President Trump “likes” Doug Jones, thinks Moore concession probably “should have already happened”

December 15, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

While Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore continues to prolong his senatorial bid past its apparent expiration date, President Donald Trump is already moving on, forging a path for a potential relationship with Alabama’s new senator.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday, when asked if Trump thinks Moore should give his concession speech now, said Trump has been clear.

“I think the President’s position is pretty clear.  In his outreach to Doug Jones directly, he called and they spoke yesterday,” Sanders said. “He likes Doug Jones and looks forward to meeting him in person, and hopes that he will come and follow through on his commitment to work with the President on some things that they agree on.”

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Democrat Doug Jones leading Roy Moore by 10 points in Fox Poll as surveys diverge

December 11, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

With less than 24 hours to go until polls open in the Senate special election, a new Fox News Poll shows Democratic candidate Doug Jones with a sizable 10-point lead over Republican Roy Moore.

The poll, released Monday morning, shows Jones with consolidated support among Democrats, a large lead among independents and one-in-10 Republican voters crossing over to vote for the former U.S. attorney. Such a coalition has been the hope of Jones’ camp since the race began.

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There is no mob chasing Roy Moore

December 7, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

It’s the gays.

That’s who’s causing all this trouble for poor ol’ Roy Moore. Making up all of these dadgum phony allegations against him.

Or maybe it’s the “transgender mafia,” as one Moore surrogate proclaimed out loud and with a straight face recently.

Or it could be the mainstream media.

I bet that’s it. The media. Those guys will say just about anything … that’s supported by facts and accurate reporting.

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My wife is Time’s Person of the Year

December 7, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

I was heartened and encouraged by Time magazine’s Person of the Year. It’s one of those years where the person is persons.

One of those persons is my wife.

No, not Taylor Swift. Nor Alyssa Milano. Nor Rose McGowan. Nor Selma Blair.

Veronica Pike Kennedy. My wife. Whom I’m so proud of.

She, too, is a #metoo. She was spanked aggressively by a publisher at one of the newspapers she worked for. Hopefully, the reporters now looking into this string of spanking incidents at this newspaper will publish something soon. And we know Veronica wasn’t the only one.

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It’s crunch time for the Senate candidates — and they’re not holding back

December 6, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

With the special election less than a week away, it’s crunch time for Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones. Moore’s brought in former White House adviser Steve Bannon, and Jones isn’t holding back, either, running ads highlighting sexual assault allegations against Moore and hitting him hard in a speech in Birmingham Tuesday that his campaign labeled a major address.

“I believe women are every bit as capable as men, that they deserve to be elected to public office, and I damn sure believe and have done my part to ensure that men who hurt little girls should go to jail — not to the United States Senate,” Jones said Tuesday.

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A partial summary of the Senate “Tax Cuts and Jobs Bill”

December 4, 2017

By Rep. Tim Wadsworth
House District 14

Early Saturday morning the United States Senate along party lines passed a “Tax Bill” as promised by President Trump.  As with any tax bill there are winners and losers.  Only your accountant or tax lawyer can tell you the full impact on your particular tax situation.  The tax bill affects, individuals, C – Corporations, estates, small businesses and pass through entities such as S – Corporations and partnerships.  The bill is 479 pages long and somewhat complicated. Simple tax bill was not achieved.  Since the US. Senate tax bill will go to conference committee with the US House, the differences will be ironed out and resolved.

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Trump will campaign 15 miles from Alabama border days before Senate special election

December 1, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

The White House has said President Donald Trump won’t come to Alabama to campaign for Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore but he will be in Pensacola, Florida, just 15 miles from the Alabama border, a few days before the Dec. 12 special election.

The Associated Press and The Washington Post report that Trump will appear at a campaign-style rally in Pensacola on Friday, Dec. 8, four days before the election. Pensacola, just east of Mobile, shares a media market with Alabama’s fourth largest city.

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Former Trump strategist Steve Bannon to campaign for Moore next week

November 29, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Breitbart executive chairman and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, long considered one of President Donald Trump’s key allies, will return to Fairhope, Alabama, next week to campaign for Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. It’ll be Bannon’s second visit to the state to stump for Moore.

Bannon, since leaving the White House in August, has been mounting a nationwide effort to elect more populists and nationalists. Moore has become one of Bannon’s first projects. In September, Bannon traveled to Fairhope to campaign for Moore during the primary election. Bannon supported Moore over the establishment-embraced Sen. Luther Strange. Bannon’s right-leaning Breitbart news has been staunch in their alignment with Moore.

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Retired Marine Colonel-turned-sculptor hopes to be write-in option for Republicans hesitant on Moore

November 28, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Retired Marine Corps Col. Lee Busby, a former top aide to President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff retired Gen. John Kelly, is coming out of a retirement defined by sculpting to honor fallen service members to launch a last-minute write-in effort for Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat against Republican nominee Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones.

Busby, who now lives in Tuscaloosa, said he isn’t satisfied with the two candidates on the ballot and wants to offer himself a more moderate alternative to the two men whom he says are too extreme for Alabama voters.

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Two big things you may have missed

November 27, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

I understand why people are so frustrated with politics these days. The American people want action, and it may not seem like much is actually getting accomplished. I share those concerns, but my frustration is not connected to my work in the House of Representatives. Despite the media’s infatuation with relitigating the 2016 election, there are very substantive bills that pass out of the House almost every week.

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