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    Rep. Steve King Endorses Judge Roy Moore

    Rep. Steve King Endorses Judge Roy Moore



    by DR. SUSAN BERRY
    21 Sep 2017

    Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King announced his endorsement of Judge Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate.

    “Judge Roy Moore has shown time and time again that he will stand strong against the prevailing winds to champion causes that are important to conservatives,” King said Thursday about the former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice.

    The congressman continued in his statement:

    Whether it’s defending the Ten Commandments, preserving the sanctity of traditional marriage, or fighting against entrenched political corruption in Montgomery and Washington, Roy Moore can be counted on to fight to advance our shared conservative values. There is no stronger, more principled Constitutional Christian conservative than Judge Moore. I endorse Roy Moore for the United States Senate, and I look forward to working with him to advance pro-life and pro-second amendment causes.

    Moore is running against appointed incumbent Sen. Luther Strange in a primary run-off for the Senate seat once occupied by now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The two candidates will face off in a debate Thursday evening 6:30 p.m. EDT.

    “Congressman King has been a tireless advocate for the constitution and for securing our borders,” Moore responded to King’s endorsement in a statement. “I am honored to have his support and look forward to standing shoulder to shoulder with him in Washington to defend our liberties and protect our nation.”

    The Alabama primary runoff election is September 26. The winner of that race will face the Democratic candidate – former Clinton U.S. Attorney Doug Jones – on December 12.
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-governm...dge-roy-moore/

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    Do any of our allies in the fight against illegal immigration and for enhanced border security actually support Sen. Luther Strange? What in the world is President Donald Trump thinking?

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    I think both men are good men. I think both will support this President and the Trump Agenda to fix our country. Whichever one wins will be a good representative of the State of Alabama. What is Trump thinking? He's thinking votes now. Luther Strange is the Senator until sometime next year even if he loses. There are some very very important votes coming up ... Obamacare repeal next week. Tax cuts next month. Immigration bills. Votes on budget. Votes potentially on Iran and North Korea. Huge votes and I think Trump is thinking he needs to stay close to the guy in the seat now in order to make sure he has their support through these big votes. The special election isn't until December and I guess a swearing in of someone new would be sometime after that.
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    Steve King on Free Trade

    Click here for 7 full quotes on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.

    Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)
    Voted NO on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. (Oct 2007)
    Voted YES on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade. (Jul 2005)

    Voted YES on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement. (Jul 2004)
    Voted YES on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement. (Jul 2003)
    Voted YES on implementing free trade agreement with Chile. (Jul 2003)
    Rated 50% by the USAE, indicating a mixed record on trade. (Dec 2012)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judy View Post
    I think both men are good men. I think both will support this President and the Trump Agenda to fix our country. Whichever one wins will be a good representative of the State of Alabama. What is Trump thinking? He's thinking votes now. Luther Strange is the Senator until sometime next year even if he loses. There are some very very important votes coming up ... Obamacare repeal next week. Tax cuts next month. Immigration bills. Votes on budget. Votes potentially on Iran and North Korea. Huge votes and I think Trump is thinking he needs to stay close to the guy in the seat now in order to make sure he has their support through these big votes. The special election isn't until December and I guess a swearing in of someone new would be sometime after that.
    I have a strong feeling that Luther Strange would sell us out on the illegal immigrant DREAMER amnesty issue, whereas Moore has said he would not. Strong would support it because he feels he needs to back Trump's desires for an amnesty. I also feel he would support a comprehensive immigration reform bill (amnesty). Strange has had several opportunities to come out in support of the RAISE Act, but so far has refused. I don't believe he wants to see an immigration cut. It's my understanding our top priority here at ALIPAC is to stop all amnesties and I feel Roy Moore is the better choice to do that.

    The bill coming up on Obamacare is not a repeal bill. It's a bill to fix some of the problems with Obamacare, not repeal it.

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    Yeah you may be right about Moore taking a stronger stance against DACA amnesty than Strange. But so far Strange is the only 1 of the 2 who has actually taken an action to stop DACA. Strange joined Alabama in the Texas lawsuit to kill DACA and DAPA as Attorney General of Alabama.

