New poll has Moore leading Jones Senate race by eight points

October 16, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The special general election is now 60 days away, and Republican former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore appears to have a solid eight point lead over Democrat Clinton-era U.S. Attorney Doug Jones. Moore is leading in the poll by eight percentage points.

This poll was performed jointly by Montgomery-based Cygnal and L2, a national nonpartisan voter data and analytics provider.

“This race between Moore and Jones looks a lot like the Moore-Strange competition of the past few months. At this point, the data shows the result will be the same for Judge Moore come December,” Cygnal President Brent Buchanan said.

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Sessions announces plan to fight violent crime

October 11, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) announced several Department of Justice actions to reduce the rising tide of violent crime in America. Foremost of those actions is the reinvigoration of “Project Safe Neighborhoods.”

“According to the FBI, the violent crime rate has risen by nearly seven percent over the past two years, and the homicide rate has risen by more than 20 percent. We cannot be complacent or hope that this is just an anomaly: we have a duty to take action,” Attorney General Sessions said in a statement.

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Bank robber sentenced to 7 and a half years in federal prison

October 9, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp Jr. announced that a federal judge has sentenced a Birmingham man to more than seven years in prison for three bank robberies in 2014.

Patrick Dexter Jones, age 49, pleaded guilty to the three bank robberies before U.S. District Court Judge Madeline H. Haikala. Jones admitted to robbing a Regions Bank branch on Inverness Center Drive in Hoover on Jan. 9, 2014, a BBVA Compass Bank branch on Shades Creek Parkway in Homewood on Jan. 21, 2014, and a Wells Fargo branch on Sixth Avenue South in Birmingham on Feb. 14, 2014. In the first two robberies, Jones presented notes demanding money. In the third, Jones presented two plastic bags and instructed the teller to put cash in the bags, according to his plea.

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Working Families Party congratulates Randall Woodfin on election to Mayor

October 5, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

The Working Families Party has congratulated Birmingham Mayor-elect Randall Woodfin on his victory Tuesday night.

“Randall Woodfin ran on the idea that the people of Birmingham have a right to demand a government that truly works for all its people, and that a city can provide opportunity and lift up those who’ve been left behind,” said Joe Dinkin, national spokesperson for the Working Families Party. “Woodfin is part of a wave of local candidates around the nation who are running on bold, transformative progressive visions and winning.”

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The ADC Convention is Oct. 13 and 14

October 5, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter 

The 2017 Alabama Democratic Conference convention will be held on Oct. 13 and 14 in Hoover at the Hyatt Wynfrey Hotel at the Galleria.

“Conceding red outvoted blue two-to-one in their respective U.S. Senate primaries in August, the Alabama Democratic Conference (ADC) convenes October 13-14th at the Hyatt Wynfrey in Birmingham to prepare members to prove to Alabama voters that Democratic candidates are their best choice for making affordable quality healthcare, good paying jobs, safe neighborhoods, superior public education and accountable public servants are stables in their political diet,” the ADC said in a statement.

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For Birmingham residents, it’s an exciting time

October 5, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Well, it has been a long, long time since Birmingham residents have seen an election for city leadership like we saw this year.

And, really, that’s good news.

Better news, really, was that Birmingham voters found themselves in a rare and enviable position.

Both of the candidates for mayor were capable and encouraging. Both of the candidates for the Districts 2, 5 and 9 City Council seats were also capable and encouraging.

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Randall Woodfin beats incumbent Mayor William Bell in Birmingham mayoral runoff

October 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Randall Woodfin defeated incumbent William Bell on Tuesday in Birmingham’s mayoral runoff.

As of 6:45 a.m., Mayor William Bell had just 17,353 votes (41 percent) while challenger Randall Woodfin had 24,910 votes (58 percent).

While Bell’s re-election effort was seen by many as being the more old guard traditional Birmingham campaign, relying more on endorsements and campaigning at churches, Randall Woodfin was seen as the more “progressive” of the two candidates, relying more on appealing to liberal activist groups.

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Moore Campaign says Doug Jones is too liberal for Alabama

October 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) was in Birmingham campaigning for Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Doug Jones  on Tuesday.

The Chairman of the Roy Moore for U.S. Senate Campaign, Bill Armistead, said, “Today, we are witnessing the beginning of a clear contrast between Judge Roy Moore, the conservative voice for Alabama, and Doug Jones, the liberal voice for big government.  Doug Jones has been trying to fool Alabama voters into thinking that he is really one of them, but he has shown his true colors by bringing in President Obama’s Vice President to campaign for him and raise money for his campaign.  Jones’s embrace of Joe Biden reveals his true colors as a supporter of the Obama-era policies that have put the long-term safety and security of America at risk.”
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Sewell will hold Veterans Resource Fair Thursday

October 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Selma, will hold her 2017 Veterans Resource Fair in Birmingham on Thursday.

“Meeting the needs of our veterans is one of my top priorities, and as a Representative of Alabama’s 7th District, I’m proud to offer a free opportunity for our veterans and military families to connect with the support they’ve earned,” Sewell said in a statement.

The 2017 Veterans Resource Fair is free and open to the public, although they request that you RSVP so that they can have an accurate count of how many people to anticipate.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden joins Doug Jones in Birmingham on Tuesday

October 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, October 3, as the general election campaign begins in the U.S. Senate race, former Vice President Joe Biden (D) will join Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Doug Jones for a campaign rally in Birmingham at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC).

Jones said that he is honored that his friend, Biden, will headline the October 3 rally for his campaign.

Jones said, “We are thrilled and deeply honored to have my longtime friend Vice President Joe Biden visit the great state of Alabama to reinforce his strong support of my campaign for the U.S. Senate.  I have known and respected Joe Biden for almost 40 years now. He is the epitome of what we all hope public service can be.”

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