2018 Governor’s Race: Scott Dawson
Scott Dawson is a newcomer to politics. But the Republican evangelist says he was inspired to run for Alabama governor after watching former Gov. Robert Bentley’s administration fall apart amid Bentley’s alleged affair with an aide. As part of our series of interview with gubernatorial candidates he spoke with WBHM’s Andrew Yeager, including discussion of Dawson’s criticism of a federal grant given to an LGBT support group.
On cutting regulations:
On taxes and earmarks:
On a proposal to require drug testing of all public high school students involved in extracurricular activities:
On his opposition to a lottery:
Dawson discusses his criticism of a federal grant award to a non-profit group that supports LGBT youth. Dawson said this was a “betrayal” of Alabama values.
Hear the full interview:
New Jefferson County Commission Takes Office With Three New Members
Sheila Tyson and Lashunda Scales were sworn into office as Jefferson County commissioners Wednesday, along with Steve Ammons, a former Vestavia Hills City Council member. Tyson and Scales are Democrats; Ammons is a Republican. The Republican majority continues on the commission with incumbents Jimmie Stephens and Joe Knight.
Democrats Angered at Lack of State Party Support
Democrats across the country took the House and flipped several governorships during the midterms. It was a different story in Alabama. Democrats here lost every statewide race, and they lost five statehouse seats to Republicans. Recent news reports say the Alabama Democratic Party sat on hundreds of thousands of dollars — money candidates say could have been used toward their campaigns. Many Alabama Democratic candidates blame their poor performance on the lack of support from the state Party.