I can’t say it any better than Brian at Flashpoint already has in these posts:
If I understand correctly, this ad for GOP candidate Craig Schmidtke has been running in Montgomery. Based on email I get, even people who have not seen it are talking about it.
The state Republican Party has become quite abuzz with the relatively late realization that AEA is apparently putting a lot of resources into GOP primary races in an attempt to unseat two State Board of Education members. Skip Smithwick is challenging Republican incumbent Stephanie Bell in SBOE District 3, and Paul Christopher is challenging [...]
Birmingham News – GOP leaders raise concerns over their own candidates’ ties to AEA.
Birmingham News – Specialized vehicle of former Mrs. Wheelchair America stolen and destroyed; she becomes advocate for public transportation.
Birmingham News – Legislature expected to approve education budget, end special session today.
The Tuskegee News Editorial about recent health care developments in Tuskegee
Sumter Record-Journal article asks “Will Gov. appoint Tax Assessor?, election is Tuesday”
Journal Record Judge cleared after investigation
It’s awkward when relationships that sour become public spectacle.
The Alabama State Board of Trustees rebuked one of their own, Joe Reed, the #2 man at AEA and chair of the Alabama Democratic Conference, with a resolution that begins…
Now for pointers to the candidates for US Senate. These will presented in alphabetic order. The candidates name will be a link to a list of available reports at the Federal Election Commission. Donations will link to a list of individual and PAC contributors. According to this page, the Senate files all reports in paper, so links to a PDF of the candidates’s pre-primary will be given. Will be unable to give links to its contents, such as the ever interesting list of campaign expenses.
They were so eager to be represented there that they had already arranged to have someone there blogging [...]
The indictment against Alabama State Senator E.B. McClain has now been released by the federal government and accuses McClain of personally profiting from his office by getting funds for a non-profit entity called the Heritage to Hope Foundation, Inc (HTHF), also known prior to 2002 as the Christian Resource Center and Community Resource Center (CRC), and basically receiving kickbacks as a result of getting those monies for HTHF.
McClain is charged with conspiracy, receiving a bribe, money laundering and fraud and the government is seeking a forfeiture total of at least $426,909.08 from McClain and co-defendant Samuel P. Pettaagrue, who the government claims “controlled” HTHF and was working with McClain to secure the funds. Pettagrue is alleged to have then directed payments back to McClain and worked with McClain to coverup what was going on. McClain has publically denied the charges.
There are allegations contained in the indictment also that McClain was arranging money to be passed through the Department of Postsecondary Education (DPE) through Lawson State Community College and Bessemer Tech, which later merged with Lawson, to HTHF. Something only referred to as an “advocacy organization” is alleged to have also passed money to HTHF which supposedly then kicked money back to McClain.
Birmingham News – Senate passes Education budget, health insurance tax breaks for small employers and their workers.
Birmingham News – Nearly one-quarter of Alabama Army National Guard screened following service in war have “behavioral health issues.”
Times-Journal Runoff election for constable could be costly for Dekalb County
Times Daily State Sen. Bobby Denton, the longest serving member of the State Senate, has third spinal surgery in a week
Monroe Journal Article about the racial discrimination case filed against Monroe County schools
I have always hated special sessions. Besides the time it takes away from home it is also a huge waste of taxpayer money in my opinion. While I feel confident we will only take the minimum 5 days required to complete this session, it is still an extra $140,000 that the taxpayers get stuck [...]
The Washington Political Group did another push-button poll on the Republican field in AL-02 last night for the David Grimes campaign. Warm from the oven… They did include Schmidtke and Martin this time.
Q1) Are you likely to vote in the upcoming Primary Election on June 3rd? Press 1 If Yes 437 [...]
What follows will be pointers to the pre-primary reports for the AL-05 congressional candidates. These reports cover 4/1/08 to 5/14/08, so check the FEC for updates.
The first mention of the candidates name will be a pointer to a list of reports filed by the candidate’s committee with the Federal Election Commission, any new reports should be in that list. Where possible links to lists of donors and expenses will be given in evident places.
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