Poor ol’ Mike Hubbard

May 25, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Poor Mike Hubbard.

         That unlucky fella just couldn’t catch a break, had the whole world turn on him by mistake. There he was, just trying to make a living and be a good public servant, when, BAM!, out of nowhere came this overzealous prosecutor totally misreading the law and trying to make Hubbard out to be some kind of criminal.

         It’s outrageous, egregious, audacious what the attorney general’s office has done to poor ol’ Hubbard – a man who only wanted to earn a private living while doing public work. Have mercy, Alabama Appellate Court, have mercy.
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Ivey signs bill regulating faith-based youth camp

May 25, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

With only a couple of days to spare, Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday signed into law a bill that will allow DHR to regulate and inspect residential youth camps, a spokeswoman for Ivey said.

The legislation, HB440, sponsored by Rep. Steve McMillan, originated after numerous complaints, a handful of convictions and stories from national media outlets over horrible abuses at camps for “troubled teens” — a catchall term that could mean kids with attitude problems or children who are gay. Usually billing themselves as some sort of church-affiliated outfits, the camps were supposed to take troubled teens and instill discipline.
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Bill to regulate troubled youth camps in danger of dying on Governor’s desk

May 24, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

On the phone last week, Charles Kennedy, a retired police captain who served more than 20 years, was near tears and he wasn’t hiding it.

“I’m just so proud I could cry – I think I’m going to, actually,” Kennedy said.

The emotional swell for Kennedy came just after Rep. Steve McMillan called with news that Legislation Kennedy had been pushing for years had quietly passed both Houses and was on the way to Gov. Kay Ivey to be signed into law.
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Letter to Gov. Ivey: There’s a way out of the Confederate monuments mess

May 24, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Dear Gov. Kay Ivey,

Hello there, Governor. Hope you’re well. And I mean that – I wouldn’t dare wish illness on anyone in this State after what those in your political party have done to healthcare around here.

But I’m not writing today about healthcare. That’s an incredibly complicated issue (who knew, right!) that would take far too long. Thankfully, my subject matter is much easier.
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Alabama government: It’s not about you

May 23, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

It’s probably worth remembering that Alabama’s Legislators work for you.

The men and women who roam the halls of the State House, crafting legislation (or, more likely, copying it verbatim from some lobbyist) and running Alabama are representatives of us. All of us.

That means they’re supposed to be in Montgomery doing what we want, taking care of our needs.

I’ll pause while you recover from laughing hysterically.
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Gov. Ivey’s office says she’s “healthy,” doesn’t dispute APR report

May 19, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

While Gov. Kay Ivey’s office declined to confirm on Thursday that she had been admitted to a Colorado hospital for “stroke-like” issues in April 2015, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency all but did.

On Wednesday, APR reported that numerous sources said Ivey spent four days in a Colorado hospital when she became ill during an Aerospace States Association convention. Ivey, then Lieutenant Governor, was the chairperson for the ASA that year and spoke during its annual meeting on April 17.
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It’s never racism in the Alabama Legislature

May 18, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

It’s never racism.

So, just stop it with that. You’re ruining racism for the people who really experience it – the kind where someone burns a cross in your yard, makes you drink from a different water fountain, won’t let you sit in the front of the bus, makes your kids attend a different school.

You know, real racism.

Not an email.

An email isn’t racist. Be serious. That was a joke – an innocent attempt at lightening the mood.
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Auditor: Office of Information Technology went on spending spree

May 17, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Over the course of 22 months, Alabama Medicaid doled out more than $3 million to purchase office and computer equipment that Alabama Auditor Jim Zeigler said was mostly meant to facilitate the agency’s participation in the automated CARES program, records supplied by Zeigler’s office show.

Zeigler said that after reading a story in APR that documented Alabama Medicaid spending $500,000, authorized by the Office of Information Technology, to purchase furniture for the CARES program, he requested all agency expenses during that timeframe – Sept. 2014 through June 2016 – related to CARES.
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Autism Bill show worthy of the WWE

May 17, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

My mother was wrong.

For years, she told me that professional wrestling was a waste of time – a brain cell-melter. It was silly, she said, as she recommended that I use my time more wisely. I should be reading or studying or doing something to prepare me for life, she thought.

Well, she got it all wrong.

Turns out, that pro wrestling – or ‘wrasslin’ – prepared me just fine for my career. I couldn’t have picked a better way to get ready for a career covering the Alabama Legislature.
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Key player in Alabama prison plan accused of kickbacks by Mississippi AG

May 16, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

A key amendment in the $845 million prison construction bill could leave state officials negotiating with a company being sued by Mississippi for allegedly offering kickbacks and bribes during that state’s prison transformation project.

The amendment in question, which was added during debate on the Senate floor by Sen. Bobby Singleton, requires state officials to make “a good faith effort” to purchase the privately-owned prison facility in Perry County. (A separate amendment from Singleton makes it clear that private prisons can operate in the state should the prison construction bill pass.)
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