Here’s the Best Way for Alabama Voters to Rebuke Mitch McConnell Tomorrow




All the polling in Alabama shows Judge Roy Moore is going to come in first tomorrow and go into a run off for the Alabama Senate seat replacing Jeff Sessions. The second spot, however, is neck and neck.

The best way for Alabama voters to rebuke Mitch McConnell tomorrow is to vote for Mo Brooks. Stopping Luther Strange from getting into the runoff will send a strong signal that Alabama voters are opposed to the status quo.

If Strange gets into the runoff, starting Wednesday morning Roy Moore is going to be the subject of a massive barrage of negative attacks. Mitch McConnell will rain down money all over the state of Alabama to destroy Roy Moore.



If Mo Brooks is in the runoff with Moore, McConnell and his lobbyist friends will sit out the race. The McConnell team only wants Luther Strange and they’ll do whatever it takes to get him. Moore is probably not going to be able to withstand the massive air war and ground war against him. McConnell and his thugs are ruthless and will do anything and everything to stop him. Look what they did to Chris McDaniel in Mississippi.

You want to rebuke McConnell and you want to ensure a conservative fighter gets the seat? Vote Mo Brooks tomorrow. Roy Moore is going to be in the runoff, but who gets in the runoff with him will decide whether the GOP establishment gets a strong message or affirmation.

Gun Owners of America Endorses Two Candidates In Alabama Special Senate Election




The Gun Owners of America (GOA) has endorsed two candidates for senator in the race to fill the seat of Jeff Sessions, who was appointed by Donald Trump to become  attorney general. Interestingly, neither of the two recommended candidates is the sitting Republican senator who was appointed to Sessions’ seat in the interim by a former governor.

In a press release, the GOA said that it supports Rep. Mo Brooks and former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Judge Roy Moore to fill Sessions’ seat in the Senate. Tim Macy, chairman of the GOA, praised Brooks and Moore for their “strong, uncompromising records on gun rights.”

“Mo Brooks has an ‘A’ rating from GOA as U.S. Representative, and Judge Moore has long been an articulate, and uncompromising, champion for gun rights,” Macy said in the release. “Either of these candidates would fight for gun rights, instead of the D.C. establishment.”



The current frontrunner in the field of 11 Republicans and eight Democrats is the incumbent Senator Luther Strange. Strange was appointed to fill Sessions’ seat by the disgraced Robert Bentley, who was forced to resign as governor after his affair with Rebekah Mason and the subsequent cover up became a national scandal. Strange previously served as Alabama’s attorney general and had responsibility for investigating Gov. Bentley’s crimes. The circumstances of Strange’s appointment as he investigated the governor left a sour taste in the mouths of many Alabamans, especially after accusations that Strange intentionally delayed the impeachment proceedings against Bentley for six months.

Some political opponents are also attempting to tie Strange to the case of Oliver Robinson, a state legislator accused of taking $360,000 in bribes. The Project on Government Oversight reported that Strange and many other Alabama politicians, including Jeff Sessions, took money from Drummond Coal and Balch & Bingham, a Birmingham law firm. Drummond and Balch are accused of paying bribes to Robinson in connection with an EPA Superfund site that would have cost the coal company tens of millions of dollars in cleanup funds.

The Alabama Ethics Commission was also scheduled to hold a hearing on alleged campaign finance violations by Strange on August 2. The Resurgent reported that the hearing was postponed until August 16, the day after the Republican primary for the special election.

The reason that GOA is not supporting Strange is a simple one. “Strange has pledged his loyalty to Senate leaders,” Macy said. “Unfortunately, he has quickly become a ‘Swamp Creature.’”

The Washington Examiner reported that the Senate Leadership Fund, a Super PAC affiliated with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), spent millions of dollars to buy attack ads against both Brooks and Moore. The support from McConnell will further cement the perception that Strange is part of the Republican establishment.

