Weekend Winners and Losers - 01/28
Larry Dixon - The GOP State Senator saw his his road to re-election smooth out as potential primary foe Barry Mask won the GOP nomination for a State House special election. Whether Mask wins or loses the Feb 28 special, he's expected to vie for the State House seat in November which removes him as Dixon's strongest primary foe.
Ken Guin - The State House Majority Leader saw his Bible Literacy Bill approved by the House Education Committee, albeit on a party line vote.
Harri Anne Smith - Senate Republicans lone female member aborted her prospective gubernatorial bid and endorsed the frontrunning incumbent. Smith's flirtation with a run gained her exposure and fundraising contacts without an embarrassing statewide loss.
George Callahan - The ex State Senator's comeback bid got significantly more difficult this week as fellow Republican and Mobile city councilman Ben Brooks announced his candidacy for the Mobile-based District 35. The winner of the GOP primary will face Democratic incumbent Gary Tanner.
Stacy Lee George - The Morgan County Commissioner and GOP candidate for PSC was rebuked by his local party for "boorish" and unacceptable behavior. George had publicly criticized the fellow Republican sheriff and county commissioners.
Luther Strange for Attorney General - The movement to urge the Birmingham attorney to challenge incumbent Troy King in the GOP primary took a hit this week, as Strange officially filed for the Lieutenant Governor's race.