Waiting for the postmortem analysis of Tuesday’s Senate election

December 11, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

In the distant future, cooler heads will perhaps give a detailed examination of this U.S. Senate race to determine the postmortem of the news media, political parties and the body politic as a whole. Any reasonable person will look back and see this was a moment in time with no winners, only losers.

When The Washington Post story broke about Moore’s alleged sexual behavior on November 9, I asked APR’s staff to closely diagram the report because over the coming weeks I believed it would be difficult to determine facts from lies. And as one accuser became two and two became nine, and sexual allegations became pedophilia, the fevered pitch of reporting would leave even the most fair-minded reporter with some measure of confusion.

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Surprise: Survey finds conservatives and liberals differ on free speech

December 6, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A recent survey from the libertarian think tank Cato Institute shows that a vast majority of Americans think that political correctness is suppressing conversations about critical issues facing our society.

The Cato 2017 Free Speech and Tolerance Survey, recently issued the results of a national poll of 2,300 U.S. adults, which found a great divide between Democrats and Republicans on what should be allowed as free speech.

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Troy King back in the game with big money from small donors

December 4, 2017

By Bill Britt

Alabama Political Reporter

A campaign finance report filed today shows former Republican Attorney General Troy King is back in the game, raising over $130,000.00 in small donations in just over two weeks.

King, once thought to be another asterisk in former Gov. Bob Riley’s scheme to hold onto the reins of power after leaving office in 2010, formally filed his campaign with the secretary of state’s office in mid-November.
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Majority Republicans doubt Moore’s accusers: some reasons why

December 4, 2017

By Bill Britt 
Alabama Political Reporter

A new poll by CBS News finds that 71 percent of Alabama Republicans believe the allegations against Roy Moore are false. Of those surveyed, 92 percent of Republicans who don’t believe the claims against Moore think, “Democrats are behind the charges,” and 88 percent say, “newspapers and the media are behind them.” When reports leave gaps in a story or cite inaccuracies as fact, it’s not surprising that a vast majority of Republicans doubt what they read in the news and hear on television.

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For many conservatives, it’s about the courts, not Moore

November 29, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Over the last several weeks, Republicans of all stripes have struggled to come to terms with accusations leveled at U.S. Senate candidate Judge Roy S. Moore. He is not the standard bearer the party establishment wanted; he has never been universally accepted by all in the Grand Old Party, and to say that liberal Democrats loathe Moore is perhaps the understatement of 2017. But what most faith and values voters realize is that a vote for Moore on Dec. 12 is greater than one man or party.

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Court records may point to timeline of Moore’s alleged assault

November 27, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A Washington Post story published November 9 offers a detailed account of Leigh Corfman’s first encounter with then 32-year-old Assistant District Attorney Roy Moore at the Etowah County Court House. The year was 1979, according to The Post, when Corfman accompanied her mother to a child custody hearing. Washington Post reporters Stephanie McCrummen, Beth Reinhard and Alice Crites say they confirmed the 1979 hearing using divorce records.  Meeting Moore at the Etowah County Court House was also confirmed by Corfman’s mother, Nancy Wells, now 71, the wife of Dr. Richard Wells. There were at least two custody hearings according to the divorce records one in 1979 another in 1980.

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Are we rubes who cannot read nor count?

November 27, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

National opinion writers, network talking heads and even random strangers are slamming Alabama as a clannish bunch of backwoods, inbred rubes simply too dumb to determine who to elect as U.S. Senator on December 12. And even here at home, much of the same criticism is amplified in print, online and even in these pages.

At the Alabama Political Reporter, we allow all voices with few exceptions, but our primary focus is on accuracy in reporting.

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Report shows Wexford Health Services failing requirements in Indiana

November 15, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Shortly, Gov. Kay Ivey, along with key advisers, will determine what health service provider can best address the court order mandates to improve health care in Alabama’s correctional facilities.

Alabama officials who are considering turning over state prison health care to Wexford Health Services should take time to review the firm’s conduct since taking over Indiana’s contract earlier this year.

There are indications that Wexford is over-promising and under-delivering throughout the country. As reported by Alabama Political Reporter last month, Wexford has failed to deliver on its obligation in Illinois, where it vowed to help that state emerge from federal court supervision.

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Let me be clear: any impropriety with a child is abhorrent

November 13, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

As one more accuser steps forward, it is now difficult to see Roy Moore’s path progress in his bid to become a senator from Alabama. There is already too much carnage left in the wake of the allegations against him.

But knowing Moore, he will not stand down. If he quits, he’s admitting guilt. If he stays, it will most likely only get worse for his accusers, the state of Alabama and for Moore and his family. But I don’t think retreat is in his nature.
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Democratic House Minority Leader speaks out on special election, Moore allegations

November 11, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels, D- Huntsville, Saturday evening released a statement on Facebook praising Republican Gov. Kay Ivey’s commitment to see the December 12 special election move forward, despite calls for her to halt the election after reported allegations against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore.

“The Governor’s announcement that she will not meddle with the December 12 special election for US Senate comes as welcome news,” said Daniels, who was elected as minority leader in 2016. “It would be very troubling indeed for anyone to delay or cancel an election — especially once the voting has commenced. And in this case, both parties have held primaries and runoffs and have selected nominees.”
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