Strange preaches bipartisanship, laments divides in farewell speech to Senate

December 8, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., called for bipartisanship and an end to “entrenched factionalism” between the two political parties as he gave his last speech on the Senate floor.

Strange will not be returning to the chamber as he lost the party primary to Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore in September. Before Strange left, he gave his final speech to the Senate.

In the speech, Strange talked about a room in the U.S. Capital called the Marble Room. According to Strange, the room was used for senators to find a place of resting between long chamber meetings.

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Moore campaign sues anti-Moore super PAC Highway 31

December 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Roy Moore Senate campaign blasted an ad paid for by the Highway 31 super PAC as “patently false.”

The campaign announced in a statement that they have issued cease and desist letters demanding that television stations remove the ad from the air immediately.

The letter specifically calls out the ad for what the Moore campaign says are its “quoting third-hand gossip and repeating outright falsehoods.”

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New billboards carry a “Public Service Message” from Milton McGregor

December 5, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Maybe you’ve seen the billboards.

There are 18 of them around Alabama, mostly concentrated in Montgomery and south Alabama. On them, in giant letters, is the word “EXPOSED!”

Just underneath are three photos: former Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, former Gov. Bob Riley and former U.S. attorney Leura Canary.

Out to the side: “As seen in the documentary Atticus v. Architect.”

And below that, the signature: “A public service announcement by Milton McGregor.”

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Shelby, Strange vote for GOP tax plan

December 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, the U.S. Senate voted along part lines, 51-49, to support their tax reform package known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The legislation is now expected to be conferenced with the U.S. House’s tax reform bill, who passed their own version earlier.

“The Senate today passed legislation to deliver pro-growth tax relief for the American people,”  U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said. “This is a bill that, if signed into law, will positively impact current and future generations by expanding economic opportunities and lowering taxes for the middle-class. Reducing rates and reforming our tax code will not only put more money in the pockets of hardworking Americans, but it will also allow businesses to create jobs and increase wages.”

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Final strange chapter: Fake cancer scam ends in jail time

December 1, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The strangest story I’ve ever covered is over.

A Shelby County Circuit Court judge on Thursday sentenced Jennifer Flynn Cataldo to serve two years for each of two counts of first-degree theft by deception after Cataldo admitted to soliciting tens of thousands of dollars from friends and family in a fake cancer scheme. The two-year terms will run concurrently.  

“Those who prey upon the charitable intentions of good Samaritans not only do a tremendous disservice to those truly in need but also betray the trust of the community,” said Attorney General Steve Marshall in a press release. “This sentence should send a strong signal to others who may harbor similar intentions of deceiving the public’s generosity that there will be a price to pay for breaking the law.”

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Former Trump strategist Steve Bannon to campaign for Moore next week

November 29, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Breitbart executive chairman and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, long considered one of President Donald Trump’s key allies, will return to Fairhope, Alabama, next week to campaign for Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. It’ll be Bannon’s second visit to the state to stump for Moore.

Bannon, since leaving the White House in August, has been mounting a nationwide effort to elect more populists and nationalists. Moore has become one of Bannon’s first projects. In September, Bannon traveled to Fairhope to campaign for Moore during the primary election. Bannon supported Moore over the establishment-embraced Sen. Luther Strange. Bannon’s right-leaning Breitbart news has been staunch in their alignment with Moore.

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An open letter to Alabama’s Christian Community: “You are being played”

November 28, 2017

By Tom Ertl

Dear Alabama Christians,

In my 50 years of following national political races I don’t know if I’ve ever seen one as strange as the current U.S. Senate race in your state.

First, we had the national Republican Party in the September Senate run-off working against the state’s more popular candidate Judge Roy Moore in favor of their establishment candidate, and former D.C. lobbyist, Luther Strange. The D.C. Republicans flooded Strange with money only to see him lose by a significant 9-point margin.

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McLure withdraws from race for Attorney General

November 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Alabama Attorney General candidate, Sam McLure, announced that he his withdrawing from the Alabama attorney general’s race.

“We entered this race in July, invigorated with a vision to see the people of Alabama take back our government … take it back from being used as a tool to enrich the elite … take back our Government to be used as a platform to speak for the weak,” McLure stated. “It has filled me with tremendous joy and hope to see the soul of our great State rise up to do just that.”

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Moore leads by two percentage points in new poll

November 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, November 21, 2017, the Raycom News Network and Strategic Research released a poll showing Judge Roy Moore up by two points over former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones.  The Moore campaign had been easily outdistancing the Jones campaign and appeared to be running away with the race, until a Washington Post story torpedoed the Moore campaign alleging improper treatment of women by a single Moore after he finished law school. The Raycom poll from November 8; before the release of the women from the 1970s allegations that made national and international news; showed Moore up by 8 points.

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The ALGOP Steering Committee votes to continue supporting Roy Moore

November 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

After a week of speculation, the Alabama Republican Party Steering Committee reaffirmed its support for U.S. Senate nominee Roy Moore.

Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan said in a statement regarding the U.S. Senate election: “On Wednesday evening, the Alabama Republican Party Steering Committee, comprised of 21 members, met to discuss the events and circumstances regarding the December 12 U.S. Senate race.  The ALGOP Steering Committee supports Judge Roy Moore as our nominee and trusts the voters as they make the ultimate decision in this crucial race.”

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