Madison businessman will seek seat to be vacated by State Sen. Bill Holtzclaw

November 21, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

A Madison small businessman will be joining the primary battle for the Republican nomination for the State Senate seat held by Sen. Bill Holtzclaw, R-Madison, who has said he won’t seek re-election next year.

Madison City Councilman Steve Smith, who is in his second term on the council, said in an announcement Monday that he would be seeking the seat. Former State Sen. Tom Butler, who served in the body from 1994-2010 as a Democrat, has also said he is seeking the seat as a Republican.

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Alabama Young Republicans pull support from Moore

November 20, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

The Young Republican Federation of Alabama is pulling its support of Senate hopeful Roy Moore even as the state party and most of its leadership, including the Governor, are sticking by the embattled candidate.

The Young Republican Federation of Alabama Steering Committee, the executive committee which represents young Republicans ages 18-40, voted Saturday to pull all support from Moore. The group called on him to withdraw unless he can “clearly and convincingly refute the allegations against him.”

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Secretary of State: No crossover voters will be prosecuted

November 17, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill’s office said Friday that no crossover voters will be prosecuted and the instances of crossover voting were far fewer than initially believed.

Initial numbers indicated in a formal election report in August showed more than 674 individuals had voted in the Democratic primary and then went on to vote in the Republican run-off — a violation of an Alabama law passed during the 2017 Legislative Session

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Poll: Doug Jones holds eight-point lead, majority says Moore shouldn’t withdraw

November 17, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones has gained an eight-point lead over Republican Roy Moore in the race to replace Jeff Sessions as Alabama’s next Senator, according to a new poll — amid mounting calls for Moore to withdraw after numerous sexual misconduct allegations surfaced in the last week.

A majority of likely Alabama voters says Moore shouldn’t drop out, though, despite calls from Republicans leaders in Washington for him to give up the fight.

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Greater Birmingham Young Republicans revokes support of Roy Moore

November 17, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Republican Party is sticking by Senate hopeful Roy Moore, but some of the party’s younger members are distancing themselves from the controversial candidate after several women levied accusations of sexual misconduct against him.

The Greater Birmingham Young Republicans, a group which represents young republicans between the ages of 18 and 40, voted Thursday to censure and revoke its support of Roy Moore.

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Alabama joins 21 states urging SCOTUS to keep prayer at public meetings

November 17, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall joined a coalition of 22 states that filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday calling on the court to uphold public prayer led by lawmakers at public meetings.

A federal court ruled in July that prayer led by public officials in North Carolina was unconstitutional in Lund v. Rowan County because a local commission only allowed elected officials, who all happened to be Christian, to lead the prayer.

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Anti-LGBT pastors, activists will speak with Roy Moore in Birmingham Thursday

November 16, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

One said the same-sex marriage decision would lead to kids being encouraged to practice sodomy in kindergarten and another blamed Hurricane Sandy on gay people and same-sex marriage.

Those are just two of at least seven fundamentalist religious leaders who will be speaking at a press conference for Roy Moore Thursday to push back against accusations that Moore sexually assaulted three women in the 1970s and pursued several others while they were teenagers.

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More women come forward against Roy Moore as his attorneys attempt to cast doubt

November 16, 2017

 By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Several more women have come forward levying accusations against U.S. Senate hopeful Roy Moore, whom they accuse of making unwanted advances toward them when they were in their teens and early 20s — adding to allegations that Moore had a modus operandi of pursuing women quite his junior when he was in his 30s.

Among the new accusers is another woman, Tina Johnson, interviewed by AL.com, who accused Moore of grabbing her buttocks after a meeting at his Gadsden, Alabama, law firm about a child custody transfer. Moore was already married to his wife Kayla at the time.

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Moore attends private fundraiser with Auburn supporters amid campaign crisis

November 16, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore headlined an invite-only fundraising event at the home of an Auburn Republican while the Alabama GOP Steering Committee met in Hoover to discuss the future of his candidacy.

Moore spoke at a closed-door fundraiser at the home of Auburn Republicans Bill and Fran Dillard. When the fundraiser ended at about 7 p.m. Wednesday, the state party had not yet publicly announced any change in their support for Moore, though sources close to the Committee say it is unlikely they will pull their support.

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Roy Moore says he is being “harassed” by the media, threatens lawsuit against AL.com

November 15, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

An attorney for U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, his wife Kayla Moore and their Foundation for Moral Law is demanding retractions from AL.com over the news site’s coverage of recent sexual misconduct allegations against Moore.

In a letter addressed to AL.com’s attorney, Moore’s attorney demanded a retraction over what he said was “false,” “malicious” and “careless” reporting. The attorney, Trenton R. Garmon, said he is preparing to file a lawsuit against AL.com and its reporters. Garmon threatened a lawsuit against the Washington Post last week for their reporting on Moore’s financial dealings with the Foundation.

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