Roy Moore is running for US Senate

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) announced that he is running for the US Senate seat in this year’s Special Election. Moore joins a crowded Republican field that includes: state Representative Ed Henry (R-Hartselle), US Senator Luther Strange (R), and former Alabama Christian Coalition President Randy Brinson. Marijuana legalization activist Ron Crumpton has announced that he is running as a Democrat.
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The race is on for Senate

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

The decisive move by newly minted Governor Kay Ivey, to declare a Special Election for Jeff Sessions’ Senate Seat this year rather than next year changes the entire complexion of who will sit in that coveted seat. It also redefines the landscape of an ever changing and pivotal Alabama political scene.

This next year will be an adventure as we elect a Senator and concurrently the 2018 Governor’s Race will begin its evolution. We have already seen the downfall of a sitting governor this year and by September 26, we will see the election of a new junior U.S. Senator. There is an assumption that only a Republican can win statewide office in Alabama and winning the GOP primary is tantamount to election.
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Qualifying Democrats for US Senate Special Election begins today

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, the Alabama Democratic Party will open qualifying for the Special Primary Election to fill the US Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions at 9:00 AM today.

Alabama Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy Worley said, “Democrats in Alabama have an excellent opportunity to fill this Republican-held seat,” which was created by the resignation of former US Senator Jeff Sessions after he was confirmed to by US Attorney General by the Senate.
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Christian Coalition leader to run for Senate

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The head of Alabama’s Christian Coalition wants to be a US Senator.

Randy Brinson, who’s worked for years as one of the State’s most vocal Christian conservative advocates, announced Monday that he plans to challenge Luther Strange for Jeff Sessions’ seat.

“As president of the Christian Coalition of Alabama, and founder and chairman of Redeem The Vote, I believe we have been successful in helping shape the moral direction of our State and more importantly, speaking out about corruption and illegal activity that has led to the resignation and conviction of many of our elected leaders,” Brinson said in a social media post. “Working with these groups has given me insight into how frustrated voters are with the corruption, self-dealing, and venality of politicians at all levels of our government.”
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Randy Brinson announces candidacy for Senate

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, April 24, 2017, the race for US Senate got more crowded as Randy Brinson announced that he was leaving his position as head of the Christian Coalition in order to run for the US Senate vacancy created when Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) stepped down after he was confirmed by the Senate as President Trump’s US Attorney General.

Brinson said in a statement, “As President of the Christian Coalition of Alabama, and founder and chairman of Redeem The Vote, I believe we have been successful in helping shape the moral direction of our State and more importantly, speaking out about corruption and illegal activity that has led to the resignation and conviction of many of our elected leaders. Working with these groups has given me insight into how frustrated voters are with the corruption, self-dealing, and venality of politicians at all levels of our government. For this reason, I am now compelled to step down from my roles with the Christian Coalition and Redeem the Vote in order to run for the United States Senate in the special election this August. I am looking forward to working with a preeminent campaign team and running a modern, well-funded campaign that will draw a contrast between myself, as a voter advocate and faith leader, and the incumbent, and other career politicians running for this office. In the coming days I will be launching my campaign website, engaging the grassroots throughout Alabama, and calling on you for your support and prayers. Together we will win this race.”
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Qualifying for Senate Seat begins today

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Republican Party announced that it will open candidate qualifying for the Alabama US Senate Special Election on Monday, April 24 at 8:30 a.m. central time.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) had originally set the special election to replace Jeff Sessions for November 2018 to coincide with the regular election. A number of legal scholars, including state Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) and State Representative Christopher John England (D-Tuscaloosa) argued that Bentley and his team of legal advisors had improperly defined “forthwith” and urged a 2017 Special Election.
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Roy Moore maintains innocence even after court rules against him

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, April 19, 2017, suspended Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore (R) had intended to chastise the Special Supreme Court for not deciding his case; but 45 minutes before the scheduled press conference in the old Alabama Supreme Court room in Alabama’s 1859 Capitol complex, the Court released its’ ruling upholding the Chief Justice’s suspension by the Court of the Judiciary (COJ).
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Luther Strange and a very bad choice

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday was not a good day for Luther Strange.

Alabama’s appointed US Senator found out by way of a phone call from Gov. Kay Ivey that she was reversing course and calling a Special Election to be held later this year for the seat Strange currently holds.

Strange, Alabama’s former Attorney General, is the only announced candidate for that seat. And he was banking on staying in it until Nov. 2018, when, if his plan worked, he would be officially elected to that seat.
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Rachel Maddow Show features Alabama Political Reporter article

Sam Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Political Reporter was featured Tuesday on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow show for its reporting concerning Luther Strange’s appointment to the US Senate by former Governor Robert Bentley.

The article featured was “The End of Robert Bentley: Part I” written by APR columnist and reporter Josh Moon. The article was the first in a trio of articles detailing Bentley’s downfall that would eventually end with him pleading guilty to two charges and resigning as Governor.
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Timeline, cost for Special Election to let the people vote for US Senator

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

In February, former Gov. Robert Bentley appointed Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, to fill the seat left vacant by Senator Jeff Sessions when he assumed the role of US Attorney General. Bentley also set the date of the Special Election to allow the people to vote on Sessions’ replacement some two years later, during the 2018 General Election. Bentley, calling for a Special Election two years hence, has received harsh criticism because it violates the will and intent of the State’s 1901 Constitution, according to Constitutional experts who have weighed in on the case.
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