A brief ride through Initiative & Referendum national history

  • Evidence suggests Initiative being available to citizens of the ancient Greeks and Romans.
  • Initiative and Referendum has existed in this county since 1600’s  when New England citizens placed ordinances on the agenda for discussion and then a vote within town meetings.
  • Thomas Jefferson proposed Legislative Referendum for the 1775 Virginia State Constitution.
  • Massachusetts in 1778 had the first state-wide Legislative Referendum.
  • New Hampshire followed in 1792.
  • 1800’s people realized no matter the checks-and-balances, written into our Constitution, they had no direct ability to reign in out of touch and control government.
  • 1890 Populist reform advocated women’s suffrage, secret ballots, direct election of US Senators, and I&R.
  • Nov 5, 1898 S. Dakota became first state to adopt state-wide Initiative and Popular Referendum.
  • Next Oregon in 1902 approved Initiative and Popular Referendum 11 to 1 margin.
  • 1914 Texas voted down Initiative and Popular Referendum as the legislature required 20% signatures
  • Currently 26 states have adapted a form of Initiative and Popular Referendum – mostly mid west and western states. Settlers leaving the east coast corrupt governments infused with corporate money incorporated greater citizen voice and control of their state and local governments with I&R into their constitutions and charters.
  • Citizens in 15 of 20 of the largest US cities have I&R
  • Citizens in Birmingham and Talladega both are recorded to have used referendum in April 1911. Birmingham citizens attempted to use a referendum to ratify or reject actions of the Water Works and Sewer Board of the City of Birmingham as recent as 2001. The Mayor-Council Act of 1955, section 3.15(b) provides the provisions of I&R to their citizens.
  • 1992 Mississippi last state to adopt state-wide Initiative.
  • The goal of proponents continue to be ensure elected officials remain accountable to electorate.

What Is A Ballot Measure

Ballot measures, also referred to as ballot initiatives and referendums (I&R), provide citizens the opportunity to discuss and vote on policy issues at the local level and state level. Using this process, in 26 states citizens can bring an issue to a public vote by gathering a pre-determined number of signatures from registered voters.

Some common names for ballot measures include initiative and referendum (I&R), voter initiatives, propositions, citizen initiatives, or questions.

State Tax Rates Compared to Citizen Initiative

BasicLaw.net has provided a summary reinforcing common knowledge of a lower state tax liability in states with initiative.

Y= yes, state has provisions for legislative citizens’ initiative

N= no, state does not have provisions for legislative citizens’ initiatie

Highest Individual Income Tax Rates Highest Sales Tax Rates
Minnesota N
New York N
Connecticut N
Iowa N
West Virginia N
Connecticut N
Washington Y
Minnesota N
Mississippi N
New Jersey N
Pennsylvania N
Rhode Island N
No Individual Income Tax
No Sales Tax
Alaska Y
Florida Y
Nevada Y
South Dakota Y
Texas N
Washington Y
Wyoming Y
Alaska Y
Delaware N
Montana N
New Hampshire N
Oregon Y

Handouts and Reading

  • Statistically Alabamians across party lines, age groups, and income categories want to have the privilege to introduce bills and  to remove unpopular legislative acts. Citizens in Charge provide a very useful and convincing chart summarizing responses from 500 likely Alabama voters in a poll conducted by Pulse Opinion Research.

Handouts

Additional Reading and Videos

Helpful Websites

 

Let Bama Vote – Alabama Initiatives & Referndum (I&R)

“You can’t want what you don’t know.” author unknown

Section 25 of the 1901 Alabama Constitution provides “That the citizens have a right, in a peaceful manner, to assemble…for redress of grievances or other purposes, by petition, address, or remonstrance.” The First Amendment in the US Constitution ensures each citizen has the right to  “petition … for a redress of grievances”.

In a nut shell Initiative and Referendum is defined as

  • Initiative = the right to place statutes and constitutional amendments on a ballot
    • Indirect – what Alabama proponents are proposing, where as the Legislature has access to the bill before going to the ballot.  However, the Legislature can not change, modify, and stall initiative process without first consulting with the “registered agent” and the agent agreeing to it.
    • Direct – as most states have, whereas once approved by the AG and petitions verified will go directly to the ballot, without providing it to the Legislature.
  • Referendum = the right to ratify or reject statutes
    • Popular – from the people
    • Legislative – from the Legislature as we frequently have on our statewide ballots

I&R is exceptionally popular in Alabama as across the union.  On June 3, 2010, 500 likely voters in each state were asked “In 26 states, citizens can sign a petition to put laws or constituional amendments on the ballot to be decided by the voters at a statewide election.  This process is known as initiave and referendum.  Would you favor or oppose the initiative and referendum process in your state?”   The national average was 67% in favor whereas Alabama bested the national average by 4 points as clearly shown in the below graph. Old or young, rich or poor, and marital status with or without children were all above 50%, less two, and majority above 60% in favor.

