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Landscape of a Scandal: What We Know About the Race for Alabama’s Senate Seat (Anniston Star)
Scandal Fatigue? Alabamians Are Used to Political Drama (Decatur Daily)

For Roy Moore, a Long History of Combat and Controversy (New York Times)
Anti-Gay Supporters Rally for Moore, Worrying LGBT Community (Associated Press)
Some Pastors Stand Behind Roy Moore, Cite “War on Men” (AL.com)
Moore Critic: Alabama Senate Race a Battle for Nation’s Soul (Associated Press)
Dispatch From Alabama: ‘Roy Moore Plays Into the Stereotypes the Rest of the World Has About Us’ (The Guardian)
Doug Jones Addresses Gov. Ivey, Roy Moore Allegations at Ensley Campaign Rally (AL.com)

Oops: Hackers Hijack Young Repubs Site, Send Viewers to Chinese Erotica

The Alabama Republican Party website has been “bombarded” with hacking attempts over the past several days, according to Infomedia CEO John Lovoy.

Infomedia is a Birmingham-based web company that maintains ALGOP.gov, the Alabama GOP’s website. (Infomedia also maintains BirminghamWatch.org.)

Lovoy said that approximately 29,000 attempts to compromise ALGOP.gov have been noted this week. The origin of these attempts is currently unknown, Lovoy said, but Infomedia has had to increase security on the site to combat the attacks. As of Friday afternoon, Infomedia had not determined that any of the attempts had been successful.

The status of the Greater Birmingham Young Republicans (GYBR) website, linked to on ALGOP.gov, has raised concern, however. Until Friday afternoon, a link purportedly to that organization’s site from the Alabama GOP website’s “Clubs/Coalitions” page redirected, instead, to a Chinese-language site with erotic content. Representatives for the party said they had been unaware of that until notified by BirminghamWatch. Read more.

Read the day’s reports on the Moore situation.

Ministers Sign Letter Saying Roy Moore ‘Not Fit for Office’ (AL.com)
Sexual Misconduct Claims Roil Alabama Campaign, Divide Women (Associated Press)
Key Dates in the Life of Roy Moore (Associated Press)
2018 Primaries Behind Alabama GOP’s Reaction to Moore Allegations (Montgomery Advertiser)
Kay Ivey Doesn’t Disbelieve Roy Moore Accusers; Will Still Vote for Him (Montgomery Advertiser)
Write-In Candidates Hope to Make a Mark in Senate Race (Opelika-Auburn News)
Moore’s Poll Numbers Weaken as Allegations Take Hold (Anniston Star)
Roy Moore Scandal Ignites Fundraising Explosion for Democratic Challenger Doug Jones (NBC News)
11 Roy Moore Election Scenarios: What If He Drops Out? Write-In Win? Can Senate Refuse to Seat Him? (AL.com)

After Week of Silence, Alabama Republican Leaders Say They’ll Stand by Roy Moore

The Alabama Republican Party is standing by its man.

A week after allegations of sexual improprieties with teenagers surfaced about U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, the state party has finally broken its silence and announced it will continue to support Moore in his race against Democratic candidate Doug Jones.

Read the day’s reports on the Moore situation.

Democrat Jones Leads Roy Moore by 8 Points in Alabama, Per Fox News Poll (Washington Post)
Alabama Senate Race Aggravates Deep Divide in Republican Party (New York Times)
Marsh Opposes Write-In Alternative to Moore (Anniston Star)
Moore Scandal Creates Difficult Politics for Alabama Republican Women (Decatur Daily)
Birmingham Young Republicans Censure Roy Moore, Pull Endorsement (AL.com)
Will Alabama’s Politics Scuttle Its Chances at Toyota-Mazda? (AL.com)
In Sex Crimes and Other Cases, Roy Moore Often Sided With Defendants (New York Times)

Read BirminghamWatch’s coverage of the controversy

Lawyer for Roy Moore Demands Analysis of Signature in Yearbook of Woman Who Said He Sexually Abused Her<.a>

Another Woman Accuses Roy Moore of Attack, Senate Leader Calls for Vote to Expel, and Pastors Publish Letter of Support
Friends of Moore’s Accuser Defend Her Decision to Discuss Allegations Now
Roy Moore Says Sexual Allegations Were Raised to ‘Defrock’ His Campaign, Fallout Continues as Some Republicans Defend Him and Others Look for Ways to Bounce Him From the Ballot
Accusations of Sexual Misconduct Against Roy Moore Throw Senate Race Into Turmoil

Birmingham Votes 2017

Randall Woodfin will be sworn in as Birmingham’s new mayor during his inauguration Nov. 28. BirminghamWatch interviewed him, new council members and departing council members before the passing of the baton: First? Look at the Books: A Q&A With Birmingham’s Next Mayor Newly Elected Birmingham City Councilor Hunter Williams Calls for Broad Coordination to Move

Lawyer for Roy Moore Demands Analysis of Signature in Yearbook of Woman Who Said He Sexually Abused Her

Representatives for Roy Moore this afternoon said he insists it is not his writing in a yearbook that a woman who says Moore tried to force himself on her released to bolster her claim.

Phillip Jauregui, who is representing Moore, in a press conference demanded that Gloria Allred, who is representing the woman, send the yearbook to an independent handwriting expert for verification.

Meanwhile, the GOP steering committee has gathered in a special called meeting this afternoon. The meeting was set to be conducted at party headquarters but was moved to a nearby hotel.

Moore is running for U.S. Senate in the Dec. 12 special election to fill the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he was appointed attorney general.

But his campaign has been clouded with controversy in the past week as five women reported that Moore had inappropriate contact with them when they were teenagers.

