Monday, November 3, 2008

U.S. House of Representatives, 5th District

Neither one.

Seriously. Listening to the ads, it's either Josef Mengele or Gomer Pyle.

They are shameful and shameless. I'm glad we'll have another shot in two years

Public Service Commission President

This is a low-info race, dominated campaign-wise by Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh. Lucy Baxley has spent next to nothing and is relying almost completely on name recognition but Cavanaugh has released attack ads against her just to be safe

I doubt very many people even know what the Public Service Commission does. Essentially they regulate utilities, communications, and transportation services within the state, including prices for utilities. Both candidates make similar promises regarding keeping costs down and encouraging alternative fuels. Both are extremely well-connected politically (understatement) but Cavanaugh definitely wields much, much more power. How she'd wield and who she would wield it for is an altogether different question.

Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh (R)

Cavanaugh's literature doesn't trumpet this but her biggest claim to fame has been as the head the Alabama Republican Party, serving as its first female executive director and chairman. She was also the chief Alabama lobbyist for a conservative economic and tax watchdog group in Washington and is a major player in Governor Bob Riley's administration as a consultant.

A former restauranteur, Cavanaugh is now co-owner of her husband's veterinary practice.

Lucy Baxley (D)

Former Treasurer, Lt. Governor, and gubernatorial candidate Baxley suffered a stroke after her loss to Riley in 2006 and has been recovering since. She is still a licensed realtor and is familiar with the PSC but has not articulated much beyond a desire to "serve Alabama." She has no website or campaign literature that I can find. I linked her name to a Birmingham newspaper interview.

Recommendation for Associate Justice, Alabama Supreme Court:
Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh (R)