New poll has Moore leading Jones Senate race by eight points

October 16, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The special general election is now 60 days away, and Republican former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore appears to have a solid eight point lead over Democrat Clinton-era U.S. Attorney Doug Jones. Moore is leading in the poll by eight percentage points.

This poll was performed jointly by Montgomery-based Cygnal and L2, a national nonpartisan voter data and analytics provider.

“This race between Moore and Jones looks a lot like the Moore-Strange competition of the past few months. At this point, the data shows the result will be the same for Judge Moore come December,” Cygnal President Brent Buchanan said.

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Roby supports Whistleblower Protection Act

October 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of legislation that would secure greater protections for federal whistleblowers and increase penalties against those who retaliate against them.

S.585, the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act, strengthens penalties for those who retaliate against federal employee whistleblowers, adds protections and opportunities for whistleblowers placed on probation and ensures all federal employees have a greater knowledge of whistleblower rights and protections.

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US Rep. Martha Roby continues efforts to get F-35s in Montgomery

September 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, is making a final push to emphasize key advantages favoring Montgomery’s 187th Fighter Wing as the Air Force nears a decision on where to base the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Roby is highlighting how cost and time effectiveness, proximity to other Air Force assets, and a smooth transition process make Montgomery the ideal choice for the next generation American strike/attack fighter.

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Steve Bannon, Phil Robertson to rally with Moore in Fairhope Monday night

September 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday night, the Roy Moore for U.S. Senate campaign will be hosting a Faith and Family rally with Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty, former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and a surprise special guest.

Steve Bannon is the executive chairman of Breitbart News, and until recently, he was President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist. Bannon, who has only done one interview since leaving the White House, according to some sources, will do a live interview with Fox News star host Sean Hannity during the event. Hannity, like a growing number of conservative-thought leaders, is headed to Alabama Monday night to campaign for Moore in a fierce runoff election.

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Ivey-appointee Will Sellers to seek full term on Supreme Court

September 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice Will Sellers announced that he will seek election for a full term on the court in 2018.

“I am grateful to Governor Kay Ivey for appointing me to the Alabama Supreme Court,” Sellers said. “I have now served three full months on the Court, and I intend to qualify to run in the June 2018 Republican primary.”

“Since my appointment, I have received an outpouring of support from my fellow lawyers and business leaders throughout Alabama,” Sellers said. “I thoroughly enjoy my work on the Court, and it is a privilege to serve alongside Chief Justice Lyn Stuart and the other associate justices. I know our work makes a big difference to the people of Alabama, who recognize the need for a strong judicial branch of government.”

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Strange faces off against Moore in first and only debate

September 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, Roy Moore and Luther Strange finally faced in a debate in Montgomery.

The Lincoln-Douglas style debate had no actual moderator and did not really have much disagreement on the actual issues.  The two Republican Senate candidates both enthusiastically support President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” agenda; but the two men clearly do not like each other.

Sen. Strange, R-Ala., stated early in the debate, “The President supports me,” and reiterated that point throughout his performance.  Strange said that the president will be at a rally with him in Huntsville on Friday and that Vice President Mike Pence also supports him and will be in Alabama on Monday before the election.

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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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Roby says appropriations fully funds National Defense and down payment on Border Wall

September 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an appropriations package that fully funds government operations for the next fiscal year.

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, said the bill demonstrates House Republicans’ commitment to setting responsible spending priorities.

Roby said that HR3354, the Make America Prosperous and Secure Appropriations Act, contains many conservative victories, including needed increases in military spending and a “down payment” on construction of a border wall.

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AEA sues State Department of Education over MPS takeover

September 14, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Education Association has formally waded into the fight between the Alabama State Department of Education and the Montgomery County School Board over the intervention in Montgomery’s school system.

A lawsuit filed in Montgomery Circuit Court, naming now-former state superintendent Michael Sentance and Montgomery Schools chief, Reginald Eggleston, claims the state has failed to uphold its agreements for a collaborative intervention and that it has repeatedly violated state law.

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Sentance’s resignation: There’s one person to blame

September 14, 2017
Alabama Superintendent Michael Sentance

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The relatively short state education nightmare is over.

Michael Sentance resigned on Wednesday, bowing out a day before he was sure to be fired by a state Board of Education long tired of dealing with him.

The end of Sentance’s tenure was, ironically, the one thing he managed to handle appropriately.

Quiet. Respectful. Appropriately communicated.

Had Sentance demonstrated those three qualities a bit more regularly in his day-to-day efforts as schools’ chief, he would likely still be with us.

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