Doug Jones fundraising jumps to about $1.3 million, campaign says

October 17, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones has raised about $1.3 million, his campaign said, amounting to a drastic jump in his campaign fundraising, which struggled in the first months of the race.

Through July 31, during the primary in the first three months of the campaign, Jones’ campaign raised less than $300,000. At the end of the third quarter, Jones’ campaign now has more than $1 million in cash on hand, his campaign said.

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Roy Moore’s Twitter account sees a Russian invasion

October 17, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Russians have invaded … Roy Moore’s Twitter account.

The Moore campaign spent much of the weekend and the early part of Monday defending itself from the oddest of circumstances: an increase of roughly 20,000 Twitter followers on the campaign’s official account, with most of the new followers appearing to originate from Russia.

Moore’s campaign spokesperson Drew Messer told several outlets over the weekend and on Monday that the campaign didn’t pay for the new followers and that it had reported the issue to Twitter to investigate.

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Lawyer asks AG for documents related to Luther Strange, 35th Avenue Superfund site

October 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Attorney David A Ludder, who is representing the environmentalist group GASP, is asking Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) to hand over documents that then AG Luther Strange (R) may have written or received concerning the controversial 35th Avenue Superfund site in North Birmingham.

As Attorney General, Luther Strange actively opposed a proposed expansion and prioritization of the 35th Avenue site, by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Human Rights Campaign endorses Doug Jones

October 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Repoter

The Human Rights Campaign announced that it was endorsing Democratic candidate Doug Jones for U.S. Senate.

Jones is running against former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore (R). Judge Moore has often clashed with the gay rights group over the years.

“Doug Jones has pledged to serve all Alabamians, including LGBTQ people,” said Eva Kendrick, HRC Alabama state director. “In this election, the choice between Roy Moore and Doug Jones could not be more stark. Moore has never passed up an opportunity to promote bigotry, division and extremism, while Doug Jones has staked his career on fairness, equality and a positive vision for Alabama’s future. HRC is proud to endorse Doug Jones and work to help him become the next U.S. Senator from the state of Alabama.”

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Airbus announces second line in Mobile

October 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, Airbus announced that it has acquired a 50.01 percent stake in the C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership with Bombardier. While the headquarters and main assembly plant for the Bombardier aircraft, Airbus will move some Bombardier C Series aircraft production to its plant in Mobile.

“This acquisition by Airbus and promise of new investments in Alabama show that our aerospace sector is strong and that our workforce can support an additional assembly line. Alabamians take pride in their work and that is showing on Airbus aircraft around the world. We look forward to adding the C Series aircraft as another product proudly made in Sweet Home Alabama,” Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said in a statement.

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US Rep. Mike Rogers to visit Tuskegee on Wednesday to support T-100 trainer plans

October 17, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., who represents Alabama’s 3rd Congressional District, will visit Tuskegee on Wednesday.

Rogers is set to visit with the Macon County Economic Development Authority, which will be meeting at the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in Hangar Two, located at 1616 General Chappie James Avenue at Moton Field.

In March, Tuskegee was announced as a potential production site for the Air Force’s new jet fighter trainer, the T-100. Rogers is expected to give an update on that plan as well as his perspective from Washington.

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Judge Moore addresses Values Voter Summit

October 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, Republican Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore addressed the Value Voters Summit in Washington D.C. where he called Alabama’s U.S. Senate special election a “breakout opportunity” to take back our country and advance President Trump’s conservative agenda.

“Last November, with the election of Donald Trump, it was a day of great hope and enthusiasm. Today, we are seeing stagnation in Congress and this frustrates many Americans –  but I believe that we can Make America Great Again and this election is key to ensure that the America First agenda of President Trump becomes a reality,” Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore said.

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National Children’s Advocacy Center in Huntsville receives $2 million in DOJ grants

October 17, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, U.S. Attorney Jay Town announced that the Department of Justice has awarded grants totaling $2.1 million to the National Children’s Advocacy Center for the 2017 fiscal year.

Town and NCAC Executive Director Chris Newlin said that the Huntsville Center is receiving the funding through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Victims of Child Abuse grant programs.

“I am so pleased to be able to announce that the Department of Justice has awarded grants totaling more than $2 million to the National Children’s Advocacy Center this year,” Town said. “This center is renowned for the training and support it provides the many professionals who work with child abuse victims and strive to improve the judicial system’s handling of their cases.”

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Power of the pen to fill the vacuum left by a Congress that can’t get its act together

October 17, 2017

By Stefano de Stefano

Earlier this year, I asked a group of conservatives to imagine how the Republican-controlled Congress would respond if President Trump signed an executive order repealing Obamacare. My question was met with an ominous silence.

Last week, the president signed an executive order he described as the opening stages of Obamacare repeal. Though his order doesn’t cross the line into outright legislation, he makes no bones about his intention to use “the power of the pen” to fill the vacuum left by a Congress that “can’t get its act together.”

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Trump dodges question on Moore’s views on homosexuality, Muslims

October 16, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

President Donald Trump didn’t answer a question about U.S. Senate Candidate Roy Moore’s more controversial views at a press conference on Monday.

The president held a surprise press conference at the White House Monday with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to tackle some legislation issues.

A reporter asked the president what he thought about Moore’s comments on homosexuality and Muslims.

The Republican candidate has commented in the past that homosexuality should be outlawed and said he doesn’t think Muslims should serve in Congress.

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