Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Qualifying for U.S. Senate Special Election is Open Until May 17

Qualifying is open for the Special Primary Election to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  Any interested registered Alabama voter may call the Party office at (334) 262-2221 to get qualifying forms. An interested person may also print a qualifying form, located here on the Democratic Party's website,  The qualifying fee is $3480.

All qualifying papers, along with the fee, must be received in the State Party Office by Wednesday, May 17, 2016, at 5:00 PM.  A candidate may hand deliver qualifying forms to the Alabama Democratic Party Office, 501 Adams Ave, Montgomery, AL 36104, or he/she may mail the form to the Alabama Democratic Party, P.O. Box 950, Montgomery, AL 36101.

According to Chairwoman Nancy Worley, "Democrats in Alabama have an excellent opportunity to fill this Republican-held seat," which was created by the resignation of former U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions.  “The Alabama Democratic Party is excited to win back this seat and elect someone who will represent Alabama's working families with integrity and accountability,” said Worley.

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Chair Worley’s Response to Gov. Bentley’s Resignation

"Three strikes and you're out" applies to baseball and to corrupt Republican politics in Alabama, with today's resignation of Gov. Robert Bentley.  The Republican heads of all three branches of our state government have either  been convicted, ousted, or resigned within a year.  First, Rep. Mike Hubbard, Legislative Branch leader and Speaker of the House was convicted on multiple counts and removed from office; next, the head of the Judicial Branch, Chief Justice Roy Moore, was removed from office a second time for failing to uphold the U.S. Constitution, and the third strike today saw the Governor, head of the Executive Branch, agree to a deal that forced him to resign and never hold office again.

"Republican corruption has spread like kudzu throughout our state," according to Nancy Worley, Chair of the Alabama Democratic Party.  "To get elected, Republicans told Alabamians they were the Party of integrity and family values, yet they govern by fattening their own pockets, having love affairs, and disrespecting the founding principles of our government."

Alabamians work hard every day just to make ends meet and give their children a better life, while their Republican leaders in all branches of government sit and "fiddle" (more than playing the fiddle in the latest escapade) while Rome (in this case, Alabama) is burning.

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Response to Ethics Commission’s Findings on Gov. Bentley

The Alabama Ethics Commission's finding "probable cause" that Republican Governor Robert Bentley violated the Ethics Law and Campaign Finance Law fits the pattern of Republican corruption and abuses of power for which Alabama is becoming known. First, the Republican Speaker of the House was convicted in criminal court and removed from office. In addition, the Republican Chief Justice was removed from office a second time after an investigation showed he had ignored the Constitution of the United States, and now the Republican Governor, whose investigation continues beyond the Ethics Commission, faces the possibility of criminal sanction, impeachment, and removal from office. This is clearly not the standard of sound, ethical governance that the people of Alabama deserve.

"The pattern and practice of Republican corruption is spreading like kudzu in our state," said Nancy Worley, Chair of the Alabama Democratic Party. "Republicans love to campaign on empty promises of family values and integrity, yet the record shows that they have governed with dishonesty, deceit, and corruption. While the Republicans are busy fattening their pockets, playing politics, and carrying on real-life soap operas, the hard-working families across our state who play by the rules still struggle to make ends meet and to give their children the opportunities they deserve. The Republican time in office will be remembered in history as the days which 'drove old Dixie down'!"

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Chair Nancy Worley’s Statement on Equal Pay Day

Statement of Chair Nancy Worley on Equal Pay Day:

"Today, people across Alabama and our nation observe Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day when women’s earnings “catch up” to men’s earnings from the previous year. This means women on average have to work until April 4th just to take home what a man did in 2016.

Women in Alabama only make 76 percent of what white, non-Hispanic men make. That puts us at 39th in state equal pay rankings, and the gap is even wider for minority women. African-American women make just 57 cents for every dollar a man makes, and Hispanic women only make 47 cents.

Alabama Democrats believe that women’s economic prosperity is critical to our nation's economic strength, and that it is way past time to close the gender pay gap. I promise that Alabama Democrats will continue to fight to make equal pay a reality."

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Statement on Failure of the GOP Healthcare Plan

The failure of the Republican healthcare plan today was a great victory for 24 million Americans, including hundreds of thousands of Alabamians, who will still have health insurance coverage.

Tens of thousands of concerned citizens across Alabama and the nation made phone calls and signed petitions to oppose the GOP bill, and House Republicans and President Trump folded under the intense pressure. However, the fact remains that Republicans are still just as committed as ever to repealing the Affordable Care Act and taking health care away from tens of millions of Americans.

Democrats must remain vigilant and be prepared to defend hard-working Americans from the Republican onslaught against those who need health care services. Republicans are determined to deprive millions of children, seniors, and people with disabilities of health care in order to get over $200 billion in tax cuts for the super-rich.

Nancy Worley
Chair, Alabama Democratic Party

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Response to President Trump’s Address to Congress

Someone wrote the President a nicely-worded speech tonight; someone disciplined him to use the teleprompter and not get "off message," and someone added a few emotional touches, such as the tribute to Mrs. Owen, the recently-widowed SEAL wife. All PRETTY WORDS, but the President's actions have been, and will be the real test of his honesty, his concern for working people, and his love of America.

DONATE today to the Alabama Democratic Party, REGISTER a new voter every day, and TALK to men and women who have different opinions, diverse religious faiths, and opposing political views. Prepare today for 2018.

Read excerpts from Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear's Response to President Trump's "pretty words" below.  Gov. Beshear has a REAL record of accomplishments in Kentucky.  Join the Alabama Democratic Party's efforts to make Alabama as successful as Gov. Beshear's Kentucky, with a Democratic Governor and a Democratic House and Senate.

Nancy Worley, Chair
Alabama Democratic Party


Excerpts from former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s Democratic Response to President Trump’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress (As Prepared for Delivery)

Mr. President, as a candidate, you promised to be a champion for people struggling to make ends meet … and I hope you live up to that promise.

But one of your first executive orders makes it harder for those families to afford a mortgage.

Then you started rolling back rules that provide oversight of the financial industry and safeguard us against another national economic meltdown.

And you picked a Cabinet of billionaires and Wall Street insiders who want to eviscerate the protections that most Americans count on and that help level the playing field.

That’s not being our champion.

That’s being Wall Street’s champion.


And even more troubling is that you and your Republican allies in Congress seem determined to rip affordable health insurance away from millions of Americans who most need it.


But so far, every Republican idea to “replace” the Affordable Care Act would reduce the number of Americans covered, despite promises to the contrary.

Mr. President, folks here in Kentucky expect you to keep your word. Because this isn’t a game – it’s life and death for people.

These ideas promise “access” to care but deny the importance of making care affordable and effective. They would charge families more for fewer benefits and put insurance companies back in control.

Behind these ideas is the belief that folks at the lower end of the economic ladder just don’t deserve health care – that it’s somehow their fault that their employer doesn’t offer insurance or that they can’t afford to buy expensive health plans.

But who are these 22 million Americans, including 500,000 people here in Kentucky, who now have health care that didn’t have it before?

They aren’t aliens from a distant planet.

They’re our friends and neighbors.

We sit in the bleachers with them on Friday night and pray in the pews with them on Sunday morning.

They’re farmers, restaurant workers, part-time teachers, nurses’ aides, construction workers and entrepreneurs working at high-tech start-ups.

And before the Affordable Care Act, they woke up every morning and went to work, praying they wouldn’t get sick; knowing they were just one bad diagnosis away from bankruptcy.


President Trump also needs to understand that people may disagree with him – but that doesn’t make them his enemies.

When the president attacks the loyalty and credibility of our intelligence agencies, the court system, the military, the free press and individual Americans – simply because he doesn’t like what they say – he is eroding our democracy.

And that’s reckless.


Kentucky made real progress while I was governor because we were motivated by one thing: Helping families.

Democrats are trying to bring that same focus back to Washington.

Americans are a diverse people. We may disagree on some things … but we’ve always come together when we remember that we are one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Thank you.

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Congratulations to New House Minority Leadership - Rep. Anthony Daniel and Rep. Elaine Beech

Alabama Democrats Congratulate House Minority Leader Rep. Anthony Daniels and House Democratic Caucus Chair Rep. Elaine Beech

The Alabama Democratic Party congratulates Rep. Anthony Daniels, the new House Minority Leader, and Rep. Elaine Beech, the new House Democratic Caucus Chairwoman.  "These two outstanding Democrats will lead the state forward and will work with their colleagues to make sure the voices of all Alabama citizens are heard," said Nancy Worley, Chair of the Alabama Democratic Party.  "Rep. Daniels and Rep. Beech, along with other Democrats in the House and Senate, will focus on the Democratic values of higher paying jobs, quality public schools, and affordable health care, as they guide the 2017 Democratic Legislative Program in the Alabama Legislature," said Worley.

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Save the Affordable Care Act

Someone in your family probably gained health coverage through the Affordable Care Act. Almost 215,000 Alabamians were the recipients of this coverage. Do the Republicans really want to harm, sicken or kill 215,000 Alabamians?

Most Americans who have received care through the ACA live in districts represented by Republicans, meaning that Republicans are stabbing their own voters in the back with a cowardly middle-of-the night repeal vote.

The uninsured rate in our country is the lowest it has ever been, seniors are paying less, young adults can stay on their parents’ insurance longer, and Americans can no longer be denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions. The Affordable Care Act is literally the difference between living and dying for millions of Americans.

Please click the following link to help stop the repeal of the ACA:  call your U.S. Senators and Congressman today.

Nancy Worley
Chair, Alabama Democratic Party

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Alabama Democrats Mourn Death of former Governor Albert Brewer

The Alabama Democratic Party mourns the loss of Governor Albert Brewer, who served our state with honor, dignity, and intelligence for many years.  His legacy of progressive leadership in the Alabama Legislature and as Governor set a high standard which others have attempted, but failed to reach.

"As Democratic Party Chair, I considered Governor Brewer to be a personal friend and mentor through the years.  I shall miss his quiet counsel, his wisdom, and his vision for our state," said Nancy Worley.

The Alabama Democratic Party expresses its condolences to Governor Brewer's family and many friends.

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Qualifying for House District 58 Special Election is Open Until December 27

Qualifying is open for the Special Primary Election to fill the vacant House District 58 seat in Jefferson County, created by the resignation of Rep. Oliver Robinson.  Any interested registered voter in HD58 may call the Party office at (334) 262-2221 to get qualifying forms. An interested person may also print a qualifying form, located on the Democratic Party's website,  The qualifying fee is $558.26, half the usual Legislative qualifying fee because the eventual winner will serve half the term or less.

All qualifying papers, along with the fee, must be received in the State Party Office by Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at 5:00 PM.  A candidate may hand deliver qualifying forms to the Alabama Democratic Party Office, 501 Adams Ave, Montgomery, AL 36104, or he/she may mail the form to the Alabama Democratic Party, P.O. Box 950, Montgomery, AL 36101.

According to Chair Nancy Worley, "Democrats in Jefferson County have an excellent opportunity to fill this vacant seat," which was created when former Representative Oliver Robinson resigned.  “The Alabama Democratic Party is excited to hold onto this seat and elect someone who will work hard and represent House District 58 with integrity and accountability,” said Worley.

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Alabama Democratic Party Statement on Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

Donald Trump’s choice of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, III for U.S. Attorney General is deeply disturbing. Our nation does not need an Attorney General with a history of hostility toward civil rights law, as well as disdain for voting rights activists overseeing civil rights and voting rights enforcement.

Sessions was considered too racist to be a federal judge in the 1980’s. At that time, he was the second nominee in fifty years to be rejected by a U.S. Senate committee. At a critical time in our history when voting rights are in jeopardy and voter suppression has become a principal electoral tool of a major political party, Jeff Sessions is the opposite of what we need to lead the Justice Department.

The United States Senate should reject the nomination of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General and prevent him from attempting to drag our great nation backwards to the 1860’s.

Nancy Worley
Chair, Alabama Democratic Party

Saturday, November 12th, 2016

Qualifying for House District 67 Special Election is Open Until November 29

Qualifying is open for the Special Primary Election to fill the vacant House District 67 seat in Dallas and Perry Counties.  Any interested registered voter in HD67 may call the Party office at (334) 262-2221 to get qualifying forms. An interested person may also print a qualifying form, located on the Democratic Party's website,  The qualifying fee is $558.26, half the usual Legislative qualifying fee because the eventual winner will serve half the term.

All qualifying papers, along with the fee, must be received in the State Party Office, by Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at 5:00 PM.  A candidate may hand deliver qualifying forms to the Alabama Democratic Party Office, 501 Adams Ave, Montgomery, AL 36104, or he/she may mail the form to the Alabama Democratic Party, P.O. Box 950, Montgomery, AL 36101.

According to Chair Nancy Worley, "Democrats in Dallas and Perry Counties have an excellent opportunity to fill this vacant seat," which was created when former Representative Darrio Melton was elected Mayor of Selma.  Chairwoman Worley emphasized the importance of any candidate's willingness to work hard and represent House District 67 with integrity and accountability.

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Chair Nancy Worley Salutes Our Veterans

The Alabama Democratic Party salutes all veterans, past and present, for your valor, patriotism, and work on Veterans Day and every day of the year.  You protect us from harm, you fortify our democracy, and you maintain peace in our nation, as well as abroad.  Thank you!

America's veterans of the past, many of whom paid the ultimate sacrifice, served our nation with honor and dignity as they protected human rights throughout the world.  Today's veterans continue  that same service and sacrifice.   We praise all veterans for their  accomplishments in the past, present and future.

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Alabama Democratic Party Response to November 8 Election

Although more Democrats than Republicans voted nationwide for the Democratic Party’s stellar nominees for President and Vice President, the outcome was an Electoral College victory for the Republican nominees. We congratulate the winners and offer our support as they attempt to unify our divided country.

The Party also congratulates all our state and local candidates who were on the ballot. Regardless of the outcome, each candidate demonstrated undaunted courage and a strong commitment to service by qualifying to run for office and campaigning throughout the election season. We appreciate all of our Democratic volunteers who were an integral part of each campaign.

Most of us agree that our country and our state are divided, but we must all unify as a state and nation to guarantee that our children receive a world-class education in well-funded public schools.  We must support our working men and women with job training and employment opportunities, higher pay, and affordable health care.  We must protect our senior citizens‘ retirement and Social Security, as we expand their options for long-term independent living.

The Alabama Democratic Party will never stop fighting for the interests of the people of our great state.

Nancy Worley
Chair, Alabama Democratic Party

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Election Information - November 8, 2016

Rides to the Polls:

Jefferson County - call (205) 213-4091

Other counties - call (334) 262-2221


Democratic Candidates:

US Senate - Ron Crumpton

US House District 2 - Nathan Mathis

US House District 3 - Jesse Smith

US House District 5 - Will Boyd

US House District 6 - David Putman

US House District 7 - Congresswoman Terri Sewell

State Board of Education District 3 - Jarralynne Agee

State Board of Education District 5 - Ella Bell


Sample Ballots:

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Proposed Constitutional Amendments:

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Vote a Straight Democratic Ticket!




Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Donald Trump and the Third Debate

For the THIRD time, Hillary Clinton won the debate last night!

For the THIRD time, Donald Trump insulted one or more persons in the debate. This time he stooped to a new low when he referred to our nominee as a "nasty woman."

Once again he demonstrated that his vocabulary and his demeanor are inappropriate for a President of the United States.

Most Mothers and Fathers teach their children to be polite, NOT call people names, NOT curse in public, NOT make fun of people with handicaps, etc., yet Donald Trump has repeatedly shown that he did not learn those important lessons in childhood. He has repeatedly shown himself to lack the polish and class we expect in a President.

Some of you remember the uproar when Jimmy Carter wore a sweater in a televised fireside chat. People said he did not "look Presidential." Where is the same outcry when Donald Trump does not "sound Presidential"? Trump's language and behavior make him the candidate who "needs his mouth washed out with soap."

Trump displays a lack of knowledge, lack of temperament, and lack of refinement which, historically, we expected in the person who held the highest office in the land.

We can't allow him to achieve his goals. We can't stand by while this man continues to spread his lies, crude name-calling and lack of respect across our country.

We can't just let him win here in Alabama without a fight! Not in a state where 195,055 people have health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Not in a state that has improved from 9.1% to 5.4% unemployment under President Obama.

We must move forward together. We need you to join us in this fight. We need you to call your family, friends and neighbors to make sure they are registered to vote.

Monday, October 24th is the Alabama deadline for voter registration. Make sure every Democrat votes by absentee ballot if he/she cannot vote at the polls on Election day, November 8th.

We also need you in this fight to help our Party move forward together. You may donate here to the Alabama Democratic Party.

