March 29, 2020
No Picture
06n Newswatches

The 5 most vulnerable senators in 2020 | TheHill – The Hill

Excerpt:

Republicans are playing defense in this year’s race for the Senate, but Democrats likely have a tough fight ahead in their bid to take control of the chamber.

Two dozen GOP-held seats are up for a vote this year, including in a handful of states where President TrumpDonald John TrumpPence: Intelligence shows Iran directing militias not to attack U.S. targets Mnuchin aims to wait until end of 2020 to disclose Secret Service costs for Trump’s travel: report Pressure building on Pelosi over articles of impeachment MORE’s approval rating is underwater.

Democrats need to pick up four seats in…

News Link
News Link Sourced by WireWatch.NewsSource

No Picture
06n Newswatches

Hearing set to determine who is the real Alabama Democratic Party Chair – alreporter.com

Excerpt:

Tuesday, Montgomery Circuit Judge Greg Griffin scheduled a hearing for January 30 in the lawsuit over just who is the real chair of the Alabama Democratic Party.

In 2018 Nancy Worley was re-elected as Chair of the Alabama Democratic Party.

That election was invalidated by the Democratic National Committee.

In November a faction of the State Democratic Executive Committee, supported by the DNC, met in Montgomery and elected State Representative Christopher John England (D-Tuscaloosa) as the new Chair,

Worley and her faction boycotted that meeting and maintain that that meeting of the…

News Link
News Link Sourced by WireWatch.NewsSource

Federal Judge Blocks Diversion Of Military Construction Money For Border Wall – WBHM
06n Newswatches

Federal Judge Blocks Diversion Of Military Construction Money For Border Wall – WBHM

A federal judge in Texas on Tuesday blocked the Trump administration from using $3.6 billion in funds allocated by Congress for military construction projects to help pay for a wall on the southern border. U.S. District Judge David Briones of El Paso ruled the administration’s use of an emergency proclamation last February to divert those funds to the border wall is unlawful. The ruling found the administration was within the law in using an additional $2.5 billion intended for drug interdiction efforts for border wall construction.
05 Wire
No Picture
06 Raw

Sessions’ campaign release new poll – alreporter.com

Excerpt:

A new poll commissioned by Jeff Sessions’ campaign shows the former U.S. Senator with a commanding lead over his Republican rivals heading into the March 3, 2020 primary.

However sunny the survey looks for Sessions, it may be more window dressings designed to woo donors and discourage his competitors’ supporters than an accurate picture of the political landscape according to campaign strategists and outside polling data.

“In a December 3-5 survey of 700 likely Republican voters, 44 percent of the voters said that they planned to vote for Sessions, with his closest rival coming in…

News Link
News Link Sourced by WireWatch.NewsSource

No Picture
06n Newswatches

Sessions leads GOP Senate primary field in Alabama, internal poll shows – The Hill

Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions holds a wide lead in the race for the Republican Senate nomination in Alabama, according to an internal poll commissioned by Sessions’ campaign. The survey, conducted from Dec. 3-5 by the Republican firm On Message Inc., shows Sessions notching 44 percent support among likely Republican primary voters in Alabama.
No Picture
06 Raw

Jones applauds Senate passage of HBCU funding – alreporter.com

Excerpt:

The U.S. House is set to take up a bipartisan bill approved by the Senate last week that would permanently restore funding for historically black colleges and universities and minority serving schools, but it’s less certain if the House will approve the bill in current form. 

Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama, spent months urging his colleagues to pass the bill, and led the push to solve the annual funding crisis for Historically black colleges and universities (HBCU’s). 

“This is wonderful news for students and faculty at minority-serving institutions across the country, including the…

News Link
News Link Sourced by WireWatch.NewsSource

No Picture
06 Raw

Byrne: IG report makes it clear Comey’s FBI abused FISA powers – alreporter.com

Excerpt:

Monday, Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) said that the “IG report makes it clear that the FBI, under James Comey’s leadership seriously abused the federal government’s FISA powers.” Byrne’s statement was issued after the Department of Justice (DOJ) Investigator General Michael E. Horowitz’s (IG) 434 page report was released.

The IG was tasked with reviewing the 2015 investigation into possible collusion between President Donald J. Trump’s (R) 2016 campaign and the Russian government. The investigation was called Crossfire Hurricane.

“Today’s IG report makes it…

News Link
News Link Sourced by WireWatch.NewsSource

No Picture
06 Raw

Opinion | Unchallenged awfulness has ruled Alabama politics for too long – alreporter.com

Excerpt:

Maybe, just maybe, Tommy Tuberville is our fault. 

The fault of the sane people. The fault of the non-crazies.  

Because we’re not harsh people. We don’t like to try and force our beliefs and thoughts on others. We prefer rational conversations and honest debate. And God bless us, we still, after all this time and Donald Trump, expect the best of people. 

