AFA Newsroom V7 No. 23, November 15, 2012
The November 6 Election Result: Good on the State Level, But Federal Loss was Disappointing
The Forest Resources Association's take on the late (Nov. 6) election is that we've got just about the same government we had before the voters returned Barack Obama to the White House for another term. Although there was a little slippage in Republican control of the U.S. House of Representatives, Republicans still hold a substantial 234 to 198 majority, with three races (in California, Arizona and North Carolina) still considered too close to call. In the Senate, the results were disappointing, as Republicans lost a net of two seats (from 47 to 45) and Democrats gained a net of two seats (from 51 to 53). The other two members of the upper chamber are Independents expected to caucus with the Democrats.
FRA puts this overall result in perspective. Read more...
In our last edition of Newsroom, we detailed the political candidates endorsed by ForestPAC (see attached list), the Political Action Committee of the Alabama Forestry Association. Each one of the 20 endorsed candidates, EXCEPT Mitt Romney, won their respective races. Of course, Romney's race was the most critical loss.
ForestPAC Announces Endorsements for Upcoming Special Elections
On Thursday November 1st, ForestPAC endorsed candidates in special elections to fill two vacancies in the Alabama House of Representatives.
Endorsed by ForestPAC were:
Chris Latta (left).
Latta is running in the special election for District 34 of the Alabama House. He faced Bill Burns, Mark Butler, Joe Hughes, Jim Murphree and David Standridge in the Republican primary on October 23, 2012. No Democrat candidate filed. As no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters, Standridge and Latta, will face off in a primary runoff on December 11, 2012. The seat is vacant following Elwyn Thomas's (R) resignation effective August 31, 2012 in order to become executive director of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Commission.
Mack Butler (right).
Butler is running in the special election for District 30 of the Alabama House of Representatives. He defeated Rob McHugh in the Republican primary on October 23, 2012, and will face Beth McGlaughn (D) in the general election on December 11, 2012. The seat is vacant following Blaine Galliher's (R) resignation effective August 1, 2012 in order to serve as Gov. Robert Bentley's (R) Legislative Director.
Ray Talks About the Continuing Problem of County Road Ordinances
As most of you in the logging community are doubtless aware, county road ordinances are continuing to be a thorn in the side of our industry. Many of you have heard about the controversy surrounding Act 2012-215 and the recent proposal (or adoption) of county ordinances that AFA strongly believes clearly exceed the purview of the new law.
That law, Act 2012-215, limits the authority of the counties to place unreasonable restrictions on access to private property and the use of county roads. The Act was passed in an effort to bring uniformity to what was becoming a chaotic patchwork of ordinances being adopted across the state.
Pike County Commission Tables "Model Ordinance" and Sets up Committee Including Loggers
The Pike County Commission has tabled the so-called "model ordinance" crafted by the Association of County Commissions of Alabama and established a group composed of county commissioners and members of the logging profession to work on county road ordinance issues.
We see this as a positive step in the right direction and hope other counties will follow suit.
FRA Looking for Help With Credit Issue for Small Forestry Companies, Especially Loggers
The Forest Resources Association wants your help in lobbying for changes that will make it easier for small forestry companies, especially those involved in logging, to secure much needed credit to cover operations and/or expand as the economy hopefully improves over the coming years.
To download proposed letter to opinion leaders, Click here
Jackson and Birmingham Regional Receptions Feature AFA Members and Area Lawmakers
The Alabama Forestry Association completed its first year of Regional Receptions in Jackson, Alabama on Thursday, November 11 at the Jackson Golf House. A significant showing of AFA members from the surrounding area as well as local legislators made for an enjoyable evening. Ten days earlier, the AFA held its next to last reception at Birmingham on November 1 at the beautiful Aldridge Gardens.
The Birmingham reception featured many local forestry leaders and the Dean of the Alabama Senate, Senator Jabo Waggoner, who attended with his lovely wife Marilyn. State Senator Slade Blackwell was also there. in addition to the Senators, Reps. Jack Williams and Paul DeMarco were in attendance. AFA Vulcan District Director and LP employee Tim Thornhill also attended with his lovely wife Kathy.
