Moore ally appointed as state court system administrator
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's chief justice on Wednesday announced that Rich Hobson will serve as his administrative director of courts, a position he held twice under former Chief Justice Roy Moore.
Hobson last year unsuccessfully challenged U.S. Rep. Martha Roby in the Republican congressional primary. He also managed Moore's unsuccessful 2017 campaign for U.S. Senate, a race Moore lost after being accused of sexual misconduct — allegations he denied.
Alabama asks federal officials to investigate Senate race
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama attorney general has asked federal election regulators to investigate reports of online fakery in the 2017 Alabama Senate race, a spokesman said Monday.
Attorney General Steve Marshall had previously said he wanted to look into the reports himself, but after evaluating them "has determined the matter to be under the exclusive jurisdiction of the U.S. Federal Election Commission," Mike Lewis said.
Roy Moore says he was duped into appearing on comedy show
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Former U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore says he didn't know he was dealing with comedian Sacha Baron Cohen when he agreed to appear on a television show, his lawyers wrote in court filings last month.
Moore in September filed a $95 million defamation lawsuit over his appearance on Baron Cohen's "Who is America?" In court filings, Moore argued the agreement he signed waiving legal claims from the appearance is unenforceable because of fraud.
Facebook suspends accounts over Alabama Senate race tactics
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Facebook has suspended five accounts for misleading tactics during last year's U.S. Senate race in Alabama.
A statement from Facebook says the company "recently removed five accounts run by multiple individuals for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior on Facebook around the Alabama special election." Facebook says the investigation is ongoing.
Jones denies knowledge of Russian-style online effort
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Sen. Doug Jones says he was unaware of an experiment run by outside researchers during his campaign seeking to emulate Russian tactics to influence elections.
The Washington Post and New York Times have both reported that a social media researcher acknowledged testing misleading online tactics during Jones' campaign against Republican Roy Moore last year. The effort was modeled on alleged Russian attempts to bolster the candidacy of President Donald Trump in 2016.
Democrats eye US Senate seat in Republican-led Mississippi
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — National Democrats are focusing on Mississippi's U.S. Senate runoff, a year after winning a longshot contest in another Deep South state dominated by Republicans.
Democrat Doug Jones defeated Roy Moore in Alabama last December after Moore was hit by accusations of sexual misconduct.
‘Red tsunami’ overwhelms Alabama Democrats on Election Day
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Republicans crushed Democratic hopes of building on U.S. Sen. Doug Jones' victory last year, with GOP enthusiasm and support for President Donald Trump overwhelming the Democrats' rekindled energy.
Republicans swept all statewide and contested congressional races on Tuesday, maintaining Alabama's status as exceedingly tough territory for Democrats.
"No blue wave and no blue ripple," said political scientist Jess Brown.
Vance ad says Parker will be ‘another Roy Moore’
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama chief justice candidate Judge Bob Vance has launched an ad saying Justice Tom Parker will be "another Roy Moore" if elected to head the state court system.
Vance outraising Parker in race for chief justice
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In the race for Alabama chief justice, Democratic nominee Bob Vance is attracting more donors than Republican Tom Parker.
Campaign finance reports filed recently show that Vance raised $200,000 for his campaign last month. Parker reported raising less than $4,000.
Vance has an available campaign balance of $420,197 while Parker has $17,500.
Moore drops PAC suit over misconduct accusations in ads
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Defeated Senate candidate Roy Moore is dropping a defamation lawsuit against a super PAC that ran a campaign ad blitz focused on sexual misconduct accusations against him.
The motion filed Friday asks a county court to drop the lawsuit against Highway 31 super PAC, other PACS and four men who worked with them, AL.com reported .
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Roy Moore sues Sacha Baron Cohen over ‘defamatory’ TV prank
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Failed U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore on Wednesday sued comedian Sacha Baron Cohen for defamation and emotional distress after being pranked on the actor's television show.
The lawsuit appears to be the first actually filed by one of the string of politicians who were duped and humiliated by Baron Cohen on the show "Who is America."
Alabama Supreme Court won’t move lawsuit against Roy Moore
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court on Friday refused to transfer a defamation lawsuit against former U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore by a woman who says Moore molested her decades ago.
The court denied Moore's request to have the case heard in Etowah County instead of Montgomery. Moore issued a statement calling the decision "ridiculous."
Arpaio speaks to toy doughnut in new Baron Cohen’s show
PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate Joe Arpaio argued the benefits of gun ownership to a tiny toy doughnut in the latest episode of comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's new prank show.
Arpaio often seemed taken aback during the interview that aired Sunday in which Baron Cohen portrayed a Finnish TV host who channeled some of his questions through a toy named "D'Lish Donut."
