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Lathan calls on Doug Jones to “take a stand” on impeachment inquiry

Brandon Moseley

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The Alabama Republican Party opened qualifying for the 2020 election at their Hoover headquarters Tuesday, but Sen. Doug Jones was the focus of a morning press conference.

Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan hosted a press conference with the Republican National Committee calling on U.S. Senator Doug Jones to side with the majority of his Alabama constituents and oppose the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

Lathan was joined by: Shelby County Republican Party Chairman Joan Reynolds, Jefferson County Republican Party Chairman Butch Zaragoza, Monroe County Republican Party Chairman Rebekah Cornelison, elected officials and candidates qualifying to run for office, and grassroots GOP activists.

“As our party starts our qualifying process today with very strong candidates, we find ourselves back again with the party of Senator Doug Jones trying to overthrow our president in a despicable display reminiscent of a 3rd world political coup – not at all what the founding fathers envisioned for our great nation, as the ballot box is the decision maker,” Lathan said. “It started with Russia, then Mueller and now Democrats have come up with another “Get Trump at all cost” scheme concerning Ukraine. They know they can’t beat President Trump at the ballot box and quite frankly, are seething in desperation. In fact, a Democrat Congressman said, “If we don’t impeach this president, he will get re-elected!” Let me interpret this: If the House Democrats who know better than all of the ill-informed American people don’t stop him, the deplorables, despicables and dregs of society will do it again! The Democrats refuse to accept the results of the 2016 election and are still on a never-ending mission to destroy President Trump.”

“The end goal has always been impeachment,” Lathan continued. “They’ve been openly saying this since his election in an electoral college landslide… and why? Because he won and they lost? Because he shattered their dreams and not their ceiling? Their liberal agenda was yanked away by the VOTERS of our nation and their national hissy fit is filling the airwaves as they waste time instead of doing the jobs they were sent to Congress to do. Their behavior and actions are insults to every American who gave the keys to the Oval Office to Donald Trump!”

“They are attempting to turn a Joe Biden scandal into a Trump problem,” Lathan stated. “Our president, in an unprecedented and transparent move, released the transcript that has sent them into hysterics. No reasonable person can read that three-page transcript and interpret in the same way as the Democrats who are trying to use to destroy President Trump. They wake up every day hating him and their loss.”

“Most Americans oppose impeachment,” Lathan stated. “Recently, a Monmouth poll found that nearly two thirds of Americans oppose beginning impeachment proceedings. The people are fired up and wanting to speak out against this poison pill that is impeachment. They care about their families’ healthcare, the illegal immigration crisis, their paychecks and their families. They clearly see this impeachment charade is another attempt to remove our president. Do we hear the Democrats cheering as American workers’ paychecks continue to rise? NO! Do we see the Democrats celebrating the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years? NO! Do we see the Democrats working on realistic solutions to healthcare issues? NO! Do we see the Democrats trying to secure our boarder and stop the flow of illegal drugs and human trafficking into our nation? NO!”

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“They are now the Party of obstruction in every sense of the word,” Lathan charged. “Where does Doug Jones stand? Time and again, Senator Jones has sided with the radical Democrats in his party, whether it’s obstructing President Trump’s policies or voting against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation. He is a member of the Party that had a floor fight over removing the word “God” from their platform. He embraces the Party that just 2 months ago passed a resolution championing “religiously unaffiliated” voters. He knee jerk reacted to the Brett Kavanaugh debacle and voted NO when the majority of Alabamians wanted him to cast a YES vote. He voted NO on the wall funding. Alabamians wanted a YES vote. He voted NO on ending taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood. Our state wanted a YES vote. Senator Jones’ is not voting for the majority of Alabamians, and they will not forget his deafness to their wishes next year.”

Secretary of State John H. Merrill, businessman Stanley Adair, and State Representative Arnold Mooney all qualified on Tuesday for the Republican nomination for Senate. Former Chief Justice Roy Moore, former Auburn football Coach Tommy Tuberville, and Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) have all announced plans to run. GOP qualifying for Senate and other races will remain open through November 8.

The last two Democrats to win statewide races in Alabama were Doug Jones in 2017 and the late Lucy Baxley in 2008 running for Public Service Commission President. The last Democratic incumbent who won re-election was Agriculture and Industries Commissioner Ron Sparks in 2006. The last Democrat to win a state appellate court race in Alabama was Sue Bell Cobb who won the Chief Justice race in 2006. The last Democrat to win Lt. Gov. in Alabama was Gov. Jim Folsom Jr. in 2006. The last Democrat to be elected governor in Alabama was Don Siegelman in 1998. The last Democrat who was elected Alabama Attorney General was Jimmy Evans in 1990. The last time a Democratic incumbent was re-elected to the U.S. Senate in Alabama was Richard Shelby in 1992. The last three Democrats elected as governor of Alabama were Don Siegelman in 1998. George C. Wallace in 1982, and Forest “Fob” James in 1978.

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Brandon Moseley is a senior reporter with eight and a half years at Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Facebook. Brandon is a native of Moody, Alabama, a graduate of Auburn University, and a seventh generation Alabamian.

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Jones campaign director blasts Tuberville for saying $600 “too much” for out-of-work Alabamians

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Incumbent Sen. Doug Jones, left, and Republican challenger Tommy Tubberville, right.

The communications director for U.S. Sen. Doug Jones’s re-election campaign on Wednesday called out Tommy Tuberville for saying that $600 in emergency unemployment aid was too much for Alabamians. 

