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Alabama Forestry Association makes endorsements

Brandon Moseley



Friday, the Alabama Forestry Association announced its endorsement of candidates for the primary elections to be held on June 5.

For Governor AFA endorses Governor Kay Ivey (R).
For Lieutenant Governor AFA endorses Will Ainsworth, R-Guntersville.
For Secretary of State AFA endorses incumbent John Merrill (R).
For State Treasurer AFA endorses John McMillan (R). McMillan is currently the Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries.
For Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries AFA endorses Rick Pate (R).

For the Alabama Senate, the Alabama Forestry Association endorses:
District 1: incumbent Tim Melson, R-Florence.
District 3: incumbent Arthur Orr, R-Decatur.
District 4: incumbent Paul Bussman, R-Cullman.
District 5: incumbent Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed, R-Jasper.
District 6: incumbent Dr. Larry Stutts, R-Tuscumbia.
District 7: Sam Givhan, R-Huntsville.
District 8: incumbent Steve Livingston, R-Scottsboro.
District 9: incumbent Clay Scofield, R-Arab.
District 10: Mack Butler, R-Rainbow City.
District 11: incumbent Jim McClendon, R-Springville.
District 12: incumbent Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston.
District 14: incumbent Cam Ward, R-Alabaster.
District 15: Dan Roberts, R-Birmingham.
District 16: incumbent Jabo Waggoner, R-Vestavia Hills.
District 17: incumbent Shay Shelnutt, R-Trussville.
District 18: incumbent Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham.
District 21: incumbent Gerald Allen, R-Tuscaloosa.
District 22: incumbent Greg Albritton, R-Bay-Minette.
District 24: incumbent Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro.
District 25 Will Barfoot, R-Pike Road.
District 27: incumbent Tom Whatley, R-Auburn.
District 28: incumbent Billy Beasley, D-Clayton.
District 29: Donnie Chesteen, R-Geneva.
District 30: incumbent Clyde Chambliss, R-Prattville.
District 31: incumbent Jimmy Holley, R- Elba.
District 32: David Northcutt, R-Fairhope.
District 34: Jack Williams, R-Wilmer.
District 35: David Sessions, R-Mobile.