Alabama I&R citizens protesting

However, our legislators be design continuously kill or table the bill in committee, with an absence of public media.  Let Bama Vote: Alabama Initiative and Referendum 500 likely voters responses I&R has been before our legislature nearly 13 times over the last 15 sessions and never once seeing a floor debate or vote.  “Initiative and Referendum” was mentioned during our 1901 Alabama Constitution Convention and the legistures have failed us for 116 years.

I&R will break the monopoloy our legislature has on each of us by not providing constitutional amendments for Common Core, Recall, Term Limits, Education Reform, Government Reform, Fair Ballot Access for independent and minor party candidates. Former Lt. Governor Steve Windom told me in 2016 I&R is necessary for Recall.

A poor example of good government exists when citizens are ignored while our government knows citizens in 26 states and the District of Columbia  and 17 of the 20 largest US cities, while several in states without I&R, such as Birmingham,  have a form of I&R – not Alabama statewide. Not a foreign concept to our state government because the concept has been on our U.S. soil since 1600’s. President Teddy Roosevelt, speaking in Columbus, Ohio on February 21, 1912 spoke,

“…the initiative and referendum should be used, not as substitutes for representative government, but as methods of making such government really representative. Action by the initiative or referendum ought not to be the normal way of legislation; but the power to take it should be provided in the constitution, so that if the representatives fail truly to represent the people on some matter of sufficient importance to rouse popular interest, then the people shall have in their hands the facilities to make good the failure. . Give the legislature an entirely free hand; and then provide by the initiative and referendum that the people shall have power to reverse or supplement the work of the legislature should it ever become necessary.”

Gratitude and Appreciation

Representative Mike Ball, a long time student of I&R sponsored its legislation 13 of the last 15 consecutive sessions.  Representative Isaac Whorton, with new blood and energy, has sponsored the legislation the last two years; his 2017 bill.

Alabama Voters Deserve and Want Initiative

Tired of big government taking care of themselves (i.e. 2007 62% pay raises) and approving a state cake while unwilling to fill the demands of the people for term limits and recall to mention a few.

Let Bama Vote: Alabama Initiative and Referendum color coded 50 states by I&R laws

Why must citizens be on the receiving end of these tactics?

We should not. With Initiative we will not be subject to the two parties fighting and sleeping together while accomplishing nothing we want and need.

Representative Mike Ball told me, referring to I&R, “It will not pass until the public demands it.” Well, after 116 years we are demanding it.

Then legislator and now Congressman Mo Brooks agreed with Representative Mike Ball, “In my view, no version of I&R will pass absent (a) a strong, grass-roots effort (that I don’t foresee rising any time soon) or (2) an elevation of issue by a Governor, Lt. Governor, Speaker of the House or President of the Senate. It is in this vein that I suggest you focus your efforts on convincing one of the above four to make I&R an issue. If you are successful, everything else will follow.”

How is Alabama doing with Initiative?

  • Then Governor Fob James strongly advocated the adoption of the alabama map initiative process, unfortunately nothing came of it.
  • Kay Ivey – Lt. Governor of Alabama. After four years in office, she has become the face of why we need I&R. In 2010 as a challenger and early in her 2014 campaign she supported the right of the people to be citizen legislators to “do the important business of our state even if Montgomery didn’t want to.” However, after less than four years in office and being bought by Alabama Power; AT&T, Jo Bonner for Congress Committee; economic developers, builders, Alabama Realtors, banking, financial and related associations; and Mike Hubbard and Bob Riley managed PAC’s, Ivey apparently no longer trusts the people of Alabama to “do the important business of our state.” As you can read on her removed webpage now resulting with this error message, “There are two other ways, though, that average citizens could make law even if Montgomery disagrees: “initiative” and “referendum.” They do not replace the legislature, but supplement it in case they fail to do our business.” Furthermore, “If Alabama could pass Initiative and Referendum, we could do the important business of our state even if Montgomery didn’t want to.”

