Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Two Ways of Looking at Gerrymandering

Even though Doug Jones won a famous statewide victory in last month's Alabama Senate race, he actually lost - less famously - to Roy Moore in six of the state's seven congressional districts. That's right: He carried only the heavily black Seventh Congressional District, into which the Alabama Legislature has jammed almost a third of the state's African-American population while making sure that the rest of the districts remain safely white and Republican.

Improving state’s image is a worthwhile goal

Alabamians are hopeful the ringing in of a new year brings a measure of sanity to politics in the Heart of Dixie. The waning hours of 2017 offered a touch of closure to another year of embarrassing shenanigans that kept the state under the glare of the national limelight.

The Real Message Sent By Alabama Is That The State Is Deeply Divided. And That’s All

"Alabama sends a message" declared a Wall Street Journal editorial the morning after last week's special election for United States Senator from Alabama. What message did Alabama send? For the Journal editorial board it seems the message is that morally flawed candidates are likely to lose because voters "will only accept so much misbehavior in a politician, no matter the policy stakes."

States’ Christmas Letter to Kids: No Health Care for You


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Sh*t has begun hitting the fan with CHIP, the federal program giving health care to 9 million people that has run out of money. Kristy Kirkpatrick Johnson is a 32-year-old stay-at-home mom in Brewton, Alabama, with two small kids and an impending medical crisis.

How our candidate beat Roy Moore

We had to be crazy to think there was a chance a Democrat could win an election in Alabama. And even crazier to believe that the key to victory might just be found in our candidate's insistence on the simplest of messages.

Black Alabamians carried Doug Jones to victory – and it should be a warning to Democrats for 2018


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Black voters deserve much of the credit for Democrat Doug Jones's stunning victory in the Alabama Senate special election on Tuesday. "It's time for them to get off their ass and start making life better for black folks and people who are poor," said Alabama native and retired NBA star Charles Barkley.

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Democrat Jones defeats Moore in stunning upset

In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election on Tuesday, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations. It was the first Democratic Senate victory in a quarter-century in Alabama, one of the reddest of red states, and proved anew that party loyalty is anything but sure in the age of Trump.

Jones wins in stunning Alabama upset

In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election on Tuesday, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations.

Decision day arrives in Alabama after long, bitter Senate campaign

Voters finally lined up and voted across Alabama on Tuesday after a scandal-stained Senate election campaign that tested the limits of party loyalty in the age of President Donald Trump and - win or lose - promised significant political consequences for Republicans everywhere. At the center of the special election was fiery Christian conservative Roy Moore - "Judge Moore" to his supporters.

The Latest: Trump robocall urges voters to back Moore

Alabama voters are getting a recorded phone call in which President Donald Trump says he needs Republican Roy Moore in the U.S. Senate. The 90-second audio recording released Sunday by the Moore campaign includes Trump saying progress on his agenda will be "stopped cold" if Alabama elects Democrat Doug Jones.

Trump Urges Alabama to Vote Moore, Discrediting Accuser’s Lawyer

U.S. President Donald Trump gave his most full-throated endorsement yet of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, casting aside calls for to shun the former judge who's been accused of sexual misconduct while seizing on reports that questioned the credibility of his accuser.  Trump, speaking to a crowd of supporters in Northern Florida about 30 miles from Alabama, highlighted reports Friday that Beverly Young Nelson acknowledged she had written some of the words in her high-school yearbook that she had attributed to Moore. Referring to the woman's attorney, Gloria Allred, Trump said "anytime you see her you know something's wrong."

Republicans ceding high ground

By continuing to back Roy Moore for Alabama's U.S. Senate seat, national Republican leaders have ceded any claim to the moral high ground in the name of political expediency. In the long term, Republicans have likely dealt their political fortunes a serious blow as well.

