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Alabama Republicans have role in Republican National Convention

Brandon Moseley

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Gov. Kay Ivey speaks in a video during the Republican National Convention on Monday, Aug. 24.

Day one of the Republican National Convention was held Monday in Charlotte, albeit with a far smaller delegate presence than what was originally planned. Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan issued a statement at the close of day one of the Republican National Convention.

“What an incredible day to be an American and an Alabamian!” Lathan said. “Alabama’s delegation played a key role in helping President Trump and Vice President Pence easily secure re-nomination – with ALGOP National Committeewoman and RNC Secretary Vicki Drummond leading the roll call vote, ALGOP Delegation Chairman Andrew Sorrell passionately casting all 50 ALGOP votes for the President and Vice President, ALGOP National Committeeman Paul Reynolds serving on the Contest Committee, Greg Cook and Linda Coats serving on the Credentials Committee and myself being tapped as a Deputy Permanent Co-Chair of the Convention.”

“President Trump and Vice President Pence’s surprise appearance in Charlotte to accept their nominations in-person thrilled the delegates and demonstrated just how committed they both are to continuing the ‘Great American Story,’” Lathan continued. “They laid out the success stories of their administration – the promises made and promises kept such as lowering taxes, strengthening our military and growing the economy – while painting a vision for our county that is full of promise and exceptionalism.”

“Unlike the Democrat National Convention – which was full of doom and gloom with speeches from the far left, like Doug Jones, Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – the Republican National Convention was truly a clear contrast of policy and enthusiasm,” Lathan said. “We are looking forward to beating Joe Biden and his socialist agenda this November 3rd so America can have four more years of winning as we Keep America Great.”

Former State Rep. Perry Hooper Jr., R-Prattville, is a member of the Trump Victory Committee and the Alabama Republican Executive Committee.

“Alabamians can be very proud of their Representation on the Frist Day of the Republican National Convention,” Hooper said. “ALGOP National Committeewoman Vicki Drummond, who also serves as the RNC secretary, had the honor and privilege of conducting the roll call vote that nominated our President Donald J Trump for his second term as President. ALGOP Delegation Chairman and State Representative Andrew Sorrell did an outstanding job in articulating the vast resources of our State and our loyalty to our President in casting our 50 votes.”

“In contrast to the dark and menacing Democrat Convention, Day One of the Republican convention began the celebration of the greatest country the world has ever seen and its unlimited potential under four more years of Donald Trump as President and Mike Pence as Vice President,” Hooper said.

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When Sorrell announced that all 50 Alabama delegates were supporting Trump he said that Alabama was “the state with the highest approval rating in the country for Donald Trump.”

Former State Rep. Barry Moore, R-Enterprise, is the Republican nominee for the 2nd Congressional District.

“Has a strong record of accomplishment, and today he reminded people about that record. Before the pandemic, our economy was booming after struggling for eight years under Biden/Obama policies,” Moore said. “Then COVID hit, and the entire world was affected. This administration acted on the best information available and took the steps to protect our people as much as possible. As the President reminded us, not one person who needed a ventilator didn’t get one. Under President Trump and Vice President Pence, who led the White House virus response task force, we built more hospital beds than were needed in New York and elsewhere. Now the economy is reopening, and I’m looking forward to working with President Trump in his second term to rebuild our country better than ever before. Joe Biden is using that as a campaign slogan, but Donald J. Trump has done it before with the Biden/Obama economy, and I’m confident he can do it again.”

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“Democratic policies and rhetoric have fueled the flames of destruction and chaos that are burning cities and ruining neighborhoods across our nation,” Moore continued. “President Trump’s policies, before the pandemic, had done more for minorities than any recent President, including criminal justice reform, support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and historically low unemployment. The President understands that ‘the best way to bring unity is success’, and on Sunday he released his 2nd term agenda to show us just how he’ll keep America winning.”

“The President wants to create another 10 million jobs in 10 months, create 1 million new small businesses, and enact ‘America First’ tax credits to bring our industry home from abroad,” Moore said. “He’s already begun restoring our ability to produce all our needed medical supplies and drugs here in America. He will continue to eliminate our dependence on China, defend our borders and our cities, and continue to pursue an ‘America First’ foreign policy that brings our troops home from endless foreign wars and makes our allies pay their fair share for their own defense. He’ll continue to drain the swamp by strongly supporting congressional term limits, and wants us to return to the moon with the permanent presence there so many have wanted since the 1970s. And, despite the Democrat’s continued resistance, he’ll work to deport non-citizen criminals and fix our broken immigration system.”


The Democratic National Convention was last week. Voters get to vote on their choice for president on Nov. 3.

