Comedian Baron Cohen asks judge to dismiss Roy Moore lawsuit
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen asked a federal judge to dismiss Roy Moore's defamation lawsuit over a television segment that lampooned Moore in the wake of sexual misconduct...
In Alabama, Sen. Doug Jones kicks off 2020 reelection bid
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, a Democrat who pulled off a stunning political upset in Alabama two years ago, launched his reelection bid Sunday, seeking to create another Deep...
In Alabama, Sen. Doug Jones kicks off 2020 reelection bid
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, the Democrat who pulled off a stunning political upset in Alabama two years ago, has kicked off his reelection bid.
Montgomery school considering property sale
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Montgomery's struggling school system is looking to sell some of its vacant and unused property.
The Montgomery Advertiser reports that Montgomery public school...
Omar claps back at Alabama GOP resolution against her
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar has clapped back at an Alabama Republican Party resolution urging that she be expelled from Congress.
Judge weighs defamation claim against Roy Moore
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Lawyers squared off in state court Monday on whether Roy Moore made defamatory statements during the 2017 U.S. Senate race against a woman who accused him of sexual...
Roy Moore defamation lawsuit against accusers is paused
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A judge has paused a defamation suit filed by Roy Moore against women who accused him during his unsuccessful U.S. Senate bid of past misconduct.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Republican Roy Moore has raised less than $17,000 for his U.S. Senate race, according to quarterly campaign reports filed this week.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A woman who said she dated Alabama political figure Roy Moore as a teenager is asking a judge to resolve Moore's defamation lawsuit against her as he begins a new Senate...
Alabama editorial roundup
Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers:
The Cullman Times on the crowded field of Republicans challenging Democratic Sen. Doug Jones in the 2020 election:
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In a state that has long been reliably Republican, Roy Moore faces an uphill battle in winning over skeptical voters to take back the Alabama Senate seat he lost two years...
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Roy Moore announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Thursday, defying Republican leaders who urged the polarizing jurist not to run for the Alabama seat they hope to...
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on Roy Moore's decision on whether to run for U.S. Senate in Alabama (all times local):
Democratic Sen. Doug Jones says Roy Moore's decision...
Alabama editorial roundup
Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers:
The Cullman Times on Roy Moore's future in Alabama politics:
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Conservative lightning rod Roy Moore of Alabama will announce this week if he is running for U.S. Senate in 2020.
Moore's wife, Kayla Moore, confirmed that he will...
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday discouraged Alabama Republican Roy Moore from running for U.S. Senate again in 2020, saying the GOP must regain the once reliably red...
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump discouraging Roy Moore from running for U.S. Senate again in 2020. (all times local):
ROCKPORT, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts health officials say a seafood restaurant worker has tested positive for hepatitis A and are warning customers they may have been exposed to the...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative lightning rod Roy Moore of Alabama, narrow loser of a turbulent special election for Senate in 2017, is considering a fresh run next year. National Republican...
Mooney joins 2020 Alabama race for US Senate
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Republican state Rep. Arnold Mooney announced Monday that he is joining the 2020 race for U.S. Senate.
The Shelby County Republican is seeking the seat currently held...
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A lawsuit that former U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore filed against comedian Sacha Baron Cohen will be heard in New York.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville is joining the Republican race to win back the Alabama Senate seat from Democrat Doug Jones in 2020.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are facing an uphill fight as they try to capture the Senate majority next year.
Since Republicans control the Senate 53 to 47, Democrats will need to gain at...
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.
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.
AP FACT CHECK: Trump denies knowing women he met
WASHINGTON (AP) — Like Roy Moore before him, President Donald Trump has denied he knows or ever met women who have accused him of unwanted sexual advances. That denial is no more plausible than what people heard from the defeated Alabama Senate candidate.
Trump's tweet on the subject is at odds with the record — photos included — and was just one in a series of questionable statements he made over the past week on a variety of subjects.