Surprise: Survey finds conservatives and liberals differ on free speech

December 6, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A recent survey from the libertarian think tank Cato Institute shows that a vast majority of Americans think that political correctness is suppressing conversations about critical issues facing our society.

The Cato 2017 Free Speech and Tolerance Survey, recently issued the results of a national poll of 2,300 U.S. adults, which found a great divide between Democrats and Republicans on what should be allowed as free speech.

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GOP chair warns Republican office-holders against supporting write-in candidates

November 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Republican Party

Sunday, Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan told the Alabama Political Reporter that she has not even heard of any GOP elected official or candidate that is even considering running as a write-in candidate against Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, and Lathan warned GOP officials and candidates not to endorse Doug Jones or a write-in campaign.

“It would be a serious error for any current elected GOP official or candidate to publicly endorse another party’s candidate, an independent, a third party or a write in candidate in a general election as well,” Lathan said. “I have heard of no GOP elected official or candidate that is even considering this option.”

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What would it take for you to switch political parties?

March 3, 2017

By Sam McLure
Alabama Political Report

If you’ve been a Republican your entire life, what would it take for you to change your political allegiance?

How bad would things have to get in the Alabama Republican Party for you to jump ship?

Would having the most powerful man in the Legislature, Mike Hubbard, convicted of corruption sway you? Would half a dozen more indictments coming down the pipeline lead you to question your affiliation?
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Bentley Receives Failing Grade On Fiscal Conservatism From CATO Institute

October 6, 2016

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—-The Governor’s performance as a fiscal conservative has been graded, and he is taking home a report card with a big fat F.

The right-wing libertarian CATO Institute gave Alabama Governor Robert Bentley an F on his fiscal policy report card for 2016.

CATO ranks every governor in the United States on fiscal policy every other year, giving A’s and B’s to governor’s they deem fiscally conservative and failing grades to governors whom they don’t.
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Confusion at End of House District 79 Race

September 26, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, September 22, 2016, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) announced that Republican Primary winner Joe Lovvorn will be certified as the winner of the House District 79 (HD79) seat after the Secretary of State’s office determined that Libertarian candidate Gage Fenwick failed to get enough signatures from registered HD79 voters to qualify for ballot access.

On Friday, Fenwick then released a statement questioning the Merrill press release in which, “They stated that Libertarian Party candidate Gage Fenwick did not acquire enough verified signatures for ballot access. It was also stated that the number of signatures needed was 300 when the campaign was informed that it needed 276 signatures from Director of Elections Ed Packard back in July. There is now concern that the campaign was either given the wrong number to begin with or that a new standard was reached and the Secretary of State’s office failed to inform the campaign.”
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Joe Lovvorn Wins House District 79 Seat

September 23, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, September 22, 2016, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) announced that Joe Lovvorn will be certified as the winner of the House District 79 seat, formerly held by disgraced Speak of the House Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn). Lovvorn won the primary held on September 13, 2016. No other state party successfully met the requirements to appear on the general election in January, therefore there is no longer a need to hold that election.
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Libertarian Hopes to Qualify in House District 79

September 19, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, September 13, Gage Fenwick announced, “Today we turned in over 300 signatures for ballot access! One step closer towards Liberty in Alabama! Help us by liking and sharing our page! Ask your friends to help support our cause!”

On Saturday, the Libertarian candidate for House District 79 told the Alabama Political Reporter that he still is waiting for the Secretary of State’s office to certify his candidacy.
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Paul Speaks to ALGOP in Mobile

April 8, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Kentucky Senator and one of the early frontrunners in the 2016 Presidential Race, Rand Paul (R) spoke to a group of Mobile Republicans and businessmen on Monday at a breakfast round table.

Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead was at Monday’s event and said in a written statement, “Sen. Rand Paul proved to be a very eloquent and informed senator this morning as he met with business leaders in the Mobile/Baldwin County area who are supportive of the Alabama Republican Party. Senator Paul has been at the forefront of the Republican fight to protect the rights of citizens and to stand in the gap against the overreach of the federal government. He not only knows the issues facing the nation today, but he has common sense solutions to get our country back on track.”
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