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Ivey addresses Etowah County Republican Party

Brandon Moseley



Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) addressed the Etowah County Republican Party Tuesday at their Martin-Reagan dinner in Gadsden.

“I can remember coming to an Etowah County Republican Party meeting and if we had 25 we though we had a full crowd,” Gov. Ivey said addressing the crowd of six hundred there for the dinner at the Venue at Coosa Landing. “God bless you.”

“I had just three hours notice before I became the 54th governor of Alabama,” Ivey said. “That night, I spoke to my fellow Alabamians and promised that we would have an open honest transparent government.”

“I have delivered on each of those promises,” Ivey said. “We have steadied the ship.”

Ivey said that she had to evaluate the cabinet that she inherited. Ultimately, she replaced about half of them. The Governor praised her cabinet. “They are my teammates and co-workers.”

Ivey said that her strong start strong finish education plan has three core focuses: Pre-K through grade three, computer science education, and preparing students for the workforce.

“They are 5000 vacant jobs paying in the $80,000 bracket in Alabama in the area of computer science,” Gov. Ivey said because we don’t have workers with the skills to fill them.

“I was proud to sign the largest middle class tax cut in history,” Ivey said. “I signed the largest education budget in a decade and I am proud of that. Both budgets combined are right at $9 billion.”


(When Ivey entered office) “There were only 313 state troopers,” Ivey said. “That wasn’t safe for the troopers, much less the people of Alabama. I worked with the legislature and by February we will have more than 400 law enforcement officers on our highways.”

Ivey said that the election is right in the middle of football season. “Right now the people of Alabama are looking for a head coach. I am the only one with experience working at this level. Our state has won every single game while I have been governor.”

Gov. Ivey faces Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter “Walt” Maddox (D).

“What search committee would even consider hiring someone who has never even coached a game at this level?” Ivey asked.

Gov. Ivey was followed by Republican Lieutenant Governor candidate state Representative Will Ainsworth R-Guntersville.

“She has not made a mistake,” Ainsworth said. “She has restored our reputation.”

On the Governor’s education plan, Rep. Ainsworth said, “I support her plan 100 percent. My two children are public school students in Alabama. I want them to have the same opportunities,” as children anywhere else in the country.

“The confidence in the private sector is at an all-time high,” Ainsworth said.

Ainsworth said that polling shows that most people my age believe that socialism, not capitalism, is the prefered way. “Socialism is not the answer, capitalism is the answer.”

“I am honored to be the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor,” Ainsworth concluded.

The Chairman of the Etowah Republican Party is state Senator Phil Williams (R).

“This is not a room that would have been full fifteen years ago,” Chairman Williams said. “I believe that after November sixth we will be entirely a Republican County.”

The general election will be November 6.



Alabama Republicans will hold summer meeting August 1

Brandon Moseley



Tuesday, the Alabama Republican Party announced 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.”

“I encourage you and your county parties to use your time this summer working on your political plans,” Chairman Lathan told the members of the Executive Committee. “We have asked the chairs to turn in your tentative plans to us by July 1 so we all can prepare early to win back the US Senate race and re-elect President Trump. It’s Great to be a Republican.”

Re-electing Donald J. Trump (R) and defeating Democratic incumbent Senator Doug Jones are the focus 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 (R-Haleyville) and Mike Rogers (R-Saks) who face Democratic challengers. Congressional Districts One and Two 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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Russell Bedsole announces candidacy for House District 49

Brandon Moseley



Tuesday, Russell Bedsole announced his candidacy for Alabama House of Representatives District 49.

Bedsole has 22 years of experience with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. He has also been elected twice by the citizens of Alabaster to represent Ward 5 on the Alabaster City Council. Bedsole’s campaign said that his time of service, Alabaster has benefited from positive economic growth, a first-class school system, and a high quality of life.

Bedsole describes himself as a conservative Christian candidate.

“I believe that life starts at conception, that the 2nd amendment should be protected, that our taxes need to be low and fair, and that our cities and counties need their fair share of infrastructure support,” Bedsole declared.

Bedsole says that he is dedicated to the service of the citizens of District 49 and standing up for conservative values.

Bedsole is the only current public sector employee serving on the current city council, where he has fought to enhance the benefits of Alabaster employees.

Bedsole promised to make District 49 a great place to live for all of its citizens by working to improve District 49’s infrastructure and traffic flow, increase economic development, and advance school systems.

