Category Archives: Election 2010

GOP candidates for Alabama governor debate tonight

YRFA logoIt’s time to hear from the Republican candidates for governor.

Two local media outlets have made it easy for you to do just that from the comfort of your home this evening (provided you’re not hearing about this after 8:30 p.m. via Twitter or Facebook).

The Young Republican Federation of Alabama (YRFA) is hosting a gubernatorial debate tonight in Birmingham, AL at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center between Robert Bentley and Bradley Byrne. It’s being sponsored by the student government associations of the University of Alabama and Auburn University and will begin at 8:30 p.m. (though a pre-debate party started at 7 p.m.).

Don’t worry about not being there though (especially since they’re expecting the space for the event itself to max out at 150 people) as both and WAPI 100.5 FM are simulcasting it. We’re also assuming that will be providing an archived copy of the live stream after the event is finished. NBC13‘s Jon Paepcke will be serving as moderator.

The winner of the July 13 runoff will face Democratic nominee Ron Sparks.

Election Night coverage galore (elsewhere)

election signIf you couldn’t tell, today’s Alabama’s statewide primary elections. Jefferson County is also holding a special election to fill the rest of Birmingham mayor William Bell’s Jefferson County Commission District 1 seat.

Politics is a pasttime in Alabama so of course there are plenty of outlets reporting on the returns.

NBC 13 is providing results using their graphics package they’ve created for tonight’s television broadcast while ABC 33/40Fox 6, and CBS 42 are providing results using periodic updates of dedicated pages for each race.

Wade on Birmingham is providing a one-stop (one-page) results page while Second Front and are providing opportunities for a live chat to take place while they report returns.

Bell wins Birmingham mayoral runoff, serves until 2011

With 99% of the precincts reporting, William A. Bell, Sr. has been elected to serve out the remainder of Larry Langford‘s term as mayor of Birmingham, AL. Unofficial results show that approximately 41% of registered voters took part in the election to choose the chief executive for the state’s largest city (compared to 23% in the general election in December).

Mr. Bell received 53.57% (25,354) while attorney Patrick Cooper received 46.4% (21,979) of the total vote.

The election is scheduled to be certified on January 26 at 12 p.m. with provisional ballots to be counted at that time.

Mayorpalooza ends tonight!

Bell vs. Cooper Bob Farley/f8PhotoMany people are rejoicing in the fact that the journey to the special election to serve out the remainder of former Birmingham mayor Larry Langford ends tonight – though the reasons for that relief vary depending on who you talk to.

There’s bound to be endless coverage of the election results across Birmingham virtual landscape but the City of Birmingham will be posting the election results on their website starting at 7:15 p.m. tonight. You could also check out the results from various sources, including Fox and Wade on Birmingham.

Of course, I have my own opinions about today’s vote, but I did vote this afternoon. I hope that you did too. We’ll post a photo of the winner after it’s been determined.

Mayorpalooza continues through Friday

BellvCooper Bob Farley/f8PhotoIt had to seem just a little too quiet – but now we’re seeing the sprint begin in the race that is Birmingham’s special election for a new mayor next Tuesday, January 19.

We’ve already seen a debate on Sunday (the Birmingham Business Alliance is still working on uploading the video from that event but the audio is now up ) and last night (which we live blogged). The candidates are still scheduled to appear on Fox 6 tomorrow evening at 9 p.m. and in succession as part of a special On The Line at 12 p.m. (William Bell) and 1 p.m. (Patrick Cooper) Friday on WBHM 90.3 FM.

We’ve even put up some audio from the last time the candidates ran for mayor. It seems like only two years ago… oh wait, it was. But at least it’s almost over (we think).

Photos: Bob Farley/f8Photo

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The Birmingham Roundtable Mayoral Debate

Election ’10: The Battle for endorsements

We figured it was only a matter of time before we started covering next year’s governor’s race. What we didn’t expect was the battle for endorsements to get jump started so quickly.

First, word came yesterday of former Birmingham mayor (& the first African American to be elected to the post) Richard Arrington planning to announce his endorsement of Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Alabama’s agricultural commissioner Ron Sparks (that formal announcement is scheduled to happen around 2 p.m. this afternoon). Word came shortly thereafter from fellow candidate Artur Davis‘ campaign that U.W. Clemon, the first African-American to receive a federal judicial appointment, had endorsed the U.S. congressman.

Hopefully neither of these endorsements will mean as much as when the candidates meet during “State the Case”, the first of a series of Gubernatorial Informational Community Awareness Sessions being organized by the Metro Birmingham NAACP on Friday, October 23 beginning at 6 p.m. at Boutwell Auditorium.