Mo Brooks is currently a congressman from Alabama’s fifth district, which incorporates the northern part of the state. Brooks has served in the House of Representatives since 2011. He endorsed Ted Cruz for president in 2016 and was critical of Donald Trump throughout the campaign, a fact which Strange has used to attack him. In 2011, the American Conservative Union called Brooks the most conservative member of the Alabama House delegation. He maintains an 89 percent lifetime rating from the ACU.

Roy Moore is best known outside Alabama for his battle with the federal judiciary over the Ten Commandments. As chief justice, Moore kept a promise to install a Ten Commandments monument in the state Supreme Court building. He was removed from office by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary in 2003 for refusing to obey a federal court order to remove the monument. He was reelected as chief justice in 2012, but was forced to resign for refusing to uphold the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.

Both Brooks and Moore have a large following in Alabama, while Strange has the advantages of incumbency and support of the party leadership. Recent polling shows Strange and Moore in a statistical heat with 35 and 33 percent respectively. Brooks trails with 16 percent.

The primary vote for the special election will be held on August 15. If no Republican earns more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two finishers will face each other in a runoff on September 26. The special election will be held on December 12.

A Special Election to Send a Shot Across the Senate’s Bow




That would be beating Luther Strange in Alabama. Mitch McConnell is pulling out all the stops to get Strange back to the Senate because both Mo Brooks and Roy Moore oppose McConnell as leader. Strange is just another establishment hack and all the DC establishment hacks are going to bat for him.

The thing with Moore and Brooks is that Moore would be the more disruptive of the two, but the fact that Luther Strange is spending massive amounts of money to kill off Mo Brooks now suggests Strange fears Mo Brooks more than Moore.

I have a lot of friends who support Roy Moore, but it is worth noting that Strange and McConnell are both doing whatever they can to keep Mo Brooks out of a runoff. Their theory seems to be that Moore’s base may go to Mo Brooks, but no one else would join Moore. Moore is a rather polarizing figure.



That said, Moore is doing quite well and has a strong name ID and loyal base of supporters. The question is whether he can withstand all the money that is going to savage him in a runoff. The establishment has a vested interest in getting Luther Strange back to the Senate, which means you should have a vested interest in stopping him.

Mitch McConnell wants Luther Strange should be the campaign motto of either of Strange’s opponents. Do to McConnell in a Republican Primary what Republicans do to Nancy Pelosi in general elections and it could be the first step in ousting him as leader.

Alabama Voters Should Look at Roy Moore Given McConnell’s Failure to Repeal Obamacare

There is a Senate race in Alabama to replace Jeff Sessions. Luther Strange, who the scandalized governor appointed before departing office, has done nothing but be a yes man to Mitch McConnell. He has shown he will not stand up for conservatives and just wants to be a flunky for leadership.

That leaves Mo Brooks and Roy Moore. Brooks is a conservative congressman and Moore is the former Chief Justice of Alabama who stood up to the feds over the ten commandments and gay marriage. I don’t know that Brooks will really stand up to McConnell, but I suspect he would stand up to him more than Strange has.

I am sure Moore, if only because of his habit of grandstanding, will stand up to McConnell. It is very clear we need more people in the Senate on the GOP side willing to stand up to McConnell.

Luther Strange has not stood up, he has not fought, and he has not really pushed for Obamacare repeal. He has been a Senate fluffer for McConnell. The people of Alabama need to ask themselves who among those three will really fight the good fight and challenge McConnell.

Right now, it seems Roy Moore may be the one most likely to do that. It is interesting that McConnell’s team is pouring money in to help Strange. Right now they’ve been targeting Mo Brooks. Perhaps that will give Roy Moore an advantage to run up the right side of the field and make the case that McConnell needs to go and he’s the man to challenge him. But Brooks has an opportunity here too to do the same. What we can say for sure is that Luther Strange has no interest in rocking McConnell’s boat.

Politico Demonstrates a Shortsighted View of the Book of Proverbs

The way the news media approach scripture is always interesting. Quite often, the only time you’ll see a reporter or author quoting scripture in the media is when they are using a verse against a conservative, to call him or her a hypocrite or to throw a verse or two in his or her face (often out of context).

