Monday, August 9, 2010

Huntsville City Council Election - August 24, 2010

Comments and observations about the City Council Races, and School Board Races

City Council Huntsville District 3

John Olshefski - The Big Man In Race.

John Olshefski is big because he is tall, has raised more money than
all of the other candidates put together, is a successful retired Army
Colonel, former Redstone Garrison Commander, and an obvious leader.
With the amount of money raised, and the number of large signs on commercial property, John Olshefski
appears destined to lead the ticket. Despite only having lived here for 5 years, and John Olshefski thinks he can overpower those short
comings of being an outsider with money and special interest support. And to his credit most political gurus think that he is basically guaranteed a spot on
the run off.

John Olshefski Democrat connections.
John Olshefski has the support of some of the Democrat forces in Huntsville.
Visual Support. Property owned by John Hayes, uncle of Democrat Jeff Enfinger has the signs of John Olshefski prominently displayed. There are two fields owned by John Hayes on South Parkway within a mile of Home Depot. These fields have the signs of Democrats
Steve Raby for Congress, Tim Mitchell for State Senate 9 that includes
south Huntsville, and of course John Olshefski, and are absent of signs
of conservative Republicans. On his web site, lists endorsement of
Sandra Steele, President, Enfinger Steele Development, Inc.

In a interview on WVNN, John Olshefski admitted that 76% of his donations were
from outside of his district and as noted by Dale Jackson, John
Olshefski refused to commit to a No Taxes Pledge.
The Huntsville Times noted that John Olshefski has raised more than
all of the other candidates combined. His donation list was printed
in the Huntsville Times, listing many high powered donors, including
Loretta Spencer and Montgomery lobbyist Steve Windom.
He has also been endorsed by the special interest group, the Huntsville
Committee of 100.

More Candidate Information District 3:

Jonathan Hitt,
an Eagle Scout. Majored in Accounting from Union University in Jackson, TN and a Master's of Accountancy from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Jonathan and his wife, Erin, have two small children, Bethany and Nathan.
They are members of Whitesburg Baptist Church. Jonathan has made some
impressive comments reflecting knowledge of the issues at candidate
forums. Jonathan is conservative on the issues, stands against the Huntsville
Housing Authority, and has an impressive number of signs in yards.

Barry Pendergraft
Barry comes across as being very conservative and has some support of
many conservatives in south Huntsville. Barry promises no new taxes and
is the only candidate who listed on his web site the importance of
fighting Illegal Immigration. Barry has successfully
placed a large number of signs in yards. Life Member of the National Rifle Association. Recommended by the Fraternal Order of Police.

South Huntsville Civic Association Board of Directors has decided to endorse
Barry Pendergraft in the Huntsville City Council District 3 race.
Pendergraft is viewed as being a fighter, standing against the wiles
of the Huntsville Housing Authority. He served on the Huntsville Police Department from the age of 16 when he volunteered as a Police Ranger until he retired as a
Lieutenant and Commander of the south Huntsville precinct.
See endorsement of Barry Pendergraft from South Huntsville Civic Association at:

James Henley:
President of Jaycees. Has held leadership roles in Masonic lodge and numerous other organizations. Henley has some strong Democrat connections and has a past record of actively supporting Democrats for office.

Shannon Moore.
Has law degree of University of Alabama. Has committed to no new taxes and is committed to fighting the Huntsville Housing Authority. Said The city should look into selling empty school buildings to raise revenue.
Conservative on the issues, member of Trinity Methodist Church, and
has waged an aggressive yard sign campaign.

Deborah Sobczak, Engineer with defense contractor.

Kelly Sims,
former Mountain Gap Middle School PTA President. Formerly a member of the Alabama National Guard.

James Lomax.
James is now currently an Acquisition Management major at The University of Alabama in Huntsville where he is the president of the UAH chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, a true conservative group for young people.

James Lomax is a good speaker and a natural leader. One impressive fact is
that after a candidate forum at Grissom High School, he was the
winner of a straw poll with 27% of the vote. Has a large number of
signs in yards throughout Huntsville. James has an impressive understanding of the US Constitution and is very conservative on the issues.


The days before the election, expect the union and AEA phone banks to be working to turn out their votes for their candidates. While this is a nonpartisan race,
Democrats use their machine to turn out voters. This powerful unseen force has effectively elected many moderates to office in the past, with Loretta Spencer being a prime example.


