13 December 2017

Democrat Doug Jones Defeats Republican Roy Moore In Alabama Senate Race 12DEZ17

Democratic candidate for Senate Doug Jones and his wife, Louise, wave to supporters before giving his victory speech in Birmingham, Ala., on Tuesday.
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WAY TO GO ALABAMA!!!!! You have shown the politicians of both parties that the people can and will put morality and the the nation before party politics when push comes to shove. Sen elect Doug Jones D AL, you have just won the right to represent the people of Alabama in the US Senate. God Bless and start working today to prove to them they will not be sorry for the way they voted. From NPR.....

Democrat Doug Jones Defeats Republican Roy Moore In Alabama Senate Race

Updated at 11:59 p.m. ET
Democrat Doug Jones has won the Alabama Senate special election, according to The Associated Press. The victory is a stunning upset in a deeply red state that voted overwhelmingly for President Trump, who backed Republican Roy Moore explicitly in the final days of the campaign despite multiple accusations of sexual misconduct and assault.
The win by Jones is sure to send shock waves through Washington. The special election to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions was upended in November as multiple women came forward to say Moore had pursued them romantically as teenagers when he was in his 30s. Some alleged he had sexually assaulted them, including one woman who said he had initiated sexual contact with her when she was just 14. Moore has denied the accusations.
The unfolding controversy made what should have been a safe GOP race anything but. It's the first Democratic Senate victory in the state in 25 years and now gives Republicans an even narrower 51-49 Senate majority that could imperil GOP legislative priorities in 2018.
"Alabama has been at a crossroads. We have been at crossroads in the past, and unfortunately we have usually taken the wrong fork," Jones said in his victory speech. "Tonight, ladies and gentlemen, you took the right fork."
It's the first major electoral blow to Trump since his own upset victory just over a year ago, giving Democrats a special election win after several near misses. Democrats were victorious in November in the Virginia and New Jersey governors races, but the win in such a red state that Trump won by almost 30 points is a political earthquake.
The president had come to Moore's defense, casting doubt on the women's allegations — much as he has done with the multiple women who have accused him of sexual assault. While Trump didn't campaign with Moore, he did hold a rally just across the border from Alabama in Pensacola, Fla., on Friday evening and recorded a robocall on his behalf, urging voters to choose Moore because he will support his agenda in the Senate. And after Trump endorsed Moore last week, the Republican National Committee reinstated its financial support for the GOP nominee after pulling it following the accusations.
Trump was unusually restrained on Twitter late Tuesday, congratulating Jones and refraining from placing blame.
Moore refused to concede Tuesday night, saying that his campaign would "wait on God and let this process play out." He pointed to the uncertain write-in totals he believed could still change the outcome and trigger a recount. However, there has to be a difference of 0.5 percent between the two candidates to trigger an automatic recount, and with almost all the votes in, Jones's margin was about three times that.
"The problem with this campaign is we've been painted in an unfavorable and unfaithful light," Moore said.
Alabama Republican Secretary of State John Merrill said on CNN that the race will be certified between Dec. 26 and Jan. 3, and he cast doubt on the idea that the margin could change substantially even after write-in votes are totaled and validated.
Democrats were quick to point to the reversal by the RNC to renew support for Mooreand indicated they would use it as fodder heading into the 2018 midterms.
"Today, in one of the most Republican states in the nation, the people of Alabama chose common decency and integrity over partisan politics," Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., said in a statement."Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee did the opposite, siding with a candidate who wanted to drag Alabama back to the days of George Wallace and faced a mountain of credible evidence that he had engaged in child sexual abuse. ... President Trump, Republican Senate candidates and the Republican National Committee showed us exactly who they are by standing with Roy Moore — and we will make sure voters do not forget it."
Other national Republicans had been far less hospitable. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he believes Moore's accusers and called on him to step aside, though he had softened his stance in recent weeks by saying the choice was up to Alabama voters.
McConnell's allied superPAC, the Senate Leadership Fund, had spent heavily to support appointed Sen. Luther Strange in the primary, fearful that a Moore win would put the seat in jeopardy even before the sexual assault allegations against him surfaced.
Trump had backed Strange then, too, but Steve Bannon — his former chief strategist who has since returned to lead Breitbart News — supported Moore and rallied with him in the closing days. Bannon had long touted Moore as part of the "war" he had promised to wage on the GOP establishment, backing challengers to sitting incumbents who would take on McConnell and back Trump's agenda. But other national strategists warned Bannon's civil war would cost them winnable seats — something that came to fruition on Tuesday night.
"This is a brutal reminder that candidate quality matters regardless of where you are running," Senate Leadership Fund President Steven Law said in a statement. "Not only did Steve Bannon cost us a critical Senate seat in one of the most Republican states in the country, but he also dragged the President of the United States into his fiasco."
National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who is in charge of protecting the GOP's Senate majority in 2018, had withdrawn funding from Moore's campaign and at one point said he should be expelled from the Senate if he won.
"Tonight's results are clear — the people of Alabama deemed Roy Moore unfit to serve in the U.S. Senate," Gardner said in a statement soon after Jones was declared the winner. "I hope Senator-elect Doug Jones will do the right thing and truly represent Alabama by choosing to vote with the Senate Republican Majority."
Even the state's senior GOP senator, Richard Shelby, had admitted he didn't vote for Moore, saying "the Republican Party can do better" and revealing he had instead written in another candidate. That may have pushed other on-the-fence Republicans to also write in a candidate, and that margin could have helped ultimately tip the race in Jones' favor.
Condoleezza Rice, a Birmingham native who served as secretary of state under President George W. Bush, cut a robocall in the race, not-so-subtly urging voters in her home state to "reject bigotry, sexism, and intolerance."
Jones is a former U.S. attorney who is best known for prosecuting KKK members decades later for the killing of four young African-American girls in a 1963 Birmingham church bombing — a background that likely helped him spur a heavy black turnout that was critical for the Democrat to win.
Jones also ran a far more visible race than Moore in the final stretch. He had outspent Moore almost 10-1 and had an active campaign schedule, while Moore had been largely absent from the campaign trail in the final stretch — including leaving the state over the weekend to attend the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia. Jones also had an active field operation, while the GOP nominee's staff was a skeleton crew.
Moore had remained defiant, however, using a very Trumpian strategy of running against the media and the D.C. establishment he says has conspired against him and are behind the allegations. And he won the GOP primary over the appointed Strange earlier this year, despite being heavily outspent by both Strange and the Senate Leadership Fund.
But even before the accusations of sexual assault surfaced Moore was a controversial figure in Alabama politics who narrowly won election in the past and lost nominations for governor. He is a former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice who was twice removed from the bench, the first time for refusing to remove a statue of the Ten Commandments he'd had erected in the state judiciary building. Later, he was re-elected to the court but then suspended after he directed state judges to ignore the U.S. Supreme Court's 2015 ruling that legalized same-sex marriage.
Moore's Christian nationalist positions are something that he hoped would resonate with many of the state's white evangelical voters, and he never backed off his controversial positions against same-sex marriage and transgender rights. He had hammered home his opposition to abortion rights, in contrast to Jones. Ultimately, however, it wouldn't be enough for Moore to overcome the damaging accusations against him.

