Doug Jones

Former Alabama senator joining CNN as commentator

Jan 29, 2021

 

Former Democratic Sen. Doug Jones is making his debut as a political commentator on CNN today.

He tweeted that he would join host Jake Tapper as the newest member of the network's political team. Jones is also working as a political and public service fellow at Georgetown University this spring.

Doug Jones named as politics fellow at Georgetown

Jan 20, 2021

 

Former Sen. Doug Jones has been named a political fellow at Georgetown University for the spring.

The university's McCourt School of Public Policy offered six fellowships to host virtual discussion groups at their Institute of Politics and Public Service. Fellows will also host virtual office hours for students to ask questions and discuss domestic and foreign policy.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Republican Roy Moore has raised less than $17,000 so far in his newest U.S. Senate race.

Moore this week reported raising $16,693 since announcing his candidacy four weeks ago and trails almost all other candidates in fundraising.

Incumbent Democratic Sen. Doug Jones has raised the most. He brought in $2 million last fundraising quarter and has a campaign balance of $4.2 million.

In the crowded GOP primary field, Congressman Bradley Byrne raised nearly $700,000 last quarter and has $2.4 million on hand.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday discouraged Alabama Republican Roy Moore from running for U.S. Senate in 2020, saying that Moore cannot win and the "consequences will be devastating" for his party and policies if Democrats retain the seat.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — State Rep. Arnold Mooney is joining the 2020 race for U.S. Senate.

The Shelby County Republican announced Monday that he is running for the seat currently held by Democratic U.S. Sen. Doug Jones.

Congressman Bradley Byrne and former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville are already running in the GOP primary.

Mooney wrote on social media that "Alabamians want a conservative and an outsider with a backbone."

Mooney is a second-term legislator. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 2014.

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.

Tuberville announced his candidacy Saturday on Twitter, saying: "After more than a year of listening to Alabama's citizens, I have heard your concerns and hopes for a better tomorrow. I am humbled to announce the next step -- I will be a @GOP candidate for US Senate. I invite you to join my team."

Already in the GOP race is Bradley Byrne, a congressman. The primary is set for March 3, 2020.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 28, 2019--U.S. Senator Doug Jones will greet Birmingham and Huntsville fans to discuss his new book “ Bending Toward Justice: The Birmingham Church Bombing That Changed the Course of Civil Rights.” Books-A-Million invites guests to join the author for a book launch event on Saturday, March 16 at 6 p.m. at the Lyric Theatre, located at 1800 Third Avenue North in Birmingham, Alabama.

Terry Lathan
Alex AuBuchon / Alabama Public Radio

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Republicans have re-elected Terry Lathan of Mobile as state chairwoman.

Lathan was re-elected Saturday as the leader of the Alabama Republican Party. Leadership elections occurred during the party's winter meeting in Birmingham.

Lathan was first elected chairwoman in 2015.

She has said a major goal of the party is to win back the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Doug Jones. Jones is the only Democrat to hold statewide office in Alabama.

The Senate election is in 2020.

U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne of Alabama has announced he will challenge Democratic Senator Doug Jones in 2020 as Republicans try to reclaim the seat previously held by Jeff Sessions.

Byrne made the announcement yesterday in Mobile. The congressman is the first Republican to announce for what's expected to be a crowded GOP primary field seeking to unseat Jones, Alabama's lone Democrat in statewide office.

Byrne said Jones doesn't represent "Alabama's interests and Alabama values."

Alabama's attorney general says his office is reviewing whether allegedly deceptive social media tactics used in last year's special election for U.S. Senate might have broken the law.

Attorney General Steve Marshall told The Washington Post Thursday that reports about the effort are concerning. Marshall says he wants to explore the issue, but he stopped short of saying that his office is opening a formal investigation.

The social media giant Facebook has suspended five accounts for using misleading tactics during last year's U.S. Senate race in Alabama.

A statement from the company says they "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.

Party Politics in Alabama

Nov 5, 2018
parade watchers
Alex AuBuchon / Alabama Public Radio

Alabamians head to the polls tomorrow for the midterm elections, but political observers will likely tell you that many of the races were really decided back in June, during the party primaries.

Alabama is one of the reddest states in the country – Republicans currently hold every statewide elected position and have supermajorities in both chambers of the legislature. But what does party affiliation and identity really mean in Alabama – and how does the party structure work? APR’s Alex AuBuchon has more.

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church
Alex AuBuchon / APR

The four girls killed in a church bombing in Birmingham in 1963 were remembered over the weekend during a memorial service on the attack’s 55th anniversary.

Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Cynthia Wesley, and Carole Robertson were all killed September 15, 1963 when a bomb placed by Ku Klux Klan members ripped through Birmingham’s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.

Saturday’s service also honored two boys, Johnny Robinson, Jr. and Virgil Ware, killed in separate incidents shortly after the bombing.

Gov. Ivey Criticizes Trump Tariffs

Jun 19, 2018

Alabama's governor is distancing herself from President Donald Trump on the issue of trade, saying import tariffs like those supported by the Trump administration would hurt the state.

Gov. Kay Ivey released a statement yesterday saying import tariffs could cause retaliatory tariffs that would drive up the cost of items made in Alabama and sold abroad.

The administration already has imposed new tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports, plus steel and aluminum from China, the European Union, Canada and Mexico.

Roy Moore has filed a new lawsuit against some of the women who accused him of sexual misconduct shortly before last year’s special election for U.S. Senate.

Moore claims the women were part of a “political conspiracy” to derail his bid for Senate. His campaign was dogged by accusations from multiple women that Moore had pursued sexual or romantic relationships with them when they were teenagers and he was a prosecutor in his 30s.

Roy Moore Countersues Misconduct Accuser

Apr 11, 2018

Failed U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore is countersuing a woman who says he molested her when she was 14 and he was 32.

