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2nd Congressional District GOP candidates appeal to Elmore County voters

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January 14 the Second Congressional District Republican candidates spoke to the Elmore County Republican voters at a forum in Wetumpka.

Dothan businessman Jeff Coleman said, “I am a 35-year businessman,” not a professional politician.

“A couple who prays together stays together.” Coleman said discussing his successful marriage.

“A good quality job will solve all the problems in America,” Coleman added.

Coleman promised to do everything he could to protect Maxwell Air Force Base and Fort Rucker Army base as well as to do everything possible to protect agriculture and Alabama farmers.

Bob Rogers said, “I would also make sure that our military bases would be adequately funded.”

Rogers promised to work to help veterans, farmers, peanut farmers, and to work with the Forestry Commission.

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Rogers said that he worked in education as a teacher, following a 30-year career in law enforcement.

Prattville businesswoman Jessica Taylor said, “I have had enough of AOC and her squad brainwashing the young people of this country.”

Taylor said that her husband, Bryan Taylor, currently serves in Army National Guard.

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Taylor said that he business for the last two years has been helping entities with grant funding

“I know exactly where we need to cut things; so I will hit the ground running on Day one,” Taylor added.

Former Attorney General Troy King said, “I am fed up with what is going on in our country.”

“Everything we believe in Washington is against,” King said. “They took my brick away from me I threw at TVs.” I now have a foam brick.

“I have a record of standing up and fighting and not cut and running,” King said describing himself as “a fighter.”

Former State Representative Barry Moore of Enterprise said that he ran in 2010 for the state legislature and was part of the first Republican majority in the legislature in 135 years and in 2014 became the Chairman of veteran and military affairs committee.

“My daughter is the youngest Trump delegate in the country,” Moore said. She married an Army Ranger this weekend.”

“I am a fiscal conservative, a strong conservative,” Coleman said. “We have been over-regulated as an economy.”

“For every regulation put on you need to take two off,” Coleman added. “I think we need lower taxes and lower regulation.”

Coleman said that President Trump was right to implement policies to grow the economy. “Get rid of all the regulations that our businesses are forced with today.”

“I am a fiscal conservative,” Rogers said. I favor submitting legislation that would cut the cost of government 25 percent.”

Rogers admitted thought, “That may be hard to do.”

Rogers said that he supported Trump’s efforts on “Getting China in line and taxing the goods coming in from Mexico and China.”

“I am very much a fiscal conservative,” Taylor said.

Taylor said that she was for cutting the to fraud, waste and abuse.

“$150 billion a year is going to fraud waste and abuse in Medicare alone,”

Taylor said that she has seen the ways to cut government from her working in writing grant applications.

“I have signed a no new taxes pledge,” Taylor added.

“We need government off of our backs and out of our pocket book,” King said.

King said that the Department of Education has accomplished nothing and should be abolished and that money sent back to the states to educate kids.

“More people work at the Department of Agriculture than there are farmers in this country,” King added.

King said that the government had spent over $one billion to convert a mental hospital in to the new Homeland Security headquarters.

Moore said that when he was in the Alabama legislature they cut a $billion in spending. “I voted to cut our pay.”

“I was the first to endorse Trump,” Moore said.

“Get the taxes and regulations out of the way and we won’t need the subsidies,” Moore added.

Rogers said, “The Republican Party, we’re going through a transition.”\

Rogers cited the work of Candace Owens. “I see this growing. I think we are seeing a lot of the racial tension behind us.”

Taylor said, “I would love to serve on the Armed Services Committee.”

“One of the biggest issues facing this country as a whole is socialism,” Taylor said. “Seventy percent of millennials say that they would vote for a socialist and 1 in 3 would support communism. This is the number one danger facing this country.”

“The greatest issue is that the Democrats in Washington want to remove our President,” King said. “We need a House that will defend the President and will not let things get out of hand and make sure that his policies move forwards.

“I have shown in my history that I will fight,” Moore said. “We have got to show up in the census.”

Coleman said, “The Largest employer in this district is Maxwell Gunter and Fort Rucker.”

“I am for free and fair trade.” Coleman sold. “We have got to do everything we can to help our farmers get through this.”

“I am a businessman, not a politician,” Coleman said. “I have never run for elected office before.” “I don’t need this job I want this job.”

“I would back President Trump 100 percent on his policies,” Rogers said.

Rogers supported a universal voter ID card across the country and federalizing the National Guard “To make sure that we have fair voting. If they are not citizens they do not have a vote in this land.:

“I am the best person to represent us,” Taylor said. “I was not born into a trust fund; I was born into a trailer park.”

Taylor said that she was active with Big Sisters, served as President of the River Region Pregnancy Center and was endorsed by the Susan B Anthony List.

