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Please join the TVRC for our monthly Breakfast PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ralph Weber   
Wednesday, 30 December 2099 00:00

SATURDAY,  July 12,  2014

Please join the TVRC for our monthly Breakfast
at the Radisson Hotel in Madison
8721 Madison Blvd, Madison, AL  (map)
Coffee, Talk, and Breakfast Buffet at 8 - 9 AM, Speakers and More Talk at 9 AM

Come early - we sometimes start before 9 AM to accommodate our speakers. We finish by 10 AM.
The optional breakfast buffet is $10.
Join the TVRC - just attend a meeting.


TVRC July Program




Chip Beeker, candidate for  Alabama Public Service Commission Place 2
Matt Massey, candidate for Madison County Superintendent of Education
Kimberly Battle, candidate for Huntsville Board of Education, District 4
Anson Knowles, candidate for Huntsville Board of Education, District 3



Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 21:51
We Have T-shirts For Sale PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ralph Weber   
Tuesday, 29 December 2099 00:00

We now have TVRC T-shirts for sale. They are available at any of our regular monthly meetings. Pictures of a shirt are attached to this post, or come see it modeled at our next meeting.


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The Valley Young Republicans PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ralph Weber   
Tuesday, 15 December 2099 14:55
The Valley Young Republicans
The Valley Young Republicans usually meet the 4th Thursday monthly, 6 - 8 PM at Pie i n the Sky Fresh Pizzeria & Pub, 8141 Hwy 72, Madison, AL. Contact is Eric Harris at 256-258-9171 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and on Facebook. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Their allied club, Madison County Young Republicans, will continue to meet the 3rd Tuesday as noted in the club section near the bottom of the newsletter.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 09:30
Republican Primary Runoff Election is July 15 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 12 July 2014 07:23
Republican Primary Runoff Election is July 15 by Thomas Scovill
On the July 15 Republican primary runoff ballots in Madison County there are three state-wide candidates, one senate race that includes parts of several counties, and one race that includes a part of the county (the Madison County school district is all of Madison County except for the cities of Madison and Huntsville).
Dale Peterson
Our June Meeting PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 12 July 2014 07:22
Our June TVRC Meeting
Our June speakers were Congressman Mo Brooks (R, AL-5); Debra Kizer (pictured left), candidate for Madison County License Director; Cliff Mann, candidate for Madison County Tax Assessor; and Walt Hennessee, candidate for Huntsville City Council, District 3.  We also elected Cate Summer president to lead a new board of directors.
John Merrill, Candidate for Alabama Secretary of State PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 12 July 2014 07:20
John Merrill, Candidate for Alabama Secretary of State
I am honored to offer my candidacy for your consideration as I seek the Republican nomination for Secretary of State. My wife, the former Cindy Benford of Phil Campbell, and I have been married for 29 years. Cindy is a graduate of The University of Alabama, a career educator, and currently serves as the principal at Westwood Elementary School in Coker.  We have two children, Brooks, 24, a graduate of The University of Alabama and a MBA/Sports and Entertainment Management candidate at The University of South Florida in Tampa, and Allie Grace, 21, a senior Business Management and Entrepreneurship student at The University of Alabama.
I am a graduate of Cleburne County High School in Heflin and The University of Alabama, where I had a double major in Political Science and History and served as President of the Student Government Association from 1986-1987. Upon completion of my college education, I began working for the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama and then the Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority, in which I was able to serve as a member of the team responsible for bringing Mercedes-Benz to Alabama. After that, I served as the Director of Community Relations and Community Education at the Tuscaloosa County Board of Education. Following my election to Alabama House District 62 in 2010, I resigned that position because I did not think that it was acceptable to draw more than one public salary. I now serve as a Business Development Officer at First Federal Bank in Tuscaloosa, while continuing to serve in the Alabama legislature.
As Alabama's next Secretary of State, I commit to you that all elections will be conducted with integrity, credibility, and accessibility for all Alabamians. When that trust and confidence has been violated, we will identify, investigate, and, when warranted, indict the perpetrators and make sure they are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.  We will make sure the law I co-sponsored and helped to pass in 2011, requiring photo voter identification, is fully implemented and adhered to.  We will ensure our military service men and women have access to all the information they need to fully participate in the electoral process and make sure that we can guarantee that each and every one of their votes counts.
We will streamline government business filings to improve the economic development aspect of this office and work to integrate technology to streamline the process of business creation, therein eliminating bureaucratic red tape just as I have done in the legislature the past four years.