Moore's attorneys filed the defamation counterclaim on Monday against Leigh Corfman — who has an ongoing defamation lawsuit against Moore — denying Corfman's accusations of sexual misconduct first raised in an interview with the Washington Post. Corfman is among several women who say Moore romantically or sexually pursued them decades ago when they were in their teens and he was in his 30s.

Alabama U.S. Senator Doug Jones, the Democrat who unexpectedly prevailed in one of the country's most Republican states, has a book set to come out next year.

St. Martin's Press told The Associated Press that Jones' "Bending Toward Justice: The Birmingham Church Bombing that Changed the Course of Civil Rights" is scheduled for release in January.

Newly elected U.S. Senator Doug Jones of Alabama addressed Mississippi Democrats at their annual dinner in Brandon.  

The dinner had traditionally been called the Jefferson-Jackson-Hamer dinner, but Democrats are now calling it the Hamer-Winter dinner, named for civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer and former Democratic Gov. William Winter.

AL House Votes to Change Senate Policy

Jan 24, 2018
Alabama State House
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In the wake of the first Democratic U.S. Senate victory in Alabama in a quarter-century, state lawmakers are working to get rid of special elections for Senate.

House members voted 67 to 31 yesterday in favor of a bill that would change how Senate vacancies are filled in Alabama. Instead of a special election, the governor would appoint an interim senator who would serve until the next statewide general election – up to two years.

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Doug Jones was certified as the winner of the December 12th special election to fill Alabama's open U.S. Senate seat. Election officials say Jones won with just under twenty-two thousand votes. Defeated U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore reacted to Alabama finalizing the election results by again saying experts agree the election was "fraudulent."  

He made the comment in a brief statement Thursday afternoon, shortly after a state board officially declared Democrat Doug Jones the winner of the Dec. 12 election.

Roy Moore has filed a lawsuit to try to stop Alabama officials from certifying Democrat Doug Jones as the winner of the U.S. Senate race.

The court filing occurred just ahead of today's meeting of a state canvassing board to officially declare Jones the winner of the Dec. 12 special election. Jones defeated Moore by about 20,000 votes.

Moore's attorney wrote that he believes there were irregularities during the election and says there should be a fraud investigation and eventually a new election.

Jones Wins Election; Moore Mulls Recount

Dec 13, 2017

Doug Jones won last night's special election for U.S. Senate, defeating Roy Moore by 1.5% of the vote in last night’s election. Moore’s camp, though, is looking for a possible recount.

Moore refused to concede the election last night, and told his supporters “When the vote is this close, it’s not over. We still have to go by the rules, by this recount provision.”

Jones Wins Alabama Senate Election

Dec 12, 2017

With ~92% of precincts reporting, multiple media outlets report Democrat Doug Jones has won Alabama's special election for U.S. Senate.

Statewide, UNOFFICIAL election results are as follows:

Doug Jones: 589,531 (49.6%)

Roy Moore: 581,225 (48.9%)

Write-ins (total): 18,727 (1.6%)

Pensacola rally snow
Alex AuBuchon / APR

President Donald Trump held a campaign-style rally in Pensacola as part of a weekend trip across the Gulf Coast – less than 20 miles from the Alabama state line and just four days before the hotly contested Senate election between Doug Jones and Roy Moore. Some political experts believed the event would be a de facto campaign stop for Roy Moore. Others said Trump was there to thank the Pensacola area for their strong support during last year’s election. Turns out, it was a little of both.

Senator Richard Shelby says he decided to cast a write-in ballot in the state's upcoming Senate election because of allegations that GOP 

   nominee Roy Moore molested a girl when she was 14.

Shelby told CNN in an interview Sunday that the accusation was the "tipping point" in his decision not to vote for Moore. He says he wrote in the name of a "distinguished" Republican instead.

Shelby previously announced his refusal to vote for Moore, but he explained it during the interview.

A former Marine who has launched a write-in campaign for the U.S. Senate seat in Alabama says he believes residents are not being properly represented by the two other candidates.

Ret. Col. Lee Busby appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" this morning. He says winning is "doable" even though the election is only two weeks away. Busby is a former aide to John Kelly who is now President Donald Trump's chief of staff. He is running as an independent candidate against Democrat Doug Jones and Republican Roy Moore.

Alabama voters have until 11:59 p.m. this evening to register to vote in order to participate in the Dec. 12 special election for the U.S. Senate between Democratic nominee Doug Jones and Republican nominee Roy Moore.

Under state law, the last day to register is the 15th day before an election, which is today. Voters can register during normal office hours at county board of registrars' offices and other designated locations in each county. Or voters can register online until 11:59 p.m. tonight.

Roy Moore
NBC News

President Donald Trump is again coming to the side of embattled Republican Roy Moore by bashing the Democratic nominee in a hotly contested Alabama U.S. Senate race.

Trump tweets "the last thing we need" in Alabama and the Senate is a "puppet" of the Democratic congressional leadership. Trump contends Democrat Doug Jones — a former prosecutor — is "WEAK" on crime and border security, and "BAD" for the military, veterans, and gun rights. Trump claims Jones is itching to raise taxes "TO THE SKY" and would be "a disaster."

The Alabama Republican Party says it stands with GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, breaking ranks with national Republicans who have called for him to step out of the race amid sexual misconduct allegations. 

Republican Party Chairwoman Terry Lathan said Thursday that the party's 21-member steering committee "supports Judge Roy Moore as our nominee."

 

Doug Jones' campaign issued a Monday statement about the accusations of sexual misconduct being made against Moore. Jones' campaign is applauding what it calls "the courage" of Moore's accusers. And it says Moore will be held accountable "by the people of Alabama for his actions."

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