Huntsville School Board District 3
Dr. Jeannie Robinson vs. Walker McGinnis vs. David Huff

Dr. Jeannie Robinson
has done a creditable job, and is the only member
of the Huntsville School Board that is independent of the influence to
the AEA. Dr. Robinson was a force getting rid of the incompetent Ann
Roy Moore as Superintendent of Huntsville City Schools. Dr. Robinson has the strongest conservative record and credentials in
this race. Jeannie Robinson received a $100 donation from City Councilwoman,
Sandra Moon, reflecting her support.

Walker McGinnis.
Has creditable experience as school administrator.
Ran 4 years ago with AEA support and financial backing. When asked
about this on the WVNN Dale Jackson Show, McGinnis refused to directly
answer about AEA support in this election. Walker McGinnis supported
the retaining of Ann Roy Moore and took an opposite position to that of Dr. Jeannie Robinson concerning the handling of the situation.

Mark Huff
is a professional musician, and ran for Congress as a Republican in the 2008 election.

Jeannie Robinson is the conservative choice.


Huntsville School Board District 2.
David Blair, vs. Emily McDowell Elam, vs. Carole Hopper Fandre. vs.
Court Heller
All of the above support more taxes for the public schools.
David Blair previously served on the school board and proved to be independent of the AEA and did a commendable job. Emily McDowell Elam is running an expensive bill board campaign.

David Blair is clearly the best candidate in the race.

City Council Huntsville District 4 Candidates
Bill Kling, Jacki Reed, Ed Allen

Bill Kling
has done a credible job has city councilman, has voted
against more tax increases than any other City Council member.
Introduced ordinance requiring E-verify for any company doing business with the city, they must confirm that all employees are legal residents.
Also an ordinance requiring policeman check for the Alabama state requirements
of insurance during traffic checks. This has resulted in the impounding of
many cars of those who break the law by not having insurance. An interesting result has been that several hundred illegal immigrants in our area do not come back with insurance papers, nor to they take the opportunity to obtain insurance. As a result of avoiding authority at all costs, they lose their cars.
Bill Kling has held monthly town hall meetings, listens to critics,
and has worked hard to serve his constituents. Kling is the apparent
winner in the battle of the yard signs. Bill Kling has been a fiscal conservative and he listens to people at his monthly town hall meetings.

Jacki Reed.
Retired NASA employee and Huntsville city critic.

Ed Adams.
Has interesting Hispanic background. He was born in Mexico, and came to America and became a legal citizen. He is Chairman of the Huntsville Human Relations Commission.


The Huntsville Education Association's political arm of AEA, H-Vote, endorsements for Districts 2, 3 and 4 on Tuesday afternoon.

H-Vote AEA Endorsements:

* District 2 - Emily McDowell Elam & David Blair (H-Vote is endorsing 2 candidates in this race)
* District 3 - Walker McGinnis
* District 4 - Topper Birney

City Council

* District 2 - (no endorsement in this race; incumbent Mark Russell is running unopposed)
* District 3 - John Olshefski
* District 4 - Bill Kling

The Huntsville Education Association represents some 3,000 teachers, support employees, administrators and retired teachers/support personnel. H-Vote interviewed the candidates on Saturday, August 7, asking them about various issues affecting Huntsville.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

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Bobby Humphryes - Jefferson County Commission Dist 3
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Pamela Casey - District Attorney Blount County
Clay Scofield - Senate District 9, Madison, Marshall, Blount

Ray Long - County Commission Chairman, Morgan County
Steve Pepper - House District 5, Limestone County
Timothy Bollinger - House District 36, Marshall County

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Associated Press - June 14, 2010
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The campaign manager for former Chief Justice Roy Moore,

James Henderson, is endorsing Robert Bentley in the Republican runoff
for governor.

Henderson says Bentley's qualifications, values and love for Alabama make him
the best candidate for governor. Henderson said Monday he's not speaking
for Moore, who finished fourth in the primary on June 1.

Associated Press - June 14, 2010 MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The campaign manager
for former Chief Justice Roy Moore, James Henderson, is endorsing Robert Bentley

in the Republican runoff for governor.

Henderson says Bentley's qualifications, values and love for Alabama make him
the best candidate for governor. Henderson said Monday he's not speaking for
Moore,who finished fourth in the primary on June 1.

