5 things to watch in every state: Alabama

In my never ending struggle to write more about the 2016 elections than any other website (and only having one writer), I’ve decided to highlight 5 elections in every state to watch on November 8th.  They can be as big as the Presidential election in the state or something as small as as state House of Representative district.  It’ll go in alphabetical order.

Alabama

Sadly, there’s not very many interesting elections in Alabama this year.  There are 14 Amendments on the bally for some reason.  That’s what we’re mainly going to focus on since the Congressional Districts are not competitive.

  1. Amendment 2: The first Amendment that I’m looking to see if it passes is Amendment 2 for the state ballot measures.  The Amendment would prohibit state park funds from going to other portions of the budget.  The idea is that it will keep the parks open and keep the funding for them within the parks system.  There doesn’t seem to be much of an opposition to the Amendment.  The reason that it is interesting to me is that it is an affirmative step to help save what should be important to many people.  The Alabama budget is sort of a mess so this may have larger impacts on Alabama’s budget.
  2. Amendment 6:  Alabama Impeachment Amendment – this Amendment would change the Alabama Constitution to require a two-thirds supermajority vote in the Alabama State Senate for conviction and impeachment of a state official.  Currently, the Constitution only requires a majority of the state senators present for voting for conviction and impeachment.  The impeachment Amendment came up because of the potentiality of impeaching Alabama Governor Robert Bentley.
  3. Amendment 8: This amendment, if passed, would allow for “right to work” policies to be enshrined in the Alabama Constitution.  Currently, Alabama is a right-to-work state.  There’s not really any danger of Alabama switching from a right to work state to a non-right to work state so it is only codifying the policy that is already in place into the constitution.  Right-to-work is already enacted by statute.  If the amendment passes, which it is likely to do, if they did decide to change the state from right-to-work, it would be much more difficult.
  4. Amendmet 13: Guys, there’s really not a whole lot in Alabama that’s interesting to follow.  This amendment would prohibit future age restrictions for government official positions exempting judicial positions. This would potentially impact trustees of the public university systems as there is currently age restrictions on university trustees.
  5. Martha Roby’s race in Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District: Roby was one of the first Republican members of Congress to renounce their support for Trump.  She is running in a very safe district in Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District.  She has not backed away from her renouncement of support for Trump.  What I’m interested in watching is how many votes it costs her.  Only 157 of the Congressional votes in 2014 for her district were write-in votes.  I’ll be interested to see if that increases or decreases from her principled stand.

 

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