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Roy Moore officially qualifies for Senate race

Brandon Moseley

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Thursday, former Chief Justice Roy Moore officially qualified to run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Doug Jones (D).

Moore signed his qualifying papers at Republican state headquarters in Hoover.

“I know it is Halloween, and no I did not do this to scare the wits out of the people in Washington,” Moore said to reporters.

Moore said that, “The thing that has been on my mind is the two young girls, Anaiah Blanchard and Kamille McKinney, you know this is a terrible thing that is happening in our country and this is a sign of the immorality of our times. I think especially in this area all across the state we are seeing this happen. It is a sign that we have lost our bearings in our country.”

“Washington D.C. does not like me,” Moore said. “They don’t wan\t somebody that will not follow their agenda and will oppose the establishment.”

“I am tired seeing politics as usual in this state,” Moore said. “Of politicians saying one thing, then they go to office and doing quite another,” Moore said. “Take for example the gas tax that was passed recently. The people of Alabama did not want a gas tax. How many time have the people running for the Senate or the House asked about this gas tax that was passed by a Republican Administration in Alabama. We see the same thing in Washington. The people get elected. They go to Washington to do their jobs and they run on the basis that they oppose abortion; then they give Planned Parenthood $500 million a year, for abortion. It is wrong.”

“Gun rights is always at the top level of every Republican Administration,” Moore said. “What do we do? We pass red gun laws, Republicans and Democrats. They pass Red flag laws. That is simply a way to take away u\your guns.”

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Moore was asked how this race was going to be different than 2017.

“Getting to the issues. I had a hard time getting to the issues in the last campaign,” Moore answered. “People don’t want to talk about the issues and the differences between the candidates. I will be the only former military in the race I believe. That matters when you go to Washington and dealing with armed services. As far as law goes, I know the Constitution. That is what I worked in for years and I think that is very important. Every state and federal officer is sworn to follow the Constitution. It is important to know what the Constitution says.”

“We have seen the Obamacare fail in this state and this nation,” Moore said. “They say they are going to do something about it and they never do.”

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Moore said that Obamacare needs to be repealed. “It has hurt businesses. A lot of businesses have cancelled insurance for their people because of Obamacare.

“Costs are rising and the government is hurting because of this,” Moore added. “Republicans were in the past standing against Obamacare.”

Moore said that there are several cases before the courts arguing that Obamacare is unconstitutional. “It needs to go back before the United States Supreme Court and we are working on that.”

“The national debt is now $21 trillion,” Moore said. “We are doing exactly opposite what the first President said we should do about the national debt.”

“Gun rights is always at the top level of every Republican Administration,” Moore said. “What do we do? We pass red gun laws, Republicans and Democrats. They pass red flag laws. That is simply a way to take away your guns.”

“We have taken God out of everything we have done in our society and wonder why people are killing each other on the streets,” Moore said.

Moore said that religious liberty is under assault “thankfully they stalled the equality bill” but that was supported by even some Republicans. “Now we are forcing gender education on our kids in schools. Out in California, as young as four years old.”

Moore was asked how the allegations and complaints filed against him in 2017 would affect this campaign.

“It will not effect my campaign, they were false allegations,” Moore said. “The people of Alabama saw what they did to Kavanaugh. We are not concerned about this and I hope the press gets off these scandals and things that they have cooked up.”

Moore was asked how this campaign would be different from last time.

“We are out meeting people,” Moore said. “We are getting in touch with the people. I think they saw what happened in the last campaign. There were eleven candidates for about a year last time. It was just one forum after another after another and we attended all of them, basically all of them. This is going to be a much shorter campaign, so it is going to be a little different.”

Moore was asked how his campaign would be affected if Jeff Sessions enters the race.

“It won’t affect my campaign,” Moore said. “Jeff Sessions I have known for a long time. I consider him my friend.”

Moore said that Sessions was being encouraged to enter the race by some in Washington.

“I don’t know whether he will get in or not; but it won’t affect my campaign,” Moore emphasized.

The Alabama Political Reporter asked Moore if the allegations being made by House Democrats against President Trump rise to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors as demanded by the Constitution.

“I don’t think it does,” Moore said. I think we need to get off impeachment proceedings and get on with the business of the country. I think the President has every right to coordinate with foreign entities.”

“Dealing with ambassadors and things that affect foreign relations has always been the duties of the chief executive officer being the President,” Moore continued. “Inquiring into why a vice President’s son is sitting on a foreign gas board making $650,000 a year that is something that should be inquired into; but as far as impeaching procedures that is something that we should get off of and get back to the business of the country.”