    It repeals the tax mandates on individuals and employers and Expanded Medicaid, which is all I care about with regards to ACA. There's another bill that repeals McCarran-Ferguson and with what those 2 bills alone will do to fix this mess, is enough for me, so I hope the Senate gets them both through next week.
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    See video of the debate at this link;

    Roy Moore: No Such Thing as ‘DREAMer’ Illegal Alien, Program Was ‘Never Passed by Congress’

    http://www.alipac.us/f12/roy-moore-n...0/#post1568329
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judy View Post
    Steve King on Free Trade

    Click here for 7 full quotes on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.

    Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)
    Voted NO on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. (Oct 2007)
    Voted YES on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade. (Jul 2005)

    Voted YES on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement. (Jul 2004)
    Voted YES on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement. (Jul 2003)
    Voted YES on implementing free trade agreement with Chile. (Jul 2003)
    Rated 50% by the USAE, indicating a mixed record on trade. (Dec 2012)

    http://www.ontheissues.org/House/Steve_King.htm
    Exclusive — Make Central America Great Again: Luther Strange Lobbied for Trade Deal That Drained Thousands of Alabama Jobs to Honduras, Mexico

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    by JOHN CARNEY AND MATTHEW BOYLE21 Sep 2017Montgomery, AL5,238

    MONTGOMERY, Alabama — For over one hundred years, Alabamians manufactured clothing in Alexander City for a company called Russell. Today you can still buy Russell Athletic gear in “Alex City” but it won’t be made locally.


    It will likely be made by workers in Honduras, El Salvador, or China.

    In a strange twist of fate, one of the key figures who helped bring about this transfer of jobs out of Alabama is now campaigning for the Senate seat formerly occupied by Jeff Sessions. Even stranger still, his campaign ads promise that he will “Kill Unfair Trade Deals.”
    His name is Luther Strange.

    The company now known as Russell Brands was founded in 1902 by Benjamin Russell on the ashes of Alex City’s business district, which had suffered a devastating fire months earlier. Russell expanded and thrived in the decades that followed, eventually becoming the largest manufacturer of athletic apparel and uniforms in the country. It became, at one point, the exclusive producer of uniforms for Major League Baseball.

    At its height, Russell employed at least 7,000 people in Alabama.

    Strange enters the Russell story as a lobbyist for the powerful political broker and law firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. Russell paid the firm $660,000 for Strange’s lobbying efforts between 2000 and 2006. One of Russell’s major political focuses at the time: getting the U.S. to sign onto a NAFTA-style free trade agreement with Central American countries.

    Details of Strange’s lobbying efforts are hard to come by.

    Whatever it was Strange did on behalf of Russell’s free-trade politics, it was effective. The U.S. Senate approved the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement, known as DR-CAFTA, in 2005. The very next year, Russell announced that it would move thousands of jobs out of Alabama to Mexico and Honduras.

    “Russell said the company will eliminate about 2,300 jobs from its global workforce of 15,000. About 1,700 of the jobs cuts will be in the United States, with about 1,250 in Alabama,” the Associated Press reported in 2006. “About 1,200 of the U.S. jobs will eventually be replaced by hiring in Honduras and Mexico, the company said.”

    The cuts initially left Alex City with 2,000 Russell jobs. But more cuts were to come. The company was purchased by Berkshire-Hathaway and merged into the Fruit of the Loom business. It has since laid off hundreds of more workers in Alex City and Wetumpka.

    Russell apparel is now manufactured in facilities all over the world, including four plants in the Dominican Republic, six in El Salvador, and nine in Honduras, according to the company’s 2010 statement. Wages for apparel workers in those countries can be as low as $1 dollar per hour. The company has 19 facilities in China.

    Lobbying for the Central American free trade pact was a very lucrative job for Luther Strange. But for thousands of Alabamians it was far more devastating than that 1902 fire that nearly destroyed Alex City.

    A senior adviser to the campaign of Judge Roy Moore, the conservative frontrunner for the U.S. Senate in Alabama against Strange in Tuesday’s upcoming GOP primary runoff, told Breitbart News that Strange’s efforts to lobby to send Alabama jobs to Central America and elsewhere is “staggering.”

