Knight facing unfair claims in Senate District 26 race

December 11, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

John Knight is not Roy Moore.

It’s a shame that such a thing needs to be said, but apparently, it does. A letter drawing comparisons between Knight and Moore, and asking that the Alabama Democratic Party withdraw its support for Knight in the Senate District 26 race, was mailed out to media outlets recently.

The letter, sent by former Alabama State University employee Jacqueline Weatherly, notes that Knight was one of the named parties in a sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit filed by Weatherly and two other ASU employees.

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It’s crunch time for the Senate candidates — and they’re not holding back

December 6, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

With the special election less than a week away, it’s crunch time for Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones. Moore’s brought in former White House adviser Steve Bannon, and Jones isn’t holding back, either, running ads highlighting sexual assault allegations against Moore and hitting him hard in a speech in Birmingham Tuesday that his campaign labeled a major address.

“I believe women are every bit as capable as men, that they deserve to be elected to public office, and I damn sure believe and have done my part to ensure that men who hurt little girls should go to jail — not to the United States Senate,” Jones said Tuesday.

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Charles Barkley nails it on Alabama’s US Senate race

November 30, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

In the special U.S. Senate General Election on Dec. 12 between Democrat Doug Jones and twice-ousted state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, I guess I’m with former Auburn University and NBA great Charles Barkley.

Before Saturday’s Iron Bowl, Barkley made it simple to reporters before the game won impressively by Auburn:

“I mean Roy Moore is running with (former Donald Trump aide) Steve Bannon as his right-hand man, who is a white separatist. I’m not even get(ting) into the women stuff, but … how can you be a white separatist and represent all the constituents in your state? I mean, everybody is going crazy over the sexual allegations. Roy Moore to me, when he brought in Steve Bannon, should have been disqualified.”

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Doug Jones fundraising jumps to about $1.3 million, campaign says

October 17, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones has raised about $1.3 million, his campaign said, amounting to a drastic jump in his campaign fundraising, which struggled in the first months of the race.

Through July 31, during the primary in the first three months of the campaign, Jones’ campaign raised less than $300,000. At the end of the third quarter, Jones’ campaign now has more than $1 million in cash on hand, his campaign said.

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Main Super PAC that backed Strange won’t wade into Senate race for Moore just yet

October 11, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

The main Republican Super PAC that bolstered Sen. Luther Strange’s primary bid won’t be wading into the competition between Chief Justice Roy Moore and his Democratic challenger, Doug Jones — at least, not just yet.

The Senate Leadership Fund — a PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel, R-Ky., and Republican leadership in the Senate — is believed to have spent between $8 – 9 million in the Alabama primary over the past few months in an attempt to prop up Strange and his campaign.

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Forget it, Jake; it’s Alabama

October 10, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The National media, alt-right and even the left hope Judge Roy Moore’s win in the Republican primary signals a seismic movement toward more disruptive candidates in GOP primaries.

Those who hope to replicate Moore’s success in other states don’t seem to understand that Moore is not an insurgent candidate but a fixture of conservative politics in Alabama for decades.

While Moore appeals to the same base of conservatives as President Trump, the two couldn’t be more different.

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For Democratic candidate Doug Jones, big turnout with former Vice President Joe Biden could bolster campaign

October 4, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

The atmosphere was reminiscent of years now past when Democratic candidates in Alabama could draw big crowds and national attention. That time could be back again, or at least that’s what the Democrats hope.

Doug Jones, the former U.S. attorney turned Senate candidate who looks to upset firebrand GOP candidate Roy Moore, on Tuesday drew more than 1,000 supporters to an auditorium in Birmingham for a rally with former Vice President Joe Biden — the most high-profile figure to stump for a Democrat in Alabama in years.

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Gov. Kay Ivey appeals to religious conservatives in new ad

September 19, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

As the race for governor begins to heat up, Gov. Kay Ivey is making an appeal to the state’s religious conservatives in a new ad that launched Monday called “Faith and Life.”

In the ad, Ivey focuses on her life in church and her pro-life beliefs, which she says are rooted in her faith in God.

“I’m pro-life because God teaches us to love life, and he created us,” Ivey said in the ad. “He wants us to love one another. I believe that life begins at conception. I am strongly pro-life.”

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Down the homestretch in US Senate race

July 19, 2017

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

As the horse race for our open US Senate seat heads down the stretch, let’s look at the lay of the land.

All indications are that Roy Moore and Luther Strange are headed for a one-two finish on August 15 and ultimately a runoff on September 26. The winner of that match will be our junior US Senator for the next three years of the Jeff Sessions’ seat term.
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Did the race for Lt. Governor end before it began?

July 10, 2017

By Larry Lee
Education Matters

Candidates for election in 2018 have now turned in their first monthly financial report to the Secretary of State.  This covers the month of June.

These include the three announced Republican candidates for Lt. Governor–Will Ainsworth, Mary Scott Hunter and Rusty Glover.  The differences in the reports are astounding and do not bode well for either Hunter of Glover.

At the start of the reporting period, Hunter had a beginning balance of $50,000.  However, she only raised $6,720 while spending $7,076 and ended up with less in the bank than she had a month earlier.  Glover’s numbers tell about the same story.  He started with $60,911, raised $13,801 and spent $19,199 to leave a balance of $55,513.
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