Attending the Jackson reception were AFA members from companies like Soterra, Scotch Plywood, International Paper, and many more were in attendance. These members along with landowners, foresters, and other associates represented the impact of the forestry industry, which provides 10% of total jobs in Alabama. Recognizing this significance, Jackson Mayor Richard Long and County Commissioners Rhondel Rhone and Tyrone Moye made it a priority to be there.
It was also good to see longtime AFA member and leader Dwight Harrigan at the Jackson event, along with Joe Twardy, Chip Harrigan and Ben Stimpson. All together, there was a lot of forestry horsepower among the attendees at both of these great events.
Thank you to everyone who made it to the Birmingham and Jackson Receptions. We hope to see you at our next event soon!
Photos: Attending the Birmingham reception above left was State Senator Jabo Waggoner, the Senate Majority Leader. Next to Jabo is his lovely wife Marilyn and their friend Lynne Gray. Pictured at lower left are two pretty ladies, Francis Judy (left), wife of AFA leader Max Judy, and Kathy Thornhill, wife of AFA Vulcan District Board Member Tim Thornhill. Pictured at top right are Jackson Regional Reception attendees Dwight Harrigan (left) and Bill Colvin. Pictured at lower right are Joe Twardy (left) and Ben Stimpson.
Great Log a Load Shootout Held at Westervelt Lodge on November 2 at Aliceville
Participants in the annual Westervelt sporting clays/skeet event to raise money for Log a Load for Kids had a great turnout on a beautiful day. Everybody seemed to have a great time from the shooting to the wonderful fried catfish dinner cooked to perfection by the Warrior Tractor crew. Not only was the event fun and the food great, but event organizer George Franklin said that about $25,000 was raised for Log a Load for Kids to help Alabama's Children who are taken to Children's Hospital.
As they always do, the Warrior District crew at the Westervelt Lodge raised money via three distinct but connected events: The raffle of a 4-wheeler, the sale of a Ford F-150 from Westervelt's fleet of trucks, and the sporting clays/skeet shoot via the registration fees for shooters. To learn more, contact George Franklin, Linc # 1*119*2552 or, email@example.com.
DOVE HUNT IS LAST 2012 EVENT: The final event of the 2012 fundraising year will be a December 1, 2012 dove hunt in Henry County at Shorterville sponsored by the Wiregrass District. Click here for event flyer. For more information, contact Mark Byal at (251) 593-6097, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Russell Johnson at (334) 372-1268.
PHOTOS: In above photo, Bob Carleton shows off his winning form. In the upper right is the team that finished first whose members are, left to right, Andy Hinson, Hubert Guthrie, Johnny Knox and Trent Owens. Mr. Guthrie was also the top shooter for the event, breaking 46 out of 50 targets. The winners were representing Cain Steel & Supply. At lower right, Deb Schneider, director of the CHIPS Center, explains how important Log a Load is to funding her operation. To Deb's left is Westervelt organizer George Franklin. Standing in the back is John David, a great guy and always a big help at the annual Westervelt event.
Mark Your Calendar for June 5-7, 2013 Forest Products Machinery & Equipment EXPO
The 2013 Forest Products Machinery and Equipment EXPO will take place June 5-7 and features something for just about everyone, including everything you need to keep your operations at their best and state-of-the-art equipment, technologies and services.
FROM THE EVP: Despite November 6 Losses we Must Stay Engaged in the Process
Did anybody get the tag number of the truck that ran over us on November 6? Despite all of the hardwork and financial investment in the process, we lost big nationally (the Presidency and the Senate) in the recent elections. This brings us to the ubiquitous "fork-in-the-road." On the one hand, we can accept this drubbing, disengage and let the left run things or, we can rededicate ourselves to the conservative principles that will lead us out of the mess we still face.
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