The latest example? Over at Politico, Joel Baden, a professor of Hebrew Bible at Yale Divinity School, has noticed that Marco Rubio has been tweeting scripture verses lately, many of them from Proverbs. So Baden decided to hold forth on what he calls “probably the most Republican book of the entire Bible.” Here’s a taste:

Some of the statements in Proverbs look strikingly similar to those made by modern-day conservative policymakers. Take, for example, Representative Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), who, arguing that poorer people should pay more for health care, recently said, “Those people who lead good lives, they’re healthy.” It’s not quite a direct quote from Proverbs, but it’s not too far from these: “The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry” (Proverbs 10:3) and “A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich” (Proverbs 10:4).

With all due respect to Professor Baden, that comparison doesn’t exactly make sense. Those verses from Proverbs, which express the wisdom that God takes care of those who follow Him and that laziness leads to destitution, don’t exactly correlate to Brooks’ vague statement that good people lead healthy lives. Oh, and Proverbs doesn’t have anything to say about federal government health care policy. I’m not a biblical scholar, and I can see that.

Baden plays his political hand when he looks at the fact that Republicans tend to quote Proverbs more often in inaugural speeches than Democrats, and he points out Donald Trump’s illiteracy when it comes to scripture, as though he’s representative of rank-and-file conservative Christians.

Most interestingly, he shows the left’s shortsighted tendencies to politicize scripture when he oversimplifies entire book of Proverbs:

In the understanding of Proverbs, everyone gets what is coming to them; behavior is directly linked to reward or punishment. This worldview has social consequences: Those who succeed in life must be more righteous than those who struggle.

Baden also plays one of the left’s favorite tricks: suggesting scriptures for Republicans to read. (And he projects a little when he accuses only Republicans of confirmation bias: “concentrating exclusively on the parts of it that affirm one’s own perspective…”)

One might advise Rubio to read, and tweet, more widely: from Ecclesiastes, perhaps, or from prophets such as Amos: “Because you trample on the poor and take from them levies of grain, you have built houses of stone—but you shall not live in them” (Amos 5:11). Maybe Leviticus: “When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not wrong him. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as one of your citizens; you shall love him as yourself” (Leviticus 19:33–34). Or even the gospels of the New Testament: “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God” (Matt 19:24/Mark 10:25/Luke 18:25).

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: the Bible is not a political book. There’s very little in the Bible that applies to government policy, because it’s meant to be a guidebook on how we are to conduct ourselves in our individual and family lives.

Yes, both sides of the political aisle use and misuse scripture, but in Baden’s case, he shows a shortsighted view of the Bible. Maybe he just doesn’t understand Proverbs, even though he’s a professor of the Bible, but I don’t think that’s the case. More likely, he’s applying his own political biases to the timeless truth of God’s Word.

VA Gov McAuliffe Pushes Gun Control Seconds into Remarks

In 2015, Gov Terry McAuliffe made national news by moving to ban the carrying of guns in state buildings, and empowering law enforcement broader authority to crack down on such crimes. Today, while being asked about a still-breaking tragedy in his state, of an attack on Republican congressmen practicing for a bipartisan charity game tomorrow, he went back to his knee-jerk political position, rather than just respect the moment.

During a CNN interview shortly have 11am ET, anchor Kate Bolduan asked the Virginia governor, “What can you say about what happened today?” After a brief few words praising the “coming together of everyone” in law enforcement, he launched into an awkward gun control rant that left Bolduan in the position of having to segue back into the story.

“Well, listen this is a very sad situation,” McAuliffe said. “We’ve got to find out about this individual,” he continued. “Your job is governor is to keep your community safe, and that’s you’re number one job. And I have said we have got to do a better job. This gentleman who we going to a shootout at a ballfield where people were having practice for a charity event, obviously this man should never have been in possession of a firearm. And we has a nation, and all of us need to come together in a bipartisan way to stop the gun violence we have. 93 individuals a day are killed in America. I unfortunately just had to give the eulogy for a great Virginia state trooper who lost his life on the streets of Richmond. We’ve got to get serious about this issue.”

