Category: Politics

Well-known corporations, Hollywood elites and unions helped fund the deceptive campaign ad that targeted black voters in Alabama’s Senate race, and the PACs plan to do it again

That deceptive campaign ad that targeted Alabama’s black voters, warning them that their “community” would know if they didn’t support then-candidate Doug Jones because their vote was “public record,” was partially funded by some of the most well-known corporations, film makers and unions in the nation, according to data from the Federal Elections Commission. A complicated process of transfers between political action committees and donors paid for the ad, but the money trail is clear as pebbles shining on a forest path. Follow the money: -- The ads were purchased by a previously unknown super PAC called Highway 31, which spent about $6 million attacking Roy Moore and supporting Jones. Nobody knew who ran this organization or where it received its money during the election because it was created in the “dead zone” between financial reporting deadlines. -- Weeks after the election, it was learned that Highway 31 was “predominantly funded” by Senate Majority PAC, a group dedicated to electing Democrats to the U.S. Senate, and at least $1.5 million of the ads were bought through a partnership with Priorities USA, best known for running ads in support of President Barack Obama in 2012 and Hillary Clinton in 2016. -- According to data from the Federal Elections Commission, Senate Majority PAC was funded in this election cycle by the Methodist Health Foundation ($1 million), online payment company Allied Wallet ($500,000), American Federation of Teachers ($250,000), the National Association of Letter Carriers ($250,000), the pharmaceutical giant Merck ($25,000), health insurance company…

Who really embarrasses Alabama: Roy Moore’s surrogate or smooth talking Doug Jones?

[caption id="attachment_54107" align="aligncenter" width="800"] (Screenshot/YouTube)[/caption]   By now many Alabamians have watched the campaign clip that had the rest of the country laughing at us for days: former Shelby County commissioner Ted Crockett’s interview last week with CNN’s Jake Tapper. Speaking on Moore’s behalf, Crockett said the judge “probably” believes homosexuality should be illegal and that Americans who aren’t Christian cannot serve in Congress because “you have to swear on a Bible to be an elected official in the United States of America.” In case you missed it, watch it here: https://youtu.be/WFYRkzznsc0 You probably cringed. You may have laughed. And you certainly said, “THIS is why people think Alabama is backward.” I did, too. But while watching Crockett’s clip again over the weekend I had another thought: Sure, this guy has a couple of things wrong but he isn’t what’s wrong with our country. He’s not the problem. He’s not what we’re fighting against. He’s not working to uproot our Founding and fundamentally change our culture. You know who is? Senator-elect Doug Jones. Think about it, who’s really more of an embarrassment to Alabama? -- A) The guy who doesn’t know that someone doesn't actually have to swear on a Bible to hold public office, or -- B) The guy who doesn’t understand it’s wrong to shoot poison into the heart of a seven-month-old unborn child, rip its little arms and legs from its body, and then toss its bloody and broken corpse into the garbage? In case you missed…

Alabama Senate Race Live Blog – It’s Senator Doug Jones, says the AP

  9:35 -- Oh well.  Shoulda. Coulda. Woulda.  It's time to re-group, to heal, to learn ... and to fight back. 9:25 -- AP calls it for Jones.  Too soon? 9:24 -- Tie ball game! 49.2 to 49.2 9:20 -- Those odds makers are all over the place. About an hour ago they had Moore favored to win at 80%. Now they have Jones favored to win at 90%. What does it take to get a job doing that ... the ability to throw darts at a wall full of random numbers? 9:15 -- Moore trails by about 7,000 votes, and there are still about 177,000 left to be counted.  9:10 -- So ... Jones is up for the first time. Doug Jones 497,940   49.5% Roy Moore 493,976   49.1% Write-ins 14,905   1.5% 79% of precincts reporting 9:05 -- Wait a second ... we haven't had a single precinct report from Dallas County?  What are they waiting on ... to see exactly how many votes Jones will need? Come on! (I kid, I kid ... kind of).  -- UPDATE: I guess they decided to drop them all at once. They're in, and they have Jones about 7,000 votes. 9:05 -- Between this race and the past college football season, I'm done. Just went you thought you could step away for a moment ... Doug Jones 478,148   49.4% Roy Moore 476,358   49.2% 77% of precincts reporting 9:01 -- My people down in Baldwin County sure are taking their sweet time. It's…

How this conservative Alabamian voted this morning

    I didn’t vote for Roy Moore because I believe at least some of those allegations are credible. I didn’t vote for Doug Jones, either, because he supports what any just man would call infanticide. And no, I didn’t waste it on a write-in candidate. I did what I’ve done in every general election since I was 20-years old – I voted to advance the conservative movement by darkening the circle beside the Alabama Republican Party and voting a straight ticket. My vote indeed went into Moore’s column, although indirectly, but he’s not what caused me to stand in line this cold morning and vote. I voted to maintain the GOP’s majority in the U.S. Senate. I voted to confirm judges and justices who’ll uphold the constitution. But more than anything else, I voted for life ... for the millions of unborn children who the Democratic Party has sacrificed on the altar of electoral expediency, and the millions more who’ll die because of that party’s callous indifference to the most innocent and vulnerable among us. When I took my ballot and sat down to vote, I wasn’t thinking about the liberal media or Obamacare or tax cuts or foreign policy or immigration ... or even Roy Moore. I was thinking about how this nation treats unborn children, and how Doug Jones supports a law that every month allows thousands of them to be poisoned in their mother’s womb, have their little arms and legs ripped apart, before they are…

