The editorial board of The Birmingham News has described Jones as a "moderate Democrat."[25] Former Alabama Democratic Party chair Giles Perkins described Jones as "a moderate, middle-of-the-road guy."[26] Describing his own views, Jones said that “If you look at the positions I've got on health care, if you look at the positions I [have] got on jobs, you should look at the support I have from the business community; I think I’m pretty mainstream."[27] Jones' campaign has emphasized "kitchen table" issues such as healthcare and the economy.[28][29][30] He has called for bipartisan solutions to those issues,[31] and pledged to "find common ground" between both sides of the aisle.[32]

Jones has not called for tax increases; instead unlike some Democrats, he has called for reductions in corporate taxes "to try to get reinvestment back into this country".[33] Jones opposes the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the GOP's tax plan, calling it fiscally irresponsible, and skewed to the wealthy while ignoring or hurting the middle class.[33] Jones supports increasing job training for workers and better education, along with an increase in the minimum wage for people in poverty. Jones also opposes allowing insurance companies to deny coverage for preexisting conditions and supports expanding Medicaid coverage, citing the problems faced by rural Alabama hospitals that are struggling financially to provide services to some of the neediest people in the state.[34] He has been described as an economic populist by Newsweek.[35] He has also come out in support of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.[34] On health care, Jones opposes the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, but has called for changes to the U.S. health-care system, which he calls broken.[36] He supports the re-authorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP),[36] and has repeatedly criticized his opponent Moore for his lack of a clear stance on the program.[36][37] Jones says he is open to the idea of a public option.[29]

Jones supports stronger protection of civil rights. He has cited the Charlottesville rally and the Charleston church massacre as examples of racial issues to be addressed.[34] Jones also supports the reversal of mandatory three-strikes laws for non-violent offenses to give judges flexibility in giving sentences.[34][29] In an interview with The Birmingham News, he said that he opposes additional restrictions on abortion (such as proposals to ban abortion after the 20th week of gestation), saying current laws on the issue are sufficient.[38] Jones has also supported same-sex marriage.

Jones has condemned corruption in Alabama in the wake of high-profile scandals, saying, "the people of Alabama have been embarrassed by corruption and a string of ethics investigations and convictions of people they placed into positions of power and trust. They deserve better. We all deserve better."[34]

Jones supports investment into renewable energy research and further wildlife conservation. He also supports the Paris Agreement on the environment and opposes the United States withdrawal ordered by President Trump; Jones says it would have significant negative effects on the environment.[34]

Jones ran on a platform of strengthening American national defense. In an interview with The Birmingham News, Jones said he favored increasing defense spending, saying it would boost Alabama's local economy, particularly in the areas around NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and the U.S. Army's Redstone Arsenal, and would protect America from foreign threats.[39]---Wikipedia

The Jones victory in Alabama was not the result of a "lesser of two evils" proposition...

Even if not progressive, his win represents progress for Alabama...

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Comment by Ron Powell on December 13, 2017 at 8:03am

McConnell won't permit Jones to be sworn in before 1 January 2018...

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on December 13, 2017 at 8:15am

Yep.  Jones is WAAAAY better than Moore, but that certainly doesn't mean he is anywhere close to good.

Comment by koshersalaami on December 13, 2017 at 8:24am

How many of his positions are undesirable? His reducing of corporate taxes isn't what I'd call a good idea because I don't think it would increase investment in domestic employment. Increasing military spending may not be the best idea either but his reasoning, that government spending is necessary to strengthen the economy and the jobs picture, is sound, not that I'd use that vehicle to do it. 

Or are we looking at positions not listed here?

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on December 13, 2017 at 9:19am

I am forced to say here that I remain pleased, as always, when The Perfect does not undermine The Good...and particularly in a political/cultural context where anything like The Perfect is not just tough to have but when it is wholly absent from that context. 

Comment by Robert Young on December 13, 2017 at 9:33am

kind of on topic, I guess:  it is reported that the FBI agent(s) suspended/removed from Mueller's staff said Orange Julius Caesar was an "idiot".  that's less than the fucking moron that Tillerson voiced.  shouldn't Tillerson be fired?  well, he will, of course.  and, of course, they observed accurately.

Comment by Tom Cordle on December 13, 2017 at 2:37pm

Obviously, the election of Doug Jones is cause for celebration. But I suggest we curb the enthusiasm a bit, until we see how he votes. My guess? Since he openly admitted that winning this job was a lifelong ambition, he certainly would like to keep it. And to get re-elected in Alabama, he will have to follow a fairly conservative path. I suspect his record will be a lot closer to that of his friend Richard Shelby, than to say, Elizabeth Warren.

Comment by Robert Young on December 13, 2017 at 3:46pm

I wonder:  is there some law which keeps McConnell from doing a Garland, and never seating him??

Comment by Ben Sen on December 14, 2017 at 9:30am

This is hardly a decisive victory.  Reports that it indicates a turning point are far too premature, and dangerous since it will lead people to think our national nightmare is coming to an end when the battle has really just begun.


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