“What is needed today is the knowledge that we are all equal in the eyes of God and we should love our fellow man and treat our fellow many with kindness and respect and virtue and reality are very important,” Moore said. “Immorality affects us all. It affects the law, the Church, it affects our political system.”

“I think we need to get back to an understanding that God is the basis for our morals,” Moore continued. “We are forgetting God and we are suffering the consequences.”

A reporter asked Moore if he would be able to get anything passed in the Senate given the status quo.

“The status quo and the way it is operating now is that nothing is getting passed anyway,” Moore said.

“They still don’t want me, and it has been voiced from the Washington establishment and I think that is exactly why people should vote for me,” Moore said. “If Washington does not want you there is a reason for it.”

“We need to address the United Nations,” Moore said. “We need to quit funding them. We are the major funders and yet China has more influence in the United Nations than we do.”

“We don’t need the United Nations,” Moore said. Thomas Massey of Kentucky has already introduced the bill in the House. I think the Senate needs to move on that. We need to get rid of it.”

APR asked Moore: The last time you won the majority of the White vote handily; but by some exit polls, you lost 96 percent of the Black vote. By some math, if you had just gotten nine percent support from the Black community you would be the Senator today. What are you going to do differently this time to try to reach out to Black Alabamians?

“I think just what I stand for. I think the things that I stand for benefit the Blacks as much as the Whites,” Moore said. “I have had more people come up to me from the Black community than I have the White community. I don’t understand why the vote came out differently, There were a lot of things that were done. We drew up a complaint against it; bit dropped it because we simply did not have the money to pursue it. I trust that Black people as well as White people understand what went on last time.”

Moore narrowly lost to Doug Jones in the 2017 special election to fill the seat which was vacated by Jeff Sessions (R) when Sessions was confirmed as Donald Trump’s Attorney General.

Moore joins a crowded GOP field that included: businessman Stanley Adair, Secretary of State John H. Merrill, Congressman Bradley Byrne, former Auburn football Coach Tommy Tuberville, and State Representative Arnold Mooney. There are media reports that former Attorney General Jeff Sessions may also qualify for his former Senate seat.

The Republican primary will be March 3.

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Likely Republican primary voters reject Poarch Creeks “winning” plan

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A survey of likely Republican primary voters obtained by APR shows that a majority do not support giving the Poarch Band of Creek Indians a monopoly over gaming in the state despite the tribe’s promise of a billion dollars.

Over the last several months, PCI has orchestrated a massive media blitz to convince Alabamians that they have a winning plan for the state’s future in exchange for a Tribal-State compact and exclusive rights to Vegas-style casino gaming.

The survey commissioned by the Republican House and Senate caucuses and conducted by CYGNAL, a highly respected Republican polling firm, found that only 34.1 percent of likely Republican primary voters are buying what the tribe is selling. On the contrary, nearly 50 percent of Republicans oppose the plan, with almost 40 percent voicing strong opposition.

Of those surveyed, females are against the plan by nearly 50 percent, with men weighing-in at almost 60 percent unfavorable to PCI’s proposal.

Perhaps most significant is that PCI’s monopoly plan was widely rejected in areas where the tribe already operates casinos. In the Mobile area, nearest Windcreek Atmore, over half of Republicans see a monopoly unfavorably. The same is true in the Montgomery area, where PCI has two gaming facilities.

Not a single big city surveyed in the state held a favorable view of PCI’s plan with Birmingham and Huntsville rejecting the tribal monopoly by almost 50 percent.

Very conservative, somewhat conservative and moderate voters didn’t view the plan as positive.

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Ninety-one percent of respondents said they defiantly would be voting in the upcoming Republican primary on March 3.

PCI has lavished money on media outlets throughout the state, garnering favorable coverage, especially on talk radio and internet outlets. The tribe has also spent freely on Republican lawmakers.

Perhaps some good news for PCI is that Republican primary voters believe that state legislators are more likely to represent special interests above the interests of their constituents.

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PCI lobbyists continue to push the tribe’s agenda at the State House in defiance of Gov. Kay Ivey’s call for no action on gaming until her study group returns its findings.

The survey found that Ivey enjoys a 76.3 percent favorability rating among likely Republican primary voters.

 

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Opinion | It’s time for Alabama Democrats to learn from Alabama Republicans

Josh Moon

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Democrats never seem to learn from Republicans. 

All around the country, and all around the state of Alabama, Democrats are still playing by the rules. Still listening to the cries and outrage from the other side. Still entertaining the idea that compromise and diplomacy are important to Republicans on some level. 

