Tag Archives: US Senate

Alabama news outlet responds to Roy Moore lawsuit threat: Bring it on

Source: The Daily Dot

“The publisher of an Alabama news outlet denied a cease-and-desist from Senate Republican candidate Roy Moore for making ‘false reports’ about his various inappropriate sexual misconduct [sic]. The publisher, AL.com said that it stands by its reporting and, in a letter back to the candidate’s lawyer, says it believes any litigation would ‘reveal other important information’ about Moore. Last week lawyers for Moore sent AL.com the cease-and-desist, claiming that it had published ‘careless reporting’ that ‘adversely affected’ Moore, his wife Kayla Moore, and the Foundation for Moral Law. Moore’s lawyers set a deadline of five days for the news outlet to retract stories the newspaper had published about Moore. Moore has been accused of several inappropriate relationships with women—including an attempted rape of a 16-year-old and sexually assaulting a 14-year-old, among others. Moore has denied what the women have said.” (11/20/17)


UT: Opening for Romney Senate bid gets wider

Source: Politico

“Utah Republican Boyd Matheson is forgoing a 2018 Senate campaign, a decision that further opens the door for Mitt Romney to run. Matheson, a former chief of staff to Utah Sen. Mike Lee and the president of the conservative Sutherland Institute think tank, announced on Monday that he would not run for the seat currently held by longtime Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, who is 83 and deciding whether to seek another term. … Romney appears increasingly likely to launch a campaign if Hatch calls it quits. ” (11/20/17)


Menendez faces Senate ethics probe after mistrial

Source: Politico

“The Senate Ethics Committee will resume its investigation into Sen. Bob Menendez, a move that came just hours after a mistrial was announced in the New Jersey Democrat’s bribery and corruption case. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had called for an ethics probe of Menendez as soon as a mistrial was declared by U.S. District Judge William Walls. The deadlock in the criminal proceedings was a huge legal victory for Menendez, who grew emotional as he spoke about the case with reporters.” (11/16/17)


Fifth woman accuses Moore of ephebophilic assault; Republicans threaten expulsion

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“Another woman has charged Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexually assaulting her. In an emotional news conference, Beverly Young Nelson said Moore groped her and tried to force her head onto his crotch in his car behind the restaurant where the then 16 year old worked. Nelson, appearing alongside attorney Gloria Allred, said the incident occurred in 1977. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday, ‘I believe the women’ and called on Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama to ‘step aside.’ … The National Republican Senatorial Committee has pulled out of a joint fundraising agreement with Moore, and the list of prominent Republicans opposing Moore’s candidacy has steadily grown. … NRSC Chairman Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., issued a statement … ‘If [Moore] refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate.'” (11/13/17)


US Senators threaten to censor social media unless it only allows speech they like

Source: NBC 11 News

“Angry senators warned attorneys for Facebook, Twitter and Google on Wednesday that they must do more to prevent Russian manipulation of their social media platforms or Congress will be forced to impose new rules. ‘I must say, I don’t think you get it,’ Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., told the attorneys at a hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee focused on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. ‘What we’re talking about is a cataclysmic change. What we’re talking about is the beginning of cyber warfare … You have a huge problem on your hands.’ … ‘You must do better to protect the American people and frankly all of your users,’ said [US Senator Richard] Burr, R-N.C.” [editor’s note: A good first step toward protecting the American people and their users would be for the companies to ban all members of the US House and Senate from their platforms – TLK] (11/01/17)


New Red Scare: Tech company officials grovel before Senate inquisitors, pretend Lindsey Graham isn’t an idiot

Source: The Hill

“Facebook, Google and Twitter officials were grilled on Tuesday by lawmakers from both parties on the Senate Judiciary Committee, who expressed frustration with the companies’ response so far to the use of their platforms by Russia in last year’s election. Lawmakers pushed the companies for more answers on how their platforms were used by both Russia and terrorist groups, and stressed that it was in the national security interests of the U.S. to find solutions. ‘The bottom line is that these platforms are being used to undermine and harm our way of life,’ said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the panel’s chairman.” (10/31/17)


DC: Moore makes nice with GOP senators he sparred against before

Source: New York Daily News

“Roy Moore lunched with the Senate Republican establishment he has repeatedly derided. The Alabama Senate candidate and former jurist joined Vice President Mike Pence and GOP senators at their weekly, closed-door policy luncheon on Tuesday. Republicans, who had mostly favored appointed Sen. Luther Strange, have endorsed Moore as they look ahead to the Dec. 12 special election to fill the seat held for years by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. merging from the luncheon, Moore faced questions from reporters about past statements on religion and his criticism of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Moore has said Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., should not be allowed to serve in Congress because he’s a Muslim.” (10/31/17)


AL: Paul endorses Christian sharia-ist Roy Moore in Senate race

Source: The Hill

“Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Tuesday endorsed former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore in his race for the Senate, Moore’s campaign announced. ‘I am honored to receive the support and endorsement of Senator Rand Paul, ​for whom I have great admiration and respect as fellow defender of our conservative principles​,​’ Moore said of the endorsement. … ‘Judge Roy Moore has spent a lifetime defending and standing up for the Constitution while fighting for the people of Alabama. We need more people in Washington, D.C. that will stand on principle and defend the Constitution​,’ Paul said in a statement.​” [editor’s note: So much for “libertarian-ish” – TLK] (10/17/17)


Undisclosed deal guaranteed Roy Moore $180,000 a year for part-time work at charity

Source: Washington Post

“Former Alabama judge Roy Moore, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, once said publicly that he did not take a ‘regular salary’ from the small charity he founded to promote Christian values because he did not want to be a financial burden. But privately, Moore had arranged to receive a salary of $180,000 a year for part-time work at the Foundation for Moral Law, internal charity documents show. He collected more than $1 million as president from 2007 to 2012, compensation that far surpassed what the group disclosed in its public tax filings most of those years. … A Washington Post review of public and internal charity documents found that errors and gaps in the group’s federal tax filings obscured until now the compensation paid to Moore, whose defeat last month of President Trump’s choice for Republican nominee in the Senate race will likely embolden far-right challengers to the party’s mainstream incumbents.” (10/11/17)


AL: Moore crushes Strange in US Senate primary

Source: Politico

“Republican challenger Roy Moore defeated Sen. Luther Strange in Alabama’s Senate primary Tuesday night, riding a wave of rural support over the incumbent backed by President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Moore, a former state Supreme Court justice, had 55 percent of the vote to Strange’s 45 percent with 95 percent of precincts reporting. Strange, who was appointed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ old seat earlier this year, is the first senator to lose a primary since Indiana Republican Richard Lugar was defeated in 2012.” [editor’s note: America — “Trump as president would sure be hard to top in the annals of American electoral stupidity.” Alabama — “Hold my beer.” – TLK] (09/27/17)