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  • Mayor Orders Removal of Wisconsin Confederate Memorial

    08/17/2017 3:44:22 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 67 replies
    Caledonia Patch ^ | August 17, 2017 | Scott Anderson
    Wisconsin is quietly home to America's northernmost Confederate cemetery. On Thursday, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin ordered it taken down. MADISON, WI — As public officials across the country grapple with calls to take down Civil War statues erected in honor of the Confederacy's military history, the Mayor of Madison, Wis. has ordered the removal of the state's lone memorial to fallen Confederate soldiers. About 140 Confederate soldiers died at Camp Randall during the Civil War as prisoners of war, and their graves were honored in the "Confederate Rest Cemetery" within the Forest Hill Cemetery. Soglin stated he ordered staff to...
  • Black Lives Matter Activists Float Criminalization of Confederate Imagery

    08/17/2017 6:35:26 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 75 replies ^ | 08-17-2017 | by Edmund Kozak
    Updated 17 Aug 2017 at 6:20 AM In the aftermath of violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, progressive activists nationwide have demanded, and in some cases illegally carried out, the tearing down and removal of statues and monuments to Confederate leaders and soldiers on public space. Now Black Lives Matter activists have gone even further — going so far as to call for a ban on all Confederate imagery — even in private possession. Inspired by Germany’s post-war laws banning any and all Nazi imagery, Black Lives Matter activists on Twitter called for a similar ban on...
  • Man of principle, not politics, dominates in Alabama Senate race

    08/16/2017 6:12:49 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 4 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | August 16, 2017 | Daniel Horowitz
    It turns out that millions of dollars of special-interest cash, the support of the entire party infrastructure, and the endorsement from President Trump were enough to buy Luther Strange second place and a slot in the September 26 runoff in the Alabama Senate race. But 68 percent of the voters rejected the establishment — with a whopping 39 percent voting for the winner, former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore. Despite being outspent by at least 25-1 between Strange and McConnell’s allies, Moore won 60 of the 67 counties in the state. An incumbent supported by a sitting Republican president who...
  • Roy Moore — man of principle, not politics — dominates in Alabama Senate race

    08/16/2017 5:22:11 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 16 replies ^ | August 16, 2017 | Daniel Horowitz
    It turns out that millions of dollars of special-interest cash, the support of the entire party infrastructure, and the endorsement from President Trump were enough to buy Luther Strange second place ***. *** *** Luther Strange, if elected to continue in office, will be a McConnell and K Street hack, no question. But there are several other important points to Roy Moore’s possible election. *** Second, judicial supremacy is the vital issue of our time. In many ways, it supersedes other issues, but that is because it also defines and absorbs almost every domestic issue. And now, with the courts...
  • Trump: Wow, Senator Luther Strange picked up a lot of additional support since my endorsement. ....

    08/16/2017 4:35:23 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 27 replies
    Real Donald Trump twitter account ^ | August 16, 2017 | President Donald Trump
    Wow, Senator Luther Strange picked up a lot of additional support since my endorsement. Now in September runoff. Strong on Wall & Crime!
  • Anonymous Plans Ops to Take Down Confederate Monuments at 11 Sites Friday

    08/16/2017 3:37:42 PM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies ^ | 8/16/2017 | Bridget Johnson
    The hacktivist collective Anonymous is planning a "Denouncement Day" this Friday to "denounce the Confederacy, to denounce racism, bigotry and hate," saying "it is time to take down these monuments of hate ourselves." Supporters plan to gather at 6 p.m. EST at the statue of Rear Adm. Raphael Semmes in Mobile, Ala., the Confederate Soldiers Monument in Little Rock, the Jackson Guards Memorial in Jacksonport, Ark., the Searcy Confederate Memorial in Searcy, Ark., the Our Confederate Dead monument in Munn Park in Lakeland, Fla., the Confederate Monument in Piedmont Park in Atlanta (which was defaced with spray paint this week),...
  • President Trump "Congratulation to Roy Moore and Luther Strange .."