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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Merrill gives guidance on straight party, write-in voting

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Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill issued guidance Wednesday on straight party and write-in voting.

“Voters who wish to vote straight party for all of the Democratic or Republican candidates on their ballot may do so by filling in the bubble next to their party preference at the top of their ballot,” Merrill explained in a statement.

“If a voter wishes to vote for any candidate outside of the selected party, however, he or she may do so by filling in the bubble next to the preferred candidate’s name. In doing so, the candidate(s) voted on outside of the voter’s designated party ballot will receive the vote for that particular race.

In addition, if a voter wishes to write-in a candidate, he or she may do so by filling in the bubble next to the box marked ‘Write-in’ and then printing the name of the preferred candidate on the designated line.

Write-in votes must be hand-written and not stamped or otherwise artificially applied to the ballot.”

Sample ballots for the Nov. 3 general election are available online.

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Opinion | For Coach Tub, no thinking required

Joey Kennedy

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Republican Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville (TUBERVILLE CAMPAIGN)

Has Tommy Tuberville ever had an original thought? It doesn’t sound like it. Coach Tub basically spews Republican talking points and keeps his mouth firmly locked onto Donald Trump. He disrespects Alabama voters so much that he thinks that’s all he needs to do to win a place in the U.S. Senate.

Tuberville recently addressed the St. Clair County Republican Party at its September meeting. As reported by APR, Tuberville is quoted as saying the following, and I’ll offer a short rebuttal. I’m doing this because Tuberville is clearly afraid to death to debate his opponent, U.S. Sen. Doug Jones.

So here goes:

Tuberville: America is about capitalism, not socialism. I think we are going to decide which direction we are going to go in the next few years.”

Me: We decided which way we were going to go years ago, when the federal government started subsidies for oil and gas companies, farmers and other big industry and business. That, coach, is your so-called “socialism.”

I’m not necessarily opposed to subsidies to boost business, depending on the cause, but I’m not going to let a dimwitted, know-nothing, mediocre, former football coach pretend we don’t already have “socialism” in this country.  

What Tuberville really means is that he’s against “socialism” like Medicare or Medicaid or Social Security or food assistance or health insurance. He’s a millionaire already, so there’s no need for him have empathy for or support a safety net for people who are less fortunate socially and economically. That’s Tuberville’s “socialism,” and the Republican Party’s “socialism,” and Trump’s “socialism.

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That’s a cruel, mean perspective that would cast aside the great majority of Americans for the rich (Tuberville, Trump) and connected and, where Trump is concerned, the fawning.

Tuberville: “I am not a Common Core guy. I believe in regular math. We need to get back to teaching history.”

Me: I would love to ask Coach Tubby, one-on-one, exactly what he thinks “Common Core” is. I’ll guarantee you he can’t explain more than he already has. “I believe in regular math?” There is no other math. It’s math. Does he think there’s a math where 1+1=3? There isn’t one. There are a variety of ways to teach math, but there’s only math, not a “fake” math or a “Republican” math or a “Democratic” math or, God forbid, a “Socialist” math.

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And when Coach Tommy said, “We need to get back to teaching history,” one wonders if he’s ever been into a classroom. We know more than a few of his former players weren’t in many classrooms, if reports are correct. But they always played the game under his uninspired coaching.

Of course schools teach history.

The history Coach T. is talking about is Donald Trump’s “white” history, the one we’ve been teaching in our schools forever. Not real history; you know, the one where the United States was founded as a slave-holding nation, where Native Americans were massacred and starved by the hundreds of thousands, where white supremacy was codified within our laws, where any color but white was subjugated. That history. The history that is finally fading away, so we can really see where we’ve been as a nation—so we know where, as a nation, we need to go.

Tuberville: Tuberville said he supports following the Constitution and appointing a replacement for Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday.

Me: Well, of course he does. Tuberville doesn’t have an independent thought in his body, and Donnie told him this is what he’s supposed to think. The big question: How much will a Senator Tuberville be able to function as a member of a minority party in the Senate — with no Papa Trump in the White House to tell him what to do?

Both scenarios are real possibilities, if not likelihoods.

There is no question that Doug Jones is far more qualified than Tuberville. Jones can work across the aisle, which will be vitally important if Democrats take control of the Senate. Jones has his own thoughts, which sometimes go against the Democratic Party’s wishes. Jones is independent, smart and represents Alabama well.

Tuberville is a failed football coach who lives in Florida. That’s about it.