J. Pepper Bryars: Washington Post asks ‘What’s the matter with Alabama,’ and Roy Moore’s new ad answers

A conservative writer for the Washington Post asked this week what many in our movement nationally have been pondering while watching Alabama creep ever closer to sending Roy Moore to the U.S. Senate: “What’s the matter with Alabama?” Examining a recent poll, columnist Jennifer Rubin bemoaned that Moore received nearly 60-percent of the female vote, asking did these women “consider that if Moore gets away with his alleged crimes and gets to the Senate, a horrific message will be sent to men who prey on young women?” Seeing how we’re probably going to send someone to the U.S. Senate whose fellow senator from Alabama – whose own governor, even – sees no reason to disbelieve those who have accused him of sexual molestation and sexual assault, indeed, what is the matter with Alabama? As many ex-girlfriends have told me, “It’s not you. It’s me.” It’s not so much what’s the matter with us, it’s what’s the matter with the rest of the country. Alabamians aren’t so much supporting Moore than they are reacting to years, decades even, of our way of life being constantly under assault from popular culture – the news media, film, music, books, you name it. Then we’ve had our political leaders rise to power through our support only to see them abandon and then betray us to the establishment and elites once in office. We’ve seen the government use the force of law, and the courts use force of decree, to change our sacred institutions and…

Chris Matthews: Alabama’s ‘crazy … mythical’ beliefs about Israel caused Trump to move embassy to Jerusalem

[caption id="attachment_52699" align="aligncenter" width="800"] George Will and Chris Matthews (MSNBC/Twitter)[/caption]   Chris Matthews appeared on MSNBC this week and made the absurd statement that Alabama’s “crazy” and “mythical” beliefs about Israel are what caused President Donald Trump to announce he’s moving our embassy from Tel Aviv to that nation’s eternal capital – Jerusalem. “Don’t think this isn’t related to Alabama next week. It is related,” Matthews said on the Morning Joe program. “Because it’s the Christian Evangelicals down there with their crazy ideas about Israel which is, I don’t know, mythical. “They don't understand the situation over there, how tricky it is ethnically and tribally,” he continued. “They don’t care because it's a religious belief. Trump is playing into that this week; you watch him." https://youtu.be/9-SBz_osrh4?t=1m26s That’s ridiculous. Trump made the decision because it’s been U.S. law since the late 1990s, was overwhelmingly approved by both parties in Congress, and has been the campaign promise of every president in the past few decades. Trump just kept his promise. That’s all. But ... is Matthews onto something? Partially. He goes on to say in the clip that a nation’s foreign policy should be based on its own self-interest, and that it’s not in the interest of the U.S. to cause more friction in the Middle East by making this move. Others have made that claim for decades, citing that our close relationship with Israel costs us, in both blood and treasure, and has delivered very little tangible benefits in return. 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 (Al.com/YouTube)[/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. https://twitter.com/MooreSenate/status/936315009424031746   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.  https://youtu.be/I_U4mta_Db8   Get use to this, folks. We’re going to see much more of this ridiculousness if we elect Moore to the U.S. Senate.

J. Pepper Bryars: Have pro-life Democrat candidates become an endangered species in Alabama?

[caption id="attachment_20691" align="aligncenter" width="840"] (Christine Szeto/Flickr)[/caption] Pro-life candidates in the Alabama Democratic Party have long been on the political equivalent of the threatened species list. Abortion rights extremists have hunted them mercilessly, their numbers have dropped precipitously, and their once vast territory has shrunk to a few measly electoral acres on the outskirts of their party. But has the nomination of Doug Jones signaled that they’ve officially become an endangered species in Alabama? “The National Democratic Party has made it difficult for pro-life people to feel welcome in the party,” said state Rep. Craig Ford, D-Gadsden, the former minority leader of the Alabama House, in a recent interview. “Most of the elected officials who have switched parties in Alabama over the last six or seven years have cited abortion as a key reason for leaving. It's definitely a problem for Democrats in conservative states.” How bad of a problem? Their national office touched off a firestorm a few months ago when their chairman said the Democratic National Committee wouldn’t fund any candidates who were pro-life. When other parts of their fund-raising apparatus countered and said they’d indeed fund some pro-life candidates, the base of the party went nuts. Seems some folks in Alabama heard them. The Alabama Democratic Party didn’t nominate a moderate on abortion rights, someone who’ll say it should be limited to the first three months of pregnancy. Nope. They put up a full-on abortion rights extremist that would make Nancy Pelosi proud. Jones appeared on MSNBC recently and…

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: The anti-abortion movement must recapture some of the Democratic Party (or accept the GOP as a single point of failure)

  Remember that adage about not putting all of your eggs in one basket? That has happened to the anti-abortion movement. All of our votes are in the Republican Party’s basket. So too are the lives of millions of unborn babies, all depending upon the unpredictable success of a single political party, and at times a single political candidate. Why this matters: The Republican Party and its nominees can lose for many reasons, mostly having nothing to do with the popularity of pro-life legislation. So when the GOP inevitably hits that bump in the road, those proverbial pro-life eggs go needlessly flying, smashing upon a rocky road of some other issue’s making. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the choice Alabama voters have between pro-life Roy Moore and radically pro-choice Doug Jones. Because the pro-abortion rights lobby has such a lock on the left, the Alabama Democratic Party couldn’t even nominate a moderately pro-life candidate (nearly 60 percent of our voters believe abortion should be illegal in all or most cases, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center). Instead, the Democrats put up someone who believes it should remain legal for a doctor to take an unborn child past the time it can feel pain (20 weeks), inject poison into her beating heart, rip her little arms and legs apart, and then toss her broken body into the garbage. I’m sorry. I know many Democrats in Alabama and while I disagree with them on education and taxes…