RNC to support Moore in Senate race in Alabama, weeks after cutting ties with his campaign

President Trump's endorsement of Alabama Senate nominee Roy Moore on Monday prompted the Republican National Committee and a pro-Trump super PAC to re-enter the state, boosting a candidate who had been largely cut off by his party. Senate Republican leaders remained critical of Moore on Monday, warning that the former judge is likely to face an immediate ethics probe if he is elected next week.

Too Many Alabamans Think Doug Jones Is Unqualified

Steve M. makes an interesting point . After poking around a bit in the internals of the latest poll of the December 12th special election in Alabama, Steve notices that while 46 percent of respondents say that Republican Roy Moore is unqualified to serve in the Senate, forty percent of those surveyed say the same thing about Democrat Doug Jones.

President Trump Won’t Campaign for Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate Race


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President Donald Trump will not campaign for Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore before the Dec. 12 special election, a White House official said Monday. Despite public statements in which he raised doubts about the accounts of women who have accused Moore of sexual misconduct, Trump will not to travel to Alabama on Moore's behalf, said the official, who was not authorized to discuss the president's plans publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

President Trump Won’t Campaign for Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate Race


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President Donald Trump will not campaign for Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore before the Dec. 12 special election, a White House official said Monday. Despite public statements in which he raised doubts about the accounts of women who have accused Moore of sexual misconduct, Trump will not to travel to Alabama on Moore's behalf, said the official, who was not authorized to discuss the president's plans publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Trump doubles down on Roy Moore in Alabama Senate race

President Donald Trump said electing a Democrat as Alabama's next senator "would be a disaster," as the president tried to steer the Alabama race toward partisan legislative concerns and away from allegations of sexual misconduct against Republican Roy Moore. While Republican Senate leaders have criticized their party's nominee, Trump plunged into the Alabama Senate race with a pair of tweets Sunday bashing Democrat Doug Jones.

On Moore, Trump chooses agenda over GOP repulsion

President Donald Trump said Sunday that electing a Democrat as Alabama's next senator "would be a disaster," making clear the success of his legislative agenda outweighs widespread GOP repulsion at the prospect of seating Republican Roy Moore, who is dogged by allegations of sexual misconduct. The allegations, including claims that the 70-year-old Moore sexually assaulted or molested two teenage girls while he was in his 30s, have made the Dec. 12 election a referendum on "the character of the country" that transcends partisan politics, said GOP Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, as the party establishment cringed at Trump's latest intervention in the closely contested race.

Trump chooses agenda over Moore outcry

President Donald Trump said Sunday that electing a Democrat as Alabama's next senator "would be a disaster," making clear the success of his legislative agenda outweighs widespread GOP repulsion at the prospect of seating Republican Roy Moore, who is dogged by allegations of sexual misconduct.

Trump: Electing a Democrat in Alabama “would be a disaster”

President Donald Trump said Sunday that electing a Democrat as Alabama's next senator "would be a disaster," making clear the success of his legislative agenda outweighs widespread GOP repulsion at the prospect of seating Republican Roy Moore, who is dogged by allegations of sexual misconduct. The allegations, including claims that the 70-year-old Moore sexually assaulted or molested two teenage girls while he was in his 30s, have made the Dec. 12 election a referendum on "the character of the country" that transcends partisan politics, said GOP Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, as the party establishment cringed at Trump's latest intervention in the closely contested race.

Allegations of Presidential Sexual Misconduct Nothing New

Sex scandals in entertainment and politics seem to be exploding, as increasing numbers of women, and sometimes men, say they have been sexually assaulted or harassed by the powerful. But in politics, sex scandals are nothing new, and allegations of misconduct have swirled around a number of U.S. presidents, including the current White House occupant, Donald Trump.

Trump not campaigning for Moore due to ‘discomfort’ over sexual misconduct claims


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President Donald Trump doesn't know who to believe about sexual misconduct allegations involving Roy Moore, but isn't campaigning for his party's Senate candidate in Alabama because of "discomfort" with the claims made by a number of women, aides said Sunday. One Republican senator urged Alabama voters to reject Moore in the Dec. 12 election even if that could mean ceding the seat to a Democrat and narrowing the GOP's 52-48 Senate edge.

