National GOP tepidly embraces Moore

December 6, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

The recent embracement of Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore by key Republicans has been met with a backlash from some of the party’s most influential members.

It began on Monday when President Donald Trump broke his silence on Moore and endorsed him outright in a tweet.

Previously, the president had a non-committal position on Moore and his recent allegations of sexual misconduct with teenagers as a man in his 30s.

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Republican National Committee announces support for Moore after previously cutting ties

December 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, December 5, 2917 The Republican National Committee announced that it was resuming its support for U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore on Tuesday.

Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan said in a statement regarding the RNC’s continued support for Moore.

“The Chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, Ronna McDaniel, has contacted us and confirmed that the RNC is transferring funds to the Alabama Republican Party for the Roy Moore campaign for the December 12 U.S. Senate election,” Lathan said. “We are grateful for the RNC’s partnership with the ALGOP in this race. We are also thankful for President Trump’s recent show of support in highlighting the major policy differences between the left-wing Democrat, Doug Jones, and the constitutional conservative, Republican Roy Moore.”

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Artur Davis leaves role at Legal Services Alabama

August 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, August 23, 2017, Legal Services Corporation (LSC) President James J. Sandman joined Legal Services Alabama (KSA) staff for a day of events focused on civil legal issues affecting low-income Americans in Alabama and across the country.  The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) was asked by LSC and LSA to join them for a reception afterwards and a joint press conference at the Alabama Bar Association following the reception.  Well, the press conference did not happen and the event was most memorable for the absence of LSA head former Congressman Artur Davis.  On Friday August 25, we learned why Wednesday’s event was altered when Davis made it public that he has resigned from his role as the head of LSA.

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A former cop’s thought on President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet picks

November 30, 2016

By Spencer Collier

Over the last few weeks, as President-elect Donald Trump fills out his cabinet, I have been thinking about a number of important issues close to my heart.

As an Alabamian and former law enforcement officer, I cannot help but be proud that US Senator Jeff Sessions was tapped by President-elect Trump, to serve as the highest law enforcement officer in the land, as US Attorney General. Having served our State in several positions that interacted directly with federal agencies on intelligence issues, I wanted to also share my thoughts on a few appointments that will affect us here at home and on the world’s stage.
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Byrne and Lathan Urge Republicans to Unite to Defeat Hillary Clinton

May 6, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, May 5, U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) and Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan both released statements urging Republicans to unify.

Congressman Byrne said, “The primary process has been long and challenging, but the American people have spoken loud and clear. The time has come for the Republican Party to unite to defeat Hillary Clinton, and I will be voting for Donald Trump in November.”
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New Group Say’s Voters Should Decide Republican Nominee

March 11, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, March 9, members of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s Alabama campaign held a press conference at the Alabama Statehouse denouncing efforts by GOP insiders to try to snatch the Republican presidential nomination from Trump’s populist campaign at a brokered GOP convention.

Former State Representative Perry Hooper Jr. (R) is the national spokesman for the group. He said, “This is an extremely important meeting and I want to thank these distinguished members of the Alabama legislature here. I want to thank you for all that you do to make Alabama and America great.” Hooper announced that they have formed a new national group called: “Let the People Speak” to rally the Republican Party’s grass roots base.
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Lathan Tells Republicans to Ignore the Conspiracy Theories

March 7, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, March 4, Republican Party Chairman Terry M. Lathan said that there is a lot of misinformation and angst about the GOP nomination process and urged Republicans to ignore the conspiracy theories.

Chairman Lathan said in a statement, “I reached out to Chairman Priebus yesterday. I shared with him there is much misinformation and angst over theories that our nomination process is being hijacked one way or the other.”
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McConnell’s Foreign Companies Raise Questions 

February 11, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Exotic locations, pirates on the high-seas, and a run for the US Senate sounds like an adventure novel, but a closer look at Senate candidate Jonathon McConnell’s business interests, raises questions about foreign registries and campaign disclosures.

McConnell has failed to meet required federal election deadlines, and left out key information on campaign reports, all which he dismisses as, “clerical errors.”

McConnell is the sole owner of Meridian Global Consulting, LLC, an Alabama-based LLC, maritime security provider, established in 2009, according to filings with the Secretary of State. He has also listed the company on his US Senate financial disclosure stating, it is an Alabama company and he is sole owner.
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Fred Thompson has Died

November 2, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Sunday, November 1, the family announced that former US Senator Fred Thompson has died from a recurrence of lymphoma.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) said, “Sadly, we’ve lost Alabama native and former Tennessee GOP Senator Fred Thompson. I was honored to help with his successful campaigns for the US Senate back in the 1990’s. A strong conservative and a real gentleman. Ours prayers go out to his family.”
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Ryan Meets with House Freedom Caucus

October 27, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

After House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-California) Speaker of the House ambitions collapsed, US Representative Paul Ryan’s spokespersons said that the Republican Congressman from Wisconsin had no interest in the job.

That position apparently changed when the House came back from recess.  Rep. Ryan has now said that he would take the job; but only if he had the support of all the different caucuses that make up the Republican majority in the US House of Representatives and only if it was understood that the job would not cut into his family time.  As part of that effort, Ryan has been meeting with all of the different Caucuses this week, including the forty member House Freedom Caucus whose growing power eventually effectively toppled Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio).
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