    08/16/2017 3:57:54 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 11 replies
    Real Donald Trump twitter account ^ | August 16, 2017 | President Donald Trump
    Congratulation to Roy Moore and Luther Strange for being the final two and heading into a September runoff in Alabama. Exciting race!
  • Sen. Luther Strange will face conservative jurist Roy Moore in Alabama GOP runoff

    08/15/2017 7:45:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 86 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/15/2017 | David Weigel
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Republican voters here put a bitter Senate campaign into overtime, forcing Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) into a runoff with conservative jurist Roy Moore for the right to represent Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s old seat. Strange was endorsed by President Trump, the National Rifle Association and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s super PAC, which spent $2.5 million on TV ads to boost him in Tuesday’s primary. That helped push him past Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), saving national Republicans from an embarrassment in a unique mid-summer election marked by low turnout. Democrats, who have not won a Senate race...
  • Moore, Strange in GOP runoff in Alabama Senate race

    08/15/2017 7:36:40 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 12 replies
    MSN AP ^ | August 15, 2017
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Sen. Luther Strange and former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore are headed to a Republican primary runoff to fill the U.S. Senate seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The two men, who represent different factions within the Alabama Republican Party, will face off in a Sept. 26 runoff after neither captured more than 50 percent of the vote.
  • Moore - substantial lead (AL Peimary)

    08/15/2017 5:56:54 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 50 replies
    NY Times ^ | 15 Aug 2017
    Republican Primary CANDIDATE Roy Moore 8,496 41.9% Luther Strange* 5,635 27.8% Mo Brooks 4,691 23.1% 5% reporting (116 of 2,522 precincts) *
  • Alabama Senate Primary tonight. Polls close 8PM. Brooks, Strange, Moore (LIVE THREAD)

    08/15/2017 4:01:37 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 200 replies
    Decision Desk HQ ^ | August 15, 2017
    Race Preview After weeks of ads, mostly on behalf of incumbent Senator Luther Strange, the votes start rolling in tonight after 8pm EDT. Strange faces strong competition from former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who has led him in the polling average by about 5-6 points, and from Huntsville Congressman Mo Brooks, who has trailed Strange in the average by a little over the same margin. If polling is correct, Strange and Moore will advance to the September 26th runoff. We anticipate the first results will roll in within thirty minutes of polls closing. We’ll have comparison charts...
  • Trump's popularity faces test in Alabama's Senate race

    08/15/2017 11:34:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 15, 2017 | by Joseph Ax
    Voters in Alabama head to the polls on Tuesday to choose Republican and Democratic nominees for a U.S. Senate seat, in a race that has been dominated by debate over President Donald Trump. Nine Republicans and seven Democrats are competing in the respective primaries, with little expectation that any candidate will reach the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff election next month between the top two vote-getters in each contest. The outcome in the Republican primary could give an indication whether Trump remains popular nine months after he easily won Alabama in the presidential election. Luther Strange is...
  • Alabama Senate primary 2017 latest updates: Trump tweets 'big day for Alabama'

    08/15/2017 9:11:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies ^ | August 15, 2017 | By Leada Gore
    Trump still stumping for Luther Strange. On Tuesday, the president tweeted: "Big day in Alabama. Vote for Luther Strange, he will be great!" It's the third time the president has spoken out in favor of Strange, who was appointed to the seat after Sen. Jeff Sessions was confirmed as U.S. Attorney General. Voters will go to the polls today in the first step towards deciding Alabama's next U.S. Senator.
  • Voters have a golden opportunity to take down Mitch McConnell (AL primary tomorrow!!)

    08/14/2017 1:39:50 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 20 replies ^ | 8/14/17 | Chris Pandolfo
    In the last seven years, there hasn’t been one ultimately successful conservative primary challenger to an incumbent Republican Senator. The last successful challenger to an incumbent liberal Senate Republican was Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah. That was in 2010, and Lee won at a nominating convention, rather than a traditional primary election. In 2012, Richard Mourdock defeated incumbent Senator Dick Lugar, R-Ind., in the primary, but he went on to lose the general election. Dissatisfaction with Congress remains at an all-time high among Republicans, with only 16 percent of Republican voters approving of the performance of lawmakers on Capitol Hill. It...
  • GOP Establishment up to their old tricks in this major election (AL primary tomorrow!!)

