Arson suspected in fire at Alabama home of Roy Moore accuser

Alabama authorities say arson is being investigated in a fire that destroyed the home of Tina Johnson, a woman who accused former US Senate candidate Roy Moore of grabbing her on the buttocks in 1991. No arrests have been made, and there appears to be no connection to the allegations against Moore, the Etowah County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

How Evolution Can Make Sense of the Stock Market


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On December 17, 2014, then-President Barack Obama announced that the United States would restore its international relations with Cuba. In addition to many expected diplomatic consequences, the decision had an odd effect: boosting the popularity of a small, closed-end fund that trades as CUBA.

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.

2 Democrats sworn in as senators, narrow GOP majority

The Republican majority in the Senate narrowed to 51-49 on Wednesday as two new Democratic senators were sworn into office, complicating GOP efforts to advance the party's legislative agenda before the 2018 midterm elections. Jones is the first Alabama Democrat elected to the Senate in a quarter century.

Em Rusciano weighs in on a topless woman being groped

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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.

Democrat Jones officially declared winner over Roy Moore

Democrat Doug Jones' historic victory over Republican Roy Moore was declared official Thursday as Alabama election officials certified him the winner of the special Senate election earlier this month, despite claims of voter irregularities from his opponent. Jones defeated Moore on Dec. 12 by about 22,000 votes in a stunning victory in a deeply red state.

Democrat Jones officially declared winner over Roy Moore

Democrat Doug Jones' historic victory over Republican Roy Moore was declared official Thursday as Alabama election officials certified him the winner of the special Senate election earlier this month, despite claims of voter irregularities from his opponent. Jones defeated Moore on Dec. 12 by about 22,000 votes in a stunning victory in a deeply red state.

Judge rejects Roy Moorea s suit in Alabama Senate race

Alabama Democrat Doug Jones on Thursday will be officially declared the winner of a U.S. Senate race after a judge rejected Republican Roy Moore's last-ditch effort to stop the certification of Jones' historic upset in a deep-red state. Montgomery Circuit Judge Johnny Hardwick denied Moore's request for a restraining order to stop Alabama's canvassing board from certifying Jones' victory on Thursday.

Roy Moore files lawsuit to block Alabama Senate result

Failed candidate Roy Moore has doubled down on his claims of voter irregularities in Alabama's U.S. Senate race in a last-ditch effort to stop the certification of the Democratic opponent who pulled off a historic upset last month in a traditionally deep-red state. Moore asked a judge late Wednesday to issue a restraining order to stop the state's canvassing board from certifying Doug Jones' victory on Thursday.

Roy Moore files lawsuit to block Alabama Senate result

Failed candidate Roy Moore has doubled down on his claims of voter irregularities in Alabama's U.S. Senate race in a last-ditch effort to stop the certification of the Democratic opponent who pulled off a historic upset last month in a traditionally deep-red state. Moore asked a judge late Wednesday to issue a restraining order to stop the state's canvassing board from certifying Doug Jones' victory on Thursday.

Roy Moore’s files legal challenge against Alabama election defeat

'Evidence': Roy Moore has begun a legal challenge to his defeat in the Alabama Senate election, claiming irregularities in the vote - Bloomberg Doug Jones was confirmed as Alabama's first Democratic senator in 25 years after state officials rejected a challenge to the shock result by his defeated Republican rival, Roy Moore. Mr Jones, whose victory was ratified by John Merrill, Alabama's secretary of state on Thursday afternoon, will be sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence on January 3 when the US Senate returns.

Alabama’s Roy Moore files late challenge to Senate election result, alleging fraud

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Departing GOP lawmakers warn that their party could lose majorities in 2018

Republicans could easily lose their congressional majorities in 2018, two retiring GOP lawmakers warned Sunday, pointing to a lack of diversity in the party and President Donald Trump's pattern of catering to his narrow conservative base as likely harbingers of bad news for their party. "When you look at some of the audiences cheering for Republicans sometimes, you look out there and you say, 'Those are the spasms of a dying party,' " Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said on ABC's "This Week."

Broken health care pledge tests Collins-McConnell relationship

Dems push for more money to fight opioids Study: ObamaCare bills backed by Collins would lower premiums Right scrambles GOP budget strategy MORE Addison Mitchell McConnell GOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat McConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Brent Budowsky: A plea to Alabama voters MORE next year, but it may be tougher to strike deals with her after McConnell failed to fulfill a pledge on health care. The moderate senator told reporters this month that she had an "ironclad" commitment from McConnell and Vice President Pence to pass legislation by the end of the year to stabilize ObamaCare premiums.

Spaceport Alabama? Not yet, but new authority could seek one

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sits atop a barge in the Atlantic Ocean after making the company's first successful booster return from space. The new Alabama Space Authority took its first steps Tuesday as members met around Wernher von Braun's conference table in Huntsville to push for more aerospace activity and jobs in a state where the industry is surging.

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.

Democrats have new Southern strategy

With Doug Jones' upset victory in last week's Alabama U.S. Senate race, Democrats are solidifying a new model for rebuilding their tattered competitiveness in the South. Jones benefited from the unique vulnerabilities of his opponent, Republican Roy Moore, who was a deeply polarizing figure even before he was besieged by allegations that he had pursued relationships with teenage girls, some of them underage, while in his 30s.

Trump has ambitious plans to campaign in 2018 midterms, including in Pa.

