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  • ‘I could not in good conscience’ vote for spending bill — Gary Palmer

  • Bill passes House to allow terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs — Mo Brooks

    Excerpt from a news release issued by U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks:

    “I’m proud the House passed Right to Try, and I was honored to co-sponsor of the Right to Try Act in the memory of Steve Mayfield, who died from ALS after being denied experimental treatments that could have prolonged his life and alleviated his pain. No American should have to suffer when their government holds the keys to lifesaving drugs. These terminally ill patients are already in the fight of their lives—they don’t need to fight their government, as well.

    Congressman Brooks was inspired to co-sponsor the Right to Try Act by the story of Steve Mayfield, a respected high school football coach at Central High School in Lauderdale County, Alabama, who in March 2017, died after a lengthy fight with both Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) and a federal bureaucracy that denied him the right to try potentially life-saving experimental treatments.

  • Mayor Battle asks Gov. Ivey to appear with him at Huntsville and Birmingham area debates

    Excerpt from Battle for Governor advisory:

    Top Republican gubernatorial challenger Tommy Battle, emailed a letter addressed to Governor Ivey on Tuesday. The letter invited Ivey to appear with Battle at events throughout Alabama to discuss the qualifications of each candidate.

    Tommy Battle has committed to attend all of the following:
    — April 12 – 7 a.m. – A debate hosted by the Birmingham Business Journal
    — April 12 – 7 p.m. – A debate hosted by NBC 13 in Birmingham
    — April 14 – 8 a.m. – A candidate forum hosted by the Mid Alabama Republican Club in Birmingham
    — May 9 – 2 p.m. – A candidate forum hosted by the Association of Builders and Contractors in Huntsville
    — May 10 – 11:30 a.m. – A candidate forum hosted by the Moody Area Chamber of Commerce

8 months ago

Key Endorsements Follow Senate Candidates into the Primary

Just 12 days away from the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, key endorsements have lined up for all three front runners. As key political figures and organizations line up to give their support, candidates are scrambling to prove that they are the clear choice for the American people. Here’s all you need to know about who’s supporting who:

Mo Brooks

Brooks has enjoyed the support of several influential conservatives throughout the state and nation in recent days. Several prominent conservative commentators have announced that they are endorsing Brooks for senate, including Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin, and Ann Coulter. Brooks’ relationship with Hannity goes back to his time hosting radio in Huntsville. Conservative state representatives have also come to Brooks’ side as the election nears. At an event on Wednesday, seven Alabama delegates expressed their support for the Congressman. The delegates included Ed Henry and Bradley Williams.

Luther Strange

Strange has been backed by multiple influential organizations since the beginning of his campaign. He’s received the vocal endorsement of two very important conservative organizations, the National Rifle Association (NRA), and the National Right to Life. In a release posted on their website, NRA chairman Chris W. Cox praised Strange saying, “Throughout his career, Sen. Strange has shown tremendous leadership in protecting our fundamental right to self-defense. As a champion for gun owners in Alabama and across the country, Sen. Strange is the right person to succeed Jeff Sessions as U.S. senator.” The National Right to Life is a prominent pro-life advocacy group which has backed Strange as a candidate committed to defending the rights of an unborn child.

Roy Moore

While he hasn’t had the big-name supporters that Brooks and Strange have enjoyed, Moore has received several key endorsements by groups across the state. The Coalition of African-American Pastors gave Moore its support in early June when Rev. William Owens took to Twitter to support Moore’s candidacy. More recently, Moore has been backed by the Alabama Republican Assembly. According to Alabama Today, the ALRA stated, “while there are several good candidates that are running for this position and who would serve Alabama well in the Senate, the Republican Assembly voted overwhelmingly for Judge Moore because of his demonstrable commitment to conservative principles and a willingness to stand up against an out of control Federal Judiciary.” Moore has also been endorsed by conservative actor and writer, Chuck Norris. According to WKRG, the “Walker, Texas Ranger” actor stated, “Judge Roy Moore is the real deal… The Washington establishment knows they won’t be able to count on him, but Alabama voters can.” This recent endorsement brings some name recognition to Moore’s supporters that he has been lacking in recent weeks.

While endorsements are a useful tool in highly contested elections where candidates agree on many of the issues, as is the case in this Republican primary, voters will have the opportunity to endorse their favorite candidate on August 15.

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Related: Coalition of African-American Pastors Founder Endorses Roy Moore for U.S. Senate

9 months ago

Coalition of African-American Pastors Founder Endorses Roy Moore for U.S. Senate

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Rev. William Owens, the founder and President of the Coalition of African-American Pastors, has endorsed former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore in the state’s U.S. Senate race. Owens showed his public support for Moore in a photo posted on Twitter featuring his family at an event for Moore.

In a tweet of his own, Moore thanked Owens and his group for backing his campaign. “Beautiful family! Thank you!” Moore wrote. “Honored to have the support of the Coalition of African-American Pastors!”

Moore elaborated on the endorsement for Yellowhammer and noted its significance in the fight for biblical causes. “I am honored to have the support of my friend Reverend Owens and the Coalition of African-American Pastors,” Moore said. “For over 20 years his organization has helped mobilize pastors in the African-American community to get involved in the important battles of our day, standing up for Godly principles and strengthening families. It is important, now more than ever, that we send someone to Washington who will stand up to the political establishment and for the people of Alabama.”

According to its website, the Coalition of African American Pastors, USA is a movement of evangelical Christians who support restoring the role of religion in American public life, protecting unborn children, and returning marriage to an institution between one man and one woman. It is a non-partisan 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Roy Moore’s record in public life is one of a staunch social conservative. The Alabama Court of the Judiciary removed Moore from the bench in 2003 when he refused to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from the Alabama Judicial Building, despite orders from a federal court to do so. After returning to the bench in 2013, he was again removed by the same court for an order he issued to state probate judges instructing them to violate the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage.

10 Republicans have officially declared their candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat once held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R). In addition to Moore, the final list of GOP contenders includes James Beretta, Joseph Breault, Randy Brinson, U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-5), Dom Gentile, Mary Maxwell, Bryan Peeples, State Senator Trip Pittman, and sitting U.S. Sen. Luther Strange.

Party primary elections will be held on August 15, with a possible runoff on September 26. The general election is set to take place on December 12.