people who are Democrats for whatever reason — I just couldn’t do it. I think we owe it to ourselves to do that.”

Jones had the perfect example to drive the point home. 

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“Y’all all know our state auditor, Jim Zeigler? Jim wasn’t always a Republican. Jim’s first runs for office were as a Democrat. 

“I rest my case.”

You can listen to the full interview at the Alabama Politics This Week website, or you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. 

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Trump to visit Pensacola tonight

Trump is making a push in Florida in the final weeks of the election, and Northwest Florida is part of his strategy.

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President Donald Trump speaks at the Republican National Convention

Neither presidential candidate is likely to visit Alabama before the general election, as both campaigns accept that Alabama will be certainly in President Donald Trump’s camp on election day no matter what else happens. While Alabama is not a swing state, Georgia and Florida are both in play, and both campaigns are devoting enormous resources there.

Trump is making a push in Florida in the final weeks of the election, and Northwest Florida is part of his strategy. Trump will be just across the Florida-Alabama state line visiting Pensacola and is scheduled to address supporters at the ST Engineering hangar beginning at 7 p.m. CT.

The doors open at 4 p.m. and the event begins at 7:00 p.m.

The president’s rally tonight comes right after a visit to Pensacola last week by Second Lady Karen Pence and is one of many Florida campaign events planned for Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

Trump arrived in Florida after Thursday’s final presidential debate with Joe Biden. He is scheduled to hold a campaign event in The Villages before traveling to Pensacola. The president will spend the night at his Palm Beach resort Mar-a-Lago and will vote early Saturday.

The vice president will hold rallies in Lakeland and Tallahassee on Saturday. Florida has 27 electoral college votes. It would be very difficult for Trump to get the 270 electoral college votes necessary to win without winning Florida.

Democrats warn that attending a Trump rally could be dangerous due to the coronavirus threat.

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“The last thing Floridians need is for Donald Trump to host more potential superspreader rallies across our state,” Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo said in a statement on the rally in Pensacola. “What we do need, however, is a president capable of putting Floridians ahead of his own self-interest and get this pandemic under control.”

Most recent polls have Trump trailing Biden in Florida. Tickets are required to attend the rally.

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