    08/14/2017 1:32:39 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 20 replies ^ | 8/14/17 | Jeff Trent
    After the GOP leadership lost health care reform in the Senate by a single vote with three renegade Republicans joining a unanimous bloc of Democrats, you’d think Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would be singularly focused on capturing the 25 Senate seats Democrats will be defending in 2018. You’d think. Instead, a McConnell-aligned PAC is running a vicious attack ad campaign in the special election for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ open Senate seat in Alabama…in the GOP primary…against a Republican congressman. Mo Brooks — a conservative, a member of the House Freedom Caucus and one of the three leading candidates to...
  • AL Senate Poll Shows Roy Moore Surging Toward Runoff Slot in Special GOP Primary

    08/11/2017 7:51:33 PM PDT · by tennmountainman · 68 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 8-11-2017 | Penny Star
    The survey of likely 2017 special election primary voters released on Friday shows Moore with 35.07 percent, followed by Strange at 23.07 and Brooks in third with 19.68 percent. The Trafalgar Group’s (TFG) senior strategist Robert Cahaly told Breitbart News the poll results reflect Moore’s popularity in the state and the impact of President Donald Trump’s recent endorsement of Strange.
  • 'Maybe Putin is right': Republican Senate frontrunner on Russian leader [Roy Moore]

    08/10/2017 12:08:19 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 59 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 08/10/2017 | Paul Lewis
    Roy Moore, the controversial former judge and a leading contender in Alabama’s Senate race, has said “maybe Putin is right” and “more akin to me than I know” given the Russian leader’s stance on gay marriage. Moore, who was propelled to fame in 2001 over his refusal to remove a monument to the Ten Commandments that he’d installed in state courthouse, is a leading contender to fill the vacancy left by Donald Trump’s attorney general, Jeff Sessions. Several polls have indicated Moore could have the edge in the Republican primary, which will be held next Thursday, although the president’s endorsement...
  • After Trump endorsement, Luther Strange faces another ethics complaint

    08/10/2017 6:36:10 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 10 replies
    A day after President Trump gave a long-sought endorsement to Sen. Luther Strange, a wealthy businessman submitted complaints to Alabama's ethics commission and the Senate ethics committee, alleging malfeasance in Strange's Senate appointment. Developer Stan Pate says he spent $100,000 in Facebook ads branding Strange's appointment as part of a corrupt bargain with former Gov. Robert Bentley, and says he's concerned about the potential impact of Trump's tweeted endorsement.
  • Scorned Senate Candidate Mo Brooks Begs Donald Trump to Reconsider Endorsement of Campaign Rival

    08/09/2017 4:31:28 PM PDT · by be-baw · 50 replies
    Mediaite ^ | August 9, 2017 | Aidan McLaughlin
    [snip] Brooks expressed his sadness over Trump’s decision, claiming he was “baffled and disappointed Mitch McConnell and the Swamp somehow misled the President into endorsing Luther Strange.” Brooks has previously registered his opposition to McConnell, calling for his ouster last month after the failure of Republican efforts to pass health care legislation. And so, in light of Trump’s tweet knocking the Majority Leader, Brooks has made one last-ditch effort to win back his affection, telling the president that Strange and McConnell don’t “support [his] agenda,” and asking Trump to reconsider his endorsement: Mo Brooks @mobrooksforsen I agree completely, Mr. President....
  • Poll Shows Roy Moore leading in the first round Republican US Senate primary in Alabama

    08/09/2017 5:40:01 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 25 replies
    8/9/2017 | Self
    I was searching and found some new polling data from Alabama where the first round of the Republican primary for US Senate is next Tuesday August 15th. The top two candidates move onto the second round. The poll from JMC Analytics and Polling shows Roy Moore now at 30 percent, Luther Strange (appointed Senator supported by Mitch McConnell) at 22 percent and Congressman Mo Brooks at 19 percent. A previous poll at Strange at 35 percent, Moore at 26 percent and Brooks at 16 percent in a 19 candidate field. The "Strange Endorsement" of Strange by President Trump has come...