Be informed

A couple of quotes from Thomas Jefferson:

“Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories. And to render even them safe, their minds must be improved to a certain degree.” –Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virginia Q.XIV, 1782. ME 2:207

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” –Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816. ME 14:384

A week from tomorrow – Nov. 2 – is the 2010 midterm elections. Educate yourselves on the candidates. Elections shouldn’t be about parties, they should be about people.

Here are some links to articles about some of the candidates up for election:

There is a wealth of information and articles on the Governor’s race. Just search for “Robert Bentley” and “Ron Sparks” and you will find many.

For Lt. Gov., the choices are incumbent Jim Folsom and outgoing state treasurer Kay Ivey. Click here for more.

For State TreasurerYoung Boozer, Charles Grimsley on PACT, state investments.

Public Service Commission, place 1Twinkle Cavanaugh, Jan Cook on utility rates, 10-digit dialing. The Capital City Free Press has endorsed Jan Cook for another term for multiple reasons.

Public Service Commission, place 2Terry Dunn, Susan Parker on utility rates, 10-digit dialing.

Supreme Court, place 1Rhonda Chambers, Kelli Wise on trust, efficiency.

Supreme Court, place 2Mike Bolin, Tom Edwards on efficiency and trust.

Supreme Court, place 3Tom Parker, Mac Parsons on efficiency and trust. In this race, I think it is worth knowing that Parker is the “least productive justice” on the court. Read about that here.

Secretary of StateBeth Chapman, Scott Gilliland on the office and elections.

Agriculture CommissionerJohn McMillan, Glen Zorn on food, farms and drought.

State AuditorMiranda Joseph, Samantha Shaw on reducing inefficiency.

Attorney GeneralJames Anderson, Luther Strange have sharp differences. One thing that continues to be brought up is that Strange has a history that involves him being a lobbyist in Washington, D.C., working for large corporations.  Anderson also claims that Strange has “never tried a case in court.”

Then, of course, there are state and national congressional races. Most political analysts consider Richard Shelby to be untouchable in this race.

One to watch for is the U.S. District 2 race between Bobby Bright and Martha Roby. So far, the only thing Roby seems concerned about is Nancy Pelosi. She seems to be running the same campaign that Jay Love ran two years ago against Bright.

There are also some amendments on the ballot this time. Read about those here. On Amendment 3, both Gov. Bob Riley and Dr. David Bronner (head of RSA) have come out against it.

In other news, Sen. Hank Sanders won’t apologize for his “Jim Crow” comments. I mentioned this in a post the other day.

And there’s been an update on a story I mentioned a few days ago about a man who called 911 saying he had been shot. According to the Decatur Daily, he is unharmed and has been working on a ranch in Oklahoma. He is facing charges now, some misdemeanor and some felony, for fraud, theft, false 911 calls. Sounds like he’s in for some bad days ahead.


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