Brian Kilmeade, Fox Radio, on Roy Moore latest: a I would kick his head ina

During discussion with Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma about a woman who alleged Alabama's Moore called her high school to ask her for a date - at a time when Moore was in his 30s - Brian Kilmeade, on his Fox News Radio show, went this side of blunt and said: If that were my daughter, I'd kick Moore in the head. His words, noted by the Hill: "I would kick his head in if was one of my daughters, and then I would call the cops," Kilmeade said, speaking of Moore and calling the senate candidate's alleged contact of the girl at high school an "obscene" behavior.

Silence from Trump as Moore-Alabama storm grows louder

President Donald Trump dodged questions about the turmoil in the Alabama Senate race on Wednesday, declining to join national Republicans who've called for Roy Moore to abandon the race amid allegations of sexual impropriety with teenage girls. Far from surrendering, Moore's camp challenged the credibility of one of the accusers.

Silence from Trump as Moore-Alabama storm grows louder

President Donald Trump dodged questions about the turmoil in the Alabama Senate race on Wednesday, declining to join national Republicans who've called for Roy Moore to abandon the race amid allegations of sexual impropriety with teenage girls. Far from surrendering, Moore's camp challenged the credibility of one of the accusers.

Dozens of Christian, Conservative and Pro-Family Leaders Sign Letter…

Dozens of Christian, Conservative and Pro-Family Leaders Sign Letter in Support of Judge Roy Moore - Will Attend Rally Tomorrow At the Press Conference, hosted by Faith2Action President Janet Porter and Dr. Steven Hotze, CEO of Restore Our Godly Heritage PAC, media will be presented with a letter signed by pro-family leaders and pastors from across the nation which states: "We stand with Judge Roy Moore, a man of integrity who has never wavered from his valiant defense of the unborn, the Ten Commandments, and the Constitution. We are confident the voters of Alabama will not be fooled by suspiciously timed accusations without evidence, and will reject the politics of personal destruction led by the Washington Post.

Alabama editorial roundup

The rule of the law will be the same for Roy Moore if he is elected to the U.S. Senate. If he is elected, as many predict he will be in this Red state, care we had better, because otherwise our state is headed for nothing but stagnant limbo if Moore can't manage to find other senators, lawmakers and policy-setters to work with him.

John Knight to seek Alabama Senate seat

John Knight to seek Alabama Senate seat Montgomery Democrat will run for seat vacated by Quinton Ross; some worried about schedule for election Check out this story on montgomeryadvertiser.com: Rep. John Knight during discussion on the house floor in the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery, Ala. on Tuesday February 14, 2017.

After Moore’s Alabama win, Dems see sliver of hope in Jones

Shaking hands and greeting diners at a popular lunch stop, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones is hoping to persuade Alabamians to break a two-decade habit of voting Republican. A day after Republicans picked firebrand jurist Roy Moore as their nominee, Democrats see an opening, even if it's a narrow one, for a rare Southern victory in a statewide election.

After Moore’s Alabama win, Dems see sliver of hope in Jones

Shaking hands and greeting diners at a popular lunch stop, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones is hoping to persuade Alabamians to break a two-decade habit of voting Republican. A day after Republicans picked firebrand jurist Roy Moore as their nominee, Democrats see an opening, even if it's a narrow one, for a rare Southern victory in a statewide election.

Trump tweets supporting losing candidate deleted

President Donald Trump's most recent tweets urging Alabamians to vote for Sen. Luther Strange disappeared from his verified Twitter account Tuesday night, after the candidate was projected to lose the Republican primary runoff for a Senate seat. On Tuesday morning, Trump had tweeted: "ALABAMA, get out and vote for Luther Strange - he has proven to me that he will never let you down! #MAGA" Earlier in the morning, Trump had tweeted: "Luther Strange has been shooting up in the Alabama polls since my endorsement.

