Senator 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.

In his final speech to the U.S. Senate, Doug Jones emphasized the need for bipartanship. 

Jones was elected in 2017 and was the first Democrat senator from Alabama in 25 years. He is being replaced by Republican Tommy Tuberville who was elected this year. 

Jones highlighted some of his favorite moments from his time in the Senate in his speech. One mentioned was his co-sponsoring of the bill eliminating the military widows' tax.

Both Minority Leader Charles Schumer and republican Alabama senator Richard Shelby praised Jones.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama U.S. Sen. Doug Jones received more than 200,000 more votes this year than he did when he won the seat three years ago. 

But despite record Democratic turnout, it wasn’t nearly enough in the deeply red state. Republican former college football coach Tommy Tuberville racked up huge margins to handily defeat Jones and Democratic hopes of maintaining inroads in the Deep South state this year.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Former college football coach Tommy Tuberville has recaptured a U.S. Senate seat for Republicans by defeating Sen. Doug Jones in Alabama. 

Jones had widely been considered the Senate’s most endangered Democrat. Republicans had made recapturing the once reliably conservative seat a priority in 2020.


TROY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Sen. Doug Jones is urging voters to look at his record and not what he called Republican distortions about him. 

Jones says he does not want to defund the police or take away people's guns, despite what some in the GOP claim. Jones is considered the most endangered Democrat in the Senate and is facing Republican Tommy Tuberville.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Doug Jones is outspending Republican challenger Tommy Tuberville in the home stretch of Alabama’s Senate race.  

Campaign finance reports filed Thursday show the  incumbent Democrat raised $10 million between July 1 and the end of September. Jones spent $11 million and had $8 million on hand for the closing weeks of the campaign.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Doug Jones is criticizing Republican challenger’s Tommy Tuberville’s financial record that included a nonprofit with a questionable giving record. 


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Doug Jones is calling President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee a “torpedo” aimed at destroying the Affordable Care Act. 

In a Facebook campaign event Wednesday, Alabama’s Democratic senator said he is very concerned about the potential loss of the Affordable Care Act as it faces a Supreme Court test.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama said Friday he will not support any U.S. Supreme Court nominee before the outcome of the presidential election. 

Jones said the nomination to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should be made by the winner of the November presidential election.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Democratic Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama has called Republican challenger Tommy Tuberville “Coach Clueless” for the former football coach's recent comments about the coronavirus. 

Jones attacked Tuberville in a campaign appearance Friday. He criticized Tuberville’s reaction to tapes of President Donald Trump saying in February he knew the severity of the coronavirus but had downplayed the threat to avoid public panic.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Republican Tommy Tuberville on Friday declined to commit to debating incumbent Sen. Doug Jones in Alabama’s U.S. Senate race, while Jones said voters deserve one. 

Republicans are seeking to reclaim the Senate seat from Jones who won a 2017 special election.


MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has lost the Republican nomination for his old Senate seat in Alabama to former college football coach Tommy Tuberville.

The defeat likely ends Sessions' long political career, a bitter loss egged on by President Donald Trump.

Tuberville is familiar to Alabamians from his decade as Auburn University’s head football coach. He won about 60% of the vote, according to unofficial returns.



MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Jeff Sessions, the former Alabama senator seeking to reclaim his seat after serving as President Donald Trump’s attorney general, has written an open letter to Alabama voters explaining his recusal from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.  

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Concern is growing over if Alabama’s jails and prisons are prepared to battle the coronavirus pandemic. This comes as the first Alabama prisoner died from COVID-19 in recent weeks. Some advocates say changing guidelines for release in Alabama’s detention centers could help slow the spread of COVID-19.  

Jenny Carroll is a professor of law at The University of Alabama.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — More than 5,000 medical masks that Montgomery County received from the national stockpile were rotted. 

Emergency management director Christi Thornton says the shipment of 5,880 procedure masks received last week were unusable because of dry rot. The county received a replacement shipment Wednesday. Alabama has more than 1,100 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones said Thursday he believes the state should issue a statewide stay-home order, as other states have done, to limit the spread of COVID-19.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Sen. Doug Jones says he believes the state should issue a statewide stay-home order, as other states have done, to limit the spread of the coronavirus. 

The number of reported deaths in Alabama on Thursday climbed to more than 30.

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out at former Attorney General Jeff Sessions as the Alabama Republican advanced to a primary runoff in his quest to win back his old U.S. Senate seat.