Perhaps confused by his prepared remarks on gun control, Bolduan turned it back to the story, saying, “I do want to ask you though, we can hold the conversation about the gun control debate for another moment, because I do want to ask you about this breaking news situation we are dealing with…”

Speaker Paul Ryan, and his counterpart minority leader Nancy Pelosi showed the civility and respect that should be held today for the situation, when they praised the law enforcement officers (the only armed individuals there) who protected the innocent, tended to the wounded, and took bullets for those they were protecting. Then, they both encouraged their respective caucuses to set aside partisan disagreement, and love each other for our humanity, our families, and our care for public service.

As for hitting back at such gun control nonsense, Rep Mo Brooks (R-SC) appeared ready to respond when he was prematurely asked about gun control by a reporter, “does this change your views on the gun situation in America?” His response was epic:

“Not with respect to the second amendment. The second amendment right to bear arms is to ensure that we always have a republic. And as with any constitution provision in the Bill of Rights, there are adverse aspects to each of those right that we enjoy as people. And what we just saw here is one of the bad side effects of someone not exercising those rights properly.

But, we’re not going to get rid of freedom of speech because some peoples ay some really ugly things that hurt other people’s feelings. We’re not going to get rid of Fourth Amendment search and seizure rights because it allows some criminals to go free who should be behind bars. These rights are there to protect Americans, and while each of them has a negative aspect to them they are fundamental to our being the greatest nation in world history.

So no, I’m not changing my position on any of the rights we enjoy as Americans. With respect to this particular shooter, I’d really like to know more about him – whether he was an ex-felon, by way of example, who should not have had possession of a firearm – I’d like to know other things about his background before I pass judgment.”

In 1783, Sir William Blackstone paraphrased the philosopher Voltaire when he said, “For the law holds, that it is better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer.” Voltaire believed that violating the freedom of even one innocent man was worse than allowing bad men from attempting to do so. I agree.

A nation of innocents suffer when we allow our security and prosperity to be controlled by a few assuring us they will eliminate the effects of human nature that only God and nature can. Thankfully, we have men and women like Mo Brooks who understand this principle, and continue to safeguard our Founders’ principles in Washington, D.C.

A Strange State Of Corruption

 

Luther Strange’s suspect ascension to the US Senate is just the latest in a series of bizarre House of Cards-esque corruption scandals that have shocked the state of Alabama.

If you’ve been paying any kind of attention to the recent slew of corruption and sex scandals originating from the Alabama state capital, you can’t help but wonder if this isn’t all some kind of orchestrated dramatic prelude to Season 5 of House of Cards. Approximately one year ago, Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard was convicted of 12 felony ethics violations. Then, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Roy Moore was removed from office by an unelected Judicial Inquiry Commission for standing up to the federal government and refusing to force Alabama judges to obey the controversial Obergefell v. Hodges ruling that overruled various state laws regarding gay marriage. And finally, Governor Robert Bentley just recently resigned and pled guilty to multiple misdemeanor campaign finance violations as part of a deal to avoid felony ethics charges and impeachment relating to various abuses of power used to cover up his illicit affair with a senior political advisor. In less than one year, the heads of all three branches of government (Legislative, Executive, and Judicial) were removed from office. However, this season of our drama isn’t quite over yet.