President Donald Trump is not on the ballot in 2018, but the White House is planning a full-throttle campaign to plunge the president into the midterm elections, according to senior officials and advisers familiar with the planning. Trump's political aides have met with 116 candidates for office in recent months, according to senior White House officials, seeking to become involved in Senate, House and gubernatorial races - and possibly contested Republican primaries as well.

Sunday morning talking heads

No surprise who the star guest is this fine Sunday morning. Doug Jones will be on "State of the Union" and "Fox News Sunday" to discuss the voter math of Tuesday night's momentous upset in Alabama, what he thinks of Roy Moore grifting his donors for an "election integrity fund," and how the hell he's going to navigate Congress as a Democrat from one of the country's reddest states.

Florida Gov. Scott mulls next political move

For more than a year, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has engaged in a guessing game about his political future: Will he challenge U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in 2018? President Donald Trump has already publicly called on Scott to run, but Scott again this week insisted he had not made up his mind. And he sidestepped questions about whether the upset win of Democrat Doug Jones in the neighboring state of Alabama is a sign that a GOP candidate could have difficulty next year in a state that has backed candidates of both parties.

After Alabama loss, Trump has ambitious plans to campaign in 2018 midterms

President Donald Trump is not on the ballot in 2018, but the White House is planning a full-throttle campaign to plunge the president into the midterm elections, according to senior officials and advisers familiar with the planning. Trump's political aides have met with 116 candidates for office in recent months, according to senior White House officials, seeking to become involved in Senate, House and gubernatorial races - and possibly contested Republican primaries as well.

Presidents Should Never Name Sitting Office Holders to Appointed Positions

One lesson of the Alabama Senate race that does not seem to ever sink to either party is that there is no good reason for a president to name sitting office holders in critical positions to the Cabinet. I'm sure when Trump named Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III as Attorney General, Republicans thought there was absolutely no way they could possibly lose that seat.

Alabama win has Democrats broadening their target list

To Democrats, Senate candidate Doug Jones ' stunning victory in reliably Republican Alabama is more than a quirky one-off. Instead, party leaders cast the upset as a sign of growing nationwide momentum among voters opposed to President Donald Trump and an indication that Democrats shouldn't shy away from competing in Republican territory.

National View: By endorsing Moore, Trump sunk the US presidency to unplumbed depths


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The first time ended badly, so when, 156 years later, Alabamians were incited to again try secession, this time from the national consensus that America is a pretty nice place, they said: No. No, that is, to rubbish like this: In April, Alabama's Republican governor, Robert Bentley, resigned one step ahead of impeachment proceedings arising from his consensual affair with an adult woman.

After Doug Jones win, Bradley Byrne hints at 2020 Senate run

U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne from Alabama's 1st Congressional District and his wife Rebecca Byrne talk to supporters after he was declared the winner of his congressional seat at his election party at Moe's Original BBQ in Mobile, Ala., on March 1, 2016. From left are his wife Rebecca Byrne, daughter Laura Byrne, his son Patrick Byrne holding grandson MacGuire Byrne, and daughter-in-law Carolyn Byrne.

Elections chief: Automatic recount unlikely in Alabama race

Still-uncounted ballots are unlikely to change the outcome of the U.S. Senate race in Alabama enough to spur an automatic recount, the state's election chief said Wednesday as Democratic victor Doug Jones urged Republican Roy Moore to concede. Speaking during an afternoon news conference in Birmingham, Jones said a concession from Moore is the "right thing" to do, and that 'it's time to heal."

Roy Moore’s Loss Signals a GOP Tearing Itself Apart Ahead of 2018


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One consequence of the election results in Alabama is that the hostility between the establishment and the populist elements of the GOP coalition will rise to a new, potentially unsustainable level. Over the past 40 years, the Republican Party has largely become a coalition of two groups: white people for whom the economy and the U.S. political system work extremely well, and white people for whom the economy and our politics hardly work at all.

Minnesota governor will appoint his lieutenant, Tina F. Smith, to replace Franken in Senate

Alabama's surprising election outcome upended the expectations in both parties for next year's midterm campaigns, with Democrats emboldened by signs of a resurgent voter base and Republicans sensing new vulnerabilities. The victory Tuesday by Democrat Doug Jones to represent that heavily conservative state in the Senate was the latest example in a string of elections this year that Democratic leaders think represent a growing backlash against President Trump - and a potential building wave for 2018.

Democrats call for halt to GOP tax bill until Jones is seated in the Senate

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to delay the vote on the tax bill until newly elected Senator-elect Doug Jones can cast a vote. Democrats warned Wednesday that Republican plans to speed ahead with revamping the nation's tax code could spell more electoral trouble for President Trump and his party next year, especially with young people and suburban families.

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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.

Alabama votes down Roy Moore

In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election 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.

Democrat Doug Jones Wins the Alabama Special Election


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In a major upset, Democrat Doug Jones won the Alabama Senate special election on Tuesday to fill the seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The last time Alabama sent a Democrat to the Senate was in 1992.

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.

Things to know about Alabama’s new US senator, Doug Jones

Doug Jones, a Democrat who once prosecuted two Ku Klux Klansmen in a deadly church bombing and has now broken the Republican lock grip on Alabama, is the state's new US senator. Jones, 63, grew up in the working-class city of Fairfield, just west of Birmingham, an area where steel mills once belched smoke that left a rust-colored haze hanging over the metro area.

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.

