Tuesday is THE day!

Tuesday is the day to vote for Jefferson County’s animals

Tuesday, November 2nd, is the day for animal-caring registered voters  to participate in changing the face of animal protection in Jefferson County.

If you really want improvements in Jefferson County animal protection, you should vote for the JCVAP endorsed candidates!


The animals of Jefferson County have waited long enough…the time for serious change is NOW!

As a reminder, the Jefferson County Voters for Animal Protection endorsed candidates are:

George Bowman-District 1, Jimmie Stephens-District 3, Joe Knight-District 4, and Mike Hale-Jefferson County Sheriff.

(District 2 and District 5 candidates won their seats in the July party primaries, as they had no opponent in the general election.)

All of these endorsed candidates have responded to JCVAP candidate questionnaires and scored high on them.

All of these endorsed candidates have stated that they are willing to address animal-issues in Jefferson County.

Most of these endorsed candidates share their lives with rescued companion animals.

These candidates are the best political hope for the animals of Jefferson County.

These candidates need your vote!

JCVAP is, also, endorsing Brandon Falls for District Attorney.

Unsure of the County Commission District in which you live? Click here.

Unsure of your polling location? Click here.

Unsure of identification requirements? Click here.

See a Jefferson County sample ballot here.

The polls are open from 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM



State house candidate ‘Chip’ McCallum is a friend to animals

Charles ‘Chip’ McCallum, state house candidate who would represent House District 47 (Hoover / Vestavia) wants you to know he cares about animals. He scored high on the Jefferson County Voters for Animal Protection candidate questionnaire.

Candidate McCallum , who shares his life with multiple rescued companion animals, is interested in addressing animal issues in our state.

While Jefferson County Voters for Animal Protection focuses on county level candidates, we wanted to share this good news with you for your consideration.

Candidate McCallum’s opponent did not respond to a questionnaire.

October 19th gubernatorial debate from Auburn

Auburn to host gubernatorial debate on Oct. 19th

Monday, October 18, 2010 10:17 AM EST

AUBURN, AL – A gubernatorial candidate debate hosted by Auburn University on Tuesday, Oct. 19 is the second of two debates sponsored by the student government associations of Auburn University and the University of Alabama and the League of Women Voters.

The debate between Dr. Robert Bentley and Commissioner Ron Sparks will be from 7-8 p.m. in the Auburn Student Center Ballroom. Andrea Lindenberg, a news anchor at WVTM in Birmingham, will serve as moderator.

The debate will be broadcast live on Alabama Public Television, Alabama Public Radio, al.com and WEGL. Tickets will be available to Auburn University students, faculty and staff at no charge and on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets will not be available at the door.

The League of Women Voters will solicit questions to be asked during the debate. To submit a question, go to the Auburn University SGA debate website at http://auburn.edu/sga/debate.

“The Student Government Association has been working diligently on this debate for close to a year,” said Kurt Sasser, president of Auburn’s Student Government Association. “We look forward to Dr. Bentley and Commissioner Sparks debating the issues that the state of Alabama will be dealing with over the next four years.”

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and does not support or oppose political candidates or political parties.

For more news about Auburn University, visit http://wireeagle.auburn.edu/. In-depth reporting, including multimedia features and downloadable photographs for media use, can be found at http://www.ocm.auburn.edu/newsmakers/.

Auburn University has provided instruction, research and outreach to benefit the state and nation for more than 155 years, and is among a distinctive group of universities designated as Land, Sea, and Space Grant institutions.

Auburn makes a nearly $5 billion economic contribution to the state each year, has more than 250,000 graduates and provides 140 degree programs to more than 25,000 graduate and undergraduate students.

Source: Auburn University

Voter registration deadline looms nigh

This year’s November 2nd elections are fast approaching. The animals of Jefferson County need you to go to the polls and support the animal-friendly Jefferson County Commission candidates endorsed by JCVAP!

Are you registered to vote?

“We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.”   – Thomas Jefferson

The voter registration deadline is October 22.

From the Alabamavotes.gov website:

Voter Registration

Voter registration is governed in Alabama by state law and the federal National Voter Registration Act (commonly known as “motor voter”). For more information on the National Voter Registration Act and voter registration opportunities under the Act, please click here.


To register to vote in the State of Alabama, an individual must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Reside in Alabama
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have not been convicted of a disqualifying felony (or have rights restored)
  • Have not been legally declared “mentally incompetent” by a court

Deadline for Registering to Vote

Voter registration is closed for the ten (10) days before an election.

Obtaining a Voter Registration Application

You may download the State of Alabama Postcard Voter Registration Application from this site. The form can be printed on your printer, filled out, and then mailed into your local voter registration officials. Click here for more information.

You may also request a postcard voter registration from this office by e-mail. Click here to request a voter registration form.

Voter registration is also available from your local County Board of Registrars. Click here to get the address and phone number for the board of registrars office in your county.

You may also obtain voter registration services at the following state and local government offices and agencies:

  • Driver’s licensing office
  • County and select municipal public libraries
  • Department of Human Resources
  • WIC Program, Department of Public Health
  • Medicaid Agency
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

The postcard voter registration form is also available at:

  • Public 4-year universities
  • Select private 4-year universities
  • Driver’s licensing office
  • County and select municipal public libraries
  • Department of Human Resources
  • WIC Program, Department of Public Health
  • Medicaid Agency
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

If you have questions about voter registration in Alabama, you may contact us using the information found here. You may also contact the following officials by phone or by mail:

Voter Registration
State Capitol
600 Dexter Avenue, Room E-210
Montgomery Alabama 36130

Phone: 334-242-7210
FAX: 334-242-2444

Candidate meet and greet tonight Gardendale

October 13, 2010

Candidates meet, greet Thursday

By Melanie Patterson The North Jefferson News The North Jefferson News Wed Oct 13, 2010, 08:00 AM CDT

GARDENDALE — A group in Gardendale wants to give voters every possible chance to meet those who will be on the ballots on Nov. 2.