12 December 2017


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Some think the fight to defeat the tax bill may be lost, but it's far from over.
The bill is still headed for one final vote, and Republicans in Congress are already facing a barrage of protests.
Constituents shut down Sen. Susan Collins' office in Bangor, Maine. Folks in Toms River, New Jersey marched to The Beatles' "Taxman" to urge Rep. Chris Smith to vote no. And at over 60 colleges and universities in 33 states, students protested the Republican tax bill's plan to make college unaffordable.
Your Representative, your Senator, may be one of the few who isn't entirely convinced by the tax plan, is facing a ton of constituent outrage, too. That's why Republican leaders are frantically trying to rush a final vote. Your call could actually swing their vote--and kill this bill.
When you contact your Representative and Senators it's best to speak in your own words, but here are some points to get you started.
  • Hi, my name is ___ from [your location]. I'm calling to demand the Representative vote NO on the final tax plan.
  • 83 million middle- and working-class families will get a tax hike to pay for an additional 20% tax break for corporations and the 62% of tax cuts that will go to the top 1%. 
  • How can the Representative plan on ending individual tax cuts for middle-class families while giving corporations a permanent tax giveaway? 
  • Women and their families will end up paying for this plan. The plan will gut Medicaid, Medicare, food assistance, and other services millions of women rely on so billionaires and corporations don't have to pay their fair share.
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What they're saying: Bills react to win in snowstorm over Colts 10DEZ17

MORE on the incredible Bills win in Buffalo! SHOUT BUFFALO SHOUT!!!!!

