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Ivey decisively defeats Maddox

Brandon Moseley

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Tuesday, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) won a crushing victory over Democratic nominee Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox.

“We have done it,” a jubilant Ivey told a throng of supporters. “The people have spoken.”

“It is with immense gratitude that I stand before you tonight as the next Governor of Alabama,” Ivey said. “Together we have made history.”

Ivey is the first Republican woman elected governor in the history of the state of Alabama.

Ivey said that this was also, “The first time in our history when a lieutenant governor became governor and went forward and won election as governor of Alabama.”

Ivey said that the odds were against her and that she had little chance of winning.

Throughout this campaign, Ivey has been dogged by claims that she was in poor health.

Acknowledging the attacks by her critics, Ivey said, “Others claimed I was on my last lap. Nothing could be farther from the truth and we are just getting started.”

Ivey who is age 74 will be sworn into a four-year term starting in January.

“Alabama’s great days are just beginning,” Ivey proclaimed. “When I walk away, I want to leave things in far better shape than when I started.”

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Democrats had talked about a “blue wave” sweeping the state. On election day, the only wave anybody saw was a “red wave” as Republicans came out in force to consolidate all the gains that they have made in the past two election cycles.

Every Republican running statewide won their election and all six of Alabama’s Republican congressional incumbents easily won re-election.   As of press time it appeared that the Republicans would hold on to their super majorities in both Houses of the legislature for another four years.

As of press time, Gov. Ivey had 1,014,821 votes to Maddox’s 686,784. Governor Ivey finished with 60 percent of the vote to 40 percent for Mayor Maddox. 99 percent of the vote have been counted.  Kay Ivey is the first gubernatorial candidate to receive over a million votes since Guy Hunt (R) in 1986. Gov. Ivey carried 53 counties.  Maddox won just 13 counties.  Maddox and Ivey split Maddox’s home Tuscaloosa County with 50 percent each.

Ivey is only the second woman elected Governor in the history of Alabama. The only previous woman governor was Lurleen Wallace (D) in 1966.

Ivey served two terms as Lieutenant Governor before being elevated to governor on April 2017 after then-Governor Robert Bentley (R) resigned over ethics and campaign finance violations.

Ivey grew up on a cattle farm in Camden in rural Wilcox County, went to Auburn University, is a former school teacher in California, has worked at a bank, served in Gov. Fob James cabinet, was law clerk in the Alabama House of Representatives from 1980 to 1982, ran unsuccessfully for state Auditor in 1982, was Assistant Director of the Alabama Development Office from 1982 to 1985, and was Director of Government Affairs and Communications for the Alabama Commission on Higher Education from 1985 until 1998. She ran for Treasurer in 1998. Ivey served as Treasurer from 2003 to 2011. She is 74 years old.

The decisive GOP win, which surprised no one, is the fifth in a row for Republican gubernatorial candidates in Alabama. This victory capped off an incredible 22-year run where Republicans have won

In 2014 Republican incumbent Gov. Robert Bentley received 750,231 votes (63.6 percent). Democratic nominee former Congressman Parker Griffith received only 427,787 votes (36.4 percent). Bentley carried 54 of the 67 counties.

In 2010 Republican nominee State Representative Robert Bentley received 860,472 votes (57.9 percent). Democratic nominee Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries Ron Sparks received only 625,710 votes (42.1 percent). Bentley carried 47 of the 67 counties.

In 2006 Republican incumbent Gov. Bob Riley received 718,327 votes (57.4 percent). Democratic Lieutenant Gov. Lucy Baxley received 519,827 votes (41,6 percent). Gov. Riley carried 45 of the 67 counties.

In 2002 Republican Congressman Bob Riley received 672,225 votes (49.9 percent). Incumbent Democratic Gov. Don Siegelman received 669,105 votes (49 percent). Representative Riley won 33 of the 67 counties.

The last time that a Democrat won was 1998. Democratic Lieutenant Gov. Don Siegelman received 752,087 votes (57.9 percent). Republican incumbent Governor Fob James received 546,504 votes (42.1 percent). Lt. Gov. Siegelman won 56 of the 67 counties.

In 1994 former Governor Fob James (R) received 604,926 votes (50.3 percent). Incumbent Democratic Gov. Jim Folsom Jr. received 594,169 votes (49.4 percent). Gov. James won 23 of the 67 counties. Folsom had been elevated from Lt. Gov.

In 1990 Republican incumbent Gov. Guy Hunt received 633,519 votes (52.1 percent). Democratic nominee Alabama Education Association (AEA) general secretary Paul Hubbert received 582,106 votes (47.9 percent). Hunt won 30 of the 67 counties.

The first time that a Republican won a governor’s election in over a century was 1986. Republican nominee Cullman County Probate Judge Guy Hunt received 1,392.406 votes (56.4 percent). Lieutenant Governor Bill Baxley received 1,074,326 votes (43.6 percent). Hunt won 43 of the 67 counties.

