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WATCH: Huntsville voters share strong feelings about election and Roy Moore

[caption id="attachment_53315" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Voters speak with Yellowhammer News outside a polling precinct in Madison, Alabama (Yellowhammer)[/caption]   It was a cold, blustery day in northern Alabama, but that didn’t stop voters from pouring into polling precincts to vote in Tuesday’s special election. Voters in the Huntsville-area spoke with Yellowhammer News about how they voted, how they feel about the election and what they think about Roy Moore.  WATCH:     Video Credit: Jacob Woods

J. Pepper Bryars: Roy Moore isn’t bad for business (but he isn’t necessarily good for business either)

[caption id="attachment_50241" align="aligncenter" width="800"] (Judge Roy Moore for U.S. Senate/Facebook)[/caption]     Over the weekend NPR aired a story about how Alabama’s business community fears that Roy Moore’s likely election to the Senate could hurt the state’s economic growth, costing jobs for the very people he seeks to represent. “Roy Moore is a disaster for business and economic development. He was a disaster even before the allegations,” said Susan Pace Hamill, a business law professor at the University of Alabama. “The fear is that his presence will tip the scales, causing the business to choose somebody else.” (Side note: The report failed to mention that Hammil was the Democratic Party’s nominee in its 2010 challenge to State Rep. Bill Poole (R-Tuscaloosa), so perhaps her view is just a tad bias.) The rest of the story is nonsense, as well. “Senator” Roy Moore isn’t going to be bad for business. But then again, “Senator” Roy Moore isn’t necessarily going to be good for business, either. Here’s why: -- First and foremost, we shouldn’t base our political decisions on economics alone. Our way of life is a broad tapestry of interests, often competing. Sometimes cultural issues trump economic issues (I’d rather lose my job than lose my country). -- That said, Alabama has a strong foundation and can weather any single storm. We were just named No. 6 on an influential economic development magazine’s survey of state business climates (and we achieved that ranking while having the embarrassing “Luv Guv” at the…

Jimmy Kimmel says he’s coming to Alabama with ‘a team of high school cheerleaders’ to fight Roy Moore ‘in a mall’ after comedian disrupts Theodore rally

[caption id="attachment_51966" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Comedian Tony Barbieri disrupts a Roy Moore rally in Theodore ([/caption]   It’s come to this, Alabama: Jimmy Kimmel said he’s ready to fly down to Alabama and have a fist fight with Roy Moore. Why is this happening? The judge and the late night comedian began a war of words after one of Kimmel’s writers mocked Moore at a rally Wednesday night at the Magnolia Springs Baptist Church in Theodore. Moore wasn’t happy about the show of disrespect, and called-out Kimmel on Twitter.   Kimmel responded during his monologue Thursday night: Key quotes: --- "What I'm going to do is -- I think you're going to like this, Roy. I'm going to come to Gadsden, Alabama, with a team of high school cheerleaders, OK? We'll meet you at the mall. Don't worry, I can get you in." --- "If you're open to it, when we sit down, I will share with you what I learned at my church. At my church, forcing yourself on underage girls is a no-no." --- "Maybe you say come to Alabama and do it man to man, maybe you're challenging me to a fight, which is kind of what it sounds like. If you are, I accept, by the way. I accept that invitation.” Here’s video from the rally that touched-off their spat.   Get use to this, folks. We’re going to see much more of this ridiculousness if we elect Moore to the U.S. Senate.

Oorah! Alabama Marine launches write-in candidacy against Roy Moore and Doug Jones

[caption id="attachment_51639" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Retired Colonel Lee Busby (Southern Living/YouTube)[/caption]   A retired Marine Corps colonel from Tuscaloosa has launched a long shot write-in campaign seeking to outflank Roy Moore and Doug Jones in next month’s special election, reported the Washington Post. “I just don’t believe that either one of them are qualified to be in the U.S. Senate,” said retired Colonel Lee Busby, 60, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Why this matters: Busby could mean real trouble for Moore, whose lead has narrowed to single digits in recent days. Though Busby is unlikely to win, his credentials and beliefs may provide a justifiable option for some GOP voters who feel they cannot vote for Moore but who would never vote for a pro-abortion rights candidate like Jones. The details: -- Lee once served as an aide to White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly when both were on active duty. -- He told the newspaper that he voted for moderate Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich in the last presidential primary and then Donald Trump in the general. -- Lee told the Post that he attended a fundraiser for Jones earlier this year but didn’t contribute. -- The colonel said he supports lowering taxes, repealing Obamacare and restricting abortion. -- He said that life begins at conception, adding that “at some point, (the fetus) becomes a human life ... and you have to protect those who can’t protect themselves."

