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Alabama Conservative Candidate Endorsements and Constitutional Amendments Guide for November 6th, 2018

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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

Blount County

"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?"

Calhoun County

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.

Chambers 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

Chilton County

"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

Clay County

"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.

Cullman County

"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

Dale County

"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

Elmore County

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.

Etowah County

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

Franklin County

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.

Geneva County

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?"

Jackson County

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)

Jefferson County

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.

Madison County

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.

Marengo County

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)

Mobile County

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.

Monroe County

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)

Montgomery County

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). 

Morgan County

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.

Shelby County

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.

Winston County

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.

Candidates

Governor - Kay Ivey
Lt. Gov. - Will Ainsworth
Attorney General - Steve Marshall
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court - Tom Parker
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Place no. 1 - Sarah Hicks Stewart
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Place no. 2 - Tommy Bryan
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Place no. 3 - Will Sellers
Court of Civil Appeals Judge, Place no. 1 - Christy Olinger Edwards
Court of Civil Appeals Judge, Place no. 2 - Chad Hanson
Court of Civil Appeals Judge, Place no. 3 - Terry A. Moore
Court of Criminal Appeals Judge, Place no. 1 - Richard Minor
Court of Criminal Appeals Judge, Place no. 2 - Chris McCool
Court of Criminal Appeals Judge, Place no. 3 - Bill Cole
Secretary of State - John Merrill
State Treasurer - John McMillan
State Auditor - Jim Zeigler
Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries - Rick Pate
Public Service Commission, Place no. 1 - Jeremy Oden
Public Service Commission, Place no. 2 - Chris "Chip" Beeker Jr.
Public Service Commission, Place no. 3 - Jeremy Oden
State Board of Education, District no. 8 - Wayne Reynolds

Congress
District 5 - Mo Brooks

Alabama Conservative Candidate 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

Alabama House












Alabama Conservative Candidate Endorsements for June 5th, 2018

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

Congress

Alabama House

Alabama Senate

State Board of Education

Cleburne County

State Republican Executive Committee, Cleburne County Place no. 1 – Tim Sprayberry

Colbert County

Colbert County Republican Executive Committee, Place no. 6 – Andrew Sorrell
Colbert County Republican Executive Committee, Place no. 1, District no. 2 – Dennis Sorrell

DeKalb County

Dekalb County Republican Executive Committee Place no. 4, District no. 1 – Benjamin Windom
Dekalb County Republican Executive Committee Place no. 5, District no. 1 – Rodney Ivey

Special Election for Renewal and Continuation of Levy of the 1 Mill Countywide School Tax - AGAINST proposed taxation
Special Election for Renewal and Continuation of Levy of the 3 Mill Countywide School Tax - AGAINST proposed taxation
Special Election for Renewal and Continuation of Levy of the 7.5 Mill Countywide School Tax - AGAINST proposed taxation
Special Election for Renewal and Continuation of Levy of the 3 Mill School District Tax - AGAINST proposed taxation

Lauderdale County

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
State Republican Executive Committee, Lauderdale County Place no. 4 - James Elwin Irby

Lauderdale County Republican Executive Committee

Place 1 - Barry Morris
Place 3 - Joan Davis
Place 5 - no recommendation
Place 8 - Matthew Sorrell
Place 11 - no recommendation
Place 14 - Josh Miller
Place 20 - Margaret Irby
Place 21 - Billy Hammock
Place 23 - Shelly Pettus
Place 24 - Jonathan Foster
Place 25 - John Hargett

Limestone County

Limestone County Commission Chairman – Collin Daly

Limestone County License Commissioner – Terry Persell

State Republican Executive Committee, Limestone County, place 1 – John Wahl
State Republican Executive Committee, Limestone County, place 3 – Ben Harrison

Madison County

Madison County Probate Judge – Frank Barger

State Republican Executive Committee, Madison County District 1, Place 1 – Matthew A. Hitt
Madison County Republican Executive Committee, at Large Place no. 6 – Brad Taylor
Madison County Republican Executive Committee, at Large Place no. 9 – Tina Clark
Madison County Republican Executive Committee, District 11, Place 2 – Ralph Weber
Madison County Republican Executive Committee, District 11, Place 3 – Thomas Scovill

Morgan County

State Republican Executive Committee, Morgan County Place no. 4 – James Henderson

Shelby County

State Republican Executive Committee, Shelby County Place no. 1 – Bill Armistead

Tuscaloosa County

Tuscaloosa County Probate Judge – Rob Robertson

State Republican Executive Committee, Tuscaloosa County Place no. 4 – Don Wallace

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