Opinion | Alabama the state could learn a thing or two from Alabama the football team

January 9, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama won another college football title on Monday night.

We can quibble over how many total titles the Crimson Tide has won over the years, but I think we can all agree that it’s a lot. Auburn has been no slouch, either, especially lately.

And those facts have always bothered me.

How is it possible, in this state where we do so much wrong, that we can’t draw from the lessons of the one thing we do so right?

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The Death of Andrew Lewis, Part VI: The Wrap Up

January 5, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The final chapter of this sad saga originally had a different ending — one that was, somehow, less depressing. In the months since, however, there has been some activity.

The biggest movement was Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey officially presenting the case to a grand jury. That grand jury declined to indict Eli Miller on any charges — not murder, not manslaughter, nothing. The Lewis family was, of course, devastated.

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AEA settlement gives some control back to Montgomery school board

January 5, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Montgomery County School Board wrestled some control of its school system away from the Alabama State Department of Education on Thursday, by way of a settlement agreement reached in a lawsuit filed by the Alabama Education Association.

AEA sued the ALSDE on behalf of several employees who work within the Montgomery Public Schools system, alleging the state had violated its own rules when it took over the MPS system without a written plan and without outlining a shared system of governance that included the county board.

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Troy King making up ground in AG race fundraising

January 4, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Troy King might be late to the attorney general’s race, but he’s closing the fundraising gap quickly.

Campaign finance reports dropped Wednesday, and King reported raising more than $120,000 in December. That figure was nearly twice what current AG Steve Marshall raised ($64,050) and brings King’s six-week fundraising total to just over $250,000.

He still trails Marshall in total campaign cash by nearly $250,000.

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The Death of Andrew Lewis, Part V: The Explanation

January 3, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Before we get into this part of the story, it’s important to understand a few key facts about the information you’re about to receive.

First and foremost, this is not my opinion about what happened the morning Andrew Lewis was killed.

Second, this is a collection of information from several sources, but it is primarily the re-telling of the story Eli Miller and Mary Jehle, mostly through their attorneys, told Montgomery Police Department officers at the scene and in subsequent interrogations.

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2018 Legislative Session: Prepare to pander

January 3, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Welcome to 2018, Alabama.

If any state should welcome the opportunity for a fresh start — a chance to sort of hit a reset button and regroup — it is this one.

Robert Bentley’s sext messages — the electronic equivalent of drinking a shot of hydrogen peroxide — are in the past. The worst campaign in U.S. political history — Roy Moore and his Political Panhandlers Bible Thumping Band — has mercifully been forced into temporary obscurity, with only the bilking of the gullible left.

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The Death of Andrew Lewis, Part IV: The Scene

January 2, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

There are a few things that everyone who has followed this case knows about the death of Andrew Lewis.

These things have been gleaned from media reports (mostly newspaper reports, since the local TV stations have avoided this story as if it were dipped in Ebola), which themselves were products of reports from the Montgomery Police Department and interviews with city officials.

Things like … Andrew Lewis died from a single gunshot wound. His car, a white Ford Explorer, hit a telephone pole before bursting into flames. Lewis’ killer, Eli Miller, was never taken into custody. Lewis’ longtime girlfriend, who was at the scene when Lewis died, had her car rammed by Lewis during an intense car chase.

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Perspective | The Top Ten Alabama Politics Stories of 2017

December 29, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

1. The … Democrat from Alabama?:

The reddest of the red states turned purple on Dec. 12. Democrat Doug Jones pulled off one of the most stunning upsets in recent political history, beating Republican Roy Moore and taking over Jeff Sessions’ vacated U.S. Senate seat.

Yeah, sure, Moore was a polarizing candidate, who was disliked even within the Republican Party. And yes, Moore was dogged by claims of child molestation and dating teenagers when he was in his 30s. But none of that erases the historical significance of Jones’ win — the first statewide win for a Democrat in this state in more than 20 years.

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New Year’s resolution: Stop the gullibility

December 29, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

According to an email that Roy Moore’s campaign sent out to supporters and the media, more than $70,000 has been raised over the last week from donations for Moore’s “election integrity fund.”

Think about that.

Think some more about that.

Now, be angry.

For all of the cheering and congratulating and pontificating that has gone on since Doug Jones won Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat, there has been one glaring fact that has gone largely unmentioned: The worst candidate in years, operating in a campaign that could have been better run by field mice, nearly won.

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The Death of Andrew Lewis, Part III: The Night Of

December 29, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The evening of Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, was not a remarkable one for Andrew Lewis.

The 31-year-old musician was playing a normal gig at the Alley Bar in downtown Montgomery, with his band, Medicine Chest. He stopped by his parents’ house before the show to eat, then, as he had done dozens of times before, headed out to sing his music at a Montgomery bar. Lewis was a staple at Montgomery bars, with essentially standing gigs at 1048, the Alley Bar and others. He was well-known, he was, by all accounts, well-liked.

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