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It’s Election Day!

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The general election is today. If you want to have any say in Alabama’s government going forward, your time is now.

Polls will open across the state this morning at 7:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. tonight.

Republican Governor Kay Ivey is seeking another four years as Alabama Governor. Ivey says that she has “steadied the ship” and points to Alabama’s record high employment numbers and recent economic growth as reasons for her election.

The Democratic nominee is Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter “Walt” Maddox who is running as a pro-life pro-gun Democrat. Maddox is promising to expand Medicaid and push the legislature to pass a constitutional amendment allowing a lottery and a raise in fuel taxes to pay for road and bridge construction.

Most of the other statewide offices are also on the ballot.

State Representative Will Ainsworth (R) is running against Dr. Will Boyd (D) for Lieutenant Governor.

Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) faces Joseph Siegelman (D) for Attorney General.

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Secretary of State John Merrill (R) is being challenged by Heather Milam (D).

Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) faces challenger Miranda Karrine Joseph (D).

Associate Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker (R) faces Jefferson County Circuit Judge Robert S. Vance Jr. (D) for Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Justice.

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Jay Mitchell (R) faces Donna Wesson Smalley (D) for Associate Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

Incumbent Jeremy Oden (R) faces Cara McClure (D) for Public Service Commissioner.

Incumbent Chris “Chip” Beeker (R) faces Kari Powell (D) for Public Service Commissioner.

There are a number of statewide races where no Democrat qualified thus the Republican nominee will appear on the ballot with no opponents.

All seven congressional seats are on the ballot; but only the six Republican incumbents have opponents.

Terri Sewell, D-Selma, has no opponent in Congressional District Seven.

In Congressional District One incumbent Bradley Byrne (R) faces Robert Kennedy Jr. (D).

In Congressional District Two incumbent Martha Roby (R) faces Tabitha Isner (D).

In Congressional District Three incumbent Mike Rogers (R) faces Mallory Hagan (D).

In Congressional District Four incumbent Robert Aderholt (R) is being challenged by Lee Auman (D).

In Congressional District Five incumbent Mo Brooks (R) faces challenger Peter Joffrion (D).

In the Sixth Congressional District incumbent Gary Palmer (R) is being challenged by Danner Kline (D).

All the seats in the Alabama legislature are on the ballots. Republicans currently have super majorities in both houses of the Alabama legislature. They are facing stiff challenges in several districts.

There are also state school board races on the ballot today.

There are also numerous local offices including: Sheriff, District Attorney, county commissioner, coroner, probate judge, revenue commissioner, circuit judge, district judge, school board, school superintendent, etc. on the ballot.

The deadline to make application for an absentee ballot has passed. That was Thursday, November 1, 2018.

All outstanding Absentee ballots must be postmarked or hand delivered by today, November 5, 2018, to the Absentee Election Manager’s office in each county.

Remember that in order to participate in any Alabama election you must be a registered voter. The deadline to register for this election is already passed. That was Monday, October 23.

You must also have a valid government issued photo ID in order to participate. If you do not have a photo ID you can obtain a free voter-ID from your Board of Registrars office or by contacting the Alabama Secretary of State’s office.

In order to vote on the day of the election you must go to your assigned polling place. To learn which polling location go to the Secretary of State’s website.

There is no early voting in Alabama or electronic voting.

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Sanders Wins Nevada

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Saturday, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, appears to have followed his victory in the New Hampshire primary with a victory in the Nevada caucuses.

“First we won the popular vote in Iowa. Then we won the New Hampshire primary. And now we have won the Nevada caucus,” Sen. Sanders said. “Let me first thank the people of Nevada for their support. We put together a multi-racial, multi-generational coalition across the state that will win not only in Nevada, but all across this country. No other campaign has a grassroots movement like we do, which is a large reason why we’re gonna win this election.”

The Alabama primary is just one week away on Super Tuesday.

“We are going to win across the country because the American people are sick and tired of a corrupt administration that is undermining American democracy.” Sanders continued. “They are sick and tired of a government based on greed and lies. It is time for an administration which is based on the principles of economic justice, social justice, racial justice, and environmental justice.”

Sanders received 47.1 percent of the vote. Former Vice President Joe Biden received 21 percent of the vote. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg received just 13.7 percent of the vote. U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, continued to underperform with just 9.6 percent of the vote. Billionaire Tom Steyer of California received just 4.7 percent of the vote. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, failed to gain any momentum off of her strong third place finish in New Hampshire and received just 3.9 percent of the vote.

Sanders is clearly the frontrunner going into the South Carolina primary. The self -proclaimed socialist has won 34 delegates to this point. Buttigieg is in second with 23, and Biden and Warren are tied with eight. Klobuchar has seven delegates.

New York City Mayor billionaire Michael Bloomberg have foregone the early primaries. He participated in his first debate and according to most observers did not fare well. Moderate Democrats have expressed concern that the party may suffer in November if the socialist label is attached to its nominee. Republicans are taking enjoyment from the Democrats’ strife.

