Conservative Candidate Endorsements for November 6, 2018
We recommend a straight ticket Republican vote.
Statewide Constitutional Amendments
We recommend YES on all statewide Amendments.
Amendment 1 - YES
Allows the Ten Commandments to be posted
Amendment 2 - YES
Officially makes Alabama a pro-life state. Explicitly states that there is no right to abortion.
Amendment 3 - YES
Removes the State Superintendent from the University of Alabama board of trustees.
Amendment 4 - YES
Eliminates special elections for state legislative seats if the vacancy occurs after Oct. 1 before the next election.
Local Constitutional Amendments, Acts, and Referendums
"Do you favor the formation of a district to be known as the Mt. High Fire and Emergency Medical Services District and the collection of mandatory annual dues of $120.00 to be assessed annually on each residence, business, and church in the boundaries of the district?"
On the ballot: PROPOSED LOCAL AMENDMENT NUMBER ONE (1) Relating to Calhoun County, proposing a local amendment to Amendment 508 of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, authorizing the operation of bingo games for prizes or money in the county; and to prohibit any bingo permittee or licensee from operating bingo near a residential area. (Proposed by Act 2017-81)
What it means: If passed, the amendment would ban bingo halls from operating within 3,000 feet of any residence.
When the ballot measure says "authorizing the operation of bingo games for prizes or money in the county" it means that bingo games are already legal according to Amendment 508 of the Alabama Constitution. The wording of the ballot measure makes it seem like voting yes would authorize bingo games in Calhoun County. However, they are already legal according to Amendment 508. This ballot measure will add the additional regulation of not allowing bingo games from operating within 3,000 feet of any residence.
On the ballot: PROPOSED AMENDMENT NUMBER TWO (2) Relating to Calhoun County, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to provide that any territory in Calhoun County outside of the corporate limits of a municipality would not be subject to the police jurisdiction or planning jurisdiction of the municipality if the municipality is not located entirely in the county and to provide an exception for the City of Oxford. (Proposed by Act 2018-17)
What it means: If passed, the amendment would restrict cities that straddle the county (Southside, Glencoe, maybe Piedmont) from being able to exercise police jurisdiction within the county. Only cities that lie entirely within Calhoun County would have police jurisdiction in the county.
"SUNDAY SALES. Do you favor the legal sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages in Chambers County outside the corporate limits of the City of Valley and the City of Lanett on Sunday after 12:00 p.m.?" - NO
"Relating to Chilton County; proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, for those areas of Chilton County outside the corporate limits of any municipality, to authorize the Legislature to establish a procedure by which a dog can be declared dangerous and to provide for a penalty. (Proposed by Act 2018-184)" - YES
"PROPOSED LOCAL AMENDMENT NUMBER ONE (1) Relating to Clay County, proposing an amendment to Amendment 671 to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, now appearing as Section 4, Local Amendments, Clay County, Official Recompilation of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended, to prohibit the Sheriff of Clay County from participating in the supernumerary program of the county and to allow the sheriff to elect to participate in the Employees' Retirement System. (Proposed by Act 2018-37)"
"PROPOSED LOCAL AMENDMENT NUMBER TWO (2) Relating to Clay County, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, prohibiting the removal of the state courts from the historical Clay County Courthouse. (Proposed by Act 2018-91)"
Cleburne County Local Act
"Whether the powers authorized under the Alabama Limited Self Governance Act shall be effective in Cleburne County?" - NO
The name of the Alabama Limited Self Governance act is misleading since it really means removing the safeguards of the Alabama Constitution on counties from passing unnecessary regulations and increasing the size of the county government. A NO vote is a vote for Limited Government and property rights.
"PROPOSED LOCAL AMENDMENT NUMBER ONE (1) Relating to Cullman County, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to provide that effective beginning the next term of office of the sheriff, all allowances or amounts received by the sheriff for feeding prisoners would be deposited in a special account and used for feeding prisoners in the county jail and any excess in the fund would be authorized to be used for law enforcement purposes by the sheriff and to provide that, at that time, the annual salary of the Sheriff of Cullman County would be equal to the annual salary of the Judge of Probate of Cullman County. (Proposed by Act 2018-409)" - YES
"Do you favor the adoption of Act 239, of the 2018 regular Session of the Alabama Legislature?"
