Winners and Losers of Special Election

December 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama garnered national and global attention from the U.S. Senate special election which vaulted Doug Jones into the U.S. Senate. There are a number of winners and losers from this election.

The foremost winner is of course Doug Jones himself.  Jones has had a stellar legal career.  He has been a U.S. Attorney, an assistant U.S. attorney, a former aide to U.S. Senator Howell Heflin (D), the successful prosecutor of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombers, and he is recognized as one of the foremost legal minds in the profession with a who’s who list of corporate and institutional clients.  He has had a stellar career; but now he is a Democrat rock star.  He walked into the heart of Trump country in the deep south and emerged victorious.  Nobody among Senate Democrats can match that accomplishment and the national press attention he has received gives him far wider popular name recognition than Senators who have served longer and have more political victories.

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Alabama Society of CPAs endorses Justice Sellers for Supreme Court

December 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants endorsed Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice Will Sellers ahead of the 2018 Republican primary.

“I’m overwhelmed with the endorsement from the Alabama Society of CPAs,” Sellers said. “Accountants know first-hand of the need for a stable legal and regulatory environment for business to prosper and expand. I’m honored by their endorsement and gratified by the support of so many of their members.”

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Moore campaign threatens to sue anti-Moore super PAC Highway 31

December 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Roy Moore Senate campaign blasted an ad paid for by the Highway 31 super PAC as “patently false.”

The campaign announced in a statement that they have issued cease and desist letters demanding that television stations remove the ad from the air immediately.

The letter specifically calls out the ad for what the Moore campaign says are its “quoting third-hand gossip and repeating outright falsehoods.”

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Marked sample ballots found in Bullock County

December 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Secretary State John Merrill announced the discovery of marked sample ballots being distributed to voters in Bullock County on Tuesday.

“On Friday, December 1, 2017, at approximately 5:10 PM, Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill received a report from an official at the Roy Moore Campaign team indicating that there were sample ballots that had been marked for Doug Jones, the United States Senate candidate for the Democrat party, that were being distributed from the Probate Office in Union Springs,” The Secretary of State’s office said in a statement.
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Pro-Jones PAC is not disclosing its donors, the FEC has been asked to investigate

December 5, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Baldwin County businessman Kevin Spriggs has asked the Federal Election Commission to investigate a Super PAC that is spending large amounts against Republican senate candidate Roy Moore but is not showing any donations.

Spriggs made the request to FEC Chairman Mathew Peterson Monday.

“Mr. Commissioner – As a resident of Alabama, I have noticed a Super PAC titled ‘Highway 31’ running numerous campaign commercials in the Mobile Al television market, including an ad during the SEC Championship football game.  A search of the FEC website shows hundreds of thousands of dollars of expenses without any donors. I also checked the irs.gov website for forms 8871 and 8872 required to be filed by 527 organizations. No filings are shown for donors and expenses. If donations and expenses exceed $50,000, the IRS requires an electronic filing of form 8872.

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Tommy Bryan to seek another term on the Alabama Supreme Court

November 30, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice Tommy Bryan announced his bid for re-election to the Alabama Supreme Court.

Justice Bryan has served on the Alabama Supreme Court since 2013 and said in a statement that he has stood firm in his mission of protecting Alabama’s conservative values.

“I want to continue to bring leadership and judgment that the people of Alabama can trust,” Bryan said. “I want to ensure for the people of Alabama a judicial system that is fair and balanced.”

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Roy Moore says he is fighting a spiritual battle

November 30, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore was campaigning to a full house of over 230 in the town hall of Henager, Alabama, in rural DeKalb County.  At least 50 journalists and news media were also on hand both inside and outside the building.

Roy Moore said, “There is fourteen days left to the general election.  We are very exciting.  It has been a long and enduring campaign and grueling at times.   We have been looking for the end for a while.  Thank you for taking time out from your busy schedules to hear about the campaign.  We are working very hard.  We have been going to meetings and having private meetings.  We have been doing all the campaign stuff and got several events this week again and are going to be very busy on the campaign trail.”

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Alabama joins coalition supporting Trump expanded travel ban

November 24, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama will join a coalition of 12 states whose attorneys generals are writing a brief in support of President Donald Trump’s expanded travel ban, which has been blocked by the courts and will be reviewed by the Supreme Court.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that he would be joining the coalition. The 12 states will be filing a joint amicus brief before the Supreme Court arguing that the ban, which was updated in September, should be upheld.

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The Senate probably can’t stop Moore if he wins the election

November 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sunday, November 19, 2017, when the Washington Post first broke the story about women coming forward with accusations against Republican Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore from decades ago, many in the Washington establishment, including Moore nemesis Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, and National Republican Senate Leadership Committee Chairman Senate Cory Gardner, R-Colorado, suggested that Judge Moore if elected would not be seated in the Senate and if seated he would be expelled.  Those bold claims are starting to unravel as cooler heads look at what the actual law says.

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Judge Stewart campaigns for AL Supreme Court in St. Clair County

November 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, November 16, 2017 Circuit Judge Sarah Stewart was in Pell City to speak to the St. Clair County Republican Party.  Stewart is running for a seat on the Alabama Supreme Court.

Stewart said that she is originally from Oklahoma; but has lived in Mobile for the last 24 years.  Stewart said that she has years of actual courtroom experience and knows all about the courts and trials.  She has been a Circuit Judge for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Mobile County since 2006.

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