Moore supporters seek revenge against Sen. Shelby

January 15, 2018

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A group of Judge Roy Moore’s supporters is planning to introduce a resolution to censure Alabama’s U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby because he publicly stated that he “couldn’t vote for Roy Moore,” as reported by Politico on Saturday.

It’s no small irony that a faction of the Alabama Republican Executive Committee is tarring Sen. Shelby with half-truths and lies just like The Washington Post is accused of doing with Judge Moore.

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Is Roy Moore’s growing scandal masking larger GOP plot?

November 16, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday morning, a candidate for U.S. Senate threatened to sue his state’s largest newspaper group.

By Wednesday evening, that news was so old, so inconsequential and so boring that it had been bumped entirely from news websites across Alabama.

Think about that.

Roy Moore threatened to sue al.com, took the initial legal steps to do so, and it barely registered.  

Because Wednesday, to use the proper journalistic description, was nuts.

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Trump deleted pro-Strange tweets during election night as Moore won

September 28, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

President Donald Trump deleted three pro-Strange tweets from his Twitter account on the eve of the U.S. Senate Republican runoff.

Four tweets, cataloged by ProPublica, were deleted the night of the election after it was clear the Trump-backed Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., would lose.

Strange lost the election to former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore. It was clear early in the night that Moore won by a large margin.

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Politico Ranks Sessions and Former Aide Two Most Influential in American Politics

September 13, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Only recent presidential candidates, and fellow US Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) ranked as more influential than Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama). This according to a new list by Politico. While other Republican Senators may hold all of the fancy committee chairmanships, few have actually shaped the policy debates more than Sessions.

Politico writes, “Trump is running on ideas that Sessions has been pushing for years—now crafted by (30 year old Stephen) Miller into a message for the candidate.”
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Defense May Have Revealed Key Strategy

May 19, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Jury selection in the Speaker Mike Hubbard felony public corruption trial is complete, with twelve jurors and four alternates. During the three day process, there were hints of possible strategies from the defense that could prove troubling, not for the prosecution, but team Hubbard.

The jury is comprised of nine men and seven women. Five of the men and four of the woman are African-American, and four of the men and three of the women are white.
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After the Storm: A Modest Proposal

May 17, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Jury selection in the State vs Michael G. Hubbard began Monday, with opening arguments to begin on May 24 or 25. The trial is expected to last approximately a month, according to statements made at the last hearing.

If Hubbard, who is charged with 23 felony counts of public corruption, is found innocent, the monster, who is Speaker Hubbard, will scorch the Earth with his vengeance and retribution, and our State will never be rid of his corrupting influence. If convicted, there will be a brief moment to change rules, institutions and policies, that will prevent men like Hubbard from harming our State by using government for craven, personal gain. If convicted, there will be an opening to stop the practices that have enabled Hubbard and his cronies to thrive.
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Myth of bipartisanship

January 30, 2012

Staff Report
Alabama Political Reporter

Every time there is divided government in Washington, there is a revival—among elite journalists, think-tank commentators, and respectable politicians of all stripes—of a cherished idea about how business should get done in the nation’s capital:

Get the most responsible adults of both parties in one room, shoo away the cameras and microphones, and don’t come out until the two sides have cut a deal on the most pressing problem of the day.
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Iowa: Who will survive?

December 27, 2011

Staff Report

No matter who wins, Iowa will reshape the Republican presidential race one week from today – and almost certainly in ways that don’t adhere to any semblance of a traditional political script.

All the candidates dream finishing at the top of the pack, but where the losers place and whether they drop out or valiantly trudge ahead could be as significant as who comes in first.

The most recent example from political history: the narrowest of margins separated Fred Thompson and John McCain in the 2008 caucuses, but because Thompson barely claimed third he found a rationale to go forward, skip New Hampshire and make a final stand in South Carolina. That mattered – Thompson’s staying in the race resulted in a split conservative vote in South Carolina which snuffed out Mike Huckabee’s chances at the nomination and enabled McCain to score a critical win and boost before Florida.
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Freshman class superlatives: Alabama’s Martha Roby Most underrated, Says Politico

December 24, 2011

Staff Report

Rating 10 Freshman Reps:

Politico ranked US Representative Martha Roby in its freshman role as “most underrated:”

Martha Roby — The 35-year-old freshman lawmaker from Alabama is an incredibly passionate and articulate voice for the party when she chooses to be in the spotlight — which isn’t often, perhaps in part because she’s a conservative who eked out a victory against Democrat Bobby Bright in one of the most hotly contested races of 2010. If she’s able to win reelection, she could be a leader of her party.
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Gary Johnson to drop out of GOP primary to run as Libertarian

December 21, 2011

Staff Report

Gary Johnson will quit the Republican primaries and seek the Libertarian Party nomination instead, POLITICO has learned.

The former two-term New Mexico governor, whose campaign for the GOP nomination never caught fire, will make the announcement at a press conference in Santa Fe on Dec. 28. Johnson state directors will be informed of his plans on a campaign conference call Tuesday night, a Johnson campaign source told POLITICO.
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