Though I only served one four-year term in the Alabama House of Representatives, I have been recognized as the most effective member of the legislature over my term. I believe that this recognition truly represents my desire to effectively represent my constituents, and as Alabama's next Secretary of State, I will continue that legacy through my representation of all Alabamians.

Chris Seibert, Candidate for Alabama State Senate District 1 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 12 July 2014 07:19
Chris Seibert, Candidate for Alabama State Senate District 1
I am honored to have made the Republican Run-off for State Senate District 1.  I decided to run for this position in August of 2013 because I believed that our district needs someone that will work with the Republican Majority and make sure our issues and concerns are heard and addressed.  Madison County is blessed to have great Senators such as Arthur Orr, Bill Holtzclaw and Paul Sanford.  When elected I will work alongside them and make sure our community continues to be a destination for companies to call home while protecting our conservative values and putting our families first.
I want to take a moment and tell you about me and my family.  I was born and raised in Limestone County and married my high school sweetheart, Tiffany.  We have been married for 15 years and are the proud parents of nine year old Brock and six year old Ben, who both attend public school in Athens.  We are members of First United Methodist where I serve on the church council and my wife and I teach Sunday School.  I spend my spare time coaching soccer, youth basketball and baseball.  My love of sports shows in my boys, especially my love for football at the University of Alabama.  I played for Coach Gene Stallings as a linebacker and was a 1996 letterman.  I graduated from the University of Alabama and received a Bachelor Arts in History.  I am a former Air Force Officer and was stationed overseas in support of U.S. military operations and logistics.  It was an honor to serve my country and I held the rank of Captain and was awarded multiple commendations and Company Grade Officer of the Year.  While on active duty, I received a Masters of Business Administration from the University of South Alabama.
Since my military career, I now work as a Sales Director for Stereotaxis, which manufactures robotically guided heart catherization equipment.
I am a newcomer to politics.  I was elected to the Athens City Council in 2012 and I am proud of the accomplishments we have achieved on the council.  We worked diligently to recruit Carpenter Technologies, Avionics and recently Remington and Asahi Plastics.
I now want to put my experience and leadership to work for you and our district.   Bringing jobs to our community is one of my top priorities.  As a small businessman of two companies and the Director of an international healthcare company, I know how important it is to cut taxes on our small businesses.  We must continue to get our economy moving in the right direction and cut the wasteful spending.
Our district is a wonderful place to live but we need new conservative, leadership that will help build new roads, put working families first, preserve our conservative values, and ensure that every tax dollar is spent wisely.  As a father, I know first-hand what is at stake.  Our children deserve the best education possible and it’s time we invest in our schools and make our schools the best in Alabama.
It was an honor to receive an A rating from the National Rifle Association.  I grew up hunting and respecting our God given rights to own guns.  I am a proud member of the NRA and I will protect our 2nd Amendment rights.

On July 15th I am asking for your support.  I come from a humble background and my business experience and service to my country has prepared me for this opportunity.  Please vote for me, Chris Seibert, it would be an honor to serve you and the families in our district.

Tim Melson, Candidate for Alabama State Senate District 1 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 12 July 2014 07:18
Tim Melson, Candidate for Alabama State Senate District 1
First, I want to thank everyone who voted on June 3rd. I was humbled to receive such strong support from the voters of Lauderdale, Limestone and Madison Counties. I also want to thank everyone who has volunteered on behalf of the campaign and the conservative groups who have endorsed my candidacy.
My top priority is to recruit jobs to North Alabama to get our economy running at full steam again. While North Alabama has had some good news recently with Remington and Verizon announcing they were bringing jobs to our area, there have been thousands of jobs lost in the same time frame, particularly in the Shoals.
I understand what it takes to create jobs and improve our economy. I own a small business and I’ve seen firsthand how burdensome government regulation and unnecessary bureaucracy can stifle economic development. Government officials don’t create jobs.  As your Senator, I will work to reduce the government’s footprint in the private sector so that business owners and entrepreneurs can create jobs and strengthen our economy.
Our state is also facing real challenges related to healthcare.  As a doctor, I know that Obamacare is not the answer to healthcare reform or to fixing our state’s broken Medicaid system.  I will push the legislature to block further implementation of Obamacare in Alabama.  My experience as a physician makes me the best candidate to help fix the Medicaid budget shortfall facing our state.  We need to control spending and fix Medicaid so it will be solvent for the people that really need it.
My wife and I attend Wood Avenue Church of Christ.  As a Christian conservative, I am pro-life and believe that every human life is a precious gift.  I also support the definition of traditional marriage as being between a man and woman and I will work to make sure that groups from outside Alabama are not successful in their attempts to redefine marriage in this state.
I’m also running to protect our constitutional rights from intrusion by the federal government. I support the Second Amendment 100% and will fight any attempt by lawmakers in Washington to limit our rights as gun owners. I’m also opposed to any federal takeover of our education system. I believe that we should have high standards, set in Alabama by our local school boards and parents.