Voting underway in contentious Alabama Senate race

Alabama voters headed to the polls Tuesday for a pivotal special election in which allegations of inappropriate behavior against Republican candidate Roy Moore have created a unique opportunity for Democrats in the typically ruby-red Deep South. The closely watched race between Moore and Democrat Doug Jones is expected to set the stage for the 2018 midterm elections by testing the influence of President Donald Trump and his allies, such as former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, in a tight election.

Alabama Senate: Turnout for vote could reach 25 percent

Alabama's top election official estimates that turnout for the hotly contested U.S. Senate election now underway will likely be around 18 to 20 percent of registered voters. Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill tells The Associated Press there's also a chance that turnout for the special election could be as high as 25 percent.

Final push for Moore and Jones in Alabama Senate race

Alabama Democrats see Tuesday's special Senate election as a chance to renounce a history littered with politicians whose race-baiting, bombast and other baggage have long soiled the state's reputation beyond its borders. Many Republicans see the vote as chance to ratify their conservative values and protect President Donald Trump's agenda ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

The Latest: Charles Barkley slams Moore, Bannon in Alabama


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Former professional basketball star Charles Barkley says Alabama voters must send Democrat Doug Jones to the Senate to assure the rest of the nation "we're not a bunch of damn idiots." An Alabama native, Barkley says Republican Roy Moore would continue to embarrass a state that has a history of politicians garnering negative attention.

Doug Jones elected to US Senate

Doug Jones has been elected to the U.S. Senate. The Associated Press called it shortly before 9:30 p.m. "We have shown not just around the state of Alabama, but we have shown the country the way - that we can be unified," Jones said at his campaign headquarters in Birmingham.

Alabama race epitomizes the turbulence of the Trump era

Alabama's high-stakes Senate election Tuesday perfectly encapsulates how the age of Donald Trump has turned political logic on its head: Republicans may lose by winning and Democrats can win by losing. Republican Roy Moore denies accusations of child molestation, but he's riding the President's endorsement.

Jones does marathon get-out-the-vote effort while Moore is quiet

The race to the finish for Alabama's special Senate election was a tale of two campaigns on Sunday, with Democratic candidate Doug Jones barnstorming the state while his Republican opponent, Roy Moore, largely stayed quiet. Jones capped a busy day with remarks at Progressive Union Missionary Baptist Church in Huntsville, saying he believed the women who have accused Moore of pursuing relationships when they were teens and he was in his 30s.

After allegations, Moore avoids spotlight, questions

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore has been a rare sight on the traditional campaign trail in the days ahead of a critical U.S. Senate race. He's appeared at only a handful of rallies in front of friendly audiences and steadfastly has shunned reporters from the mainstream media.

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.

GOP sen. says state ‘deserves better’ than Moore

President Donald Trump on Friday urged voters to elect a Republican Senate candidate in Alabama who has been dogged by allegations of sexual misconduct, warning that America "cannot afford" to have a Democrat win the hard-fought campaign instead. When Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama came hat in hand to Capitol Hill last month to ask his state's senior Republican for help raising money, Sen. Richard C. Shelby had a blunt reply.

Congress week ahead: Washington watching Alabama

Congress has given themselves a little more breathing room to get through their 2017 to-do list, passing a continuing resolution Thursday on a spending bill that gives them two more weeks to get a final budget to the President's desk. Budget negotiations will continue behind the scenes, and although no resolution is expected this week, those involved want a clear outline for the final deal locked in before lawmakers go home for the weekend.

Firm convictions, uneasiness at churches before Senate race

Alabama's race for U.S. Senate settled into church for worship on Sunday, with the minister at a historic black congregation calling the race a life-or-death matter for equal rights, conservatives standing by Republican Roy Moore and others feeling unsettled in the middle. Speaking at Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church, where four black girls died in a Ku Klux Klan bombing in 1963, the Rev.

Alabama Dems fighting math, history

Renegade Republican Roy Moore may be plagued by scandal, but scandal alone will not convince the voters of 44th Place North to show up for Democrat Doug Jones. In a state where Democrats are used to losing, malaise hangs over this quiet African-American neighborhood in suburban Birmingham, even three days before Alabama's high-profile Senate contest.

Aided by scandal, Dems fighting math and history in Alabama

Doug Jones' campaign volunteer Dana Ellis, right, talks to Ebonique Jiles, top left, and her son, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala., about voting on Tuesday's senatorial election, The Jones campaign is targeting African-Americans and moderate Republicans in particular as they fight to energize a coalition to defeat Republican Roy Moore. less Doug Jones' campaign volunteer Dana Ellis, right, talks to Ebonique Jiles, top left, and her son, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala., about voting on Tuesday's senatorial election, The Jones campaign ... more FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2017 photo, former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a campaign rally, in Fairhope Ala.

The Latest: Jones rallies voters ahead of Alabama primary

Alabama Democratic Senate nominee Doug Jones says his campaign has "the wind at its back" as he crisscrosses the state ahead of Tuesday's election for U.S. Senate. In a Saturday stop in Selma, Jones said his campaign has been focused on bringing people together, while Republican Roy Moore is trying to divide voters.

Bozell & Graham Column: Don’t Cry for Al Franken

Senator Al Franken, Comedian of Minnesota, was pressed by a majority of Senate Democrats to resign in the wake of a growing pile of accusations of grabbing women in sexual ways. When the number of accusers reached a critical mass,"They turned on one of their party's most popular figures with stunning swiftness," reported The Washington Post.

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."

