State of Alabama Archives: on Principles & Values


Richard Shelby: Judeo-Christian values should guide all that we do

Q: Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Shelby: As a lifelong Presbyterian, I strongly believe that our nation was founded on Judeo-Christian values and that those values should guide all that we do. Throughout my tenure in public office, I have consistently fought for conservative principles. I know that the best form of government is one that is smaller and less intrusive.

Q: Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which political philosophy best describes you?

Shelby: Very Conservative

Q: Please defend your answer by referencing your publicly available track record.

Shelby: I currently have an 87% conservative rating from Heritage Action, an A+ lifetime rating from the NRA for protecting the Second Amendment, and an A+ lifetime rating from Numbers USA for my strong record on immigration. I have also received the "ACU Conservative Achievement Award" from the American Conservative Union.

Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on 2016 Alabama Senate race Nov 8, 2016

Richard Shelby: OpEd: Voter presidential angst overcome in Senate primary

Sen. Richard Shelby won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate Tuesday night, beating back an unprecedented four challengers and proving that voter angst in the presidential campaign did not translate to the Senate race. Facing the biggest challenge of his Senate career, Shelby in short order built a fierce re-election machine that flooded the state with reminders of his conservative credentials and responded in kind to a challenger who attacked his character.

Jonathan McConnell, a 33-year-old former Marine, attacked Shelby's age, longevity, record and ethics. On Sunday, he campaigned at the door to the Donald Trump rally hoping to tap into those GOP voters angry with the establishment. In the end, the anti-Shelby vote splintered among McConnell and the other three challengers. And more notably, the results indicate that even some passionate Trump voters turned their ballots over and chose Shelby.

Source: Montgomery Advertiser on 2016 Alabama Senate race Mar 1, 2016

Richard Shelby: OpEd: Makes Obama the icon of our xenophobia

The rhetoric of U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, the 81-year-old incumbent fending off several Republican challengers in the primary, often is disturbing. In his ubiquitous campaign ads, he panders to our least-rational fears. He recognizes our trepidation about people who look or sound different than us, and he plays it to maximum political advantage.

The Republican fights President Barack Obama--who has been made the icon of our xenophobia--"every hour of every day," according to a commercial he is running. And there's some truth to that. On issues where the Obama administration has stated a position, according to a recent study by Congressional Quarterly, Shelby voted against the White House 63.9 percent of the time. He leads the Senate in that statistic.

His opposition to a U.S. Supreme Court nominee that Obama has not even selected is a recent example of his blind opposition to the president. It may be a politically savvy strategy, but it interferes with the efficient workings of government

Source: Decatur Daily on 2016 Alabama Senate race Feb 26, 2016

Robert Bentley: Great State 2019 Plan: purpose by the One who ordained us

Alabama's Great State 2019 Plan is our strategic course of action--to keep us on course--laser focused on the Purpose we've been called to carry out by the One who ordained our place of service.

Great State 2019 Plan sets its sights on educating and training our people, while connecting and constructing basic opportunities for all our citizens. This bold course of action has guided us, and will continue to be our map for the next two years.

The Great State 2019 Plan serves as a Guidepost to remind us that while we gain ground, we cannot continue to ignore the problems that have persisted in our state for decades.

Will we ask ourselves the words in the book of Galatians "You were running so well, who is it that cut in on you? Such distraction does not come from the One who calls you." The day we were elected and chosen, asked by the people of this state to serve them--to be their voices in state government--we were not Called for Politics. We were Called for a Purpose.

Source: 2017 State of the State address to Alabama Legislature Feb 7, 2016

Ron Crumpton: Constitution forbids God in the public sphere

Q: Do you agree or disagree with the statement, "Keep God in the public sphere"?

A: Strongly disagree. The constitution is very specific on this issue.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Alabama Senate race with OnTheIssues Nov 26, 2015

Parker Griffith: 20-foot inflatable duck: Bentley is "ducking" the debates

Gov. Robert Bentley formally closed off the idea of a debate with Democratic opponent Parker Griffith, saying Griffith was only interested "in negative campaign ads, name calling and political grandstanding."

Griffith's camp accused Bentley of bad faith negotiating and fear of an open discussion of the issues. The Democratic nominee has been pushing the debate issue hard in recent weeks. Late last month, Griffith made stops around the state with a 20-foot high duck--symbolic, he said, of the governor "ducking" a forensic contest with him. The inflatable waterfowl sparked high-level discussions between the campaigns. But the camps disagreed over what sunk the debate.

