Young State Democratic Executive Committee members, who were there last week at the member-called meeting, are urging SDEC members to also attend a meeting Saturday called by Chairwoman Nancy Worley.
On Oct. 5, the SDEC met without the Alabama Democratic Party leadership and passed new bylaws, demanded by the Democratic National Committee. Worley was not present at that event and instead called her own meeting for October 12.
“As some of the youngest members of the SDEC, we are writing to encourage all SDEC members, and everyone committed to the future of the Alabama Democratic Party, to attend the SDEC meeting Chair Worley has called for this Saturday, October 12th at 11am at the Alcazar Shriner’s Auditorium in Montgomery (555 Eastern Boulevard, Montgomery, AL 36117).”
The reform-minded SDEC faction met last week and adopted new bylaws as ordered by the Democratic National Committee. They also set the election date for chair and vice-chair on November 2.
“SDEC members did what many thought impossible,” the young SDEC members wrote. “More that 50%+1 of us claimed the power we were given in the bylaws and called for a meeting. There was a quorum at that meeting and we unanimously passed new DNC-approved bylaws that encourage full participation (if you are interested in joining the new Diversity Caucuses, sign up here). We set November 2nd as the date for the long-delayed elections for Chair and Vice-Chair. Harold Ickes of the Rules & Bylaws Committee of the DNC was present and approved this date. For the first time in a long time, the Alabama Democratic Party moved forward.”
Ickes also approved the November 2 date for the elections for Chair and Vice-Chair.
“Chair Worley chose to boycott the meeting last Saturday and asked members to as well, claiming it wasn’t valid,” the young SDEC members wrote in their letter. “Don’t believe the lies. She knows the bylaws allowed for a member-called meeting. She knows the DNC supervised that meeting. And she knows new bylaws were adopted. We hope Chair Worley will acknowledge these truths, yet we worry she will continue to mislead SDEC members. As young Democrats whose futures depend on having a strong Democratic Party, we are sick and tired of the games.”
“Chair Worley has the power to call a meeting, which she has done,” the letter continued. “But the members of the SDEC have the power to determine the future of the party. If enough change-minded members of the SDEC do not show up on Saturday, Chair Worley may try to undo the progress that was made last weekend.”
They warned that if that happened there could be lawsuits which would further weaken the party and cost money and resources. The DNC could also retaliate for Worley’s defiance by denying Alabama a delegation to the Democratic National Convention next summer meaning Alabama Democratic voters would have no say in who the Democrats choose as their presidential nominee.
They warn that there is the potential for a schism that could lead to, “Two parties on parallel paths both claiming to be the “real” one. We cannot risk these outcomes. We need ONE Democratic Party. We believe in ONE Democratic party. A unified. Diverse. Transparent. And effective party. As SDEC members, we were elected to represent the best interests of Democrats. All Democrats.”
The letter was signed by SDEC members: Matthew Brown (HD-21), Kayla Sloan (HD-1), Caroline Self (HD-2), and Lisa Handback (HD-10).
At the SDEC summer meeting in 2018, U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D) backed a challenge against Worley for Alabama Democratic Party Chair by Montgomery attorney and Democratic strategist Peck Fox. That failed and Worley was re-elected. Critics of the Alabama Democratic Party leadership claimed that there were irregularities in how that vote was held and have accused Alabama Democratic Conference head Joe Reed of stacking the SDEC with his loyalists in the name of “diversity.”
The critics took their cause to the DNC which invalidated the elections of Worley and Randy Kelley for Vice Chair. The DNC ordered new elections and new bylaws by April 16. That never happened. A new deadline of July 16 similarly was ignored by ADP leaders. In August at the DNC meeting, the DNC retaliated by stripping Worley and Kelley of their credentials. Worley told the DNC that they can “go to Hell.”
The last two Democrats to win any statewide race in Alabama are Doug Jones in 2017 and the late Lucy Baxley who was narrowly elected Public Service Commission President in 2008. In 2018, Republicans won every majority White district in both houses of the Alabama state legislature growing their commanding supermajorities in both.
The last time a Democratic candidate was elected Governor of Alabama was 1998. A Democratic nominee for President of the United States has not carried the state since Jimmy Carter in 1976.
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.
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.
Trump Truck and boat parades this weekend
As Election Day draws near, Alabama Republicans are excited about promoting the re-election of Donald J. Trump as President and the election of Tommy Tuberville for U.S. Senate. This weekend two pro-President Trump events are happening in the state. There will be a truck parade from Ashland to Phenix City on Saturday sponsored by the Clay County Republican Party, while there will also be a boat parade on Wilson Lake in the Shoals sponsored by the Colbert County Republican Party on Sunday.
The pickup trucks will assemble at the Ashland Industrial Park in Clay County, 8240 Hwy 9, Ashland. There is a pre-departure rally at 10:00 a.m. central standard time. The trucks will depart at 11:00 a.m. and then proceed on a parade route that will take them into the bitterly contested swing state of Georgia. The Trump Pickup Parade will wind through east Alabama and West Georgia traveling through LaGrange and Columbus before concluding near the Alabama/Georgia line in Phenix City, 332 Woodland Drive, Phenix City at approximately 2:00 p.m. central time. Speakers will begin at 3:00. Trump flags will be on sale at the event.