Former Co Gop Chair Guilty of Voter Fraud and Other Ironies and Outrages: ‘BradCast’ 12/8/2017

And other ironies and outrages: SoCal fires spread; Trump dumps science; Election Integrity suit before AL election; House GOP ignores states' rights on guns; Listener e-mail... Trump rolls back protections for two national monuments; Tribes, conservationists sue; GOP tax bill slashes renewables; PLUS : Credit firm warns cities to address climate risks or else... Guest: Legal reporter Mark Joseph Stern; Also: Fires worsen in and near L.A.; Franken may be forced, by Democrats, to resign... Guest: Election integrity champ John Brakey; Also: Conyers resigns, Farenthold skates, RNC and Trump go all-in for accused pedophile... Trump rolls back protections for two national monuments; Tribes, conservationists sue; GOP tax bill slashes renewables; PLUS : Credit firm warns cities to address climate risks or else... Republican Senate rams through largest tax increase in U.S. history; Trump ... (more)

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.

Republican Party gives $170,000 to support Roy Moore

Republican leaders in Washington are coming to grips with the possibility -- perhaps even probability -- that Alabama's Roy Moore will win his special election next Tuesday and join them in the capital. Looking past allegations of sexual misconduct with Alabama teenagers, President Donald Trump formally endorsed Moore, and the Republican National Committee quickly followed suit, transferring $170,000 to the Alabama Republican Party to bolster Moore's candidacy.

Dems look to use Moore against GOP

New support for embattled Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore from President Trump and the Republican National Committee could mean trouble for GOP candidates across the country in 2018. Democrats are already targeting top GOP nominees in pivotal Senate battles about Moore, questioning whether they stand by the RNC's decision to back Moore financially after allegations that he pursued teenage girls decades ago, when he was in his 30s.

The Latest: RNC transfers $170,000 to Alabama GOP

The Republican National Committee has transferred $170,000 to the Alabama Republican Party to bolster embattled Senate candidate Roy Moore. An RNC official tells The Associated Press it made two transfers to the state party Tuesday: one for $50,000 and another for $120,000.

The Latest: RNC transfers $170,000 to Alabama GOP

The Republican National Committee has transferred $170,000 to the Alabama Republican Party to bolster embattled Senate candidate Roy Moore. An RNC official tells The Associated Press it made two transfers to the state party Tuesday: one for $50,000 and another for $120,000.

Senate write-in candidates pitch conservative platforms

Two men running separate write-in campaigns for Alabama make arguments echoing many third-party challenges of the past: The major parties don't represent us. Lee Busby , a retired military veteran and businessman, and Mac Watson, a business owner, are mounting separate write-in campaigns for US Senate.

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.

Amid accusations, Roy Moore fighting for campaign cash

Alabama Republican Roy Moore has celebrated his isolated fight against the political establishment in both parties. The outsider story may resonate with Alabama voters, but the reality has a clear downside: The Senate candidate and his allies are almost completely cut off from the GOP's traditional donor network and struggling to raise money for the final-weeks sprint to Election Day.

Alabama Senate candidate Jones reaches out to black voters

Alabama Democrat Doug Jones is trying to shore up support among black voters in his U.S. Senate race against Republican Roy Moore by appealing for an end to the divisiveness that has long been part of the state's politics. Speaking at an event held at a predominantly black church Friday night after stops in heavily black areas of east Alabama during the day, Jones said he hoped Election Day will be historic for the state.

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.

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore calls allegations ‘dirty politics’

Embattled Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore said on Monday the allegations of sexual misconduct against him were evidence of the moral failings of leaders in Washington and meant to distract attention from the real issues. Hitting the campaign trail for the first time in more than two weeks, when the charges first disrupted the race, Moore said the allegations were false and malicious and politicians in both parties were desperate to see him fail.

President Trump won’t stump for Roy Moore, yet blasts Democratic foe

Playing all sides in the Alabama Senate race, President Donald Trump made it known Monday he won't set foot in the state on behalf of embattled Republican Roy Moore, even as he intensified his insistence that voters must never elect Moore's Democratic foe. In search of safe political ground, Trump is embracing a tried-and-true tactic before the Dec. 12 special election.

President playing all sides in Alabama Senate race

By ZEKE MILLER Associated Press WASHINGTON - Playing all sides in the Alabama Senate race, President Donald Trump made it known Monday he won't set foot in the state on behalf of embattled Republican Roy Moore, even as he intensified his insistence that voters must never elect Moore's Democratic foe.

Trump straddle: Won’t stump for Moore, yet blasts Dem foe

U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones shrugged off President Donald Trump's criticisms on Sunday, following a series of tweets in which Trump said that electing the Democrat as Alabama's next senator "would be a disaster." In this Nov. 21, 2017 photo, President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before leaving the White House, in Washington for a Thanksgiving trip to Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., as first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron wait.

Where Doug Jones stands on the issues

Doug Jones has given Alabama Democrats their best chance at winning a Senate race there since 1992 -- when Sen. Richard Shelby was elected and, shortly thereafter, switched parties and became a Republican. Jones made his name as a prosecutor who in the late 1990s and early 2000s successfully led the case against two of the Ku Klux Klan members responsible for a 1963 Birmingham church bombing that killed four African-American girls.

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.

Trump Sticks With Moore as Republican Senators Want Him Gone

President Donald Trump doubled down on his call for Alabama voters to defeat Democrat Doug Jones, even as Republican senators want Roy Moore, their party's nominee in the state's U.S. Senate race, to drop out amid allegations of sexual misconduct. The president avoided endorsing Moore by name in two fiery Twitter postings on Sunday before a final Thanksgiving holiday morning at one of his golf courses in South Florida.