    “Luther Strange’s record of self-dealing is staggering,” Drew Messer, a senior adviser to the Moore campaign, told Breitbart News. “In his former life as a Washington lobbyist, he was paid big bucks to work for implementing CAFTA, the trade debacle that sent thousands dof Alabama jobs to Mexico and Honduras and thousands of small businesses into bankruptcy. Strange’s entire career has been marked by putting his own interest over the people of Alabama.”

    The Strange campaign, meanwhile, has not responded to a request for comment.

    But what makes all of this even more interesting is the fact that President Donald Trump–who campaigned in 2016 against exactly the type of behavior that Strange engaged in for years as a lobbyist–is now heading to Alabama to campaign for Strange. On Wednesday evening, as more and more details about Strange’s lurid history continued dripping out to the public, Trump even called Strange “tough” on “trade,” among other issues, on Twitter.

    But surely, at that time, Trump had no idea that Strange–as a lobbyist–supports shipping Alabama jobs overseas to places like Mexico, Central America, the Dominican Republic, and China. But now the White House does, and has not responded to a request for comment. On Thursday morning, Breitbart News informed White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and communications director Hope Hicks of this forthcoming investigative reporting from Breitbart News on Strange’s history on trade, and asked them how President Trump believes this is “tough” on “trade.” They have not commented.

    Despite Trump’s and Vice President Mike Pence’s decision to publicly endorse and campaign for Strange–the president will campaign for Strange on Friday, and the vice president on Monday–Moore maintains his lead in the race. Moore’s lead over Strange is in large part because despite the president’s backing politically of Strange, policy-wise Moore is much more in line with the president’s campaign agenda.

    Moore, in a recent exclusive interview with Breitbart News here in Montgomery, even made clear he stands with the president on trade policy.

    “I think that’s one of the strongest points I agree on with the president,” Moore told Breitbart News when asked what he would do to bring factories and jobs back to America from foreign countries.

    “I agreed with the president before he was president,” he continued. “I agree with the president’s position from even before he was president. This is one of the greatest travesties in our country. I agree with free trade—our country was established on free trade—but it’s not free trade when governments become involved in the trade process like what has happened in certain foreign countries. I think that that warps this concept and it’s allowed businesses to go overseas to Mexico, China, wherever. I support the president 100 percent in bringing industry back into our country. Quite frankly, I think it can be brought back into our country—we don’t lose the technology, we don’t lose the skill sets. We can develop those again. I know steel plants, sock factories all across Alabama and the South have been taken.”

    Strange, meanwhile, has said nothing of the sort–and as of this writing, refuses to do an interview with Breitbart News supporting the president on trade, and refuses to renounce his lobbyist history for the exact type of trade deals that President Trump campaigned against.

    Breitbart News’ Matthew Boyle reported from Montgomery, and Breitbart News’ John Carney reported from New York City.

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-governm...nduras-mexico/

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    Details of Strange’s lobbying efforts are hard to come by.
    LOL!! Yeah, I bet they are. About as hard as coming up with some sources and actual facts for your article it seems.

    CAFTA passed the US Congress in 2005. The law firm you claim was paid $660,000 by Russell Manufacturing between the years 2000 and 2006 is a merger of a Tennessee based law firm and one in Alabama, that didn't even exist until 2009.
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    NYT February 2017.

    Luther Strange, Newest Senator, Is Ex-Lobbyist Who Thrived in ‘Swamp’

    By JONATHAN MARTIN and ALAN BLINDERFEB. 9, 2017


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    Luther Strange, the Alabama attorney general who has succeeded Jeff Sessions in the Senate, before a mock swearing-in at the Capitol on Thursday. CreditAl Drago/The New York Times

    WASHINGTON — More than any other elected official, Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama laid the intellectual foundation for President Trump’s brand of nationalist politics, agitating for a hard line on immigration and trade while most other Republicans were in thrall to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Mr. Trump was still firing contestants on “The Apprentice.”

    Mr. Sessions, who was sworn in as attorney general on Thursday, was succeeded on the same day in the Senate by the attorney general of Alabama, Luther Strange, a former Washington lobbyist and onetime partner at a white-shoe Birmingham law firm with deep ties to the establishment wing of the Republican Party.

    “He’s going to be a mainstream conservative Republican,” Karl Rove, the former strategist for George W. Bush, predicted of Mr. Strange, whom he met in the 1990s when the two worked together on the ferocious campaign for Republican control of the Alabama Supreme Court. “He’s very smart, really hard-working.”

