GOP Steering Committee flees meeting without announcing a decision about Moore

November 16, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Republican Party’s Steering Committee met for three hours in a closed meeting Wednesday night at the Embassy Suites Hotel to decide the fate of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been deluged by national criticism after allegations of misconduct in the late 1970s were first published by the Washington Post.

The 21 member ALGOP steering committee slipped out of the building in the night without addressing the gathered media or releasing a statement.  Reportedly the Alabama Republican Party Steering Committee did not decertify Roy Moore as the Republican nominee.  Reportedly the Alabama Republican Party remains behind Roy Moore…for now.

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Sexual misconduct allegations mount against US Senate candidate Roy Moore

November 14, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

The list of women accusing Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct is growing after a fifth woman came forward Monday, accusing Moore of groping and sexually assaulting her when she was 16.

Beverly Young Nelson, now 56, in a tearful and emotional press conference with her attorney, alleged Moore sexually assaulted her outside of a Gadsden, Alabama, restaurant where she worked as a waitress while she was in high school in 1977.

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Let me be clear: any impropriety with a child is abhorrent

November 13, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

As one more accuser steps forward, it is now difficult to see Roy Moore’s path progress in his bid to become a senator from Alabama. There is already too much carnage left in the wake of the allegations against him.

But knowing Moore, he will not stand down. If he quits, he’s admitting guilt. If he stays, it will most likely only get worse for his accusers, the state of Alabama and for Moore and his family. But I don’t think retreat is in his nature.
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GOP chair warns Republican office-holders against supporting write-in candidates

November 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Republican Party

Sunday, Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan told the Alabama Political Reporter that she has not even heard of any GOP elected official or candidate that is even considering running as a write-in candidate against Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, and Lathan warned GOP officials and candidates not to endorse Doug Jones or a write-in campaign.

“It would be a serious error for any current elected GOP official or candidate to publicly endorse another party’s candidate, an independent, a third party or a write in candidate in a general election as well,” Lathan said. “I have heard of no GOP elected official or candidate that is even considering this option.”

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In Alabama, we have our veterans’ backs

November 12, 2017

By Alabama Governor Kay Ivey

Dedication. Honor. Commitment. Sacrifice.

Those are the traits that come to mind when I think about our nation’s veterans. I saw these qualities lived out every day by my dad. Boadman Nettles Ivey, my father, served in WWII as part of a field artillery division. From him I learned to love my country, to offer myself to serve my fellow citizen and to stand up for what is right, even when doing so might be difficult.
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Democratic House Minority Leader speaks out on special election, Moore allegations

November 11, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels, D- Huntsville, Saturday evening released a statement on Facebook praising Republican Gov. Kay Ivey’s commitment to see the December 12 special election move forward, despite calls for her to halt the election after reported allegations against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore.

“The Governor’s announcement that she will not meddle with the December 12 special election for US Senate comes as welcome news,” said Daniels, who was elected as minority leader in 2016. “It would be very troubling indeed for anyone to delay or cancel an election — especially once the voting has commenced. And in this case, both parties have held primaries and runoffs and have selected nominees.”
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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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Ivey declines to endorse Moore

November 9, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

If Roy Moore becomes Alabama’s next U.S. senator, he’ll do it without Gov. Kay Ivey’s endorsement.

Alabama’s Republican Governor on Wednesday declined to officially endorse the Alabama Republican Party’s candidate in a special election that is drawing national attention.

Ivey, one of the nation’s most popular Governors, declined to endorse Moore over his opponent, Democratic nominee Doug Jones, who, polls have shown, is running a very tight race with Moore.

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AG’s investigation of Bentley administration, Mason still active

November 8, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Attorney General’s Office’s investigation into former Gov. Robert Bentley’s administration isn’t over yet.

During a hearing on Monday in the wrongful termination suit filed by former Alabama Law Enforcement Agency secretary, Spencer Collier, attorneys for parties on both sides mentioned that some collection of discovery materials – particularly those involving Bentley’s former top aide, Rebekah Mason – had been delayed by an ongoing criminal investigation.
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Still waiting on answers in ALSDE probes

November 8, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Three attorneys for the state’s department of education along with a board member have serious charges pending before the Alabama State Bar Disciplinary Commission over a scheme to deny Dr. Craig Pouncey the superintendent’s  job and yet there has been no response from the bar.

Bar complaints against Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) board member, Mary Scott Hunter, ALSDE attorneys Juliana Teixeira Dean, James R Ward III, and Susan Tudor Crowther were filed some months ago after an internal investigation. The internal report found Hunter and the three ALSDE lawyer had schemed a smear Pouncey who was a candidate for state superintendent.

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