We cannot win this war unless we stand up and fight. We cannot win this war if we allow Trump to get away with degrading those with disabilities, women, immigrants and so many others.

Stand up for Alabama today. Stand up for Democrats today.

In unity there is victory. I am willing to listen to anyone, work with anyone, join in fighting the enemy at any time, but we cannot do this without your help.

Forward together!

Pitch in today!

Nancy Worley
Chair, Alabama Democratic Party


Monday, October 17th, 2016

Alabama Democrats Mourn Passing of Lucy Baxley

The Alabama Democratic Party mourns the loss of Lucy Baxley, an outstanding woman who served our state with honor and grace for many years. We inducted her into the Alabama Democratic Party Hall of Fame last year for her numerous political accomplishments through the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband, children, and other family members.


Monday, October 10th, 2016

Statement on Donald Trump and the Second Debate

Last night, Donald Trump confirmed that he dodged taxes, belittled sexual assault as “locker room” talk, demonstrated no grasp of foreign policy issues, filled the debate stage with hateful remarks, and threatened to jail his political opponent. At this point it should be abundantly clear that Donald Trump, with his unstable temperament, is historically unfit to be president.

Some Alabama Republicans are now trying to distance themselves from Trump’s reprehensible behavior.

“Alabama Republicans supported Donald Trump’s bigoted and dangerous campaign while he made racist and sexist statements, mocked people with disabilities, promoted bullying, invited cyber attacks, and praised Vladimir Putin.” said Alabama Democratic Party Chair Nancy Worley. “They made their choice, and there is no turning back now.

At the second debate, Trump admitted that he dodged taxes, refused to apologize for sexist comments, and demonstrated no grasp of foreign policy issues.

While Hillary Clinton has the knowledge, strength, and detailed plans to build a strong economy where everyone can get ahead, Donald Trump peddles hate speech, disgusting sexual comments and conspiracy theories. The choice is clear.”

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Candidate Training September 29th

 2016 Campaign School
 How to Run a Successful Campaign
 A one-day campaign school sponsored by the Alabama Farmers Federation

Attend a one-day, bi-partisan campaign school sponsored by the Alabama Farmers Federation on Thursday, September 29th, 2016.  The campaign school is open to anyone interested in becoming a candidate in the future or for those who already hold political office.

The school will provide you with ethics training - the tools and information necessary to organize a political campaign with strong grassroots efforts and an effective strategy. It will teach potential candidates the steps to take now to ensure a successful campaign in the future or will help veteran office holders to evaluate their past campaign efforts.

Our program includes award-winning speakers, study materials, special guests, a light breakfast and lunch.  You will hear from elected officials of both parties along with the state’s top political consultants on the best strategies to run a successful campaign. Lt. Governor Kay Ivey and Secretary of State John Merrill are among those who will be speaking.

Registration is required and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Space is limited so please register today for only $20 to cover the cost of food and materials.

Registration will close on September 1st at noon.

Please make your check payable to the Alabama Farmers Federation and mail to the address below:

Jessica Mims
Alabama Farmers Federation
P.O. Box 11000
Montgomery, Alabama 36191


Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Alabama Delegation to the 2016 Democratic National Convention

District-level delegates:

Congressional District 1

Vivian Davis Figures  (Clinton)
Mary Morris  (Clinton)

James E. Buskey  (Clinton)
Marcellus N. Parker  (Sanders)

Congressional District 2

Janet Y. Buskey  (Clinton)
Tyna D. Davis  (Clinton)
Beth Sanders  (Sanders)

Joe Reed  (Clinton)
Steven L. Reed  (Clinton)

Congressional District 3

Gwendolyn Harris Brooks  (Clinton)
Pat "Patsy" Jones  (Clinton)

Johnny Ford  (Clinton)
Jesse T. Smith  (Sanders)

Congressional District 4

Sue Thompson  (Clinton)
Ashley Bryant  (Sanders)

Robert Avery  (Clinton)
Roger H. Bedford, Jr.  (Clinton)

Congressional District 5

Susan C. Brown  (Clinton)
Laura Hall  (Clinton)

Eddie Sherrod  (Clinton)
Patrick Doyle  (Sanders)

Congressional District 6

Merika Coleman  (Clinton)
Mallory Anderton  (Sanders)


Congressional District 7

Louise Alexander  (Clinton)
Linda Coleman  (Clinton)
Shelia Smoot  (Clinton)
Sheila D. Tyson  (Clinton)

Fred Bell  (Clinton)
Earl Hilliard, Jr.  (Clinton)
Hank Sanders  (Clinton)
Rodger M. Smitherman  (Clinton)


PLEO (Party Leader Elected Official) Delegates:

Valvier "Val" Bright  (Clinton)
Priscilla P. Dunn  (Clinton)
Juandalynn "LeLe" Givan  (Clinton)

Grover Dunn  (Clinton)
Fred D. Gray  (Clinton)
Joe L. Reed  (Clinton)
Steven W. Hoyt  (Sanders)

At-Large Delegates:

Jarralynne Agee  (Clinton)
Maudie Bedford  (Clinton)
Sherry McClain  (Clinton)
Yvette M. Richardson  (Clinton)
Teresa Smiley  (Clinton)
Larisa Thomason  (Sanders)

Roger Bedford III  (Clinton)
Warren Davis  (Clinton)
Harry Gilliam  (Clinton)
Julian McPhillips  (Clinton)
Jim Spearman  (Clinton)
Charlie L. Staten  (Clinton)
Jeffery McDaniels  (Sanders)

At-Large Alternates:

Sylvia Williams  (Sanders)


Credentials Committee:
Anita McDaniel Brueck  (Clinton)
Zack Buckner  (Clinton)

Platform Committee:
Carolyn (CiCi) Culpepper  (Clinton)
D. Anthony (Tony) Parker  (Sanders)

Rules Committee:
Virginia Edington  (Clinton)
Earl Jones  (Clinton)

Wade Lipscomb
Irva Reed

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Candidate Qualifying for House District 79 Special Election

Qualifying is open for the Special Primary Election to be held on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 to fill the vacant House District 79 seat in Lee County. Any interested candidate may print a qualifying form, located on the Party website: (click here). A potential candidate may also call the Party at (334) 262-2221 and ask the Party Staff to mail or fax a qualifying form. The qualifying fee is $558.26, half the usual House qualifying fee because the eventual winner will serve half the term.

All qualifying papers, along with the fee, must be received in the State Party Office by July 14, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. Candidates may mail or deliver qualifying forms to the Alabama Democratic Party at 501 Adams Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36104.

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Alabama Democratic Party Mourns Passing of Secretary Greg Graves

Alabama Democrats mourn the passing of Dr. Gregory T. Graves, Secretary of the Alabama Democratic Party. Please join us in extending thoughts and prayers to Dr. Graves' loved ones during this difficult time.

The funeral arrangements for Dr. Graves are as follows:

Family Hour – Friday, May 6th - 6:30 - 7:30pm
Ross-Clayton Funeral Home
1412 Adams Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104

Funeral – Saturday, May 7th – 11:00am
Community Congregational United Church of Christ
3481 South Court Street
Montgomery, AL 36105

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made at ServisFirst Bank for "The Graves Family Fund" (TyJewel Graves College Fund). Donations should be mailed to: ServisFirst Bank, P.O. Box 4189, Montgomery, AL 36103.


Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Alabama College Democrats Held 2016 Convention in Tuscaloosa

This past weekend the Alabama College Democrats held their annual convention in Tuscaloosa. A great crowd of future Alabama Democratic leaders was on hand to conduct business and elect a new slate of officers to serve for the next year. Attendees heard from Doug Hoffman, President of Engage Alabama; 6th Judicial Circuit Judge John England; U.S. Senate nominee Ron Crumpton; and Alabama Democratic Party Chair Nancy Worley.

Congratulations to our College Democrats for an excellent 2016 convention!

New executive board pictured above (L to R): Mike Smith, Nick Osborn, Patrick Fitzgerald, Katie Schafer, Calvin Wilborn, Emily Hale, Chip Brownlee, Colin Mortensen, and Ethan Gregory


Monday, April 4th, 2016

At-Large and PLEO Delegates Elected on April 2

National convention delegation press release:  2016-04-21 Convention Delegation Certification.pdf


PLEO (Party Leader Elected Official) Delegates:

Valvier "Val" Bright  (Clinton)
Priscilla P. Dunn  (Clinton)
Juandalynn "LeLe" Givan  (Clinton)

Grover Dunn  (Clinton)
Fred D. Gray  (Clinton)
Joe L. Reed  (Clinton)
Steven W. Hoyt  (Sanders)

At-Large Delegates:

Jarralynne Agee  (Clinton)
Maudie Bedford  (Clinton)
Sherry McClain  (Clinton)
Nancy Gardner Sewell  (Clinton)
Teresa Smiley  (Clinton)
Larisa Thomason  (Sanders)

Roger Bedford III  (Clinton)
Harry Gilliam  (Clinton)
Jim Spearman  (Clinton)
Charlie L. Staten  (Clinton)
Jeffery McDaniels  (Sanders)

At-Large Alternates:

Yvette M. Richardson  (Clinton)
Sylvia Williams  (Sanders)

Julian McPhillips  (Clinton)
Warren Davis  (Clinton)

Credentials Committee:
Anita McDaniel Brueck  (Clinton)
Zack Buckner  (Clinton)

Platform Committee:
Carolyn (CiCi) Culpepper  (Clinton)
D. Anthony (Tony) Parker  (Sanders)

Rules Committee:
Virginia Edington  (Clinton)
Earl Jones  (Clinton)

Wade Lipscomb
Irva Reed

Friday, March 11th, 2016

District-Level Convention Delegates Elected on March 1 with Election Results

Congressional District 1

Vivian Davis Figures  (Clinton)
Mary Morris  (Clinton)

Napoleon Bracy, Jr.  (Clinton)
James E. Buskey  (Clinton)
Marcellus N. Parker  (Sanders)

Congressional District 2

Janet Y. Buskey  (Clinton)
Tyna D. Davis  (Clinton)
Beth Sanders  (Sanders)

Joe Reed  (Clinton)
Steven L. Reed  (Clinton)

Congressional District 3

Gwendolyn Harris Brooks  (Clinton)
Pat "Patsy" Jones  (Clinton)

Johnny Ford  (Clinton)
Fred Gray, Jr.  (Clinton)
Jesse T. Smith  (Sanders)

Congressional District 4

Sue Thompson  (Clinton)
Ashley Bryant  (Sanders)

Robert Avery  (Clinton)
Roger H. Bedford, Jr.  (Clinton)

Congressional District 5

Susan C. Brown  (Clinton)
Laura Hall  (Clinton)

Eddie Sherrod  (Clinton)
Patrick Doyle  (Sanders)

Congressional District 6

Merika Coleman  (Clinton)
Mallory Anderton  (Sanders)

Louis Baxley  (Clinton)

Congressional District 7

Louise Alexander  (Clinton)
Ella B. Bell  (Clinton)
Linda Coleman  (Clinton)
Shelia Smoot  (Clinton)
Sheila D. Tyson  (Clinton)

Fred Bell  (Clinton)
Earl Hilliard, Jr.  (Clinton)
Hank Sanders  (Clinton)
Rodger M. Smitherman  (Clinton)

The "Uncommitted" presidential category did not reach the 15% threshold in any congressional district. As a result, no uncommitted delegates were elected.

Delegate election results:

Hillary Clinton

Martin J. O'Malley

Bernie Sanders


Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Qualified Candidates for At-Large and Pledged PLEO (Party Leader Elected Official) Delegate

Click on the links below to view At-Large and Pledged PLEO (Party Leader Elected Official) Delegate Candidates


Pledged PLEO (Party Leader Elected Offical)

Qualifying to run as a Pledged PLEO and/or At-Large Delegate ends March 29, 2016 at 5:00 pm.


Monday, March 7th, 2016

At-Large and PLEO Delegate Qualifying Open Until March 29

Alabama Democrats interested in running as an At-Large Delegate (or Alternate) and/or Pledged Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) Delegate may qualify by submitting a Statement of Candidacy with the Alabama Democratic Party by 5:00 p.m. on March 29, 2016.

Eleven At-Large delegates, seven pledged PLEO delegates and four alternates will be selected at a meeting of the State Democratic Executive Committee on April 2, 2016. The SDEC meeting will be held at the Crump Senior Center, 1751 Congressman W.L. Dickinson Dr, Montgomery, AL 36109 and will begin at 11:00 a.m. Convention delegates will meet at the Crump Center immediately after the SDEC meeting.

Delegate candidates who previously submitted statements of candidacy do not have to resubmit the form unless they did not indicate that they wanted to be considered for At-Large and/or PLEO, or if they wish to change the presidential candidate that they are pledged to.

The Democratic Party seeks a diverse group of candidates in gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, occupation, etc.

Statements of candidacy (with signed pledges of presidential candidate support) may be submitted in person or mailed to the Party office in Montgomery:

Alabama Democratic Party
501 Adams Ave
Montgomery, AL 36104

PDF download:  Statement of Candidacy and Pledge of Support

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016


Democrats are heading out to vote all over the state today, and we're counting on voters like you to make your voices heard. The polls are open today from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., so double check your polling place and make a plan to get out and vote.

We are fortunate to have two incredible candidates in Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, and you've had the opportunity to hear from both of them on their plans to keep moving America forward. No matter who becomes our nominee, we are going to stand behind them and fight as hard as we can until one of them is the next President of the United States.

Find your polling place at the link below and GO VOTE!

Locate your polling place

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Alabama Democratic Party has not endorsed a Presidential candidate in the March 1 Primary

The Alabama Democratic Party has NOT endorsed a candidate for President in the March 1 Primary.  On Saturday, February 13, following the minority caucus' (ADC) Luncheon, WSFA (Channel 12), an affiliate of the Raycom Network, ran a false story that the Party had endorsed Hillary Clinton.  Party Chair Nancy Worley called the reporter after she heard the story Saturday evening and asked for a correction.  She was assured the story would be taken down and corrected. 

Unfortunately other Raycom Network affiliates ran the story on Sunday with the false information.  ADC, the Alabama Democratic Conference, or minority caucus chaired by Dr. Joe Reed, endorsed Secretary Clinton; however, the Alabama Democratic Party does not endorse in a Primary Election.

Individuals with concerns about this false story should call Channel 12, a Raycom Affiliate in Montgomery, which originally aired the story at (334) 288-1212.

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Alabama Democratic Party Mourns Passing of Vice Chair Redding Pitt

The Alabama Democratic Party is deeply saddened by the death of Redding Pitt, current Vice Chair since 2013, and former Chairman, 2001 – 2005.  Redding Pitt served as an attorney with the firm of Farris, Riley and Pitt in Birmingham, Alabama, from 2001 until his death.  A native of the Tennessee Valley, Redding Pitt was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama, 1994 - 2001, and he held various government positions at the federal and state level prior to that appointment.

Alabama Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy Worley said, “Redding was an excellent Party Chairman and Vice Chairman, a scholar of history and politics, and a strong supporter of the Democratic Party’s core principles.”  “The State Democratic Executive Committee, its officers, as well as Democrats throughout Alabama, offer condolences to his son and extended family.  We will never forget his numerous contributions to the Party and to the people of our state,” said Worley.

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Chair Nancy Worley:  7th Anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was signed by President Obama seven years ago today. Named for an Alabama woman who fought back after discovering her male co-workers were paid more for doing the same work, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act restored an employee's right to challenge pay discrimination in the workplace.

Alabama Democratic Chairwoman Nancy Worley praised the courage of Ledbetter and said, "The Fair Pay Act was a victory for families, since four out of ten households in our country are headed by females."

Unfortunately, women still earn 79 cents for every dollar a man makes, so there is more work to do to achieve fair pay. "Democrats support a strong economy, and equal pay will help strengthen that foundation and grow the middle class," said Worley.

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Certified Delegate Candidates

Please click the link below for the list of certified 2016 Democratic National Convention Delegate candidates.

Delegate Candidates


Friday, November 6th, 2015

March 1 Democratic Primary Candidates

Candidates for the March 1, 2016 Democratic Primary Election

Please select the desired office to view the list of qualified Democratic candidates.


