The GOP has conceded, but Roy Moore is refusing — again.

December 14, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, seizing on the shock and awe of a Democrat winning a statewide election in Alabama, is refusing to concede the election to his challenger, Democrat Doug Jones, who appears to have won the election by at least 20,000 votes and 1.5 percentage points, despite the fact that Moore’s own party and its leadership, both at home and in Washington, has congratulated Jones on his win.

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Richard Shelby didn’t vote for Moore, says “Alabama deserves better”

December 11, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby cemented his opposition to Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore on Sunday saying that he “couldn’t vote for Moore.”

The senator appeared on the CNN program “State of the Union” to to discuss the election with host Jake Tapper. In the interview, he said he would like to see a Republican win Tuesday’s race but said he wouldn’t like it to be Moore.

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Strange: Write-in campaign “highly unlikely”

November 15, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Senator Luther Strange, R-Ala., said pursuing a write-in campaign is “highly unlikely” on Tuesday according to multiple media outlets.

Strange’s comments come after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested a write-in campaign to oppose Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore’s campaign. In a Wall Street Journal interview, McConnell suggested that former U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions would make a good write-in candidate.

Alabama Chairman Terry Lathan told members of her party that anyone encouraging such an action would be thrown out of the party.

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Political fortunes come and go

October 18, 2017

By Steve Flowers
Inside the State House

Now that the dust has settled from the Republican Senate primary, we can focus on the much-anticipated 2018 elections.

Kay Ivey is definitely running for governor. She raised over one million dollars in a few short weeks in August with an exploratory committee. As of the last reporting period, she has raised $1.2 million followed closely by Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, who is at $1.1 million.

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Nice times are over in gun debate

October 3, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

This will not be nice.

We’ve tried nice. I’ve tried nice.

Nice doesn’t work. Neither does common sense or facts.

I’ve tried all of those too. A bunch of us have.

And still, 59 people were slaughtered, nearly 600 shot or otherwise severely injured by a man using weapons that are stone cold legal for him to carry around the Vegas strip any day of the week.
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Byrne warns that time is running out for health care rescue

September 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, said the Senate must act on health care before the end of the month to pass a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

“We have now seen the Democrat’s alternative to Obamacare: Senator Sander’s single-payer healthcare bill,” Bryne said. “The American people overwhelmingly rejected increased government involvement in the last election, yet the Democrats have doubled down, putting forward a multi-trillion dollar government takeover of our entire health care system.”

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Offering “Real News Now” takes money

September 20, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

It seems every few hours someone yells, “fake news!” So in an effort to counter so-called fake news, political operatives, associations and a host of others are creating websites that have the look and feel of a legitimate news outlet without disclosing who is actually driving the content or agenda.

Alabama’s Republican Party has stopped just short of producing a full-blown news site, but it is distributing a newsie email called “ALGOP Real News Now,” which is said to be, “Fighting back against the liberal media with real news.”

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Alabama’s fear problem

September 20, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The first step in correcting a problem is recognizing that you have one.

And it’s time we did that, Alabama.

Because we have a big one.

We’re the most intolerant people in the country. And I mean that as the collective “we,” because I’d love to not be included in this broad grouping. But I am.

I live here, have lived here for my entire life. My family is here. My home is here.

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Rep. Connie Rowe will chair House Republican Platform Committee

September 19, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

State Rep. Connie Rowe, R-Jasper, vice chair of the House Republican Caucus, will chair this year’s Caucus Platform Committee, the influential committee that sets Republican priorities for the legislative session.

House Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter, R-Rainsville, announced the appointment Monday in a release.

“Because of the judgment and leadership she has shown since taking office, Rep. Rowe has quickly earned the trust and respect of her fellow Republicans in the Alabama House of Representatives,” Ledbetter said.  “That is why she was elected to serve as vice chair of the House Republican Caucus, which made her the first woman to hold a caucus leadership post, and it is why she has been chosen to chair the platform committee and shoulder this important task.”

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ALGOP Steering Committee calls for Bentley’s resignation

April 10, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — The Alabama Republican Party’s Steering Committee has joined the chorus of state leaders calling for Gov. Robert Bentley’s immediate resignation over the fallout from his relationship with a former top political adviser.

The party’s 21-member main governing body passed a resolution Sunday night calling for Bentley to step down from his office. The party’s call follows similar demands from State Republican leaders last week, including House Speaker Mac McCutcheon, R-Madison, and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston.

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