For the Alabama House of Representatives the Alabama Forestry Association endorses:
District 1: incumbent Phillip Pettus, R-Killen.
District 2: incumbent Lynn Greer, R-Rogersville.
District 3: Andrew Sorrell, R-Muscle Shoals.
District 4: Tom Fredericks, R-Priceville.
District 5: incumbent Danny Crawford, R-Athens.
District 6: Andy Whitt, R-Huntsville.
District 7: Proncey Robertson, R-Decatur.
District 8: incumbent Terri Collins, R- Decatur.
District 10: incumbent Mike Ball, R-Madison.
District 12: incumbent Corey Harbison, R-Cullman.
District 13: incumbent Connie Rowe, R-Jasper.
District 14: incumbent Tim Wadsworth, R-Arley.
District 15: incumbent Allen Farley, R-McCalla.
District 16: incumbent Kyle South, R-Fayette.
District 20: incumbent Howard Sanderford, R-Huntsville.
District 21: Rex Reynolds, R-Huntsville.
District 22: incumbent Ritchie Whorton, R-Owens Cross Roads.
District 23: incumbent Tommy Hanes, R-Bryant.
District 24: incumbent Nathaniel Ledbetter, R-Rainsville.
District 25: incumbent Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon, R-Monrovia.
District 26: incumbent Kerry Rich, R-Guntersville.
District 27: Wes Kitchens, R-Arab.
District 29: incumbent Becky Nordgren, R-Gadsden.
District 31: incumbent Mike Holmes, R-Wetumpka.
District 34: incumbent David Standridge, R-Hayden.
District 36: incumbent Randy Wood, R-Anniston.
District 37: incumbent Bob Fincher, R-Woodland.
District 40: incumbent K.L. Brown, R- Jacksonville.
District 41: incumbent Corley Ellis, R-Columbiana.
District 43: incumbent Arnold Mooney, R-Indian Springs.
District 44: incumbent Danny Garrett, R-Trussville.
District 45 incumbent Dickie Drake, R-Leeds.
District 46: incumbent David Faulkner, R-Birmingham.
District 47: David Wheeler, R-Vestavia.
District 48: incumbent Jim Carns, R-Birmingham.
District 49: incumbent April Weaver, R-Alabaster.
District 50: incumbent Jim Hill, R-Odenville.
District 51: incumbent Allen Treadaway, R-Morris.
District 53: incumbent Anthony Daniels, D-Huntsville.
District 55: incumbent Rod Scott, D-Fairfield.
District 61: Rodney Sullivan, R-Northport.
District 62: incumbent Rich Wingo, R-Tuscaloosa.
District 63: incumbent Bill Poole, R-Tuscaloosa.
District 65: incumbent Elaine Beech, D-Chatom.
District 66: incumbent Alan Baker, R-Brewton.
District 67: incumbent Prince Chestnut, D-Selma.
District 68: incumbent Thomas Jackson, D-Thomasville.
District 70: incumbent Chris England, D-Tuscaloosa.
District 71: incumbent A.J. McCampbell, D-Livingston.
District 72: incumbent Ralph Howard, D-Greensboro.
District 73: incumbent Matt Fridy, R-Montevallo.
District 75: incumbent Reed Ingram, R-Montgomery.
District 79: incumbent Joe Lovvorn, R-Auburn.
District 80: incumbent Chris Blackshear, R-Phenix City
District 82: incumbent Pebblin Warren, D-Tuskegee.
District 85: incumbent Dexter Grimsley, D-Newville.
District 86: incumbent Paul Lee, R-Dothan.
District 88: Al Booth, R-Prattville.
District 90: incumbent Chris Sells, R-Greenville.
District 92: incumbent Mike Jones, R-Andalusia.
District 93: incumbent Steve Clouse, R-Ozark.
District 95: incumbent Steve McMillan, R-Bay Minette.
District 96: Matt Simpson, R-Mobile.
District 100: incumbent Speaker Pro Tem Victor Gaston, R-Mobile.
District 101: incumbent Chris Pringle, R-Mobile.
District 102: Willie Gray, R-Citronelle.
District 105: Chip Brown, R-Mobile.

For the Alabama Supreme Court, the Alabama Forestry Association endorses:
Supreme Court Chief Justice: Lyn Stuart (R)
Place 1 Associate Supreme Court Justice: Brand Mendheim (R)
Place 2 Associate Supreme Court: Justice Tommy Bryan (R)
Place 3 Associate Supreme Court Justice: Will Sellers (R)
Place 4 Associate Supreme Court Justice: Jay Mitchell (R)

For the Alabama Civil Court of Appeals, the Alabama Forestry Association endorses:
Place 1 Court of Civil Appeals Judge: Michelle Manly Thomason (R)
Place 2 Court of Civil Appeals Judge: Terri Thomas (R)
Place 3 Court of Civil Appeals Judge: Terry Moore (R)

For the Alabama Criminal Court of Appeals, the Alabama Forestry Association endorses:
Place 1 Court of Criminal Appeals Judge: Richard Minor (R)
Place 2 Court of Criminal Appeals Judge: Chris McCool (R)
Place 3 Court of Criminal Appeals Judge: Bill Cole (R)

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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.



Justice Ginsburg’s death will supercharge a heated 2020 campaign

The passing of one of the court’s most liberal justices so close to the Nov. 3 general election has set off a political firestorm as to what president should pick the next justice — President Donald Trump or Joe Biden, should he defeat Trump in November.

Brandon Moseley



President Donald Trump, left, and former Vice President Joe Biden, right, are running for president in 2020. (STAFF SGT. TONY HARP/AIR NATIONAL GUARD AND GAGE SKIDMORE/FLIKR)

Just hours after the death of 87-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, conservatives, including the Alabama-based Foundation for Moral Law, said Ginsburg’s passing is an opportunity to reverse the ideological trend of the nation’s highest court.