Although “emergency medical services” is not in the verbiage, approval of Act 239 will allow a $5 tag transaction fee earmarked to fund emergency medical services in Dale County.
A “yes” vote will mean the assessment of a $5 fee for each motor vehicle—except trailer tags—issued or renewed in Dale County beginning Jan. 1, 2019. The fee will not apply to tag transfers and replacement tag transactions.
Three percent of the proceeds from the fees collected will be retained by the Dale County Revenue Commissioner’s office to cover administrative costs and the remainder given to the Dale County Commission to be distributed to municipalities and emergency medical service organizations for EMS services, according to the bill.For more information: Tag tax, alcohol sales to be decided in Dale County Tuesday.
Sunday Alcohol Sales
"Do you favor the legal sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages for on-premises and off-premises consumption within Dale County on Sunday after 1:00 P.M. as provided in Act 245 of the 2018 Regular Session?" - NO
SPECIAL REFERENDUM ELECTION "Shall the powers previously authorized to the Elmore County Commission under Chapter 11-3A-1 et seq ., of the Code of Alabama , 1975, also known as "The Alabama Limited Self-Governance Act," be repealed in Elmore County? The powers authorized the County Commission to provide for its property and affairs; and for the public welfare, health and safety of its citizens throughout unincorporated areas of the county by excercising certain powers for protection of the county and public property under its control, except as otherwise prohibited and/or defined by law. The authorized powers include: (1) Abatement of weeds as a public nuisance; (2) Control of animals and animal nuisances; (3) Control of litter or rubbish; (4) Control of junkyards which create a public nuisance because of an accumulation of items; and (5) Abatement of noise, unsanitary sewage, or pollution creating a public nuisance." - YES
The name of the Alabama Limited Self Governance act is misleading since it really means removing the safeguards of the Alabama Constitution on counties from passing unnecessary regulations and increasing the size of the county government. A YES vote is a vote for Limited Government and property rights.
SPECIAL REFERENDUM Pursuant to Act No. 2017-305 Do you favor the legal sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages outside the corporate limits of any municipality within the county on Sunday as further provided for and regulated by ordinance of the county commission? - NO
PROPOSED LOCAL AMENDMENT NUMBER ONE (1) Relating to Franklin County, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to amend Amendment 881 of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, now appearing as Section 9.50 of the Franklin County Local Amendments to the Recompiled Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended, to specify that the county governing body may allocate one-fourth of an existing one cent sales tax for public schools in Franklin County for costs associated with construction, maintenance, and repair of roads and bridges in Franklin County, not to include use for salaries, personnel costs, or the purchase or lease of new equipment, to provide for the continuing distribution of the revenue for 30 years, and to delete certain requirements for recurring referendums. (Proposed by Act 2018-109) - YES
Uses an existing sales tax for roads and bridges.
FIRE DISTRICT ELECTION "Shall there be created for the area of SLOCOMB a district for fighting fires and a fire protection service charge or fee of $35.00 per year levied and collected on each dwelling and commercial building served by the system?"
PROPOSED LOCAL AMENDMENT NUMBER ONE (1) Relating to Jackson County; to propose an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to authorize Cumberland Mountain Water and Fire Protection Authority to provide natural gas service in the county within the service area of the authority. (Proposed by Act 2018-54)
On the ballot: PROPOSED LOCAL AMENDMENT NUMBER ONE (1) Relating only to the City of Homewood in Jefferson County, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to provide that existing limits on the amount of ad valorem taxes payable on various classes of taxable property in any one year would not apply. (Proposed by Act 2018-166)
What it means: If passed, the amendment would allow Homewood, Ala. residents to vote on raising property taxes above the state lid at some point in the future.
