Trump tacitly supports Moore, doesn’t want “liberal person” in Senate seat

November 22, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

President Donald Trump commented on Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore on Tuesday after staying silent on the matter personally.

Trump was walking across the White House lawn when reporters asked him to comment on Moore and the impending election less than three weeks away.

“We don’t need a liberal person in there—A Democrat,” Trump said on the senate seat. “Jones, I’ve looked at his record. It’s terrible on crime. It’s terrible on the border. It’s terrible on the military.”

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Moore campaign refutes allegations of being banned from the mall

November 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, the Judge Roy Moore for U.S. Senate Campaign unveiled key witnesses that they claim “debunk” mainstream media claims that Moore was banned from the Gadsden Mall.

“We are intent upon bringing out the truth, when no one in the press or in D.C. seems to care,” said Moore campaign strategist, Brett Doster. “The quotes from these three people who would have personal knowledge of the mall’s security protocol completely counter everything alleged by the liberal media and the Moore Campaign’s political enemies.  Roy Moore is an honorable man, and his character is being affirmed by those who know him best.”

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Madison businessman will seek seat to be vacated by State Sen. Bill Holtzclaw

November 21, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

A Madison small businessman will be joining the primary battle for the Republican nomination for the State Senate seat held by Sen. Bill Holtzclaw, R-Madison, who has said he won’t seek re-election next year.

Madison City Councilman Steve Smith, who is in his second term on the council, said in an announcement Monday that he would be seeking the seat. Former State Sen. Tom Butler, who served in the body from 1994-2010 as a Democrat, has also said he is seeking the seat as a Republican.

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New poll has Doug Jones with a five-point lead

November 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, a new poll by Gravis indicates that Doug Jones has surged to the lead in the U.S. Senate race in the aftermath of accusations from several women claiming that Judge Roy Moore may have acted inappropriately with some young ladies on the Gadsden singles’ scene in the 1970s.

The new poll shows 47 percent support for Clinton era U.S. Attorney Doug Jones (D) for Senate. Moore, who has led throughout, has dropped to just 42 percent support. Eleven percent reported that they were now uncertain who they would vote for.
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Robert McKay runs as a Republican in House District 30

November 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, former Ashville Mayor Robert McKay announced that he was running as a Republican for state representative in state House District 30.

“I would like to announce that I will be seeking the office of Alabama House District 30 in 2018,” McKay said in a statement. “The seat is being vacated by Mack Butler, R-Rainbow City, who won the Primary against me in 2014.”

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Democrats claim GOP Tax Plan would hurt Alabama workers, communities

November 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, the Alabama Democratic Party released a statement critical of the recently released House GOP tax plan that passed the U.S. House of Representatives earlier that day.

“House Republicans voted today to increase taxes on middle class families and provide massive giveaways to billionaires and wealthy corporations. While Senate Republicans debate their tax plan in committee, the latest edition calls for permanent tax breaks for the richest, paid for by cutting health care and other programs Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and education that working Alabama families rely on every day,” the Alabama Democratic Party wrote.

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Stacy George drops out of Governor’s race, endorses Kay Ivey

November 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, former Morgan County Commissioner Stacy George (R) announced that he was dropping out of the Alabama governor’s race and was endorsing Gov. Kay Ivey. George says that he is dropping out of public life. He will complete his book.

“I, Stacy Lee George am leaving the 2018 Governor’s race. I am endorsing Kay Ivey for Governor. Over the last couple of months while finishing my book I have realized that Governor Ivey has been able to steady the ship in Alabama,” George said in a statement.

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Secretary of State: No crossover voters will be prosecuted

November 17, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill’s office said Friday that no crossover voters will be prosecuted and the instances of crossover voting were far fewer than initially believed.

Initial numbers indicated in a formal election report in August showed more than 674 individuals had voted in the Democratic primary and then went on to vote in the Republican run-off — a violation of an Alabama law passed during the 2017 Legislative Session

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Senate passes defense spending bill

November 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed the NDAA after it came out of a conference committee report.

The FY18 NDAA conference report authorizes a $88.7 billion increase over FY 2017 national defense funding. It authorizes $634.2 billion for base budget requirements and $65.7 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding, for a record-high total of $699.9 billion.

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said in a statement following Senate passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 Conference Report:

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Judge Stewart campaigns for AL Supreme Court in St. Clair County

November 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, November 16, 2017 Circuit Judge Sarah Stewart was in Pell City to speak to the St. Clair County Republican Party.  Stewart is running for a seat on the Alabama Supreme Court.

Stewart said that she is originally from Oklahoma; but has lived in Mobile for the last 24 years.  Stewart said that she has years of actual courtroom experience and knows all about the courts and trials.  She has been a Circuit Judge for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Mobile County since 2006.

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