Roy Moore (L), Mike Hubbard (M), Robert Bentley (R)

In the last episode of “House of Cards: Alabama”, Bentley had just resigned from office and Lt. Governor Kay Ivey was being sworn in as the first Republican female governor in state history. Now, as black fades to a wide-angle view of the State Capitol building on a sunny day, the narrator informs us that the state is on pins and needles awaiting the decision of Governor Ivey regarding the US Senate special election. But first, we need to flash back to a few episodes earlier. “November 2016” appears on the bottom of the screen, and we are greeted by an unusually tall figure sitting across a desk from a shorter one. “The Bentley impeachment process had been moving forward rapidly for months,” continues our narrator. “Now, however, Attorney General Luther Strange has called a meeting with Mike Jones, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Rumors have been swirling that Strange has been moving forward with a criminal investigation of his own, and may be close to issuing an indictment.” The conversation between our two figures begins. The tall one, quickly recognized as Luther Strange, is asking Chairman Jones to temporarily suspend the impeachment proceedings against the Governor. Why? “Related work,” replies Strange. No details are given, but the implication is obvious: he wants to be the one to take the Governor down. Faced with the prospect of a lengthy, expensive, and very complicated legislative process in order to impeach a sitting Governor for the first time in over a century, Jones eagerly agrees. A criminal indictment instead of an impeachment will not only ensure that the punishment fits the crime, but will save the state significant amounts of money.

A few days later, Donald Trump wins the Presidency. Cue dramatic footage of cheering crowds, waving flags, and patriotic music. Fade to black. Commercial break.

As the latest unimaginative car commercial ends, the next scene opens on dramatic footage of Alabama’s junior US Senator, Jeff Sessions, being sworn in as Donald Trump’s Attorney General in the Oval Office. Alabama voters are ecstatic. It has been almost a decade since any conservative in Alabama held a cabinet position in the Federal government. For the first time in a couple years, Alabamians are cautiously optimistic about their political future. But this does not last long. Across the screen, newspaper headlines dramatically scroll past: “Bentley Preparing to Interview Senate Candidates,” “Bentley Narrows US Senate Picks To Six,” “Robert Bentley Appoints Luther Strange To US Senate,” “Bentley Sets Senate Special Election,” “Steve Marshall Named Alabama Attorney General By Bentley,” “New AG Confirms Investigation Into Gov. Bentley,” “Attorney General Appoints A Special Prosecutor To Continue Bentley Investigation”Auditor To Sue Bentley, Strange Over Senate Appointment,” “Lawsuit Filed Over Bentley’s Senate Special Election Date,” “Gov. Bentley Wants To Toss Lawsuit On Delayed Senate Election,” “Bentley To Defend His Special Election Decision Next Month,” and so on and so forth.

Robert Bentley (left) and Luther Strange (right)

Governor Robert Bentley, now a convicted criminal, had received an application from, interviewed, and appointed Luther Strange to the US Senate. The same Luther Strange who had been halting his impeachment proceedings for months with no explanation. When questions arose during the interview process about a possible conflict of interest, the then Attorney General said “We have never said in our office that we are investigating the governor. It’s somewhat unfair to him and unfair to the process.” Not quite an explicit denial, but an obvious implication of one. Both the Governor and the Attorney General insisted there was no conflict of interest, presumably because there was no investigation – despite the impeachment proceedings being suspended for his “related work.”

Enter Steve Marshall. It’s not quite clear what Governor Bentley thought he had to gain by appointing Mr. Marshall as the next Attorney General (which, in Alabama, he can do unilaterally with no approval required). However, it’s obvious that it did not work out in the Governor’s favor. Within 48 business hours of being sworn in, Attorney General Marshall met with his staff and asked them about any potential investigation into the Governor. Upon being informed that there was indeed an ongoing criminal investigation and potential impending indictment, he immediately and publicly recused himself from the process and appointed a special prosecutor. In doing so, he effectively implicated Senator Strange in an ethics violation – by insisting he himself was legally required to recuse himself from the investigation simply because he had been appointed by the Governor, he in effect implied that Luther Strange had been legally required to do the same when he was applying for the appointment to the Senate. Since this time, a bar complaint has been filed against Strange based in part on this sequence of events.

Don’t leave to make more popcorn yet. We’re just getting to the good part.