On the ballot: PROPOSED LOCAL AMENDMENT NUMBER ONE (1) Relating to Madison County and the areas outside the corporate limits of any municipality, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to authorize the county commission to adopt ordinances or resolutions to prohibit excess noise, to regulate, limit, and control excess noise levels, and to control public nuisance caused by excess noise levels in the unincorporated areas of Madison County and to authorize penalties not to exceed the penalties for a class C misdemeanor. (Proposed by Act 2018-167)
What it means: If passed, residents unincorporated areas, rural parts of the county would be subject to penalties if they make too much noise. Right now, they are able to be as loud as they want. Areas like Huntsville and Madison are not included in the amendment.
PROPOSED LOCAL AMENDMENT NUMBER ONE (1) Relating to Marengo County, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to provide a process by which a municipality in the county could permit limited operation of golf carts on municipal streets or public roads within the municipality, require the owner of a golf cart operating on a municipal street or public highway within a municipality in the county to register the golf cart and to carry a liability insurance policy such as a homeowner's policy or special rider which covers operation of the golf cart on the municipal streets or public roads within the municipality, require the municipality to inspect the golf cart for the presence of required safety equipment and to verify that operation of the golf cart is covered by a policy of liability insurance, and authorize the municipality to assess a civil penalty for violations. (Proposed by Act 2018-186)
On the ballot: Shall Mobile County in the State of Alabama be authorized to issue from time to time and in one or more series its Pay-As-You-Go Road, Bridge and Drainage Facilities Bonds, not exceeding $60,000,000 in principal amount, for the purpose of raising funds for the construction and improvement, or either, of hard surfaced roads, hard surfaced bridges, and surface water drainage facilities, or any thereof in the county, which bonds shall bear interest at a rate or rates to be fixed when they are sold, not exceeding twelve percent (12%) per annum, payable semiannually until their respective maturities, and shall mature and become payable on December 1 in the aggregate principal amount of $6,000,000 in each of the years 2022 through 2031, and shall the said county be authorized to continue to levy annually a special tax, on all taxable property in the county, at a rate not exceeding six and one-half mills on each dollar of the assessed valuation of such property, for the purpose of paying at their respective maturities the principal of and interest on the said bonds and all other bonds at any time outstanding which may be payable out of or constitute a charge on the said special tax, all pursuant to the provisions of Amendment 18, as amended and modified, to the Constitution of Alabama?
What it means: If passed, the amendment will allow Pay-As-You-Go work to be completed within the City of Mobile including the :
In the county area, projects include:
In total 67.9 miles would be added or improved.
PROPOSED LOCAL AMENDMENT NUMBER ONE (1) Relating to Monroe County, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to provide for the judge of probate to be compensated on a salary basis and for the fees collected by the judge of probate to be deposited in the county general fund; and to provide for the one-stop issuance of motor vehicle license plates. (Proposed by Act 2018-185)
On the ballot: PROPOSED LOCAL AMENDMENT NUMBER ONE (1) Relating to Montgomery County, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to allow the members of the Montgomery County Commission to participate in the Employees’ Retirement System. (Proposed by Act 2018-388)
What it means: If passed, the amendment would allow the members of the Montgomery County Commission to participate in the Employees’ Retirement System that is part of the Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA).
On the ballot: PROPOSED LOCAL AMENDMENT NUMBER ONE (1) Relating to Morgan County, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to propose a local constitutional amendment to provide that effective beginning the next term of office the annual salary of the Sheriff of Morgan County would be $5,000 less than the annual salary of the chair of the Morgan County Commission and to provide that all allowances or amounts received by the sheriff for feeding prisoners would be deposited in a special account and used only for that purpose. (Proposed by Act 2018-92)
What it means: If passed, the amendment would put an end to local sheriffs being allowed to keep any money they have left over after providing food for the jail inmates in their custody.
On the ballot: PROPOSED LOCAL AMENDMENT NUMBER ONE (1) Relating to Shelby County, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to require that the members of the county board of education and the county superintendent of education be elected by the qualified electors of the county residing outside of the corporate limits of any city with a separate board of education. (Proposed by Act 2017-151)
What it means: If passed, the amendment would remove residents of cities with their own school systems (i.e.: Hoover, Pelham and Alabaster) from voting on the Shelby County Board of Education superintendent and School Board members.
