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Post by Addie » Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:56 pm

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Alabama governor sets 2017 special election for Strange's Senate seat

Alabama’s new governor, Kay Ivey, on Tuesday announced dates later this year for a special election for the Senate seat formerly held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and now occupied by Republican Luther Strange.

Ivey's proclamation sets the primary for Aug. 15 and a runoff for Sept. 26. The general election will be on Dec. 12, almost a year ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Sessions' term expires in 2020. Former Gov. Robert Bentley, who resigned on April 10, appointed Strange, then the state attorney general, to the seat on Feb. 9.


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Post by Addie » Sun May 28, 2017 9:05 am

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Inside Alabama’s Strange Senate race

Establishment Republicans are throwing their weight behind Sen. Luther Strange to keep a pair of conservative hard-liners out of the GOP caucus.

Luther Strange’s tenure in the Senate is not even four months old, having been handed his Alabama seat by a scandal-plagued governor who resigned on the cusp of impeachment by lawmakers in Montgomery. But Republicans in Washington are going all out to rescue Strange in his campaign this year, treating him like a beloved Senate veteran.

The multimillion-dollar push in a state that Democrats have almost no chance of winning is intended to help Strange muscle through a crowded primary field that includes two bomb-throwing conservatives apt to cause Mitch McConnell some major headaches should they defeat the appointed senator. ...

Democrats have no illusion that they can flip the Alabama Senate seat, and they have no plans for now to get behind a candidate in their field. But the chaotic GOP primary has nonetheless prompted them to peer one eye down south.

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said the campaign arm is “following the developments in Alabama very closely.”


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Re: Alabama US Senate: Special Election 8/15/17

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Democratic Primary
Declared
Will Boyd, pastor, former Greenville, Illinois City Councilman, nominee for AL-05 in 2016 and write-in candidate for the U.S. Senate from Illinois in 2010[36]
Vann Caldwell, Talladega County Constable and perennial candidate[7]
Jason Fisher, businessman[37]
Michael Hansen, activist and nonprofit executive[38]
Doug Jones, former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama[39]
Robert Kennedy Jr.[40][41]
Brian McGee, retired teacher and Vietnam War veteran[7][42]
Charles Nana Tchienkou, candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2016[7]
Withdrew
Ron Crumpton, activist, nominee for the State Senate in 2014 and nominee for the U.S. Senate in 2016[43][34]
Declined
Roger Bedford, former State Senator and nominee for the U.S. Senate in 1996[44]
Elaine Beech, State Representative[45]
Sue Bell Cobb, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama[46]
Chris England, State Representative[29][45][47]
Craig Ford, State Representative[45][48]
Gary Johnson, minister and political activist[49]
Walt Maddox, Mayor of Tuscaloosa[46][50]
Terri Sewell, U.S. Representative[46]


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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:46 pm

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Alabama GOP Candidates Battle Over Who’s Most Conservative
Trump still a factor in Republican Senate primary one week before election


One week before the Alabama special election Senate primary, Republican contenders are battling over who is the true conservative and who will be the strongest fighter for President Donald Trump.

That was evident Friday night when eight of the nine candidates showed up at a candidate forum at the civic center here. The Shelby County Republican Party’s event was one of the rare events where the top three contenders — Sen. Luther Strange, former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore and Rep. Mo Brooks — were in the same room.

Recent polls show Strange and Moore leading, with Brooks in third place.

If no candidate garners more than 50 percent of the primary vote, the top two will head to a runoff on Sept. 26, with the general election on Dec. 12. Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates this race Solid Republican.


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Post by Addie » Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:29 am

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Biden endorses Dem in Alabama Senate primary

Former Vice President Joe Biden waded into Alabama's Democratic Senate primary on Thursday, endorsing former U.S. attorney Doug Jones in his bid for the Senate seat vacated by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Al).

A Politico reporter on Thursday said that Biden had made the endorsement, and also that Jones had hired a Biden operative, Bill Romjue, to manage his campaign. Romjue served as Biden's Iowa state director during his unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, which he lost to former President Barack Obama. ...

Jones is considered the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination after this endorsement and another endorsement earlier this week from Alabama Rep. Terri Sewell (D). ...

“I have known and respected Joe Biden for decades. He is the epitome of what we all hope public service can be - thoughtful, kind, human and effective. Louise and I are so appreciative of his friendship and support," he wrote.


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Post by bob » Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:34 pm

Poll results are coming in (presently 32% of precincts):
roy moore 46,824 41%
luther strange (i) 35,609 31%
mo brooks 21,825 19%

Top two go the run-off if no one gets a majority. Which means:
doug jones 27,646 64%
robert kennedy 7,442 17%

... Jones is the likely sacrificial lamb for the democrats.


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Moore and Strange are being declared the top two republican candidates; runoff between them next month.


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Post by Addie » Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:06 pm

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Democrat Doug Jones wins Alabama Senate primary

Candidate Doug Jones has won the Alabama Senate primary, the Associated Press projected. ...