Wednesday, three more women added their voices to the choir. Two women who worked at the Gadsden Mall when they were teens reported unwelcome advances by Moore to the Washington Post. One of them said Moore was such a known quantity at the mall that girls were advised to just stay away from him when they saw him.

Another woman told AL.com that Moore groped her in his law office in 1991, when she was 28 and he was married.
Read more.

Read the day’s reports on the Moore situation.

Senate Republicans Look to Trump to Restore Order Amid Alabama Upheaval Washington Post
GOP Braces for Extended Clash in Alabama Associated Press
Fox News’ Hannity Decides Not to Pass Judgment on Roy Moore Associated Press
‘Absolutely Not’: Richard Shelby Won’t Vote for Roy Moore Montgomery Advertiser
Sex Abuse Allegations Put Spotlight on Roy Moore’s Allies Anniston Star
Doug Jones: Roy Moore Allegations ‘Have More Credibility Than the Denials’ AL.com
Roy Moore Announces 12 Testimonials From Women Affirming His Character AL.com
NRSC Poll: Moore Trails Jones by 12 Politico
In Roy Moore’s Senate Race, Anonymous Threats, Deceptive Texts, Alternative Facts Washington Post
Two More Women Describe Unwanted Overtures by Roy Moore at Alabama MallWashington Post
New Roy Moore Accuser: ‘He Didn’t Pinch It; He Grabbed It’

Read BirminghamWatch’s coverage of the controversy

Another Woman Accuses Roy Moore of Attack, Senate Leader Calls for Vote to Expel, and Pastors Publish Letter of Support
Friends of Moore’s Accuser Defend Her Decision to Discuss Allegations Now
Roy Moore Says Sexual Allegations Were Raised to ‘Defrock’ His Campaign, Fallout Continues as Some Republicans Defend Him and Others Look for Ways to Bounce Him From the Ballot
Accusations of Sexual Misconduct Against Roy Moore Throw Senate Race Into Turmoil

New Birmingham BOE OKs Post to Work With 13 ‘Failing’ Schools

At the first board meeting for most of its members, the Birmingham Board of Education Tuesday night approved a new instructional support position to work exclusively with students at 13 city schools on the state’s “failing” list.

Led by newly elected board President Cheri Gardner, the board also approved hiring a new English as a second language instructor to serve multiple schools and heard from Superintendent Lisa Herring about a five-stop Listening and Learning tour she plans over the next three weeks. Read more.

National Backlash Against Roy Moore Grows

The backlash against Roy Moore in Washington grew Tuesday over allegations by women who say he made sexual advances on them when they were teenagers. The RNC pulled out of a joint fundraising agreement it had with Moore, saying it would put no more money into the Senate campaign. As more Republicans rescinded support for Moore in the Dec. 12 special election, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that if Moore is elected, he immediately will be the subject of a Senate Ethics Committee investigation.

Read the day’s reports on the Moore situation.
Amid Calls to Step Down, Moore Finds Refuge With Base (Associated Press)
National Republican Move Against Roy Moore Grows — But Key Alabama Republicans are Not Joining In (Washington Post)
RNC Cuts off Moore (Politico)
McConnell: Moore Will Face Senate Ethics Probe If He Wins Election (The Hill)
Roy Moore Says He’s Being ‘Harassed’ by the Media Over Allegations (CNN)
He Said He Was a Washington Post Reporter Offering a Reward for Dirt on Roy Moore. But It Wasn’t True. (Washington Post)
Roy Moore, Long Divisive in his Hometown, and Even More So Now (New York Times)
When Did Roy Moore Meet His Wife? (Al.com)
Ala. Senate Race on Track as Moore Scandal Grows (AP video)

Read BirminghamWatch’s coverage of the controversy

Another Woman Accuses Roy Moore of Attack, Senate Leader Calls for Vote to Expel, and Pastors Publish Letter of Support
Friends of Moore’s Accuser Defend Her Decision to Discuss Allegations Now
Roy Moore Says Sexual Allegations Were Raised to ‘Defrock’ His Campaign, Fallout Continues as Some Republicans Defend Him and Others Look for Ways to Bounce Him From the Ballot
Accusations of Sexual Misconduct Against Roy Moore Throw Senate Race Into Turmoil

Birmingham City School Board Elects Leadership

The Birmingham City Board of Education elected new leadership Tuesday night, the first board meeting for the majority of the nine-member panel. Two-term board member Cheri Gardner was elected president of the board, and new member Douglas Ragland was elected vice president. Gardner, 56, a funeral home director first elected to the District 6 seat in 2013, is one of only three incumbents on the board. The others are Daagye Hendricks, District 4, and Sandra Brown, District 9. Ragland, 60, who retired as superintendent of Midfield schools, represents District 1 and is one of six new members of the board. Other new board members are Terri Michal, District 2; Mary Drennan Boehm, District 3; Michael Millsap, District 5; Patricia Stagner McAdory, District 7; and Sonja Q. Smith, District 8.
Read more about the Board of Education election.

A False Start: Birmingham Council Brings up Budget Then Decides the Newly Elected Need More Time to Study It

Nov. 14, 2017 — A budget for the 2018 fiscal year came closer to passage than ever during Tuesday’s meeting of the Birmingham City Council, but consideration eventually was pushed back to December because of concerns that newly elected officials had not had enough say in the matter. Read more.

Be Ready: Jeffco Commission Makes Plans to Get and Keep Storm Sirens Functional; Announces Changes at Polls

Nov. 14, 2017 – Joe Knight conducted a show and tell presentation for his fellow commissioners at the Jefferson County Commission’s committee meeting Tuesday morning. When he was done, the body agreed to go with the fourth of four options presented for addressing the issue of severe weather sirens throughout the county. The option selected