Secretary of State turns over names of 674 people for illegal crossover voting

October 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, October 20, 2017, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) announced that he was handing over the names of 674 voters who broke the state’s new law banning crossover voting to prosecutors.

Under the new law, it is a felony to vote in the runoff of the party other than the one that you voted for in the primary.  According to the Secretary of State’s office, 674 people voted in the August 15 Democratic Party primary for U.S. Senate and then voted in the September 26 Republican Party primary runoff.

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Major Party qualifying has closed in House District 4 and Senate District 26

October 11, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Republican Party announced that it has closed candidate qualifying for both Alabama House of Representatives District 4 and Senate District 26 on Tuesday, October 10 at 5:00 p.m. Senate District 26 represents Montgomery County and House District 4 represents Limestone and Morgan counties.

The following individuals qualified to run in the special Republican Primary for the House District 4 seat: Tom Fredricks; Parker Duncan Moore; and Tom Willis
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Worley opposes the Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson repeal bill

September 20, 2017

 By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, the Alabama Democratic Party released a statement in which they said that, “The Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson bill would sabotage our health care system, gut Medicaid, increase costs, and strip health care away from millions of Americans.”

“Democrats believe health care is a right, not a privilege,” Nancy Worley, chairwoman of the Alabama Democratic Party, said in a statement. “And as Republicans try to take health care away from working families, Alabamians will suffer under the Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson bill.  This harmful bill will end Medicaid as we know it, cancel tax credits that help families afford health insurance, and eliminate subsidies that reduce out-of-pocket costs for working families. Republicans need to listen to the Alabamians they represent and join Democrats in their efforts to improve our health care system.”

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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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Alabama Leaders react to James Comey’s testimony

June 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, June 8, 2017, former FBI Director James Comey testified about his private meeting with President Trump.

US Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) said, “Today’s testimony by James Comey was more of a media circus than any sort of productive hearing. As I have said before, we should allow the investigatory process to play out and stop trying to litigate this issue in the national news meda. We should follow the facts and the law and nothing but the facts and the law.”
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Alabama Democratic Party announces major summer of revival

June 5, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, June 2, 2017, Today, the Alabama Democratic Party announced a major statewide Summer of Revival program designed to bolster local party organizations in order to win down-ballot races.

The Party will partner with county parties and external allies to invest in local organizing projects over the summer, which will increase the Party’s capacity to elect Democrats up-and-down the ballot in 2017, 2018, and beyond.
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19 major party candidates qualify for Senate race

May 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

GOP master strategist Karl Rove reportedly warned Alabamians not to run against Luther Strange (R) for the Senate seat vacancy created by Jeff Sessions (R) confirmation as US Attorney General. That warning was largely ignored and 19 people actually qualified to run for Senate by Wednesday’s Friday cutoff for major party qualifying.

Eleven Republican qualified for the US Senate race. According to the Alabama Republican Party, the following individuals submitted qualifying paperwork to run for the US Senate seat: James Paul Beretta, Joseph F. Breault, Randy Brinson, Mo Brooks, Dom Gentile, Karen Haiden Jackson, Mary Maxwell, Roy Moore, Bryan Peeples, Trip Pittman, and Luther Strange.
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Qualifying Democrats for US Senate Special Election begins today

April 26, 2017

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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Reaction to Bentley resignation

April 11, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, April 19, 2017, while the House Judiciary Committee was hearing the Special Counsel’s report on Governor Robert Bentley’s (R) alleged misconduct, the Governor reached a plea agreement with prosecutors and agreed to step down from the office of Governor. Leaders from across the State commented in favor of the decision.

US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) said in a statement, “Governor Bentley’s decision to resign was the right thing to do. The people of Alabama deserve leaders who are focused on the serious issues facing our state, and I look forward to better days ahead.”
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American Health Care Act withdrawn without a vote

March 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, March 25, 2017, the American Health Care Act was withdrawn from consideration after both the Whitehouse and the Speaker of the House’s office realized they did not have the votes for passage.

US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) expressed disappointment upon the withdrawal of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), and said this that legislative setback is a missed opportunity to deliver on a promise conservatives have made to the American people for seven years. Rep. Roby said in a statement, “The American people gave Republicans a tremendous opportunity to deliver results on their behalf. Our Republican majority’s failure to rally around this priority and keep good faith on the promise we made is disappointing to say the least.”
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