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  • Three takeaways from Alabama’s Runoff Election


    With Alabama’s primary election runoffs now in the books, here are three takeaways from the results.

    North Alabama has spoken.
    When this election cycle began, it became evident that north Alabama saw a window of opportunity to increase its influence.  The results from the Republican primary runoff have shown the electorate in that area of the state was eager to flex its muscle.

    Will Ainsworth pulled out an impressive come-from-behind victory in the Lt. Governor’s race. Steve Marshall enjoyed a resounding win in his bid to retain the Attorney General’s office.

  • On Roby’s win: One false media narrative dies, a new one is born


    Like Lucy van Pelt of Peanuts comic strip fame repeatedly pulling the football away from Charlie Brown as he lines up to kick it, Rep. Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) once again has shown you can’t beat her in a Republican primary.

    Similar to when she defeated “Gather Your Armies” Rick Barber in the 2010 GOP primary and “Born Free American Woman” Becky Gerritson in the 2016 GOP primary, Roby defeated former Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright for a second time on Tuesday night, this time by a whopping 36 points.

    Heading into yesterday, many national media reporters were sent into Alabama’s second congressional district looking at the possibility that Roby might have to answer to a revolt for not sticking with then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on the infamous Billy Bush weekend during the 2016 presidential campaign.

  • Mo Brooks Wins FreedomWorks’ Prestigious 2017 FreedomFighter Award

    Excerpt from a Rep. Mo Brooks news release:

    Tuesday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) was one of only 31 members of the U.S. House of Representatives awarded the prestigious 2017 FreedomFighter Award by FreedomWorks, a leading conservative organization with more than six million members nationwide. Only members of Congress who score better than 90% on the FreedomWorks scorecard receive the FreedomFighter Award. Congressman Brooks’ FreedomWorks score was in the top 4% of all Congressmen in 2017.

    Brooks said, “FreedomWorks is a leading organization in the conservative movement. I thank them for their work keeping members of Congress accountable and scoring key House floor votes which helps the American people better understand the impact of those votes. I was proud to receive the prestigious FreedomWorks 2017 FreedomFighter Award for my voting record in 2017. If America is to maintain its place as the greatest country in world history, more members of Congress must fight for the foundational principles that made America great. I’m fighting in Congress for those principles, and I’m glad to have a partner as effective as FreedomWorks in the fight.”

6 years ago

Speaker's Commission Meets in Shelby County

[Speaker’s Commission members from left: (not pictured – Lynn Robinson), Rep. Ed Henry, Rep. April Weaver, Cliff Sims, Rep. Micky Hammon, John Killian, Rep. Kurt Wallace, Rep. Barry Moore]

Speaker Hubbard’s Commission on Alabama Values and States’ Rights held it’s second forum last night in Shelby County [See notes from the Decatur meeting HERE]. Leaders from numerous conservative organizations came out to talk about issues that are important to them and their members. A few of the organizations represented were the Alabama Federation of Republican Women, Rainy Day Patriots, Alabama Eagle Forum, Alabama Citizens For Life, Shelby County Republican Party, and the Alabama Policy Institute — among others.

House Majority Leader Micky Hammon chaired the meeting and facilitated the discussion that lasted well over two hours and covered a broad range of policy issues. Some of the topics put forth for discussion by the citizen leaders in attendance included:

Predatory lending practices of pay day loan companies
Common Core Standards
Forever Wild
Budget reform
Public pension reform
Various pro-life issues
School choice
Medicaid reform
Prison reform
Requiring disclosures by state agency lobbyists
Taxpayer bill or rights
Healthcare exchanges and the healthcare compact

The Commission is planning to hold a few more meetings around the state, compile the input, and present some recommendations to Speaker Hubbard and the House Republican Caucus as they formulate their legislative agenda for the 2013 session. I believe the agenda will ultimately be made stronger by the feedback the Commission is getting directly from people all across Alabama.

We’re also pleased to be accepting online input from people across the state.

The Commission launched a website that allows you to send your ideas directly to us online — so you can participate even if the Commission doesn’t make it to your city. If you have a few minutes, visit and leave your thoughts. The website also allows you to select from a list the three conservative policy areas that are most important to you. That way you can contribute even if you don’t want to get too into the weeds on specific legislative ideas.

Below is a chart that gives a snapshot of the general feedback we’ve received online so far from thousands of Alabamians. I hope you will add your voice to the debate. Together we can continue bringing conservative reforms to our state.

Lynn Robinson

On a quick side note, last night was Speaker’s Commission member Lynn Robinson’s birthday. She drove a couple of hours down from Addison to spend the evening serving on the Commission. Thank you, Lynn, for your sacrifice!

6 years ago

Hubbard Appoints Commission on the Protection of Alabama Values & States Rights

Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard

I was honored several weeks ago when Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard asked me to serve on his new Commission on the Protection of Alabama Values & States Rights. The Speaker told me his goal was to engage with conservatives all across Alabama to find out what issues are important to us — to give us a seat at the table in helping shape the agenda for the 2013 legislative session.

The vast majority of Alabamians are growing more and more concerned with the federal government’s increased intrusion into our lives — not to mention our pocket books. Whether it’s the Obamacare mandate, or the President’s decision not to defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, or his Justice Department’s incessant challenges to state voter-ID and immigration laws — it’s obvious that the states rights component of the Speaker’s Commission could not come at a better time.

President Obama is also clearly out of step with the values of the majority of Alabamians. Pastor Rick Warren tweeted this in opposition to the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate:

…and Alabama Democrats have blocked pro-life legislation from passing for decades. I appreciate Speaker Hubbard’s commitment to Alabama values and he assured the members of the Commission in our first meeting that pro-life legislation will be a priority in the coming session.

The Commission is currently working on ways to engage with conservatives across the state, compile your input, and present our recommendations to the Speaker later this year. In the mean time, I’d love to hear what issues are important to you. Leave a comment below or shoot me an email here.

Press Release
From the Office of Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard


The Speaker’s Commission on the Protection of Alabama Values & States Rights, a new study panel created by House Speaker Mike Hubbard (R – Auburn) and charged with ensuring that conservative social issues and 10th Amendment safeguards are given prominent attention during the upcoming 2013 legislative session, held its initial meeting this week with members from around the state gathering in Montgomery.

“It should come as no surprise to anyone who follows the national news that the individual rights of Alabamians are under attack from an ever-expanding and encroaching federal government, committed liberal activists, and entrenched special interests fighting to preserve the dysfunctional status quo,” Hubbard said. “I have asked this commission to search for ways the Legislature can help preserve the 10th Amendment rights guaranteed to Alabama by the U.S. Constitution while, at the same time, suggesting bills and other measures that will repel the federal assault on our citizens’ freedoms and liberties.”

Hubbard said the panel will seek input from conservative activists, Constitutional authorities and other experts on matters including, but not limited to, taxpayer rights, religious liberties, pro-life initiatives, Second Amendment protections, and Obamacare.

The appointed members of the Speaker’s Commission on the Protection of Alabama Values & States Rights are:

Rev. John Killian Sr. of Birmingham, Alabama
Lynn Mitchell Robinson of Addison, Alabama
Cliff Sims of Homewood, Alabama
Representative Ed Henry of Hartselle, Alabama
Representative April Weaver of Brierfield, Alabama
Representative Barry Moore of Enterprise, Alabama
Representative Kurt Wallace of Maplesville, Alabama
House Majority Leader Micky Hammon of Decatur, Alabama

Additional meetings will be held in the coming months as the commission works to present its final report to Hubbard prior to the commencement of the 2013 regular legislative session.