Now, under any normal circumstances, what would you expect to happen next? Naturally, we (Alabama voters) expected to see a special election for the Senate seat come up. We all figured that the problem with Luther would be quickly resolved in a rapid special election in which he’d spend all his time defending himself from corruption allegations, have no ability to raise money, and have none of the advantages traditionally associated with an incumbent. But we weren’t confident long. Even though our scumbag of a Governor had become fairly well known for being unpredictable, we were all still a bit shocked when he announced that he was not, in fact, holding a special election. The election for the Senate seat would be held in 2018, along with the normal election cycle. This would allow Luther Strange over a year to build up incumbency and financial resources, and would give him time to let the controversy subside before he’d be forced to answer to the general public. Time is the greatest ally of every politician. This proclamation was issued despite opinions written by both the Legislative Reference Service and the Secretary of State that clearly stated that doing so was in direct violation of state law.

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Angered at this turn of events, and especially at the clear implication that they’d been misled by Luther Strange for months, legislators began calling for the impeachment process to resume immediately. The process quickly picked back up, and within a month, the first hearings were being held. Governor Bentley did everything in his power to postpone the process and maintain his innocence, but finally caved right before the evidence was due to be presented, and negotiated a deal with AG Marshall and the rest of the law enforcement agencies involved. In exchange for no jail time, he immediately resigned, pled guilty to multiple campaign finance violations, agreed to community service and significant fines, and promised to never run for office again.

Now, we can pick back up where we left off. Kay Ivey is being sworn in as the second female governor in the history of Alabama. She promises transparency and pledges to restore the public’s faith in their government. She immediately fires multiple senior staffers that were known to be involved in the various scandals, including the husband of the Governor’s mistress, who ironically was in charge of Governor Bentley’s faith-based initiatives. Then, the other shoe drops: she announces that the Senate seat would immediately see a special election.  Rejoice! Now, we can finally clean this state’s slate of corruption. Remove the last vestige of the embarrassment that was Dr. Governor Robert Julian Bentley.

Not so fast.

Mitch McConnell – AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

There were two factors that nobody had considered. One: Very few people remembered what Luther Strange did for a living before he was Attorney General. What was that? He was a lobbyist. A DC lobbyist, to be specific. He knew how the system worked. He’d been building relationships with the swamp creatures in the Capital for decades, not months. And, two: Mitch McConnell needs a win. Not just McConnell, but the entire GOP establishment. Their ability to defend their own members against attacks from within their own party has been severely diminished over the past few years, starting with the unexpected downfall of Eric Cantor and the rise of the House Freedom Caucus. This significantly impacts the ability of these partisan leaders to whip votes and reassure their caucus members whenever they need them to vote on an issue that is wildly unpopular with their constituents. Now, here’s Luther Strange: a loyal foot soldier and reliable caucus vote on whatever issue Mitch McConnell deems important at the time. They need to prove that loyalty is rewarded with re-election, even in difficult times. So, they’ve placed all their eggs in Luther’s basket. Despite Luther never being elected to the Senate, they are treating him like an invaluable long-term incumbent, devoting unlimited resources to ensure his ascension.

Mitch McConnell is the real-life equivalent of President Underwood on a mad rampage. Over the past few weeks, and even now, he and his operatives at the NRSC are doing everything in their power to not only build Luther Strange up, but to unceremoniously destroy any attempt at opposition to him. They forced numerous consults to resign from opposing campaigns by threatening them and telling them that they’d be blackballed from any future work with the GOP if they dared work against them. They’ve bought off unprincipled Republicans – Luther is personally calling even mid-level operatives himself and offering them large sums of money for their allegiance, many times asking them to switch sides and betray a candidate they are currently supporting. I have personal friends that have received such calls, receiving offers of over $20,000. For every one one of those that refused to auction off their integrity, I shudder to imagine how many accepted such offers and have yet to admit to it.