Still watching Lucy jerk that football away at the last moment. 

It’s time that stopped. 

It is time — actually, well past time — for Democrats to adopt the attitudes of their GOP colleagues, and just do whatever the hell you want to do. 

Whatever goal you set, go achieve it. Whatever policy is important, implement it. Whatever action you believe is right, take it. 

This is how Republicans have governed now for years. It is how they have wrestled control of the U.S. Supreme Court — just don’t hold a hearing for a duly appointed candidate — and how they have stolen elections — keep blocking attempts to secure elections. It is how they control half of Congress — thanks, gerrymandering! — despite representing nearly 20 million fewer people and how they have managed to offset a growing minority vote — put up every roadblock short of a poll tax. 

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In Alabama, it has how they adopted the AAA act to funnel tax money to private schools — just completely rewrite the bill in the dead of night — and how they passed the most restrictive abortion ban — just ignore promises and public opinion. It is how they have stopped attempts to pass gambling legislation — by straight up lying about the law — and how they have steadily cut into ethics laws — pretend that no one can understand the laws they wrote themselves — and how a House Speaker convicted on 12 felonies still isn’t in prison three years later — just don’t send him. 

They don’t care. 

About rules. About the law. About public perception. About basic decency. 

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And it’s time for Democrats, especially in Alabama, to adopt the same attitudes. 

Because if Republicans can behave this way to implement racist bills and roll back ethics laws and protect the income of the elites, then Democrats shouldn’t think twice about doing it to protect rural hospitals or new mothers’ health or workers’ rights or decent public schools. 

Now, this will be a big change for Democrats, so let me explain how this would look in practice, using the ongoing saga of Confederate monuments. 

Republicans shoved through an absurd bill last year that protects the state’s monuments to those who fought to enslave other human beings, and they’re shocked — shocked and outraged — that African Americans in Alabama might find it offensive to honor the men who enslaved their ancestors. 

The bill they passed last year was a dumb bill, right down to the portion which levied a fine on cities if those cities removed or damaged a monument. The bill completely screwed up the fines portion, failing to penalize cities for moving or damaging monuments over 40 years old and failing to place a per-day fine on those cities. Instead, the Alabama Supreme Court said the cities would be subject to one $25,000 fine. 

Birmingham has a monument that it desperately wants to move. It has already boarded up the monument in Linn Park, and the ALSC, in the same ruling, ordered the boards to come down. 

And this is the first opportunity for Mayor Randall Woodfin to approach this with a new attitude. 

Tear it down. 

Write out one of those big “Price is Right” checks for $25,000, hold a press conference and award that money to Steve Marshall like he just won at Plinko. 

At the same time, workers should be taking that monument apart piece by piece and moving it to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, where it can be viewed for its historical significance instead of serving to honor traitors and racists. 

No apologies. No shame. Don’t even entertain their complaints. 

A similar approach should be taken by the city of Montgomery in regards to its occupational tax, which Republicans are attempting to stop through legislative action. 

Montgomery is going broke, and it can’t put enough cops on the streets. Part of that is because every day about 70,000 people flood into the city to go to work, and then they leave each afternoon and spend their money in — and give their tax dollars to — surrounding cities and counties. 

Montgomery has to do something to offset the costs, so an occupational tax has been proposed. But just as quickly as it was, the ALGOP — the kings of handouts to people who don’t need them — passed a bill to block it. 

So, some creativity is required.

Instead of an occupational tax, pass a public safety tax. 

If you work within the city limits of Montgomery, but live outside of those city limits, your paycheck will now be taxed an extra 1 percent to offset the cost of the police and fire services that you might use while in the city every day. 

No apologies. No shame. Don’t listen to GOP complaints. 

It’s a shame that things have to be like this, but they do. Democrats have tried for decades to force rational debate and to promote the value of compromise. Those pleas have fallen on deaf ears, which have been attached to toddler-like brains that have justified atrociously selfish behaviors and awful governance. 

At this point, it has gone on so long and been so successful for Republicans, the only thing that might break through is a taste of their own medicine. 

Give it to them.

 

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Maggie’s List endorses Jessica Taylor in 2nd Congressional District

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Maggie’s List, a national political action committee dedicated to electing conservative women to federal office, endorsed Jessica Taylor in Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District.

Sandra B. Mortham is the Chairman of Maggie’s List and the former Florida secretary of state.

“Jessica Taylor is a proven leader who brings dedication and heart to Alabama,” Mortham said. “We know Jessica is the right person to represent Alabama’s Second congressional district in Washington because she respects the need for increased personal responsibility, fiscal conservatism, and will help move Alabama forward.”