JERUSALEM (AP) — Sacha Baron Cohen is at it again. After tapping into his familiarity with Israel and his fluency in Hebrew to shape previous eccentric personas such as Borat and Bruno, the Jewish comedian has created his most stereotypical Israeli character yet — a grotesque, faux counterterrorism instructor in his new Showtime series "Who is America?"
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's Roy Moore fell short in his quest to become a U.S. senator, but voters this November could install one of his longtime allies as the state's chief justice.
Associate Justice Tom Parker says in a campaign ad that he won't "sit back while liberals destroy our law and liberty." Like Moore, he sees Alabama's courts as a key battleground for overturning U.S. Supreme Court decisions that legalized abortion and same-sex marriage.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Defeated Senate candidate Roy Moore has filed a defamation lawsuit against a super PAC that ran an advertising blitz focused on sexual misconduct accusations against him during the campaign, his attorney announced Wednesday.
Moore's attorney, Melissa Isaak, said Highway 31 super PAC ran defamatory and misleading ads during the 2017 race, including one that said Moore had been banned from the mall decades ago because of his behavior toward women.
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Some politicians are going through the several stages of panic associated with an interview with Sacha Baron Cohen: remorse, damage control, anger and regret for being duped.
One of the comedian's latest targets, defeated Senate candidate Roy Moore, is threatening a defamation lawsuit over an upcoming episode of the comedian's new television series.
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on Sacha Baron Cohen duping celebrity politician (all times local):
Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he is among the political figures duped by British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen during interviews for his upcoming Showtime series.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An architect of Britain's vote to leave the European Union is coming to Pennsylvania to raise money for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Lou Barletta.
Barletta's campaign said Thursday that Nigel Farage is a friend of one of the hosts and has never met Barletta. The men have at least one thing in common: they are staunch allies of President Donald Trump.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant also is expected to speak at the July 20 event at a private residence near Wilkes-Barre.
Justices endorse Stuart in chief justice primary
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Six current and former Alabama Supreme Court justices have endorsed Alabama Chief Justice Lyn Stuart in a Republican primary.
The current and former justices on Thursday announced their support for Stuart who faces Associate Justice Tom Parker in the June 5 GOP primary for chief justice.
Stuart, Parker compete in chief justice primary
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Republican primary for Alabama chief justice pits a long-time ally of Roy Moore against the judge who took over his duties when Moore was suspended from the bench by a judicial ethics panel for defying rulings on same-sex marriage.
Alabama Chief Justice Lyn Stuart faces Associate Justice Tom Parker in the June 5 GOP primary for chief justice. The winner will face Democrat Bob Vance, a Jefferson County judge, in November.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Failed U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore is endorsing his former campaign manager in an Alabama congressional race.
Moore on Wednesday announced support for longtime ally Rich Hobson in the GOP primary for the 2nd District congressional seat now held by Republican Rep. Martha Roby.
In a statement released by Hobson's campaign, Moore said Hobson's, "reputation for honesty, integrity, and devotion to duty is above reproach."
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — All six judges in an Alabama county have recused themselves from presiding over the lawsuit filed by failed U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore against some of the women who accused him of sexual misconduct.
News outlets report Etowah County's four circuit judges and two district judges filed recusals with interim Alabama Chief Justice Lyn Stuart on Monday, a week after Moore filed a political conspiracy lawsuit.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The interim superintendent of an Alabama school district under state supervision has been selected for the full-time position.
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Defeated Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is opening the door to a possible return to politics.
Moore told reporters at a news conference Monday that he doesn't plan to run for anything, including governor at this time.
But Moore issued a statement Thursday saying plans change. It quotes Moore as saying he won't be reluctant to seek office again "if the opportunity arises." And he says that includes the governorship.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Montgomery County School Board has announced the four finalists for its superintendent position.
Current interim-superintendent since January, Ann Roy Moore, is in the running against current and former superintendents of other city systems: Larry DiChiara, Robert Griffin and Angela Mangum.
The state took over Montgomery's schools in February 2017 because of the system's low ranking performance and chronic absenteeism.
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Failed Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama filed a new lawsuit Monday against some of the women who accused him of sexual misconduct, claiming they were part of a "political conspiracy" to derail his 2017 campaign.
Moore's attorney, Melissa Isaak, said at a news conference in Gadsden that the accusations raised against Moore shortly before the special Senate election are "false." She also said that his accusers, and others, hoped to see him lose the Dec. 12 ballot.
Moore cites Post’s Pulitzer Prize in fundraising email
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Former U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama is trying to raise money by pointing to the Pulitzer Prize that The Washington Post won for its investigation of him.
In a Friday fundraising email to supporters, Moore's legal defense fund, said The Post won for "lies and slander." The email sent by the Moore for U.S. Senate Legal Defense Fund then asked for people to help replenish his legal fund.