Trump’s recent tweets supporting Luther Strange deleted after projected loss

President Donald Trump's most recent tweets urging Alabamans to vote for Sen. Luther Strange disappeared from his verified Twitter account Tuesday night, after the candidate was projected to lose the Republican primary runoff for a Senate seat. On Tuesday morning, Trump had tweeted: "ALABAMA, get out and vote for Luther Strange - he has proven to me that he will never let you down! #MAGA" Earlier in the morning, Trump had tweeted: "Luther Strange has been shooting up in the Alabama polls since my endorsement.

Firebrand jurist Moore wins GOP primary runoff in Alabama

Firebrand jurist Roy Moore won the Alabama Republican primary runoff for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, defeating an appointed incumbent backed by both President Donald Trump and deep-pocketed allies of Sen. Mitch McConnell. In an upset certain to rock the GOP establishment, Moore clinched a nine-point victory over Sen. Luther Strange to take the GOP nomination for the seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Senate candidate Roy Moore answers questions from canceled forum

Roy Moore's nemesis speaks out Drag queen says she's willing to 'take hit' for LGBT community to spread message of equality Last week, I asked a series of tough questions to the remaining major party candidates in Alabama's United States Senate special election. I had planned on asking the questions as a moderator at a now-canceled forum at Samford University.

Turnout very low in Alabama Senate race testing Trump reach


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Alabama Sen. Luther Strange was counting on support from President Donald Trump to help carry him to victory - or at least a runoff - in Alabama's Republican primary on Tuesday, while his GOP rivals got in their last licks, calling him the candidate of the so-called Washington establishment. "The final pitch is: Listen to President Trump.

Alabamians and the tussle between President Trump and AG Sessions

If you're curious where Alabama voters, by and large, fall on the topic of President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, consider this: "And to a striking degree in a state where Mr. Trump won 62 percent of the vote last fall, Republicans and Democrats alike have closed ranks around Mr. Sessions, who was the state attorney general before he won a Senate seat four times and joined the president's cabinet. Interviews with voters from four counties, three of which supported Mr. Trump, revealed near-absolute confidence in Mr. Sessions's virtue and conservatism, a swelling of state pride and, in this case at least, an encroaching skepticism of the president."

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Last year, after President-elect Trump picked Jeff Sessions to be attorney general, The New York Times editorial page called the Alabama senator "radical" and "extreme" and tarred him as an unrepentant racist and xenophobe. Last week, after Trump criticized Sessions and others, the same editorial page suddenly discovered a new fondness for Sessions.

U.S. Supreme Court lifts stay of execution for Alabama prisoner

Thomas Arthur is seen in a police photo released May 23, 2017 by the Alabama Department of Corrections in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S. Courtesy of Alabama Department of Corrections/Handout via Death row inmate Tommy Arthur, scheduled to be executed November 3, 2016, is seen in an undated picture from the Alabama Department of Corrections. Alabama Department of Corrections/Handout via Reuters The U.S. Supreme Court lifted a temporary stay for the planned execution on Thursday of a 75-year-old Alabama prisoner who has spent more than three decades on death row and faced seven previous execution dates.

The Latest: Governor denies request by condemned inmate

This undated photo released by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows death row inmate Tommy Arthur, who was convicted in the 1982 murder of Troy Wicker. Arthur, nicknamed the Houdini of death row after having seventh executions postponed is facing an eighth date with the death chamber on Thursday, May 25, 2017, and a diminishing chance of winning another reprieve.

Alabama Legislature Passes Bill Protecting Confederate Memorials

The Alabama senate passed a bill Friday which would prevent the changing of the names of Confederate memorials and removing of historic Confederate monuments. The bill "would prohibit the relocation, removal, alteration, renaming, or other disturbance of any architecturally significant building, memorial building, memorial street, or monument that has stood on public property for 40 or more years," reads the text of the bill, reported Yahoo News .

