Nearly 7 in 10 voters support government shutdown over CHIP funding

December 7, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

A new Morning Consult and Politico tracking poll shows that a large majority of Americans would support shutting down the government if Congress can’t reach a deal on funding for the Child Health Insurance Program.

About 69 percent of voters said they thought the renewal of funding for CHIP is an important enough issue to warrant a government shutdown.

Congress failed in September to reauthorize funding for the program ahead of the start of the new fiscal year on Oct. 1. If Congress doesn’t reach a funding deal by March, more than 80,000 children in Alabama could be without health insurance.

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It’s crunch time for the Senate candidates — and they’re not holding back

December 6, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

With the special election less than a week away, it’s crunch time for Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones. Moore’s brought in former White House adviser Steve Bannon, and Jones isn’t holding back, either, running ads highlighting sexual assault allegations against Moore and hitting him hard in a speech in Birmingham Tuesday that his campaign labeled a major address.

“I believe women are every bit as capable as men, that they deserve to be elected to public office, and I damn sure believe and have done my part to ensure that men who hurt little girls should go to jail — not to the United States Senate,” Jones said Tuesday.

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Candidate running to replace Mickey Hammon promises to sponsor lottery legislation “on day one”

December 6, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

District 4 Alabama House of Representatives candidate Tom Willis has promised to sponsor legislation that would authorize a lottery “on day one.” His legislation, he says, would allow the people of Alabama to vote for or against a lottery.

“This issue has dominated conversation and controversy in this state for nearly twenty years and it’s time that the people of Alabama had a chance to vote or against an Alabama lottery,” Willis said. “As I have traveled throughout this district I have heard people who are both pro-lottery and anti-lottery tell me that they want this debate to end and to see the lottery on a ballot. I promise that if I am elected, I will file a bill on my first day in office that will allow Alabamians to vote for or against a lottery in this state.”

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Petition urges Amazon to stop selling controversial book co-authored by Roy Moore as a “textbook”

December 6, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

A petition urging Amazon to relabel a controversial book, co-authored by Roy Moore, which included a lecture that states women shouldn’t run for public office, has reached more than 17,000 signatures on an online petition site.

The petition calls on Amazon — which labeled the book and its accompanying study course as a “textbook — to relabel the work as something else other than a “textbook.” The study course, titled “Law and Government: An Introductory Study Course,” is still for sale on Amazon.

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Marshall rakes in out-of-state, PAC support after Republican Attorney General’s Association meeting

December 5, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Republican Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, who will be seeking a full term in next year’s statewide elections, raked in $159,400 in contributions in November — with a sizable portion coming from out-of-state and PAC donations. But even without his PAC and out-of-state fundraising, his fundraising still outpaces any of the other candidates challenging him.

The former Marshall County district attorney who was appointed by former Gov. Robert Bentley to be attorney general in February remains the leading candidate in an already competitive race for the state’s top law enforcement post. Since he began fundraising in June, his campaign has pulled in more than $630,000 in support.

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Trump will campaign 15 miles from Alabama border days before Senate special election

December 1, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

The White House has said President Donald Trump won’t come to Alabama to campaign for Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore but he will be in Pensacola, Florida, just 15 miles from the Alabama border, a few days before the Dec. 12 special election.

The Associated Press and The Washington Post report that Trump will appear at a campaign-style rally in Pensacola on Friday, Dec. 8, four days before the election. Pensacola, just east of Mobile, shares a media market with Alabama’s fourth largest city.

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Jones campaign hits Moore on co-authored textbook that decries women in public office

December 1, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones’ campaign is hitting Republican Roy Moore on an academic textbook Moore co-authored in 2011 that decried women in public office.

Moore’s name was not attributed to the portion of the study that advocates against women in leadership position but Jones’ campaign criticized him for co-authoring the textbook and its accompanying studyguide. He authored another lesson in the course that primarily focused on the Constitution and the courts.

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Former Trump strategist Steve Bannon to campaign for Moore next week

November 29, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Breitbart executive chairman and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, long considered one of President Donald Trump’s key allies, will return to Fairhope, Alabama, next week to campaign for Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. It’ll be Bannon’s second visit to the state to stump for Moore.

Bannon, since leaving the White House in August, has been mounting a nationwide effort to elect more populists and nationalists. Moore has become one of Bannon’s first projects. In September, Bannon traveled to Fairhope to campaign for Moore during the primary election. Bannon supported Moore over the establishment-embraced Sen. Luther Strange. Bannon’s right-leaning Breitbart news has been staunch in their alignment with Moore.

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Retired Marine Colonel-turned-sculptor hopes to be write-in option for Republicans hesitant on Moore

November 28, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Retired Marine Corps Col. Lee Busby, a former top aide to President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff retired Gen. John Kelly, is coming out of a retirement defined by sculpting to honor fallen service members to launch a last-minute write-in effort for Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat against Republican nominee Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones.

Busby, who now lives in Tuscaloosa, said he isn’t satisfied with the two candidates on the ballot and wants to offer himself a more moderate alternative to the two men whom he says are too extreme for Alabama voters.

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Doug Jones makes appeal to students on college affordability

November 28, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Doug Jones will need the support of college students across the state to win the special election next month, and the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate made an appeal Monday night to organizers and college voters to get out the vote.

On a conference call with Alabama college students Monday night, which came after he made a campaign stop at the University of Alabama Birmingham earlier in the day, Jones appealed to would-be supporters on college affordability, access to education and healthcare.

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