Bentley had expressed a willingness to debate Griffith after his primary victory on June 3. In his statement Monday, the governor said "my opponent's actions prove he has no interest in such civil political discourse." A spokesperson noted, "What's different is our opponent is carrying an inflatable duck around the state."

Source: Montgomery Advertiser on 2014 Alabama gubernatorial debate Sep 8, 2014

Robert Bentley: Refuses to debate, after promising to debate post-primaries

Bentley formally closed off the idea of a debate with Democratic opponent Parker Griffith, saying Griffith was only interested "in negative campaign ads, name calling and political grandstanding."

Late last month, Griffith made stops around the state with a 20-foot high duck--symbolic, he said, of the governor "ducking" a forensic contest with him.

Bentley had expressed a willingness to debate Griffith after his primary victory on June 3. In his statement Monday, the governor said he once had hopes for a "civil conversation" on the issues. "My opponent's actions prove he has no interest in such civil political discourse, making any debate with him meaningless in helping people make up their mind in this election."

A spokesperson said the only reason for the governor getting away from the debate was Griffith's actions. Asked how Griffith's comments were different [from other campaigning], she replied, "What's different about this is our opponent is carrying an inflatable duck around the state.

Source: Montgomery Advertiser on 2014 Alabama gubernatorial debate Sep 8, 2014

Robert Bentley: We are endowed with certain Freedoms by our Creator

I believe we are endowed with certain Freedoms by our Creator, and that the Constitution serves to Protect those Freedoms. Freedoms such as those guaranteed in the Second Amendment, which protects the right of the people to keep and bear Arms. The 10th Amendment, which guarantees those powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States, or to the people.
Source: 2014 Alabama Gubernatorial website, BentleyForGovernor.com Sep 1, 2014

Jeff Sessions: Sessions runs unopposed for 2014 Senate re-election

The Alabama Democratic Party picked up a handful of statewide candidates on the last day of qualifying today, but still has only one statewide contested race in the June 3 primary. That's the one at the top of the ticket. Former Congressman Parker Griffith turned in his qualifying papers just a few minutes before the 5 PM deadline to run for governor. He'll face political newcomer Kevin Bass of Fayette in the June 3 primary.

Democrats have a single candidate for six other statewide offices. No Democrat stepped out to challenge Republican U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions.

The Democrats don't have a candidate for the state Supreme Court associate justice seat on the ballot. Nor do they have a candidate for three seats on the state appeals courts that are on the ballot.

Source: AL.com blog on 2014 Alabama Senate race Feb 8, 2014

Jeff Sessions: Declines debate challenge from Vivian Figures

Vivian Davis Figures did what challengers who are behind in the polls and short on money usually do--she challenged her incumbent opponent to debate her. Sen. Jeff Sessions did what incumbents ahead in the polls and flush with money usually do --he ignored the challenge.

Figures actually dropped by Sessions’ Mobile office Monday to deliver the debate challenge, but no one was at work on the Columbus Day holiday. So, Figures said she faxed and e-mailed the debate challenge to Sessions Tuesday As of late Tuesday, Figures said, she had not received a response from the Sessions campaign.

The state director for Sessions, said the campaign had received nothing from Figures. “We haven’t received anything to respond to,” he said, adding that Figures should have approached them months ago. “We debated in 1996 and 2002 and in each case the details of those debates were worked out months ahead of time. This is something we’re not going to be discussing,” he said.

Source: 2008 Alabama Senate Debate reported in The Birmingham News Oct 15, 2008

Vivian Davis Figures: Challenges Jeff Sessions to debate; Sessions declines

Vivian Davis Figures did what challengers who are behind in the polls and short on money usually do--she challenged her incumbent opponent to debate her. Sen. Jeff Sessions did what incumbents ahead in the polls and flush with money usually do --he ignored the challenge.

Figures actually dropped by Sessions’ Mobile office Monday to deliver the debate challenge, but no one was at work on the Columbus Day holiday. So, Figures said she faxed & e-mailed the debate challenge to Sessions Tuesday. As of late Tuesday, Figures said, she had not received a response from the Sessions campaign.

The state director for Sessions, said the campaign had received nothing from Figures Tuesday. “We haven’t received anything to respond to,” he said.

Figures said she hopes Sessions will take her up on her offer. “I think the people of Alabama deserve to hear from both of us, see both of us together answering questions,” Figures said.

Source: 2008 Alabama Senate Debate reported in The Birmingham News Oct 15, 2008

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