Main Super PAC that backed Strange won’t wade into Senate race for Moore just yet

October 11, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

The main Republican Super PAC that bolstered Sen. Luther Strange’s primary bid won’t be wading into the competition between Chief Justice Roy Moore and his Democratic challenger, Doug Jones — at least, not just yet.

The Senate Leadership Fund — a PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel, R-Ky., and Republican leadership in the Senate — is believed to have spent between $8 – 9 million in the Alabama primary over the past few months in an attempt to prop up Strange and his campaign.

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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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When voting in Senate special election, think of yourself

September 12, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

One candidate doesn’t know what DACA is. The other candidate doesn’t know what the truth is.

That’s what you’re left with in the Republican runoff for a U.S. Senate seat.

Roy Moore v. Luther Strange.

Two candidates who most of us don’t want.

A judge who keeps getting himself tossed off the bench and a malleable lawyer who will conform to any position if it means he gets to never really work again.
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Alabama Democrats respond to Trump’s DACA decision

September 7, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Democratic Party leaders responded negatively to President Donald Trump’s announcement that his administration would roll back on the Deferral Action for Children Arrivals program, which granted temporary legal status to the children of immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally.

Nancy Worley, the chair of the Alabama Democratic Party, said Trump’s new administration has “turned its back on hard-working families and students” in a press release. She also said the new executive action shows that Trump and fellow Republicans are dividing the country and creating fear within communities.

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Hansen says he’s an “unapologetic progressive”

August 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 1: Democratic Candidate for US Senate Michael Hansen told The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) that he is the candidate in the Democratic Primary with real energy and shared polling data with APR showing the Democratic race to be very competitive.

Hansen said, “Democrats in Alabama have a clear choice this election. They can select a centrist that’s indistinguishable from the pack, or rally behind a candidate with real energy. As an unapologetic progressive, I’m talking about pocketbook issues that cross party lines. Healthcare, wages, and the environment resonate with real voters and that’s how I’m winning.”
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Alabama Democratic Conference endorses Doug Jones for Senate

August 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, July 29, 2017, the Alabama Democratic Conference (ADC) met in a Special Session on Saturday and screened all the candidates for US Senate in the August 15, Democratic Primary.  The ADC announced that they are endorsing former US Attorney Doug Jones.

The ADC said in their statement that all the candidates were allowed to make their presentation to persuade the committee why they should be endorsed.
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Shelby and Strange statements on Obamacare repeal vote

July 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, July 28, 2017, US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) today released a statement following the failure of the Senate to pass a repeal of the controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Obamacare).  Sen. Shelby said that the healthcare repeal measure would have given Americans relief from Obamacare and that he is disappointed that it failed.  Senator Luther Strange also expressed disappointment that the key GOP promise was not kept.
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Hansen calls for marijuana legalization

July 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, July 24, 2017, US Senate Candidate Michael Hansen released a statement calling for the legalization of marijuana.  This statement was in response to news reports that the Trump Administration plans to “crack down” on marijuana.

Hansen said in a statement, “The news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to ‘crack down’ on marijuana users is troubling. The fact of the matter is that the ‘War on Drugs’ is a failed Federal policy that for decades has unfairly targeted people of color. I am calling on Congress to decriminalize, legalize, and regulate marijuana to put an end to this racist social experiment. In addition, I am proposing an economic development zone in Alabama’s Black Belt where unemployment is near 10 percent and where poverty rates approach 40 percent. The Black Belt once lead agricultural production, and I believe it will again.”
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Doug Jones says Sessions did the right thing

July 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, July 20, 2017, Democratic candidate for US Senate Doug Jones said that Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) did the right thing and the President was wrong; in his criticism of both the person and the office.

Former US Attorney and Democratic US Senate Candidate Doug Jones calls on all candidates to put Country over Party.  Following President Donald Trump’s statements criticizing Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal from the ongoing Russia investigation, Jones said in a statement, “As a former US Attorney and Prosecutor, I know how important it is to put politics aside and do the right thing no matter the consequences. While I did not support the appointment of Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General, and continue to disagree with his actions on many issues, Jeff Sessions did the right thing both ethically and legally when he recused himself from the investigation in to Russians actions.”
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Is the failure of GOP Healthcare Bill a victory for Democrats?

July 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

July 18, 2017, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) admitted that he did not have the votes to pass the Senate’s replacement for the controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act 0f 2010 (better known as Obamacare).

Now that the Better Care Reconciliation Act has apparently failed, the Senate is expected to vote to simply repeal the unpopular Affordable Care Act; however that measure is expected to fail as Republican moderates: Sen. Susan Collins (D-Maine), Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia), and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) have already announced that they will not vote for a repeal plan of Obamacare unless there is a replacement for the law.  No vote is expected on the bill that actually passed the House of Representatives, but was rejected by the Republican Senate leaders on arrival.
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