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Friday, January 1, 2010

Parker Griffith’s real position on illegal immigration | flashpoint

Parker Griffith’s real position on illegal immigration | flashpoint

Griffith Skips Committee Hearing

The Beason bill, SB426, (read it here) is modeled after the Oklahoma Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act of 2007. It was one of a handful of bills in the Alabama legislature pertaining to illegal immigration and was the most comprehensive. The first challenge that the bill faced in the Senate was getting through the Fiscal Responsibility and Accountability Committee (FRAC).

The FRAC is composed of eleven senators. Six members are required to be present in order for the committee to vote. On Wednesday, March 6th the Beason bill was on the committee’s agenda. When the meeting started there were only five senators present, not enough for the group to vote. The absences did not appear to be accidental and there were reports about pro-illegal immigrant lobbying interests warning certain senators before they entered the room. At one point a senator left the meeting and another promptly entered – they weren’t there simultaneously, so there was not a quorum. It was quite obvious that it was part of a conscious attempt to block the bill’s progress by not having enough members present to vote on it. (Read my previous post about this sham of a meeting here.)

One of the six senators on the committee who failed to show up was none other than Parker Griffith. He was in a meeting with business groups from Huntsville and said that he couldn’t leave to attend even a portion of the hour plus meeting. But Rep. Sue Schmitz was at the same meeting with Huntsville business leaders and said that she stepped out to attend to her legislative duties. If Griffith really supported Beason’s bill wouldn’t he have briefly left the glad handing session and gone to the FRAC meeting long enough for them to vote and move the bill along?

The next day a columnist from The Huntsville Times called Griffith to ask him about the situation. Griffith told the Times that he had “no position on the bill yet.” With co-sponsors like that who needs opponents?! Of course, all this happened the first week of March, more than a week before Bud Cramer announced his retirement and Parker Griffith opportunistically decided to pretend to be a conservative Republican with a “D” beside his name. After sharply negative feedback about the skipped meeting and Cramer’s retirement announcement Griffith abruptly decided he was going to support the bill and he voted to move it through the FRAC.

But the skipped FRAC meeting wasn’t Griffith’s only attempt to stand in the way of illegal immigration legislation.

Parker Griffith - The Candidate on the Hot Seat

Dale Jackson comments on Congressman Griffith. Parker Griffith is a man that simply cannot be trusted. On the WVNN web site, Dale Jackson lists many integrity issues of Congressman Griffith, and simply calls him a liar.

Parker Griffith his actions reflect that he is against slowing the tide of illegal immigration in Alabama ,,

In his private life, Parker Griffith has demonstrated that he was very talented and made a fortune as a medical doctor and in his chain of funeral homes. Griffith has shown himself to be a generous person in donations, giving generously to Democrats like Senator Harry Reid, Howard Dean, Congressman Artur Davis, Congressman Bud Cramer, and many more. Parker Griffith Donations

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Roger Jones County Commissioner

Roger Jones Madison County Commissioner

No Trust on Taxes

To raise or lower taxes on hardworking Americans has set the tone for the national presidential debate, but it also very near and dear to the heart of valley residents. On June 3rd Madison County voted against raising the sales tax half a cent to support the three school districts. It was defeated handily by two-thirds of the voters; however, the Madison County Commission still has the power to levy this tax and increase taxes on the residents regardless of the June 3rd countywide vote.

There have been a myriad of meeting and votes by the commission in the past concerning the half cent sales tax and residents should be concerned, especially based on past experience when the commissioners went against the public referendum in 1983 and imposed a half cent sales tax after the 1984 election. So it is highly probable that after the November 4th election the sales tax issue could come up for a new vote by the commission and this time, like in 1984, it might just pass. School boards and proponents of the tax have been biding their time waiting for the right time to push the board into a vote – many have said that time is after the general election. This gives the commissioners four years to smooth over the ‘sure to follow public outcry’ and given most voters short-term memory I believe some on the board think they can weather the short term storm and still feel they will still be re-elected in 2012.

Who are the key players? Staunchly against the tax increase and supporting the will of the voters are County Commissioner’s Mo Brooks – District 5 and Faye Dyer –District 2. Commissioners Dale Strong – District 4 and Bob Harrison – District 6 have stated they would only support the tax if the school boards agree to build or improve schools within their districts.