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'People think if you criticize the president, you're not supportive of him': Ohio Matters Episode 14 - Aaron Baer
Alabama columnist, Post’s Moore stories win Pulitzers
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama columnist John Archibald on Monday won a Pulitzer Prize, and so did The Washington Post for its stories uncovering misconduct allegations against Republican Roy Moore during Alabama's U.S. Senate campaign last year.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Democratic National Committee is giving the Maryland Democratic Party funds to help stimulate voter turnout this November.
News outlets reported Wednesday the $85,000 grant is meant to target voters who are young, black or in rural areas as part of the state party's efforts to unseat Gov. Larry Hogan and other Republicans in Maryland.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Some Utah Republicans dismayed by President Donald Trump and the nomination of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore have formed a new group called Character First which says it will call out party members for moral and ethical failings.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A school system in Alabama has a received $1.4 million reimbursement for money that was wrongly sent to another school system in 2016.
Al.com reports that the state Department of Education reimbursed the funds to Montgomery Public Schools after improperly sending money to the Pike Road system. The Alabama Education Association made the announcement.
Alabama voters to face Ten Commandments ballot proposal
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama voters will face the choice of whether to allow the Ten Commandments to be displayed on state property such as at schools under a ballot proposal for the November election.
The Alabama House of Representatives passed a constitutional amendment ballot provision 66-19 on Thursday. The proposal has already been approved by the Senate and does not need to be signed by the governor.
NEW YORK (AP) — Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is blaming the Republican establishment for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore's defeat, saying GOP leaders pushed pedophilia accusations against him.
Bannon says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was too quick to back away from Moore, who faced charges of sexually abusing underage girls.
With their reactions to the Roy Moore candidacy and the Stormy Daniels scandal, the Trump evangelicals have scaled the heights of hypocrisy to the summit. Family-values conservatives who dismiss credible accusations of sexual abuse and wink at hush money for a porn star have ceased to represent family values in any meaningful sense.
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House counselor Kellyanne Conway says she's spoken with President Donald Trump about a federal watchdog's finding that she violated a federal law that bars government officials from using their positions to influence political campaigns.
But Conway isn't providing details about the conversation.
It's up to Trump to decide how — and whether — Conway is punished.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal watchdog says White House counselor Kellyanne Conway violated the federal law prohibiting government officials from using their positions to influence political campaigns.
The Office of Special Counsel, which is unrelated to Robert Mueller's office, says Conway violated the Hatch Act twice last year when she spoke out in support of Republican Roy Moore and against his Democratic rival, Sen. Doug Jones, in the Alabama Senate race.
Kellyanne Conway violated Hatch Act, Office of Special Counsel says
The Office of Special Counsel sent a report to President Trump on Tuesday recommending disciplinary action against Kellyanne Conway for political activity while in her White House role.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A complaint filed Monday accuses a super PAC that spent millions of dollars to support Doug Jones in Alabama's U.S. Senate race of breaking campaign finance law by failing to disclose donors until after the election.
Moore seeks donations to legal defense fund
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Former U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore has issued a plea for money to pay legal bills, saying his "resources have been depleted."
In a Thursday post on his campaign's Facebook page, Moore asked for contributions to his legal defense fund. Moore has sent regular fundraising emails for the fund since losing the 2017 election to Sen. Doug Jones, a Democrat. However, the link to the donation site indicated that Moore had raised just $32,000 of a $250,000 goal.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Former U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore is pleading for money to pay for his legal bills as he fights a lawsuit against a woman who says he molested her when she was 14.
Roy Moore backs Missouri candidate who slammed feminists
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Defeated Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore says he's endorsing a longshot Missouri candidate who recently drew attention for a Facebook post that criticized feminists.
Moore, a Republican, lost the Alabama Senate race to Democrat Doug Jones in December amid accusations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls.
Lupe Valdez hires a big name to help Democratic campaign for governor
AUSTIN — Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, beefing up her bid for the Democratic nomination for governor as the primary election nears, said Monday she has hired Bill Romjue, a Democratic strategist who worked for Alabama Sen. Doug Jones’ upset victory over Republican Roy Moore.
Steve Bannon's promised political army is crumbling, with the cadre of candidates he has vowed to field to capture Republican-held Senate seats yet to materialize.
In the oval office we have a "draft dodging" alleged sexual predator; in his administration we have two alleged wife beaters (Rob Porter and Steve Bannon), and his party supported an alleged "child molester" for public office (Roy Moore).
Sen. Bob Corker may "un-retire."
According to a report Monday evening in Politico, the Tennessee Republican who said months ago that he wouldn't run for re-election in 2018 is being urged by party leaders to reconsider his decision.
Buoyed by Jones’ win, Democrats look to rebirth
ALABASTER, Ala. (AP) — Fresh off U.S. Sen. Doug Jones' history-making upset over Republican Roy Moore, Alabama Democrats have found something they have lacked for a long time: hope.
Democrats have newfound optimism and energy heading into the 2018 elections after Jones became the first Alabama Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate in a quarter century.