John Hammontree is an Account Executive for Text100 in San Francisco, CA. Though life has taken him from Memphis to Birmingham to Chicago to DC and, now, to the Bay Area, his heart has never left Alabama.
A Hoover, Ala., businessman successfully challenged existing campaign contribution limits in the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Shaun McCutcheon, CEO of Coalmont Electrical Development, argued against the $123,200 cap on contributions an individual can give to all federal candidates, parties and PACs in a two-year election cycle. The 5-4 decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission rules that limits on… Continue Reading
“Maybe in ten years.” It’s the worst kind of phrase because it offers pessimism and cynicism wrapped in a cloak of hope. It’s a casual way of saying, “I’m not completely opposed to the idea; I just think the majority of my peers are.” It’s a close cousin of the slightly worse “things will be… Continue Reading
The Southern Poverty Law Center announced today that it will bring suit against the State of Alabama challenging the constitutionality of Alabama’s prohibition against recognition of out-of-state marriages of gay and lesbian Alabamians. SPLC’s lawsuit, on behalf of Alabamian Paul Hard, will be filed in federal court. Hard married his partner, Charles David Fancher, in Massachusetts, which… Continue Reading
Adam Thompson filed papers with the Alabama Republican Party yesterday, effectively making him the first candidate to qualify for the office of State Auditor. Current State Auditor Sam Shaw is unable to pursue reelection due to term limits, so Thompson is the first entrant into an open field. “I’m proud to be the first one… Continue Reading
The Business Council of Alabama signed an agreement yesterday with the National Association of Manufacturers, pledging “to strengthen manufacturing advocacy, to deliver increased visibility for both organizations and to help grow the manufacturing army,” the BCA said in a statement. The NAM is the largest manufacturing association in the United States. The agreement establishes a vehicle to… Continue Reading
For me, to be Southern is to fight a constant, wearisome civil war of the soul. There is a delicate balance between a love of country; a desire for progress and the occasional frustration and self-loathing that comes from the lack thereof; a fierce pride of place, dialect and willingness to defend your friends and… Continue Reading
Longtime politicos Jack Campbell and Baron Coleman have partnered together to launch Montgomery’s newest political agency, Spot On Strategies Group, LLC. The group’s website, www.spotonstrategiesgroup.com, lists only a logo and mailing address, though sources close to the firms’ partners suggest they have already signed several Republican candidates. Campbell, formerly of Public Strategy Associates (PSA), left… Continue Reading