Doug Jones to be sworn in Wednesday

January 3, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Senator-elect Doug Jones will be formally sworn in in Washington as Alabama’s new U.S. Senator by Vice President Mike Pence.

Traditionally a new senator is escorted by the senior Senator from the state; but Jones, a Democrat, has chosen to be accompanied by his long time friend, former Vice President Joe Biden.  Biden served in the Senate for decades beginning in 1972.  Jones is a former aide to then Sen. Howell Heflin and knew Biden from that era of his life.

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Moore alleges election fraud, seeks delay of certification

December 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Republican Senate Candidate Roy Moore is asking Gov. Kay Ivey and the state Canvassing Board to delay certification of the election until a full investigation of voter fraud is conducted.

Moore has filed a motion to delay the certification.  The Moore team has also provided an affidavit from Moore stating that he successfully completed a polygraph test confirming that, “The representations of misconduct made against him during the campaign are completely false.”

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Perspective | Reflecting on the top stories of Alabama politics in 2017

December 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

As 2017 comes to a close we reflect on the year in Alabama politics.  2017 was a remarkable year in Alabama politics.  For many of the most powerful figures in Alabama politics, it was a disastrous 2017, as the political situation was turned on its head.

No governor in Alabama has been impeached under the 1901 Constitution.  It has been over 100 years since Alabama impeached any statewide official.  That was a secretary of state and Civil War veteran accused of giving payments to a defeated primary opponent for an endorsement.  He was found not guilty by the Senate and kept his office.  Gov. Robert Bentley threatened to change that history over allegations of ethics and campaign finance allegations.  The Alabama Ethics Commission found that Bentley likely broke state laws in his relationship with his alleged mistress, Rebekah Caldwell Mason.  Two days later the House Judiciary Committee released a damning report on Bentley’s conduct alleging that he had misused state resources and then threatened and harassed witnesses of his alleged misconduct.  Three days later Bentley pleaded guilty to misdemeanor campaign finance law violations and resigned.  In 2014 Governor Bentley was re-elected in a cakewalk absolutely beloved by the voters of Alabama.  His administration crashed in utter ruin just 29 months later.  Lieutenant Gov. Kay Ivey became only the second woman governor in state history.  Joining Gov. Don Siegelman and Gov. Guy Hunt, three of the last seven Alabama governors have been convicted of crimes while in office.

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State Canvassing Board expected to certify election results Thursday

December 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Secretary of State John Merrill announced on Friday, Dec. 22, that the Alabama State Canvassing Board will meet Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, at 1 p.m. in the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office to certify the results of the 2017 Special Election for U.S. Senator.

The State Canvassing Board is the state entity that reviews and certifies the results of Alabama’s state and federal elections. This board consists of Gov. Kay Ivey, Attorney General Steve Marshall, along with Merrill.

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Ivey praises $1.5 trillion tax bill but won’t speak out on CHIP funding

December 21, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday praised the passage of the Republican-sponsored $1.5 trillion tax bill but has largely avoided speaking publicly on Congress’ failure to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program, an initiative that provides health coverage to more than 150,000 children in the state.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Ivey said she was “thankful” that Congress passed the Republican tax reform package.

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Congress could vote on final tax reform bill as early as today

December 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Congress is on the verge of passing the largest tax reform package since 1986, slashing corporate and individual tax rates for most Americans. Congressman Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, said that the reform package will grow the economy and create more jobs if passed.

“We are on the cusp of something truly historic: tax cuts and tax reform for the first time since 1986. Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Americans will get to keep more of their hard-earned money in their pockets instead of having to hand it over to the federal government. Our tax reform plan will also grow the economy, resulting in more jobs and higher wages,” Rep. Byrne said in a statement.

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President Trump “likes” Doug Jones, thinks Moore concession probably “should have already happened”

December 15, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

While Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore continues to prolong his senatorial bid past its apparent expiration date, President Donald Trump is already moving on, forging a path for a potential relationship with Alabama’s new senator.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday, when asked if Trump thinks Moore should give his concession speech now, said Trump has been clear.

“I think the President’s position is pretty clear.  In his outreach to Doug Jones directly, he called and they spoke yesterday,” Sanders said. “He likes Doug Jones and looks forward to meeting him in person, and hopes that he will come and follow through on his commitment to work with the President on some things that they agree on.”

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Moore holds election eve rally with Steve Bannon, other supporters in Midland

December 12, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, December 11, 2017, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Roy Moore held a “Drain the Swamp rally” in Midland just 13 hours before Alabama voters go to the polls to decide whether they want to vote for Moore or Democrat Doug Jones to be their senator, replacing Jeff Sessions (R) who vacated the seat to become U.S. attorney general.

“We are not going to stand by and let people from out of state and California control this election,” Judge Roy Moore said. “Three years before I was born, 1944, America was in crisis. We were at war with Adolph Hitler and the armies of Nazi Germany.” President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said on the radio that many would die in that war; but we had faith. Three years later I was born. “In the 1960s, we started to forget God and we started to forget where our strength comes from.”

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Richard Shelby didn’t vote for Moore, says “Alabama deserves better”

December 11, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby cemented his opposition to Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore on Sunday saying that he “couldn’t vote for Moore.”

The senator appeared on the CNN program “State of the Union” to to discuss the election with host Jake Tapper. In the interview, he said he would like to see a Republican win Tuesday’s race but said he wouldn’t like it to be Moore.

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Waiting for the postmortem analysis of Tuesday’s Senate election

December 11, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

In the distant future, cooler heads will perhaps give a detailed examination of this U.S. Senate race to determine the postmortem of the news media, political parties and the body politic as a whole. Any reasonable person will look back and see this was a moment in time with no winners, only losers.

When The Washington Post story broke about Moore’s alleged sexual behavior on November 9, I asked APR’s staff to closely diagram the report because over the coming weeks I believed it would be difficult to determine facts from lies. And as one accuser became two and two became nine, and sexual allegations became pedophilia, the fevered pitch of reporting would leave even the most fair-minded reporter with some measure of confusion.

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