In the GOP vs AEA war, the first round ended with the passage of a law (pdf) prohibiting payroll deductions to organizations that engage in political activity.
Round two began with the filing of a suit by AEA to block enforcement of the new law. Today, a Preliminary Injunction (pdf) was issued by Judge Lynwood Smith of the Northern District Federal Court. My quick read of his Memorandum Opinion (pdf) is that the law is overly broad, vague, has criminal penalties and so does not pass Constitutional muster.
Next week should be interesting.
Covington County has seen nine elected office holders switch while an equally big get was the switch of the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff.
The Covington County switchers did sign a brief profession:
“I hereby declare that I am a sitting elected official and that I am switching from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party.
“I endorse and will actively support the principles of the Republican Party, including (but not all inclusive) pro-life, pro-family, pro-free enterprise strong defense and less intrusive government.”
. Others might want to think about reducing their professions to 300-400 characters long, easily grasped by the average voter and suitable for delivery in 30 seconds or less.
Edit: fix thinko that resembled a Old English word we don’t use in public.
As you know by now, Alan Boothe of Troy, Mike Millican of Hamilton, Lesley Vance of Phenix City, and Steve Hurst of Munford have switched to the Republican party. All cite their belief this move is in the best interest of their district and is a move to a party closer to their personal beliefs. All of which will be tested in 2014.
All of which brings up some questions for the future. Will county level officials change over in the 2012 elections? Will the last rural conservative Democrat remember to turn out the lights? Will the Republicans remember to deliver on their promises and avoid the snare of pride?
While it would have been preferable for them to resign and run in a special election under their new banner, however, that is not the way things are done.