Sing that Shout Song, Buffalo!


RB LeSean McCoy, QB Joe Webb, DT Kyle Williams, WR Deonte Thompson and other discuss the fans support in the overtime win over Indianapolis.

Opening Statement: You know what, before I answer a question, I want to say that our fans and the people here are the toughest damn people in the world. They’re why I’ve been here so long, and the reason I enjoy being here so much. They deserve as much credit as anybody, and I love being here [and] I love playing for those guys. It’s amazing, it’s awesome.
Q: The atmosphere of the game, I guess we can talk about the fans. The atmosphere, people sticking around through an entire overtime where there’s only 14 total points in a game like that, what did that mean to you as a player?
A: Like I said, I’ve been here a long time, and [they’ve] never failed to lift my spirits, get me going, and surprise me, honestly. Obviously, a lot of things did go wrong, could go wrong, but to pull it out in basically a quagmire, this is a good thing.
Q: When you see LeSean [McCoy] hit that hole, what was your reaction as you were watching him go?
A: I’m literally, I’m standing there with a couple of guys and I said ‘you know, Shady’s going to break one and run it in because I don’t know if my heart can take a field goal try in this,’ and literally two plays later he did. As soon as I saw him break it with no flags, I literally wheeled and ran straight inside. They would have had to come drag me out of here if they told me it didn’t count.
Q: What is it about the snow? I mean, I know you had to run the ball, but still, does it bring out the best in you?
A: Being a Pennsylvania kid, I’ve played in the snow before, which is crazy because I never had a lot of snow games in high school. But at Pittsburgh, I played in maybe one snow game and then the one in Philadelphia. I don’t know, I still can cut and run like if there was no snow. I slip here and there. There were some cuts that I missed today that I slipped on. For the most part, I was running, I was cutting, I was stopping, you know, where other guys were slipping. Maybe I know I’m going to get the ball a lot so I try to just play that extra good, if that makes sense?
Q: What can you say about the mental toughness of this team, and learned how this game this game kind of unfolded? You guys get punched in the mouth with under a minute to play and go into overtime. Maybe just walk me through the mental toughness this team had to illustrate today.
A: Well, I think just this with this game, you never can predict the weather. You can predict going out there and playing hard, fighting hard, competing, but the weather is something you can’t control. For us, just come out there and play hard the whole game. Once they kind of scored, I mean it was tough, but then we regrouped, we got together. We went down and scored in overtime. Joe had to come in there, [which was] a big role for him, asked to take care of the team, manage the team, be a leader and did a great job of that. DT [Deonte Thompson] outside fixing a go route, we really needed it at the time. The guys up front blocked really well, and I got a chance to bounce it outside and score. Just all together, from the defense to the offense to special teams – and they don’t get as much credit as they should get, the special teams. I mean, these conditions, the weather, punting, kickoff and the guys that play hard for snaps, yeah that’s tough. All together, the mental toughness was extremely great today.
Head Coach Sean McDermott
Q: Can you talk a little bit about the offensive line creating holes for LeSean and keeping forward progress?
A: That was huge. Yes, that’s huge. I mean, to be able to run the ball we were able to run it, we did get some chunks in there and then we just stayed after it, stayed after it [and] stayed after it. That’s really where the game was won, [is] up front. Even on Joe [Webb]’s long pass to Deonte [Thompson] there, that was a big time play in these types of conditions and Joe was able to have time in the pocket to get it done so, well done [by the offensive line].
Q: How impressed were you by what Peterman was able to do, as limited as it was, especially the throws to Benjamin at the end of the first half?
A: Yeah, I thought he executed well. I thought Rick [Dennison] called a good game as far as that goes and we got the ball to Kelvin in matchup situations there, which was big for us before half. There wasn’t a whole lot of the ball moving prior to that on their side or our side. I thought that was key to score before half and that type of drive, that type of execution in those types of conditions was pretty impressive.
Q: Would you consider that pretty improbable, that you went 80 yards in that moment? That seemed pretty improbable at the time.
A: Right. I mean, again, a two-minute situation in those types of conditions really isn’t two-minute, or is it ‘hey, let’s run the ball, let’s see what we can get’ and then go from there based on the new situation we found ourselves in.
Q: What was it like out there for you playing in this type of snow?
A: I was like a kid, man. I was having fun with it, just embracing it. It was very windy, but at the same time, we had to go out there and get the win, and we did.
Q: What did you see in the second quarter, your 21-yard catch and then the next play, the touchdown catch? Walk us through those two plays.
A: They were just simple plays, man on the high side, single-high safety. We just had to take the shots and we did.
WR Deonte Thompson
Q: Walk us through the play and the catch?
A: We came in the huddle, I had been telling Joe Webb ‘I got him man, put some air under it and throw it up’. We called the play, and we made it happen.
Q: What was it like – including that play – to play under these conditions?
A: It was my first time I’ve never played in that much snow. I’m from Belle Glade, Florida - we don’t see this kind of snow. But it was fun actually - I’m not going to lie, it was fun. This is a game you dreamed about as a kid, playing in snowy games, running around, playing football, having fun, so it definitely was a fun day.
Q: You had a really clean catch with your hands, it looks like you really grabbed, picked it. Were your hands cold, how did you–?
A: I was cold, wet, everything. But I get paid to make that catch, so it’s what I have to do.