“As the Alabama Chairwoman of Maggie List, I am proud that the organization has officially endorsed Jessica Taylor for Congressional District 2 here in Alabama,” said Alabama Chairwoman Claire H. Austin. “Jessica holds the conservative policy values as a fiscal conservative, less government spending, and more personal responsibility, and a strong national defense. Jessica will stand strong in Washington for our conservative Alabama values.”

Jessica Taylor thanked Maggie’s List for the endorsement.

“I am humbled to be chosen as one of the 12 conservatives women endorsed by Maggie’s List,” Taylor said. “I entered this race because I am sick and tired of far-left radicals like AOC, Ilhan Omar, and the rest of “The Squad”, thinking that Democrats can have a monopoly of the women’s vote. I put together the Conservative Squad to challenge that narrative and fight back. It’s an honor to have the support of Maggie’s List. I look forward to working with them and conservative women around the country to take back the house in 2020!”

The criteria for an endorsement from Maggie’s List includes electoral viability as well as a commitment to promoting fiscal conservatism, less government, more personal responsibility, and strong national security.

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To date, Jessica Taylor has been endorsed by Maggie’s List, Empower America Project, Susan B. Anthony List, former Arkansas Governor and GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, Winning for Women, VIEW PAC, Empower America Project, and former Second Congressional candidate Rep. Will Dismukes (R-Prattville).

Jessica Taylor is married to former State Senator Bryan Taylor. The Taylors live in Prattville with their four children. She has her own business which helps small businesses and nonprofits apply for government grants.

Incumbent Congresswoman Martha Roby is not seeking another term representing the Second Congressional District.

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Sessions responds to negative attacks from Tuberville, Byrne

Brandon Moseley

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Every poll that has been released since former Attorney General Jeff Sessions entered the GOP field for U.S. Senate has had Jeff Sessions in the lead, whether it was by just two points or by as many as 10 points.

Predictably, Sessions main two rivals, former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville and Congressman Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, have run ads taking shots at Sessions to try to bring him back to the field. On Monday, Sessions responded to the attacks.

“It is unfortunate that both Tommy Tuberville and Bradley Byrne have abandoned any pretense of running a positive campaign,” Sessions said. “But it is not surprising: both candidates are trailing in the polls, and when politicians like Tuberville and Byrne are losing, they become desperate and afraid. Both Tuberville and Byrne have quit on themselves and their campaigns. Neither can connect with voters on the merits of their ideas. It is sad to see them both descend to such a sleazy, low point.”

Sessions warned that he is capable of going negative to.

“If their baseless, desperate attacks continue, they will be forcefully answered,” Sessions added. “The key issue for Alabamians is who will most effectively and forcefully fight for their conservative values and interests, such as ending illegal immigration, protecting our jobs from unfair foreign competition, defending religious freedom, and further advancing the strong Trump economy.”

Bradley Byrne is currently running ads saying that Sessions failed as Trump’s attorney general and Tuberville failed as a head football coach.

Tuberville has criticized both Sessions and Byrne as “career politicians.”

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“If the voters of Alabama want a career politician as their next U.S. Senator, then they have plenty of choices,” Tuberville told Breitbart News. “If they want a political outsider who will actually stand with President Trump and fight the DC establishment when it matters the most, I am the only choice. Jeff Sessions had a chance to stand and defend the President and he failed.”

GRIT PAC is a political action committee formed to help elect Tuberville to the U.S. Senate.

One GRIT PAC ad played a quote of an angry Pres. Trump, “The attorney general said, ‘I’m going to recuse myself,’ and I said, ‘Why the hell didn’t he tell me that before I put him in?’ He’s bad, he’s a bad, bad guy.”

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“Time for Jeff to hang up the cleats. Say no to traitor Jeff Sessions,” adds a narrator at the end of the clip.

According to their filing with the Federal Elections Commission, GRIT PAC reported raising $111,500 from just seven donors in 2019: Smart Living LLC $6,000; Gulf Distributing Holdings LLC, $15,000, William Lester, $500; Lewis AMC LLC, $5,000; Colsa Corporation CEO Office Account, $25,000; Hometown Lenders INC,$25,000; and Frank Brown, $35,000.

Sessions was Attorney General from 2017 to 2018. He served in the Senate from 1997 to 2017. Prior to his Senate service, he served as: Alabama Attorney General, Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, U.S. Attorney under Presidents Bush and Reagan, assistant U.S. Attorney, and as Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves.

The Republican primary is on March 3. The winner of the Republican primary will face Democratic Sen. Doug Jones in the November general election.

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