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Alabama Senate Republicans hold onto commanding super majority

Brandon Moseley



The people of Alabama went to the polls on Tuesday and gave a resounding vote of confidence to the Alabama Senate Republican Caucus. Currently the GOP holds a commanding 26 to 8 to 1 supermajority in the Alabama Senate. According to our early calculations, it appears that Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) has grown that to 27 to 8.

Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed (R-Jasper) said in a statement:

“The people of Alabama have again entrusted the reins of state government to conservative Republicans, and we will honor that trust by continuing to pursue policies that will lift every part of the state, from the wiregrass to the Black Belt to the Tennessee Valley. The economy is booming, but there is still work to be done, and Republicans in the Legislature will work hand-in-hand with Governor Ivey to rebuild our roads, bridges, and ports, strengthen our schools, support educators, and position Alabama as a leader for the twenty-first century.”

In Alabama State Senate District 1, incumbent Tim Melson (R) had 32,154 votes, 68 percent. Caroline Self (D) received just 14,975 votes, 32 percent.

In Alabama State Senate District 2, former state Senator Tom Butler (R) received 31,849 votes, 54 percent. Amy Wasyluka (D) had 26,725, 46 percent.

In Alabama State Senate District 6 Larry Stutts (R) received 22,631 votes, 51 percent. State Representative Johnny Mack Morrow (D) had 21,732 votes, 49 percent. Stutts is a doctor and was subjected to relentless negative attacks by some in the media over allegations that he made some errors of judgement in his long medical practice. Despite the attacks, Dr. Stutts won the closest Senate race.

In Alabama State Senate District 7 Madison County Republican Party Chairman Sam Givhan (R) received 28,847 votes, 55 percent. Deborah Barros (D) received 23,942, 45 percent.

In Alabama State Senate District 10 Andrew Jones (R) received 25,809 votes, 61 percent. Independent State Representative Craig Ford received just 16,696 votes, 39 percent. Ford was the former House Minority Leader for the Democrats until he criticized Alabama Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy Worley and Alabama Democratic Conference Chairman Joe Reed. After running afoul of the powerful Democrats, Ford gave up his seat in the House to run for the vacant Senate District 10 seat. Jones is a cattle farmer and businessman from Cherokee County.


In Alabama State Senate District 11 incumbent Senator Jim McClendon (R) received 36,138 votes, 76 percent. Carl Carter (D) received 11,386 votes, 24 percent. McClendon is the Chairman of the powerful Senate Health Committee as well as being the co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Reapportionment.

In Senate – District 12 Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh (R) received 27,352 votes, 65 percent. Jim Williams (D) received 14,971 votes, 35 percent. Marsh is one of the three most powerful people in Alabama state government along with Governor Kay Ivey (R) and Speaker of the House Mack McCutcheon (R). There are a lot of new members to the Senate so the GOP Caucus could replace Marsh as pro tem with someone else in their January organizational session; but that is not expected.

In Alabama State Senate District 13, Randy Price (R) received 31,545 votes, 71 percent. Darrell Turner (D) received 12,804 votes, 29 percent.

In Alabama State Senate District 14 incumbent Senator Cam Ward (R) received 34,910 votes, 73 percent. Jerry McDonald (D) got just 13,135 votes, 27 percent. Ward is the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and has been tasked with task forces studying sentencing and prison reform.

In Alabama State Senate District 16 incumbent Senator Jabo Waggoner (R) received 36,500 votes, 63 percent. Lindsey Deckard (D) had 21,364 votes, 37 percent. Waggoner is Chairman of the powerful Senate Rules Committee. He has served fifty years in the Alabama legislature.

In Alabama State Senate District 21 incumbent Senator Gerald Allen (R) received 33,331 votes, 68 percent. Rick Burnham (D) had 15,956 votes, 32 percent.

In Alabama State Senate District 23 Malika Sanders-Fortier (D) received 30,140 votes, 66 percent. Independent Mark Story received 15,768 votes, 34 percent. Sanders-Fortier is the daughter of longtime state Senator Hank Sanders (D-Selma) who is retiring from his seat in SD23 after decades in the legislature.

In Alabama State Senate District 25 Will Barfoot (R) received 32,968 votes, 61 percent. David Sadler (D) got 20,777 votes, 39 percent.

In Alabama State Senate District 26 incumbent David Burkette (D) received 31,857 votes, 80 percent. D.J. Johnson (R) received 7,843 votes, 20 percent.

In Alabama State Senate District 27 incumbent Senator Tom Whatley (R) received 29,658 votes, 59 percent. Nancy Bendinger (D) had 20,503 votes, 41 percent. Whatley is Chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Forestry Committee.

In Alabama State Senate District 32 Chris Elliott (R) received 45,687 votes, 75 percent. Jason Fisher (D) had 15,165, 25 percent.

In Alabama State Senate District 35 state Representative David Sessions (R) received 28,816 votes, 68 votes. Tom Holmes (D) received 13,694 votes, 32 percent.

State Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed (R-Jasper) told the Alabama Political Reporter that the Senate GOP Legislative Caucus was concerned with Melson, Butler, Whatley, Jones, and Stutts races so had focused their resources towards winning those contests and were winning across the board, except in Stutts race which was a tossup (at that time, since then Stutts has won his race.).

Twelve Republican did not have a general election opponent to deal with. Republican incumbent Senators: Arthur Orr, Greg Reed, Steve Livingston, Clay Scofield, Shay Shelnut, Greg Albritton, Clyde Chambliss, and Jimmy Holley effectively had already been re-elected. Additionally, GOP newcomers: Garlan Gudger, Jack Williams, Donnie Chesteen, and Dan Roberts also had no general election opponents.

Democratic incumbents: Vivian Figures, Roger Smitherman, Billy Beasley, Priscilla Dunn, Linda Coleman-Madison, and Bobby Singleton all also advanced without facing a general election opponent.

The only independent in the Senate, Harri Ann Smith, chose not to seek re-election. State Representative Donnie Chesteen (R) had no opponent for that seat.

While these numbers are not final and are subject to change, barring something unexpected the 2019 Alabama state Senate will be composed of 27 Republicans to 8 Democrats. All the Republicans are White and seven of the Democrats are Black.

Republicans took control of the Alabama Senate in 2010 after 135 years of Democratic control.

The next general election will be in 2022.



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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Russell Bedsole announces candidacy for House District 49

Brandon Moseley



Russell Bedsole on Tuesday 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 during 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



The Alabama Farmers Federation’s political action committee, FarmPAC, announced Tuesday they have endorsed Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl in Alabama’s 1st Congressional District.

“We take pride in being a grassroots organization with local leaders driving the endorsement process,” said Federation President Jimmy Parnell. “After 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 a 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 Sen. Bill Hightower.

The 1st 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 for U.S. Senate, Jeff Coleman in Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District and incumbent Judge Beth Kellum 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 Merrill.

“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,” Merrill said. “Alabamians can access the application online or by visiting or calling their local Absentee Election Manager’s office.”

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





Ahead of the July 14 Primary Runoff Election, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill reminds Alabama voters that there are 36 days left to apply for an absentee ballot.

In order to protect the safety and well-being of our voters, 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

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