Opinion | The politics of deflection, distraction

February 2, 2018

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

With everything going on in Washington, D.C., it’s difficult to predict the result of the midterm 2018 elections.

All indications are that Democrats will have a good year, perhaps even taking over the House of Representatives or the Senate or both.

Let’s learn our lesson, though. Predictions during this Donald Trump era are not certain. Few people thought so-called Republican Trump would defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

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Congress certifies election of Donald Trump

January 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, January 6, 2017, a joint session of Congress certified the results of the electoral college, validating the election of Donald Trump (R) as the next President of the United States.

US Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) said on social media, “Despite the efforts of some House Democrats to cause a stir and delay the process, Congress today officially certified the Electoral College results. One member of Congress even tried to challenge Alabama’s nine electoral votes saying that Russia changed the results in our state. That shows just how far they are willing to go to question the clear results of the Electoral College process.” Read More

Electoral College votes for Trump

December 20, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, December 19, 2016, Alabama’s Republican Electors met in Montgomery and there were no surprises as all nine voted—as they had pledged—for Donald Trump to be the 45th President of the United States.

Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) was present for the historic moment.

Representative Roby wrote in an email to constituents, “Alabama’s electors have officially cast our state’s nine electoral votes for President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence. I attended today’s Electoral College ceremony at the State Capitol to see the votes cast in person. On January 6th, the House and Senate will meet in a joint session of Congress at the US Capitol to count and confirm the electoral votes from all states. These are historic moments for our country, and I will keep you in the loop by continuing to post updates to social media.”
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Electoral College votes today

December 19, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Today is the official end of the 2016 election as electors go to their state capitals and cast their ballots in the Electoral College. Republican New York City billionaire and reality TV star Donald J. Trump is expected to win the Electoral College vote, 306 to 229, over his Democratic rival and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Normally, the college is just a formality, but this year many of the Republican electors have been harassed and threatened to change their vote.
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President-elect Trump to return to Mobile

December 7, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

WKRG Channel 5 is reporting that President-elect Donald J. Trump (R) will take his national victory tour to Mobile on Saturday, December 17, 2016.

Donald Trump is making a victory tour after his surprisingly large victory over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D).

Trump at his victory tour stop in Fayetteville, North Carolina said: “The script to what we’re doing is not yet written. Remember, this has been a great, great movement, the likes of which they’ve never seen before and the likes of which those folks in back there that write the stories.” “I’ll tell you – and they’re saying it – they’ve never seen anything like this before,” Trump said, in re the press in the back of the hall. “It’s one of the great political phenomena of all time. And we’re going to show them – we’re going to do a great job.”
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Alabama Democrats Surprised by Trump Victory, Plan to Move Forward

November 10, 2016

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—On Tuesday, businessman Donald J. Trump (R) swept the electoral map in a shocking upset that left Democrats across the United States in shock and bewildered, wondering what his administration will hold and whether he will keep his controversial campaign promises.

“I’m not so much shocked, as surprised,” Alabama Young Democrats President Beth Clayton said. “We took this election for granted, and we should have seen it coming. A lot of people sat back and didn’t go out to the polls. They didn’t work the way we did in 2008 and 2012.”
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Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and the Electoral College

November 9, 2016

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

You know the outcome of the election. Unfortunately I had to go to press with the column prior to Tuesday. We will analyze the results for you next week. There should be very few surprises.

The Electoral College System of selecting our President favors a Democrat winning the White House. Under this archaic and undemocratic system, it is a winner take all electoral vote contest. For example, if Hillary Clinton carries New York by one vote, she gets all 29 electoral votes. If Donald Trump gets one more vote than Clinton in Kansas, he gets all 6 electoral votes.
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No Question: Hillary Clinton Will Be The Next President

October 26, 2016

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

I’ll admit I blew the prediction on the Republican presidential nomination. No way did I believe Donald Trump was going to win it. I predicted several times that Trump was done.

I was wrong. Trump took it easily, because Republicans apparently don’t want to win the big prize.

I’m pretty comfortable today, two weeks before the election, in predicting that Trump doesn’t stand a chance on Nov. 8.
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Predicting the Presidential Race

January 6, 2016

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

Folks, we are in the midst of a presidential race. It has been ongoing for well over a year. We will select a new president in November. Barack Obama has served his eight year limit. Thus, the parade of candidates seeking to occupy the Oval Office has been long, especially on the Republican side.

You may have noticed that in the previous paragraph I used the word select rather than elect. That would be the proper term since we do not elect our president. The Electoral College selects him or her. It does not matter if one person receives more votes than the other nationwide. The candidate who carries the proper number of states and garners the most electoral votes from those states is declared the president.
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Race for White House Under Way

November 4, 2015

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
By Steve Flowers

The 2016 Presidential election has not only begun, it is well under way. It is now a lengthy process that spans the entire four-year presidential term. The race essentially begins the day a president is sworn into office. Aspirants begin jockeying for the brass ring of American politics the next day and the marathon begins. It becomes exponentially more intriguing when there is no incumbent in the fray as will be the case in 2016.
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