In 1982 former Gov. George C. Wallace (D) received 650,438 votes (57.6 percent). Republican nominee Montgomery Mayor Emory Fulmer received 440,815 votes (39.1 percent). Gov. Wallace carried 62 of the 67 counties.

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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Faith in Action Alabama calls on law enforcement to protect voters from harassment

“In these harrowing days it is incumbent upon all of us as citizens and you and your colleagues as law enforcement professionals to do all we can to maintain this right secured by so much courage and sacrifice.”

Micah Danney

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Nine clergy members from across the state have signed an open letter calling on local and state law enforcement to protect voters against intimidation and harassment at the polls.

The clergy are leaders in Faith in Action Alabama, a regional association of Christian congregations affiliated with the national group Faith in Action, the largest grassroots, faith-based organizing network in the country. It seeks to address a range of issues like gun violence, health care, immigration and voting rights.

This is their letter:

Across our country and here in Alabama, it is being seen that citizens are turning out in record numbers to vote early and by absentee ballots. It is very heartening to see so many of our fellow citizens energized and committed to exercising that most fundamental and critical duty of citizenship, the use of their franchise.  As servant leaders of an ecumenical association of nearly 2,000 faith communities across our state we are certainly encouraging our congregants to fulfill this duty either through early, absentee or day of election voting. For us this is not only part of our civic duty, but as people of faith obligation as well.

Unfortunately, it it also largely known that there are forces in our country that are actively, publicly and fervently at work to suppress the votes of some of our fellow citizens. We write to implore you to use the full authority of your office and department to ensure that those who seek to vote, especially on November 3, 2020 are not assailed or intimidated by illegal harassment in their polling places. We believe these threats are pervasive enough and real enough that proactive measures should be in place as citizens come to vote throughout that day. The strong, visible presence of uniformed legitimate law officers will hopefully prevent any attempts at confrontation or intimidation and violence.

The history of our state is marked by the efforts of tens of thousands of Alabamians who marched, protested, brought legal actions, shed their blood and some even gave their lives that every citizen of this state might have full and free access to the ballot box. In these harrowing days it is incumbent upon all of us as citizens and you and your colleagues as law enforcement professionals to do all we can to maintain this right secured by so much courage and sacrifice.

Please be assured of our prayers for you and the men and women of your department who have the awesome responsibility of providing public safety and equal protection under the law for every Alabamian. If we, the members of Faith in Action Alabama’s Clergy Leadership Team, can be of assistance please do not hesitate to call upon us.

Sincerely,

Rev. Jeremiah Chester, St. Mark Baptist Church, Huntsville

Rev. David Frazier, Sr., Revelation Missionary Baptist Church, Mobile, and Moderator, Mobile Baptist Sunlight Association

Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton, Fifth Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

Bishop Russell Kendrick, Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast

Bishop Seth O. Lartey, Alabama-Florida Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

President Melvin Owens, Alabama State Missionary Baptist Convention

Bishop Harry L. Seawright, Ninth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

Dr. A.B. Sutton, Jr., Living Stones Temple, Fultondale

Father Manuel Williams, C.R., Resurrection Catholic Missions of the South, Montgomery

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Some conservatives oppose Amendment 2

An Alabama Law Institute Committee composed of legislators, judges and lawyers met in secret away from the press and public over 19 months conducting a comprehensive review of Article VI.

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A number of prominent conservative voices in the state of Alabama are urging voters to vote no on Amendment 2 on the Nov. 3 general election ballot.

Amendments 2 and 3 are a rewrite of the state constitutional reforms championed by former Chief Justice Howell Heflin in 1973.

An Alabama Law Institute Committee composed of legislators, judges and lawyers met in secret away from the press and public over 19 months, conducting a comprehensive review of Article VI since Heflin’s revisions were approved in Amendment No. 328 in 1973.

The resulting Amendment 2 is one of the most controversial constitutional amendments brought forward by the Republican-controlled Alabama Legislature since Gov. Bob Riley’s controversial Amendment 1 in 2003, which would have raised taxes by over a $1 billion. That was voted down by the voters, and conservatives are asking voters to similarly reject Amendment 2.

Alabama Eagle Forum is urging citizen to vote no on Amendment 2.

Amendment 2 is a complete rewrite of what is an already complicated portion of the Alabama Constitution, and it does many things. One of these is that it strips the power of the Legislature to impeach a judge.

Under current law, the Alabama House of Representatives can bring articles of impeachment against a sitting judge. If the House impeaches, the Senate sits in trial and decides whether the judge has acted improperly and is guilty of what the House has charged them with.

This closely parallels the U.S. Constitution. Amendment 2 would change all of that and instead the only power in state government who can discipline judges would be the Judicial Inquiry Commission, which brings charges against judges, and the Court of the Judiciary, which determines guilt and punishments.

The Alabama Legislature has not impeached anyone in over a hundred years. Amendment 2 would take the power of impeaching members of the judiciary away from future legislatures.