Tidbits of the Power of I&R

Magpul, a firearms company with 600 employees, moved just across the border to retain their employees, after Governor John Hickenlooper signed three anti-gun bills into law. Explaining their reasons and actions on their Facebook page the entry concludes in part “…but we feel confident that Colorado residents can still take the state back through recalls, ballot initiatives, and the 2014 election to undo these wrongs against responsible Citizens.”

Voters not wanting the design of a $50 million St. Petersburg, FL pier approved a referenda halting further construction on August 27, 2013 with a 63% approval. The city is now building a pier with the citizen’s approval.

There are many more recent examples of how I&R was used at all levels of government, state, county, and municipality.

 

Join the team for Alabama

I thank you for your interest in Alabama becoming the 27th state to see our legislature trusting us.  This will be no cake walk; therefore, if you are interested in learning more and educating your community groups, family, and neighbors and contacting your state representatives please do so and email Admin to be added to our I&R email alert list.

Yes, You CAN Help

  • Contact these committee members, certainly if your legislator is one of the committee, and tell them to pass the bill out of their committee.
  • Use these templates to write your representative and senator notifying them your want to vote on a legislative referendum for Initiative and Referendum. Your state legislators can easly be located from the legislative website. Send your legislators’ responses to admin@LetBamaVote.org for inclusion on this website.
  • PublishaLetter.com provides too many to count personal letters to newspapers and elected public servants on wide range of subjects. State newspapers can be easily found for letters to the editor which should contain the names of your two legislators; it will have more impact with readers and your legislators.
  • Print out the inexpensive two flyer/page forms and give to your friends, family members, or have as a handout on your local fall craft show.
  • There are several professional handouts for printing and discussion.
  • Engage those in the grocery line or similar checks outs – you will amazed at the very high percentage of voters who have never heard of this democratic right in citizens’ hands in 26 states, but not Alabama.
  • Got a group of concerned citizens who want to learn more of Initiative and Referendum? Send your request via email and someone will be be happy to speak and answer all of their questions.
  • Contribute to educating Alabama’s electorate to the greater voice in government enjoyed by 70% of the citizens of this great nation.
  • Copies of Legislator responses should be a part of this campaign and will be a permanent part of this website upon sending it to admin@LetBamaVote.org
  • Do nothing, expect nothing but the same.

Incumbents, Challengers, and Our Friends Who Too Want I&R

Alabama TEA Party Conservative Coalition – has supported I&R in the past and most recently during their October 2015 statewide meeting.

Dr. Ronald Hei – Common Sense TEA Party Patriots, Covington County. “A concept overdue for implementation in Alabama, and, indeed, the entire 50 states.”

Dr. Rod Herring – Partner of Herring Spine & Rehab of Opelika, AL “I support the Dr. Rod HerringInitiative and referendum right for the people of Alabama. However, it should not be a replacement of our representative republic which entrusts our elected officials in the legislature to pass laws through our regular constitutional  process. It should be rarely used as a means to address issues of the citizens of Alabama when those elected officials do not have the political will to do so or to repeal laws or actions of those elected officials that are either oppressive or non-representative of the values of the vast majority of Alabama citizens.”

Joe Hubbard (D, Montgomery) legislator and candidate for Alabama Attorney General. “I support I&R. Always have.”

Paul JacobCitizens in Charge Foundation “The initiative process is the one vibrant and true check citizens have in our system of checks and balances. A defense against a political culture that has become divorced from the average citizen and where politicians no longer listen to their boss: the voters. I’m very excited about the movement Frank Dillman has started to bring initiative and referendum to Alabama.”

Hiram Johnson – Governor of California. “I most strongly urge, that the first step in our design to preserve and perpetuate popular government shall be the adoption of the Initiative, Referendum, and Recall.”

Lrs posted on ivn.us concerning an article where citizens controlling California gerrymandering “The recent changes in California redistricting by citizens committee are but one step towards minimizing undue influence by various groups. But it is an important step because it forces political leaders into listening to a greater percentage of their individual constituency.”

Macon County Republican Club

John Merrill – Current Alabama Secretary of State and former state representative.

Christina Michas – “Best thing a state can do is put the power back in the hands of the people and away from the legislators! God Bless you on your mission!!!”