Billy Baldwin: Trump made sexual advances on my wife

William "Billy" Baldwin says President Donald Trump made sexual advances on Baldwin's wife at a hotel party in New York. The actor made the accusations on Twitter after the president's son, Donald Trump Jr., tweeted about sexual harassment allegations against Senator Al Franken .

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.

Amid national focus on harassment, Trump moves unscathed

The candidate who openly bragged about grabbing women's private parts - but denied he really did so - was elected president months before the cascading sexual harassment allegations that have been toppling the careers of powerful men in Hollywood, business, the media and politics. He won even though more than a dozen women accused him of sexual misconduct, and roughly half of all voters said they were bothered by his treatment of women, according to exit polls.

GOP official in NH urges Bill Clinton’s name be dropped from state Democratic dinner

The head of the New Hampshire GOP on Friday urged the state's Democratic Party chair to drop former President Bill Clinton's name from a major fundraising event. The push came as sexual misconduct allegations against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama and Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota have dominated media coverage -- in turn reviving debate over the longstanding allegations against the former president.

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.

Roy Moore lawyer calls accuser’s account into question, demands yearbook

Attorney Phillip L. Jauregui says Judge Roy Moore has been falsely accused, wants Gloria Allred to release Beverly Young Nelson's yearbook for handwriting analysis. An attorney for Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore on Wednesday called into question the account of the fifth woman to accuse the candidate of past sexual misconduct, demanding she turn over evidence for an expert to review.

Alabama GOP gets increasing heat about Moore

Washington Republicans are tightening pressure on Alabama's GOP to keep a defiant Roy Moore from being elected to the Senate next month. Many are voicing hope that President Donald Trump could use his clout to resolve a problem that Republicans say leaves them with no easy options.

Amid calls to step down, Moore finds refuge with base

Taking the pulpit at a Baptist revival at a south Alabama church, Republican Roy Moore quoted lengthy Bible passages and made only passing reference to the allegations against him of sexual misconduct with teenagers. The former judge found a brief refuge from the political firestorm and the calls from national Republicans in elected office for him to drop out of the Alabama Senate race.

Republicans continue abandoning Moore after new accusations

Roy Moore's support from fellow Republicans is hemorrhaging after a second woman accused the Alabaman of groping her when she was a teenager in the late 1970s, the latest setback to his effort to win an open Senate seat that suddenly seems up for grabs. "I can tell you without hesitation this is absolutely false," Moore said Monday at an abruptly called news conference in Gallant, Alabama, after the latest allegations were made.

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore denies sex accusations, threatens lawsuit

Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, the Republican insurgent running for the U.S. Senate, over the weekend again flatly denied he had initiated a sexual encounter in 1979 with a 14-year-old girl, insisting the accusation was "fake news." In his first public appearance since a Washington Post story on Thursday detailing allegations of sexual misconduct, Moore portrayed himself a victim of a baseless attack on his character.

Sunday Morning Bobblehead Thread

This has been a real week of heightened emotions. Between the anniversary of the devastation of the Trump 2016 win, the euphoria of the elections and the shock and disgust of even more sexual assault victims coming forward, including a then-14 year old child against Alabama Republican candidate Roy Moore.

Will Alabama pick a Democrat over Moore? Suburbs will decide

It's no secret that if Roy Moore is going to lose his race for U.S. Senate, it's going to happen in Alabama's suburbs. And on Friday, a day after allegations emerged that the outspoken Christian conservative had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl decades ago, at least a few Republicans in one Birmingham suburb were having second thoughts about their party's nominee.

Alabama U.S. Senate candidate again denies alleged sexual misconduct

Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, the Republican insurgent running for the U.S. Senate, on Saturday again flatly denied he had initiated a sexual encounter in 1979 with a 14-year-old girl, insisting the accusation was "fake news." In his first public appearance since a Washington Post story on Thursday detailing allegations of sexual misconduct by the former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice, Moore portrayed himself a victim of a baseless attack on his character.

Will Alabama pick a Democrat over Moore? Suburbs will decide new

It's no secret that if Roy Moore is going to lose his race for U.S. Senate, it's going to happen in Alabama's suburbs. And on Friday, a day after allegations emerged that the outspoken Christian conservative had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl decades ago, at least a few Republicans in one Birmingham suburb were having second thoughts about their party's nominee.

Moore’s Senate race brings back memories of late GOP fumbles

Tentative as it may be, Alabama Democrats' chances of ending their 26-year exile in the Senate took a step forward this week. Allegations of sexual misconduct against Republican candidate Roy Moore lift - though hardly guarantee - Democrat Doug Jones' hopes of winning the state's special election on Dec. 12. The sexually charged nature of the allegations, resounding condemnation by national Republicans and defiance by Moore and his supporters gave a once good bet for Republicans an eerie resemblance to recent races the party has blown in other GOP-heavy states.

The Alabama GOP’s Awful Responses to the Roy Moore Sexual Assault…


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For an infuriating example of the depths to which simple-minded partisan dead-enders will sink in the course of defending their political tribe, look no further than what Jerry Pow, the chairman of the Republican party in Alabama's Bibb County, said when asked about yesterday's Washington Post report detailing allegations that GOP Senate Candidate Roy Moore initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32 and serving as a district attorney. "I would vote for Judge Moore because I wouldn't want to vote for Doug," Pow told Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale , referring to Moore's Democratic opponent, Doug Jones.