“Tommy Tuberville once again proves he’s out of touch with Alabama. When he ‘resigned’ from his job as a football coach he took a $5.1 million payout for himself. To this day, he receives $800 a week in State Retirement funds for a coaching job he ‘quit’ in 2008,” said Owen Kilmer, communications Director for Jones’s Senate campaign, in a statement Wednesday. 

“But he says $600 in emergency benefits is ‘way too much’ for people in Alabama who lost their jobs in this crisis through no fault of their own. Tuberville says $600 is ‘way too much’ to help people put food on the table and pay utilities,” Kilmer continued. “No wonder, when asked about how to handle this crisis, he said ‘I wouldn’t have a clue.’ It’s true. He doesn’t.”

Tuberville, the Republican Senate nominee, is trying to unseat Jones in the November general election. Jones has called the former Auburn football coach and first-time political candidate an unprepared hyper-partisan.

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Mimi Penhale, Russell Bedsole advance to GOP runoff in HD49

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Miriam "Mimi" Penhale, left, and Russell Bedsole, right, are vying for the vacant Alabama House District 49 seat.

Republican voters in House District 49 went to the polls Tuesday to nominate their next representative. Miriam “Mimi” Penhale and Russell Bedsole received the most votes and will advance on to the special Republican primary runoff scheduled for Sept. 1.

“What an incredible day!” Bedsole said. “Thank you friends and family for your love, support, and prayers. We had a great showing today and we are on to a runoff. Looking forward to getting back out and winning this thing on September 1st.”

“THANK YOU Bibb, Chilton and Shelby County!” Penhale said on social media. “I’m looking forward to earning your vote, again, on September 1 in the runoff.”

The election was very tight between the two. Mimi Penhale received 829 votes, or 31.4 percent of the votes. Russell Bedsole received 919 votes, or 34.8 percent.

The rest of the votes was split among the other four candidates. James Dean received less than 1 percent, Chuck Martin received 24.3 percent, Jackson McNeely received 2.16 percent and Donna Strong received 6.71 percent.

There were 2,639 votes cast on Tuesday. Voter turnout was 8.88 percent.

Bedsole serves on the Alabaster City Council, Pemhale is the director of the Shelby County Legislative office.

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The eventual winner of the Republican nomination will face Democrat Cheryl Patton in the special general election on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

The vacancy in House District 49 was created when State Rep. April Weaver, R-Briarfield, announced her resignation to accept an appointment as a regional director of the Department of Health and Human Services.

House District 49 consists of portions of Bibb, Shelby and Chilton Counties. The winner will serve the remainder of Weaver’s term, which ends in late 2022.

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Jimmy Reynolds, Ben Robbins qualify as Republicans for Alabama House District 33

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The Alabama Republican Party on Tuesday closed its candidate qualifying period for the Alabama House of Representatives District 33 special primary election scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Jimmy Reynolds Jr. and Ben Robbins have qualified to run for the District 33 seat in the special Republican primary.

“Our district is a wonderful place to raise a family,” Robbins said in a statement. “We owe it to our children and grandchildren to leave them with more opportunities than we had, and I believe fresh ideas, bold leadership and true conservative values are the foundation of that success.”

Robbins serves on multiple community boards, including Habitat for Humanity, as co-president of Leadership Sylacauga and serves the Talladega Rotary Club as a past-president. He is also active with several local Chambers of Commerce and the Sylacauga Young Professionals. He is a seventh-generation Talladega County resident and the grandson of former Childersburg Mayor Robert Limbaugh. He and his wife Melanie have one son.

Jimmy Reynolds Jr. is a visual arts teacher at Sylacauga City School System. He previously worked for HHGregg Inc. and Tweeter Home Entertainment. Reynolds has a business management degree from Auburn University and lives in Hollins.

The Republican Special Primary Election will be held on Oct. 6, 2020, with the General Election scheduled for Jan. 19, 2021.

The vacancy in House District 33 occurred following the sudden passing of State Rep. Ron Johnson, R-Sylacauga, in July.

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House District 33 consists of portions of Clay, Coosa and Talladega Counties.

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New poll: Tuberville has big lead over Jones in Senate race

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Incumbent Sen. Doug Jones, left, and Republican challenger Tommy Tubberville, right.

Team voting still rules in Alabama. According to a new Morning Consult poll of Alabama voters, Republican challenger Tommy Tuberville has a double-digit lead over incumbent Democratic Sen. Doug Jones, virtually mirroring the advantage President Donald Trump has over Democratic challenger Joe Biden in the state.

The poll of approximately 650 likely Alabama voters shows Tuberville leading 52-35, with a large number of purported “independent” voters still undecided. 

Trump’s lead in that same poll is 58-36. 

The big lead for Tuberville would be a bit of a surprise, given that most polling up to this point has shown Jones performing favorably against both an unnamed Republican challenger and Tuberville specifically. 

Many of the polls documented on the polling tracking website FiveThirtyEight through June and July had Jones trailing Tuberville consistently, but typically falling somewhere between 3 and 10 percentage points behind. Only a Cygnal poll in late June showed him trailing by 14 points — his largest deficit by far at the time. 

While the Morning Consult poll was mostly negative for Jones, the breakdown of responses and the difference between loyalties in the presidential race and the Senate race could prove worrisome for Tuberville’s camp. 

A much higher percentage of respondents in the Senate race identified as “independents,” and 23 percent of that group said they had yet to make up their mind. In fact, among Republicans, while Trump pulled 96 percent of those voters, Tuberville managed just 87 percent. 

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Among those independent voters, Tuberville held just a 7-point lead, 34-27. 

Overall, 9 percent of the respondents were undecided or didn’t plan to vote in the Senate race.

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