“Embarrassment” statement is just latest Jones gaffe

October 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, the Democratic nominee for Senate Doug Jones reportedly said, “I’m tired of Alabama being an embarrassment around the country.”

Judge Roy Moore for U.S. Senate Campaign Chairman Bill Armistead pounced on that comment.

“Alabama needs a senator in Washington who is proud of this state, someone who will be a strong ambassador for Alabama,” Armistead said. “We don’t need an Obama-like senator who goes on an apology tour for Alabama like President Obama did for America. Doug Jones’ comments are reminiscent of the condescending remarks made by Barack Obama about people who bitterly cling to their guns and religion.”
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Moore addresses Madison County Republicans

October 16, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore addressed the Madison County Republican Party Freedom Gala at the Jackson Center in Research Park.  Moore discussed the Senate race and his views on God.

“I have always admired this part of the state,” Moore said.  “It is so innovative.  I got to go through the Remington factory.  I saw more guns today than I saw in the military.”

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Audri Scott Williams announces run for Congressional District 2

October 12, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, September 30, 2017, Audri Scott Williams, Global Trustee for URI (United Religions Initiative) announced that she was running as a Democrat for Alabama’s Second Congressional Seat in 2018.  That seat is currently held by U.S. Representative Martha Roby, R-Montgomery.

Williams said in a statement, “I’m running because we’ve been neglected by politicians who’ve placed party interests before public interests.  We’ve been neglected by those in power who looked away from the lost factories and underpaying jobs, who turned a blind eye to rising premiums and the return of preexisting conditions, who let our veterans languish in conditions that are beneath their service, and who’ve normalized the lack of accountability in Washington.“

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Moore camp: Son’s arrest has “nothing to do with the campaign”

October 11, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, the Roy Moore for Senate campaign responded to the arrest of his son, Caleb Moore on Monday for trespassing.

Bill Armistead, the Chairman for the Roy Moore for U. S. Senate Campaign made the following statement on Caleb Moore’s arrest for trespassing: “This is a personal matter involving an alleged hunting violation by Judge Moore’s son Caleb over eleven months ago which has nothing to do with the campaign.”

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Sessions announces plan to fight violent crime

October 11, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) announced several Department of Justice actions to reduce the rising tide of violent crime in America. Foremost of those actions is the reinvigoration of “Project Safe Neighborhoods.”

“According to the FBI, the violent crime rate has risen by nearly seven percent over the past two years, and the homicide rate has risen by more than 20 percent. We cannot be complacent or hope that this is just an anomaly: we have a duty to take action,” Attorney General Sessions said in a statement.

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Chess Bedsole top fundraiser in Attorney General’s race

October 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Chess Bedsole’s campaign for attorney general led September finance disclosures in both funds raised and cash on hand. Bedsole raised a total of $121,750 in contributions for the month, more than any of the other four candidates in the race for Alabama attorney general combined.

Bedsole’s strong September showing allowed him to enter this month with more than $400,000 in cash on hand.

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Sessions moves to protect religious liberties

October 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, the Trump administration reversed Obama-era policies with new legal guidance issued to the Department of Justice by Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding religious liberty.

Sessions issued guidance to all administrative agencies and executive departments regarding religious liberty protections in federal law.

“Our freedom as citizens has always been inextricably linked with our religious freedom as a people,” Sessions said. “It has protected both the freedom to worship and the freedom not to believe. Every American has a right to believe, worship, and exercise their faith. The protections for this right, enshrined in our Constitution and laws, serve to declare and protect this important part of our heritage.”
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Senate Republican primary runoff is today 

September 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Republican voters across Alabama will go to the polls today, Tuesday, Sept. 26, to decide who will represent the Republican Party in the state’s general election for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he was appointed to U.S. attorney general.

A primary election for the position of U.S. senator was called by Gov. Kay Ivey for Dec. 12, 2017. The major party primaries were on Aug. 15. Doug Jones won the Democratic primary outright. Former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore and Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., are the candidates in the Republican runoff today.

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Ivey-appointee Will Sellers to seek full term on Supreme Court

September 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice Will Sellers announced that he will seek election for a full term on the court in 2018.

“I am grateful to Governor Kay Ivey for appointing me to the Alabama Supreme Court,” Sellers said. “I have now served three full months on the Court, and I intend to qualify to run in the June 2018 Republican primary.”

“Since my appointment, I have received an outpouring of support from my fellow lawyers and business leaders throughout Alabama,” Sellers said. “I thoroughly enjoy my work on the Court, and it is a privilege to serve alongside Chief Justice Lyn Stuart and the other associate justices. I know our work makes a big difference to the people of Alabama, who recognize the need for a strong judicial branch of government.”

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Recapping the US Senate race in 500 words

September 24, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

As the Republican runoff for U.S. Senate draws closer to its end on Tuesday, it’s important to reflect upon how exactly the race got here.

When Jeff Sessions vacated the seat last year after his appointment as U.S. Attorney General, it was up to then Gov. Robert Bentley to appoint the new senator.

While many interviewed for the position, Bentley decided that then Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange would take the position. Bentley then scheduled the election for the seat to occur in 2018 with other statewide elections.

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