President Trump “likes” Doug Jones, thinks Moore concession probably “should have already happened”

December 15, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

While Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore continues to prolong his senatorial bid past its apparent expiration date, President Donald Trump is already moving on, forging a path for a potential relationship with Alabama’s new senator.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday, when asked if Trump thinks Moore should give his concession speech now, said Trump has been clear.

“I think the President’s position is pretty clear.  In his outreach to Doug Jones directly, he called and they spoke yesterday,” Sanders said. “He likes Doug Jones and looks forward to meeting him in person, and hopes that he will come and follow through on his commitment to work with the President on some things that they agree on.”

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In US Senate race, a Democratic coalition played to win while many Republicans took a knee

December 15, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Democrats are elated, Birmingham’s big mules are relieved and the once dominant Alabama Republican Party — whether they will admit it or not — is in trouble. From solid red counties to African-American communities financially handicapped by white Republican leaders, the U.S. Senate race showed that a few committed individuals could change Alabama’s political landscape, at least for now.

As several longtime political operatives confided to the Alabama Political Reporter, “It took the Washington Post to set-up Roy Moore, but it was the Republican leadership who brought him down.”

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Almost half of Trump voters did not vote for Roy Moore

December 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Republicans never did fully get behind Roy Moore’s campaign for U.S. Senate.

Moore’s supporters are among the most loyal voters in the state; but Moore failed to unite the Republican Party behind his candidacy.

Moore easily cruised over appointed Sen. Luther Strange in the Republican primary runoff. Moore only had 262,641 votes besting Strange’s 218,505; but in this incredibly heavily-publicized special election he would need more than just primary runoff voters and the Moore campaign and the Alabama Republican Party failed to mobilize the kind of get out the vote effort to increase voter turnout.

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Byrne applauds FCC decision to scrap Net Neutrality

December 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Another Obama-era regulation was scrapped when the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal its landmark net neutrality rules on Thursday.  Republicans have been campaigning along to deregulate the broadband industry and voted 3 to 2 along party lines to repeal the 2015 net neutrality rules.  Congressman Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, announced this support for the decision to reduce broadband regulation.

“Another important point on why I believe it was important to roll back the FCC’s heavy-handed ‘net neutrality’ regulations: the regulations have hurt competition,” Byrne said on social media.  “Who benefits from confusing and burdensome regulations? Big companies who can hire lawyers and specialists to comply with them. That hurts start-ups and small companies who want to provide broadband services, especially in rural communities. Since these regulations passed in 2015, broadband investment has fallen for two years in a row. This is why we need less government regulation and intervention.”

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Mobile County Schools honored with alternative fuels leadership award

December 15, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Mobile County School System has been honored for its alternative fuels bus fleet.

At the Southeast Diesel Collaborative’s 12 Annual Partners Meeting in Atlanta, the system received a Fleet Leadership Award.

Mobile County Public Schools now has 80 propane-powered school buses that have replaced older diesel-powered buses in its fleet. BusWorx supplied the new Blue Bird Propane Vision buses that are equipped with ROUSH CleanTech propane fuel system engines.

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Farmers and Families First launches public education campaign

December 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday Farmers and Families First, Inc. launched its initiative on behalf of the American farmer and consumer to advocate for free market-based policies in the agriculture industry. The organization announced that it hopes to “Play a lead role in advocating for policies that promote innovation, lower costs through competition, and fairness for farmers and families through relevant mergers and tax policy.”

“America’s farmers always put families first by producing the high-quality and affordable food we rely on,” said Dan Conston, chairman for Farmers and Families First. “Washington Policies should not burden farmers who are already experiencing consistently declining incomes, or hurt the average American family with increased prices on essential goods. We stand as an ally for farmers across the country and the customers they serve.”

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All I want for Christmas is… for every child to have a good education

December 14, 2017

By Rep. Craig Ford

When my kids were growing up, I don’t know who was more excited on Christmas morning: the kids opening their presents or me and Gwen watching them!

Ever since God gave us the original and best Christmas gift, our lord and savior Jesus Christ, giving gifts has been a part of celebrating Christmas. But as I thought about what I wanted most this Christmas, it wasn’t anything material or even something for myself.

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The GOP has conceded, but Roy Moore is refusing — again.

December 14, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, seizing on the shock and awe of a Democrat winning a statewide election in Alabama, is refusing to concede the election to his challenger, Democrat Doug Jones, who appears to have won the election by at least 20,000 votes and 1.5 percentage points, despite the fact that Moore’s own party and its leadership, both at home and in Washington, has congratulated Jones on his win.

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Roy Moore’s base failed to carry him

December 14, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

As the final votes are counted for the Special Senate Election, many national political observers dissected what will be a historic win for Democrats in the state of Alabama.

Among these observations there seems to be one thing posited: President Donald Trump could not get Roy Moore elected.

The president’s involvement in the race started in the primaries when he endorsed Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala. It would only be one week before election day that Trump would endorse Moore after a tax reform in Congress nearly failed.

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John Knight, David Burkette in runoff for State Senate seat

December 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

State Rep. John Knight, D-Montgomery, and Montgomery City Councilman David Burkette received the most votes in the special Democratic Primary in Montgomery County’s state Senate District 26 special election.

The two will face off in a runoff to fill the District 26 seat vacated by Quinton Ross after he became the president of Alabama State University.

“Words cannot express how thankful I am. I appreciate all of your support. This journey is not over yet. I led the primary and with your help I will be elected your next Alabama Senator District 26!” Knight on social media.

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