“We don’t have a gun problem in this country; we have a mental health problem,” Taylor added. “We recently launched a conservative squad on Fox and Friends.”

“Anybody can tell you that they are pro-life and pro-gun; but I have walked the walk and talked the talk,” King said referencing his championing of legislation making it a crime to kill the unborn child as well as the mom. “Two crimes and can be prosecuted for both of them.”

“We need someone who goes to Washington who knows what they are doing,” King said. “Send a message to Washington that we are sick and tired of what they are doing and we are coming to change that.”

Moore said that he was the most dependable conservative voter when he was a member of the legislature.

Moore said, “I built my business from the ground up, driving a garbage truck.”

“I am an Ag science guy, a veteran, a dependable conservative and a Trump delegate,” Moore said. One of his friends told him, “Barry you are the Second District.”

The Republican primary will be on March 3.

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Doug Jones raises $2.4 million in first fundraising period of 2020

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U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama, raised $2.4 million in the first fundraising period of 2020, according to his reelection campaign, which was $500,000 more than he raised during the fourth quarter of 2019. 

Jones has $7.4 million cash at hand, according to his campaign, which released the totals on Thursday. Jones’s latest campaign finance reports weren’t yet posted to the Federal Election Commission website on Thursday. 

“Alabamians across the state are showing their commitment to Doug’s message of One Alabama and his proven track record of standing up for all Alabamians,” said Doug Turner, Senior Advisor for Jones’s campaign, in a statement Thursday. Doug’s work to support working families, fund our HBCUs, modernize our military and expand and protect our health care is resonating with folks throughout Alabama. We are well-positioned to continue to grow our grassroots support and win in November.” 

Jones ended 2019 leading all of his Republican contenders in fundraising, ending the year with $5 million in cash.

 

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Opponents accuse Tuberville of supporting amnesty for undocumented immigrants

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The Senate campaign is heating up as the top three candidates are all going negative. Former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville has attacked Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) and former Attorney General and Senator Jeff Sessions of being career politicians. Both Byrne and Tuberville have attacked Sessions for not having adequately served President Donald J. Trump (R) while Attorney General. Byrne has even attacked Tuberville’s coaching abilities. The latest attacks on Tuberville accuse him of supporting amnesty for illegal aliens. Sessions even accused Tuberville of being a “tourist.”

Wednesday, Sessions announced a new television ad called “Tuberville for Amnesty.”

Byrne and Tuberville point to an August speech by Coach Tuberville when he said: “There are people coming across the border that need jobs… and we want them to come over here… Let em’ come in and become citizens like we all became citizens.”

The Tuberville campaign called the attack “fake news” on Twitter.

Sessions’ campaign manager Jon Jones said, “Tuberville is claiming that his own words are ‘fake news.’ All of them? Tommy Tuberville needs to read the transcript. It is clear that Tuberville supports immigration amnesty, and he is attempting to trick Alabama voters to believe otherwise. In contrast, Jeff Sessions has done more than just say he wants to fix the border – he has already worked alongside President Trump to stop illegal immigration.”

The new Sessions ad reads: “Tuberville is trying to trick you, hiding his support for immigration amnesty.” Then plays an audio clip of the Tuberville comment from August

Tuesday, Byrne told reporters in Trussville: “I can tell you right now this issue about Tommy Tuberville’s position on amnesty is a key issue. And so we’re going to keep telling people about his position on that and let him explain why he doesn’t think that’s amnesty.”

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“Let em’ come in and become citizens like we all became citizens,” Tuberville is quoted in the ad.

Tuberville has denied supporting amnesty and says that he supports President Trump’s immigration agenda.

The Sessions ad further charges: “And Tuberville’s not even from Alabama, he’s a tourist here. He lives, pays taxes and even votes in Florida.”

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On Tuesday, the Tuberville campaign responded with an attack ad of their own.

“The career politicians are desperate to hang on to their paychecks and power, so they have started airing negative ads full of false attacks and baseless distortions,” Tuberville said. “Our new commercial allows us to respond with some hard truths about which candidate wants to drain the D.C. swamp and is tough enough to actually help President Trump get the job done.”

The Tuberville ad has Byrne with former Secretary Hillary Clinton and Sessions with Congressman Adam Schiff (D-California) who led the impeachment effort against President Trump. The ad even connects Sessions and Byrne with Sen. Mitt Romney (the only Republican in either House of Congress who found that the President did anything wrong.)

State Representative Arnold Mooney, former Chief Justice Roy Moore, Ruth Page Nelson, and businessman Stanley Adair are also running for the Republican nomination for the Senate seat currently held by Doug Jones (D).

The Republican primary is March 3.

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Republicans criticize Jones over his “stupid question” response to a constituent

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Republicans are criticizing U.S. Senator Doug Jones, D-Alabama, for a flippant response to a constituent asking how he will vote on a bill that would ban late-term abortions.