Jones, a former U.S. Attorney known for the prosecution of convicted killers Thomas Blanton and Bobby Frank Cherry for the 1963 Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing, has picked up several endorsements from Democratic leaders, including Rep. John Lewis of Georgia and Rep. Terri Sewell.

The latest count from the AP, which reflected 86 percent of the vote, showed Jones won 84,625 votes-- or 63.6 percent.

Kennedy came in with 25,271 votes or 19.0 percent; Hansen with 9,533 or 7.2 percent; and Boyd with 7,232 or 5.4 percent.

Last week, Jones also received an endorsement from former Vice President Joe Biden.


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Post by Addie » Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:07 pm

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Joe Biden to campaign for Doug Jones in Birmingham

Roy Moore and Luther Strange are not the only ones welcoming high-profile political figures to the Yellowhammer state in support of their candidacies for Jeff Sessions' vacated Senate seat.

Former Vice President Joe Biden will campaign for Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at the Sheraton in downtown Birmingham, reports AL.com.

Ticket information will be made available closer to the event.

As we previously reported, Jones won the democratic primary on Aug. 15.

Jones will face either Moore or Strange in the general election on Dec. 12.


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Post by Addie » Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:19 am

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Strange in trouble in Alabama, White House and GOP fear

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The White House and senior Republicans are deeply worried about Sen. Luther Strange's chances in Tuesday’s GOP runoff here — even after unleashing the full weight of the party machinery to stop his opponent, flame-throwing conservative Roy Moore.

Top administration officials and allies of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have spent days poring over public and private polling that shows Moore consistently leading Strange, though the race has tightened, say those familiar with the numbers.

On his way to Huntsville on Air Force One Friday to campaign for Strange, President Donald Trump was joined by a small team of aides that included Rick Dearborn, a veteran of Alabama politics, and Bill Stepien, the White House political director. Both aides, as well as a number of other administration officials, have privately expressed apprehension about the state of the race. Stepien brought a sheaf of the latest polling data.

With Strange on the ropes and time running out, the party has launched a coordinated, scorched-earth campaign to take down Moore. The sheer breadth of the anti-Moore campaign has stunned Alabama’s political class: It includes non-stop TV ads, a meticulously-crafted get-out-the-vote effort, and detailed, oppo-research-filled debate prep sessions for Strange.


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Post by Addie » Tue Sep 26, 2017 2:28 pm

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Moore vs. Strange: Polls open in Alabama Republican primary

In the first skirmish of the coming fight for the soul of the Republican Party, polls have opened in the Alabama special election to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the Senate.

Republicans face a choice between Sessions’s appointed replacement, former state attorney general Luther Strange, and former Alabama Supreme Court judge Roy Moore. But the outcome will determine far more than the career paths of the two men. National conservative groups have moved into the state to fight a proxy war over the leadership of the party in Washington — and over the degree to which President Trump can still direct the movement that swept him into office.

A victory for Moore, the front-runner in recent polling, could be bad news for other incumbent Republican senators, from states including Arizona, Nevada, Mississippi and Tennessee, who are preparing for the possibility of insurgent anti-establishment challengers in the 2018 Senate primaries. ...

Although Moore has led all public polls in the weeks leading up to the election, turnout is expected to be low, creating the potential for a surprise outcome. In a first round of Republican primary voting Aug. 15, only 425,379 people cast ballots, or less than one-third of the number of Alabamians who voted for Trump in the 2016 election.

Moore won the earlier contest, but because he earned less than 50 percent of the vote, he faces Strange in a runoff. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) was the third-place finisher in the first round.


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Post by bob » Tue Sep 26, 2017 4:45 pm

The Week: Roy Moore is everything Democrats want voters to believe about the Republican Party:
Tuesday's Republican runoff in Alabama is not a harbinger of things to come, or a window into the GOP's soul. But it is likely to crown a new Republican star, someone who will rapidly become familiar to Americans across the country. That is, if the Democrats get their way.

That's because Roy Moore is a religious extremist of the highest order, someone who rails against sin with the fervor of a fundamentalist preacher and who believes his particular interpretation of the Bible supersedes the laws of this fallen world, including the Constitution of the United States. And he's probably going to be a United States senator.

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All of which has some Republicans nervous about the possibility of Moore coming to Washington and sharing his colorful views, which Democrats will enthusiastically spread far and wide. "Roy Moore would be the Todd Akin of 2017 and 2018 for every Republican on the ballot," said Karl Rove, referring to the Republican Senate candidate who flamed out spectacularly in 2012 after musing that women can't get pregnant if they're raped because "if it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down."

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But when the president went down to Alabama for a rally last week, he seemed less than enthusiastic about the man he had endorsed, as though he finally read something about the race and learned that Moore was scooping up Trump supporters by running against the Washington swamp. (In a weird sidelight to the race, ousted Trump aide Stephen Bannon is supporting Moore and has turned his Breitbart into essentially a pro-Moore propaganda organ). Trump's comments — including that "I might have made a mistake" in endorsing Strange — are neatly summarized in [a] brutal ad that has been airing in Alabama by forces supporting Moore[.]

