It’s crunch time for the Senate candidates — and they’re not holding back

December 6, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

With the special election less than a week away, it’s crunch time for Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones. Moore’s brought in former White House adviser Steve Bannon, and Jones isn’t holding back, either, running ads highlighting sexual assault allegations against Moore and hitting him hard in a speech in Birmingham Tuesday that his campaign labeled a major address.

“I believe women are every bit as capable as men, that they deserve to be elected to public office, and I damn sure believe and have done my part to ensure that men who hurt little girls should go to jail — not to the United States Senate,” Jones said Tuesday.

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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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GOP chair warns Republican office-holders against supporting write-in candidates

November 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Republican Party

Sunday, Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan told the Alabama Political Reporter that she has not even heard of any GOP elected official or candidate that is even considering running as a write-in candidate against Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, and Lathan warned GOP officials and candidates not to endorse Doug Jones or a write-in campaign.

“It would be a serious error for any current elected GOP official or candidate to publicly endorse another party’s candidate, an independent, a third party or a write in candidate in a general election as well,” Lathan said. “I have heard of no GOP elected official or candidate that is even considering this option.”

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Alabama Tea Party leader Danny Joyner dies

October 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Patriots Commander Danny B. Joyner died Friday night. Danny Joyner was the organizing force behind the online group he promoted as the state’s oldest and largest Tea Party group.

Leaders and elected officials across the state were always eager to get Joyner and the Tea Party Patriots’ endorsements. Joyner said in a statement to the Alabama Political Reporter:

“Since it was established in 2009, the Alabama Patriots have endorsed dozens of statewide and national candidates and more than 85 percent of the candidates they have endorsed have gone on to win their elections.”

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Doug Jones fundraising jumps to about $1.3 million, campaign says

October 17, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones has raised about $1.3 million, his campaign said, amounting to a drastic jump in his campaign fundraising, which struggled in the first months of the race.

Through July 31, during the primary in the first three months of the campaign, Jones’ campaign raised less than $300,000. At the end of the third quarter, Jones’ campaign now has more than $1 million in cash on hand, his campaign said.

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Forget it, Jake; it’s Alabama

October 10, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The National media, alt-right and even the left hope Judge Roy Moore’s win in the Republican primary signals a seismic movement toward more disruptive candidates in GOP primaries.

Those who hope to replicate Moore’s success in other states don’t seem to understand that Moore is not an insurgent candidate but a fixture of conservative politics in Alabama for decades.

While Moore appeals to the same base of conservatives as President Trump, the two couldn’t be more different.

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Poll: Moore less than 6 points ahead of Jones, also Alabamians’ opinions on national controversies

October 2, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

A new poll in the U.S. Senate race places former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore ahead of Democrat Doug Jones by less than 6 percentage points.

The telephone poll, conducted and sponsored by Decision Desk HQ, sampled 590 likely voters in the election. It was conducted last week and released on Saturday.

Former U.S. Attorney Jones polled at 44.5 percent of the vote, which put him behind Moore who polled at 50.2 percent. The poll had a margin of error of 4 percentage points, putting Jones just out of reach from a statistical tie with Moore.

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Candidates circling Ross’s soon-vacant Senate seat

September 21, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Quinton Ross hasn’t officially left the Alabama Senate yet, but the hopefuls are already circling.

Ross was selected earlier this month as Alabama State University’s president. Barring something weird, he’ll take over on Oct. 2. ASU trustees are set to approve a contract for him at a Sept. 29 board meeting.

Ross said on Wednesday that he and trustees are working through the particulars of that contract now, and he feels like a deal is pretty close.

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David Carrington drops out of Governor’s race

September 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington announced that he was ending his campaign for Governor of Alabama.

Carrington said in a statement to supporters, “After prayerful consideration, I’ve decided it’s time for me to end my campaign for Governor.”

Carrington said, “My six-month journey has been fascinating – one I will never forget or regret. I’ve learned so much about our state, its politics, its citizens and myself. My decision has nothing to do with health or relationship issues. It just wasn’t meant to be.”

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Moore and Brooks share stage at Tea Party Forum in Wetumpka

August 1, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, July 31, 2013, the Wetumpka Tea Party held what they billed as a top three Republican candidates forum.  Based on polling that has been made public, they invited only the top three candidates out of the Republican field of nine: former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, Congressman Mo Brooks, and US Senator Luther Strange.

Wetumpka Tea Party founder and President Becky Gerritson said that Strange has a Senate confirmation vote Monday night, so only Moore and Brooks were actually on stage.
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