United States Senate

United States House of Representatives

State Board of Education

Circuit Judge

District Judge

District Attorney

National Convention Delegate

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Candidate/County Leader Training and Yellow Dog Presidential Luncheon

On Saturday, November 7, 2015, you are cordially invited to attend the Alabama Democratic Party’s COUNTY LEADER and CANDIDATE TRAINING, followed by our YELLOW DOG PRESIDENTIAL LUNCHEON, for the SMALL PRICE of $25 per person.  The location of the training and luncheon will be the Crump Senior Center, 1751 Congressman Dickinson Dr. (Wetumpka Hwy.), Montgomery, Alabama 36109, and the schedule will be as follows:

     9:30 - 10:00 A.M.  Registration in Rear Foyer (More parking in the rear)
     10:00 - 12:15 P.M. Training (County Leaders and Candidates separate)
                                Topics include Compliance, Fundraising, Communications,
                                Digital, Votebuilder, Field Operations, etc.
     12:30 - 2:00 P.M. Yellow Dog Presidential Luncheon
                                 James Carville (Confirmed Speaker)
                                 Other Speakers are not confirmed at this date.

All attendees must register and pay $25 per person.  There will be NO GENERAL SEATING (everyone will be assigned a table number following receipt of payment.  There will be NO STANDING, other than pre-cleared press; therefore, you must register and pay the $25 to attend this event.  REGISTRATION and PAYMENT can be made online or via the form linked below, with a check made payable to the Alabama Democratic Party.  Mail your registration form and check by Monday, November 2, 2015, to the Alabama Democratic Party, 501 Adams Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104.

NO PAC (Political Action Committee) CHECKS can be accepted by the Alabama Democratic Party; however, you may use an individual, business, or candidate committee check.  You should also complete a contribution form, since Federal Law requires political committees to report the name, address, occupation and employer for each person whose contributions exceed $200 in a calendar year.

Make your plans now to be in Montgomery, AL, at the Crump Senior Center, on Saturday, November 7, to learn winning strategies and hear from the Presidential Campaigns.  Register NOW!

Registration Forms

Online Registration

Monday, September 14th, 2015

2016 Candidates May Qualify Now Through November 6th

The Alabama Democratic Party opened candidate qualifying today for the March 1, 2016 Democratic Primary Election.  A steady stream of candidates running for re-election and as first-time candidates brought qualifying papers by the Alabama Democratic Party’s state headquarters at 501 Adams Ave., Montgomery, AL, today.  Qualifying will end on November 6, 2015, for all federal, state, and county offices, as well as for Presidential candidates and their Convention Delegates who will be on the March 1 Primary Ballot. 

Nancy Worley, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party, said, “We are pleased to see numerous judicial candidates and candidates for District Attorney turn in their qualifying papers today; numerous others called to say they mailed their qualifying papers or plan to bring them to the office this week.”

For more information, including qualifying fees and needed forms, see our Candidate Qualifying web page at Individuals interested in running for office at the State and Federal level will qualify with the state party, while those planning to run for county office will qualify with their respective county Democratic Party Chairs.  Potential candidates can find a list of County Chairs, including their contact information, on the Party website here.



Monday, September 7th, 2015

Chair Nancy Worley:  Celebrate Labor Day

Today we celebrate the labor movement in America which has improved our country's economic conditions, fought for higher wages and better working conditions, and opposed child labor, pay discrimination, and many other problems in the workplace and beyond.  Let us pause on this Labor Day to thank those who work today, as well as in the past, to make our country strong, to help those in need, and to create strength through unity to improve our lives.

In ancient Greece and Rome, the first labor unions were formed by the skilled artisans and craftsmen who wanted to protect the quality of their goods and services.  For example, the sculptors grew tired of pseudo-artists filling holes in their sculptures with wax and selling them as first-rate products at full price; therefore, the skilled artists formed a sculptors' guild or union to guarantee their genuine, quality work.  Today, we applaud America's unions for continuing that same principle  -- to produce quality, American-made products.  Buy American; buy Union.

Enjoy your Labor Day, but remember to honor those for whom the day is named.


Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

2016 Presidential and Delegate Qualifying Forms

Attached below are digital copies of the 2016 Presidential Qualifying form, as well as the 2016 Presidential Petition form, and the 2016 Delegate qualifying form.  Completed forms will be accepted during the qualifying period of September 14, 2015 to November 6, 2015. 

If you have questions please feel free to call our office at (334) 262-2221.

Presidential Qualifying Form

Presidential Petition Form

Delegate Qualifying Form

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Jefferson County Young Democrats Named Outstanding Local Chapter of the Year

The Jefferson County Young Democrats were named Outstanding Local Chapter of the Year at the Young Democrats of America's 2015 National Convention this past weekend in Los Angeles. Congratulations and well done, Jefferson County Young Democrats!



Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Nancy Worley calls Tennessee Democratic Chairwoman on Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage Amendment

Today, August 18, marks the 95th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, or Women’s Suffrage Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. To mark this occasion, I called Tennessee’s Democratic Party Chairwoman, Mary Mancini, to congratulate Tennessee on being the 36th state to ratify this amendment. Since ratification required three-fourths of the states to vote in the affirmative, the Tennessee Legislature became the final state necessary for passage when it ratified the Women’s Suffrage Amendment by one vote on August 18, 1920.

I told my female colleague and neighboring state Chairperson, "Congratulations on your state’s making it possible for women to achieve equality at the ballot box. As women active in politics, we both appreciate the battles which were fought from 1848, when the idea was first seriously proposed at the Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention, until 1920, when it was ratified."

Unfortunately, Alabama lawmakers fought this amendment and did not vote to ratify it until 1953, long after it was the law of the land. These backward attitudes toward women’s voting in 1920, remind us of some of today’s Republican Presidential candidates who want to turn back the clock on women’s progress.

August 18, 1920, when the 19th Amendment was ratified, and August 26, when the Women’s Suffrage Amendment was certified as law by the U.S. Congress, are both days for celebration. Passage of the 19th Amendment gave women the opportunity to make our voices heard, but we must all register to vote and cast our ballots in every election.

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Chair Nancy Worley on Gov. Bentley’s Endorsement of Gov. Kasich for President

It is ironic that Alabama's Republican Gov. Robert Bentley refuses to expand Medicaid funding for Alabama, yet today he endorsed Republican Gov. John Kasich for President, a Republican who accepted and praised Medicaid funding expansion for his state.

Gov. Bentley's refusal to expand Medicaid funding for Alabama, and the Republican Legislative supermajority's failure to pass a General Fund Budget after two attempts, shows how out-of-touch the Republican Party is with Alabamians.  Alabama's citizens work hard every day and they expect the Republicans who control the Legislature to do likewise and quit spending taxpayer dollars for Special Sessions.

Gov. Bentley should follow the lead of the man he endorsed for President and accept expanded Medicaid funding for Alabama. Democratic lawmakers have long supported this expansion, along with a lottery, to help resolve our state's financial crisis.

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Chair Nancy Worley on the 80th Anniversary of Social Security

Today marks the 80th Anniversary of the highly utilized Social Security program in the United States of America. Before the passage of Social Security, thousands of older Alabamians were poverty stricken, countless widows had no pensions, and numerous disabled workers had no income. Social Security changed the future for these citizens and gave hope to the hopeless.

Today, over one million Alabamians are the beneficiaries of Social Security, and more than half of those individuals rely on Social Security to provide 50 percent or more of their income. As a result of the 80-year-old Social Security Act, senior citizens can live independently for a longer time, widows are not left destitute, and disabled workers can put food on their tables.

Social Security is a cornerstone of American life, but it is under constant attack by Republicans in Congress and by current Republican Presidential contenders. While Democrats strongly support Social Security, we urge all our lawmakers to be vigilant against attacks on this very beneficial, successful program for eighty years.

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Chair Nancy Worley: Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

Fifty years ago, on August 6, 1965, the Voting Rights Act, a piece of legislation supported by both Democrats and Republicans, was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson.  The Voting Rights Act guaranteed an American citizen’s right to register and vote without obstruction, yet many Republican candidates for President, as well as Republicans in Congress and GOP-led State Legislatures today, support obstacles to voter registration and voting.

The signing of the Voting Rights Act was the culmination of many battles by black, female, youth and other disenfranchised groups to ensure that every voice is heard on Election Day.  Today, the fight to protect and advance voting rights continues.

Over half the states have passed laws to expand access to the ballot, while many other states have passed restrictive voting laws. Fifty years after the Voting Rights Act was signed into law, we must recommit to fighting to ensure that every eligible citizen is able to register, that every registered voter is able to vote, and every vote is accurately counted.

Alabama, a state where the battle began to end racial discrimination at the ballot box, must continue its fight for voting rights and join over half of America, by enacting same-day voter registration, early voting, automatic voter registration upon graduation from high school and other progressive ideas.

Voting rights should not be a Democrat vs. Republican issue; voting rights should be a bipartisan commitment to fulfilling the promise of the Voting Rights Act from fifty years ago that every voice be heard on Election Day.

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Chair Nancy Worley:  Happy 50th Anniversary, Medicare and Medicaid

On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation to establish Medicare for the elderly and Medicaid for low-income adults, children, pregnant women, and people with disabilities.  As Medicare and Medicaid turn 50 years old, millions of Americans have benefitted from these programs which have saved lives, reduced the number of uninsured Americans, helped people live longer, and provided the peace of mind that comes with affordable health care which is available when you need it.

The chances are good that everyone reading or hearing this either has Medicare or Medicaid, or knows someone who has benefitted from these programs.  Nearly 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day – that’s more than a quarter million each month who benefit from Medicare and Medicaid.  Fifty years later, we sometimes take these programs for granted which provide preventive services such as flu shots and diabetes screenings, or coverage for hospital stays, lab tests, wheelchairs, prescription drugs and more.

It’s easy to forget that before 1966, roughly half of all seniors were uninsured and lived in fear that the high cost of health care would cause them and their families to be poverty stricken.  Too few of us remember that not that long ago, far too many disabled people, families with children, pregnant women and low-income working Americans were unable to afford the medical care they needed to stay healthy and productive.

In 2015, fifty years after Medicare and Medicaid were signed into law and transformed the delivery of health care in the United States, millions of Americans now have access to the quality and affordable health care they need to live happy, healthy and productive lives.

Happy Golden Anniversary, Medicare and Medicaid.

Monday, July 20th, 2015

2016 Candidate Qualifying Period:  September 14 - November 6

It's official! Candidate qualifying for the 2016 elections will begin on Monday, September 14, 2015 and will continue until Friday, November 6, 2015.

Candidates for the following offices qualify with the state party:

Many more positions are up for election next year.  Contact the Alabama Democratic Party or your local county chair.  Let us hear from you if you would like to run!

Monday, July 13th, 2015

2016 Democratic National Convention Delegate Selection Plan

Please find attached below the  2016 Democtatic National Convention Delegate Selection Plan approved by the State Democratic Executive Committee at the July 11, 2015 meeting.


Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Nancy Worley on Legislative “Work Day”

This legislative “work day” is a play day for a pay day! It’s a bad joke, where the punch line is that lawmakers are coming back to be wined and dined by lobbyists, while the taxpayers pay their hotel bills and mileage. All this so that House Republicans can say they worked for 30 days instead of 29. Most Alabamians work far more than that! And unlike our legislature, most Alabamians also finish the job they were hired to do!

For three years, legislators have known this budget crisis was coming. They avoided it from 2012 until now by borrowing almost a half-billion dollars from the state’s savings account. Now that money has run out, and they still can’t come up with solutions. Instead, they are more interested in playing the blame game. But this time they can’t blame Democrats or Obama, so the House Republicans want to blame the Senate Republicans and the Senate Republicans want to blame the House Republicans. The truth is the entire Republican leadership is to blame because none of them did the only job they are required by law to do: pass a General Fund budget!

The people of Alabama deserve better than a “do nothing but blame everyone else” legislature. The people certainly shouldn’t have to foot the bill for this bogus “work day” or the special legislative session we will now have to have because the Republican leadership couldn’t even convince a majority of Republican legislators to support a plan.

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

2015 Alabama Young Democrats Convention

Join Young Democrats from across Alabama for READY TO LEAD to focus on building up young people to take the reins and lead Alabama boldly into the 21st century.

Registration includes continental breakfast and lunch. $10 if you pre-register and $20 at the door.

For more information or to register, please visit the Alabama Young Democrats on the web:

Saturday, May 30, 2015

UAB Heritage Hall
1401 University Blvd
Birmingham, AL 35233



Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

St. Clair County Democrats Award Nursing Scholarships

Two $500 Marjorie Miller Rooney R. N. Nursing Scholarships for the Spring 2015 semester have been awarded to Jefferson State Community College students Jill Webster of Pell City and Makenzi Jackson of Springville as part of the St. Clair County Democrats’ Community Engagement Initiative.

“Congratulations to Ms. Jackson and Ms. Webster,” said St. Clair County Democratic Party Chairman Herb Kuntz. “We are pleased and honored to partner with Jefferson State to support this great training ground for interested students to pursue a career in nursing.”

“This is our second year to make these scholarships available, and we look forward to continuing the program,” said Kuntz. “These scholarships are unusual in that they are not intended for persons who might qualify for academic scholarships or for scholarships based on their economic status. These scholarships are intended for the motivated students who fall through the scholarship gap.”

Both Jackson and Webster were chosen for the scholarship from a pool of applicants based on need, academic achievement and attitude.

As a further commitment to the St. Clair County students in the Jefferson State Nursing program, two additional $500 continuing scholarships were awarded to Candace Duck of Pell City and Curtis Harris of Springville. Ms. Duck and Mr. Harris were the recipients of the 2014 fall scholarships.

The Marjorie Miller Rooney R. N.  Scholarships are part of the St. Clair County Democratic Party’s initiative to engage with the community and extend support in areas to benefit St. Clair County citizens. The scholarships are made available with the understanding and appreciation that a career in nursing fills a tremendous and growing need within the community as well as nationally, and that a career in nursing will provide for a secure and meaningful life for the future.

To be eligible for the scholarships, applicants must be residents of St. Clair County and be accepted into the Jefferson State nursing program. The scholarships are awarded with emphasis on the financial need of the student.

To apply for the scholarship, contact Jefferson State’s Dr. Cristy Daffron at (205) 812-2722.

Pictured above (L to R):
Joyce Parker - Presenter/Member of the St. Clair Co. Democratic Party
Makenzi Jackson - Nursing Student - 2015 Scholarship Recipient
Jill Webster - Nursing Student - 2015 Scholarship Recipient
Melissa Kennedy - Presenter/Member of the St. Clair Co. Democratic Party  

Pictured above (L to R):
Curtis Harris - Nursing Student - Continuing Scholarship Recipient
Carol Feeser - Presenter/Member of the St. Clair Co. Democratic Party
Bud Feeser - Presenter/Member of the St. Clair Co. Democratic Party
Candace Duck - Nursing Student -- Continuing Scholarship Recipient


Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Seven Inducted Into Alabama Democratic Party Hall of Fame

Pictured above (L to R): Buck Watson, Hon. Ralph Cook, Gladys Coleman, Jimmy Knight and J. Mason Davis

The Alabama Democratic Party inducted seven new members into its Hall of Fame, Friday, April 10, 2015, in Birmingham, Alabama.  New inductees are The Hon. Lucy Baxley, Mrs. Gladys Coleman, The Hon. Ralph Cook, Mr. J. Mason Davis, Mr. James R. “Jimmy” Knight, The Hon. Robert S. Vance (posthumously), and Mr. Herman “Buck” Watson, Jr.

Lucy Baxley, Alabama’s first female Lt. Governor, also served two terms as Treasurer and two terms as President of the Alabama Public Service Commission as a Democrat, in addition to work in county government and a successful real estate career.  Mrs. Gladys Coleman, an educator, was the first African-American to serve on the Fairfield Board of Education and has been a community leader and Democratic political activist for over six decades.  The Hon. Ralph Cook, current City Attorney for Birmingham, and former Dean and Law Professor at Miles Law School, served as a District Court Judge, Circuit Court Judge, and an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama.  Mr. J. Mason Davis, a recognized Alabama attorney for his civil rights work and legal expertise, held numerous local and statewide civic and professional leadership roles and was the long-time Secretary of the State Democratic Executive Committee of Alabama.  

Mr. James R. “Jimmy” Knight, practiced law for 53 years in Cullman, Alabama, served in numerous leadership positions with the Alabama Bar Association and Trial Lawyers’ Association and was elected Chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party, 1981 – 1985.  The Hon. Robert S. Vance, inducted posthumously, also served as Chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party, 1966 – 1977, participated in several landmark legal cases and held a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and later the Eleventh Circuit until his death.  Herman “Buck” Watson, Jr. of Huntsville, Alabama, has practiced law for over 50 years, primarily in the area of civil litigation, held numerous offices in the Alabama State Bar Association and Alabama Association for Justice, and is a Democratic leader who worked on numerous local, state and national campaigns.

The 2015 inductees join the 2011 first Hall of Fame inductees, Mr. Stewart Burkhalter, Dr. Paul R. Hubbert, Mrs. Ruth Johnson Owens, Dr. Joe L. Reed, and Justice Janie Shores.