“I have spent many successful years with my family by my side serving my community and demonstrating the type of leadership the people of District 49 will appreciate,” Bedsole stated. “I am patient enough to listen to those who have something to say, but bold enough to speak up for those who feel like they do not have a voice.”


“I humbly ask for your vote on August 4th to allow me to serve District 49,” concluded Bedsole.

Bedsole joins a crowded Republican primary field. James Dean, Chuck Martin, Jackson McNeely, Mimi Penhale, and Donna Strong are also running for the Republican nomination for House District 49.

The vacancy in House District 49 was created when State Rep. April Weaver (R-Briarfield) resigned to join the Trump administration as a regional director of the Department of Health and Human Services.

House District 49 consists of portions of Bibb, Shelby and Chilton Counties.

The special primary election for House District 49 will be held on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. If a runoff election is needed, it will be held on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. The special general election will be held on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

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Alabama Farmers Federation endorses Jerry Carl

Brandon Moseley



Tuesday, the Alabama Farmers Federation’s political action committee, FarmPAC, announced that they have endorsed Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl (R) for Alabama’s First Congressional District.

“We take pride in being a grassroots organization with local leaders driving the endorsement process,” said Federation President Jimmy Parnell. “After a careful consideration, county Federations in southwest Alabama made their recommendation, and I am pleased to announce the Alabama Farmers Federation has endorsed Jerry Carl. Alabama’s 1st Congressional district has a rich heritage rooted in agriculture and timber, and Jerry will be strong advocate from those industries in Washington.”

Carl expressed his appreciation for the Federation’s endorsement.

“It is an incredible honor to have the endorsement of the Alabama Farmers Federation,” Carl said. “With agriculture being our state’s largest industry, our farmers are the backbone of our state and our economy. They represent the hard-working interests of the district that I will fight for in Congress as we work to get our economy back on track. \The Federation knows I will fight tirelessly for the president’s agenda and will do what is needed to support the hard-working men and women who put food on our tables and clothes on our backs.”

Congressional endorsements are recommended by county Federations in each district based on the candidates’ positions on key issues impacting farmers and rural Alabama. Carl is running in the Republican primary runoff against former State Senator Bill Hightower. The First Congressional District is open because incumbent Rep. Bradley Byrne is not seeking re-election. The eventual winner of the Republican nomination will face the winner of the Democratic Party primary runoff in the November 3 general election. The Democratic runoff is between Kiani Gardner and James Averhart.

Other candidates in the July 14 runoff races endorsed by the Federation include: Tommy Tuberville (R) for U.S. Senate, Jeff Coleman (R) in Alabama Congressional District 2, and incumbent Judge Beth Kellum (R) for Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2.

The Federation encourages voters concerned about casting a vote in person to follow guidance from Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill (R).

“Amid coronavirus concerns, it is important to remember that Alabamians who are concerned about contracting or spreading an illness have the opportunity to avoid the polls on Election Day by casting an absentee ballot,” said Merrill. “Alabamians can access the application online or by visiting or calling their local Absentee Election Manager’s office.”

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35 days left to apply for an absentee ballot for primary runoff election





Ahead of the July 14 Primary Runoff Election, Secretary Merrill reminds Alabama voters that there are 35 days left to apply for an absentee ballot.

In order to protect the safety and well-being of our voters, Secretary Merrill encourages those who are concerned about contracting or spreading the coronavirus to apply for and cast an absentee ballot.

Absentee ballot applications can be downloaded online or requested by visiting or calling the local Absentee Election Manager’s office.

Voters may also contact the Secretary of State’s Office at (334) 242-7210 to request an absentee ballot application.

Due to the declared states of emergency, 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. In the case none of the boxes are appropriate, voters can check the box which reads as follows:

“I have a physical illness or infirmity which prevents my attendance at the polls. [ID REQUIRED]”

For the July 14 Primary Runoff Election, the deadline to register to vote is Monday, June 29, the deadline to submit an absentee ballot application is Thursday, July 9, the deadline to return an absentee ballot to the Absentee Election Manager is the close of business Monday, July 13, and the last day to postmark an absentee ballot is Monday, July 13.

Voters who are eligible to vote pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Absentee Voting Act will have until Tuesday, July 14 to postmark an absentee ballot.


The following video walks voters through applying for an absentee ballot:

How to Apply for an Absentee Ballot for the July 14, 2020 Primary Runoff Election

To learn more about testing locations and options related to the coronavirus, please call 1-888-264-2256 or visit

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