2017 U.S. Senate election

After embattled incumbent Sen. Luther Strange lost the primary election, Democrat Doug Jones mounted an unusually competitive campaign against an unpopular Republican candidate, Roy Moore.

2017 U.S. Senate election

Campaign strategist: Jones’ bipartisan message was his own

A few things made Doug Jones’ win in Alabama’s special Senate election a reality: African-Americans, women and millennials showed up to the polls and thousands of Republicans opted to stay home or cast write-in votes for someone other than Roy Moore. That’s according to Joe Trippi, a senior strategist for the Jones campaign, who told Lagniappe clearly that if any of those hadn’t panned out, the results would have likely been different. Yet, despite a campaign that was polarizing in a number of ways, Trippi believes it was Jones’ mantra of “common ground” and “compromise” that brought the elements...

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Moore accuser says she wrote part of yearbook inscription

The woman who accused Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager has admitted she herself wrote part of the yearbook inscription used to support her initial allegations. In a press conference Nov. 13, Beverly Young Nelson said Moore tried to force himself on her in a dark car behind the restaurant where she worked as a waitress in high school. It was the most serious of the multiple sexual misconduct allegations that have been levied against Moore. Of the nine women who have stepped forward with claims about Moore’s past behavior, Nelson...

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Doug Jones, Roy Moore battle it out in final week of Senate campaign

Theodore resident David Connolly squinted into the bright lights of news cameras while he held onto his son. He didn’t recognize what he had just heard and was frustrated. “Listening to this is embarrassing,” he said while standing outside Magnolia Springs Baptist Church. “To be Christian, to be a good man, you treat everyone the same … I’m not seeing any morals come out of this man.” Connolly was speaking about Republican United States Senate candidate Roy Moore outside a campaign event at the Theodore church last week. As he spoke, several of Moore’s supporters argued with him off...

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One street in midtown where Republicans, Democrats, independents coexist

Democrats in Alabama these days are typically the ones who feel out of place. The state hasn’t endorsed a Democratic president since Jimmy Carter in 1976, and since Republicans took over the Legislature in 2010, more Democrats are feeling like small blue dots in an overwhelmingly red state. But the Senate election Dec. 12, which pits an unpopular Republican in Roy Moore against a moderate Democrat in Doug Jones, has the underdogs feeling emboldened. Perhaps nowhere is this as evident as in midtown Mobile, where Jones campaign signs are as ubiquitous as historical markers on housing facades. One street...

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Closing arguments in Jones v. Moore

Thank god it is almost over. I think that may be the only thing everyone in this state can agree on regarding the Alabama Special Senate election. Though I have grown quite adept at hitting the mute button when the television is on so I won’t have to explain what “soliciting sex from young girls” means every other minute to my small children, I cannot wait until Dec. 13. What an absolute mess. And I place the blame for this squarely on the shoulders of Gov. Robert Bentley and Luther Strange. If both of them hadn’t put their own...

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Counting down to the end of this race…

Returning to work Monday after a much-needed Turkey Day jaunt to visit Hernando, Mississippi, tour Ole Miss and act like a tourist in Memphis eating ribs and watching ducks ride elevators, I re-entered the Roy Moore-centric world in which we all must now live. The red message light on my desk phone was glowing when I walked in, so I hit “messages.” What followed was a semi-howl of a rant from someone claiming to be a restaurateur in Satsuma who vowed to throw a stack of last week’s issue of everyone’s favorite newspaper in the trash, ban it from...

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Senate election charged by sex allegations against Roy Moore

The allegations of sexual misconduct against U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore have continued to balloon, but while the controversy has spurred calls from Washington for Moore to exit the race, his base of supporters and Republican leaders in Alabama appear undeterred. In the past two weeks, nine women have stepped forward to make accusations against Moore ranging from unwanted romantic attention to outright sexual assault. In the fallout, the reaction in Alabama and around the country has been mixed. A number of national GOP leaders were quick to deem Moore “unfit” to serve in the Senate and urged his...

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How to miss a story for 38 years

National media on the campaign trail and in faraway places such as Washington, D.C., and New York City want to know: How did local media in Alabama miss former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore’s alleged escapades for more than three decades? Earlier this month The Washington Post reported that Moore engaged in inappropriate behavior and/or sexual misconduct with teenage girls. The allegations set in motion a chain reaction, with a number of other women claiming to have similar experiences with Moore when they were young. Somehow, these Roy Moore tidbits have gone unreported in the local media...

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