“We are extremely proud to recognize these outstanding Democrats who represent our Party and its principles, to improve the lives of middle-class, working families in Alabama,” said Nancy Worley, Chairwoman of the Alabama Democratic Party.

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

2015 Hall of Fame Dinner - April 10th, Birmingham Marriott Hotel

You are invited to join the Alabama Democratic Party for the 2015 Hall of Fame Dinner on April 10, 2015.

This year we will honor several dedicated Alabama public servants, including The Honorable Lucy Baxley, Mrs. Gladys Coleman, The Honorable Ralph Cook, Mr. J. Mason Davis, Mr. James R. "Jimmy" Knight, The Honorable Robert S. Vance and Mr. Herman "Buck" Watson, Jr.

April 10, 2015

5:30 p.m. Ticket Pickup and Cash Bar
6:30 p.m. Dinner and Program

Birmingham Marriott Hotel
3590 Grandview Parkway
Birmingham, AL 35243

Individual tickets are $100. Sponsorships and tables are available.

Please fill out the forms below and reserve your tickets or tables today. Make any check(s) payable to "Alabama Democratic Party," and mail to P.O. Box 950, Montgomery, AL 36101. You may also contribute online at 2015 Hall of Fame Dinner.

We look forward to seeing you at the Birmingham Marriott Hotel on April 10th, and we greatly appreciate your support for Alabama Democrats as we work to honor some of our most committed and passionate leaders in Alabama politics.

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Republicans Offer No Leadership or Solutions to Address General Fund Shortfall

We are now almost a third of the way through the legislative session, and the Republicans in the Alabama legislature have still not offered leadership or solutions on the most important issue facing our state: the massive hole in the General Fund budget.

Instead, the Republicans have chosen to push through a legislative agenda that is heavy on pandering and light on substance. Their most significant accomplishment - the charter school bill - does nothing to help failing schools, and, based on every other state's experience, will do little, if anything, to improve education. In fact, history has shown they may very likely lead to millions of dollars in fraud and waste.

By any reasonable assessment, the legislative session so far has been a failure, if for no other reason than the fact that we have wasted so much time and accomplished nothing on the real problems. The Republicans in the Alabama legislature wanted to be in leadership. Now they need to step up and lead.


Nancy Worley is the Chairwoman of the Alabama Democratic Party. She spent more than 25 years as an educator in the Decatur public school system, and is a former Secretary of State and former president of the Alabama Education Association.

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

County Leader Training in March

Dinner (Dutch treat) and training sessions for our county chairs and local leaders are scheduled by congressional district on the following dates:

March 10, 2015-        CD#1 County Chairs/Leaders’ Dinner and Training
              Tuesday        @Street’s Seafood Restaurant (251) 937-2664
                                      251 Hwy. 31 South, Bay Minette, AL 36507

                                      5:00-6:00 P.M. Registration and ordering
                                      6:00-7:30 P.M. Training
                                      7:30-8:00 P.M. Q/A

March 11, 2015-        CD#2 County Chairs/Leaders’ Dinner and Training
       Wednesday        @Brick Restaurant (334) 566-5382
                                     100 Emma Dr. (Just South of the hospital), Troy, AL 36081

                                     5:00-6:00 P.M. Registration and ordering
                                     6:00-7:30 P.M. Training
                                     7:30-8:00 P.M. Q/A

March 12, 2015-        CD#3 County Chairs/Leaders’ Dinner and Training
             Thursday       @ The Ark Restaurant (205) 405-7237
                                     13030 Hwy. 78 (off I-20), Riverside, AL 35135
                                     5:00-6:00 P.M. Registration and ordering
                                     6:00-7:30 P.M. Training
                                     7:30-8:00 P.M. Q/A

March 14, 2015-        CD#6 and CD#7 County Chairs/Leaders’ Lunch/Training
             Saturday         Olive Garden Restaurant (205) 750-0321
                                      2100 McFarland Blvd. E., Tuscaloosa, AL 35404

                                     11:00A.M.-12:00 P.M. Registration and ordering
                                     12:00-1:30 P.M. Training
                                     1:30-2:00 P.M. Q/A

March 16, 2015-        CD#4 and CD#5 County Chairs/Leaders’ Dinner/Training
               Monday        Minnie Lee’s Hometown Diner (256) 353-0040
                                     3227 Pt. Mallard Pkwy. (off I-65), Decatur, AL 35603
                                      5:00-6:00 P.M. Registration and ordering
                                      6:00-7:30 P.M. Training
                                      7:30-8:00 P.M. Q/A

March 21, 2015-        “Make Up Day” Training
             Saturday         @ADP Headquarters (334) 262-2221
                                      501 Adams Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104            
                                      10:00 A.M.-10:30 A.M. Registration         
                                      10:30 A.M.-12:00 P.M. Training
                                      12:00 P.M.-12:30 P.M.  Q/A

Hope to see you there!

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Save the Date! Hall of Fame Dinner April 10th

Mark your calendars and get ready to come to Birmingham for a statewide dinner on April 10th. More information coming soon. See you there!

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Running for Office in 2016

Thinking about running for office in 2016? Contact the Alabama Democratic Party Chair or your local county chair.

Candidates for the following offices qualify with the state party:

Many other positions are up for election next year. Let us hear from you if you would like to run!

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Qualified candidates and qualifying information - deadline Feb. 7

The following lists of qualified candidates is subject to additions, deletions and changes.  In addition, the list is UNOFFICIAL until after certification to the Secretary of State.

Qualified candidates for public office list

Qualfied SDEC candidates list

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Democrats Mourn Loss of Barbara Bobo

The Alabama Democratic Party expresses its condolences to the family of Barbara Bobo, Democratic leader from Lamar County.  Bobo was the long-time publisher of the WEST ALABAMA GAZETTE, and was an avid University of Alabama fan and loyal Democrat.  Bobo served many years on the State Democratic Executive Committee, was Party Chair in Lamar County, and was a delegate to several Democratic Conventions.

Barbara Bobo will be missed by all who knew her.  Her smile was radiant, her enthusiasm infectious, and her knowledge and wit abundant.

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

House Dem Caucus 2013 Awards Recipients

Congratulations to House Minority Leader Craig Ford who presided over the recent overflow crowd at the Alabama House Democratic Caucus Awards Dinner.  Recipients of awards were as follows:

Rep. Darrio Melton and Rep. Elaine Beech - Legislators of the Year

Rep. Thomas Jackson - James Buskey Leadership Award

Interns Callie Wallace, Desire Kafunda, and Antron Johnson - Recognition of Service Awards

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

Congratulations to Adline Clarke

The Alabama Democratic Party congratulates Adline Clarke, Alabama's newest House of Representatives member.

Rep. Clarke said in a written statement, “For over three decades, I have had the honor and privilege of serving the Mobile community as a newspaper journalist, entrepreneur, agency administrator, and as a community volunteer. Representing you in District 97 would be an extension of my decades of service to a host of community service organizations, including Sickle Cell Disease Association, the YWCA, Mercy Medical, and Senior Citizens Services.”

Clarke said on Facebook, “The story of my life is I have stepped up and accepted challenges as they've been placed before me.”

Monday, May 13th, 2013

SDEC meeting for June 1

Chair Nancy Worley has called for a special meeting of the State Democratic Executive Committee of Alabama on Saturday, June 1, 2013. 

More details will be announced here as they are finalized.

An Excel spreadsheet of the SDEC members and their addresses can be found here:

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Democrats Respond to Comments by Representative Mitchell

Recent inflammatory remarks made by Representative Joseph Mitchell do not represent the values of Alabama Democrats.  As far as the Alabama Democratic Party is concerned, Representative Mitchell stands alone in this matter and speaks only for himself.  The level of discourse in our Legislature and by our Legislators has been diminished and the Alabama Democratic Party deplores any rhetoric that divides the people of Alabama.

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Kay Ivey Violates State Constitution

Just a couple of weeks after the Republican Supermajority in the Alabama Senate violated the Alabama Open Meetings Act by pulling a bait and switch in a back room deal aimed at harming public schools, Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey closed out the week before Spring Break by violating the Alabama Constitution.
The Constitution calls for a minimum of 18 members to be present in the Senate to begin conducting business.  Despite having 22 members (a supermajority), the Republicans can’t seem to get their act together.  On Tuesday, only 16 members answered the roll call (two short of a quorum).  The Lieutenant Governor opened the Senate anyway.

Democrats have no control over what time the Senate decides to begin conducting business and Democrats were present and ready to get to work.

“Because Kay Ivey can’t count and Del Marsh and his members don’t seem to have respect for the taxpayers, an entire legislative day was wasted in the Alabama Senate this week,” said Alabama Democrats Chair, Mark Kennedy.  “We have so many difficult issues to tackle, yet the Republican Supermajority and Kay Ivey squandered one of our only 30 legislative days this session, wasting thousands of dollars of taxpayer’s money.  The Republican Supermajority needs to stop trying to conduct business behind closed doors.”

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Senator Dunn Explains the Need for Medicaid Expansion

Is there a doctor in the house to expand Medicaid for Alabama?

Is there a doctor in the house? I know, I know-it has become such a hackneyed expression that is almost cliché. We’ve all heard that phrase a million times on television, in movies, and even in cartoons. Audiences wait with anticipation because they know soon the doctor will step into the breach and offer some assistance to the person in need. For the moment, our physicians get to play the hero.

But when it comes to Medicaid in Alabama, that hasn’t happened. I remain hopeful that our senior “doctor in the state house,” Governor (and doctor) Robert Bentley, will have a change of heart and embrace the unique opportunity we have to help all Alabamians obtain access to health care under the recently adopted federal Affordable Care Act.

The Affordable Care Act, or ACA, offers states a chance to expand Medicaid to cover the working poor – those who work every day, but can’t afford private insurance and make too much to qualify for traditional Medicaid. What sort of incomes are we talking about? Families making about $31,000, and individuals making $15,000. And if you think that doesn’t apply to many of our friends and neighbors, you’d be wrong – Alabama has around 300,000 people who would qualify.

It sounds expensive doesn’t it? Health care in America usually is. That’s why so many haven’t been able to afford it. However, the ACA allows for full federal funding to cover all newly eligible Medicaid recipients for three years, with the state eventually picking up a very small share of that amount beginning in 2017. One UAB study says for our $771 million seven year investment, Alabama will receive almost $12 billion from the federal government. We’d collect over $15 from the feds for each dollar we spend to provide health care to Alabamians who currently can’t afford it.

The same study says Alabama will see $20 billion in related private sector growth and another $1.7 billion in state tax revenue. So, not only would we improve health care, but we’d provide economic growth to the state at the same time.

Of course, we can continue to ignore this opportunity. We can say “no thanks” to the billions in federal dollars and private sector growth. We can disregard the very real health care gap faced by hard working men and women across Alabama. It’s worth considering, though, that Alabamians continue to pay federal taxes each April just like citizens of every other state, but with one big difference – other states will see millions of their federal tax dollars coming back to make their states healthier places to live, and we won’t.

There are a lot of numbers here. I suppose the promise of billions in federal assistance sort of makes that approach to the debate inevitable. Balancing dollars and cents are the kind of budgetary concerns we all face in Montgomery each day. But we would make a genuine mistake if we failed to realize this discussion is less about numbers and more about people.

Expanding Medicaid is about that lady who has been on her feet for hours and kept refilling my cup of coffee with a smile as I chatted on my cell phone. Expanding Medicaid is about the guy who helped rebuild your back deck in the July sun without complaining because he took pride in his work. Expanding Medicaid is about the weary fellow covered in grease who listened with patience as you recreated the noise your engine has been making and then spent three hours with his head under your hood trying to decode the problem. Alabamians like these mentioned and so many more work hard every day. Their contributions are essential. They, in short, deserve to have health care just like you and me.

So, now we know who we’re talking about, that there’s a lot of folks impacted, and that the money is available to do the job. We even have the instrument to start the ball rolling with Alabama Senate Bill 259.

I’m not even going to bother to ask if there’s a doctor in the house. I’ll just say to my colleagues in the Legislature and our Governor, we need you to be the difference. Medical degree or no, Alabama needs you to step forward and be a hero.

Senator Priscilla Dunn is a Democrat from Bessemer. She served in the Alabama House of Representatives from 1998 until 2009 when she was elected to the Alabama State Senate.

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Sen. Quinton Ross: The Reality of Supremacy

Last Thursday marked the end of February which is a month that has been deemed an opportunity to reflect on the achievements of African Americans in this state and nation. It is my contention that these achievements cannot be narrowed to one day, one week or one month, but they are woven into the very fiber of American history. While we have come a long way, the actions in the Alabama Senate last Thursday are a constant reminder of how far we still have to go as it relates to diminishing the idea of supremacy and strengthening the idea of equality among all people.

I was born in Mobile, Alabama around the time the Civil Rights Movement had achieved great gains. My family moved to Michigan when I was young. My youth denied me the privilege of experiencing firsthand the moments that defined the movement: Brown vs. Education, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the March on Washington, the March from Selma to Montgomery, and the signing of the Voting Rights Act. As a benefactor of all of history’s past, I could only read about those events in books, learn about them in school, or talk about them with the people who were there, but their lesson was not hard to understand.

Still, I wondered why the majority did not want blacks, a much smaller segment of the population, to have access to the same level of education, have a fair chance at well paying jobs, or have the right to vote. What harm could we, a minority then and now, do? The answer turned out to be very simple: maintaining the majority’s authority and power. Giving those of us in the minority the right to participate as equals would inevitably bring into question and harm their supremacy; denying us the right to participate as equals would show that the majority’s supremacy was unquestionable. Thus, we were denied that right. And make no mistake, we would still be denied that right but for the actions of many brave men and women, some of whom history remembers and some of whom history does not, but to each of whom we owe great thanks.

However, as the actions of my Republican colleagues consistently represents, we clearly have a long way to go before we rid ourselves of that hateful mentality. The Republican Party has a supermajority in the Alabama State Senate. They can pass virtually any piece of legislation at any time, including the “School Flexibility” bill that passed last Thursday, with 22 solid Republican votes. Despite the fact that the Republican majority had the votes on this bill, the Republicans decided to result to deceitful tactics and remove democracy from the legislative process to pass another bill. The “School Flexibility” bill, that so many supported, was originally an 8-paged bill. However, the bill that the Republican majority passed on Thursday grew to 28 pages, with a new name “The Alabama Accountability Act”, in conference committee and contained many added provisions to which the original bill’s supporters did not agree and could not support. Unfortunately, the Senate minority and Democratic members of the conference committee were never given a chance to read the new bill and were essentially denied the right to object to it. The Republican majority set the rules for the conference committee, and they broke those rules to pass a bill that they did not want the public to see because they knew at its heart it was not about improving education for the children of Alabama.

Why pull a bait-and-switch in conference committee? Why mislead so many people and break your own rules to do it? Why deny us the chance to read the new bill and debate it? The answer is, again, very simple: the majority has all the authority and all the power. It did not matter to them that I was elected, just like each and every one of them, to serve my district in the State Senate and was not given the equal respect I deserved under the rules. The blatant refusal to recognize me reminded me of one of my favorite books “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison. It was clear that I was invisible to the Senate’s presiding officer. It did not matter that my concerns were not only legitimate, but also widespread. It did not matter that there are rules to govern committee processes and Senate floor procedures. It did not matter that I was right to question both the majority’s abuse of the process, the reason why an 8-page bill had grown to 28 pages behind closed doors, and why we were passing a bill that no one had a chance to read. Their supremacy is unquestionable and the rules, even their own, do not apply when they are ill fitted to the Republican majority’s agenda.

I am proud of being an Alabama State Senator an opportunity afforded to me by our history’s past. However, while much has changed, it is also evident that the belief of supremacy by the majority lives. The actions of the majority in the Alabama Senate last Thursday just reaffirms that the fight for justice and equality must continue. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: “When your belief is strong and your purpose just, no obstacle can stand in your way”. Therefore, I pledge that I will continue to serve my district, and the whole State of Alabama, with this in mind.

Senator Quinton Ross is a Democrat from Montgomery. He has served in the Alabama State Senate since 2002.

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Rep. Craig Ford: ALGOP: Broken Promises on Education and Ethical Government

If there was any doubt that the Republican leadership in Montgomery is waging a war on public education in Alabama, those doubts were put to rest last week.

By passing the so-called school “Accountability Act,” and doing so in the way that they did it, the Republicans in the Alabama legislature broke two of their campaign promises from 2010.

But before we get into the process of how this bill was passed, let’s look at the bill itself and see just how destructive it is.