I’m not running to become a career politician. I’ve already had a career and don’t plan on starting another one in Montgomery. I’m running because I want to give back to our communities.  I grew up here, I raised my family here, and I plan on living here until I’m called home. I promise to represent you with honesty and integrity. Please vote for me, Tim Melson, in the Republican run-off on July 15.  Thank you.

Ronnie Blair, Candidate for Madison County Superintendent of Education PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 12 July 2014 07:14
Ronnie Blair, Candidate for Madison County Superintendent of Education
What does real experience look like? Over the past 26 years, it has been Ronnie Blair’s life’s work to lead schools…elementary schools, secondary schools, schools in urban areas, and schools in Madison County (where he has owned his home for 17 years).  He knows the demands of a leadership position because he has held those positions. He has made the hard decisions, always putting our children first.  His opponent in the race for superintendent has never been in charge of a single school … how can we expect him to be in charge of 28?  Our children are too important to elect my opponent as superintendent when he can NOT even apply to be the principal of his own school because he has not had the required experience as an administrator!  Blair, like the last two elected superintendents of Madison County Schools, has many years of experience at all levels of education
Ronnie Blair is the principal of Sparkman Middle School in Madison County, AL. He has lived and worked in Madison County since 1997.   Sparkman Middle School is home to approximately 812 students and 82 staff members.
Under Blair’s leadership, Sparkman Middle School was recognized as a Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School of Excellence in 2012.  He was a featured speaker at the Blue Ribbon National Conference in December 2013.  His message was clear:  create a culture where students are excited to come to school and learn, and they will reach their full potential.  Sparkman Middle School’s faculty and staff are dedicated to providing engaging lessons that require the students to think critically and apply the concepts to real-world applications.   Blair believes the dynamic environment and collaborative culture of Sparkman Middle School makes it a unique and special place for students and staff.
He believes each child deserves the best educational opportunity every day.   As an educator, he makes decisions based on what is best for the child.  Blair believes that open communication and a family atmosphere are key components in building a learning environment where all students thrive.   His philosophy is simple, “Put Children First … Every Day”.  Throughout his career, this belief has guided him to become well respected by his staff and colleagues.
He believes in local control of our schools, never giving the federal government control of our curriculum or materials.  He believes that high expectations and high academic goals are essential for the success of all students. He believes an Alabama diploma must have the same merit as one earned in any other state.  He will always fight to retain local control for the students of Madison County.
Blair earned his Bachelor of Science degree in education from Troy University in Troy, AL.  He earned his Masters’ degree as well as his AA from Troy University in Dothan, AL.  He began his education career in 1983 as a middle school science teacher.  He has taught grades 5-12.   He has served as a middle school assistant principal, elementary principal, as well as a junior high and middle school principal.  He is currently in his 31st year as an educator with 26 of those years as a principal.
Blair is a native of Andalusia, Al.  He has been married to his wife, Stacy, for 30 years.  They have two children:  Lauren, a recent graduate from Auburn University who is currently attending Lincoln Memorial University pursuing a career as a Physicians’ Assistant.  Nelson, a sophomore at Calhoun Community College, will attend Auburn University in the fall majoring in Accounting.  The Blair’s are members of Trinity Baptist Church in Madison.
It's time for leadership that we can count on to make the tough decisions and plan for Madison County schools' future. When elected, Ronnie Blair will manage our resources, put our tax dollars in the classroom, and create a capital plan for our schools.
His thirty one years in education as a Principal and teacher have prepared him for this opportunity and he is looking forward to bringing real solutions to the challenges our school system is facing.
Madison County is a great place to live, raise a family and thrive. It's time for real leadership we can count on.



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