US Rep. Mo Brooks diagnosed with prostate cancer

December 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, announced on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday that he has prostate cancer.

“This is a very difficult speech for me to give. God works in mysterious ways,” Brooks said. “When you are an elected official, missed votes require an explanation. That is why I disclose this otherwise very personal, very private, and very humbling matter.  On Halloween Night after votes and as I stood on the Capitol steps, my doctor called and said, ‘Congressman Brooks. Bad news. You have high risk prostate cancer.’ I felt an adrenalin rush as a chill went up and down my spine.”

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ASU’s debt plan is solid

December 14, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

There seems to be some confusion about Alabama State University’s plan to manage its debt.

At a board meeting last Friday, the trustees heard a proposal from new president Quinton Ross to take advantage of a federal loan program available to historically black colleges to refinance a significant portion of the university’s debt. Additionally, the university will consider borrowing a bit more money at the same time to conduct a few maintenance projects.

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Winners and Losers of Special Election

December 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama garnered national and global attention from the U.S. Senate special election which vaulted Doug Jones into the U.S. Senate. There are a number of winners and losers from this election.

The foremost winner is of course Doug Jones himself.  Jones has had a stellar legal career.  He has been a U.S. Attorney, an assistant U.S. attorney, a former aide to U.S. Senator Howell Heflin (D), the successful prosecutor of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombers, and he is recognized as one of the foremost legal minds in the profession with a who’s who list of corporate and institutional clients.  He has had a stellar career; but now he is a Democrat rock star.  He walked into the heart of Trump country in the deep south and emerged victorious.  Nobody among Senate Democrats can match that accomplishment and the national press attention he has received gives him far wider popular name recognition than Senators who have served longer and have more political victories.

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Tom Fredricks, Parker Moore in House District 4 runoff

December 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tom Fredricks and Parker Moore will face off in a runoff in the GOP primary for Alabama House District 4.

The two emerged from a special GOP primary on Tuesday versus Tom Willis. As of Thursday morning, Fredericks had 46 percent while Parker Moore had 30 percent.

The special Republican runoff will be on Feb. 27.

Fredricks is a resident and businessman in Priceville, Alabama.  Tom serves on the board of several benevolence programs and is involved with the Republican Party at both the county and state levels.

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Changing times require a commitment to Alabamians

December 14, 2017

By Dr. Jim Purcell

It wasn’t so long ago that a young person in Alabama could stake their claim as a middle-class citizen based upon a strong back, perseverance and the intensity of their work ethic. However, technology, automation and complex machinery have eliminated many of the jobs that required repetitious activity and pure human muscle.

Overall, this change in the nature of the workplace has yielded many positive things, such as less workplace injuries, greater quality products, and lower prices for consumers. Consequently, it does force us, as a society, to rethink how we educate our youth and how we retrain our existing workforce for the modern economy. The workplace for our children will be vastly different than previous generations.

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Roy Moore’s god fails to come through

December 14, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

It turned out as it should have. Democrat Doug Jones, his honor and history intact, defeated Roy Moore.

Moore talks a lot about how God guides his campaigns. Well, God saw what was best for Alabama, and selected Jones – at least, that’s what the perspective from Moore should be.

As of this writing, Moore hadn’t even had the decency to concede the election, but whether he does nor not, Doug Jones is the next U.S. senator from Alabama. Let’s hope Moore fades from public life, once and for all.

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Democrat Doug Jones’ win is one for the history books

December 13, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama politics did the only thing Alabama politics knows how to do: take the unexpected and make it into a reality, with Democratic candidate Doug Jones pulling off a historic upset. The election places a Democratic Senator from the Yellowhammer State in Congress for the first time in a quarter-century.

The newly elected senator and his campaign, built on an unlikely alliance of crossover Republicans, women, black voters and millennials, delivered a shockingly solid defeat to Republican candidate former Chief Justice Roy Moore, who, just a few months ago, was thought to be a shoe-in.

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Moore says that he will let the process play out before conceding election to Jones

December 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Even though the numbers show that Democrat Doug Jones was clearly the winner of the U.S. Senate seat, the Roy Moore campaign refused to concede and decided instead to wait for the final totals from the campaign to be tabulated.

“Wait on God and let this process play out,” Moore told his supporters.

“May God bless you as you go on, give you safe journey, and thank you for coming tonight,” Moore concluded when he dismissed his campaign watch party. “It’s not over and it’s going to take some time.”

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A change in Alabama

December 13, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

This changes things.

Oh, don’t think that I’m going to launch into some sappy love-fest over Doug Jones’ victory Tuesday night. (And it was a victory. Not even Bob Riley and Billy Canary could dig up 20,000-plus votes to save Roy Moore.)

Jones’ victory alone doesn’t deserve a love-fest. The people of Alabama did what they should have done — prevented an awful candidate from becoming their U.S. Senator. You don’t get a cookie for doing the things you’re supposed to do. But you can be proud of doing the right thing, and I am proud of the results.

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Democrats cheer Doug Jones’ victory

December 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The voters of Alabama went to the polls Tuesday and elected Doug Jones to be their next U.S. senator.  The shocking come-from-behind victory was met with nationwide jubilation by Democrats and their allies.

Alabama Democratic Party Chair Nancy Worley said in a statement, “Tonight, the people of Alabama elected Doug Jones, a man of intelligence and character, to the United States Senate. Doug’s hard work, crisscrossing the state for weeks on end, paid off in a great victory for working families and the “kitchen table” issues that voters care about. He will continue to work hard to protect jobs for Alabamians, good schools, affordable health care and justice for everyone in our state.”

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