The passing of one of the court’s most liberal justices so close to the Nov. 3 general election has set off a political firestorm as to what president should pick the next justice — President Donald Trump or Joe Biden, should he defeat Trump in November.

The controversy over when and how to confirm a new justice will likely supercharge an already heated 2020 election campaign. Trump was at a campaign rally on Friday night when he learned about the justice’s death from reporters.

“Just died? Wow, I did not know that,” Trump said. “She was an amazing woman. Whether you agreed or not she led an amazing life. She was an amazing woman. I am sad to hear that.”

Ginsburg, since her appointment by President Bill Clinton, has been bastion of the court’s more liberal wing. The court was divided with four “liberal” justices led by Ginsburg and four “conservative” justices led by Samuel Alito.

Chief Justice John Roberts, though appointed by President George W. Bush, has been the swing vote on a number of major issues since the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy in 2018. Her death gives Trump the opportunity to appoint her replacement and potentially shape the direction of the court for decades to come.

Conservatives want Trump to select the nominee and the current GOP-controlled Senate to confirm the Trump appointee.

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The Foundation for Moral Law — a conservative legal group founded by former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore — released a statement saying that Ginsburg’s passing is an opportunity to move the court in a more conservative direction.

“For many years United States Supreme Court has been a bastion for liberal anti-God ideology,” Moore said. “The passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg will be an opportunity to reverse this trend. I’m hopeful that President Trump will immediately nominate a true conservative who understands that our rights come from God and no authority in this country can take those rights from us.”

“This is a very critical time for our country and our future and the future of our posterity depends upon our vigilance and direction,” Moore said.


Judicial Watch, another conservative legal group, echoed Moore’s statement.

“Judicial Watch sends it condolences to the family of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She had a wonderful judicial temperament that will always be remembered,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “President Trump now has a historic opportunity to nominate yet another constitutional conservative who will honor the Constitution and the rule of law across the full spectrum of constitutional issues.”

“And the U.S. Senate should move quickly to work with President Trump to consider and approve a new justice who will faithfully apply the U.S. Constitution,” Fitton said. “There is no reason we cannot have a new justice by Election Day.”

Trump is expected to put forth a nominee to fill Ginsburg’s seat in the coming days, according to ABC News.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, wrote in a statement that, “President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.”

But Democratic senators and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, disagree.

“The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice,” Schumer wrote on social media Friday, parroting a similar quote McConnell used in 2016 when he refused to give then-President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, hearings and a vote for confirmation to the court. “Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”

Republicans in the Senate blocked Obama from selecting Justice Antonin Scalia’s replacement. Scalia was the most conservative jurist on the court.

Ginsburg was a staunch supporter of abortion rights and voter protections, and she played a major role in upholding Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision protecting abortion rights. She also voted in favor of same-sex marriage and to uphold the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

Most political observers expect Trump to appoint a woman to fill Ginsburg’s spot. Political insiders have suggested that Trump believes that appointing a woman to the court could help him with woman, a key swing demographic that will likely decide the next election.

Will the Senate confirm Trump’s appointment before the election or wait until after the public votes? If Republicans lose control of the Senate, could a lame duck GOP majority select the direction of the court on their way out?

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones has been widely criticized for his vote against the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. If the vote comes before the Nov. 3 election, Jones’s decision on whether to confirm Trump’s appointee will be heavily scrutinized.

The questions about the Supreme Court is likely to only further inflame passions on both sides this election cycle.

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Prisoners quarantined at formerly closed prison kept in unconstitutional conditions, groups say

Conditions are so bad that inmates have been forced to urinate and defacate on themselves because restrooms are not accessible, the complaint alleges.

Eddie Burkhalter



The male intake area at an ADOC facility. (VIA ADOC)

The Alabama Department of Corrections is violating the constitutional rights of inmates being quarantined in deplorable conditions in the previously decommissioned Draper prison, several civil rights groups wrote in a letter to the state’s prison commissioner.

The ACLU of Alabama, the Southern Center for Human Rights, Alabama Appleseed and other groups in a letter to Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn on Thursday detail those conditions, which include no indoor toilets or running water, repeated power outages, deprivation of regular showers and the requirement of incarcerated men to urinate in “styrofoam cups and plastic water” bottles.