Despite scaring off numerous legitimate and well-funded candidates and co-opting Donald Trump’s campaign speeches to attack principled conservatives, the NRSC is still boring full-steam ahead in their war against those who refuse to toe the line and bow the knee to party leadership. Just this past week, they placed a $2.6 Million television ad buy with out-of-state funds, saying that it is a “fraction” of what they plan on spending. Buoyed by these out-of-state funds, establishment backing from deep within the swamp, and a total lack of any kind of conscience that would prohibit him from blatantly lying in his campaign ads, Luther is poised to potentially win this seat and escape punishment for his corruption.

However, all hope is not lost.

Given the circumstances, it is no surprise that the field for the Senate seat has quickly become quite crowded. Ed Henry, the state legislator that led the impeachment process against Robert Bentley, was the first to jump in – followed by former Chief Justice Roy Moore, activist Randy Brinson, and Congressman Mo Brooks, a member of the Freedom Caucus, as well as numerous less well-known individuals on both sides of the aisle. The diversity of candidates in this case is actually helpful, as Alabama uses a partisan primary runoff system. Dividing the anti-Luther vote among several candidates does not guarantee his success. In fact, it can only hurt it, as each candidate that jumps in will pull of a small part of Luther’s voters just through personal relationships and connections. The fewer votes Luther has, the higher the chances of a runoff occurring, assuming Luther survives that long. Once in a runoff, as long as all candidates unite behind whoever is opposing Luther, we’ll be in good shape. But we may not even get to that point.

Credit: twitter.com/algop

Yesterday, Representative Ed Henry held a press conference at the Alabama Republican Party headquarters – right as the qualifying period was ending. He shocked the assembled crowd by dramatically tearing his qualifying papers in half and announcing that he had NOT, in fact, qualified to run as a candidate for the Senate seat. In order to maintain his credibility in calling out Luther Strange on his corruption, he has chosen to put ambition aside and do what’s best for the state – fight from outside the race. He talked about the bar complaint against Luther and is actively supporting a ballot access challenge filed by Madison County resident Tom Scovill with the state GOP steering committee. This will hopefully force the 21-member steering committee to vote up or down on whether or not Luther Strange will be allowed ballot access as a Republican candidate. This is a procedural move that has the potential to actually work, given the mountain of evidence compiled by Mr. Scovill to support his challenge. You can download the challenge paperwork here, here, here, and here, and if you want to encourage the Alabama Republican Party to hear the challenge and vote on it, you can call their office from 8am to 5pm at (205) 212-5900. They will be voting tonight (Thursday, May 18) on whether or not to hear the challenge. If it passes that hurdle, they’ll then hold hearings on the evidence presented.

Actual footage of Ed Henry tearing his qualifying papers in half.

It’s anybody’s guess how this Senate race will turn out. There is too much money being pumped into the race and the field is too wide open for anybody to predict with any kind of certainty a specific outcome. All we can hope is that justice will prevail and the Strange slate of state corruption in Alabama will be wiped clean.

Stay tuned for the next dramatic episode of “House of Cards: Alabama.”

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About the author: Trey Edwards is an Alabama Republican political consultant, and anti-tax/anti-corruption activist. He does not currently work for any candidate or any party/group involved in the US Senate race. 

BREAKING: Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) Files One-Sentence Bill To Repeal Obamacare

Representative Mo Brooks, a Republican from the 5th Congressional District in Alabama, has filed a one-sentence bill to completely repeal Obamacare.

The bill, titled the “ObamaCare Repeal Act,” simply reads:

“Effective as of December 31, 2017, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111–148) is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted.”

The bill would give Congress until the end of the year to agree on a replacement to Obamacare. If no replacement is agreed on, it would simply remain repealed, as if it never existed.

Representative Mo Brooks is a member of the House Freedom Caucus, the former Alabama State Chairman for Ted Cruz’s campaign, and was an outspoken “No” vote on the Swampcare/RINOCare bill. He also happens to be my own personal representative in Congress. I could not be more proud to reside in the 5th Congressional District than I do today. Please call your Congressman and urge them to expedite this bill through committee and vote on it as soon as possible. This is what SHOULD have been proposed the first time.

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