Anti-gay Jeff Sessions confirmed as Trump’s attorney general

Despite activists and groups such as the Human Rights Campaign lambasting him for his record on equal rights, the Alabama senator has officially been elected to the prestigious position with a vote of 52 in favour to 47 against. Sessions' record on LGBT+ rights is abysmal - he voted against marriage equality, is in favour of allowing discrimination in the name of religion, and called discriminatory measure Don't Ask Don't Tell "pretty effective".

Advocates call Alabama execution an ‘avoidable disaster’

This undated photo provided by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows Ronald Bert Smith Jr.. Smith Jr., an Alabama inmate coughed repeatedly and his upper body heaved for at least 13 minutes during an execution, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, using a drug that has previously been used in problematic lethal injections in at least three other states.

Report: Condemned Alabama man coughed, heaved during execution

An Alabama death row inmate coughed and heaved for about 13 minutes during his execution by lethal injection on Thursday night, AL.com reported. Ronald B. Smith, convicted in Alabama of a 1994 robbery and murder, was pronounced dead at 11:05 p.m. CT, 34 minutes after the execution began at the Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, according to AL.com, whose reporter Kent Faulk was present.

Republican scandals not helping Alabama Democrats

Republican leaders of two branches of state government have been removed from office, while the head of the third branch, Gov. Robert Bentley, is facing an impeachment investigation sparked by a scandal that shows no signs of fading. The three distinct controversies involving high-profile Republicans have dominated state political headlines for many months, but it's not clear they have helped the rival party at all.

Alabama justice off bench for defying feds on gay marriage

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's defiance of federal court rulings on gay marriage violated judicial ethics, a disciplinary court ruled on Friday before suspending him for the rest of his term. The punishment effectively removes Moore from office without the nine-member Alabama Court of the Judiciary officially ousting him.

Pump problem? Gov’s office says they’ve gotten no complaints

Despite some gas station employees saying they've run out, the Georgia governor's office has said they haven't received any complaints of gas shortages within the state after a pipeline spill in central Alabama. Gov. Nathan Deal's spokeswoman Jen Ryan said in a statement Sunday that they haven't received any complaints but will act accordingly if that changes.

Pump problem? Gova s office says theya ve gotten no complaints

Despite some gas station employees saying they've run out, the Georgia governor's office has said they have not received any complaints of gas shortages within the state after a pipeline spill in central Alabama. "As of now we've not received any complaints," Gov. Nathan Deal's spokeswoman Jen Ryan said in a statement Sunday.

Community must pull together to address opiate abuse and addiction

The White House, in conjunction with the Department of Justice, has proclaimed this week National Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week to draw the nation's attention to the escalating problem we face with opioid abuse, addiction and overdose deaths. In north Alabama, our awareness has been raised by the stark numbers of overdose deaths we have seen across our communities.

Convicted Alabama House speaker faces 20-year term

Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard's conviction on ethics charges automatically removes him from office and could mean years in prison for the powerful Republican. Friday night, a jury found the one-time GOP star guilty of 12 counts of public corruption for using the influence and prestige of his political stature to benefit his companies and clients.

Ethics conviction removes Alabama House speaker from office

Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard 's conviction on ethics charges automatically removes him from office and could mean years in prison for the powerful Republican. Friday night, a jury found the one-time GOP star guilty of 12 counts of public corruption for using the influence and prestige of his political stature to benefit his companies and clients.

Trial begins for Alabama House speaker

Rep. Mike Hubbard of Auburn, Ala., walks into the Lee County Justice Center during jury selection for the indicted Alabama speaker of the House, Monday, May 16, 2016, in Opelika, Ala. Hubbard is facing 23 felony counts of using his office and past position as chairman of the Alabama GOP for personal gain.

Trial begins for Alabama House speaker

Rep. Mike Hubbard of Auburn, Ala., walks into the Lee County Justice Center during jury selection for the indicted Alabama speaker of the House, Monday, May 16, 2016, in Opelika, Ala. Hubbard is facing 23 felony counts of using his office and past position as chairman of the Alabama GOP for personal gain.