“These conditions fail to meet the most basic constitutional standards and present a substantial risk of serious harm to people already suffering from a potentially fatal disease,” the letter reads. “We therefore request that you immediately cease using Draper to house and/or quarantine COVID-19 patients, and instead house them in medically appropriate settings in accordance with Eighth Amendment standards.”

The groups note that Draper was closed after the U.S. Department of Justice, during its investigation of violence in Alabama prisons, noted Draper as exceptionally “dangerous and unsanitary” with “open sewage” near the entrance, rat and maggot infestations and “standing sewage water on the floors.”

In October 2017, the Justice Department informed ADOC of the department’s shock at the state of the facility and a month later ADOC’s engineer concluded that Draper was “no longer suitable to house inmates, or to be used as a correctional facility,” the letter states.

ADOC reopened a portion of Draper earlier this year to house incoming inmates from county jails being quarantined amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but the civil rights groups note in the letter that ADOC failed to indicate plans to also use a classroom without bathrooms, running water or adequate medical care at Draper to house COVID-19 patients from other state prisons.

The groups allege in the letter that approximately 15 cots are located in the approximately 500 square feet former classroom, where at any given time between 5 and 15 inmates are being kept. The only restroom facilities the men can use are portable bathrooms outside, and the men have to “bang on the classroom windows to get officers’ attention.”

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“Though officers sometimes escort the men when asked, they decline at other times and fail to maintain a schedule; thus, the men do not have access to bathroom facilities when needed,” the letter reads, adding that the men aren’t allowed to use the outdoor restrooms between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

“We have further reason to believe that one man was permitted to use the bathroom only three times during a 13-day quarantine. Another man was not taken to the bathroom until his third day at Draper, while another was forced to urinate on himself on multiple occasions after being denied bathroom access,” according to the letter. “One man suffering from diarrhea was forced to wait hours to use the restroom to defecate. Many others could only relieve themselves into styrofoam cups, plastic bottles, portable urinal containers, or trash cans.”

“They had to hold onto urine-filled bottles for hours at a time until they were allowed to leave the classroom to empty them. It is also our understanding that some men held in these conditions did not receive bottles at all; correctional officers simply told these men that they were ‘out of luck,’” the letter continues.


The letter also details instances of alleged inadequate medical care, including a man who was sent to a local hospital with heart attack symptoms after not receiving his heart medication for several days.

The groups are also unaware of any Inmates leaving Draper who were tested for COVID-19 before being returned to Elmore and Staton prisons, the letter also states.

“We also have reason to believe that many of the symptomatic men at Staton and Elmore have not reported their symptoms to prison staff for fear of being held at Draper in the deplorable conditions described above,” the letter continues.

APR has learned from several sources in recent weeks, who asked not to be identified because they have loved ones in Alabama prisons and are fearful of retributions for speaking out, that many inmates who have symptoms of COVID-19 aren’t reporting those symptoms to prison staff for fear of being quarantined. Those family members are concerned that the disease is spreading much more broadly in Alabama prisons than is known as a result, putting their loved ones at greater risk of contracting the deadly disease.

Many of the concerns expressed in the letter were first reported by reported on Sept. 13, which found that access to medical care in Draper is limited and the conditions unsanitary.

In a response to’s questions for that article, an ADOC spokeswoman wrote that inmates at Draper have access to “medical and mental health care, telephones, law library, mail services, and showers.”

“Please remember — Inmates remanded to our custody have been convicted of a crime and handed a sentence to serve time as determined by a court. The unfortunate reality is that he or she, as a result of the crime committed and subsequent conviction, loses his or her freedoms,” ADOC said in the responses.

“This response is unacceptable as a matter of principle, and inadequate as a matter of law,” the letter from the civil rights group states.

“As ADOC knows, the fact of a criminal conviction does not strip incarcerated people of their rights under the Eighth Amendment, nor does it relieve ADOC of its constitutional obligations to the people in its custody, which are to provide them with ‘humane conditions of confinement,’ ‘adequate food, clothing, shelter, and medical care,’ and ‘reasonable safety,’” the letter continues.