Sexual misconduct accusations transform Alabama Senate race

Yet in the span of a tumultuous afternoon, a low-profile special election became a Republican nightmare that threatens a once-safe Senate seat - and offers a new window into ugly divisions that continue to plague the GOP in the age of President Donald Trump. Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, a 70-year-old former state Supreme Court justice, defiantly denied allegations of decades-old sexual misconduct with minors published Thursday in a Washington Post story.

Get ready for Moore bad news on Election Day

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly's ruling Monday temporarily blocking a White House ban on transgender individuals from serving in the military prompted right-wing Republican candidate Roy Moore to provide fresh evidence why sensible Alabamians should not allow him to set foot in the U.S. Senate. Moore, a rabid homophobe and champion of the anti-Obama " birther" movement , has called for Kollar-Kotelly's impeachment by the House of Representatives because, in making her ruling, she has "placed herself above the Constitution" with a display of "judicial activism."

Trump’s refugee ban ends, new screening rules coming

Paul Weitz, a NASA astronaut who commanded the first flight of the space shuttle Challenger and flew on Skylab in the early 1970s has died at 85. Paul Weitz, a NASA astronaut who commanded the first flight of the space shuttle Challenger and flew on Skylab in the early 1970s has died at 85. Washington residents and politicians are up in arms about an only-in-DC phenomenon: a string of former embassies and diplomatic buildings whose governments have essentially abandoned them. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has launched a civil right investigation into The Weinstein Co.

Alabama will give names of crossover voters to prosecutors

The names of Alabama voters who crossed party lines to vote in last month's Republican Senate runoff will be given to prosecutors, the state's election chief said Friday. Secretary of State John Merrill said his office has identified 674 people who voted in the Democratic primary and later voted in the GOP runoff in violation of the state's new crossover voting ban.

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.

A weakened Nate brings flooding, power outages to Gulf Coast

Hurricane Nate brought a burst of flooding and power outages to the U.S. Gulf Coast before weakening rapidly Sunday, sparing the region the kind of catastrophic damage left by a series of hurricanes that hit the southern U.S. and Caribbean in recent weeks. Nate - the first hurricane to make landfall in Mississippi since Katrina in 2005 - quickly lost strength, with its winds diminishing to a tropical depression as it pushed northward into Alabama and toward Georgia with heavy rain.

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Democratic leader Sen. Richard Durbin confirmed to Breitbart News that the Dream Act amnesty is open-ended and larger than his advertised number of the 780,000 people who have signed up for the DACA amnesty. Breitbart News asked Durbin on Wednesday how many people would be included in the amnesty, which is co-sponsored by South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham.

H. Brandt Ayers: Doug Jones can win

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event for U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones, seated at left, at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex on Tuesday. Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event for U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones, seated at left, at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex on Tuesday.

No to Joe

Scott has had many posts on why the fantasy of Joe Biden, Successful Presidential Candidate in 2016, was ridiculous. And lest we forget why Biden is completely unacceptable in 2020, one reason is that he openly longs for the day of segregationist Democratic senators.

No to Joe

Scott has had many posts on why the fantasy of Joe Biden, Successful Presidential Candidate in 2016, was ridiculous. And lest we forget why Biden is completely unacceptable in 2020, one reason is that he openly longs for the day of segregationist Democratic senators.

TS Nate kills 20 in Central America as it heads toward US

It is forecast to make landfall on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on Friday with up to 8 inches of rain. An advisory from the US National Hurricane Center said warnings had been issued for portions of the Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama coastlines, with the storm expected to hit the region late Saturday or early Sunday as a Category 1 hurricane.

Democrats wonder if they can win in Alabama while GOP grapples with Roy Moore in DC

Former Vice President Joe Biden campaigned in Alabama for Democratic Senate hopeful Doug Jones this week, and Steve Bannon is all in for Republican former judge Roy Moore. Jones' campaign has worked hard to convince Democrats to take seriously the former prosecutor's chances of defeating Moore -- the twice-removed former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice whose theocratic campaign message has alienated some moderate and pro-business Republicans.

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.

It’s Pence vs. Bannon in final day of Alabama Senate race

Sen. Luther Strange and Roy Moore are into the final hours of a hard-fought intra-party campaign that is testing President Donald Trump's influence with Republican voters and could set the stage for a series of GOP Senate primaries next year. The final day of campaigning here features Vice President Mike Pence as Strange's most visible advocate and Steve Bannon, the recently ousted former White House chief strategist, stumping for Moore.

GOP Senate runoff set for Tuesday

U.S. Sen. Luther Strange and former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore will face off in a Republican runoff on Tuesday. Polls across the state, including in Walker County, will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to state law.

Trump nominates 4 for TVA board

President Donald Trump will nominate people from four states to serve on the nine-member board of directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority, the White House said Thursday. Trump will name Kenneth E. Allen of Kentucky and James R. Thompson III of Alabama for terms that expire in 2021.

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.

Roy Moore’s defiant road to become US senator

In his nearly three decades in the public eye, Roy Moore has never been one to shy away from controversy or confrontation. Whether it's the public display of the Ten Commandments or his refusal to enforce the U.S. Supreme Court's legalization of same-sex marriage, Moore has gained national attention for his dogged and bombastic defense of his brand of Christianity's role in the American political system.

