Democrat Doug Jones’ win is one for the history books

December 13, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama politics did the only thing Alabama politics knows how to do: take the unexpected and make it into a reality, with Democratic candidate Doug Jones pulling off a historic upset. The election places a Democratic Senator from the Yellowhammer State in Congress for the first time in a quarter-century.

The newly elected senator and his campaign, built on an unlikely alliance of crossover Republicans, women, black voters and millennials, delivered a shockingly solid defeat to Republican candidate former Chief Justice Roy Moore, who, just a few months ago, was thought to be a shoe-in.

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This is what voting Republican has brought us

December 8, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Republicans in Alabama are confused.

In the race for U.S. Senate, the Republican Party’s candidate — the new face of the party who is receiving full support from the party coffers and an endorsement from the Republican president — is Roy Moore, a man with a suspect political history and who now faces credible allegations of child molestation.

That’s a bad choice.

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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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Moore leads by two percentage points in new poll

November 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, November 21, 2017, the Raycom News Network and Strategic Research released a poll showing Judge Roy Moore up by two points over former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones.  The Moore campaign had been easily outdistancing the Jones campaign and appeared to be running away with the race, until a Washington Post story torpedoed the Moore campaign alleging improper treatment of women by a single Moore after he finished law school. The Raycom poll from November 8; before the release of the women from the 1970s allegations that made national and international news; showed Moore up by 8 points.

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Moore campaign slams Jones for having “Mexico First” agenda

November 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, the Roy Moore campaign attacked Doug Jones for what they called his “Mexico First” immigration and border control policies.

The Moore campaign stated that, on Saturday, Jones said he did not support the building of a border wall, stating that it would be too expensive. On Sunday, another Border Patrol officer was killed defending the Southern Border.  The Moore campaign also criticized Jones for his support of the controversial DACA and DREAM Acts.

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The big question will be answered soon

November 22, 2017

By Steve Flowers
Inside the Statehouse

The big question in the Senate race is will allegations against Roy Moore and his purported propensities forty-years ago cause him to lose.  We will soon see.  The election is less than three weeks away.

The book on Moore is easy to read.  The polls have consistently revealed that 30 percent of voters like him and 70 percent do not like him.  He is a polarizing figure and well known.

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Madison businessman will seek seat to be vacated by State Sen. Bill Holtzclaw

November 21, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

A Madison small businessman will be joining the primary battle for the Republican nomination for the State Senate seat held by Sen. Bill Holtzclaw, R-Madison, who has said he won’t seek re-election next year.

Madison City Councilman Steve Smith, who is in his second term on the council, said in an announcement Monday that he would be seeking the seat. Former State Sen. Tom Butler, who served in the body from 1994-2010 as a Democrat, has also said he is seeking the seat as a Republican.

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New poll has Doug Jones with a five-point lead

November 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, a new poll by Gravis indicates that Doug Jones has surged to the lead in the U.S. Senate race in the aftermath of accusations from several women claiming that Judge Roy Moore may have acted inappropriately with some young ladies on the Gadsden singles’ scene in the 1970s.

The new poll shows 47 percent support for Clinton era U.S. Attorney Doug Jones (D) for Senate. Moore, who has led throughout, has dropped to just 42 percent support. Eleven percent reported that they were now uncertain who they would vote for.
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Democrats claim GOP Tax Plan would hurt Alabama workers, communities

November 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, the Alabama Democratic Party released a statement critical of the recently released House GOP tax plan that passed the U.S. House of Representatives earlier that day.

“House Republicans voted today to increase taxes on middle class families and provide massive giveaways to billionaires and wealthy corporations. While Senate Republicans debate their tax plan in committee, the latest edition calls for permanent tax breaks for the richest, paid for by cutting health care and other programs Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and education that working Alabama families rely on every day,” the Alabama Democratic Party wrote.

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Secretary of State: No crossover voters will be prosecuted

November 17, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill’s office said Friday that no crossover voters will be prosecuted and the instances of crossover voting were far fewer than initially believed.

Initial numbers indicated in a formal election report in August showed more than 674 individuals had voted in the Democratic primary and then went on to vote in the Republican run-off — a violation of an Alabama law passed during the 2017 Legislative Session

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