LOCAL REFERENDUM "Do you favor the adoption of Act-454, of the 2017 session of the Alabama Legislature?"This refers to the increase of salary for the Winston County Coroner in the amount of $9,500 per year, effective beginning the next term of office. According to the Winston County Commissioner’s Office, the current salary of the coroner is $780 per year. If the majority of this vote is yes, the salary will increase to $10,280 per year. More information: https://www.mynwapaper.com/node/2834
Credit to altoday.com for the explanations of the local amendments. http://altoday.com/archives/27290-understanding-the-local-amendments-before-election-day
More Information on Amendment 2
AN EDUCATIONAL UPDATE FROM THE SOUTHEAST LAW INSTITUTE TM, INC. A. Eric Johnston
Proposed Alabama Constitutional Amendments - Alabama Sanctity of Unborn Life
Another important constitutional amendment which will be voted on at the time of the general election will be a proposed constitutional amendment recognizing the sanctity of unborn life in Alabama. The text of that amendment reads as follows:
(a) This state acknowledges, declares, and affirms that it is the public policy of this state to recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children, including the right to life. (b) This state further acknowledges, declares, and affirms that it is the public policy of this state to ensure the protection of the rights of the unborn child in all manners and measures lawful and appropriate. (c) Nothing in this constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion.
The complete proposed amendment will not appear on the ballot. This is what you will see on the ballot:
“Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended; to declare and otherwise affirm that it is the public policy of this state to recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children, most importantly the right to life in all manners and measures appropriate and lawful; and to provide that the constitution of this state does not protect the right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.”
Since 1973, abortion has been legal in the United States. A decision by SCOTUS in Roe v. Wade opened the door for virtually unlimited abortion. Through the years, subsequent SCOTUS cases have upheld Roe and enlarged on it. In some cases, certain regulation has been permitted. Through the work of the Alabama Pro-Life Coalition (“APLC”), a significant number of regulations have been passed that reduce the number of abortions and protect women’s healthcare, as much as legally permitted, from the substandard care they receive in abortion clinics.
The unique thing about the Roe decision is that opposition to it has never gone away. Roe was a very badly decided case with no legitimate constitutional underpinnings. The case was based on “an exercise of raw judicial power” as then Justice Byron White said in a dissent to the case.
The pro-life community continues to work toward the day when abortion will again be outlawed. Abortion is based on the terrible concept that the unborn child is not a person within the meaning of the U.S. Constitution. Because we amend the Alabama Constitution to recognize personhood will not undo Roe.
However, with President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh as a Justice to SCOTUS, we see the possibility that Roe may be reversed. Judicial, political and popular opinion opposition to Roe has remained constant for 45 years. Because it was such an illegitimate decision, our hope and expectation are that Roe will be reversed and sanity concerning the sanctity of life will be restored.
Therefore, this proposed constitutional amendment is a very important public policy statement for Alabama. We cannot say for sure how SCOTUS may rule if it reversed Roe, but the chances are it would either reestablish personhood of the unborn child or return the issue to the states. In either event, with approval of this constitutional amendment, the State of Alabama would be obligated then to enact statutes to criminalize the act of abortion. Therefore, the importance of this constitutional amendment is significant and is a very good strategic move in the fight to protect unborn life
SLI supports this amendment and urges a yes vote on it. SLI looks forward to the time when it will be able to work with APLC to rid the State of Alabama of this horrific murdering of her children.
This statement is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide legal assistance. We hope if you have questions or know of those who do, you will contact us and we can assist through referral to one of our cooperating attorneys. © 2018, Southeast Law Institute.
Your vote is critically important on Tuesday. We need strong Christians in office locally and statewide who will base their decisions on the Bible.
