The Republican Women of Shelby County held a meeting in Indian Springs on Aug. 28 in conjunction with the Alabama Conservative Coalition.
Ann Eubank, with the Alabama Legislative Watchdogs, urged conservatives to get more involved with the Alabama Legislature.
Eubank said that she is also a Heritage Sentinel and urged the audience to learn more by going to the website: HeritageAction.com.
“Here is the problem: education,” Eubank said. “I have been fighting this for 10 to 12 years.”
Eubank said that the Alabama Legislature has repeatedly rebuffed efforts to replace the Common Core standards, technically named the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards by the state board of education. Eubank blamed state Rep. Terri Collins, R-Decatur, who chairs the Alabama House Education Policy Committee for blocking Common Core repeal legislation.
“We need to get rid of the Department of Education,” Eubank said. “Until the parents take back control of education,” the schools are going to continue to be a problem.
Eubank said that while she believes that there was a lot of election fraud in the 2020 election, “There is no constitutional remedy to go backwards. I know you don’t want to hear it.”
“We have a bunch of RINOs in Montgomery,” Eubank said, pointing to recent rankings by the Alabama Policy Institute and American Conservative Union that showed that many Alabama Republican legislators do not score high on voting as conservatives in the legislature.
“Our number on person Is Andrew Sorrell,” Eubank said reading from the recent rankings.
State Rep. Andrew Sorrell, R-Muscle Shoals, is a 2022 candidate for Alabama state auditor.
“Some of them we need to look at,” Eubank said. “Jeff Sorrells has a 50 (on rankings where 0 is the most liberal and 100 is the most conservative). Mac McCutcheon (the Speaker of the House) has a 50.”
“We have to find better people to run,” for state Legislature, Eubank said.
Eubank urged the audience to contribute to conservative candidates.
“Only you can do it,” Eubank said of influencing the Republican primaries with campaign donations. “Send it directly to that candidate that you want and we need to be elected.
Elaine Little is the Vice President of Alabama Eagle Forum.
“We are an issue-oriented group,” Little explained. “We do not endorse candidates.”
Little said that Alabama Eagle Forum is opposed to mandates for vaccines.
“We have experienced that already,” Little said. “We put out a press release this week asking the attorney general and the governor to intervene.
Little said that Eagle Forum is asking AG Steve Marshall, “To see if they (employees like UAB and Ascension Health) are in violations of Senate Bill 267.”
Little said that they are asking Marshall to “see what he can do to stop this. We believe vaccine mandates are unconstitutional. We are asking that people contact the governor’s office and the AGs office.”
Little expressed concerns that Alabama healthcare workers are being required to get the COVID-19 vaccine against their will.
Little said that Eagle Forum is having a discussion with the AG’s office.
“He has been our friend and he will try,” Little said of Marshall.
Little said that Eagle Forum has a number of legislative priorities.
Little said that that would include: “The bill that would outlaw surgery and hormone to change the gender of children. Children below the age of 18 are not capable of making a decision that would impact the rest of their lives.”
Little said that Eagle Forum is opposed to Critical Race Theory.
“We applaud the board (of education) but we agree that it needs to be codified into law,” Little said.
Little said that Alabama Eagle Forum also supports legislation that would give Alabamians protection from forced vaccinations and vaccine passports.
“Call the AG’s office and call the governor’s office,” Little said.
The group was also addressed by Dr. Lou Campomenosi with the Campaign for Common Sense. Campomenosi spoke out against Common Core.
George Williams is a Vietnam veteran and former DEA agent who has served overseas.
Williams is working with the Alabama Republican Party on minority outreach.
Williams explained that Republicans need to reach out to Black pastors in order to make inroads into the Black community.
State Rep. Kenneth Paschal, R-Pelham, thanked Shelby County voters for electing him to the Alabama Legislature in a recent special election.
Congressman Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, addressed the group about his campaign for U.S. Senate.
“I am the MAGA candidate,” Brooks said. “I am the proven conservative in this race.”
“If you want a conservative, you can look at me and know that I believe in our philosophy of government,” Brooks assured the group.
State Auditor Jim Zeigler spoke to the group about his exploratory campaign for governor. Zeigler is term-limited from running for another term as state auditor and is currently canvassing the state to weigh support for a gubernatorial bid challenging incumbent Gov. Kay Ivey in the Republican primary.
The Republican primary is May 24, 2022.