Alabama votes on Tuesday

August 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama voters go to the polls on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, to decide who they want to represent them in the US Senate seat vacated when Jeff Sessions (R) was confirmed as US Attorney General.

There are nine Republicans and seven Democrats vying for the position.

The seven Democratic candidates running in the US Senate Special Primary Election. are: Will Boyd, Vann Caldwell, Jason Fisher, Michael Hansen, Doug Jones, Robert Kennedy, Jr., and Charles Nana.

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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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The worst thing Robert Bentley did

May 3, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

A few weeks ago, the Alabama House Judiciary Committee dropped a report detailing a bunch of awful things former Gov. Robert Bentley did.

There were tales of affairs, of intimidation, of misusing power, of misusing State resources, of acting above the law and of flaunting his overreach of power.

But that report didn’t include one thing: the worst thing Robert Bentley ever did.

Because the worst thing Bentley ever did had nothing to do with sex or campaign finance issues.
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Montgomery County Democratic Conference announces new leadership

March 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 23, 2017, Emerging from trusteeship, the Montgomery County Democratic Conference (MCDC) elected a new slate of officers and executive committee members on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

The group elected Janet May as its Chairperson. Joe M. Reed was chosen as Vice Chairperson.

Other officers elected include: Mary E. Williams, Recording Secretary; Sheena Gamble, Assistant Secretary; Lillian Jefferson, Treasurer; Kenyatte Hassell, Coordinator; Tamika Miller, Vice Chair Women’s Affairs; Robert Thompson, Vice Chair for Youth Affairs and Maggie J. Stringer, Vice Chair for Senior Affairs.
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Can Joe Reed save Gwendolyn Boyd at ASU?

December 16, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

A week prior to the annual Turkey Day Classic football game last month at Alabama State University, ASU employees discovered that someone had broken into the school’s football stadium and cut a fiber optic wire – a costly act that threatened some of the activities planned for the game.

The act of vandalism also inadvertently revealed another issue to university trustees: While inquiring about the progress on catching those responsible, trustees learned from campus police that there was no video available because the university’s security cameras all around campus were out of operation.
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Time for accountability

November 16, 2016

By Minority Leader Rep. Craig Ford

The election is over and now the real work begins. Part of that work means holding our leaders accountable for their promises and commitments, and both sides of the aisle have plenty to be held accountable for.

Republicans now have absolute power across all branches of our federal and state government. Republicans have not had this much power since Reconstruction after the Civil War. We have a new president who has promised sweeping changes—and there is no one to stand in his way.
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Jesse Smith joins chorus demanding new leadership in Alabama Democratic Party

November 15, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Jesse Smith ran as a democrat for Congress in the Third Congressional District in 2014 and 2016, losing both times to incumbent Representative Mike Rogers (R-Saks). Smith has joined the democrats who think new leadership at the Alabama Democratic Party is needed to reverse the party’s struggling fortunes.

Smith said in a statement, “Nancy Worley and Joe Reed are nothing more than shills or decoys for the Alabama GOP. They must step aside and allow the party to grow into a functioning entity again.”
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Top Democrats Continue Public Feud

November 1, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama House Minority Leader Craig Ford (D-Gadsden) has made waves in Alabama political circles by calling for the Chairwoman of the Alabama Democratic Party, Nancy Worley, and the head of the Alabama Democratic Conference, Joe Reed, to step down.

Thursday, October 27, 2016, the Chair of the Alabama Democratic Reform Caucus (ADRC), Sheila Degan Gilbert, wrote in a statement, “Recent comments by State Representative Craig Ford (D-Gadsden) have again brought forth the need for a more energetic Alabama Democratic Party. One cannot effectively defend the lack of action by our Party during the past several months. The Republican leader of each branch of government in Alabama has been under attack in the courts or in legislative impeachment committees. The Speaker of the State House of Representatives and the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court no longer hold office. The Governor is being investigated. Yet our State Democratic Party has been almost silent.”
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Alabama Democratic Party Family Feud

October 20, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, October 19, 2016, Alabama Democratic Party Chair Woman Nancy Worley responded strongly to calls from House Minority Leader Craig Ford (D-Gadsden) that she and Alabama Democratic Conference Chairman Joe Reed both step down for the good of the Democratic Party in Alabama.

Democratic Party Chair Woman Worley said in a statement, “While I am working hard each day as Democratic Party Chair to elect the most qualified, well-prepared, working family-focused president of the United States, some individuals seem to be spending their time studying the sexist, racist tactics of the Republican nominee.”
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