Patriots of Liberty TEA Party of Lee County

David Shockey of Huntsville was initially against I&R. However upon having his questions and concerns addressed at the Pachyderm Club in Huntsville, David posted “I am now a proponent of I&R bill...”

John Sophocleus – Libertarian Gubernatorial 2002 candidate

Scott Tillman – “Election laws that prevent elections [of initiatives and popular referenda] control of the electoral process — from the rules that govern who gets on the ballot to whether one should even be scheduled – must be closely watched. History shows that incumbents and their supporters simply can’t be trusted to not try to craft rules that protect them from electoral threats.”

Alabama Representative Phil Williams “I support I&R initiatives and believe that giving the people a voice in deciding issues is critically important for effective government.
I feel that the voice of the people will hold government officials accountable and limit their ability to “grow” government. ”

Scott Wilson – resident of California. “It has been a real power in California to stop the legislature from wasting our money and limiting our rights. Americans have the right and duty to protect ourselves against governmental abuses.  Patriots need the initiative process to protect America from the overreach of government!”

Jake Witmer – blogger and activist who has been in my corner from day one. “I greatly admire your leadership in this area….Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty, and all that. The more communication, the better, and you have done more for I & R in 2012 and 2013, than anyone else I’m aware of.”

House and Senate Committees for 2017 Session

Senate

Constitution, Ethics, and Elections

Senator
District
Email
State House
Bill Hightower,Chair 35: Mobile bill.hightower@alsenate.gov 242-7882
Greg Albritton 22: Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe, Washington galbritton@att.net 242-7843
Dick Brewbaker 25: Elmore, Montgomery dick.brewbaker@alsenate.gov 242-7895
Linda Coleman-Madison 20: Jefferson linda.coleman@alsenate.gov or linda.coleman@birminghamal.gov 242-7864
Tim Melson 1: Lauderdale, Limeston, Madison Not listed on his legislative webpage, try tim.melson@alsenate.gov 242-7888
Trip Pittman 32: Baldwin trip.pittman@alsenate.gov 242-7897
Rodger Smitherman 18: Jefferson rodger.smitherman@alsenate.gov 242-7870
Cam Ward 14: Bibb, Chilton, Hale, Jefferson, Shelby cam@camward.com 242-7873
Phil Williams 10: Cherokee, DeKalb, Etowah, St. Clair Phil@williamsstatesenate.com 242-7857
Holly Ogden,Cmte Clerk holly.ogden@alsenate.gov 242-7826

 

Rules

Senator
District
Email
State House
“Jabo” Waggoner, Chair 16: Jefferson, Shelby jabo.waggoner@alsenate.gov 242-7892
Billy Beasley 28: Barbour, Bullock, Henry, Houston, Lee, Macon, Russell billy.beasley@alsenate.gov 242-7868
Dick Brewbaker 25: Crenshaw, Elmore, Montgomery dick.brewbaker@alsenate.gov 242-7895
Gerald Dial 13: Chambers, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Lee, Randolph gerald_dial@yahoo.com 242-7874
Vivian Figures 33: Mobile vivian.figures@alsenate.gov 242-7871
Rusty Glover 34: Mobile rusty.glover@alsenate.gov 242-7886
Bill Hightower 35: Mobile bill.hightower@alsenate.gov 242-7882
Jimmy Holley 31: Coffee, Covington, Dale, Pike Not listed on his legislative webpage, try jimmy.holley@alsenate.gov 242-8945
Del Marsh 12: Talladega, Clay, Calhoun del.marsh@alsenate.gov 242-7877
Jim McClendon 11: Shelby, St.Clari, Talladega jimmcc@windstream.net 242-7898
Arthur Orr 3: Limestone, Madison, Morgan Not listed on his legislative webpage,try arthur.orr@alsenate.gov 242-7891
Trip Pittman 32: Baldwin trip.pittman@alsenate.gov 242-7897
Greg Reed 5: Fayette4, Jefferson, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Winston greg.reed@alsenate.gov 242-7894
Paul Sanford 7: Madison paul.sanford@alsenate.gov 242-7867
Paul Scofield 9: Blount, Madison, Marshall clay.scofield@alsenate.gov 242-7876
Rodger Smitherman 18: Jefferson rodger.smitherman@alsenate.gov 242-7870
Phil Williams 10: Cherokee, DeKalb, Etowah, St. Clair phil@williamsstatesenate.com 242-7857
Sue Spears, Cmte Clerk sue.spears@alsenate.gov 242-7853

