Stacy George drops out of Governor’s race, endorses Kay Ivey

November 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, former Morgan County Commissioner Stacy George (R) announced that he was dropping out of the Alabama governor’s race and was endorsing Gov. Kay Ivey. George says that he is dropping out of public life. He will complete his book.

“I, Stacy Lee George am leaving the 2018 Governor’s race. I am endorsing Kay Ivey for Governor. Over the last couple of months while finishing my book I have realized that Governor Ivey has been able to steady the ship in Alabama,” George said in a statement.

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The same men quick to judge Bentley rush to Roy Moore’s defense

November 13, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

The allegations facing U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore are not Alabama’s first experience with alleged sexual improprieties among the state’s top brass. The reaction, however, is much different from the two men who led the charge against former Gov. Robert Bentley when he was accused of having an affair with a top adviser.

On Thursday, hours after the Washington Post’s bombshell article published, accusing Moore of sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old girl in 1979, State Auditor Jim Zeigler spoke with the Washington Examiner, invoking Jesus and the Bible in defense of Moore.

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Nine campaign committees, PACs still have not filed 2016 Annual Reports

November 9, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office published a list of principal campaign committees and political action committees that have yet to file their 2016 Annual Report. This report documents all money raised or spent by a candidate or committee each year.

The Secretary of State’s Office says that it made numerous attempts to notify each committee member listed in the FCPA system starting May 1, 2017. Notice was delivered to each committee by phone, mail and email.

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Moore campaign dismisses Daily Beast story as another misleading attack

October 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, the Roy Moore Campaign dismissed reporting by the Daily Beast that the former chief justice’s federal and state ethics filings do not match.

“This is another misleading attack on Judge Moore and his wife,” the Moore campaign said in a statement.

“First, the 990 Form, as reported in the Daily Beast story, is a manipulated document,” the campaign claimed.

The Moore campaign provided no further detail on this claim.

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Report: Roy Moore left income off Senate ethics disclosure form

September 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Daily Beast reported that U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore appears to have left as much as $150,000 in income off of his Senate financial disclosure forms when it was compared to his state of Alabama ethics disclosure form, which he filed two months earlier.

There are also debts on the state form that appear to have been left off of the federal filing.

“In filings with the Alabama Ethics Commission, Moore, the former chief justice of the state supreme court, listed between $50,000 and $150,000 in honoraria received last year for various speaking engagements,” the article said. “But in a filing with the Senate Ethics Committee two months later, he explicitly denied having received any payments last year ‘for an article, speech, or appearance.’”

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US Sen. Shelby endorses Sen. Strange

September 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., endorsed appointed Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., in the Republican primary runoff on Sept. 26.  The endorsement is being promulgated in a statewide direct mail campaign paid for by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and their Alabama affiliate: the Business Council of Alabama (BCA).

“As has been reported, the U.S. Chamber is backing Luther Strange in the race for Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat,” Megan Etten, a spokesperson for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said. “Today, the U.S. Chamber, in partnership with the Business Council of Alabama, will deliver a statewide mailer to Republican primary voters urging them to vote for Senator Luther Strange in the September 26 runoff election. The mailer features an endorsement from Senator Richard Shelby; it’s the first action he’s taken in this race.”

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Stacy George announces book release

September 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sunday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Stacy George announced that his book, “Corruption in the Heart of Dixie,” should come out in November.

Commissioner George said in a statement, “Our goal is to complete my book by November of 2017 and do book signings through the remainder of the year.”

George said, “I have been completing my book with the help of Charles Woodall and Karen Brewster George. We are expanding the introduction and we are going to make people think about politics from a local level to a statewide level. The book will challenge you to compare all other candidates in the race on what they have done.”

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Strange votes to raise debt ceiling, votes against amendment to cut foreign aid

September 11, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, September 8, 2017, Sen. Luther Strange, R-Alabama, voted to raise the debt ceiling. Not only did Strange vote to raise the debt ceiling and add $15.25 billion to the national deficit, he also voted against an amendment offered up by U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., that would have halted $15.25 billion of foreign aid to pay for Hurricane Harvey relief.

Rand Paul’s “America First” amendment, supported by nine other conservative Republicans – including Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Jim Inhofe, R-Ok.; Mike Lee, R-Utah; Tim Scott, R-S.C.; and  Pat Toomey, R-Pa. – was designed as a solution to the budget crisis. It would have provided a way for the federal government to fund Hurricane Harvey aid without raising the debt ceiling.

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Zeigler asks Trump to switch Senate endorsement to Roy Moore

September 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler sent a request to President Donald Trump asking the president to switch his endorsement in Alabama’s U.S. Senate Republican runoff from Luther Strange to Judge Roy Moore.

Trump endorsed the appointed U.S. Sen. Strange in the August 15 GOP primary, but Strange finished second to former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Moore by six percentage points.

The two meet in a Sept. 26, 2017, runoff for the Republican Senate nomination.

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National Federation of Republican Assemblies endorses Roy Moore

September 5, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

In accordance with National Federation of Republican Assemblies bylaws, the Alabama Republican Assembly endorsement of Judge Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate seat in the Alabama Special Election is carried as an endorsement from NFRA. NFRA President Willes K. Lee said in a statement, “Judge Moore is the candidate Alabama and the United States needs in Washington. Conservative in his own right, Judge Moore holds all liberals – Republicans as well as Democrats – to account… as does the NFRA. He is determined to drain the D.C. swamp and to make America great again.”

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