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  • Three takeaways from Alabama’s Runoff Election


    With Alabama’s primary election runoffs now in the books, here are three takeaways from the results.

    North Alabama has spoken.
    When this election cycle began, it became evident that north Alabama saw a window of opportunity to increase its influence.  The results from the Republican primary runoff have shown the electorate in that area of the state was eager to flex its muscle.

    Will Ainsworth pulled out an impressive come-from-behind victory in the Lt. Governor’s race. Steve Marshall enjoyed a resounding win in his bid to retain the Attorney General’s office.

  • On Roby’s win: One false media narrative dies, a new one is born


    Like Lucy van Pelt of Peanuts comic strip fame repeatedly pulling the football away from Charlie Brown as he lines up to kick it, Rep. Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) once again has shown you can’t beat her in a Republican primary.

    Similar to when she defeated “Gather Your Armies” Rick Barber in the 2010 GOP primary and “Born Free American Woman” Becky Gerritson in the 2016 GOP primary, Roby defeated former Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright for a second time on Tuesday night, this time by a whopping 36 points.

    Heading into yesterday, many national media reporters were sent into Alabama’s second congressional district looking at the possibility that Roby might have to answer to a revolt for not sticking with then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on the infamous Billy Bush weekend during the 2016 presidential campaign.

  • Mo Brooks Wins FreedomWorks’ Prestigious 2017 FreedomFighter Award

    Excerpt from a Rep. Mo Brooks news release:

    Tuesday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) was one of only 31 members of the U.S. House of Representatives awarded the prestigious 2017 FreedomFighter Award by FreedomWorks, a leading conservative organization with more than six million members nationwide. Only members of Congress who score better than 90% on the FreedomWorks scorecard receive the FreedomFighter Award. Congressman Brooks’ FreedomWorks score was in the top 4% of all Congressmen in 2017.

    Brooks said, “FreedomWorks is a leading organization in the conservative movement. I thank them for their work keeping members of Congress accountable and scoring key House floor votes which helps the American people better understand the impact of those votes. I was proud to receive the prestigious FreedomWorks 2017 FreedomFighter Award for my voting record in 2017. If America is to maintain its place as the greatest country in world history, more members of Congress must fight for the foundational principles that made America great. I’m fighting in Congress for those principles, and I’m glad to have a partner as effective as FreedomWorks in the fight.”

12 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

1 year 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.