House

Constitution, Campaigns and Elections

Representativce District Email State House
Randy Davis,Chair 96: Baldwin & Mobile randalldavis14@gmail.com 242-7724
Paul Beckman,V.Chair 88: Autauga & Elmore paulbeckmanjr@yahoo.com 242-7499
Richard Lindsey,Ranking Minority 39:Cherokee,Cleburne,&DeKalb richard.lindsey@alhouse.gov 242-7713
Adline Clarke 97: Mobile adline.clarke@alhouse.gov 242-7449
Bob Fincher 37: Chambers, Cleburne, Randolph rsfincher77@gmail.com 242-7708
Juandalynn Givan 60: Jefferson Juandalynn.givan@alhouse.gov
3007j@att.net
242-7684
Corey Harbison 12: Cullman corey.harbison@alhouse.gov 242-7778
Alan Harper 61: Greene, Pickins, Tuscaloosa salanharper@gmail.com 242-7732
Dimitri Polizos 74: Montgomery dimitri.polizos@alhouse.gov 242-7469
Chris Pringle 101: Mobile chrispringle@
southerntimberlands.com
242-7589
Howard Sanderford 20: Madison hs1989@aol.com 242-4368
Natasha Nettles, Cmte Clerk natasha.nettles@alhouse.gov 242-7663

 

Rules
Representativce
District
Email
State House
Alan Boothe,Chair 89: Dale, Pike No email listed on his Legislature page, try: Alan.Boothe@alhouse.gov 242-7710
Ron JohnsonV.Chair 33: Coosa, Talladega ronald.johnson@alhouse.gov 242-7777
James Buskey, Ranking Minority 99: Mobile No email listed on his Legislature page, try: james.buskey@alhouse.gov 242-7757
Elaine Beech 65: Choctaw, Clrke, Marengo, Washington elainebeech83@gmail.com 242-7702
Barbara Boyd 32: Calhoun, Talladega barbara.boyd@alhouse.gov 242-7629
Anthony Daniels 53: Madison No email listed on his legislative page, try: anthony.daniels@alhouse.gov 242-7494
Randy Davis 96: Baldwin, Mobile randalldavis14@gmail.com 242-7724
Victor Gaston 100: Mobile victor.gaston@alhouse.gov 242-7663
Nathaniel Ledbetter 24: DeKalb nathaniel.ledbetter@alhouse.gov
Paul Lee 86: Houston pwlee@graceba.net 242-7675
Jimmy Martin 42: Autauga, Chilton jimmy.martin@alhouse.gov 242-7139
Connie C. Rowe 13: Blount, Walker connie.rowe@alhouse.gov 242-7595
David Strandridge 34: Blount, Marshall david.standridge@alhouse.gov 242-7475
Pebblin Warren 82: Lee, Macon, Tallapoosa tiger9127@bellsouth.net 242-7734
Randy Wood 36: Calhoun, St. Clair, Talladega randy.wood@alhouse.gov or rwoodsr36@cableone.net 242-7700
Tracey Arnold,Cmte Clerk traceyarnold@alhouse.gov 242-7673

Informational Sessions

I am happy to speak with your Alabama group about I&R. Remember all groups of citizens favor I&R. It doesn’t matter if political ideology, race, party, age, if married, income, etc is analyzed. People want it and it is incumbent upon our legislators to give us the opportunity to vote if we want I&R in Alabama or not. Please use the “contact” tab to send me an email request to speak.

3Oct2013 6:30 pm Coffeehouse Mobile. Had a wonderful and successful visit and presentation with 15 interested and concerned citizens. Lots of good questions and discussion.

7Nov2013 6:30 p.m. Macon County Republican Club, Tuskegee, Torch I85 truck stop, I85 exit #42 , Tuskegee. Members voted to endorse the need to have I&R in the hands of the voters.

21Nov2013 7:00 p.m. Huntsville, E.S. Brooks School of Real Estate, 2312 South Memorial Parkway, Suite 1, Huntsville.

22Nov2013 7:30 A.M. Huntsville, Pachyderm Club meeting.

9Jan2014 Noon Rainsville, DeKalb Republican Luncheon Club.

26Jan2014 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Huntsville. Whiteburg Baptist Church, 6806 Whitesburg Drive South, Hunstivlle, North Campus, North Entrance 9, Room 114.

