Poll: Doug Jones holds eight-point lead over Moore; 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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The ALGOP Steering Committee votes to continue supporting Roy Moore

November 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

After a week of speculation, the Alabama Republican Party Steering Committee reaffirmed its support for U.S. Senate nominee Roy Moore.

Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan said in a statement regarding the U.S. Senate election: “On Wednesday evening, the Alabama Republican Party Steering Committee, comprised of 21 members, met to discuss the events and circumstances regarding the December 12 U.S. Senate race.  The ALGOP Steering Committee supports Judge Roy Moore as our nominee and trusts the voters as they make the ultimate decision in this crucial race.”

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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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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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Toxic chemicals dumped in Alabama rivers

November 17, 2017

By Chandler Walker
Alabama Political Reporter

An analysis recently performed on Alabama’s rivers shows that, in 2015, almost ten million pounds of toxic chemicals were dumped into the water, according to the Black Warrior Riverkeeper. These chemicals included over 50,000 pounds of carcinogens, which are substances and exposures that lead to cancer. It also possessed chemicals that have the ability to cause reproductive issues in men and women.

“Toxic chemicals in our rivers and lakes aren’t just bad for the fish. Most Alabamians get their drinking water from our rivers,” said Frank Chitwood, the Coosa Riverkeeper. “Removing these toxic chemicals costs money that ultimately gets passed on to ratepayers. Clearly, our priorities are backwards. We should place a much higher priority on the protection of our drinking water.”

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Alabama joins 21 states in 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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The Roy Moore debate is over

November 17, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Roy Moore saga has jumped the shark.

The exact moment this thing became too absurd for even Alabama is hard to pinpoint, but it definitely occurred during Thursday’s 20-person condescension-fest and press preachin’. Probably around the time they welcomed to the stage “The Activist Mommy blogger,” a middle-aged mother of 10 from Ohio whose expertise in Alabama political issues stems, apparently, from writing hateful things on a blog.

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Gov. Ivey remembers Macon County economic development official Harold Powell

November 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Macon County Economic Development Authority Secretary-Treasurer Harold Powell died in Italy during a trip to lure Leonardo Aircraft to build a new manufacturing plant in Macon County.

“It is with great sorrow that I learned today of the passing of Harold Powell Jr. while representing the State of Alabama and Macon County on an economic development mission to Italy,” Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R), who was traveling in Italy with Mr. Powell said in a statement.

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Senate passes defense spending bill

November 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed the NDAA after it came out of a conference committee report.

The FY18 NDAA conference report authorizes a $88.7 billion increase over FY 2017 national defense funding. It authorizes $634.2 billion for base budget requirements and $65.7 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding, for a record-high total of $699.9 billion.

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said in a statement following Senate passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 Conference Report:

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Judge Stewart campaigns for AL Supreme Court in St. Clair County

November 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, November 16, 2017 Circuit Judge Sarah Stewart was in Pell City to speak to the St. Clair County Republican Party.  Stewart is running for a seat on the Alabama Supreme Court.

Stewart said that she is originally from Oklahoma; but has lived in Mobile for the last 24 years.  Stewart said that she has years of actual courtroom experience and knows all about the courts and trials.  She has been a Circuit Judge for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Mobile County since 2006.

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