Trump tacitly supports Moore, doesn’t want “liberal person” in Senate seat

November 22, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

President Donald Trump commented on Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore on Tuesday after staying silent on the matter personally.

Trump was walking across the White House lawn when reporters asked him to comment on Moore and the impending election less than three weeks away.

“We don’t need a liberal person in there—A Democrat,” Trump said on the senate seat. “Jones, I’ve looked at his record. It’s terrible on crime. It’s terrible on the border. It’s terrible on the military.”

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Trump doesn’t call for Moore’s withdrawal, says allegations “very troubling”

November 17, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders put to bed Thursday any notion of President Donald Trump asking Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore to step down.

The press secretary told reporters at Thursday’s briefing that the president believes the people of Alabama should make the decision on whether Moore is fit for office or not. She also said the president finds the allegations “very troubling.”

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Moore-Hannity dispute settled; Hannity says he shouldn’t decide who runs in Alabama

November 16, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore and Fox News host Sean Hannity resolved their dispute after Hannity said the Moore campaign gave him specific answers to his query.

The Fox News broadcaster gave Moore a 24-hour ultimatum asking Moore to produce specific answers to some inconsistencies with Moore’s explanation of recent allegations of sexual misconduct with minors.

A Washington Post report said Moore had pursued relationships with teenage girls and sexually assaulted a 14-year-old in the late 1970s.

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Strange: Write-in campaign “highly unlikely”

November 15, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Senator Luther Strange, R-Ala., said pursuing a write-in campaign is “highly unlikely” on Tuesday according to multiple media outlets.

Strange’s comments come after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested a write-in campaign to oppose Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore’s campaign. In a Wall Street Journal interview, McConnell suggested that former U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions would make a good write-in candidate.

Alabama Chairman Terry Lathan told members of her party that anyone encouraging such an action would be thrown out of the party.

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Sessions has “no reason to doubt” Moore accusers, doesn’t say if he should step down

November 15, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Former U.S. Senator and Attorney General Jeff Sessions told U.S. representatives at a House Judiciary Committee meeting that he has “no reason to doubt” Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore’s accusers.

Five women have stepped forward saying Moore pursued a relationship with them when they were teenagers. Moore was a 30-year-old assistant district attorney in Etowah County at the time.

Of the five women, two have said Moore sexually assaulted them.

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GOP Senators call on Moore to resign outright; one says Moore may be expelled

November 14, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., made his position on Roy Moore clear Monday by calling on the Republican U.S. Senate candidate to step down immediately.

The Washington Post published a report last week that said Moore had dated high school age girls in his 30s when he was an assistant district attorney. It also alleged that Moore sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl in 1979.

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State, national GOP officials differ on support for Moore

November 13, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

As the dust settles on Roy Moore’s recent allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor, clear battle lines in the GOP were drawn.

The Washington Post published a report last week that said Moore groped a 14-year-old in 1979 when he was a 30-year-old assistant district attorney in Alabama. The report also said Moore pursued relationships with teenage girls when he was in his late 30s.

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McConnell, other Republicans call for Moore to withdraw if allegations are true

November 10, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., released a brief press statement on Thursday regarding the sexual assault allegations against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore.

“If these allegations are true, he must step aside,” McConnell said in the 9-word statement.

The Washington Post first reported on the allegations against Moore on Thursday in an investigative piece about Moore allegedly acting inappropriately with an underaged girl.

The Post’s story follows Leigh Corfman, 53, who said Moore inappropriately touched her when she was 14 years old. Moore was 32 years old at the time of the allegation and served as the assistant district attorney in Etowah County.

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Secretary of State’s Office receives information about alleged crossover voters

November 7, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

The Secretary of State’s Office is reviewing the information for the 674 voters that allegedly violated Alabama’s new law banning crossover voting.

Monday was the deadline for counties to turn in information related to alleged voter fraud conducted during the Special Senate Republican Runoff in September. According to the filings from the Office, over 300 cases of the fraud happened in Jefferson County.

The investigation centers around crossover voting, which was outlawed in the state during the Spring’s Legislative Session. This means if you vote in the Democratic Primary you are not eligible to vote in the Republican Runoff.

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Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle encourages people to stand for American flag

November 2, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle was featured in a campaign ad Wednesday that took on the recent issue of standing for the American flag.

“I believe our veterans have earned our respect and that our flag deserves to be honored,” Battle said in the ad. “I believe that if you appreciate our country’s freedoms then you stand for our country’s symbol.”

Battle made the comments in preparation for Veteran’s day next week, and he encouraged Huntsville residents to wear red, white and blue to celebrate the day.

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