Democrats qualify for state Senate races

February 12, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Democratic Party closed qualifying on all offices, including the Alabama state Senate.

32 Democrats qualified for the state Senate, and there are a number of Democratic primary contests.

The Senate is currently composed of 26 Republicans, seven Democrats and one independent. Senate District 26 is vacant. The district was recently represented by Sen. Quinton Ross, D-Montgomery.

All seven Democratic incumbent Senators are running for another term in the Alabama Senate.

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Republican primary field for State Senate is set

February 12, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Major party qualifying ended on Friday. February 9 and there were a number of late changes in the state Senate slates, most notably Senator Slade Blackwell’s decision to pull out of his senate re-election race to pursue the governor’s office.

The Senate is currently composed of 26 Republicans, seven Democrats, and one independent.  Senate District 26, which was held by Sen. Quinton Ross, D-Montgomery, is currently vacant.

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Secretary of State issues reminder to candidates about upcoming Legislative Fundraising Blackout

January 5, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill is reminding candidates and political action committees of the upcoming freeze on fundraising during the Legislative Session known as the Legislative Blackout Period.

The Code of Alabama 1975, § 17-22A-7(b) states the following:

“Candidates for state offices (All statewide offices including Constitutional Officers, Judicial Officers, the Public Service Commission, and State Legislators) and their principal campaign committees … may not solicit or accept, or both, contributions during the period when the Legislature is convened in session.”

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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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