Special Election

Alabama GOP Officially Stands by Roy Moore
State party says voters will be ‘the ultimate jury’

GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore is facing allegations of sexual misconduct. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Alabama Republican Party is officially standing by its Senate nominee Roy Moore, closing the door on one of the few options to block him from being elected. 

On Wednesday evening, the 21-member state GOP steering committee convened to discuss the Senate race, which has been rocked by allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore. Nine women have accused the former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice over the past week of sexual advances, and three have accused him of sexual assault. Most of the women were teenagers at the time and Moore was in his 30s.

Meet the Republicans Who Voted ‘No’ on the Tax Bill
13 GOP members, most from high-tax states, voted against leadership

California Rep. Darrell Issa, who voted “no” on the House GOP tax bill, finds himself in a Toss-up re-election race. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Republican leaders cheered passage of their sweeping tax overhaul Thursday, but 13 GOP lawmakers bucked their party and voted against the bill. 

All but one of them hailed from New York, New Jersey and California — each a high-tax state. These lawmakers largely opposed the legislation because it curtailed the state and local tax deduction, also known as SALT. The measure caps the deduction for property taxes at $10,000 while eliminating the tax break for state and local income or sales taxes. 

Senate Ethics Committee Could Get Real Busy, Real Soon
Inquiries of Franken, Menendez and maybe Roy Moore loom

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken likely faces a Senate Ethics Committee investigation, which even he has requested at this point. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Senate Ethics Committee may soon become one of the most active panels in the chamber.

It is all but assured the committee will investigate allegations that Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken groped and kissed a Los Angeles news anchor during a 2006 USO tour. (Franken was not a U.S. senator at the time.) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Franken himself have all called for the panel to take up the case.

Ivey Quashes Idea of Strange Resigning Early to Block Roy Moore
Alabama governor says special election will go forward as planned Dec. 12

Alabama Sen. Luther Strange has said he does not intend to resign early. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has rejected the idea that Sen. Luther Strange could resign his Senate seat, sparking a new special election and potentially blocking Roy Moore from being elected to the Senate. 

National Republican leaders have called on Moore to step aside as the GOP nominee following allegations of sexual misconduct and assault. Politico reported Wednesday that one idea GOP leaders have contemplated is having Strange resign his seat so Ivey could set a new special election. Strange was appointed to the seat in February when Sen. Jeff Sessions resigned to become attorney general. 

Alabama GOP Appears to Still Support Roy Moore
Party steering committee met for more than three hours Wednesday

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore has been accused of sexual misconduct. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Alabama Republican Party will reportedly continue to support Roy Moore as allegations of sexual misconduct rock the Senate contest.

NBC News first reported that the state GOP would maintain its support for Moore, its Senate nominee and a former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, after the steering committee met Wednesday night. It is too late to remove his name from the ballot. But the party does have the option of formally withdrawing Moore as its nominee for the seat vacated by former Sen. Jeff Sessions, meaning votes for him in the Dec. 12 special election would not be counted. 

Four Senate Stories That Might Shape Moore’s Fate
Past election and ethics controversies offer precedent for GOP

Those who hope to block Moore from the Senate might look to the paths pursued by, clockwise from top left, Robert G. Torricelli, John Ensign, Roland W. Burris and Lisa Murkowski. (Douglas Graham, Scott J. Farrell and Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photos)

Torricelli, Murkowski, Burris & Ensign: That’s not the newest lobbying law firm on K Street, but rather a roster of senators whose extraordinary political careers point toward the four tough paths for Republicans intent on keeping Roy Moore out of the Senate.

The lateness of the electoral hour, combined with Alabama’s deeply red nature and solid support from the state’s GOP base, continue to afford the 70-year-old, twice-removed chief justice of the state Supreme Court big advantages if he persists in his campaign — notwithstanding allegations that while he was a prosecutor in his 30s he sexually assaulted two teenage girls and pursued romantic relationships with others.

Senate Republicans Weigh Next Steps for Roy Moore
Some said there isn’t much more they can do to pressure Moore to step aside

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Republicans are examining options to block Roy Moore from the Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that Republicans were examining options to prevent Roy Moore from becoming a U.S. senator. But some GOP senators acknowledged there isn’t much more they can do with Moore refusing to step aside. 

GOP lawmakers have called on Moore to withdraw his nomination in the special election for the seat vacated by now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions following a bombshell Washington Post story. The Post reported that four women accused Moore of sexual advances while they were teenagers and he was in his thirties. Another woman said Monday that Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16 years old. 

Jones’ Ad Touts Republicans Supporting Him Over Moore
Statewide ad hints at reports of Moore’s improper relationships with teen girls

A new ad for Alabama Senate candidate Doug Jones shows Republican voters saying they can't vote for Roy Moore. (Doug Jones for Senate via YouTube)

Alabama’s Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones’ latest ad shows Republicans saying they support him instead of GOP candidate Roy Moore.

The ad hints at allegations that Moore had inappropriate sexual contact with teenage girls without saying it explicitly. 

Alabama's Largest Media Outlets Condemn Moore
Former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice ‘simply cannot be a U.S. Senator,’ papers say

Roy Moore is running for Senate in Alabama. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Alabama’s preeminent print and digital news outlets issued a scathing condemnation of U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore Tuesday, saying it it “unthinkable” that the former state Supreme Court chief justice could ever be elected to the Senate.

The AL.com editorial board called Moore’s “taste for dating high school girls” when he was single and in his 30s “unseemly.”

3 Ways Republicans Can Block Roy Moore From the Senate
GOP senators have called on their Alabama nominee to step aside

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore has been accused of sexual misconduct by five women. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republicans looking to block Roy Moore from becoming a senator are exploring a number of options, though the window is closing with the Alabama Senate race just four weeks away.

After The Washington Post reported that four women described sexual advances from Moore, when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s, GOP leaders called on the candidate to quit if the allegations were true. Another accuser came forward Monday to say Moore sexually assaulted her.