I wouldn't be surprised if Trump's hedging is really because he's worried that if Moore wins, it'll be described as a loss for Trump, and he's getting ready to say that whatever happens this Tuesday was what he wanted all along. The chances that anyone will buy that are slim indeed, but more serious for Republicans than whether Trump gets to trumpet a win is the fact that we're going to be hearing a lot of Roy Moore's hateful ideas in the days to come.


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Polls are closed.
The Hill: Alabama Republican primary: live results
New York Times: Live Election Results: U.S. Senate Primary Runoff in Alabama


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Bring on the twice removed homophobic birther, the new face of the Republican Party.
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Post by Addie » Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:00 pm

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Trump-backed candidate Luther Strange loses Ala. runoff to Roy Moore

Conservative Roy Moore beat the President Trump-supported Luther Strange in the Alabama Republican special election runoff for the U.S. Senate Tuesday night, according to the Associated Press.

Strange conceded to Moore shortly after the AP called the race. Strange's defeat is widely considered a blow to the president and a win for many of the most conservative members of his base. ...

The Alabama Secretary of State's website was so inundated with traffic that it all but crashed the site, after polls closed at 8 p.m. EST. According to The New York Times' election results, Moore had 56.7 percent of the vote with 53 percent of precincts reporting., compared to Strange's 43.3 percent.


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Post by Dan1100 » Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:39 am

Is there any chance that Moore can pull a Todd Akin and say something so awful that he actually loses in November or is Alabama so Republican that no Democrat has any chance no matter what?


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Post by Suranis » Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:28 am

Well, it's a loss for the Drumpf. He personally campaigned for Strange and did at least one rally for him.


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Post by Dr. Kenneth Noisewater » Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:51 am

And Trump has deleted his tweets where he endorsed strange as if it never happened.



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Post by tek » Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:01 am

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater wrote:
Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:51 am
And Trump has deleted his tweets where he endorsed strange as if it never happened.
Hopefully the Fake News Media will point that out.

IIRC the National Archives said they were archiving his tweets :twisted:


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Post by Dr. Blue » Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:32 am

Famous Alabama Resident, Forrest Gump wrote:Stupid is as stupid does.
And that's all I have to say about that.



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Post by Addie » Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:05 am

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Roy Moore versus Democrat Doug Jones: Alabama Senate race will be 'ugly, exciting'

Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore's victory in Tuesday's GOP runoff all but solidifies the inevitable: He's the next U.S. Senator from Alabama.

That's the conventional thinking in Alabama, where a Democrat hasn't won a statewide election since 2008, and hasn't won a U.S. Senate race since 1992.

But typical political beliefs, observers note, could be out the window for the next 2-1/2 months as the national attention shifts toward a Dec. 12 general election pitting two opponents with striking differences in personality and biography.

"I expect a real donnybrook in the general election," said Quin Hillyer, a conservative writer based in Mobile. "It could get ugly, and it could get exciting."


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Post by Addie » Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:57 pm

Vox - Matt Yglesias
Democrats ought to invest in Doug Jones’s campaign against Roy Moore

Roy Moore is probably going to be the next senator from Alabama, and that’s true no matter what the Democratic Party says or does about it.

Alabama is, for starters, Alabama. Jeff Sessions was rejected for a federal judgeship by the United States Senate on the grounds that he was too racist, and a couple of years later, Alabama Republicans nominated him for a Senate seat and he won. There’s no reason at all to think that Moore can’t follow the same trail he’s blazed. Beyond that, America is a much more polarized place that it was in the 1980s. If you want Republicans to run the show in Washington — and clearly most Alabamians do — it more or less makes sense to vote for anyone the GOP nominates over anyone the Democrats nominate.

All that being said, Moore is flagrantly unfit for office. Doug Jones is a very solid nominee for the Democratic Party, and its informal leaders have an obligation to vigorously contest the race. If there were a dozen — or even three — other Senate races happening simultaneously, it would make sense to let the gods of targeting have their way and direct resources elsewhere. But there’s only one Senate race happening right now, and campaign money is not a purely fixed quantity.

Jones will almost certainly lose no matter what anyone does. But the people of Alabama — and, frankly, the country — deserve to see a real fight in which Jones has enough cash to run ads, hire field staff, and otherwise mount a vigorous campaign. There’s no need to raise false hopes or unduly elevate expectations, but it would be a huge mistake to take a dive here.


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Post by Volkonski » Wed Sep 27, 2017 2:11 pm

Trump infuriated after backing Alabama loser

http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/27/politics/ ... index.html
What ensued was a barrage of angry venting at his political team and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who had consolidated establishment GOP support behind Strange.

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He went to bed "embarrassed and pissed" following the election loss, according to a person familiar with his mindset. Trump, multiple sources said, is furious with McConnell, and feels outdone by his former aide Bannon.

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"Losing is bad for his brand," another GOP adviser to the White House said of Trump.

One person Trump has not appeared to blame: himself.
That's Trump. Never mind who is the better man or what's good for the GOP or what's good for the country. Trump just wants to be on the winning side.


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