In US Senate race, a Democratic coalition played to win while many Republicans took a knee

December 15, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Democrats are elated, Birmingham’s big mules are relieved and the once dominant Alabama Republican Party — whether they will admit it or not — is in trouble. From solid red counties to African-American communities financially handicapped by white Republican leaders, the U.S. Senate race showed that a few committed individuals could change Alabama’s political landscape, at least for now.

As several longtime political operatives confided to the Alabama Political Reporter, “It took the Washington Post to set-up Roy Moore, but it was the Republican leadership who brought him down.”

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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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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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Majority Republicans doubt Moore’s accusers: some reasons why

December 4, 2017

By Bill Britt 
Alabama Political Reporter

A new poll by CBS News finds that 71 percent of Alabama Republicans believe the allegations against Roy Moore are false. Of those surveyed, 92 percent of Republicans who don’t believe the claims against Moore think, “Democrats are behind the charges,” and 88 percent say, “newspapers and the media are behind them.” When reports leave gaps in a story or cite inaccuracies as fact, it’s not surprising that a vast majority of Republicans doubt what they read in the news and hear on television.

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Poll: Alabama Republican voters embrace Roy Moore

December 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

A new CBS poll, conducted by YouGov, released over the weekend shows that Doug Jones’ tactic of winning using  accusations that Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore liked to date teenagers, when he was in his 30s, appears to be a disastrous failure.

According to a poll of 1,073 registered voters, if the election were held today: Moore would win handily with 49 percent of the vote. Democratic Clinton era U.S. Attorney Doug Jones would get just 43 percent.  Four percent said that they would vote for someone else – there are at least four different write-in campaigns to choose from. Four percent are still undecided.

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Court records may point to timeline of Moore’s alleged assault

November 27, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A Washington Post story published November 9 offers a detailed account of Leigh Corfman’s first encounter with then 32-year-old Assistant District Attorney Roy Moore at the Etowah County Court House. The year was 1979, according to The Post, when Corfman accompanied her mother to a child custody hearing. Washington Post reporters Stephanie McCrummen, Beth Reinhard and Alice Crites say they confirmed the 1979 hearing using divorce records.  Meeting Moore at the Etowah County Court House was also confirmed by Corfman’s mother, Nancy Wells, now 71, the wife of Dr. Richard Wells. There were at least two custody hearings according to the divorce records one in 1979 another in 1980.

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Moore leads by two percentage points in new poll

November 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, November 21, 2017, the Raycom News Network and Strategic Research released a poll showing Judge Roy Moore up by two points over former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones.  The Moore campaign had been easily outdistancing the Jones campaign and appeared to be running away with the race, until a Washington Post story torpedoed the Moore campaign alleging improper treatment of women by a single Moore after he finished law school. The Raycom poll from November 8; before the release of the women from the 1970s allegations that made national and international news; showed Moore up by 8 points.

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Trump tacitly supports Moore, doesn’t want “liberal person” in Senate seat

November 22, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

President Donald Trump commented on Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore on Tuesday after staying silent on the matter personally.

Trump was walking across the White House lawn when reporters asked him to comment on Moore and the impending election less than three weeks away.

“We don’t need a liberal person in there—A Democrat,” Trump said on the senate seat. “Jones, I’ve looked at his record. It’s terrible on crime. It’s terrible on the border. It’s terrible on the military.”

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Heroes in our midst

November 22, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

There are a lot of women out there who are my heroes. My wife, Veronica, is right at the top, no doubt.

Since last week’s column, where Veronica allowed me to share the two times she’s been sexually assaulted, we’ve heard from many people, including one reporter who is looking into the assault where a newspaper publisher spanked Veronica.

Another of my heroes is attorney Paula Cobia, who is representing Gloria Deason, one of the original four women who came forward in a Washington Post story accusing Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual assault and improper contact.

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The big question will be answered soon

November 22, 2017

By Steve Flowers
Inside the Statehouse

The big question in the Senate race is will allegations against Roy Moore and his purported propensities forty-years ago cause him to lose.  We will soon see.  The election is less than three weeks away.

The book on Moore is easy to read.  The polls have consistently revealed that 30 percent of voters like him and 70 percent do not like him.  He is a polarizing figure and well known.

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