Robert McKay runs as a Republican in House District 30

November 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, former Ashville Mayor Robert McKay announced that he was running as a Republican for state representative in state House District 30.

“I would like to announce that I will be seeking the office of Alabama House District 30 in 2018,” McKay said in a statement. “The seat is being vacated by Mack Butler, R-Rainbow City, who won the Primary against me in 2014.”

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Judge Myron Thompson rules two Alabama abortion laws unconstitutional

October 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson has ruled that two Alabama abortion laws are unconstitutional. The ruling blocks the state from enforcing these laws.

The first law prohibits the licensing or renewal of a license of an abortion clinic within 2,000 feet of any K-8 public school. The second law banned an abortion procedure known as dilation and evacuation. This is the most common method used in the second trimester.

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Congressman Jim Martin has died

October 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, former U.S. Rep. James Douglas “Jim” Martin has died.

Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan said in a statement, “Congressman Jim Martin was a great asset to our state. He lived a long life dedicated to serving Alabama in various roles. He was elected to Congress as a Republican in 1965 for one term until 1967. At the time, he was the first Republican elected to that role in over 70 years. Prior to his time in Washington, Congressman Martin was an Army veteran and served under General Patton in World War II.”

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State unemployment down to 3.8 percent

October 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, October 20, 2017 Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) announced that Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally-adjusted September unemployment rate is down to 3.8 percent, a big drop from August’s rate of 4.2 percent and well below the September 2016 rate of 6.0 percent. The last time Alabama’s unemployment rate was this low was in April 2007, when it also measured 3.8 percent; this is the lowest rate in recorded history.

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Trump’s SOB comment overshadows visit to help Luther Strange

September 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, President Donald Trump came to Alabama to help the campaign of appointed Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., who faces Roy Moore on Tuesday in a Republican runoff election. The president’s comments about athletes that kneel during the national anthem at NFL games, however, sparked a major controversy that spilled over to football fields across the country and beyond on Sunday.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b—– off the field, right now. Out. He’s fired! He’s fired!” Trump told the crowd at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center.

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Palin to rally with Judge Roy Moore tonight

September 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tonight, the Moore for Senate campaign will hold a debate watch party followed by a rally with special guest, former vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, in Montgomery.

“Well, Montgomery’s going to be buzzing tomorrow and I can’t wait!,” Moore campaign spokesperson, Hannah Ford, said on social media. “Join us down at the Train Station for a Debate Watch Party and Rally. Debate Watch Party begins at 5:30. Rally directly to follow.  Watch frontrunner Judge Roy Moore face off, Lincoln-Douglas style with the recent Bentley appointee, Luther Strange — streamed by the Palin Bus.

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More conservative elected officials endorse Moore

September 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, the Judge Roy Moore for U.S. Senate Campaign announced that twenty more elected officials from both rural and urban areas of the state of Alabama had endorsed Moore. The campaign said that the announcement is demonstrative of the widespread, local support accumulating for Moore as he heads into the final week of the campaign.

“The backing of these public servants shows that Alabamians trust Judge Moore to champion our values in the United States Senate,” Moore Campaign Chairman Bill Armistead said. “Judge Moore is determined to take on the full force of the swamp and labor tirelessly for the people of our great state.”

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Rep. Mac Butler running for State Senate

September 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, State Representative Mack Butler, R-Rainbow City, announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination to District 10 of the Alabama State Senate.

Rep. Butler said in a statement, “Our community has been blessed for the past seven years to have conservative leadership in the Alabama Senate, because I’ve been encouraged by so many people and there’s so much work to do in Montgomery, I have decided to enter this race to give the people of Etowah, Cherokee and DeKalb counties the small government, pro-liberty representation in Montgomery that they want.”

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Former House Minority Leader Craig Ford will not run for Governor

August 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

State Representative Craig Ford (D-Gadsden) announced Thursday that he will not be a Gubernatorial candidate in 2018.  State Rep. Ford had been openly considering a run for Governor for the last year.

Rep. Ford said, “Over the last several years, I have been asked by people from all over the State to run for Governor. It has been truly humbling to receive so much support, and I am grateful to all of my supporters who have expressed so much confidence in me. But after prayerful consideration and many long conversations with my family, I have decided not to enter the race for Governor next year.”

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Moore addresses Etowah County Republicans

August 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, August 19, 2017, Senate Candidate Roy Moore (R) was in Rainbow City for a breakfast meeting with the Etowah County Republican Party.  A packed crowd was on hand to hear from the Etowah County native following his first place finish in the August 15 Republican Senate special election primary.

Judge Moore told his fellow Etowah County Republicans, “This is home.  This is where I was born and reared and where I will die.”

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