12 December 2017 - Alabama Senate Race
Roy Moore: The eyes of the world are on Alabama election
Katty Kay (BBC World News, 12/12/2017)
Sexual misconduct claims against an already-controversial candidate have thrust a US Senate race into the global spotlight - and highlighted divisions between President Trump and top Republicans.
Question: Just how interested is the world in the Alabama election tomorrow?
Answer: A reporter from Moldova is down there. It's pretty much all you need to know.
On Monday night, Moore and his supporters packed into a refurbished wooden barn in the state’s southeast corner, where the former state supreme court chief justice saw huge margins while winning September’s GOP primary runoff against Sen. Luther Strange. It’s here he hopes strong turnout will help push him over the edge in his race against Democrat Doug Jones.
“This election is for the people of Alabama. We are here to defend our rights and we will defend our rights,” he said.
Gail Collins (The New York Times, 11/12/2017)
History would suggest … not so much.
Roy Moore hasn’t pulled out a gun at any rallies lately, but he’s still the person you’d least like your daughter to run into in the Gadsden Mall. Women have charged, with what seems like extreme credibility, that he sexually assaulted them when they were 14 and 16. You’d think that would be enough to do him in.
Samuel Breidbart and Vinay Nayak (Slate, 11/12/2017)
An overlooked bill in the Alabama legislature could allow Republicans to do both—expel Moore from the Senate and still keep the seat in their column. In January, Alabama legislators plan to consider a proposal that would give the state’s Republican governor the power to fill Senate vacancies without requiring special elections.