Secretary of State turns over names of 674 people for illegal crossover voting

October 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, October 20, 2017, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) announced that he was handing over the names of 674 voters who broke the state’s new law banning crossover voting to prosecutors.

Under the new law, it is a felony to vote in the runoff of the party other than the one that you voted for in the primary.  According to the Secretary of State’s office, 674 people voted in the August 15 Democratic Party primary for U.S. Senate and then voted in the September 26 Republican Party primary runoff.

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Gov. Ivey announces Special Election dates for House District 21

October 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter 

Monday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a proclamation to set the Special Election dates for Alabama House District 21.

Gov. Ivey set the major party primaries for Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.

If a major party runoff is necessary, it will be on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. The Special General Election would then be on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. If there is only one major candidate for each major party and no need for a primary, the general election will be held Tuesday, March 27, 2018. If there is a primary but no runoff is needed, the General Election will be Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

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Main Super PAC that backed Strange won’t wade into Senate race for Moore just yet

October 11, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

The main Republican Super PAC that bolstered Sen. Luther Strange’s primary bid won’t be wading into the competition between Chief Justice Roy Moore and his Democratic challenger, Doug Jones — at least, not just yet.

The Senate Leadership Fund — a PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel, R-Ky., and Republican leadership in the Senate — is believed to have spent between $8 – 9 million in the Alabama primary over the past few months in an attempt to prop up Strange and his campaign.

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Poll: Moore less than 6 points ahead of Jones, also Alabamians’ opinions on national controversies

October 2, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

A new poll in the U.S. Senate race places former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore ahead of Democrat Doug Jones by less than 6 percentage points.

The telephone poll, conducted and sponsored by Decision Desk HQ, sampled 590 likely voters in the election. It was conducted last week and released on Saturday.

Former U.S. Attorney Jones polled at 44.5 percent of the vote, which put him behind Moore who polled at 50.2 percent. The poll had a margin of error of 4 percentage points, putting Jones just out of reach from a statistical tie with Moore.

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US Senate race: Doug Jones prepares for December; Strange allies rally behind Moore

September 27, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

As former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore celebrates his victory in the race against U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., his Democratic opponent, former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones, prepares to face him in December.

“This just got real,” Jones wrote on Twitter after various news organizations called the Republican runoff for Moore. Afterwards, Jones called for more volunteers to join his campaign.

“Even though I was not on the ballot today, our campaign has been building momentum for weeks with hundreds of volunteers signing up to join our effort, Republicans reaching out to us throughout the state, and our campaign just finished our strongest week of fundraising,” Jones said in a statement after the runoff was over.

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Reaction to US Senate primary runoff

September 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, the voters of Alabama selected Roy Moore to be the GOP candidate in the race to fill the Senate seat of Jeff Sessions , now U.S. attorney general.  Leaders from across Alabama and beyond congratulated Moore on the victory.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said in a statement: “One of my first acts as governor was to move the special election date so it was held in compliance with the law. Now the people have had their say.”

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Roy Moore, Luther Strange pledge to support US Term Limits amendment

September 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Term Limits, the leader in the national movement to limit terms for elected officials, praised Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Luther Strange for signing its congressional term limits pledge. Strange joins Roy Moore, also an Alabama U.S. Senate candidate, in taking the term limits oath.

In Nov. 2016, U.S. Term Limits had more than 50 pledge signers in Congress.

“Strange ‘s and Moore’s commitment to returning to citizen government in Washington, D.C. is a beacon that should be followed by candidates across the nation,” USTL President Philip Blumel said on the candidates’ pledges.

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Senate candidates have concerns over Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill

September 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The U.S. Senate is considering yet another plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, and opinions are mixed on the compromise Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill that is being promoted currently as the most viable plan to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

All three candidates for U.S. Senate have expressed at least some reservations about the bill as it is currently composed.

“Time and again, I have heard from Alabamians all over the state who are concerned with the ever-increasing cost of health insurance, health care, and increases in out of pocket expenses,” Democratic candidate Doug Jones said. “Folks also want to know that any proposed reforms will also prevent the loss of coverage for pre-existing conditions. Any bill that does not protect Alabamians and adequately address those concerns is a nonstarter for me.”

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Roy Moore makes final appeal to voters

September 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Former Chief Justice Roy Moore made a final attempt to reach the voters of Alabama in a speech on Monday in which he denounced the moneyed establishment forces that have poured a fortune into his opponent’s Senate campaign. Moore held a final Get Out The Vote rally in Fairhope, Alabama, with special guests including Brietbart News Executive Chairman Steven Bannon; Duck Dynasty Star Phil Robertson; Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage; state Sen. Trip Pittman, R-Montrose; former gubernatorial candidate Siran Stacy; and state Auditor Jim Zeigler.

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Steve Bannon, Phil Robertson to rally with Moore in Fairhope Monday night

September 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday night, the Roy Moore for U.S. Senate campaign will be hosting a Faith and Family rally with Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty, former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and a surprise special guest.

Steve Bannon is the executive chairman of Breitbart News, and until recently, he was President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist. Bannon, who has only done one interview since leaving the White House, according to some sources, will do a live interview with Fox News star host Sean Hannity during the event. Hannity, like a growing number of conservative-thought leaders, is headed to Alabama Monday night to campaign for Moore in a fierce runoff election.

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