New Year’s resolution: Stop the gullibility

December 29, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

According to an email that Roy Moore’s campaign sent out to supporters and the media, more than $70,000 has been raised over the last week from donations for Moore’s “election integrity fund.”

Think about that.

Think some more about that.

Now, be angry.

For all of the cheering and congratulating and pontificating that has gone on since Doug Jones won Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat, there has been one glaring fact that has gone largely unmentioned: The worst candidate in years, operating in a campaign that could have been better run by field mice, nearly won.

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Prosecutors say former Republican House Majority Leader Micky Hammon should turn over $50,000

December 28, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Federal prosecutors are asking a federal judge to order former Alabama Republican House Majority Leader Micky Hammon to turn over more than $50,000 as part of a guilty plea to a charge of mail fraud stemming from improper campaign finance practices.

In a motion filed Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Alabama requested a hearing on a motion that Hammon be ordered to pay $50,647 in forfeiture money — the amount prosecutors believe he obtained, transferred or spent through illegal means.

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Almost half of Trump voters did not vote for Roy Moore

December 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Republicans never did fully get behind Roy Moore’s campaign for U.S. Senate.

Moore’s supporters are among the most loyal voters in the state; but Moore failed to unite the Republican Party behind his candidacy.

Moore easily cruised over appointed Sen. Luther Strange in the Republican primary runoff. Moore only had 262,641 votes besting Strange’s 218,505; but in this incredibly heavily-publicized special election he would need more than just primary runoff voters and the Moore campaign and the Alabama Republican Party failed to mobilize the kind of get out the vote effort to increase voter turnout.

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Polling shows Moore maintaining lead over Jones

December 11, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Two new polls show that ahead of Tuesday’s election, Roy Moore (R) is leading Doug Jones (D) for the U.S. Senate seat.

In Gravis’s previous poll,  Democrat Jones was leading by three points.  On Saturday, Gravis’s new poll has Republican Moore leading by four points.  Gravis Marketing surveyed 1,254 likely voters.  The poll was conducted from December 5th thru December eighth and has a margin of error of 2.8 percent.

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Secretary Merrill: Ethics Commission undermined campaign finance law

December 6, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The law doesn’t matter if you try harder not to break it the next time, according to the Alabama Ethics Commission.

Earlier this week, the five-person commission voted 4-1 to dismiss fines levied by the Alabama Secretary of State’s office for the late filing of required campaign finance reports by six political action committees (PACs) and candidates.

In those cases, the fact that the reporting law had been violated was not in question — one had missed the deadline by more than a month, another took nearly a month. The PACs and candidates who appealed their fines to the Commission were clearly in violation of the reporting deadlines.

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Former Trump strategist Steve Bannon to campaign for Moore next week

November 29, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Breitbart executive chairman and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, long considered one of President Donald Trump’s key allies, will return to Fairhope, Alabama, next week to campaign for Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. It’ll be Bannon’s second visit to the state to stump for Moore.

Bannon, since leaving the White House in August, has been mounting a nationwide effort to elect more populists and nationalists. Moore has become one of Bannon’s first projects. In September, Bannon traveled to Fairhope to campaign for Moore during the primary election. Bannon supported Moore over the establishment-embraced Sen. Luther Strange. Bannon’s right-leaning Breitbart news has been staunch in their alignment with Moore.

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Moore campaign fires back at Leigh Corfman

November 22, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

As the sexual misconduct allegations continue to swirl around U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, three of his spokesmen came out Tuesday to push back against the women whose accusations have threatened to capsize his campaign, claiming Moore’s first accuser Leigh Corfman had “pre-existing behavioral issues” and that other specific details from Corfman and other accusers just don’t add up.

Moore’s campaign has maintained and said again Tuesday that Moore has never met Corfman and doesn’t know her but Corfman, in an interview Monday, stood by her accusations that Moore initiated sexual contact with her when she was 14 years old, and he was 32, saying, “I wonder how many ‘me’s’ he ‘doesn’t know.'”

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Moore campaign attempts to discredit Beverly Young accusations

November 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Roy Moore Campaign claimed that newly unveiled statements from key witnesses “completely bust the story of Beverly Nelson and Gloria Allred and further reveal an unconscionable bias on the part of state and national press to hide the truth from Alabama voters who will undoubtedly see through the ‘fake news’ and elect Judge Moore for the man that they have always known him to be.”

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Anti-LGBT pastors, activists will speak with Roy Moore in Birmingham Thursday

November 16, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

One said the same-sex marriage decision would lead to kids being encouraged to practice sodomy in kindergarten and another blamed Hurricane Sandy on gay people and same-sex marriage.

Those are just two of at least seven fundamentalist religious leaders who will be speaking at a press conference for Roy Moore Thursday to push back against accusations that Moore sexually assaulted three women in the 1970s and pursued several others while they were teenagers.

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Mac Watson announces write-in Senate campaign

November 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, November 9, 2017, businessman Mac Watson announced that he was offering a third option for dissatisfied voters in Alabama Senate Special Election.

“Alabama needs new blood in politics,” Watson said.  “Simply going to the polls to ‘vote against the other guy’ is not what our great country was founded on, it is not how our forefathers wanted the power of voting to be used. We don’t need leaders in government. We need people that listen to the people that pay their salaries – citizens. Let’s do something in Alabama in December.”

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