We All Did It: The Birmingham Church Bombing

Friday marked the 54th anniversary of the infamous 1963 Ku Klux Klan bombing of Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church, which killed four black girls: Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley and Carole Robertson were all 14, and Carol Denise McNair was 11. The blast injured 19 more, and two more black children were killed later that day: One was shot in the back by police when he ran from a scuffle with white teenagers, and one was shot by a white teenager who accosted him on his bike. The 16th Street Baptist Church was Birmingham's largest black church and staging ground for civil rights protests; it had hosted W.E.B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington, Paul Robeson, Marian Anderson.

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Congress passed a resolution that urges the Trump administration to condemn and commit resources to combat white supremacy and Neo-Nazi groups. The legislation which overwhelmingly passed the Senate on Monday and was passed by a voice vote in the House Tuesday evening now heads to President TrumpA s desk.

Poll: Dem Nearly Tied With Republicans in Alabama Senate Race

As Republicans slug out a bitter runoff for the Senate seat formerly held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a new poll shows surprising support for Democrat Doug Jones. According to a new Emerson College Poll, Jones is nipping at the heels of Sen. Luther Strange and his challenger, former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.

Bill would align special US Senate races with general elections

In the future, any special U.S. Senate races could happen during a general election cycle and not in a separate off-cycle election like the one now underway. Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Ozark, has pre-filed for next year's session a bill to allow in the event of a Senate vacancy the governor to appoint an interim senator until the next general election, which takes place every two years.

Alabama GOP lawmakers call out neo-Nazis, less critical of Trump remarks

Members of Alabama's congressional delegation weren't bashful about criticizing white supremacist protesters this week - but Republican lawmakers have been much more reluctant to call out President Donald Trump's reaction to the violence in Charlottesville. "I do defend the president in condemning racism and condemning the horrible acts in Charlottesville," U.S. Sen. Luther Strange told Fox Business News Thursday morning.

Firebrand judge Moore forces runoff in Alabama Senate race

Alabama's famed Ten Commandments judge, Roy Moore, has forced a Senate primary runoff with president-backed incumbent Sen. Luther Strange, setting up a September showdown that could be closely watched for clues about Republicans' prospects in 2018 midterm elections. Moore, who has twice been stripped of chief justice duties for stands over the Ten Commandments and against gay marriage, rode a tide of anti-Washington sentiment and his fame as an icon of the culture wars to lead the first round of voting and secure a runoff spot.

Moore, Strange in GOP runoff in Alabama Senate race

Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who was twice removed from office, forced a primary runoff Tuesday against Trump-backed incumbent Sen. Luther Strange in a race likely to be closely watched for clues about Republicans' prospects in 2018 midterm elections. Despite being buoyed by millions of dollars in advertising by a super political action committee tied to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Strange was unable to defeat the firebrand jurist who took losing stands for the public display of the Ten Commandments and against gay marriage.

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.

Alabama Senate race a fight to the finish

Wearing an NRA baseball cap and newly armed with an endorsement from President Donald Trump, Alabama Sen. Luther Strange on Saturday strolled by the sausage vendors and rodeo ticket booths at a rural county fair, rallying voters ahead of Tuesday's critical Republican primary for Attorney General Jeff Sessions' former Senate seat. "The day will turn on turnout.

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."

Trump cranks up heat on Sessions, says “time will tell” fate

President Donald Trump cranked up the heat Tuesday on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, scorning him as "very weak" and refusing to say whether he'll fire the nation's top law enforcement officer and his onetime political ally. It was an extraordinary public rebuke, and even fellow Republicans pushed back forcefully.

Trump says hea s a oevery disappointeda in Sessions

Trump told The Wall Street Journal in an interview Tuesday that he has not made up his mind as to whether to fire his longtime ally. He told the newspaper he is "looking" at the possibility of firing the former Alabama senator and did not suggest that he will curtail his criticism of Sessions.

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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.

Russia, Hookers, And The Democrats’ Big Swing And A Miss At Trump

Since it began, I have said in this column that this Russian investigation was a media-contrived witch hunt. When you are a billionaire president and the most powerful person in the United States, and our government's FBI, intelligence agencies and the DOJ can go after you with no evidence, what chance would you and I have if they wanted us? It should scare us all.

Trump announces first wave of US attorney nominations

The White House is announcing the first wave of U.S. attorney candidates to replace the dozens forced out by President Donald Trump months ago. Among the candidates Trump intends to nominate are Jessie Liu, the current deputy general counsel for the Treasury Department, and Richard W. Moore, the inspector general for the Tennessee Valley Authority.

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 .

Today in History a ” Monday, May 15, 2017

On May 15, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure creating the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, whose members came to be known as WACs. Wartime gasoline rationing went into effect in 17 Eastern states, limiting sales to three gallons a week for non-essential vehicles.

Rep. Craig Ford not seeking Democratic U.S. Senate nomination


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Former Alabama House Minority Leader Craig Ford says he is not running for U.S. Senate in 2017. The lifetime Gadsden resident announced Monday he would not seek the position, but he did not rule out seeking another higher office like Alabama governor in 2018.

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Gov. Kay Ivey poses for a portrait on 2014, in Montgomery, Ala. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley plans to resign over allegations he covered up an affair ... .

Alabama state’s 2nd female governor takes the reins

With Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley resigning one step ahead of an impeachment hearing related to an alleged affair, his successor becomes the state's second female governor and the first to rise through the political ranks on her own. Kay Ivey , the first Republican woman elected lieutenant governor of Alabama, was also the first Republican to hold that office for two straight terms.

Prosecutor refers allegations against Alabama governor to AG

With efforts to impeach Gov. Robert Bentley under way Monday, a local prosecutor has referred the possibility of any criminal charges -- which the state Ethics Commission last week recommended be leveled against the governor -- on to Alabama's acting attorney general. "Please note that this is not a recusal," Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey said in an email to CNN.