    The ascension of Mr. Strange to the seat Mr. Sessions held for 20 years offers a vivid illustration of how, even as Mr. Trump tries to steer the Republican Party toward a more populist orientation on some issues, the institutional party still largely comprises business-aligned Republicans.

    Mr. Strange, 63, whose appointment was enthusiastically welcomed by the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, is no stranger to the swamp, Mr. Trump’s derisive term for the nation’s capital.

    After playing in the low post on a basketball scholarship at Tulane University, the towering Mr. Strange — whose nickname, “Big Luther,” eventually ended up in campaign television advertisements — found his way to Washington to run the government affairs office for Sonat Offshore, then an influential gas utility based in Alabama.

    “He knows how legislation gets done and doesn’t get done, and that gives him a leg up on others who may have a steeper learning curve,” said Clay Ryan, the vice chancellor for government affairs at the University of Alabama System.

    A Birmingham native reared in the city’s comfortable suburbs, Mr. Strange eventually made his way home from Washington and became a partner at a powerhouse law firm that represents many of Alabama’s muscular corporate interests.

    After working in politics on the outside, including his efforts with Mr. Rove to tilt the state’s judicial system toward business and away from trial lawyers, Mr. Strange entered a race of his own in 2006.

    He defeated one political scion for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor, George Wallace Jr., but narrowly lost to another, Jim Folsom Jr., a Democrat and former governor, in the general election.

    Four years later, Mr. Strange found success, defeating the incumbent attorney general, a Republican, in the primary and easily winning election that fall. He has cut a prominent profile in Montgomery, the state capital, raising considerable money for the national Republican attorneys general association and making no secret of his ambition to run for higher office. As attorney general, he helped to negotiate a landmark settlement with BPafter the catastrophic 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

    He has also made some enemies in a state with one-party rule, where the most consequential rivalries are between warring Republican factions. Michael G. Hubbard, the speaker of the House, who engineered the Republican takeover of Montgomery, was convicted last year of ethics charges and removed from office.

    Mr. Hubbard blamed political vendettas for his prosecution, which was handled by lawyers from Mr. Strange’s office. (Mr. Strange appointed an acting attorney general to oversee the investigation and trial.)

    But by the time Mr. Hubbard was found guilty in June, Gov. Robert Bentley, who appointed Mr. Strange to his Senate seat, was embroiled in his own controversy after a recording of a sexually charged conversation with a top aide became public.

    Mr. Bentley, who divorced his wife of 50 years in the months before the recording shocked Alabama, denied that he had had a physical relationship with the woman who was his senior political adviser or that he had committed a crime. Still, the scandal left him politically weak, widely mocked and prone to scrutiny, including an impeachment inquiry in the Legislature.

    Mr. Strange proved a central, if quiet, figure in the fallout, and the Legislature suspended its inquiry at his request when he said his office was doing “related work.”

    On Thursday, Mr. Strange noted that he had never said specifically that Mr. Bentley was a target of his office, and the governor, who will name Mr. Strange’s successor as attorney general, denied any impropriety in his selection.

    Although many Republicans in Alabama cheered Mr. Strange’s appointment, his action in connection with the governor’s scandal led to some skepticism in Montgomery ahead of a special election for the Senate seat that Mr. Bentley’s office said would be held in 2018.

    “It’s grimly problematic that the attorney general who blocked the impeachment investigation and who has not gone forward with the Bentley criminal investigation is rewarded with the U.S. Senate appointment,” said the state auditor, Jim Zeigler, a Republican who is a frequent critic of the governor. “There will be a challenger to Luther Strange in the special Senate election, and this will be an issue. His manipulation against any Bentley investigation will be an issue.”

    But Mr. Strange will probably have strong support from many senior Republicans.

    On Thursday, just before a flood of questions about his own scandal and Mr. Strange’s connection to its aftermath, Mr. Bentley said that Mr. McConnell had sent a clear signal in recent months.

    “I went by his office, and the first person that he actually mentioned was Luther Strange,” the governor said. “He named several people, but the first one that he mentioned was Luther Strange.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/09/us/politics/luther-strange-senate-jeff-sessions-alabama.html?mcubz=1



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