And so, when a former mediocre college football coach who just last year was telling ESPN how much he loved living in Florida showed up and announced that he was running for U.S. Senate in Alabama, we all dismissed it as a…

News Link
News Link Sourced by WireWatch.NewsSource

06 Raw

Tommy Tuberville: God sent Donald Trump – Montgomery Advertiser

Excerpt:

CLOSE

Tommy Tuberville’s speech to the Alabama Farmers Federation on Monday evening sounded biblical — both in its invocation of hope and doom and in its speaker’s identification of divine choices. 

“I do believe today that God sent Donald Trump to us,” the Republican Senate candidate and former Auburn football coach said at the annual meeting of the group. “He’s the only thing standing between socialism in this country. We can’t let that happen. We cannot let it happen.”

News Link
News Link Sourced by WireWatch.NewsSource

06 Raw

Doug Jones: Make Alabama safer for children and families – Montgomery Advertiser

Excerpt:

Doug Jones, Special to the Advertiser
Published 11:30 a.m. CT Dec. 9, 2019

It’s been a little over a month since we learned about the death of Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney in Birmingham. That kind of violence against a beautiful child of God is just beyond comprehension. And in the weeks since, we’ve seen the tragic murders of Aniah Blanchard in Auburn and Megan Montgomery in Mountain Brook. And just this past week, a pregnant mother named Lavon McCreary and her unborn child were murdered in a…

News Link
News Link Sourced by WireWatch.NewsSource

Roberts seems to hold key to first Supreme Court case over gun rights in 9 years – WJLA
06n Newswatches

Roberts seems to hold key to first Supreme Court case over gun rights in 9 years – WJLA

Chief Justice John Roberts appeared Monday to be the key vote in whether the Supreme Court considers expanding gun rights or sidesteps its first case on the issue in nearly 10 years. The court’s dismissal of the case would be a disappointment to gun-rights advocates and a huge relief to gun-control groups. Both sides thought a conservative Supreme Court majority fortified by two appointees of President Donald Trump, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, might use the case to expand on landmark decisions from a decade ago that established a right to keep a gun at home for self-defense. The arguments dealt with a dispute over New York City restrictions on taking licensed, locked and unloaded guns outside the city limits. New York has dropped its transport ban, but only after the high court decided in January to hear the case.
Jones on Worley separating Alabama Dems from DNC: ‘Just silly’ – Yellowhammer News
00 Front Page Election Gazette

Jones on Worley separating Alabama Dems from DNC: ‘Just silly’ – Yellowhammer News

“It’s from the national group that any state party exists,” he told interviewer Sean Sullivan. Jones’ comment stands in opposition to Nancy Worley’s assertion on “Capitol Journal” that the group led by England, and backed by Jones and the DNC, is the “federal Democratic Party.” Worley contends she still leads the “state democratic executive committee.” When Sullivan asked Jones about Worley’s remarks, Jones said “it’s just silly, it’s just a silly comment” before listing more evidence for England’s chairmanship over Worley’s. This most recent back-and-forth between Jones and Worley continues a fight that started in August 2018 when Jones backed his ally Peck Fox’s attempt to oust Worley from her position as state chair.
Moore sues Democratic PACs for their role in the 2017 election – alreporter.com
06n Newswatches

Moore sues Democratic PACs for their role in the 2017 election – alreporter.com

Former chief justice and current Senate candidate Roy Moore filed suit against two Democratic PACs, their vendors, and the chairman of one of the PACs for defamation, defamation by implication, and intentional infliction of emotional distress, and collaborating to create an elaborate disinformation campaign against him in the 2017 special election for U.S. Senate. In the complaint, Moore outlined his case against the defendants, whom he claims are responsible for spreading and financing scandalous accusations against his character and person, as well as making intimidating advertisements that would be used on digital media platforms. The ads falsely stated that voting records were public knowledge and would be used against individuals voting for Judge Moore instead of his opponent.
No Picture
06n Newswatches

Alabama U.S. Senate candidates look to Trump, what can be learned from recent Deep South elections? – AL Reporter – alreporter.com

Moderate Democrat gubernatorial candidates in Kentucky and Louisiana beat back firebrand Republicans who nationalized their state’s elections by tying their political fortunes to President Donald Trump. Here in Alabama, most of the Republicans running for the U.S. Senate are following a similar playbook linking their campaigns to the popular president, but is it enough? In the 2016 general election, Trump easily carried Kentucky with 62.52 percent, Louisiana, with nearly 60 percent and Alabama with just over 62 percent of the vote.
Stakes are high as Supreme Court prepares to hear DACA arguments – WJLA
06n Newswatches

Stakes are high as Supreme Court prepares to hear DACA arguments – WJLA

The Supreme Court is set to hear opening arguments Tuesday that will determine whether the Trump administration has the legal authority to end protections for more than 700,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. The hearing before the Supreme Court is the culmination of more than two years of legal battles fought by hundreds of organizations, institutions and individuals challenging the constitutionality of President Donald Trump's September 2017 decision to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Trump Justice Department attempted to bring the DACA issue before the Supreme Court twice. The court finally agreed to consider the government's appeal on the third try.
Alabama Democratic Party Chairwoman voted out of office – Alabama’s News Leader
06n Newswatches