There are two strong proponents FOR the half cent sales tax. The first is Commissioner Roger Jones – District 1 who has a long history of supporting the tax increase and but not supporting allowing the voters to have a say in this important matter. In fact, Roger Jones was one of only two commissioners who supported the tax hike in a vote on September 29th 2006, and in the same meeting voted not to allow a public referendum on the issue. Also, Commissioner Jerry Craig – District 3 who has stood beside Roger Jones in every one of his votes in favor of the half cent sales tax and again Commissioner Craig has been against a public vote on the issue.

This local election is too important to trust commissioners who would raise your taxes unilaterally, who would oppose a public vote on an issue as important as this and who do not see that our residents already are making tough decisions with high prices at the pump, high taxes on food, and a slowed down economy. Do you really trust these liberal commissioners will not vote again to raise your taxes after November 4th, 2008?

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Mike Gillespie, Madison County Commissioner

Mike Gillespie - History of Tax Increase Support

Mike Gillespie, Madison County Commissioner, Huntsville, Alabama

Sales Tax Increases in Madison County

Tax increases continue to go up, and the AEA Education Lobby and several Madison County
Commissioners have been pushing hard to raise additional taxes.
Our property taxes are now going up on an annual basis due to the
annual reappraisal of property taxes. Further, since the 2005 BRAC
Announcement property values have gone up significantly. Most
property owners reporting 30% to 40% increase in property taxes to
support the public schools. Education leaders and many members of the
Madison County Commission, led by Chairman Mike Gillespie have been
clamoring for more tax increases, especially a 1/2 cent sales tax


The below is documentation of the determination of Mike Gillespie to raise taxes in Madison County.
For the past 2 years, Mike Gillespie has been one of the major leaders to increase sales taxes in Madison County.
Public record and newspaper accounts reflect several occasions of Mike Gillespie working to raise taxes.

Commission Chairman Mike Gillespie said if commissioners place the sales-tax question on the November ballot, supporters
will have to "clearly articulate" to voters why the extra money is needed and how it would be spent.
"I think the needs are there," Gillespie said Tuesday. "It's just a matter of helping the community understand." Sept 20,
2006 Huntsville Times.

"Expect (Mike) Gillespie to say "yes", too, making a pro tax
majority." Sept 24, 2006 Huntsville Times.

"Commission Chairman Mike Gillespie has said he would vote for the
tax in the event of a tie.
The half-cent levy would raise about $21 million a year that the Huntsville, Madison
and Madison County school systems could use to build, repair and
expand schools."
Huntsville Times. Nov 17, 2006

"A divided County Commission shelved the half-cent tax hike Oct. 27 after
four of the six commissioners refused to support it. Commission Chairman
Mike Gillespie, who has voiced support for the tax, votes only in case
of a tie. The commission passed a resolution banning another vote until
after the 2008 elections unless one of the four opposing commissioners
brings it back for reconsideration."
February 16, 2007 Huntsville Times

A referendum for a ½ cent sales tax was voted on in on June 3, 2008, during the Republican and Democratic Primary.
Voters soundly by a 2/3 margin voted against the tax.

At the following meeting of the Madison County Commission, there was discussion of the sales tax vote.
The newspaper account of the meeting mentioned that there were rumors that
commissioners would approve the sales tax after the November election.
A reporter from the Huntsville Times questioned Mike Gillespie and his support of the sale tax.
It was pointed out that previously in 1984, there was a failed sales tax referendum.
However following that failed tax vote, Mike Gillespie and other Madison County Commissioners voted anyway for the sales

The Huntsville Times made this observation:
“Gillespie, the commission's chairman, voted to raise education sales taxes in 1984
after a failed sales tax referendum. But the situation then was "absolutely, 100
percent different," he said, with schools in much worse shape.”
Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Election Day November 4, 2008 – Referendum on Taxes
After two years of efforts of Mike Gillespie in trying to raise sales taxes, the voters had the opportunity on June 3,
2008 to say “No” to more sales
taxes. The tenure of Mike Gillespie reflects a constant effort to vote for additional tax increases and more
support for public schools. The simple question remains, are the educators and Mike Gillespie, correct in asserting
that more money is needed to support the public schools? The election on November 3 in essence is a referendum on taxes.
Those wishing for increasing sales taxes and requiring more support for public schools should obviously vote for Mike
Those oppose to the concept of more taxes have the option to vote for anti-tax Dick French, Republican Candidate for
Chairman, Madison County Commission.

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