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Are the Skies Looking More Blue Today?

by: mooncat

Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 08:59:19 AM CST

The post-election statement issued by Alabama Democratic Party Chairman Mark Kennedy is attached below the fold.

It's now Election Day plus two.  How do you feel about the future?  Are the skies looking bluer?  In particular, do you think Alabama Democrats are moving in the right direction or heading down the wrong track?

mooncat :: Are the Skies Looking More Blue Today?
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.

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Three PSC commissioners (4.00 / 1)
Now that Lucy Baxley has been voted out, what happens to Twinkle's seat?  A gubernatorial appointment?  Another election?

Not sure (4.00 / 1)
But I believe its an appointment.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
Edmund Burke

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Appointment (0.00 / 0)

State Rep. Jeremy Oden (R) has asked the Guv to appoint him.

Oden has been a legislator since 1998 and was close friends with Bentley during his eight years in the House, including sharing an office suite and staying at the same Montgomery hotel.

Other than that, no clue what his qualifications are.  But being a friend and former roommate of the governor may be all the qualifications Oden needs.

Work harder and work smarter!

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Nationally, there is reason for hope... (4.00 / 2)
...In Alabama? Same as it ever was, same as it ever was...

twinkie (4.00 / 2)

when twinkie takes over as chairman and with gopeers in control, rates will ease up regularly. we need a state democratic plan to use that against republican party. we need to take advantage of every opportunity to get across republicans raised your rates, which means big pr effort to get out our testimony, our positions, our actions. it's an opportunity for us. all it will take is staff and money, so sending a few bucks a month from a lot of people to state dem party is essential.


Republicans will provide plenty of ammunition (4.00 / 1)
But Ivan is right, Democrats will need resources to make effective use of it.  You can't depend on the 3 day a week media to keep the public well informed of what is really going on.  Democrats need a good research operation, strong communications and the resources to get their message to a lot of voters in 2014.

Work harder and work smarter!

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Sent in my monthly contribution . . (4.00 / 1)
. . .  to the Alabama Democratic Party on Election Day!

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Mental health issues (0.00 / 0)

And we wonder why the Guv is closing the psychiatric hospitals.


Blue Sky (4.00 / 1)
The sky is always blue for me.



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