The Phenix Motorsports Park will be hosting what sponsor hope could possibly the world’s largest Pickup Tuck parade in U.S. history that is routing over 50 mile through Georgia in effort to “pickup” President Trump’s numbers in GA.
A number dignitaries have been invited to address the Phenix City rally, including Coach Tuberville. Former State Sen. Shadrack McGill, Trump Victory Finance Committee member former State Rep. Perry O. Hooper Jr., and Paul Wellborn, the President and CEO of the largest Family owned Kitchen Cabinet manufacture in the USA are among the featured speakers who have committed to speak at the event.
Entertainment will be provided by: Charity Bowden, an up and coming country music singer who was the runner up on “The Voice”. Charity will sing ‘I am Proud to be an American’ as well as songs from her Voice performances. The McGill Girls will also perform. The three beautiful and talented sisters will be singing patriotic songs in three part harmony. Geoff Carlisle, a professional DJ will be keeping the crowd pumped with music and entertainment.
Following the speakers and the entertainment there will Trump truck-vs- Joe Bidden truck races down the drag strip for the finale.
The Northwest Alabama boat parade will be on Sunday. The boats will gather at 2:00 p.m. near Turtle Point and then the flotilla will parade around the open waters of Wilson Lake til 3_00 p.m.. There will be a contest for best decorated Trump boats.
Trump supporters have held a number of large boat parades across the state to show their support for the re-election of Pres. Trump.
Boat parade sponsors say that this parade will be: pro-American, pro-law enforcement, pro-military.
Opinion | Doug Jones’s pathway to victory: Substance over lies
Jones said his work in the Senate should prove to the people of the state that party matters less than productivity.
Alabama Sen. Doug Jones believes voters will ultimately see through Tommy Tuberville’s lazy campaign and lies, and that enough of them will be moved by his work over the last two years to send him back to D.C.
Jones’ comments came during a lengthy interview on the Alabama Politics This Week podcast. He also discussed his plans to address some of Alabama’s most pressing issues and also praised Sen. Richard Shelby, an Alabama Republican.
But it was Jones’ comments about Alabama voters — and whether too many of them are incapable of moving away from the Republican Party — that were most interesting. Jones still believes there are open-minded voters in the state, and that there isn’t enough attention being paid to polls showing a growing dissatisfaction in Alabama with President Donald Trump.
“There are a number of things that Donald Trump has done that people (in Alabama) don’t agree with,” Jones said. “There are a number of things that he’s done that’s hurt Alabama and that they’re not OK with. That’s where I come in.”
Jones said his work in the Senate, where he’s sponsored the most bipartisan legislation over the last two years, should prove to the people of the state that party matters less than productivity.
“I tell everyone, you owe it to yourself to look at every candidate and every issue,” Jones said. “I do that. I’ve been a Democrat all my life but I don’t think that I have ever pulled a straight lever. Because I look at every issue. I will tell you that there have been times that I didn’t vote for people who are Democrats for whatever reason — I just couldn’t do it. I think we owe it to ourselves to do that.”
Jones had the perfect example to drive the point home.
“Y’all all know our state auditor, Jim Zeigler? Jim wasn’t always a Republican. Jim’s first runs for office were as a Democrat.
“I rest my case.”
You can listen to the full interview at the Alabama Politics This Week website, or you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
Trump to visit Pensacola tonight
Trump is making a push in Florida in the final weeks of the election, and Northwest Florida is part of his strategy.
Neither presidential candidate is likely to visit Alabama before the general election, as both campaigns accept that Alabama will be certainly in President Donald Trump’s camp on election day no matter what else happens. While Alabama is not a swing state, Georgia and Florida are both in play, and both campaigns are devoting enormous resources there.
Trump is making a push in Florida in the final weeks of the election, and Northwest Florida is part of his strategy. Trump will be just across the Florida-Alabama state line visiting Pensacola and is scheduled to address supporters at the ST Engineering hangar beginning at 7 p.m. CT.
The doors open at 4 p.m. and the event begins at 7:00 p.m.
The president’s rally tonight comes right after a visit to Pensacola last week by Second Lady Karen Pence and is one of many Florida campaign events planned for Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
Trump arrived in Florida after Thursday’s final presidential debate with Joe Biden. He is scheduled to hold a campaign event in The Villages before traveling to Pensacola. The president will spend the night at his Palm Beach resort Mar-a-Lago and will vote early Saturday.
The vice president will hold rallies in Lakeland and Tallahassee on Saturday. Florida has 27 electoral college votes. It would be very difficult for Trump to get the 270 electoral college votes necessary to win without winning Florida.
Democrats warn that attending a Trump rally could be dangerous due to the coronavirus threat.
“The last thing Floridians need is for Donald Trump to host more potential superspreader rallies across our state,” Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo said in a statement on the rally in Pensacola. “What we do need, however, is a president capable of putting Floridians ahead of his own self-interest and get this pandemic under control.”
Most recent polls have Trump trailing Biden in Florida. Tickets are required to attend the rally.