Shelby praises SEC appointment of William Duhnke to be PCAOB chairman

December 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., made a statement supporting the Securities and Exchange Commission’s appointment of William D. Duhnke III to be chairman of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

“Chairman Clayton has made an excellent choice in selecting Bill Duhnke to be the next chairman of the PCAOB,” said Sen. Shelby. “His intellect and experience ensure his future success in this role. I have relied on Bill’s professional advice and leadership for 20 years, and I know he will be an asset as the Board works to improve audit quality and promote public trust.”

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They all can’t be lead horses

December 13, 2017

By Steve Flowers

Inside the Statehouse

The legendary Speaker of the U.S. House, Sam Rayburn, coined a famous phrase he used often and imparted to young congressmen when they would arrive on Capitol Hill full of vim and vigor. He would sit down with them and invite them to have a bourbon and branch water with him. The old gentleman, who had spent nearly half a century in the Congress, after hearing their ambitions of how they were going to change the world, would look them in the eye and say, “You know here in Congress there are 435 prima donnas and they all can’t be lead horses.” Then the Speaker in his Texas drawl would say, “If you want to get along, you have to go along.”
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Former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones wins Senate race; first Democratic win since 1992

December 12, 2017

By APR Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama elected its first Democratic senator in over two decades Tuesday after a grueling seven-month long election cycle.

Doug Jones, a former U.S. attorney, faced a great challenge in overcoming the deficit polling between him and his opponent, former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore. Jones trailed Moore for most of the campaign according to RealClearPolitics, which averages polls across various firms and media outlets.
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Live Updates: US Senate Special General Election

December 12, 2017

By Staff

9:26 p.m.–APR projects Doug Jones will win Senate election.

9:25 p.m.–A little over 100,000 estimated votes left to be counted. Jones’ chance of victory shoots to 95 percent or above.

9:21 p.m.–Jones Passes Moore momentarily. As Jones-leaning counties come in, he’s expected to widen the gap.

9:16 p.m.–Jones tied with Moore. Jones has 84 percent chance of winning. 86 percent of precincts reporting.

9:10 p.m.–Moore leads by less than 1 percent. Less than 200,000 estimated votes left to be counted. Jones percentage chance of winning rises to 75 percent.
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Moore holds election eve rally with Steve Bannon, other supporters in Midland

December 12, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, December 11, 2017, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Roy Moore held a “Drain the Swamp rally” in Midland just 13 hours before Alabama voters go to the polls to decide whether they want to vote for Moore or Democrat Doug Jones to be their senator, replacing Jeff Sessions (R) who vacated the seat to become U.S. attorney general.

“We are not going to stand by and let people from out of state and California control this election,” Judge Roy Moore said. “Three years before I was born, 1944, America was in crisis. We were at war with Adolph Hitler and the armies of Nazi Germany.” President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said on the radio that many would die in that war; but we had faith. Three years later I was born. “In the 1960s, we started to forget God and we started to forget where our strength comes from.”

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For Moore’s core supporters, this election goes much deeper than policy or politics

December 12, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

For Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore’s core group of voters, this special election is about much more than politics or policy. At its core, Tuesday’s vote isn’t about taxes and it’s not about Steve Bannon, Donald Trump or even Democrat Doug Jones.

When Moore’s staunchest supporters walk into a polling place Tuesday, first and foremost on their mind will be a world that appears to be fundamentally shifting away from them — a political and social reality that not only feels uncomfortable but even hostile.

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Steve Bannon at Moore rally: “There’s a special place in hell” for Republicans like Richard Shelby, Condoleezza Rice

December 12, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who has become one of Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore’s main supporters, took some hefty swipes Monday night against Alabama Republican Sen. Richard Shelby and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, an Alabama native.

Bannon spoke out against Shelby, Rice and other Republicans who have decided to distance themselves from Moore’s controversial candidacy.

“To Mitch McConnell, Senator Shelby and Condi Rice and little Bobby Corker, all of that establishment up there, all of that establishment up there every day that doesn’t have Trump’s back. You know they don’t have his back. All they want him for is that corporate tax cut. That’s all they want him for. As soon as they get that tax cut, watch what happens. There’s a special place in hell for Republicans that should know better,” Bannon said. “We know what they’re doing. They’re trying to shut up President Trump and Judge Moore.”

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Moore v. Jones: This is who we are

December 12, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

So, here we are.

Roy Moore v. Doug Jones.

The race that determines … who gets to rep Alabama in the U.S. Senate for the next two years. And that’s pretty much it.

I keep hearing that this race is vitally important to the state, that it will determine who we are as a state, that it will set the state back years if Moore wins.

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Bring photo ID to the polls today; House District 4, Senate District 26 also have elections

December 12, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Today is the day that Alabama selects its new U.S. senator to replace Jeff Sessions.  Sessions vacated the seat months ago to be President Donald J. Trump’s Attorney General.  In addition to the Senate race between Doug Jones and Roy Moore, there will also be major party primary elections in State House District 4 and state Senate District 26.

The hypermedia attention and the vitriol on social media is possibly drawing many voters to the polls that normally only vote in Presidential elections, if then.  In order to be sure that your vote is counted you need to remember to bring your photo ID with you when you go to the polls. The State of Alabama has a law that requires that you show a valid photo ID in order to get to participate in the election process.

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Trump, Obama record dueling robocalls ahead of election

December 12, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Today’s election versus Republican former Alabama Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Roy Moore and Democrat former Clinton era U.S. Attorney Doug Jones has become hyper-partisan nationally. Pres. Donald J. Trump (R) has endorsed Moore. Pres. Trump was in Pensacola Friday urging his supporters to come out for Moore in today’s special election. Trump has also taped a robo-call for the embattled Moore. Former Pres. Barack H. Obama (D) has also gotten heavily involved in this election; though he is asking voters to come out for Jones.

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