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“Michael Bloomberg maybe a Billionaire but when questioned by his fellow Socialist Democrats, he looked like a Deer in headlights!” Trump national finance committee chair Perry Hooper Jr. said. “Mini Mike was clear the Debate looser. It is very apparent that the National Democrat party today are controlled by the Left and they are very comfortable with Socialist Democrat, Bernie Sanders. But I think the real Looser is the Democrat Party! The Winner is and will continue to be heavy weight Champion, President Donald J. Trump.”

It takes 1,994 delegates to win the nomination. The next contest is the South Carolina Primary

The Alabama Democratic primary is March 3.

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Alabama Democratic Women to host first Women in Blue Day on March 10

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On March 10, the Alabama Democratic Women (ADW) organization will host their first annual Women in Blue Day, a day where state chapters of the National Federation of Democratic Women meet at their state capitols to speak with their legislators about issues that are of particular relevance to women and families. 

Attendees will gather at the Alabama State House at the Tunnels (11 S Union Street, Montgomery, AL 36130) and all attendees are encouraged to wear blue attire in a symbol of solidarity. Check-in/registration will begin at 9:45 AM.

The day will include a briefing with Democratic representatives, a Capitol tour, brunch, observance of the legislative meeting, and a State Party update at the Alabama Democratic Party headquarters from Alabama Democratic Party Chair, Rep. Chris England.

ADW is a nonprofit political organization dedicated to supporting the Democratic Party and Democratic Women in Alabama, according to their website. The mission of ADW is to “unite Democratic women across the state of Alabama to ensure that we have a seat at the table and that our voices are heard.”

 

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Dr. Frank Wright of D. James Kennedy Ministries endorses Hasdorff for Congress

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Monday, Dr. Frank Wright, Ph.D., President/CEO of D. James Kennedy Ministries, announced his full support for Terri Hasdorff (R) in Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District.

“It’s been said that people with integrity have nothing to fear, because they have nothing to hide,” Dr. Wright said. “This perfectly describes my friend and colleague Terri Hasdorff. With her strong commitment to excellence and personal integrity, and her demonstrated career of effective service, Terri stands heads and shoulders above those who seek elected office largely as a means of gain.”

“I have known Terri almost 25 years, and I am honored to give her my personal endorsement,” Dr. Wright added. “In my judgment, the good people of Alabama will find no more capable, dedicated, and faithful individual to represent them in Washington, D.C. than my very good friend Terri Hasdorff.”

Wright has dedicated his life to years of Biblical service and spreading the ministry’s Cultural Mandate.

Hasdorff is a graduate of Samford University.

Following graduation, she started in the White House Office of Public Liaison for President George H.W. Bush (R). There she worked with faith leaders across the country. Following that service, she went on to work on Capitol Hill for six years where her most meaningful assignments focused on keeping the government and Washington, D.C. elites from discriminating against churches and faith-based organizations. She also worked on the Ten Commandments Defense Act, a bill to defend the right of states to display the Ten Commandments in courthouses and public places, and served as a senior advisor on the Charitable Choice language, which put the Faith-Based initiative into law and still protects faith based organizations from discrimination when accessing federal funding today. Hasdorff has worked on pro-life, and pro-family legislation in Washington. Terri later worked for President George W. Bush (R) as America’s faith-based representative to the world, helping facilitate grassroots partnerships to empower the poor across the globe.

“Throughout my life, I have helped people come together, work together, break bread together, and solve problems together in community,” Hasdorff said. “I will work to bring people together in Congress who share our beliefs on the sanctity of life and marriage, First and Second Amendment rights, the power of the free market, and the sovereignty and the security of America.”

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Hasdorff faces a crowded Republican primary field on March 3.

“These times call for a representative in Congress with the experience, the savvy, and the will to stand and fight and win the battle for America,” Hasdorff added. “I will be that representative. And together, we will tame Washington and revive our land.”

Incumbent Congresswoman Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, is not seeking re-election. Roby was honored by the Alabama Republican Party for her ten years of service to the state and nation at the Alabama Republican Party Winter Dinner on Friday night.

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Doug Jones raises $2.4 million in first fundraising period of 2020

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U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama, raised $2.4 million in the first fundraising period of 2020, according to his reelection campaign, which was $500,000 more than he raised during the fourth quarter of 2019. 

Jones has $7.4 million cash at hand, according to his campaign, which released the totals on Thursday. Jones’s latest campaign finance reports weren’t yet posted to the Federal Election Commission website on Thursday. 

“Alabamians across the state are showing their commitment to Doug’s message of One Alabama and his proven track record of standing up for all Alabamians,” said Doug Turner, Senior Advisor for Jones’s campaign, in a statement Thursday. Doug’s work to support working families, fund our HBCUs, modernize our military and expand and protect our health care is resonating with folks throughout Alabama. We are well-positioned to continue to grow our grassroots support and win in November.” 

Jones ended 2019 leading all of his Republican contenders in fundraising, ending the year with $5 million in cash.

 

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