Frank Matthews urges Black voters to write in Robert Kennedy for US Senate

December 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Recent Birmingham Mayoral candidate, civil rights activist, anti-Confederate monuments community organizer, and longtime Birmingham area radio personality Frank Matthews is urging Black voters not to vote for Democratic Party U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones; but to instead write in Democratic Primary candidate Robert Kennedy Jr. on Tuesday.

Kennedy is a former U.S. Navy Commander who graduated from the Naval Academy at Annapolis, where he was elected as class president, and has a Master’s degree from Duke.  Kennedy performed well in early polls of the Democratic Primary.  This was attributed to his famous sounding name.

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Surprise: Survey finds conservatives and liberals differ on free speech

December 6, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A recent survey from the libertarian think tank Cato Institute shows that a vast majority of Americans think that political correctness is suppressing conversations about critical issues facing our society.

The Cato 2017 Free Speech and Tolerance Survey, recently issued the results of a national poll of 2,300 U.S. adults, which found a great divide between Democrats and Republicans on what should be allowed as free speech.

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Shelby, Strange vote for GOP tax plan

December 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, the U.S. Senate voted along part lines, 51-49, to support their tax reform package known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The legislation is now expected to be conferenced with the U.S. House’s tax reform bill, who passed their own version earlier.

“The Senate today passed legislation to deliver pro-growth tax relief for the American people,”  U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said. “This is a bill that, if signed into law, will positively impact current and future generations by expanding economic opportunities and lowering taxes for the middle-class. Reducing rates and reforming our tax code will not only put more money in the pockets of hardworking Americans, but it will also allow businesses to create jobs and increase wages.”

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Marshall joins letter supporting Trump in appointing Consumer Financial Protection Bureau head

November 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, November 27, 2017, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall joined four other attorney generals in a letter today to President Donald Trump and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions declaring their confidence in the President’s authority to appoint an acting director for the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Obama appointee, CFPB Director Richard Cordray resigned over the weekend.  Trump then appointed Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney to take over as acting director.  Richard Cordray however had appointed his chief of staff, Leandra English, as the deputy director of the CFPB.  She now claims that makes her the acting director.  On Sunday night Ms. English sued President Trump in order to block Mulvaney from taking over as acting director of the agency.

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Democrats claim that Roby votes to raise middle class taxes

November 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Republican Party

Thursday, the Democratic Congressional Committee charged that U.S. Rep. Martha Roby voted with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, and “Establishment Republicans in Washington to hike taxes on the middle class so that they can hand out huge tax cuts to large corporations and the very wealthy. The Republican Tax Scam eliminates popular middle class deductions for state and local taxes, medical expenses, and student loans while slashing taxes for the wealthiest Americans.”

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Young Republican Federation of Alabama divided in decision to suspend support for Roy Moore

November 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, November 18, 2017, the Young Republican Federation of Alabama (YRFA) Steering Committee passed a resolution suspending their support for Roy Moore’s candidacy for the United States Senate by a supermajority vote. The resolution also calls for Roy Moore to step aside as the Republican nominee if he is unable or unwilling to clearly and convincingly refute the allegations against him.

“The YRFA is a diverse organization with clubs all over the state of Alabama,” said YRFA Chairman Jackie Curtiss. “We understand, respect, and appreciate that there are varying opinions on this issue within our Federation. We also encourage and welcome individual clubs to speak out on this issue according to the conscience of their membership.”
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Moore accuses establishment Republicans led by Mitch McConnell with trying to sabotage his campaign

November 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore on Friday accused establishment Republicans of, “Colluding with the Obama-Clinton Machine behind-the-scenes in a desperate effort to sabotage my campaign.”

Judge Moore’s comments were in a fundraising letter sent out to supporters urging them to contribute to his campaign.  Moore’s campaign has been left having to depend on only his network of small individual donors after the Republican National Committee (RNC) pulled its people and resources out of the state on Tuesday and reneged on an agreement to help provide support for Moore in the general election.

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The ALGOP Steering Committee votes to continue supporting Roy Moore

November 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

After a week of speculation, the Alabama Republican Party Steering Committee reaffirmed its support for U.S. Senate nominee Roy Moore.

Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan said in a statement regarding the U.S. Senate election: “On Wednesday evening, the Alabama Republican Party Steering Committee, comprised of 21 members, met to discuss the events and circumstances regarding the December 12 U.S. Senate race.  The ALGOP Steering Committee supports Judge Roy Moore as our nominee and trusts the voters as they make the ultimate decision in this crucial race.”

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Twelve women vouch for Roy Moore’s character

November 16, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Republican Party Establishment in Washington has challenged Roy Moore to prove that he is not a sexual predator after five women have come forward saying that they had inappropriate contacts with Moore in the late 1970s.

Moore grew up in rural Gallant, Alabama.  He went to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  Moore served as a Captain of a military police company in the Vietnam War.  After his discharge from service, Moore went to the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa.

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How Congress is creating a national citizen database and what you can do to stop it

November 15, 2017

By Deborah Love
Executive Director Eagle Forum of Alabama

It seems like every day we hear of another data breach or privacy violation impacting our personal information whether its Equifax, IRS, or the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. But breaches are just one small part of privacy issues facing Americans today. Instead of increasing protections, Democrats and Republicans in Congress are working together not to protect your privacy rights but to build a national database on citizens. Such a database has always been prohibited by federal law. Even though a clear majority of Americans from all political perspectives oppose a national citizen database and are concerned about their personal privacy especially digital privacy and data collection, Congress is moving quickly to create this new massive warehouse system of personal data. A bill introduced by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R) and Senator Patty Murray(D), The Foundation for Evidence Based Policymaking Act (FEPA), HR4174/S. 2046 would be the first step in creating this national database and is assumed to pass under the radar and with little opposition.

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