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President Donald Trump endorses Barry Moore for Congress

Brandon Moseley

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President Trump and Barry Moore (OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE PHOTO/JOYCE N. BOGHOSIAN)

President Donald Trump on Wednesday endorsed Republican 2nd Congressional District candidate Barry Moore, sharing his endorsement on Twitter.

In the tweet, the president wrote, “Barry Moore (@RepBarryMoore) will be a terrific Congressman for Alabama! An early supporter of our #MAGA agenda, he is Strong on Jobs, Life, the Wall, Law & Order, and the Second Amendment. Barry has my Complete and Total Endorsement! #AL02”

Moore met with the president in the White House on Wednesday.

“I’m truly honored to be endorsed for Congress by President Donald J. Trump,” Moore said. “I have never regretted being the first elected official in America to endorse him for president in 2015, and I’m looking forward to working with him in the next Congress during his second term.”

“President Trump has already accomplished so much and kept so many of his campaign promises despite all that the establishment and the Democrats have done to obstruct him, but he knows there’s still lots to be done,” Moore continued. “We must contain and control the COVID pandemic, restore our economy to the pre-pandemic level of growth and prosperity we enjoyed during his first three years in office. We must restore and maintain law and order on our streets and in our cities. We must finish building the wall, and then fix our broken immigration system.”

“We had great meetings at the White House with the president’s domestic policy team,” Moore said. “Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, was also there. We discussed a new health care plan being introduced, economic recovery, trade with China and expansion of opportunity zones in depressed areas. The president has a bright vision for America.”

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“I’m convinced that Donald J. Trump is the president we need to lead us for the next four years, and I hope the people of Alabama’s 2nd District see fit to elect me to work with President Trump as their congressman on Nov. 3,” Moore concluded.

Moore served two terms in the Alabama House of Representatives from 2010 to 2018. Moore is a graduate of Auburn University, a veteran, a small business owner, husband and father.

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Moore is running for Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District in the Nov. 3 general election. Incumbent Congresswoman Martha Roby, R-Alabama, is not seeking another term. Moore faces Democratic candidate Phyllis Harvey-Hall.

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Jones introduces bill to encourage investments in minority-serving banks

“One of the biggest hurdles for minority entrepreneurs is access to capital,” Jones said.

Eddie Burkhalter

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U.S. Sen. Doug Jones

Alabama U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama, on Tuesday introduced legislation that would encourage investments in banks that serve minority communities.

“One of the biggest hurdles for minority entrepreneurs is access to capital,” Jones said in a statement. “That’s why this bill is so important. Increasing access to capital at the banks that serve minority communities will help expand financial opportunities for individuals and business owners in those communities.”

Jones, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, in April urged the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Treasury to support Community Development Financial Institutions and minority-owned banks disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and he threw his support behind more federal funding for small community banks, minority-owned banks and CDFIs during the recent Paycheck Protection Program replenishment.

According to a press release from Jones’s office, the bill would attract investments to those financial institutions by changing rules to allow “minority-owned banks, community banks with under $10 billion in deposits” and CDFIs to accept brokered deposits, or investments with high interest rates, thereby bolstering those institutions and encourage them to invest and lend in their communities.

It would also allow low-income and minority credit unions to access the National Credit Union Administration’s Community Development Revolving Loan Fund.

“Commonwealth National Bank would like to thank Senator Jones for his leadership in introducing the Minority Depository Institution and Community Bank Deposit Access Act. As a small Alabama home grown institution, this proposal will allow us to accept needed deposits without the current limitations that hinder our ability to better serve the historically underserved communities that our institutions were created to serve. We support your efforts and encourage you to keep fighting the good fight for all of America,” said Sidney King, president and CEO of Commonwealth National Bank, in a statement.

“The Minority Depository Institution and Community Bank Deposit Access Act is a welcomed first step in helping Minority Depository Institutions like our National Bankers Association member banks develop the kinds of national deposit networks that allow our institutions to compete for deposits with larger banks and to better meet the credit needs of the communities we serve. The National Bankers Association commends Senator Jones’ leadership on this issue, and we look forward to continuing to engage with him on the ultimate passage of this proposal,” said Kenneth Kelly, chairman of the National Bankers Association, in a statement.

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A recent report by the Brookings Institute highlighted problems minority-owned businesses had accessing federal COVID-19 relief aid from PPP loans. Researchers found that it took seven days longer for small businesses with paid employees in majority Black zip codes to receive PPP loans, compared to majority-white communities. That gap grew to three weeks for non-employer minority-owned small businesses, the report notes.

The report also states that while minority-owned small businesses, many of which are unbanked or under banked, get approximately 80 percent of their loans from financial technology companies and online lending companies, fintechs weren’t allowed under federal law to issue PPP loans until April 14.

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