There has already been a great deal said about the flexibility part of the bill, so I will focus on the new parts that were added into the bill at the last minute.

The new version of the bill includes two new and expensive provisions. First, it creates a tax credit to help families with children in failing schools pay for private school education. This tax credit would come out to around $3,500 per child.

The problem is, the cheapest private schools cost over $4,000 a year, and some cost as much as $20,000 a year. In fact, the average cost to send your child to private school in Alabama is around $10,000 a year, so this tax credit is not nearly enough for these families.

To help offset the additional expense, the Republicans are creating a scholarship program, which is capped at $25 million.

But here’s the thing, not only is this not enough to send a child to a private school, every dollar devoted to these tax credits and the scholarship program is taken out of the education budget, meaning our already cash-strapped schools will be facing major budget cuts starting this year.

But it goes beyond that.

Schools receive funding based on the number of students who attend. So if a failing school has a mass exodus or even a sizeable exodus of students, that school will lose even more funding. And that means these schools, which are already considered failing, will have to layoff teachers and support personnel, cut back funding or eliminate entirely extracurricular programs like athletics, and cut funding for textbooks, computers, and field trips.

Now how is that supposed to help a failing school?

This bill is a disaster for our state. But what is equally scary is the way it was rammed through the legislature.

Every bill has to pass both the House of Representatives and the Senate before the governor can sign the bill into law. When one of those two bodies changes the bill, the other chamber must accept those changes or a “conference committee” must be formed to work out the differences and send the mediated version back to each chamber for a vote.

But that did not happen last Thursday. When the conference committee met, the Republicans immediately left and went into a closed room. When they returned, they brought with them a bill that was more than three-times longer than the original version and included the tax credit and several other provisions that were not in the original bill.

This new bill was quickly rammed through the conference committee and then sent to the House and Senate where it was only allowed one hour of debate. Until then, nobody had seen this bill or knew anything about it. Ultimately, it passed with only 51 votes.

But legislators were not the only ones kept in the dark. The governor and legislative leaders also kept the state school superintendent and the Association of School Boards out of the loop.

In Gov. Bentley’s own words, he said he kept his education advisors out of the loop because, “I think they did oppose it…I think the conscious decision to not include them was to pass the bill.”

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, went on to add, “The truth is we did not have the votes to pass the bill the way it came out of the House.”

I have never heard of a governor intentionally keeping his own education advisors out of the loop because he knew they would oppose his bill! I doubt the governor would want a teacher telling him how to practice medicine. So he should be listening to teachers on all education issues.

But now we know their true intentions. It started with targeting teachers and support personnel. Then they went after school budgets. But with this bill, the Republicans in Montgomery are systematically trying to dismantle our public schools.

In 2010, the Republicans ran on a platform that said they would support our schools and bring open and honest government back to Montgomery. This week, they broke both of those promises.

Monday, March 4th, 2013


Last week, in what can only be described as the worst example of our legislative process, the Alabama State Senate passed the School Flexibility Act.

Set aside the disrespect and lack of statesmanship that was directed toward Democratic Senators, and you simply have a bad piece of legislation that was forced down Alabama's throat. The bill, originally only 8 pages, was drastically altered after Republican Senators and Representatives met in a closed-door meeting, tacking on page after page of new language that no one - including state finance and state education officials - had seen.

Now that the dust has settled, and the Senate floor shouting matches have ceased, Alabama is now faced with a law that sends your tax dollars to private schools, limits a teacher's ability to retain tenure, and (according to the State Board of Education) has "significant negative financial implications" to public schools.

What happened last week in the State Senate represents the worst of our political process. While our Senate Democratic Caucus fought hard to defend the voices of teachers, students, and citizens across Alabama, the Republican super-majority shut them down and forced a law upon this State that had only been read by a select few Republican leaders.

The Alabama Democratic Party needs your help - we need you to contribute so that in 2014 we can kill the super-majority and ensure that what happened last night never happens again. We've targeted the races we need to win and talked with promising potential candidates, but now is the time to make the rubber meet the road. We need your help now more than ever.

Donate. With each dollar we raise, we come that much closer to taking this State back, and restoring the voice of those who were quelled last week.

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Sen. Billy Beasley: A Healthcare Provider’s Alternative Perspective

As a rural pharmacist who runs a small business, I am a part of the healthcare delivery system. I dispense prescriptions to people in all walks of life, race, creed and colors. I serve those covered under Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance. I know what people go through to make sure they have the drugs they need. Many of them juggle payments for bills and food for their families with paying for the drugs and procedures they need. The expansion of Medicaid in our state would mostly cover those who work hard and pay their taxes, but are not provided insurance through their jobs, and cannot afford to buy single policy coverage. Please do not trick yourself into thinking that everyone comes from the same background and circumstances as you do.

It is time for straight talk about political implications hurting the people of the state of Alabama. I am referring to the recent decision by Gov. Bentley to not accept the federal funding to expand Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – colloquially known as “Obamacare.”

The reason for government is to help those caught in the web of circumstances beyond their control. While the PPACA’s main thrust is cost control, and to prevent people from being punished for things beyond their control – being a woman, or having a pre-existing condition – it is also an economic boon to states which have not seen budget shortfalls like this since The Great Depression.

In a study conducted by The University of Alabama Birmingham School of Public Health David Becker and Michael Morrisey, both healthcare economists say the state could see a $1 Billion boon in new tax revenue.

Under the federal law, dubbed Obamacare, the federal government will cover 100 percent of health care expenditures from 2014 through 2016. During these first years of the program, Alabama would be responsible for a share of the administrative costs of the expansion. The federal matching rate declines after 2016, falling to gradually to 90 percent in 2020. As a result, the annual costs to the state increase from $39 million in 2014 to $222 million in 2020 for a total over the years of $771 million.

The federal expenditure during that time would be an additional $11.7 billion more on Medicaid in the state.

"While this is a substantial increase in federal spending, it is new income flowing into Alabama," Becker said, in the UAB press release. "Moreover, when physicians, hospital employees, pharmacists and other employees in the health care sector receive these new dollars, they spend them on gasoline and groceries and clothes. This second-round spending generates additional economic activity."

Read that last part again. The federal government will give us $11.7 Billion while the state’s share is $771 million. Just the increased economic activity will bring in $1 billion in taxes. They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, and while we all pay federal income taxes, we should also all get something back from it. I hear Republicans whine every day about federal funding for studies to protect horned frogs, or for National Public Radio.  Here is a chance for federal money to make a direct impact on the health and welfare of our citizens while injecting money into our economy, and we’re turning it down?

After riding a wave of discontent and fear resulting from the drawn out debate and fear-mongering over what is contained in the PPACA/”Obamacare” legislation, my esteemed Republican colleagues hold all levers of governance in our state and make moves in lockstep to stifle dissenting voices and ideas.

They also seek to curry favor with the Tea Party – a group of nihilist know-nothings who will not be satisfied until our entire system of governance is burned down, and all incumbents are removed from office. To let the decisions of our state and the impact on our economy be affected by such a group is insanity bordering on criminality.

I believe in my heart that Robert Bentley is a good man. We served together in the state House of Representatives for 8 years before I moved up to the Senate, and he became our Governor. He is also a medical doctor bound by the strictures of The Hippocratic Oath. It would seem to me that he would want to expand coverage to all of our states’ citizens if doing so was economically feasible. So either the decision is raw political calculation – The Governor doesn’t want a Tea Party challenger to his re-election campaign in 2014, hard-heartedness, or incompetence.

At the recent hearings on fixing Medicaid, it was revealed that in addition to an unknown $80 million hole in the Medicaid Budget during FY 2013, the State Medicaid Agency has said they do not have the infrastructure in place to accept the money, or to disburse it to the people who would be covered. A state agency not tracking it’s budget and unable to perform the service for which it was created should be a major scandal – but it seems no one wants to upset the Republicans’ apple cart.

In September, the leadership of the Senate, House and the Governor put forth an Amendment to allow the citizens to vote on transferring $437M from the Alabama Oil and Gas Trust Fund – a fund established to keep the state’s money from Oil and Gas deposits in the Gulf of Mexico. The purpose of this amendment was to shore up the budgets of Medicaid and Corrections. The citizens passed this Amendment, and I campaigned for it and personally voted for it. It is the right thing to do to shore up our state Medicaid funds, especially considering Alabama has the least amount of Medicaid coverage allowable by law. It seems to me that some of that money could go toward fixing the infrastructure needed to accept this vital money.

As a small town pharmacist and independent businessman, I see every day that healthcare affects all aspects of Alabama life. It affects every citizen, every region, and every county, city and town. Giving working people basic health care coverage while pumping money all across our state at a 90% Federal-10% state match is a no brainer. I hope those with their hands on the levers of power have a change of heart.

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Judge Kennedy Responds to State of the Union

Tonight the President dedicated our nation to a renewed entrepreneurial spirit.  He issued a bipartisan call to renew our commitment to the American Dream.  He challenged us saying, "A growing economy that creates good, middle-class jobs—that must be the North Star that guides our efforts."

The President's call for a national commitment to early childhood education should be welcome news to Alabamians.  Hardly any state stands to benefit more from quality, universal pre-K more than Alabama.  Our state desperately needs the investments proposed by the President in manufacturing, clean energy, infrastructure and education that will grow our economy and expand our middle class—the engine of our economic growth.

The President has called loud and clear for us to rededicate ourselves to the expansion of opportunity for all Americans.  Let everyone here in Alabama work together to move forward, not back.

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

House Democratic Caucus Announce 2013 Legislative Agenda

House Democrats announced today their legislative agenda to put Alabama “back on track” in 2013 by addressing critical needs in job security, education, Medicaid, and the Alabama Trust Fund.

Putting the Trust Fund and Medicaid Back on Track

House Democrats are proposing legislation that will increase the tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products by $1. The increase is expected to generate $227 million annually in new revenue. The bill, if passed in a statewide referendum vote, will require all funds from the tax be allocated to the Alabama Trust Fund until the $437 million borrowed from the constitutional amendment passed last year is paid back in full with interest. The Trust Fund must be paid back within six years. After the Trust Fund has been paid back, all revenue generated from the tax would be appropriated to the General Fund Budget exclusively for Alabama’s Medicaid Program.

Putting Job Creation Back on Track

Alabama’s unemployment rate is still over 7 percent, with more than 152,000 Alabamians reporting they are out of work. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and are responsible for 84 percent of the jobs in Alabama.

House Democrats are proposing a job creation bill that supports small businesses by creating a tax credit that will be paid for by repealing a tax loophole that is currently only offered to multinational corporations.

Getting Education Back on Track

House Democrats are introducing a series of bills designed to address several needs in our public schools.

Pay Raise for Educators

House Democrats are sponsoring legislation that will provide a 10 percent cost-of-living pay increase for teachers and support personnel over the next three years. The bill would offer a 5 percent raise during the first year, followed by a 2.5 percent raise in the second and third years.

Democrats are also sponsoring legislation that will give a 10 percent pay increase to state employees and education and state retirees.

School Resource Officers

School safety must be a priority in 2013. The best way we can increase school safety is to put resource officer in each of Alabama’s 1,475 public schools.

The Legislative Fiscal Office estimates that it would cost $50 million annually to hire, train, and equip a resource officer in each of Alabama’s public schools. House Democrats are proposing legislation that will provide half of the funding for those costs to any public school that wants to hire a resource office. The expense, estimated to cost $25 million annually, would be paid for by a state lottery.

State Lottery

A state lottery can raise $250 million annually for our children’s education. The lottery bill proposed by House Democrats will allocate the revenue generated from the lottery for three purposes:

·      To increase the per diem given to teachers for classroom supplies from $300 to $1,000

·      To provide the $25 million needed each year to fund the resource officer program

·      To provide scholarships to A/B Honor Roll Students for tuition and fees at any Alabama university, college, or technical school.

PACT Program

Our state government made a commitment to the PACT participants that we would provide their children with an education. Today, Democrats are keeping that promise.


House Democrats are proposing legislation that would take 84 percent of the funds in the PACT program and distribute them to Alabama’s colleges and universities based on the percentage of PACT students they admit on average. In exchange for this money for their endowments, the schools would be required to waive all tuition and fees for PACT students.

PACT participants will not notify the school that they are a PACT participant until after they have been accepted, and the schools cannot ask applicants if they are PACT participants. The schools also will be prohibited from dismissing or expelling PACT participants for any reason other than the standard reasons for dismissing or expelling a student.

The remaining 16 percent of funds left in the account would used to provide payments for students who go to private or out-of-state schools, for refunds to participants who request a refund, and to cover administrative costs.

Closing Corporate Tax Loopholes

House Democrats are sponsoring a series of bills that would raise a minimum of $58 million annually for Alabama’s schools by closing certain corporate tax loopholes that allow multinational corporations like ExxonMobil to pay little or no state income taxes. It is unfair that small business owners in Alabama have to pay these taxes while their multinational competitors are allowed to avoid them. House Democrats will level the playing field and bring desperately needed revenue to the Education Trust Fund.

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Judge Kennedy Responds to State of the State

All the rhetoric in the world wouldn’t be enough to hide the truth from Alabamians. The truth is that Governor Bentley continues to fail to lead our state and, worse, his party—which has made clear that partisan politics will continue to come before the most pressing issues facing Alabama.

As a result of his failure to lead, it’s clear that we are now facing yet another session dominated by extreme legislation targeting women, children, the poor and the elderly and policies aimed at lining the pockets of Republican fat cat donors.

Tonight, its more clear than ever that Alabama needs a Governor and leadership in the State House that cares about the future of the state—not just upcoming elections and ensuring money making opportunities for a select few.

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Arrangements for Senator Hinton Mitchem

Funeral arrangements for Senator Hinton Mitchem are as follows:

Friday, Jan 25th: Visitation at Adams Funeral Home in Albertville from 3:00 to 8:00 pm

Saturday, Jan 26th: Funeral at Moss Service Funeral Home at 2:00 pm with open visitation up until the funeral hour

Addresses for both locations are below:

Adams Funeral Home

6906 U.S. Hwy 431, Albertville AL

(256) 878-0231


Moss Service Funeral Home

1901 2nd Ave NW, Cullman,AL35055

(256) 734-1821

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Confidential Assistant?

In the middle of some of the worst economic times this state has ever seen, Republican Ag Commissioner John McMillan, has stooped to a new low by making up "Confidential Assistant" position to be filled by, none other than Mr. Youtube Sensation himself, Dale Peterson.

Apparently, Mr. Peterson is more than willing to join the ranks of individuals he once described as "thugs and criminals." The annual salary of over $70,000, though, likely made the pill needed to jump on the bandwagon pretty easy to swallow.

Folks, we can't sit idly by and watch this type of blatant political posturing by elected officials. I'm sure John McMillan will appreciate Dale's advice as a "Confidential Assistant;" but the fact is, there are too many Alabamians out there worrying about finding, or keeping, a job of their own for the head of the Ag Department to go around making up positions just to clear the field of 2014 opponents. Hasn't Dale done enough to make Alabama the laughing stock of the entire country?

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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Judge Kennedy on Fiscal Cliff and House Republicans

Despite the best effort of far-right Republicans in Congress, including Representatives Bonner, Roby, Rogers, Brooks, Aderholt and Bachus, hardworking families and small businesses across Alabama and the country will start out the New Year protected from steep tax increases.
Thanks to President Obama’s leadership, these hardworking middle class families and small business owners will not face higher tax rates and, as a result, our nation’s economy will continue down the path to recovery.

With that said, it is an absolute disgrace that Alabama's far-right members of Congress brought our country to the very brink of another financial crisis for political purposes and then had the nerve to not only vote against hardworking families and small businesses but also to vote for a pay raise for themselves.

We will make it a mission to ensure that when Representatives Bonner, Roby, Rogers, Brooks, Aderholt and Bachus face the voters in 2014, the people who elected them will know that their representatives put their own pocketbooks ahead of the best interest of the country.

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Presidential Advisory Council on Nominations and Appointments Formed

The State Democratic Executive Committee of Alabama will be conducting interviews in Montgomery on January 4, 2013 for any person interested in being recommended for an appointment in the next Obama/Biden Administration.

“We are thrilled to be in a position to make recommendations to the President regarding the best people to serve in federal positions in Alabama for the next four years,” said Executive Director, Bradley Davidson.  “It is important for the President to receive input from leaders in Alabama regarding those he intends to appoint to various positions in his administration, and we intend to have those recommendations on the President's desk the day he is sworn in."

Any person wishing to be considered for recommendation by the Alabama Democratic Presidential Advisory Council should submit their resume and cover letter stipulating which federal position they are seeking to by 5:00 PM, Wednesday, January 2, 2013.  Interviews will be scheduled immediately and conducted on Friday or Saturday, January 4-5 in Montgomery.

