Former state Senate Majority Leader Tom Butler to run for state Senate

September 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Former state Sen. Tom Butler announced that he will run for Alabama state Senate District 2 in the June Republican Primary.  The seat is currently held by state Sen. Bill Holtzclaw, R-Madison, who is leaving his seat to run for Alabama’s 2nd Congressional seat.

Butler served in the Senate from 1994 to 2010 as a Democrat.  In the 2010 general election he was defeated by Holtzclaw 33,050-23,060.

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Moore endorsed by primary opponents

September 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Roy Moore’s campaign picked up several endorsements from former Republican primary challengers as the election draws closer.

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, endorsed Moore for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by Jeff Sessions on Saturday.

Brooks finished third in the Aug. 15, Republican primary for U.S. Senate with 19.7 percent of the vote. Moore has also been endorsed by state Sen. Trip Pittman, R-Montrose, and former Alabama Christian Coalition President Randy Brinson who finished fourth and fifth respectively.

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Trump to rally in Huntsville to help Strange’s Campaign

September 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, Sept, 16, 2017, Sen. Luther Strange’s, R-Ala., campaign got a huge boost when President Donald Trump went on Twitter to announce that he is coming to Huntsville next Saturday to campaign on behalf of Strange.

“I will be in Huntsville, Alabama, on Saturday night to support Luther Strange for Senate,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “‘Big Luther’ is a great guy who gets things done!”

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Doug Jones reflects on anniversary of 16th Street Baptist Church bombing

September 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday was the anniversary of the Birmingham church bombing that killed four girls in 1963. The prosecutor who brought the men responsible to justice, former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones, is now a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. Jones urged Americans, Alabamians and their leaders to stand up to hate.

“Over the past month, we’ve seen the purveyors of hatred and division rear their ugly heads in Charlottesville and around the country,” said Jones, who prosecuted KKK members responsible for the deadly Sept. 15, 1963, bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church.

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Roy Moore discusses debate decision

September 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, a spokesperson for the Roy Moore campaign told The Alabama Political Reporter, “We have agreed to a debate. The details are being worked out.”

Earlier in the day in Mountain Brook, U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore addressed accusations from the Luther Strange campaign that his decision to back out of participation in the Alabama Policy Institute debate was because he was afraid to face Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala.

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Reynolds “not happy” with the National Republican Senate Committee

September 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, Alabama’s National Republican Committeeman Paul Reynolds told the Mid Alabama Republican Club, “I am not real happy with the NRSC at all.”

Reynolds said, “I represent the NRC, the National Republican Committee.” The Republican Governors nationwide are by and large a very good group. The NRCC, the National Republican Congressional Committee, “by and large they play ball with the NRC.”  “The NRSC [the National Republican Senate Committee] that is the Senators they don’t play ball with anybody. They act like they own everybody. The NRSC wants to tell us what we can say in our resolutions.”
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Strange votes to raise debt ceiling, votes against amendment to cut foreign aid

September 11, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, September 8, 2017, Sen. Luther Strange, R-Alabama, voted to raise the debt ceiling. Not only did Strange vote to raise the debt ceiling and add $15.25 billion to the national deficit, he also voted against an amendment offered up by U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., that would have halted $15.25 billion of foreign aid to pay for Hurricane Harvey relief.

Rand Paul’s “America First” amendment, supported by nine other conservative Republicans – including Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Jim Inhofe, R-Ok.; Mike Lee, R-Utah; Tim Scott, R-S.C.; and  Pat Toomey, R-Pa. – was designed as a solution to the budget crisis. It would have provided a way for the federal government to fund Hurricane Harvey aid without raising the debt ceiling.

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Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, Sean Hannity support Moore

September 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, announced his endorsement of Roy Moore for U.S. Senate. This followed Wednesday’s announcement by conservative talk radio and Fox News host Sean Hannity that he also was supporting  Moore.

Jordan said in a statement, “Roy Moore will be a much-needed conservative voice in the Senate.  I know the voters of Alabama can count on him to adhere to the Constitution and always stand for the values and principles that made this nation great, and I am proud to give him my endorsement and support!”

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Hightower finally decides to run for Governor

September 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, state Sen. Bill Hightower, R-Mobile, announced that he will run for Governor of Alabama in 2018.  Hightower made the announcement at an event with supporters in Mobile at the battleship U.S.S. Alabama.

Hightower said, “As a businessman, I am blessed to work with many in our community, and throughout the State.  Together, we have done much with what God has given us.  The phrase, “Alone I can go fast, but together we can go far”, comes to mind.  And we have much further to go, but we need to place the foundational blocks in place now, for our future.”

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New poll shows Mo Brooks with early lead in Fifth Congressional District race

September 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, BamaCarry Inc. released the first public polling of the 2018 election cycle for Alabama’s 5th Congressional District. The poll purports to take a snapshot of where the race currently stands and examine how the negative attacks of the Senate campaign may affect both the 2017 Senate runoff and the 2018 congressional primary.

The poll was conducted by WT&S Consulting in partnership with (the Second Amendment rights group) BamaCarry Inc. The poll surveyed 863 self-identified Republican respondents from a random stratified selection of likely primary voters across the 5th Congressional District. The survey was conducted by phone between Aug. 28 and Aug. 31., and it has a margin of error of 3.34 percent.

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