19JuL2014 1:00 P.M. Pelham Shelby County Service Building, 1000 County Services Drive, Pelham hosted by the Republican Women of Shelby County.

9Sep2014 7:00 P.M. Birmingham, Libertarian Party of Alabama, 5529 1st Avenue, Birmingham

6Nov2014 6:30 P.M. EST. Russell County Republican Club, Girl Friends Restaurant, 1501 5th Avenue, Phenix City, AL

18Nov2014 11:15 a.m. Auburn University

18Nov2014 6:30 p.m. Auburn Chamber of Commerce, 714 East Glenn Avenue. The community is strongly encouraged to attend, in particular high school juniors and seniors and college students. Point of contact, admin@LetBamaVote.org

20Nov2014Bay Minette, AL, Senior Center, 300 N. Hoyle Ave sponsored by Common Sensen Campaign

26Feb2015 6:00 P.M. Young Americans for Liberty, room 3330, Haley Center, Auburn University.

20Aug2015 6:30 P.M. Clanton TEA Party, Chilton Clanton Public Library, 100 1st Ave N., Clanton

17Sep2015 5:45 P.M. Rainy Day Patriots, Hoover Tactical Firearms, 1561 Montgomery Hwy, Birmingham. The community, in particular high school and UAB students, are welcome to learn of “Alabama’s Best Kept Secret.” Updae – a very curious and open minded group – a fun time I wanted long to enjoy.

14Jan2016 6:30 P.M. Montgomery TEA Party, Pizza Perfect, 428 Coliseum Blvd, Montgomery. College and high school students are strongly encouraged to attend and learn of a right denied all citizens of Alabama or “Alabama’s Best Kept Secret.”

27Feb2016 6 P.M. EST. Chambers County Gun Club, El Rio Mexican Restaurant, 202 S. Gilmer Avenue, Lanett, AL

21Apr2016 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. WFPA 1400 am, in studio discussion of I&R

21Apr2016 6 p.m. DeKalb County TEA Party Patriots, Western Sizzlin Steak House, 1114 Glenn Blvd SW, Fort Payne. High school and college students are strongly encouraged to participate along with community leaders and citizens.

15Apr2017 noon. Common Sense Campaign 9th annual Tax Day Rally, Fowl River Community Center, Theodore, AL.

20May2017 Noon. Baldwin Libertarian Party, Felix Fish Camp.

Do you want public servants to trust you first? I do.

I refuse to give my trust and vote to a candidate without they first trusting me with Initiative and Referendum.

The success of this effort is dependent upon each of us in every Alabama county to PUBLICALY ask your local legislative candidates to sign the downloadable pledge cards showing their support of Initiative and Referendum. Forward their pledge cards and comments to Frank Dillman.

An easy source for local and statewide candidates, http://fcpa.alabamavotes.gov/PublicSite/SearchPages/PoliticalRaceSearch.aspx

Alabama US Senate -Dec 2017

Alabama has a special election on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 for US Senator and our general election for all legislature seats and many in state-wide positions and the voters need to know how they stand on Initiative and Referendum. Primary on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 and Run-off on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.

Name
Contact
Last Contact
Responded
In Favor?
Luther Strange (R) FBook/lutherstrange 1Jun2017
James Beretta (R) Don’t want to volunteer, want to ask a question! 4Jun2017
Will Boyd (D) FB//wboyd4senate/ 1Jun2017
Randy Brinson (R) FB/VoteBrinson 11May2017
Mo Brooks (R) FB/mobrooksforsenate/ 2Jun2017/7Jun2017/9Jul
Vann Caldwin (D) too long of a FB adrs/IM 4Jun2017 5Jun2017
Dominic Gentile (R) FB/DomForSenate 4Jun2017
Jason Fisher (D) fisherforsenate.com 4Jun2017 – via Fb IM
Michael Hanson (D) FB/michael hanson for senate 4Jun2017
Doug Jones (D) FB/dougjonessenate 4Jun2017
Mary Maxwell (R) maxwellforsenate.com 4Jun2017
Brian McGee (D) FB/Elect.McGee 4Jun2017 5Jun2017
Roy Moore (R) FB/JudgeRoyMoore/ 2Jun2017
Bryan Peeples (R) FB/BryanPeeples2017 30May2017 Yes
No
Trip Pittman (R) tripforsenate.com/ 4Jun2017 Yes Yes
Nana Tchienkou (D) wasalosnana@yahoo.com 4Jun2017