On Sept. 16, ADOC reported that there have been 403 confirmed COVID-19 cases among inmates, 21 deaths of inmates after testing positive for COVID-19, and 375 cases among prison staff. Two prison workers have died from COVID-19, ADOC previously said.

As of Sept. 14, there had been 1,954 inmate tests for coronavirus, out of the approximately 22,000 state inmates, according to ADOC.

ADOC on Sept. 16 said that on Thursday the department was to begin rolling out a plan to provide free COVID-19 tests to ADOC staff and contracted healthcare staff using fixed and mobile testing sites.

“In addition, we will test all inmates in facilities that house large numbers of inmates with high risk factors as an enhancement to our current testing protocols,” ADOC said in a press release.

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Alabama Democrats: Tuberville doesn’t have a plan or experience

Brandon Moseley



U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville (VIA TUBERVILlE CAMPAIGN)

The Alabama Democratic Party on Wednesday released a statement slamming Republican Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville for not commenting on Hurricane Sally.

Tuberville is challenging U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama, in the Nov. 3 general election.

“Tommy Tuberville said he didn’t have a clue how to address the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, so it isn’t surprising that he hasn’t offered a single word for the Gulf Coast in the face of a life-threatening storm,” said Wade Perry, the executive director of the Alabama Democratic Party. “He doesn’t have a plan or the experience to tackle an actual crisis. Unlike our own U.S. Senator Doug Jones.”

The Jones campaign has seized on the “Tommy Tuberville does not have a clue” narrative, trying to make the argument that Tuberville, a career football coach who has never held a public office before, lacks the experience necessary to represent the people of Alabama in the U.S. Senate.

Jones used that line several times at a Labor Day appearance in Leeds.

“Senator Jones was on the ground in Lee County after devastating tornadoes and worked across party lines to secure emergency relief for farmers and families in the Wiregrass,” Perry said. “He will always be there to help Alabamians navigate a crisis and save lives— he always has, and always will.”

The Tuberville campaign disputed the ADP narrative.

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Hurricane Sally devastated Dauphin Island in Mobile County as well as Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and Fort Morgan in coastal Baldwin County when it came ashore as a category two hurricane with 105 miles per hour winds.

Sally then inundated South Alabama, West Florida and Georgia with heavy rain, leading to localized flooding. Several roads were closed on Thursday across South Alabama due to flooding including in Troy, Andalusia and Opp.

Almost 200,000 Alabama homes lost power due to the storm. Alabama Power crews are still working to restore power to customers who lost power.


Jones defeated former Chief Justice Roy Moore in a 2017 special election. This was the only time that a Democratic candidate had won any statewide race in Alabama since 2008.

Jones and his allies led an effort to topple the then-existing leadership of the Alabama Democratic Party in 2019. The new chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party, State Rep. Christopher England, D-Tuscaloosa, is trying to make the case that times have changed and the state has two viable political parties.

Republicans are targeting Jones, a Democratic senator representing a very red state. Democrats are hopeful that they can hold Jones’ seat and take control of the U.S. Senate.

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Secretary of State extends absentee voting for Senate District 26 special election






Secretary of State John Merrill has officially extended the opportunity for anyone concerned about COVID-19 to apply for and cast an absentee ballot for the Senate District 26 special election.

The special primary election for Senate District 26 will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 17. If necessary, a runoff election will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 15. The general election will be held on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

Any qualified voter who determines it is impossible or unreasonable to vote at their polling place shall be eligible to check the box on the absentee ballot application that is most applicable to that individual.

State law allows the secretary of state to issue absentee voting guidance during declared states of emergency, allowing Merrill to encourage voters to check the box which reads, “I have a physical illness or infirmity which prevents my attendance at the polls. [ID REQUIRED]” unless another box applies.

For the Nov. 17 primary election, the deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is Thursday, Nov. 12. If delivered by hand, absentee ballots must be returned by Monday, Nov. 16. If delivered by mail, absentee ballots must be postmarked by Monday, Nov. 16.

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