Marshall would step away from Bentley probes

Steve Marshall sworn in as Alabama attorney general Former Marshall County DA says he'll step away from any direct investigations of Gov. Robert Bentley Check out this story on montgomeryadvertiser.com: http://on.mgmadv.com/2kDLiOg Steve Marshall called it "the cloud" -- floating questions about whether the attorney general's office was investigating Gov. Robert Bentley while Luther Strange interviewed for and won appointment from Bentley to the U.S. Senate. That cloud is part of a storm front that has settled over Alabama's political leadership for the past three years.

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".

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First lady Melania Trump announced Wednesday she hired Anna Christina Niceta Lloyd as White House social secretary. Niceta Lloyd, who is known as Rickie, will help Trump with the planning and execution of social events at the White House.

Protesters gather in Birmingham against Session’s nomination

Various protesters from groups such as Black Lives Matter, the LGBT Community, and the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice gathered in front of the Robert Vance Federal Building to protest Jeff Session's nomination for Attorney General. Jack Williams, a representative in the state House, disagrees with the protests.

Immigration in focus as U.S. Senate confronts Trump nominees

Immigration and domestic security, key themes in Donald Trump's successful campaign, will likely dominate two U.S. Senate hearings on Tuesday as lawmakers begin several days of questioning the president-elect's Cabinet nominees. First to appear before lawmakers will be Trump's pick for attorney general, Republican Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama.

This Could Be The Busiest And Most Consequential Week Before Trump Takes Office

The week before Donald Trump takes the oath of office will set the stage for his entry into the Oval Office. Not only will at least nine of his Cabinet nominees begin their Senate confirmation hearings, but the president-elect himself will face reporters at a long-awaited press conference, where he may address how he plans to separate his business interests from his presidency.

Six NAACP protesters arrested for occupying Jeff Sessions’ office

Six NAACP demonstrators were arrested after occupying the Mobile office of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, calling for him to turn down his controversial nomination to become the next U.S. Attorney General. More than a dozen protesters entered the office around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Benard Simelton, president of the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP, told the Daily News from Sessions' office.

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.

Hurts, No. 1 Alabama beat FCS Chattanooga 31-3

Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts dives over a tackle during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Chattanooga, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. . Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts runs the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Chattanooga, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Kirk Douglas gets early 100th birthday gift from Jewish org

Vice President-elect Mike Pence is the latest celebrity to attend the Broadway hit "Hamilton," but the first to get a sharp message from a cast member from the stage. Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Friday was the latest high-profile person to attend the Broadway hit "Hamilton," but he became the first to get a sharp message from a cast member from the stage.

Lawyer: Woman whose twin died in cliff fall lost ‘soul mate’

A 38-year-old woman accused of killing her twin sister by driving their SUV off a cliff in Hawaii will decide if she wants to fight extradition from New York. A woman accused of killing her twin sister by driving their SUV off a cliff in Hawaii traveled to upstate New York to grieve the loss of her "soul mate," her lawyer said Friday after a brief court appearance.

Alabama’s lesson for the nation

If any state can offer a troubled nation some sense of perspective in the wake of Donald Trump's shocking presidential win Tuesday, it is Alabama. About 63 percent of the state's voters preferred Trump.

The Latest: Planned Alabama execution delayed amid appeals

A correction's official says the planned execution of an Alabama inmate is being delayed by two hours while the U.S. Supreme Court reviews the man's appeal. Tommy Arthur, 74, was originally scheduled to be executed at 6 p.m. CDT for the shooting death of a man in a 1982 murder-for-hire arrangement.

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.

Lawyer: Three of suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore’s law clerks fired

The clearing of vestiges of suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore's tenure on the Alabama Supreme Court included the firings of three of his clerks, according to Moore's attorney. Moore's head law clerk and two other law clerks were fired by acting Chief Justice Lyn Stuart and Justice Michael Bolin, according to a statement from Mat Staver, of the legal group Liberty Counsel which represents Moore.

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.

Appeals court blocks proof-of-citizenship voting requirement

A federal appeals court on Friday blocked Kansas, Georgia and Alabama from requiring residents to prove they are U.S. citizens when registering to vote using a national form. The 2-1 ruling is a victory for voting rights groups who said a U.S. election official illegally changed proof-of-citizenship requirements on the federal registration form at the behest of the three states.

‘I certainly think it’s alright’: Republicans react to Peter…

Tech billionaire Peter Thiel got a roaring response from the Republican National Convention crowd when he declared that he was "proud to be gay" and "proud to be a Republican" during his big speech on Thursday night. Republicans at the event told Business Insider that it was generally "good" to have someone represent the LGBT community on the stage - the first to do so in 16 years - but that it wasn't the major point of Thiel's speech.

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.

Gay marriage victory at Supreme Court triggering backlash

Gay marriage victory at Supreme Court triggering backlash Transgender rights, religious exemptions represent next wave of legal battle Check out this story on pressconnects.com: http://usat.ly/1TObkL8 Protesters rally in April against a North Carolina law that restricts LGBT rights, including the use of public restrooms by transgender people. WASHINGTON - When the Supreme Court declared a constitutional right to same-sex marriage last June, the man who won the leading case warned that opponents would find new ways to push back.

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.

Donald Trump takes note of yet another Alabamian

Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, is considering his options for a vice president. Among them are Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.