J. Pepper Bryars: Roy Moore would lose by 20-points if his Democratic opponent were pro-life (or at least not so pro-abortion)

[caption id="attachment_49761" align="aligncenter" width="800"] (MSNBC/YouTube)[/caption]     Doug Jones would likely swamp Roy Moore in next month’s special election if the Democrat didn’t hold such extreme pro-abortion views. Consider this: -- Nearly 60 percent of adults in Alabama believe that abortion should be illegal in all or most cases, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. They found that only 37 percent felt the opposite. -- Alabama now has more than 3.3 million registered voters, according to our secretary of state’s office. Why this matters: Do the math. By adopting such an extreme view on abortion rights (the “legal in all or most cases” belief), Jones traded a potential block of 1.9-million pro-life votes for a measly 1.2-million pro-choice votes. Democrats are leaving 700,000 voters on the table – voters who are very pro-life. How pro-life? Here are just a couple of emails that I’ve received from Yellowhammer readers on the issue: -- “I will NEVER vote for anyone who supports abortion on demand,” wrote Garry Lovette of Muscle Shoals. -- “I can’t find myself voting for Doug Jones with his deplorable view on abortion,” added Dr. Andrew Hodges of Scottsboro. And here’s my two-cents just to make Yellowhammer’s editorial position crystal clear: I will never, even under pain of death, vote for someone who thinks abortion-on-demand should remain legal. Never. Sure, some extreme pro-choice voters would likely abandon any pro-life Democrat nominee, but the difference is wide enough – 700,000 voters – that such a candidate could easily gain much…

Where is the Roy Moore issue going? 4 things Alabamians should watch for

[caption id="attachment_49917" align="aligncenter" width="800"] (FOXNews/YouTube)[/caption]   Many Alabamians have already judged the judge or condemned the media, and their position seems guided by how people have felt about Roy Moore since we first learned about the “Ten Commandments Judge” more than 20-years ago. You loved him ... or you hated him. So now you either believe him ... or not. The degree of that love or hate, however, may be tempered by the hatred that conservatives share for the liberal media, namely the Washington Post, and/or the fear of what electing a Democrat to the Senate could mean for the Supreme Court. Right now, insiders believe that nothing is going to change. Moore will remain on the ballot and nobody will do anything about it (even if they could). If that changes, here are some leading indicators Alabamians should watch for: More Moore accusers: The article painted the judge as someone who spent years trolling through malls picking up teenaged girls. If this was indeed the case, surely Moore would have hit-on, picked-up or dated more than the four women mentioned in the article. The dam could break and more women could share their stories, as we’ve seen in similar cases. Trial balloons floating across the Alabama sky: Lots of ideas are being circulated by insiders, from hopeless write-in candidacies to potential legal challenges. The public’s reception of those ideas will either embolden their authors or send them back to the drawing board. Elected Republicans in Alabama criticizing Moore: Most…

Hell or High Water: Roy Moore won’t withdraw so Republicans across Alabama are seeking options

[caption id="attachment_49871" align="aligncenter" width="800"] (ABC News/YouTube)[/caption]   If we know one thing about Judge Roy Moore it’s this: he’s not going to willingly step aside and allow the political establishment to place someone else’s name on the ballot.   If he goes, it’ll be the same way Moore was removed from the bench – by force of law. That’s why Republican insiders across Alabama were up late into the night Thursday trading emails, texts and telephone calls asking each other the same question: How can the party legally replace Roy Moore on the ballot? Here are some of the options, however remote, that we learned about overnight: -- It’s too late: A spokesman for the Alabama secretary of state said “it was too late” to replace any name appearing on the December 12 ballot. Here’s the law: “Any amendment filed after the 76th day before a primary or a general election shall be accepted by the judge of probate or the Secretary of State but shall not be cause for reprinting of the ballots,” according to the statute. “The name of a candidate who is the subject of the amendment and who is disqualified by a political party or who has withdrawn as a candidate shall remain on the ballot, not be replaced by the name of another candidate, and the appropriate canvassing board shall not certify any votes for the candidate.” -- It’s not too late: Some say that the state Republican executive committee has the power to…