Opinion | The politics of deflection, distraction

February 2, 2018

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

With everything going on in Washington, D.C., it’s difficult to predict the result of the midterm 2018 elections.

All indications are that Democrats will have a good year, perhaps even taking over the House of Representatives or the Senate or both.

Let’s learn our lesson, though. Predictions during this Donald Trump era are not certain. Few people thought so-called Republican Trump would defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

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Cavanaugh attacks Ainsworth for close ties to Marco Rubio

November 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, the campaign for lieutenant governor became heated when Public Service Commission President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh took a shot at opponent state Rep. Will Ainsworth, R-Guntersville, for his association with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida.

“On Thursday night, apparently the Representative running for Lieutenant Governor will be holding a high-dollar, closed-door event with his great friend, Washington Insider Marco Rubio,” Cavanaugh said. “This is the same Marco Rubio that is tight with Mitch McConnell and the DC Swamp; the same Marco Rubio that was a member of the Gang of Eight with the likes of John McCain and Jeff Flake working for amnesty for illegal immigrants; the same Marco Rubio that admitted he disagreed with Jeff Sessions on immigration policy.”

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Impeach Hillary Clinton? Good luck

October 20, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Bradley Byrne is going to impeach Hillary Clinton.

No, for real.

Byrne, who has been, up until now, one of Alabama’s least embarrassing Republican congressmen, told an angry group of veterans on Tuesday night in Mobile that his office is already exploring ways to impeach her should she win next month’s election, according to al.com.

And why would Byrne do this?

Because of the email scandal and suspicious donations to the Clinton Foundation, he told the veterans.
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Rubio to Visit Guntersville and Mountain Brook1

November 17, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, November 16 Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) announced that Florida Senator and Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio will be visit Alabama for a campaign stop on December 1.

Senator Rubio will hold a public campaign rally in Guntersville, from 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Guntersville Recreation Center; 1500 Sunset Drive; Guntersville, AL. Senator Rubio will then hold two private fundraisers, one at Dream Ranch in Guntersville and a second at the home of state Senator Slade Blackwell (R from Mountain Brook).
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Carson to Visit University of South Alabama on Thursday

November 17, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, November 13 Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) announced that Republican Presidential candidate, neurosurgeon, and author: Dr. Ben Carson will visit Alabama on Thursday, November 19.

Dr. Carson will appear at the University of South Alabama Mitchell Center, 5960 Old Shell Road, Mobile, AL 36688 from 4 to 5 p.m. for a free rally.  Doors open at 1:00 pm.  Following the rally, there will be a fundraiser from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at a private residence.  Tickets for the fundraiser are $500 per ticket, $1,000 for VIP and $2,700 per host committee person and are available on Dr. Carson’s website.
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Rubio to Visit Guntersville and Mountain Brook

November 17, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, November 16 Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) announced that Florida Senator and Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio will be visit Alabama for a campaign stop on December 1.

Senator Rubio will hold a public campaign rally in Guntersville, from 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Guntersville Recreation Center; 1500 Sunset Drive; Guntersville, AL. Senator Rubio will then hold two private fundraisers, one at Dream Ranch in Guntersville and a second at the home of state Senator Slade Blackwell (R from Mountain Brook).
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Trump Visits Birmingham on Saturday

November 17, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

New York City businessman and Republican candidate for President Donald Trump will hold a public rally at the BJCC (Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex) on Saturday, November 21 at 11:00 am.  Doors open 10:00 a.m.

The Birmingham–Jefferson Convention Complex is at 2100 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N Birmingham, AL 35203 just off of I-59/I-20 just east of the junction with I-65.

Trump made headlines on Monday when MSNBC’s Chris Jansing asked, “Is there something that you would do here in the homeland that you think is not being done now to protect United States citizens?”
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Merrill Endorses Huckabee

November 6, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, November 5 former Arkansas Governor and 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee was in Hoover to personally sign the paperwork officially qualifying for the Alabama GOP Presidential Primary on March 1.  He was joined at Alabama Republican headquarters in Hoover by Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) who endorsed Gov. Huckabee as his choice to be the next President of the United States.
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Debating the debates of the debaters

November 4, 2015

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

OK. I’m probably biased. I come at this from the left. I’m giving that up at the outset.

But it’s like two different presidential elections out there. You have the Democrats, generally calm in their debates, constructive, mostly sane.

And you have the Republicans, about as whacky as grown people can be arguing with each other, and, of course, with the debate moderators. They’re like 13-year-olds.
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Race for White House Under Way

November 4, 2015

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
By Steve Flowers

The 2016 Presidential election has not only begun, it is well under way. It is now a lengthy process that spans the entire four-year presidential term. The race essentially begins the day a president is sworn into office. Aspirants begin jockeying for the brass ring of American politics the next day and the marathon begins. It becomes exponentially more intriguing when there is no incumbent in the fray as will be the case in 2016.
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