1 month ago

Will Ainsworth and Alice Martin nab coveted ALFA endorsements, Cavanaugh responds with strong poll numbers



The political action arm of the powerful Alabama Farmers Federation announced a slew of statewide and congressional district endorsements late Tuesday for the upcoming primary elections.

Two endorsements in an otherwise predictable slate drew attention.

First, former U.S. Attorney Alice Martin nabbed the coveted endorsement for the Alabama Attorney Generals Race, beating out the current attorney general Steve Marshall, the former AG Troy King, and well-funded Mobile lawyer Chess Bedsole.

Campaign experts expect this to be one of the most contentious races this primary season.

The second endorsement of note was in the lieutenant governor’s race.

Guntersville State Rep. Will Ainsworth received ALFA’s endorsement over Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh, the president of the Alabama Public Service Commission, and State Sen. Rusty Glover of Semmes.

Shortly after the endorsement was made public, Cavanaugh’s campaign issued an internal memo from a polling firm showing her strong position in the race, garnering 33% while Glover is at 11% and Ainsworth 7%. The poll, conducted for Cavanaugh by Public Opinion Strategies earlier this month, also showed her at 40% to Ainsworth’s 15% in a two-way match.

The endorsements come after candidates met with dozens of ALFA county leaders from across the state during a marathon session on Tuesday in Montgomery. Candidates were given 10 minutes apiece to make their case and answer questions from the federation.

“This meeting is one of the most important we hold,” said federation president Jimmy Parnell in a statement issued after the slate was finalized. “I’ve been told by candidates the auditorium where FarmPAC meets is one of the most intimidating rooms in Alabama — not because of our leaders’ attitudes, but because they represent some of the most influential and active people in the state.”

Endorsements for the State Legislature and Alabama State Board of Education were also discussed and will be announced locally, according to ALFA.

Here are all of the ALFA endorsements made Tuesday.

  • Governor — Kay Ivey (R)
  • Lieutenant Governor — Will Ainsworth (R)
  • Attorney General — Alice Martin (R)
  • Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries — Rick Pate (R)
  • Secretary of State — John Merrill (R)
  • State Treasurer — John McMillan (R)
  • State Auditor — Jim Zeigler (R)
  • Alabama Supreme Court, Chief Justice — Lyn Stuart (R)
  • Alabama Supreme Court, Place 1 — Brad Mendheim (R)
  • Alabama Supreme Court, Place 2 — Tommy Bryan (R)
  • Alabama Supreme Court, Place 3 — Will Sellers (R)
  • Alabama Supreme Court, Place 4 — Jay Mitchell (R)
  • Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, Place 1 — Christy Edwards (R)
  • Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, Place 2 — Terri Thomas (R)
  • Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, Place 3 — Terry Moore (R)
  • Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 1 — Richard Minor (R)
  • Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2 — Chris McCool (R)
  • Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 3 — Bill Cole (R)
  • Alabama Public Service Commission, Place 1 — Jeremy Oden (R)
  • Alabama Public Service Commission, Place 2 — Chris “Chip” Beeker Jr. (R)
  • United States House of Representatives, District 1 — Bradley Byrne (R)
  • United States House of Representatives, District 2 — Martha Roby (R)
  • United States House of Representatives, District 3 — Mike Rogers (R)
  • United States House of Representatives, District 4 — Robert Aderholt (R)
  • United States House of Representatives, District 5 — Mo Brooks (R)
  • United States House of Representatives, District 6 — Gary Palmer (R)
  • United States House of Representatives, District 7 — Terri Sewell (D)

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13 hours ago

Alabama wins private property rights case against Obama-era regulations

In a victory for private property rights this week, the federal government agreed to reconsider rules adopted during the Obama-era that unreasonably restrict the freedom of Americans to use their land.

“We are encouraged that the Trump administration has agreed to revisit these rules, which threaten property owners’ rights to use any land that the federal government could dream that an endangered species might ever inhabit,” Alabama Attorney General Marshall said in a statement.