Sessions held the seat for two decades, but was forced into a runoff with a political newcomer after being wounded by Trump's prior criticisms of his recusal in the Russia investigation. The newest Twitter scolding by Trump on Wednesday could further damage Sessions' hopes of a political resurrection.

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IRONDALE, Ala. (AP) — Former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville is stressing his status as a political outsider in his bid for U.S. Senate.

Tuberville is part of a crowded Republican primary field competing with former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions who is seeking to reclaim the Senate seat he held for two decades.

Boosted by fame from years as a college football coach, Tuberville  has become one of the front-runners in the competitive field.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne said he expects to make the GOP runoff in the race for U.S. Senate.

Byrne is part of a crowded field that includes former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville.  

The three-term congressman is giving up his safe congressional seat to run  for the Senate seat now held by U.S. Sen. Doug Jones.

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones says he will vote to convict President Donald Trump on Wednesday as the Senate impeachment trial reaches its climax.

Jones is considered the most endangered Democrat in this November's elections, so his decision is significant. Alabama backed Trump by 28 percentage points in 2016, and Jones squeaked to a narrow special election victory in 2017.

Democratic leaders are hoping Democratic senators will unanimously vote to remove Trump and erase a potential GOP talking point that Trump's acquittal was bipartisan.

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is emphasizing his loyalty to President Donald Trump as he seeks to reclaim the  U.S. Senate seat he held for 20 years.

The former senator from Alabama faces a competitive primary that will test how much Trump’s past criticisms have damaged his support in the deeply red state. Sessions was forced to resign as Trump's first attorney general after his recusal from the Russia inquiry prompted blistering public criticism from the president.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A court is considering a lawsuit that could help decide who controls Alabama's Democratic Party.

Circuit Judge Greg Griffin scheduled a hearing for Thursday morning in Montgomery on a lawsuit filed by longtime party chair Nancy Worley and others.

The suit is trying to block some members of the party's governing committee from meeting Saturday to elect new leaders. The suit claims the meeting would be illegal.

The legal fight comes with the party's lone statewide officeholder, Sen. Doug Jones, facing a tough re-election battle.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama continues to lead in fundraising as he heads to a tough reelection fight.

The Deep South Democrat raised $2 million last quarter, more than all the GOP primary candidates combined, according to the latest campaign fundraising reports. He has a campaign balance of $5 million.

HANCEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Doug Jones walked into a recent town hall and declared he was ready for whatever his constituents wanted to throw at him. But first, he wanted to address the biggest news from Washington: The House impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

"I'm not making a judgment about where we are on any of this because it's too early," Jones said, not waiting to be asked. He noted his potential role as a juror if the issue lands in the Senate.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Democratic Party's governing board has called a Saturday meeting to vote on new party bylaws.

U.S. Sen. Doug Jones' campaign confirmed Tuesday that a majority of members of the State Democratic Executive Committee called for the meeting.

The Jones campaign says the show of support from SDEC members across the state "is the first step in creating a more transparent, diverse and inclusive Alabama Democratic Party and complying with the DNC guidelines."

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Farmers Federation has endorsed former football coach Tommy Tuberville in the Republican primary in the U.S. Senate race.

The group's political action committee, FarmPAC, on Tuesday announced endorsements for the March 2020 primary elections. The agriculture powerhouse gave its nod to the former Auburn University football coach.

Tuberville is part of a crowded Republican primary field competing for the right to challenge incumbent U.S. Sen. Doug Jones in the 2020 general election.


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.

Jones launched his 2020 campaign with a rally in Birmingham attended Sunday by several hundred cheering supporters.

Invoking the campaign theme of "One Alabama," Jones said he is a senator who represents all of Alabama and will fight for the economic future of the state.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill

(MONTGOMERY, AL)-- The race against Doug Jones for U.S. senate just got a little more crowded.

Alabama's Secretary of State John Merrill announces his bid for the Republican nomination at the state capitol.

He joins U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne, former Alabama Chief Justice Roy moore and thee other candidates vying for the Republican nomination.

Merrill addressed questions regarding issues like immigration and infrastructure during the press conference.

16th Street Baptist Church bombing

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Dozens of members of Congress are making a weekend-long civil rights pilgrimage through Alabama, visiting spots that were instrumental in the fight for equality decades ago.

The mostly Democratic group made its first stop Friday at Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church, where four black girls died in a Ku Klux Klan bombing in 1963.

Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, who was once beaten by Alabama troopers while trying to march for voting rights, walked slowly up the church's stone steps.