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Qualifying Opens for House District 97 in Mobile

Today, Judge Mark Kennedy, Chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party, officially opened the qualifying period for the House District 97 Special Election.

Any person wishing to qualify as a Democrat in this Special Election must submit their Declaration of Candidacy, Appointment of Principle Campaign Committee, and qualifying fee no later than Monday, January 7, 2013 at 5:00 PM.

A memorandum concerning the Special Election with Qualifying Instructions can be downloaded here.

The 2012 Qualifying Packet can be downloaded here.

House District 97 encompasses a portion of central Mobile County. Should anyone have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Alabama Democratic Party office at (334) 262-2221

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

‘Tis the Season to Expand Medicaid

Senator Roger Bedford's Thoughts on Expanding Medicaid

As the holidays are upon us, most people choose to celebrate the true reason for the season through performing acts of generosity for their fellow man and showing compassion to their neighbor.  But, even with all of the kindness in the air, there are others that take the “bah humbug” approach to the season—which is exactly what happened when Governor Bentley announced that the expansion of Medicaid will be denied to hundreds of thousands of Alabamians.  I hope that Governor Bentley will take the time to reexamine this issue by looking to the past, the present and the future, just like Scrooge, and he will realize for so many reasons that the State of Alabama simply cannot afford to turn down the expansion of Medicaid.

Governor Bentley’s argument that “the state cannot afford to expand Medicaid” is the same exact argument that former Republican Governor Fob James and Governor Bob Riley made against the creation and expansion of children’s health insurance in Alabama.  Despite those arguments, Democrats, who were in the majority in the past, were able to see the big picture and create one of the most successful—and cost-effective—health insurance programs for children in the country.

The bad news today is that Democrats are no longer in a position to override these objections and expand Medicaid.  However, the good news is that Governor Bentley and the Republican supermajority still have time to change their minds and expand Medicaid to improve the health of our citizens and an infusion of economic activity in our state.

Medicaid must be expanded because Alabamians desperately need access to health care.  The expansion would enroll over 350,000 Alabamians in Medicaid.  Today, Alabama ranks fourth in diabetes diagnosis, has the second lowest life expectancy, is second in heart disease related deaths and has the third highest infant mortality rate in the nation. Expanding Medicaid would change these statistics and, more importantly, save lives.

The cost of expanding Medicaid to the state of Alabama is diminutive compared to the amount of money that the state would receive in federal matching dollars.  A recent study by the Kaiser Foundation estimates that, minus the estimated savings in uncompensated care, the state would pay $569 million over ten years to expand Medicaid.  For that estimated cost—the state would receive over $14 billion dollars from the federal government in matching dollars during the same period of time.  In addition, the federal government would pay for 100 % of the Medicaid expansion during the first three years and gradually decreasing that down to pay 90 cents on the dollar after ten years.  No rational investor would turn down these types of returns.

The economic benefits of infusing $14 billion dollars into the state’s economy are endless.  As UAB noted in their recent study, Medicaid expansion will generate $20 billion in economic activity, which will add $1.7 billion in tax revenue to Alabama coffers from 2014 to 2020.  Doctors, pediatricians, dentists, and pharmacists would have 350,000 new customers, which is a tremendous economic engine for our economy.  These federal dollars and new patients would translate into the creation of new jobs and increased tax revenue for the state. In addition, many uninsured, working Alabamians would gain health coverage, which generates a healthier, more productive work force and economy.

The taxpayers, hospitals and doctors, who currently bear the cost for treating those who cannot afford health insurance, would be provided some relief should Medicaid be expanded.  According to the Kaiser Foundation, the State of Alabama will save $512 million in uncompensated care costs, and payments to hospitals would increase by $2.7 billion over ten years.  In addition, the state will realize an untold amount of savings because we can all agree that having access to preventative care proves to be much more cost-effective than the uninsured showing up in the emergency room needing acute care.

Finally, if Medicaid is not expanded, nearly 228,000 people in Alabama, who live below 100% of the federal poverty line, will not qualify for Medicaid and will not qualify for subsidies to purchase health insurance through an exchange. Due to the way the law is written, literally, the poorest, uninsured adults in Alabama will be those very individuals who will be left with less and will not benefit from the new healthcare law.Again, the cost of expansion to the state of Alabama is modest compared to the net gains that we stand to earn. This is especially true with Medicaid expansion costing the state zero dollars for the first three years.  Because Governor Bentley is a doctor, he should understand, more than anyone else, what we will lose if we do not expand Medicaid.   Therefore, I pray that the Governor will take the time during this season of reflection and compassion to reconsider his decision that will leave approximately 228,000 Alabamians without health coverage and force the state of Alabama to lose out on billions of dollarsin revenue.

If you feel as I do, please call Governor Bentley at 334-242-7100 to show your support for expanding Medicaid.



Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Help Beth McGlaughn Win in HD 30

Let's finish 2012 strong by electing Beth McGlaugh to House District 30 (Etowah and St. Clair Counties)!

Click here to sign up to make calls in her district - it doesn't matter if you have time for even one call - every bit of effort helps!

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Rep. Craig Ford: Why Gov. Bentley’s Decision on Medicaid and the Insurance Exchanges is Wrong

I have been very disappointed to read that Gov. Bentley has chosen to hand over control of the state’s health insurance exchange to the federal government. Federal law requires the state to set up an insurance exchange. Because the governor has refused to follow the law, the federal government is going to set up the exchange anyway and without any input from the people of Alabama.

Gov. Bentley was originally a supporter of setting up a health insurance exchange. He even set up a commission to study implementing the exchange and asked three companies for proposals about how they would set up the exchange. But Gov. Bentley has flip-flopped on the exchanges, and now says he opposes them.

When Gov. Bentley announced his reversal, he said he changed his mind because the exchange would not be run by the states and because we could not afford the $50 million he estimates it would cost to set up the exchange.

But just this Summer, the Governor and his staff were referring to that $50 million as “free money” because it would come from the federal government – tax dollars that we already paid and would actually be getting back.

So what changed? The facts are the same. The health insurance exchange will be implemented as required by federal law. Alabamians will continue to pay for it with our federal tax dollars.

What has the governor accomplished by his stance?

The only thing the governor has accomplished is to take away our chance to be in control of the exchange. And for what? This choice isn’t in the state’s best interests. It doesn’t protect the state’s rights or stop the exchanges from being created. This choice is about playing politics, plain and simple.

It is also very disappointing that the governor has refused to expand the state’s Medicaid program. The expansion would have been almost completely paid for by the federal government, and the state would have had the option to back out of it at any time if we were not able to continue paying our part for it. We are leaving millions of dollars on the table, but more importantly we are leaving thousands of Alabamians without healthcare.

The governor’s decisions have not been in the best interests of the people of Alabama. Instead, the governor is playing politics so he can appear like he is fighting Obamacare, when all he has really done is turn over these crucial decisions to the federal government and lost an opportunity to get our federal tax dollars back.

The people of Alabama deserve more than political games. If we can get our tax dollars back and take some control over how the Affordable Care Act will be implemented in Alabama, then we should jump at that chance. But the governor has chosen to surrender our control and send our tax dollars to other states that will expand their Medicaid programs and create insurance exchanges using our tax dollars. Gov. Bentley made the wrong choice.

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Thank You

Over 90 years ago yesterday, at the 11th hour, on the 11th day, in the 11th month, World War I came to an end with the signing of the Armistice. The historical significance of that day is, of course, profound. But what yesterday and today - Veterans Day - marks a salute to those who have ever put on the uniform of our military - whether in war or in peace - and stood in the breach to defend our American way of life. Everyone from the Minutemen who fought for our independence, to the men and women currently serving our military abroad - we pause today to say "thank you." Thank you answering that call to service and assuming the risks and making immeasurable sacrifices on our behalf. What these brave soldiers, sailors, and airmen have given us is beyond our ability to repay.

Each November 11th, our words can never do justice to how much we appreciate what our service men and women - those who made it home, and those who did not - have given us. We stand together on this day and think of those who still walk among us, and remember those who only exist in our memories. We all know that the debt we owe our veterans can never be repaid, but that we still must try so that their sacrifices can live on in our hearts.

Peggy and I, our sons Burns and US Army Captain Leigh Kennedy, and all Americans salute you.


Mark Kennedy

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

The Day After

Yesterday, Americans embraced building a bright future for all, instead of for just a few, and rejected the ugly politics of division. It is a great victory not just for Democrats but for us all.

Bill Armistead has been saying for months that Alabama Republicans were focused on a strategy “from the court house to the White House”.  They failed.  Democrats came out on top in many of the local races that the Republicans targeted, and Alabama Democrats still maintain a majority of local offices in Alabama.  Despite the efforts of Richard Shelby and Governor Bentley, Democrats held the Probate Judge’s office in Tuscaloosa County right in Governor Bentley’s back yard, and Democrats swept every Republican in Jefferson County out of office.  Armistead’s Battleground Patriots program of sending volunteers to battleground states didn’t stop the President and Vice President from being re-elected handily and it didn’t stop Democrats from picking up seats in both chambers of Congress.

Given how close last night’s results were, it is amazing to think that only two months ago Judge Bob Vance was not even contemplating a run for statewide office. We greatly appreciate him stepping up and running for this important position and anticipate that he will continue to be an important voice as one of the state's most respected judges.  We also salute Lucy Baxley’s sixteen years of service in statewide office.  Twinkle Cavanaugh will not get a bigger office, a bigger staff, or more responsibilities when she switches her nameplate at the Public Service Commission, but Bill Armistead may feel vindicated for being so badly embarrassed by Lucy Baxley in the 2002 Lt. Governor’s debate.

The closeness of last night’s results should also be a wakeup call for state Republicans.  The people of Alabama are not happy that instead of doing the job they were sent to Montgomery to do, Republican leaders have abdicated their responsibilities and focused their time and energy on petty politics and political games.

Today I start focusing on 2014. We will study the Alabama electoral map, be strategic in what we do and invite all Alabamians to join us as we continue to rebuild the Alabama Democratic Party.

Judge Mark Kennedy

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

How to Vote on the Amendments


A lot of folks have told me recently that you would need a law degree to determine what some of the constitutional amendments that will appear on next Tuesday’s ballot mean.  Well, I have a law degree and I still find some of them confusing.  After doing our homework, here is how Peggy and I voted on the amendments when we voted absentee last week.  I took no position on the amendments that were specific to just one county.

Amendment 1 – YES
Amendment 2 – YES
Amendment 4 – NO
Amendment 6 – NO
Amendment 7 – NO
Amendment 8 – NO

Don't forget the back of your ballot next Tuesday.  Below, I've explained how I made my decisions on which amdendments I would support and which ones I would oppose.  These amendments are important.  And remeber, if you're a Democrat and you don't vote on're a Republican, plain and simple.

One more week to the finish line,

Judge Kennedy

I'll try to tell you what these amendments do in plain English:

Amendment 1

Reauthorizes the state’s Forever Wild program for another 20 years.  Forever Wild is our extremely successful public lands program and is responsible for the preservation of thousands of acres of land for conservation, hunting and fishing, and recreation.

Amendment 2

Raises the state’s debt ceiling.  Right now, the state is allowed to issue bonds up to $350 million.  This amendment will increase the bond limit to $750 million.  This is another example of the Republican Supermajority’s unwillingness to raise revenue, putting the responsibility on the backs of voters in Alabama to fund state government.  Most importantly, if the amendment fails and there are fewer funds to recruit industry, I imagine the Republican Supermajority and Governor Bentley could try again to raid the Education Trust Fund.  While we’re robbing Peter to pay Paul here, Peggy and I held our noses and voted “YES” in order to protect our classrooms, teachers, state employees, and those who depend on public services from further cuts.

Amendment 4

This one is tricky.  At first glance, who wouldn’t be for it?  Ridding the constitution of racist and Jim Crow language is something we’re for.  While federal court orders have made most of the language inoperative, ridding ourselves of this stain in our state’s constitution should be a no-brainer.  But…the Republicans in the legislature are trying to pull the wool over our eyes in a very cynical way.  If you vote “YES” on this amendment you will be voting to affirm that children in Alabama have no right to a public education.  In 1954, when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down segregated schools, Alabama added Amendment 111 to our state constitution.  Amendment 111 has three paragraphs:  the first eliminated the right to a public education, the second helped start private segregation academies, and the third demanded the segregation of students.  The U.S. Supreme Court struck down amendment 111, but it still embarrassingly remains in the state constitution.  We tried to eliminate Amendment 111 altogether in 2004, but the attempt failed.  The legislature took up the cause again this past year, but the Republican Supermajority decided to only take out the third paragraph and leave the other two in place.  If we vote “YES”, we will be reaffirming paragraphs one and two.  Why didn’t the Republicans bring up a clean bill that got rid of all of Amendment 111?  After their attempts at charter schools, their attacks on teachers, and attempts to raid the Education Trust Fund, you can only imagine what they’re up to.

Amendment 6

This amendment is a slap in the face to the President of the United States.  It basically says that the federal government cannot mandate citizens to purchase health insurance.  The Supreme Court has already upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, so this amendment would be just another superfluous addition to our constitution.

Amendment 7

This one sounds great.  Who isn’t for a secret ballot?  The trick is that the amendment adds “employee representation” to the types of elections covered under the secret ballot provision.  This is a frontal assault on organized labor and an attempt to get rid of “card check”.  Card check is an organizing method where in order for workers to unionize, more than half of workers in a given company must sign a card saying they want to be represented by a union.  Since card check is not a secret ballot, this type of union organizing would be prohibited if the amendment passes.  The Alabama AFL-CIO rightly says that the measure would give companies more control over an already corporate-dominated system in which workers who want to form unions are harassed, intimidated and threatened by their bosses.  We need to stand with our brothers and sisters in organized labor and vote “NO”.

Amendment 8

This is a back door pay increase for legislators and another reminder that they haven’t voted to repeal the 62% pay raise that the Republican Supermajority campaigned so hard against in 2010.  The amendment pegs legislators’ pay to the average household income in Alabama while also increasing their travel and overnight expenses.  The Republican leadership should keep their promises from the 2010 campaign, not give themselves a back door pay raise when they can’t even balance the state’s budget.

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Peggy Wallace Kennedy: Stand Up For What’s Right

Dear Fellow Democrats,

When you spend you entire life in the world of politics, sometimes the longest walk home is from your mailbox to the kitchen table.  Monday, October 29th, was one of those days.  Mixed among a utility bill, a church bulletin and three advertisements, was a large-sized, four-color mailer from the Alabama Republican Party.  At first, I was amused at the thought of the postage it cost to send a political flyer to the wife of the Chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party, but then I read what it said.

On one side was a picture of a screaming mob and on the flip, a picture of a group of white men with a large photo of President Barack Obama imposed on top.  And there it was, a slogan that was made famous by my father, Governor George Wallace, when in 1962, he rose to power on the wings of hate and fear using a mantra for racism that would become his trademark, “Stand up for Alabama”.  Those words became the coded call to arms to whites in Alabama and throughout the south to protect the culture and values of racism and segregation.

As a child, I stood on the backs of flatbed trucks decked with red white and blue bunting and confederate flags and witnessed the power of the politics of rage that engulfed crowds as they chanted “Stand up for Alabama”.

And after all those years, it is hard to conceive that while my father came to terms with his past on his own road to Jericho and sought forgiveness from those he harmed, the Alabama Republican Party has reached back into history and has become what my father ultimately denounced.

The 21st Century version of “Stand Up for Alabama” should be a proclamation of inclusion, a hope for the end of economic discrimination, a call for the protection of the rights of those that have no voice, and a commitment to a future where honest conversation and the exchange of ideas douses the flames of hatred and exclusion.

Often it is not what is said that is important but rather it is what is not said that marks the character and heart of a person or a political party.  The George Wallace of 1962 did not have to be explicit in his political rhetoric of racism because the phrase “Stand up for Alabama” said it all.

There is no question that our President is African American.  But for those that may have doubt, refer them to the leadership of the Republican Party.  They will be more than happy to remind you.

I encourage you all to go to the polls today and to stand up for what is right about Alabama, and that is clearly not the vision offered by the leadership in the Alabama Republican Party.

In Friendship,

Peggy Wallace Kennedy

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

No on Amendment 8

By Ralph Burke

Member, Alabama House of Representatives 1983-1998

Although the GOP leadership in Montgomery claim that reducing the 62% legislative pay increase was not included in the “Handshake With Alabama” as they campaigned in 2010, many (if not all) used it as their number one issue to take control of the Legislature.  After the GOP failed in 2011 to adopt a resolution that would allow them to keep that campaign promise, they came up with a concocted Constitutional Amendment that basically shirked their promise and gave it to the voters.  How courageous. 