Why this matters: Under these rules, unelected federal bureaucrats could designate a piece of private property as “critical habitat” for an endangered species even if the land doesn’t contain that particular species and, moreover, doesn’t even contain some of the features needed to support that species. Use of the land would then be severely limited. 


The details:

— The state filed a lawsuit, Alabama v. National Marine Fisheries Service, in November of 2016 challenging the rules, calling them “an unlawful federal overreach.”

— Nearly 20 other states joined the lawsuit, along with four large trade associations.

— The settlement forces federal agencies to submit revised rules for public review within 60 days and retains our freedom to file another lawsuit if their new rules are as excessive as the old ones.

@jpepperbryars is the editor of Yellowhammer News and the author of American Warfighter

13 hours ago

Jeff Sessions is right to sue California for ignoring federal immigration laws

America may be a country of immigrants, but it’s also a country of laws. No one is exempt from those laws regardless of what some local officials in sanctuary cities may think.

As you may have seen on the news recently, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced a lawsuit against the State of California for failure to completely cooperate with federal immigration enforcement officers.  I stand with AG Sessions’ decision.

From the mayors and local politicians disregarding federal immigration law to the illegal immigrants they are prioritizing over American citizens, it’s about time we hold these lawless individuals accountable.


The “leaders” in these cities are violating their oath of office and the Constitution.  They should be immediately removed from their positions and the illegal immigrants they are protecting should be deported. Period.

I agree with President Trump that we need to strengthen our borders.  We should build the wall and we should continue to support law enforcement’s crackdown on violent foreign gangs like MS-13.

These efforts mean nothing though if illegal immigrants and criminals can continue to seek refuge in some of our country’s largest cities.

It boils down to fairness, safety and what it means to be a sovereign nation.

A country without borders is hardly a country at all. I’m fed up with seeing the tax dollars from hard-working families across East Alabama go to cities who snub their nose at the very ideals that make America great.  Congress should withhold funding from sanctuary cities that refuse to uphold federal law.

President Trump has proven his tough stance on illegal immigration is much more than just campaign rhetoric. He has already done so much to curtail our illegal immigration crisis but he can’t do it alone.

Elected officials – from the state and local level to Members of Congress – must do their part.

And if they refuse, then they aren’t fit for public service.

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers is a Republican from Saks.

(Image:U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Flickr)

14 hours ago

WATCH: Cam Newton’s leadership message resonates with Boy Scouts

When Cam Newton speaks, people listen.

The Carolina Panthers quarterback had the full attention of the audience at the 11th annual American Values Luncheon.

Boy Scouts were among attendees that filled the meeting room at the North Exhibition Hall of the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.


Auburn head football coach Gus Malzahn joined Newton during a question and answer session. Famous for leading the Auburn Tigers to the 2010 National Championship under Malzahn’s leadership, Newton’s talk followed in the tradition of several other football greats, including Nick Saban, Shaquille O’Neal and Bo Jackson.

Dr. James Andrews, Dr. Jesse Lewis Sr. and Jimmy Rane were honored at the luncheon for their contributions to the community.

Newton shared his life experiences and lessons learned.

(Courtesy Alabama News Center)

15 hours ago

Celtic Pride! Joel Blankenship shares his Irish roots with The Ford Faction

Joel Blankenship makes his weekly return to The Ford Faction to talk the St. Patrick’s Day parade held in Birmingham and what the holiday means to him.  Joel mentions the law that can be passed to put Police K9’s in schools to help sniff out guns or drugs.  He provides feedback on what this could mean for schools and how it will benefit the need for police K9’s.

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16 hours ago

VIDEO: Alabama Rep. Roby thanks Air Force secretary for decision to bring F-35s to Montgomery

U.S. Representative Martha Roby participated in a defense appropriations subcommittee hearing this week where she expressed her appreciation to Secretary Heather Wilson for the Air Force’s decision to base F-35 Joint Strike Fighters at Dannelly Field in Montgomery.

Roby also discussed other military-related programs in Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District, including helicopter training at Fort Rucker near Enterprise and the professional education programs at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery.

(Image: Representative Martha Roby/YouTube)