Opinion | This is why women don’t come forward

January 18, 2018

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Political Reporter Editor in Chief Bill Britt and reporter/columnist Josh Moon have done a fine job exposing state Attorney General Steve Marshall’s lack of action when a woman who worked in his office was aggressively sexually assaulted by an assistant district attorney who also worked there.

Men who act badly and others often wonder why women don’t come forward after they are assaulted. Some, like those women who credibly accused former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore of inappropriate conduct, and my wife, Veronica, who was assaulted by the then publisher of the Anniston Star H. Brandt Ayers, where she got her first newspaper job, wait years (sometimes even decades) to tell their stories.

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Moore supporters seek revenge against Sen. Shelby

January 15, 2018

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A group of Judge Roy Moore’s supporters is planning to introduce a resolution to censure Alabama’s U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby because he publicly stated that he “couldn’t vote for Roy Moore,” as reported by Politico on Saturday.

It’s no small irony that a faction of the Alabama Republican Executive Committee is tarring Sen. Shelby with half-truths and lies just like The Washington Post is accused of doing with Judge Moore.

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Democrat Jason Childs drops out of governor’s race

January 12, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sunday, January 7, Democrat Jason Childs, citing a lack of funds, announced that he was withdrawing from the Democratic gubernatorial race.

“Unfortunately we have failed to meet our fundraising goals,” Childs said. “This marks the end of our campaign. I want to thank all of you for your support. I am especially grateful for our friend, and Campaign Manager Virginia Lucci.”

“I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all of my policy advisors,” Childs stated. “The friendships that have been made during this effort will last long after this election cycle is over. Without a doubt the one thing I have learned going through this process, my wife Michelle is a gift from God. We have enjoyed meeting so many fine people from around this great state. Seeing so many progressive minded folks engaged in the political process has been encouraging. I am more optimistic now than ever before. Alabamians are smart, and they know that they deserve a state government that works for them. I am looking forward to working as hard as I can to see to it that the Democratic Primary winner becomes the next Governor of Alabama.”

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Sellers qualifies to run for Supreme Court associate justice

January 11, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Associate Justice Will Sellers qualified as a Republican Party for the primary election on June 5th, 2018. He will be running in Place 3. In May, Sellers was appointed to the Court by Gov. Kay Ivey after she appointed Lyn Stuart as Chief Justice following Roy Moore’s retirement to run for Senate.

“Serving on the Alabama Supreme Court is a tremendous honor, and I look forward to the opportunity to continue in that role for the next six years,” Sellers said.

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Governor pushes state employee pay raises, investment in education in first State of the State

January 10, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

A year ago, former Gov. Robert Bentley delivered his last State of the State address, setting goals for a Legislative Session that not only would see many of his priorities fall short but encompass the end his political career.

Last night, Gov. Kay Ivey delivered her first — an annual address that set broad and wide-ranging priorities for a state government returning to Montgomery fatigued from scandal and ready for a fresh start.

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Tom Parker qualifies for chief justice

January 9, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice Tom Parker was at Alabama Republican Party headquarters filing papers to qualify to run for chief justice.

“I am known as a strong social conservative,” Parker told reporters.

“With President Trump leading the fight to decentralize the federal regulatory state and restore our Tenth Amendment rights, the radical left is turning to blue cities in red states to move their agenda forward,” Parker said in a statement. “That’s why the Alabama Supreme Court needs strong, conservative leadership to push back against any unconstitutional infringement of citizens’ rights and why I’m running to provide that leadership.”

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Hobson says he’s running for Congress to preserve a “safe, prosperous, and moral America”

January 8, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Former Roy Moore aide, Rich Hobson, said that he is running for Congress because we are in a crucial time in our history.

“I’m running because our nation is at a crucial time in history, and I want to make sure that we preserve a safe, prosperous, and moral America for our children and grandchildren,” Hobson said in a statement.

“As we have forgotten our Creator, millions of children have been aborted, our families are being ripped apart, and our children are growing up confused,” said Hobson. “There is a sense that all that America has stood for throughout our history doesn’t matter anymore. But America does matter, and I plan to work hard in this campaign to restore the values that made us great. Just like the Greatest Generation saved our country in World War II, I want to be part of the generation that fights to save our country from those who seek to destroy our values.”
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With optimism high, Democrats running for governor report end-of-year cash on hand

January 5, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

In 2010, Alabama Republicans completely dominated the Democrats by winning supermajorities in both houses of the Alabama Legislature and every statewide race on the ballot. The GOP repeated that performance in 2014, and Democrat fortunes appeared to be at an all-time low.

This year, however, Alabama Democrats are more optimistic than they have been in a long time. Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore in the U.S. Senate special election, the first Democratic win in any statewide race since 2008. The Republican Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, has been convicted of felony ethics violations. The Republican House Majority Leader Mickey Hammon, R-Decatur, has pleaded guilty to felony campaign finance ethics violations. Republican Gov. Robert Bentley pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations and resigned the governorship in April 2017. In 2016, the Court of the Judiciary suspended the Republican Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore. The momentum generated by the Jones campaign combined with Republican ethics issues have made Alabama Democrats much more optimistic entering 2018 than they were at this time in 2014.

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Rich Hobson, Moore campaign manager, announces run for Congress

January 5, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Rich Hobson, who recently served as the campaign manager for the Roy Moore for U.S. Senate campaign, will be running for Congress in Alabama’s Second Congressional District. Hobson made the announcement on Montgomery’s Capitol steps in a news conference.

Rich Hobson, age 56, is an attorney and a longtime aide to Roy Moore. Hobson was the head of the Administrative Office of Courts both times when Moore was chief justice. Hobson also was the director of the Foundation for Moral Law. Hobson said that he made the decision to run about a year ago.

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Bannon calls Donald Trump Jr., Kushner “unpatriotic” and “treasonous”

January 4, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

In a new book, former Trump Chief Strategist Steve Bannon describes Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort’s infamous Trump Tower meeting with Russians during the 2016 campaign as “unpatriotic” and “treasonous.”

In the new book by Michael Wolff called “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” Bannon denounces a June 2016 meeting between Trump’s son, Donald Jr., White House Adviser Kushner, then campaign Chairman Paul Manafort and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower in New York. The Trump team had been promised documents that would “incriminate” former Secretary of State and then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

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