Moore says that he will let the process play out before conceding election to Jones

December 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Even though the numbers show that Democrat Doug Jones was clearly the winner of the U.S. Senate seat, the Roy Moore campaign refused to concede and decided instead to wait for the final totals from the campaign to be tabulated.

“Wait on God and let this process play out,” Moore told his supporters.

“May God bless you as you go on, give you safe journey, and thank you for coming tonight,” Moore concluded when he dismissed his campaign watch party. “It’s not over and it’s going to take some time.”

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Shelby praises SEC appointment of William Duhnke to be PCAOB chairman

December 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., made a statement supporting the Securities and Exchange Commission’s appointment of William D. Duhnke III to be chairman of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

“Chairman Clayton has made an excellent choice in selecting Bill Duhnke to be the next chairman of the PCAOB,” said Sen. Shelby. “His intellect and experience ensure his future success in this role. I have relied on Bill’s professional advice and leadership for 20 years, and I know he will be an asset as the Board works to improve audit quality and promote public trust.”

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Steve Bannon at Moore rally: “There’s a special place in hell” for Republicans like Richard Shelby, Condoleezza Rice

December 12, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who has become one of Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore’s main supporters, took some hefty swipes Monday night against Alabama Republican Sen. Richard Shelby and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, an Alabama native.

Bannon spoke out against Shelby, Rice and other Republicans who have decided to distance themselves from Moore’s controversial candidacy.

“To Mitch McConnell, Senator Shelby and Condi Rice and little Bobby Corker, all of that establishment up there, all of that establishment up there every day that doesn’t have Trump’s back. You know they don’t have his back. All they want him for is that corporate tax cut. That’s all they want him for. As soon as they get that tax cut, watch what happens. There’s a special place in hell for Republicans that should know better,” Bannon said. “We know what they’re doing. They’re trying to shut up President Trump and Judge Moore.”

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Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox campaigns for Doug Jones

December 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuscaloosa Mayor and Democratic candidate for governor Walt Maddox announced that he is campaigning for Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Doug Jones.

“We Need Doug in the U.S. Senate,” Maddox announced.

Maddox, who is running for Alabama governor in 2018, announced that he will spend the next seven days campaigning for Jones, saying that Jones represents the change we need in Washington to help Alabama families.

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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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Moore leads by two percentage points in new poll

November 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, November 21, 2017, the Raycom News Network and Strategic Research released a poll showing Judge Roy Moore up by two points over former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones.  The Moore campaign had been easily outdistancing the Jones campaign and appeared to be running away with the race, until a Washington Post story torpedoed the Moore campaign alleging improper treatment of women by a single Moore after he finished law school. The Raycom poll from November 8; before the release of the women from the 1970s allegations that made national and international news; showed Moore up by 8 points.

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Allegations against Roy Moore similar to those against Donald Trump

November 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

A bombshell allegation is suddenly unleashed on a populist candidate a month before the general election, women come forward with tales of misconduct, outraged media and GOP establishment types who never supported the nominee all demand that the nominee drop out of the race for the good of the party.

We all lived through this once; when an unflattering video of Donald Trump was released and the political world went into carefully orchestrated shock and outrage.

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Moore campaign asks if Jones favors cutting Navy’s LCS fleet built in Mobile

November 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, October 31, 2017, the Moore for Senate campaign suggested that Doug Jones would not be a reliable vote for the littoral combat ships that Austal builds for the U.S. Navy in Mobile.

The Moore campaign said in a release: “Doug Jones is scary for Alabama’s defense industry; would turn Mobile shipyard into a ghost town.”

The Moore campaign said that, “The Obama presidency was often a frightening time for Alabama’s defense companies and military installations.  In his 2017 defense budget proposal, President Barack Obama wanted to cut the total number of Littoral Combat Ships in the Navy from 50 down to 42. Austal USA Shipyard near downtown Mobile is one of only two sites in the nation that builds the Littoral Combat Ships. According to a report by al.com, President Obama’s proposed cuts to the Littoral Combat Ships fleet would have put ‘thousands of jobs in Mobile at risk.’”

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Alabama’s leaders respond to New York City terror attack

November 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, an immigrant from Uzbekistan, who had sworn loyalty to ISIS, rented a truck from Home Depot and used it to run over pedestrians in a park in New York City’s lower Manhattan.

Eight people are dead, including several Argentinians, and another eleven have serious injuries. The terrorist, Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, was shot twice and apprehended by New York City Police Officer Ryan Nash and is now in the hospital recovering from gunshot wounds. Americans across the country reacted to the latest terror attack with shock and sorrow.

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Senator Shelby has concerns with Export-Import Bank

November 2, 2017

Brandon Mosley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., voiced his strong concerns with the Export-Import Bank during a hearing to examine President Donald J Trump’s (R) six nominations to lead the bank.

“I believe the Export-Import Bank is now a body rampant with corporate cronyism, corruption, and unaccountability,” Shelby said.  “Latest estimates indicate that the Export-Import Bank finances only two percent of total U.S. exports. This means 98 percent of exports from the U.S. are generated without the Bank’s financing.”

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