Legislative pay is confusing and you almost have to experience it to understand.  I served in the Alabama House of Representatives 1983-98 from DeKalb County. 

What does this amendment do?  Not much of anything.  Presently, Legislators in Alabama make $4,174 monthly or $50,088 annually plus $50 three days each week they are in session. It varies annually depending on several factors.  This is from the Alabama Senate home page.

Amendment 8 sets legislative pay at the median Alabama household income annually AND (and this is the big AND) allows reimbursement of “expenses in the same amounts and manner as expenses are allowed under law for state employees generally”.  If the amendment passes, Legislators will get mileage and “actual” expenses in the performance of their duties. 

Let’s break it down.  The median household income in Alabama is $42,081 (2006-10: US Census Bureau) – that becomes their base pay.  Under the “actual expenses” provision they will get to add mileage and lodging every week during a Legislative session – presently they do not get mileage or lodging reimbursement.

Here is what the total annual compensation would look like in the district I once represented:  $42,081, base pay; 366 round trip miles @ 55.5 cents per mile X 15 trips to Montgomery (if no special sessions) = $$3,046.95; lodging at $300.00 weekly X 15 weeks (again, if no special sessions) = $4,500.  Add it all up = $49,627.95 a WHOPPING savings of $460.05 to the taxpayer.  And these are just minimums – it would probably end up being a pay increase!!!

There is so much more to discuss, but space does not permit, however one practical example.  When I served, hotels in Montgomery competed for our business and gave special rates plus many of the members would share a room to save costs.  When the hotels figure out Legislators get actual expenses the competition will cease and they will charge regular rates.  Bunking with a roommate will stop – why not?  The taxpayers are footing the bill now.

From a practical standpoint, this is a bad proposal.  The GOP wants it to fail, then they can say, “We tried.”  I don’t think they got the message.  Vote NO, AND THEN TELL THEM TO FIX IT! And, do what you said you would.  They blame their Democratic counterparts for passing the original raise on a voice vote.  The real truth is, they could have already repealed it the same way.  Where’s your supermajority now?

Ralph Burke
Member, Alabama House of Representatives 1983-98

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Chairman Kennedy Clarifies Confusion Surrounding Straight Ticket Voting

“Voters across the state are coming to the conclusion that voting the straight Democratic ticket results in their vote not counting for President Obama and Vice-President Biden,” said Kennedy.  “It would appear that there is an underground effort to confuse voters across Alabama; making them think that if they want to support the President they should only vote for him and not vote for the rest of the Democratic ticket.  We believe that this is a deliberate effort by Republicans in Alabama to hurt statewide and county-level Democratic candidates”.

In emails to party leadership and supporters today Kennedy urged voters to ignore anyone telling them that their vote for the President wouldn’t count if they voted for the straight Democratic ticket.  “They’ve got it wrong,” said Kennedy.  “One dot does it all.  Voting the straight Democratic ticket means you are casting your vote for President Obama and Vice President Biden in addition to your county officials and judges.”

Kennedy also urged anyone being told otherwise, especially by an elected official or staff person in a county courthouse or elections office, to immediately contact the Alabama Democratic Party at 1-800-995-6474 to report the activity.  “Anyone deliberately trying to confuse or intimidate voters will be held accountable by the Democratic Party to the fullest extent of the law,” vowed Kennedy.

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Sen. Roger Bedford - Amendment 4: The Road the Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

The old adage “the road to hell is paved with good intentions” perfectly sums up Amendment 4, on the ballot this Tuesday, Nov. 6.

The text on the general election ballot says Amendment 4 will remove racist language in the state constitution that requires schools to be segregated. It is true the amendment will remove some very nasty and sad racist language.  What the ballot language does not say is that Amendment 4 will also reaffirm some of the most racist and sad parts of the state constitution at the same time. The good intentions of some who want to get rid of our racist past have now created a situation where voters could actually reaffirm some of the worst aspects of our state constitution.

If you vote “yes” on Amendment 4, you will be voting to affirm this statement: "...nothing in this Constitution shall be construed as creating or recognizing any right to education or training at the public expense." You read that right, voting “yes” on Amendment 4 means you affirm that children do not have the right to an education in Alabama.

To understand how we got to this backward place, where an amendment says one thing and does another, you need to know a little history and a lesson in how the statehouse works.

In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled segregation in education was unconstitutional in the landmark decision of Brown vs. Board of Education. The following year, as a response to the decision, the Alabama Legislature and voters approved Amendment 111 to the state constitution.

There are three paragraphs in Amendment 111. The first eliminated the longstanding right to an education, the second facilitated the founding of private segregation academies, and the third demanded the segregation of students. The thinking went if Alabama was forced to integrate, then the state would blow up the public school system, as it existed then. 

Amendment 111 was found to violate the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution by the Supreme Court and was never implemented. It has been sitting there in the state constitution as an empty relic of racial strife and discrimination.
Back in 2004, a measure went before voters to eliminate the three paragraphs of Amendment 111. But after Judge Roy Moore and other conspiracy theorists wrongly said it was a back door attempt at raising taxes through the courts, it went down in a narrow defeat to the embarrassment of us all.

The taxation issue is ridiculous. The judiciary does not control taxes or set budgets, and the state Supreme Court has stated it would never try and do so.

Last year, another measure was before the Legislature that would have eliminated all three paragraphs of Amendment 111. But after some last minute maneuvering by the Republican supermajority, only the last paragraph was struck and the first two were left intact. That is why when voters say “yes” to Amendment 4, they will in fact be voting to reaffirm that children have no right to an education in Alabama. We know now the old 1950s language means nothing, but it is potentially very dangerous if voters reaffirm there is no right to an education in 2012.

I believe Alabama children must have the right to a public education. As it turns out, so do the vast majority of Alabamians with a recent statewide poll showing 92 percent believe children should have the right to an education at the public expense.
It is only common sense – children need to go to school because our state will rise or fall on how well we educate them. Who would question that children should have the right to an education? Yet, that is exactly what we’ll be doing if we vote “yes”.

If the Republicans who control the Legislature are serious about eliminating racist language, they will bring up a clean bill that gets rid of all three paragraphs and that finally rids us of that ugly relic of Alabama history. If they don’t, then something else may be at issue.

I strongly encourage every voter who cares about children and education to vote “NO” on Amendment 4.

We’ve already got enough bad paving stones in our antiquated and ridiculous state constitution.

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Register to Vote TODAY

With Election Day less than two weeks away, it's up to everyone to ensure that we have everything in line before we go vote that straight Democratic ticket. Today is the absolute last day to register to vote. If you've put off registering yourself, or someone else, until today - head to your local library, board of registrars' office, or driver's licence office to fill out and submit a voter registration form. These forms are also available on the Alabama Secretary of State's website. REMEMBER: If you have moved or changed your name, you must re-register! We have too many good incumbent officeholders and candidates around the state to not ensure every Democrat is registered to vote.

If you're intending to vote absentee, the deadline for that application is Thursday, November 1st. These ballots must either be hand delivered or postmarked by Monday, November 5th.

I also encourage you all to contact your local county chair and sign-up as a poll watcher volunteer. We have no doubt the Alabama Republican Party will do everything they can to suppress our vote, so contact your county chair and help ensure a fair and honest election.

Should you have any questions, or need any guidance, please contact the Alabama Secretary of State's Voter Hotline at 1-800-274-8683, or call our office at (334) 262-2221.

Register to vote, or register a friend or family member TODAY. Too many have fought to ensure everyone's right to vote. Let us honor their legacy by registering and voting on November 6th!

Also, we're hosting an Election Night Watch Party here in Montgomery. Come join us and let's stand together as we watch our national, state, and local candidates cross the finish line on Tuesday, November 6th!

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Entering the Home-Stretch

Last night, America saw its Commander-in-Chief, and someone else who isn't quite ready to be Commander-in-Chief. President Obama's domination of the debate wasn't just because Mitt Romney failed the test every time by being unclear, uncertain, and unsteady; but instead because the President outlined a clear vision that can make America safer and secure our country's leadership around the world. In fact, by the end of the debate, after Mittens endorsed the President's foreign policy leadership, we here at the Party were unsure as to whether or not he was auditioning to be Secretary of State!

Folks, we have serious issues facing our country, and we need serious leadership to handle them - and no campaign talking point Mitt Romney can dish out can convince us of anything other than he's just not fit to lead. The President deserves our support so that our country can secure the rights of women, honor our veterans, and move us forward, not back. While the Alabama Republican Party has been sending smear sheets to every mailbox in the state, our volunteers have been dispatched to battleground states, making thousands of phone calls to ensure that the progress we've made the last four years will not have been in vain.

With that, we'd like to invite all of you to our Election Night Watch Party here in Montgomery! Along with the President, we have candidates across the state we want to cheer on to the finish line, and we hope you'll be a part. Tickets are going fast, though, so be sure act now. Join us in Montgomery and let us all stand together. We're in the home-stretch, guys - it's only fitting that we stand in unity to usher our candidates, both nationally and locally, on to victory

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Here Come the Birthers…Again

With only 22 days until the election, it's apparent that the Alabama Republican Party will grasp at every straw they can to try and undermine our President and insult the intelligence of Alabamians.  We were informed today that the Birthers are at it again--this time suing Secretary of State, Beth Chapman, over the President's citizenship and attempting to keep him off the ballot.  It wasn't enough that the Alabama Democratic Party has gone to court three (yes, three) times with these fools and come out on top.  Three courtroom victories would be enough for any sane person, but when you produce hate-spewing videos like this, it's pretty clear we're dealing with folks who are a few cards short of a full deck.

Bill Armistead made national news recently as the first state party Republican Chairman to embrace a video from the lunatic fringe.  The video claims that the President of the United States is a communist who actively worked with minorities to intentionally cause the housing crisis in 2008.  This summer, a member of the ALGOP state committee went before their officers and tried to get them to endorse the idea that the President is some sort of covert agent.  Seven officers of the ALGOP voted with the tin foil hatters including national committeeman, Paul Reynolds, and national committeewoman, Bettye Fine Collins.  The leader of the birther movement in Alabama graciously provided us with a reenactment of the distinguished proceedings.  Yes, these people are certifiable.

Instead of having a legitimate discussion with me about the issues, Chairman Bill Armistead and his lieutenants resort to tactics that bring about the worst in our nature.  I've got news for Mr. Armistead, the people of Alabama know and deserve better!  We will not allow the politics of the petty deter us--we're gearing up to send volunteers to the battleground state of Florida and we're going to help win this thing.  Sign up here to visit Florida and help deliver a victory for the President.

The election is in 22 days.  It's important that we all keep the momentum going and our eyes on the prize.  Can you contribute $22 to help us pay our legal fees as we once again go to court to put a stop to this craziness?  As the Vice President said last week, their ideas are old and their ideas are bad.  Pitch in $22 to help us make it known in court.

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Fielding Lies to Voters on his First Day as a Republican

“Jerry Fielding’s first act as a Republican Senator was to stand in front of a room full of people and lie,” said Alabama Democratic Party Chairman, Mark Kennedy, earlier today.

Fielding held a press conference this morning at the State House in Montgomery to declare the switch that Kennedy announced earlier in the week.  When asked by a reporter whether or not the Republican supermajority had made any promises to Fielding to entice him to switch, Fielding emphatically rejected the notion.  “That’s not true,” said Kennedy.  “It’s my understanding and seemingly common knowledge around the State House that Fielding was promised a position as Vice Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee if he switched parties.”

Kennedy claimed that more of Fielding’s statements this morning were untrue but the lies are harder to prove.  Fielding’s assertions that he hadn’t decided whether or not to run for re-election in 2014 and that the redrawing of his legislative district—making it decidedly more Republican in its makeup—had nothing to do with his decision.  “That’s laughable on its face,” said Kennedy.  “This has everything to do with redistricting and the fact that Jerry Fielding was targeted for elimination by the Republican supermajority unless he switched parties.”

“I’m interested to see how Senator Fielding operates in this next legislative session.  The Republicans welcomed him today with open arms, but he voted against nearly every major Republican piece of legislation during his two years in the Senate.  My guess is that he’ll be a pretty miserable member of the Republican caucus.  Especially when the Republicans run one of their own in the Primary Election in two years.”

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Tonight’s Debate

There’s been a lot of hype running up to tonight’s big Presidential debate.  For the first time, an estimated 60 million or more Americans will tune in and watch President Obama and Mitt Romney share the same stage.  It should be interesting.

At tonight’s debate, the President will keep sharing his specific vision for moving America forward while Mitt Romney appears poised to continue hiding any specifics from voters.  As he did in Charlotte, the President will continue his conversation with the American people about his concrete plans to restore middle-class security, create jobs, and build an economy that works for all of us.  From what we’ve heard from the Romney camp, Mittens plans to keep hiding any specific details behind distortions and a lot of “zingers” he’s been practicing for weeks.  Just this morning one of Romney’s top advisors said that it’s hard to get into specifics at a debate.  I thought that was what debates were all about.  Talk about lowering expectations.

Mitt Romney is relying on lies, distortion, and zingers because he knows what voters do—the Romney/Ryan plan is bad for the middle class.

Romney keeps trying to peddle a five-point plan that the middle class isn’t buying.  Whether he’s talking about energy, small businesses, education, trade, the deficit, jobs, taxes, or healthcare, Mitt’s math just doesn’t add up.  I sat in Charlotte last month and watched President Clinton sum up the shortcomings of the Romney/Ryan plan with one word…arithmetic.  The middle class is tired of waiting for specifics from Mittens, so tonight he will lie about the President’s record, distort his own, and continue trying to peddle a sham.

Tonight, President Obama will discuss his specific, concrete plans to move us forward—like creating a million new manufacturing jobs, doubling our exports, cutting our oil imports in half, and reducing the deficit in a balanced way that protects the middle class.

I hope you’ll join me tonight and support our President.

There are also scores of good Democrats on the November 6th ballot.  Bob Vance and Lucy Baxley are both tied or leading in the polls.  Please help us get out the vote by making a contribution today.

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Statement from Chairman Kennedy on Senator Jerry Fielding Switching

Alabama Democratic Party Chairman, Mark Kennedy, announced today that Democratic State Senator, Jerry Fielding, intends to switch parties and caucus with the Republican supermajority.  Senator Fielding’s announcement is expected tomorrow.

Fielding was elected to the Senate in 2010 and represents parts of Calhoun, Coosa, Elmore, and Talladega counties.  Before being elected to the Senate as a Democrat, Senator Fielding served for 26 years as a District and Circuit Court Judge.  Fielding was first appointed to the bench by Democratic Governor George Wallace and won re-election and served for almost three decades on the bench as a Democrat.

“I’ve known Jerry Fielding for more than 20 years, and I’ve never known him to be anything but a man of principle and a good Democrat,” said Chairman Kennedy.  “I find it hard to believe that Jerry would turn his back on his Party and the people who have elected him time and time again.  While the matter of choosing a political party is a personal prerogative, it is disingenuous and unfair to voters for officials to unexpectedly announce a party switch halfway through the term they were elected to serve.”

Kennedy added, “I have a pretty good idea of what Jerry Fielding intends to tell the voters tomorrow.  He’ll say he’s not leaving the Democratic Party—the Democratic Party left him, or some other tired cliché.  The bottom line is that Jerry Fielding buckled under the pressure of the Republican supermajority that is out to drive every white Democrat out of office.  The redistricting plan passed by the Republican supermajority is intended to make white Democrats in the legislature extinct, and Jerry Fielding must have decided that serving part time in the legislature is more important to him than principle or the Party that has had his back for almost 30 years.”

“I’ll be interested to see who the Republicans run against Jerry in the 2014 Primary Election,” said Kennedy.  “I can guarantee you that whatever promises the Republicans have made to Senator Fielding won’t hold up.”

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Rep. Ford: Who is Really Looking out for Alabama’s Working Families?

In 1992, the economy was the top issue on every voter’s mind. Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign captured that sentiment when they coined the phrase, “It’s the economy, stupid.”

Twenty years later, it’s still the economy.

Last week, it was reported that Alabama’s unemployment rate has risen for the fourth consecutive month. From April through August, the state’s unemployment rate rose from 7.2 percent to 8.5 percent.

There are now 183,000 Alabamians who are unemployed. And that doesn’t include the people who want to work but have given up hope and ended their job search or moved to a different state.

Alabama’s working families are taking it on the chin, and they want to know why things aren’t getting better.

States and cities across this country are creating jobs by investing in their infrastructure (which creates jobs immediately for the short-term) and investing in education (which helps recruit jobs and prepares the workforce for long-term economic growth).