The North Jefferson County Republican Club is hosting an open house and reception Thursday at the Gardendale Civic Center.

“We’d like to get as many of the candidates in front of the public as we can to give people a chance to know them,” said Joel Kimbrough, president of the club. “They are our servants and it’s important we get to know them.”

Several candidates have confirmed they will be at the meeting, including Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale, Jefferson County District Attorney Brandon Falls, Jefferson County Commission candidate Jimmy Stephens and judicial candidates Virginia Meigs, Chuck Hunter and Eddie Vines.

“It is so important that people know who they’re voting for and where candidates stand,” Kimbrough said. “The only way to make candidates accountable to us is to know them and have personal contact with them. There’s nothing like a face-to-face meeting to find out who they are.”

The event is scheduled for Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Gardendale Civic Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. There is no charge for admission.

For more information, email nj2012rc@aol.com.


JCVAP endorsed County Commission candidate Jimmie Stephens is scheduled to participate in this meeting.

‘Dangerous Dog Law’ to be considered in Madison County

Amendment on November’s ballot could create tougher laws dealing with “dangerous dogs”

Published: Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 7:50 AM      8:02 AM

Victoria Cumbow, The Huntsville Times

HUNTSVILLE, AL — State Rep. Randy Hinshaw, D-Meridianville, is asking for a “yes” vote on an amendment to the state constitution that would affect dog owners in Madison County.

The proposed amendment would give the Madison County Commission the authority to determine what dogs are labeled dangerous and require owners outside city limits to keep them fenced in.

The amendment would also allow the County Commission to set civil penalties against the owner of the dog if it attacks someone.

Hinshaw decided to seek stronger rules on dogs in the county after an attack in Toney on 2-year-old Jace Rhinehart by a family member’s pit bull.

The boy’s mother, Donna Roberts, left her son unattended in the car when she ran into the house for something, she said Monday at a news conference in the Madison County Legislative Delegation Office. Rhinehart and his 4-year-old sister got out of the car and Rhinehart wandered into a pen where the dog was chained up, Roberts said. She and her daughter pulled the dog off Rhinehart, but only after he had suffered serious injuries.

Terra Cotromano criminal case hearing rescheduled again


Interested parties on both sides of this case gathered this morning in Judge Fancher’s court, hoping for some forward movement. Once again, there was no forward movement forthcoming.

Today’s case hearing has been rescheduled to Tuesday, November 23, 2010.

No lawyer shenanigans caused today’s reset of the hearing. Instead, a personal tragedy for the Bessemer Assistant  DA, who represents the state of Alabama, warranted the rescheduling.

Approximately two weeks ago, the Bessemer Assistant DA’s daughter was killed in an accident. A time for mourning is understandable.

This animal-cruelty criminal case is highly complex. It is intertwined with a parallel civil case being sought in the court of Judge Helen Shores Lee in a Jefferson County court in downtown Birmingham.

The Bessemer DA’s office provided representatives at today’s scheduled hearing. A request for delay had been submitted to the court on Friday, October 8, 2010.

Judge Fancher approved the request, set the new date, and the day’s business with regard to this case ended.


What do you think about this development?

Current county commissioners miffed by candidates meeting

Private meeting between candidates upsets some current Jefferson County commissioners

Published: Monday, October 11, 2010, 5:30 AM

Barnett Wright — The Birmingham News

A private meeting at a Birmingham law firm last week involving five Jefferson County Commission candidates — including two with no opposition — and lawyers for the county has angered some current commissioners, who say they are still in office and being left out of vital county business.

Also not invited were three candidates for the commission in the Nov. 2 election. They say county officials snubbed them because they are hopefuls who are viewed as longshots.

The meeting was not illegal because it didn’t involve a quorum of elected commissioners. But sitting commissioners say officials should be updating them — and not a group of people yet to be elected for the 2010 term.

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Terra Cotromano criminal case hearing Tuesday


Hearing scheduled for Tuesday, October 12 2010, 9:00 AM

Judge Eric M. Fancher

Bessemer Courthouse Annex

1801 3rd Avenue North

Room 505

Bessemer, Alabama

NOTE: Judge Fancher’s offices have been moved across the street. At the time of this writing, it is not confirmed that the hearing chamber remains the same as the previous hearings location.  It is recommended that you arrive early and confirm the hearing location with a police officer at the annex.

Driving directions to the Bessemer Courthouse may be found here.

Kitten injured by arrow

Kitten survives arrow through belly in Wetumpka

Published: Thursday, October 07, 2010, 11:48 AM

Ben Flanagan, al.com

An Elmore County kitten is alive and well after being shot through the abdomen with an arrow.

Residents found the kitten with the arrow lodged through the middle of its abdomen just under the chest and brought it to the Humane Society of Elmore County. Veterinarians took X-rays, which showed the arrow going straight through the body without damaging any internal organs, though it did break some ribs.

A Humane Society representative said the kitten, whom they are now calling “Cupid,” is sitting up, eating, drinking and doing quite well. They also said they do not know who shot the animal.