Former Chief Justice Roy Moore opposes Amendment 2 and explained that stripping the Legislature of the power to discipline a judge for cause takes away a powerful check on the judiciary and violates the principle of checks and balances between the three branches of government. Moore also objected to giving more power to the unelected Judicial Inquiry Commission.

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Moore, like Eagle Forum, also strongly objected to taking the chief justice’s power to appoint his own administrative director of the Alabama Court System and instead gives it to the full Supreme Court.

The chief justice is the elected head of the Alabama Court System, but under Amendment 2, he or she would not be able to hire their own administrator but would be forced to work with an administrator chosen by the Supreme Court as a whole.

The current administrative director of the Alabama Court System is Rich Hobson, who was appointed by Chief Justice Tom Parker. Hobson is in his third tenure as administrative director of the Alabama Court System. The previous two times he was appointed by Moore.

When Moore was effectively removed by the Court of the Judiciary his replacement as chief justice fired Hobson.

If Amendment 2 passes, the associate justices could overrule Chief Justice Tom Parker, fire Hobson and replace him with someone of their choosing.

This situation would also apply to Democrats. The last Democrat elected to the role of chief justice was Sue Bell Cobb in 2006. Cobb was able to appoint her own administrative director of the Alabama Court System, but under Amendment 2, the administrative director of the Alabama Court System would have been someone suitable to the Republican associate justices, who could simply outvote the chief justice.

Moore called this move a “power grab” by the associate justices.

“Amendment 2 is really an anti-democratic and anti-Tom Parker amendment,” Foundation for Moral Law staff attorney Matt Clark said. “It is anti-democratic because it removes the people’s main check on the judicial branch, which is impeachment. Instead, it provides that only the Judicial Inquiry Commission, over which the people have no control, may remove a judge from office. It is also designed to strip Chief Justice Parker of his power as the administrative head of the judicial branch to choose his right-hand man for carrying out the judicial branch’s administrative role.”

Eagle Forum also had a number of other objections to the extremely long and complicated Amendment 2, including that it takes away the power of the lieutenant governor to make JIC appointments and gives them to the governor.

The Alabama Constables Association has also come out strongly against Amendment 2, arguing that it would write the funding mechanism for their position completely out of the state constitution.

“Constables are not taxpayer-funded, they are largely voluntary Peace Officers,” said Jefferson County Constable Jonathan Barbee. “The fees they collect from their duties as Officers of the Courts allow them to support the expenses of the office such as vehicles, uniforms, and equipment. Amendment 2 also deletes the language protecting how Constables are paid by private court fees, leaving it in question for the appointed Administrator to decide.”

In Alabama, constables are elected peace officers and act in many of the same ways as do sheriff’s deputies. They’re able to make arrests, serve court papers and provide security for parades, funerals and other functions.

Amendment 2 was sponsored by State Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur.

Voters need to remember to vote on the constitutional amendments. Amendment 2 is extremely long and complicated so voters should probably read it and know how they are going to vote before going to the polls.

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FarmPAC endorses congressional candidate Barry Moore

“I’m pleased that FarmPAC has seen fit to endorse me in this election,” Moore said.

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Congressional candidate Barry Moore (VIA MOORE CAMPAIGN)

Republican congressional candidate Barry Moore thanked the Alabama Farmers Federation political action committee, FarmPAC, for endorsing Moore in next week’s 2nd Congressional District general election race.

“I’ve always been proud of the fact that I grew up on a farm,” Moore said. “Farm life teaches you to respect God’s good earth and everything in it. It taught me the value of hard work, and that not everything, like the weather, will always go the way you want it to no matter what you do or how hard you work. That’s something I think a lot of people these days could do with learning.”

“I’m pleased that FarmPAC has seen fit to endorse me in this election,” Moore said. “I’ll continue to be a strong supporter of our farmers and all the businesses that support and rely on them, just like I’ve always been. District 2 is an agricultural district first and foremost, and we can’t forget that.”

“I look forward to working in the next Congress to support Alabama’s farmers and agribusiness by making it easier for them to access new markets and new technologies,” Moore added. “We also need to make sure they aren’t weighed down by excessive regulations and have the backing they need from Washington to compete globally. I have every confidence that, given a chance, Alabama’s farmers can compete with anyone, anywhere. My job in Congress will be to make sure they have that chance.”

A full list of FarmPAC’s endorsements is available here. FarmPAC previously endorsed Dothan businessman Jeff Coleman in the Republican primary, but he was bested by Moore in a Republican primary runoff.

Moore faces Democratic nominee Phyllis Harvey-Hall for the open seat.

Moore is a veteran, small businessman, husband, and father of four from Enterprise. Moore and his wife, Heather, own a waste management business in Enterprise. Moore was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.

Incumbent Congresswoman Martha Roby, R-Alabama, is retiring from Congress after five terms.

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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.

Eddie Burkhalter

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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.

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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