Endorsements for July 17th, 2018
Lt. Governor – Will Ainsworth
Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice Place 4 – Sarah Hicks Stewart
Court of Civil Appeals Place 1 – Michelle Manley Thomason
Court of Criminal Appeals Place 2 – Chris McCool
Commissioner of Agriculture – Rick Pate
State Board of Education District 2 – Tracie West
Conservative Endorsements for June 5th, 2018
Governor – Scott Dawson or Bill Hightower
Lt. Governor – Rusty Glover
Attorney General – Chess Bedsole
Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice – Tom Parker
Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice
Court of Civil Appeals
Court of Criminal Appeals
Secretary of State – John Merrill
Treasurer – John McMillan
Auditor – Jim Zeigler
Commissioner of Agriculture – Rick Pate
Public Service Commission
State Board of Education
State Republican Executive Committee, Cleburne County Place no. 1 – Tim Sprayberry
Colbert County Republican Executive Committee, Place no. 6 – Andrew Sorrell
Dekalb County Republican Executive Committee Place no. 4, District no. 1 – Benjamin Windom
Special Election for Renewal and Continuation of Levy of the 1 Mill Countywide School Tax - AGAINST proposed taxation
Lauderdale County Probate Judge – William Smith
Lauderdale County Board of Education, Place no. 4 – Joshua Miller
State Republican Executive Committee, Lauderdale County Place no. 1 - John Hargett
Lauderdale County Republican Executive Committee
Place 1 - Barry Morris
Limestone County Commission Chairman – Collin Daly
Limestone County License Commissioner – Terry Persell
State Republican Executive Committee, Limestone County, place 1 – John Wahl
Madison County Probate Judge – Frank Barger
State Republican Executive Committee, Madison County District 1, Place 1 – Matthew A. Hitt
State Republican Executive Committee, Morgan County Place no. 4 – James Henderson
State Republican Executive Committee, Shelby County Place no. 1 – Bill Armistead
Tuscaloosa County Probate Judge – Rob Robertson
State Republican Executive Committee, Tuscaloosa County Place no. 4 – Don Wallace
Election Day: November 8, 2016
Alabama Conservative Candidate Endorsements Statewide for 2016US Senate - Richard Shelby
Congress 5th District - Mo Brooks
Congress 6th District - Gary Palmer
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Place no. 3 - Tom Parker
District Attorney for Marion and Winston Counties (25th Judicial Circuit) - Scott A. Slatton
Madison County Commission District 1 - Tim McNeese
Madison County Board of Education District 6 - Shere Rucker
Jefferson County Circuit Court, Place 11 - Pat Thetford
Jefferson County District Judge, Place 10 - Teresa Hester
Jefferson County, District Judge, Place 4 - Riggs Walker
Conservative recommendations for the Constitutional Amendments:
Amendment 1 - No
Amendment 2 - No
Amendment 3 - No
Amendment 4 - No
Amendment 5 - No
Amendment 6 - No - Makes it harder for corrupt politicians like Gov. Bentley to be impeached.
Amendment 7 - Yes
Amendment 8 - Yes - Makes Right to Work part of the Constitution in addition to being a statute.
Amendment 9 - No
Amendment 10 - No
Amendment 11 - No - gives cities huge eminent domain power to benefit business and destroys property rights.
Amendment 12 - No
Amendment 13 - Yes
Amendment 14 - Yes
Madison County Local Amendment 1 - Yes
Vote Tuesday - March 1st 2016
YES on Amendment One. It is poorly worded. It does not provide a pension. It replaces an already-existing pension that the officials are not required to pay into with one that they do pay into.
Madison County Board of Education, District 4 - Dave Weis
Probate Judge Wes Allen
Marion/Winston Counties Circuit Judge 25, Place 1 - Judge John Bentley
Jefferson County Circuit Judge 10, Place 25- Aaron Dettling
Vote NO to Sunday liquor sales.
Limestone County Commission Place 4 - Ben Harrison
Limestone County Circuit Judge - Chad Wise
Chairman - Danny Pettus
Lauderdale County Circuit Judge, Place 1 - William Smith
District Attorney Circuit 5 (Chambers, Tallapoosa, Macon, Randolph) - Bill Harris
Tuscaloosa County District Attorney - Hays Webb
Tuscaloosa County District Judge Place 2 - Jim Gentry
Tuscaloosa County Commissioner District 2 - Jerry Tingle.
Mobile County Commission - Jerry Carl
Mobile County School Board - Theresa Hubbard
Baldwin County School Board - Chris Francis
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Presidential Primary Vote Tuesday - March 1, 2016
State Primary on March 1, 2016
Alabama Congressional Candidates 2016