But not Alabama.

In Alabama, the Republican Supermajority in Montgomery passed the Rolling Reserve Act that unnecessarily cut $150 million from our children’s education. The Republicans also cut hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative and the Reading Initiative, and cut almost 90 percent of teacher recruitment incentives.

Then last week, the voters of Alabama passed a constitutional amendment to allow the government to borrow $437 million from the state’s savings account. We were told that this money was necessary to save public employee jobs (such as teachers, law enforcement, etc.) and to avoid cuts to Medicaid.

The very next day after the amendment was passed, the governor announced that his plan to make the budget solvent was to push as many as 5,000 public employees (again, we’re talking about teachers, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and others) into an early retirement. And the state health officer, Dr. Don Williamson, announced that even with the amendment passing, he will still have to cut between $20 million and $40 million from Medicaid just to live within next year’s budget.

So if we aren’t investing in our people, then what are we doing to create jobs?

There were two primary job creation plans proposed in the last legislative session. Democrats proposed a bill that would have created a small business loans program. This program would have given loans to small, start-up companies that promised to pay the money back and create at least five new jobs (we included an enforcement mechanism to make sure that the jobs were created). But the Democrats’ bill was never brought up for a vote or even allowed to come out of committee.

The Republicans’ major job creation legislation was a plan to allow certain corporations to keep their employees’ state income taxes in the hope that these companies would then use that money to create more jobs. This plan had some serious flaws. It would have deprived our schools of even more revenue. It also did not require a single job be created in exchange for the benefit. In the end, the bill failed in the Senate.

Our state is headed on the wrong path. The unemployment numbers prove that. The Republicans in Montgomery seem more interested in investing in the “job creators” than they are in investing in the workers who do the jobs. If we do not start investing in our people, we will not be able to pull ourselves up by the bootstraps and get our economy back on track.

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Mitt Romney Gives Up on Alabama…Not Concerned About Those People

Dear Democrats,

A recently released video of Mitt Romney speaking at a $50,000-a-plate fundraiser in Boca Raton Florida reveals that Mitt Romney has given up on Mideast peace and half of America…specifically Alabama.

During the primary campaign, he said that he was “not concerned” about the very poor.  He bragged that his wife drives a “couple of Cadillacs” (complete with their own elevator).  He built a career on what his Republican opponents call vulture capitalism. 

Back in May when he was among friends, Mittens mused from his multimillionaire bubble that, “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the President no matter what”.  This 47 percent of America believes that, “They are victims…who believe that they’re entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it.  So my job is not to worry about those people”.

I confess to feeling entitled to housing and food myself, so call me a class warrior.  I guess it’s a miracle that I’m able to get out of bed each morning without the President turning down my sheets.

Let me try to get a few facts through Mittens’ beautiful head of hair (each comb furrow so pronounced and shiny):

So who are these filthy freeloaders?  Is he talking about Iraq war veterans mooching off of the V.A.?  Retirement community residents scamming us by cashing their social security checks?  College students fleecing America with their lefty Pell grants and student loans?

Conservative columnist David Brooks put it this way:

"The people who receive the disproportionate share of government spending are not big-government lovers.  They are Republicans.  They are senior citizens.   They are white men with high school degrees…The people who have benefited from the entitlements explosion are middle-class workers, more so than the dependent poor."

And which state is one of the worst offenders according to Mittens’ logic?  Alabama.  We are the fifth worst offender to be exact.  Of all 50 states, Alabama ranks fifth in the number of tax filers who owe no income tax.  So, Mitt’s job is not to worry about us.  I officially call on Lt. Governor Kay Ivey, Governor Robert Bentley, Chairman Bill Armistead, and every other Republican official who has endorsed Romney to publically disavow their support for him since he obviously has so little concern for us.

Let’s not forget that Mitt Romney pays so little in taxes that he has to hide his money in Switzerland and the Cayman Islands.  The man who uses every trick in the book to pay no taxes has only shown us one year of tax returns despite forcing his running mate, Paul Ryan, to disclose 10 years of returns and despite his father setting the gold standard by releasing 12 years of returns.

What’s really concerning is that Mittens continues to bash the President for engaging in class warfare and dividing the country.  At the fundraiser where he was caught on tape he even said that, “The thing I find most disappointing about this president is his attack of one America against another America.”  I guess Mittens doesn’t remember Sarah Palin’s description in 2008 of the "real America" and I guess he’s a clueless hypocrite.

On election night in 2008 I sat with friends and watched a young Senator make history and deliver the following remarks:

"To those Americans whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your president, too."

I am proud to support President Obama and I’m glad to know that Mitt Romney has given up on Alabama.  It makes my job a little easier.

Sign up here to help re-elect our President.

Fired Up,

Bradley Davidson
Executive Director

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Judge Kennedy Reacts to Amendment One Passage

Alabama Democratic Party Chairman, Mark Kennedy, responded this evening to the passage of the constitutional amendment that will move $437 million from the state savings account to the General Fund budget over the next three years:

“The people of Alabama have not only saved countless friends and neighbors from losing jobs and the most basic services but have also saved the Republican legislative supermajority from a catastrophic mess.

After over a hundred years of Democrats getting the job done and making tough decisions on behalf of all Alabamians, it took only two years for the Republican supermajority in the legislature to bring the state to the brink of a financial catastrophe—threatening countless seniors and vulnerable Alabamians with losing the most basic of care, literally putting lives in jeopardy.

It is an absolute disgrace that rather than simply doing the only job they are constitutionally mandated to do, Republican legislators not only shirked their responsibility but gave the people of Alabama only two options—to see their neighbors suffer or to see the state’s savings account depleted.

Thankfully, the people of Alabama stepped up to the plate and made an incredibly tough decision—no doubt one they will clearly remember next time they vote for who they trust with the voter’s finances.”

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Test the Vote

We heard a lot of anecdotal evidence during the March primaries of poll workers in various counties demanding a photo ID to vote.  As you know, the only way Republicans are going to be able to win the Presidential election is to steal it by suppressing the votes that make up President Obama’s coalition.

Never afraid to shy away from craven political hackery, the Alabama Republican Supermajority in the Legislature passed a photo ID bill for Alabama similar to the ones you are seeing challenged in states like Pennsylvania.

One important thing to note:  the photo ID requirement does not go into effect in Alabama until the June 2014 Primary Election.

We need you to test the vote during tomorrow’s referendum on Amendment One.

When you go to the polls, you can use the following to identify yourself and cast your ballot:

One of the following:

Note:  These items can be the original document (license, card, etc.) or a photocopy of the document.

If a poll worker challenges you for providing one of these forms of ID to vote, please give us a call immediately at:


We will gladly have a conversation with your Probate Judge and will be documenting efforts at voter suppression throughout the day.

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Sen Marc Keahey: Vote “Yes” on Tuesday for the Future of Alabama

On Tuesday, the people of Alabama will have the opportunity to vote on a constitutional amendment that will impact every state agency.  The outcome of Tuesday’s vote will affect our hospitals, nursing homes, law enforcement, prisons, the court system, etc.  Most importantly, the outcome of Tuesday’s vote will affect everyone in the state of Alabama.  Tuesday’s vote is critical.

What you may not realize is that this amendment must pass for our local hospitals and all the healthcare service providers around the state to continue to offer the services our community requires. What you may not realize is that this amendment must pass to avoid the collapse of Alabama’s Medicaid system.  What you may not realize is that this amendment must pass for our correctional facilities to continue operating and to avoid the release of prisoners into our communities.  What you may not realize is that this amendment must pass to ensure that our court system continues to function and our district attorneys have the resources to investigate and prosecute crimes.

While some people think that a little collateral damage is acceptable during a budget crisis, if this amendment fails, the damage will be disastrous.  Many of our local hospitals could be compelled to close their doors, while many of our seniors could be forced out of our local nursing homes.  The doctors who currently care for us and our families may be required to relocate in order make a decent living.  Make no mistake about it, if the amendment fails, the affects to healthcare across our state will will be drastic.  When this happens, it won’t matter if your insurance card says “Blue Cross Blue Shield” or even “Medicare”, there may not be anyone there to care for you.

Beyond the impact on healthcare, one of the leading economists in our state says that the failure of the amendment will cost the state more than 10,000 jobs.  These are real jobs that Alabama families depend on today.  Make no mistake about it, thousands of jobs will be lost across our state that will disproportionately hit middle-class families the hardest.

Finally, if the amendment fails, an unbalanced budget will go into effect on October 1, all the while, the Supermajority in Montgomery has no Plan B.

Thus, I encourage those who oppose the amendment to consider the consequences of it failing.  Consider what is at stake.  Consider the reality.

On Tuesday, the citizens of Alabama will be asked to make a very important decision—a decision that will affect the future our state, as we know it.  On Tuesday, as a citizen of Alabama, I will be voting “YES.”

Senator Marc Keahey has served in the Alabama Senate since 2009. Senator Keahey represents southwest Alabama, including Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe, and Washington counties.

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Sen. Roger Bedford: We Must Vote “Yes” on September 18

Next Tuesday, September 18th, the people of Alabama will go to the polls to vote on a constitutional amendment that will have a major impact on every state agency.  The constitutional amendment will directly affect the health and safety of Alabama families, as well as the future of economic development in this state.  If passed, this referendum will keep tens of thousands of hard-working Alabamians on the job.                               

What you may not realize is that this amendment must pass for our local hospitals and all the healthcare service providers around the state to continue to offer the services our community requires. What you may not realize is that this amendment must pass to avoid the collapse of Alabama’s Medicaid system.  What you may not realize is that this amendment must pass for our correctional facilities to continue operating and to avoid the release of prisoners into our communities.  What you may not realize is that this amendment must pass to ensure that our court system continues to function and our district attorneys have the resources to investigate and prosecute crimes.

If the amendment fails next Tuesday, Alabamians could face some of the deepest across-the-board cuts we have ever seen.  Make no mistake about it, if this amendment fails, our healthcare system will not be the same because the same services may not be available, the same doctors may not continue to work here, and our hospitals and clinics may be forced to completely change how we conduct business and deliver services.  Make no mistake about it, funding for dialysis, prescription medications for adults, critical transportation for children, and in-home care would all be greatly reduced or eliminated altogether.  Make no mistake about it, hospitals, doctors’ offices and health clinics may be forced to cut staff or close altogether and the elderly would be forced out of nursing homes onto the street.

Make no mistake about it, thousands of jobs will be lost across our state that will disproportionately hit middle-class families the hardest.  The only way we can avoid these disastrous results, is if the constitutional amendment passes.

I agree that the Republican supermajority should have put in the bill that the money borrowed must be paid back.  Unfortunately, they chose not to.  However, we cannot allow the right-wing Tea party to destroy the healthcare system in Alabama.  For critics of the amendment who say that a better solution exists, there is no other plan.  If the amendment fails, the Governor has said that there is not a Plan B, and we will have no other option but to slash and burn the state budget.  We must come together as one state to pass this amendment.

Therefore, on September 18th, the citizens of Alabama will be asked to make a very important decision—a decision that will affect the future our state as we know it.  For the sake of our communities and the health and well being of our people and Alabama’s most vulnerable citizens, please vote “YES” on September 18th.

Senator Roger Bedford is a Democrat from Russellville.  He has served in the Alabama Senate since 1982.  In 2010, Senator Bedford was elected Senate Minority Leader by the Senate Democratic Caucus.

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Statement from Chairman Kennedy on the nomination of Judge Robert Vance for Chief Justice

Judge Robert Vance will stand as the Democratic Party’s candidate for Chief Justice this November.

"We are thrilled that Judge Vance has stepped forward and will be our candidate for Chief Justice this November,” said Mark Kennedy, chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party. “Judge Vance is an incredibly well respected judge who will serve us proudly in the upcoming election and, most importantly, serve all the people of Alabama on the court."

Judge Robert Vance was the only candidate to qualify to run for Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court following the previous candidate being disqualified by the Party’s Executive Board late last week.

Over the past decade, Judge Vance has become one of the most respected jurists in the state while serving as a civil circuit court judge in Jefferson County.  Prior to this, Judge Vance practiced law with the Birmingham firm of Johnston, Barton, Proctor, & Powell, L.L.P. and clerked for Hon. Tom McGee on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  He is a graduate of Princeton University (1982) and the University of Virginia School of Law (1985).  He lives in Birmingham with his wife, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, Joyce Vance, and their four children.

“The people of Alabama can feel confident that Judge Vance would lead the court with the rule of law in mind rather than politics,” said Kennedy. “We are proud he is our candidate and the people of Alabama will be proud to have him as Chief Justice.”

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Statement from Alabama Democratic Party Chairman Mark Kennedy on the Disqualification of Harry Lyon

"It is the decision of the State Executive Committee that Mr. Lyon clearly violated the state party's by-laws and this, along with his increasingly erratic behavior, have undermined his ability to stand as a candidate for the Democratic Party."

On Monday August 13, 2012, the State Democratic Party sent Lyon a letter outlining a series of increasingly disturbing behavior that violated the Party's bylaws and the canons of judicial ethics including an apparent inability to conduct himself in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary and an apparent inability to maintain the decorum and temperance befitting the office of Chief Justice.

In accordance to the same by-laws, Chairman Kennedy called for a meeting of the State Executive Board to take up the matter. This afternoon a five-member subcommittee of the Board met and voted to disqualify Lyon. The group also set next steps to ensure the Party would be represented in this race in November.

"It is disappointing that this close to the election process we find ourselves without a candidate for Chief Justice, but are hopeful that we will soon have a truly qualified candidate and future Chief Justice," said Kennedy. 

The Party will open a qualifying period for potential replacement candidates.  The qualifying period will open Monday, August 20, 2012 at 8:00 AM and close Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at noon.  If no candidate qualifies during the qualifying period, there will be no Democratic nominee for Chief Justice.  If only one candidate qualifies, that candidate will become the Democratic nominee.  If more than one candidate qualifies, ballots will be mailed on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 to the full membership of the State Democratic Executive Committee.  Ballots will be due on Monday, August 27, 2012 by 5:00 PM to the Democratic Party Headquarters.

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Statement from Chairman Kennedy on the announcement that Artur Davis will speak at the 2012 RNC

“In a press release from the RNC today, Chairman Reince Priebus stated that Artur Davis will give voice to ‘frustration and disappointment’ at the Republican Convention in Tampa.  Actually, his disappointment has nothing to do with the job President Obama has done and everything to do with Artur simply being a sore loser.

The only part of the electorate Artur Davis is giving a voice to are former candidates who lost their races and then go on to blame it on everyone but themselves.

With that said, between his penchant for changing his Party and positions regularly, and for not taking responsibility for his own actions, Artur Davis seems a great addition to the Romney Campaign.”

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan: The Go Back Team

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan: The Go Back Team

In naming Congressman Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney has chosen a leader of the House Republicans who shares his commitment to the theory that budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy will somehow deliver a stronger economy. The architect of the radical Republican House budget, Ryan, like Romney, proposed an additional $250,000 tax cut for millionaires, and deep cuts in education. His plan also would end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher system, shifting thousands of dollars in health care costs to seniors. As a member of Congress, Ryan rubber-stamped the reckless Bush economic policies that exploded our deficit and crashed our economy. Now the Romney-Ryan ticket would take us back by repeating the same, catastrophic mistakes.

The Romney-Ryan top-down budget plan would weaken the economy:

Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney both support trillions in budget-busting tax cuts for millionaires paid for with tax hikes on the middle class and deep cuts in education and other investments needed to improve our economy. Ryan’s extreme budget plan, which Mitt Romney has embraced, would make deep spending cuts now to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy, which would weaken the recovery and cost the economy jobs.
The Romney-Ryan plan would end Medicare as we know it:

The Romney-Ryan extreme budget would end Medicare as we know it, turning it into a voucher program that would increase seniors’ health costs by $6,350 a year. Ryan has also proposed a plan that would have privatized Social Security, subjecting seniors’ retirement security to the whims of the stock market.

The Romney Ryan plan would raise taxes on the middle class and cut taxes for the wealthy:

The Romney-Ryan extreme budget includes a tax “reform” plan that would make the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy permanent, and give millionaires an additional tax cut worth more than $250,000 a year. Paying for these tax cuts for the most fortunate families would require higher taxes on the middle class, gutting investments in our future, and ending Medicare as we know it.

The Romney Ryan plan would gut middle-class investments:

To pay for tax cuts for the wealthiest, Paul Ryan would gut investments critical to middle-class security. This includes cutting Pell Grant scholarships for nearly 10 million students; kicking 200,000 kids out of Head Start; significantly cutting clean energy investments, which would make America more dependent on foreign oil; and would even cut investments in veterans’ health care by 19 percent.