Joe Webb: “Our team rallied today. It was a great job by Shady to put the team on his back and finish the game. We needed that win to get our momentum going.” 
QB Joe Webb
Q: This team seems to be a team that has embraced being the underdog, has guys that have been casted away. You personally have changed positions, changed teams. To get this chance, to get this team this big win, to stay in the playoff hunt, what was the message, reactions in the locker room, kind of sum up the emotions of this win.
A: It was a great team win. It was a much needed win for us. Just to boost our confidence, build momentum, to show these guys we can do this. A lot of guys haven’t made the playoffs on the bills team. Me, Kelvin, [Mike] Tolbert, we went to the playoffs in Carolina. Even Coach McDermott has been to the playoffs. We know what it takes. It was a great win by the Bills and we are going to continue to work.
Q: How did it feel to have your second chance? You threw that interception in the fourth quarter and it almost slipped away from you and then you went into overtime. How did that feel?
A: It felt good. In this league, you don’t get second chances a lot. For me to have that second chance, it was a blessing. The team rallied around. Great job by the defense getting the offense the ball back and we just executed. [LeSean McCoy] made a great run at the end.
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CB Tre’Davious White
Q: Does it make it all that much better that you came away in a long game, miserable weather like this, and you guys are celebrating a win as opposed to going through those conditions and the other?
A: Yeah, that’s what you play the game for, to get a win. What happened last week, came out, finished the second. But today, we got back in that win column. It’s a great momentum builder, to play another division game against Miami.
Q: What was it like to play in snow? That’s the first time, I’m assuming, you’ve played in snow or anything like that?
A: It was exciting, but I don’t like it. I can’t break on the football [how] I like [to], and being able to get out and run fast. I don’t like it.
Q: Were you aware that a tie is almost, in your position, like a loss? Or is that something that’s not really in your mind? Who’s thinking about overtime, but when you’re in it realizing a tie almost kills you?
A: I didn’t want a tie. Nobody wants to tie. At the time we weren’t really thinking about if we tie this game what are we going to do in the future. We had a job to do at the moment and we took care of what we had to take care of and we came out with a win.
Q: Was it fun playing in that?
A: It was fun. It was the first time I’ve ever played in heavy snow. It was fun and we had a good time out there. It’s always more fun when you win obviously, but we had a great time out there and it was a good team win for us.
Q: Can you believe how many people made it through the game and stayed in the stands?
A: Unbelievable. Our fans are unbelievable you know to come out there in 20 degrees or minus 20 degree weather, whatever is was, 20 degrees? But them being out there and supporting us, it’s huge.