Martin says if elected as Attorney General, AG will stand for “Alabama Guardian”

October 12, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, former U.S. Attorney Alice Martin (R) sent out an email announcing her plans if elected as attorney general.

“I have been traveling around the state meeting and talking with many Alabamians who are resonating with my message about why I am running as Attorney General. The AG quite simply ‘guards’ the rule of law and your safety,” Martin said.

Martin said that she would guard, “Your constitutional freedoms from assault by the left liberals or guarding against federal overreach, the prison doors and ensuring local convictions obtained by your DA are upheld on appeals & criminals serve their time, your tax dollars from wasteful spending and corrupt officials, your personal identity from computer hacks and the sanctuary of your home against domestic violence.”

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Alabama AG reignites “Bingo Wars”

October 5, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall has reignited the electronic bingo fight.

Marshall on Wednesday announced five lawsuits filed in counties around the state – Macon, Morgan, Lowndes, Houston and Greene – aimed at stopping existing gambling operations in those counties. The filings also request injunctions against the casinos to force them to stop operations immediately.

“It is the responsibility of the Attorney General to ensure that Alabama’s laws are enforced, including those laws that prohibit illegal gambling,” a release from Marshall’s office said. “Through multiple rulings in recent years, the Alabama Supreme Court has made it abundantly clear that electronic bingo and the use of slot machines are illegal in all Alabama counties.”
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More corruption indictments expected Thursday

September 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama on Wednesday announced a noon press conference for Thursday.

According to his defense counsel, charges are expected tomorrow against Joel Gilbert, a partner at Birmingham law firm Balch & Bingham LLP, in connection legal services he provided his client the Drummond Company.

Former State Rep. Oliver Robinson, D-Birmingham, has pleaded guilty to bribery, corruption, fraud, and tax evasion in connection to his efforts to try to block the expansion of a North Birmingham EPA Superfund  site to include the neighborhoods of Tarrant and Inglenook.

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Roy Moore cruises to a win over Strange

September 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

The voters of the Alabama Republican Party went to the polls and selected Roy Moore to be their nominee in the race for U.S. Senate.

The Washington elites led by Karl Rove, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the Senate Leadership Fund, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Rifle Association, and the National Republican Senate Committee, all backed Strange.  The expensive outside lobbyists declared a media war on Moore.  Republicans voters received upwards of 50 mailers to their mailboxes.  TV and radio spots touting Strange and attacking Moore bombarded viewers and listeners for weeks.

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Senate Republican primary runoff is today 

September 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Republican voters across Alabama will go to the polls today, Tuesday, Sept. 26, to decide who will represent the Republican Party in the state’s general election for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he was appointed to U.S. attorney general.

A primary election for the position of U.S. senator was called by Gov. Kay Ivey for Dec. 12, 2017. The major party primaries were on Aug. 15. Doug Jones won the Democratic primary outright. Former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore and Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., are the candidates in the Republican runoff today.

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Attorney general candidate calls for Strange investigation days before runoff

September 25, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Attorney General Candidate Sam McLure called for an investigation into U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., again just days before the Republican Runoff.

Specifically, McLure called on current Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall to investigate Strange “before it’s too late.”

“Why hasn’t the top been blown off this by our newly-appointed Attorney General, Steve Marshall?” McLure said in a press release. “It takes no courage to prosecute an elected official after he’s lost the election; and Lord willing, Luther Strange will lose.”

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Recapping the US Senate race in 500 words

September 24, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

As the Republican runoff for U.S. Senate draws closer to its end on Tuesday, it’s important to reflect upon how exactly the race got here.

When Jeff Sessions vacated the seat last year after his appointment as U.S. Attorney General, it was up to then Gov. Robert Bentley to appoint the new senator.

While many interviewed for the position, Bentley decided that then Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange would take the position. Bentley then scheduled the election for the seat to occur in 2018 with other statewide elections.

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Bentley notes: Marsh threat, Strange promises over Senate seat

September 19, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

In interviews for Jeff Sessions’ vacant Senate seat, Luther Strange promised to “do more” to help former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley. And state Sen. Del Marsh, R-Anniston, “seemed angry” and allegedly threatened to “f—k with” Bentley for the next two years if he wasn’t appointed, according to handwritten notes Bentley made from the interviews.

Those notes, forwarded to the Alabama Archives and obtained by The Alabama Political Reporter, show that Bentley ranked the six candidates – who Bentley interviewed – in six different categories: Interview strength, their appointment’s trickle-down effect on the state, knowledge of federal issues, Republican delegation relations, recommendations and direct benefit the candidates would have on the state if appointed.

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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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State Rep. Tim Wadsworth endorses Roy Moore

September 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, the Judge Roy Moore for U.S. Senate Campaign announced that state Rep. Tim Wadsworth, R-Arley, had endorsed Moore in the Republican runoff.

Wadsworth said, “I’m proud to represent Winston, Walker, and Jefferson counties. In November of 2016, eighty-nine percent of Winston County voters supported Donald Trump and the county has been recognized as the most pro-Trump county in the United States. I continue to support the policies, reforms, and vision of President Trump and my district is more than ready to continue draining the D.C. swamp.”

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