Congress – Nov 2018

Dist
Candidate
Contact
Last Contact
Responded
In Favor?
1
2 Audri Scott Williams
3 Mike Rogers (R) (?)
Jesse Smith (D) (?)
4
5
6
7

Governor – Nov 2018

 

Name
Contact
Last Contact
Responded
In Favor?
Bill Hightower
Twinkle A. Cavanaugh 334-558-5432 May 2017
Jim Zeigler Fb/ZeiglerWasteCutter 9June2017
Tommy Battle 256-533-4636 endless “Processing” of inquiry. 4Jun2017/7Jun2017
Scott Dawson
Sue Bell Cobb
John McMillain
Stacy George
William D. Carrington davidcarrington4us.com 4Jun2017
Joshua C. Jones Fb/jonesforalabama 4Jun2017

Lt. Governor – Nov 2018

Name
Contact
Last Contact
Responded
In Favor?
Will Ainsworth
222
333

Chief Justice Supreme Court – Nov 2018

Name
Contact
Last Contact
Responded
In Favor?
111
222
333

President of the Public Service Commission – Nov 2018

Name
Contact
Last Contact
Responded
In Favor?
111
222
333

Public Service Commission – Nov 2018

Name
Contact
Last Contact
Responded
In Favor?
111
222
333

State Treasurer – Nov 2018

Name
Contact
Last Contact
Responded
In Favor?
111
222
333

Secretary of State – Nov 2018

Name
Contact
Last Contact
Responded
In Favor?
111
222
333

State Auditor – Nov 2018

Name
Contact
Last Contact
Responded
In Favor?
222
333

State Senators – Nov 2018

 

Dist
Candidate
Contact
Last Contact
Responded
In Favor?
1
2
3
4
5
6
7 Jeff Still http://stillforsenate.com/
8
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21  Gerald Allen  FB/SenatorGeraldAllen
22
23
24
25 Ronda Walker FB/RondaWalkerAL
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35

State Representatives – Nov 2018

Dist
Candidate
Contact
Last Contact
Responded
In Favor?
1
2
3 Andrew Sorrell FB/SorrellForStateHouse 13June2017 13June2017
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30  Mack Butler  No
31
32 Chris Ellitt
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54 Patricia Todd Fb/Re-Elect Patricia Todd, State Representative Yes
55
56
57
58
59
60
61
62
63
64
65
66
67
68
69
70
71
72
73
74
75
76
77
78
79
80
81
82
83
84
85
86
87
88
89
90
91
92
93
94

County Races – Nov 2018

 

County
Position
Candidate
Contact
Last Contact
Responded
In Favor?
Autauga
Baldwin
Barbour
Bibb
Blount
Bullock
Calhoun
Chambers
Cherokee
Chilton
Choctaw
Clarke
Clay
Cleburne
Coffee
Colbert
Conecuh
Coosa
Covington
Crenshaw
Cullman
Dale
Dallas
De Kalb
Elmore
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Vann Caldwin “I will look into this. I think 23 states already have this. It does help to protect the will of the people. Thank you!” 5June2017


Brian McGee: I have looked at your website and feel I have a grasp of the issues. You may quote me as follows: Democracy is a “messy” process. We love it when it moves in the direction WE want it to move and then we hate it and try to stop it when it goes in a direction we don’t agree with. At the current time too many people are putting Money and Party in front of County and “We the People.” While at times, I may disagree with the positions the public may take, ESPECIALLY IF BIG MONEY IS USED TO FRAME THE PUBLIC OPINION, I believe we have to trust in the “People” as did the framers of our constitution. I support and encourage the effort to get active Initiative and Referendum bill passed into law in Alabama.” 5Jun2017


Brian Peeples: “Thank you for asking that question. I strongly believe our forefathers knew what they were doing when they constructed our government and had the foresight to account for most situations. I would not support legislation for Initiative and Referendum. Our democracy is sacred and any fundamental change to that structure, in my opinion, would not be best for this country. I believe in our Democratic Republic fully however I understand why there are those who support such legislation but I am not one of those. With that said, my trust, being a representative of the people, is from the people and I do not have the intent to betray that trust. I have always dealt in being honest and doing what’s best for people in my life. I will use my position to educate citizens of any legislation that affects us all.” 18May2017

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