Alabama Democratic Party Chairwoman voted out of office – Alabama’s News Leader

During a meeting of the Alabama Democratic Party on Saturday, a faction of the Executive Committee voted to remove Nancy Worley as chairwoman by a 172-0 margin. Shortly afterward they elected Rep. Chris England of Tuscaloosa to replace her. England is the first African-American chairperson in the Alabama Democratic Party's history. Randy Kelley was also removed as vice-chairman on Saturday. Former state Rep. Patricia Todd of Birmingham was elected to replace Kelley. The faction that voted today is supported by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Senator Doug Jones.
Alabama Democratic Party dispute ends up in court – Star Tribune
06n Newswatches

Alabama Democratic Party dispute ends up in court – Star Tribune

Insurgents seeking new leadership for Alabama Democrats argued with the party's old-line officers in court Thursday over a lawsuit to block a potential revamping of the party in a deeply Republican state Circuit Judge Greg Griffin gave lawyers time to submit additional documents, but issued no immediate decision on the suit, filed Wednesday by longtime party chair Nancy Worley and others. Any ruling is sure to be appealed. The lawsuit seeks to block some members of the party's governing committee from meeting Saturday to elect new leaders.
Roy Moore to file paperwork to qualify for U.S. Senate race – WSFA
06n Newswatches

Roy Moore to file paperwork to qualify for U.S. Senate race – WSFA

Former Ala. Supreme Court Judge Roy Moore announced Wednesday he will be filing the necessary paperwork to qualify to run for the U.S. Senate. Moore said he will file the paperwork with the Alabama Republican Party on Thursday. He officially announced his intent to run in June. He lost the senate seat to Democrat Doug Jones in a 2017 special election.
No Picture
06n Newswatches

Federal Judge Blocks Alabama Abortion Law – WBHM

A federal judge blocked Alabama’s strict abortion ban Tuesday, which was set to go into effect next month. U.S District Judge Myron Thompson issued a primary injunction Tuesday against the law, which would have made performing an abortion a felony in almost all cases. Abortion providers would face a sentence of up to 99 years in prison with no exception for rape or incest. The only exception is when there’s a serious...
Sessions Said to Be Mulling Run for Former Alabama Senate Seat – TIME
06n Newswatches

Sessions Said to Be Mulling Run for Former Alabama Senate Seat – TIME

Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is exploring the possibility of a run for his old Senate seat in Alabama, according to three Republicans with knowledge of the situation. They say Sessions has made telephone calls discussing a potential bid to return to the Senate. The Republicans spoke on condition of anonymity so they could speak more freely about closely held conversations. It was not immediately clear how close Sessions was to making a decision or the seriousness of the exploration. He has until 5 p.m. Nov. 8 to decide whether to be a last-minute entry into the 2020 race. The Alabama Republican Party sets the deadline.
No Picture
06n Newswatches

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Democrat-led impeachment inquiry will be major issue in Alabama Senate race – Anniston Star

Excerpt:

The general election for the U.S. Senate seat here in Alabama is still over a year away, but the campaign between Democratic Sen. Doug Jones and one of the Republican candidates seeking to challenge him played out this past week in Washington, D.C.

As the Democrats push an effort to impeach President Donald Trump behind closed doors, this past week congressional Republicans finally started to push back.

About two-dozen Republican congressman entered a closed-door committee meeting held by the House Intelligence Committee to call out the lack of transparency…

News Link
News Link Sourced by WireWatch.NewsSource

No Picture
06n Newswatches

Impeachment is preventing Intel Committee from doing their job – Yellowhammernews.com

U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) has revealed that the House Intelligence Committee hasn’t been addressing terrorism or ISIS recently due to the impeachment inquiry requiring so much attention. While on Fox News Channel’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” Ratcliffe specified that “[i]t’s been well over a month” since the last time the committee had a terrorism briefing. Later on Sunday, U.S. Rep.Doug Collins (R-GA), ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, echoed Ratcliffe’s claims, voicing his frustration with Democrats prioritizing the impeachment inquiry over other business.
No Picture
06n Newswatches

Jones bashes 2012 Trump tweet after mission killing ISIS leader — ‘Partisan hackery’ – Yellowhammer News

Much like the proverbial canary in the coal mine – which warned miners of dangerous gases – the oyster, blue crab and speckled trout can warn us about the fragile health of Mobile Bay. To that end, the University of South Alabama has received a five-year, $2.9 million grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to study how oyster, blue crab and speckled trout respond to changes in their environment.
No Picture
06n Newswatches

Doug Jones’ reelection bid for Senate fueled by out-of-state fundraising – Washington Times

Alabama Democrat Doug Jones didn’t make it to the U.S. Senate without considerable outside help, and if fundraising is any indication, he will need it to stay on Capitol Hill. Most of the $5 million campaign war chest Mr. Jones had amassed at the end of September came from distant liberal college campuses, law firms and Silicon Valley, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.