While Walking into an Alabama Employer Health Policy Discussion in Birmingham today, Jones had this interaction with a constituent:

The constituent asked: “Do you think abortion should be banned after 5 months?”

Sen. Jones responded, “What a stupid question.”

Constituent: “You’re voting on it next week.”

Senate candidate Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) said, “Doug may find the sanctity of life funny now, but he won’t find it funny when we fire him in November. I’m running for Senate to ensure we have a Pro-Life, Pro-Trump fighter representing the people of Alabama in the U.S. Senate.”

Marjorie Dannenfelser is the President of the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List).

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“Senator Doug Jones has proven once again that he is no moderate when it comes to abortion on demand through the moment of birth. Alabama’s Democratic senator may think it is ‘stupid’ to question his abortion extremism, but rest assured, his constituents take respect for human life very seriously,” President Dannenfelser said. “With a record of voting in favor of late-term abortion more than halfway through pregnancy and forced taxpayer funding of abortion, Sen. Jones has repeatedly betrayed Alabamians, siding with the radical abortion lobby and fellow extremist Democrats in Congress. Their agenda is dramatically out of step with the people of Alabama and the strong majority of Americans – including 55 percent of Independents and 43 percent of rank-and-file Democrats – who support compassionate limits on abortion after five months of pregnancy, when science clearly shows unborn babies can feel excruciating pain. If Senator Jones refuses to protect innocent unborn children, he won’t be laughing come Election Day.”

Alabama voters have approved a constitutional amendment that will ban abortion in the state when the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the controversial Roe vs. Wade decision.

Trump Victory National Finance Committee member Perry O. Hooper Jr. said in a statement, “This is a broken record with Doug Jones. It appears he bends over backwards to slap
Alabamians in the face. Always ignoring what Alabamians believe. We are Pro-Life. He is pro-abortion, it is that simple. He is a broken record. Never standing for Alabama values; He is a died in the wool leftist its that plain and simple. Abortion upon demand until birth is his mantra. He has no regard for human life unless they are on death row confected of multiple homicides. These are his victims not innocent children killed in the womb.”

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Defeating Doug Jones and taking back the Senate seat is a top priority of Alabama Republicans.

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Hasdorff calls for “out-of-touch” Mike Bloomberg to visit an Alabama Farm

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Republican 2nd Congressional District candidate Terri Hasdorff challenged billionaire Democratic Presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg to come visit an Alabama farm.

Hasdorff’s comments followed the re-release of Bloomberg statements dismissing farmers as lacking the “grey matter” to do other jobs.

In a 2016 speech at Oxford University in England, the former New York City Mayor said that he “could teach anybody, even the people in this room” to be a farmer. “You dig a hole, you put a seed in, you put dirt on top, add water, up comes the corn.”

“I am appalled at how out-of-touch Mr. Bloomberg is about how much work goes into successful farming,” Hasdorff said. “I’m personally inviting him to Alabama’s Second District where I would be happy to take him to one of our nearly 10,000 farms and give him a tour maybe we can even get him to roll up his sleeves and put in a little bit of real work!”

Alabama has a long, storied history as an agricultural states Even now, agriculture and forestry remains the largest industry in the state of Alabama.

“Alabama’s farmers are the backbone of our state,” Hasdorff continued. “The fact that someone like Michael Bloomberg feels he is entitled to belittle their hard work is appalling – but this is what the far left really thinks of real America. This is what out of touch Democrats and coastal elites believe. Mr. Bloomberg was just the one caught on tape.”

Hasdorff is part of a crowded Republican primary field on March 3. The Alabama Democratic presidential primary is also on March 3.

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“This is why I’m running for Congress,” Hasdorff added. “We need leaders who understand the needs and struggles of hard-working Americans – farmers, manufacturers, people who keep our country fed and moving. We need real leaders who will fight for our people, not leaders who would have government replace true hard work and the American spirit.”

Hasdorff worked in the White House Office of Public Liaison in the George H.W. Bush (R) Administration. There she worked with faith leaders across the country. She worked on Capitol Hill for six years where her most meaningful assignments focused on keeping the government and Washington, D.C. elites from discriminating against churches and faith-based organizations. Hasdorff worked on the Ten Commandments Defense Act, defending the right of states to display the Ten Commandments in courthouses and public places. She served as a senior advisor on the Charitable Choice language, which put the Faith-Based initiative into law and still protects faith based organizations from discrimination when accessing federal funding. Hasdorff has worked on pro-life, pro-family legislation. Terri also worked in the George W. Bush Administration as America’s faith-based representative to the world. Hasdorff graduated from Samford University.

Second Congressional District incumbent Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) is not running for another term.

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