Roy Moore’s god fails to come through

December 14, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

It turned out as it should have. Democrat Doug Jones, his honor and history intact, defeated Roy Moore.

Moore talks a lot about how God guides his campaigns. Well, God saw what was best for Alabama, and selected Jones – at least, that’s what the perspective from Moore should be.

As of this writing, Moore hadn’t even had the decency to concede the election, but whether he does nor not, Doug Jones is the next U.S. senator from Alabama. Let’s hope Moore fades from public life, once and for all.

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My wife is Time’s Person of the Year

December 7, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

I was heartened and encouraged by Time magazine’s Person of the Year. It’s one of those years where the person is persons.

One of those persons is my wife.

No, not Taylor Swift. Nor Alyssa Milano. Nor Rose McGowan. Nor Selma Blair.

Veronica Pike Kennedy. My wife. Whom I’m so proud of.

She, too, is a #metoo. She was spanked aggressively by a publisher at one of the newspapers she worked for. Hopefully, the reporters now looking into this string of spanking incidents at this newspaper will publish something soon. And we know Veronica wasn’t the only one.

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Charles Barkley nails it on Alabama’s US Senate race

November 30, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

In the special U.S. Senate General Election on Dec. 12 between Democrat Doug Jones and twice-ousted state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, I guess I’m with former Auburn University and NBA great Charles Barkley.

Before Saturday’s Iron Bowl, Barkley made it simple to reporters before the game won impressively by Auburn:

“I mean Roy Moore is running with (former Donald Trump aide) Steve Bannon as his right-hand man, who is a white separatist. I’m not even get(ting) into the women stuff, but … how can you be a white separatist and represent all the constituents in your state? I mean, everybody is going crazy over the sexual allegations. Roy Moore to me, when he brought in Steve Bannon, should have been disqualified.”

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Heroes in our midst

November 22, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

There are a lot of women out there who are my heroes. My wife, Veronica, is right at the top, no doubt.

Since last week’s column, where Veronica allowed me to share the two times she’s been sexually assaulted, we’ve heard from many people, including one reporter who is looking into the assault where a newspaper publisher spanked Veronica.

Another of my heroes is attorney Paula Cobia, who is representing Gloria Deason, one of the original four women who came forward in a Washington Post story accusing Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual assault and improper contact.

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About Roy Moore, there’s just too much there

November 16, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

One of the most puzzling, and frustrating, reactions to this whole Roy-Moore-chased-and-sexually-assaulted-teen-girls story is the lack of compassion and understanding from men.

First, whether the stories are absolutely true, we’ll probably never know. There aren’t any selfies, though a 30-something man signing a high school girl’s yearbook is pretty damning: “Love, Roy Moore, DA.” Unless Moore, who refuses to answer questions other than to holler the tired “fake news,” finds his real Christian spirit and confesses and repents, it’ll likely continue to be a he-said, she-said.

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We must not forget LBJ

November 9, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Woody Harrelson is amazing as Lyndon Baines Johnson in the just-released movie LBJ.

I’m afraid this movie may not have legs. It’s showing in one theater in Birmingham, and my wife and I attended the Saturday afternoon matinee with maybe a dozen other people.

That aside, everybody should see this movie. I know LBJ isn’t on anybody’s radar these days. We have Trump, mass killings, and so much other stuff to occupy us.

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A woman’s right to choose: It’s the law of the land

November 2, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

I rarely write about abortion. There simply isn’t much new to say, and the various camps – pro-life and pro-choice – are firmly entrenched in their positions.

Yet, the federal courts continue to uphold a woman’s right to choose, and that’s as it should be.

State Rep. Mack Butler, R-Rainbow City, clearly overreacted to federal judge’s order this week that ruled two Alabama laws that limited abortion are unconstitutional.

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Don’t take the bait; ban puppy mills instead

October 26, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Many people who know me, know that my wife, Veronica, and I are into animal rescue – mostly dogs, of course. We have a grumble of pugs at our house, all of them rescues.

One, Keller, is blind and was used up in a puppy mill in the Cullman area. We, of course, assume much of that because Keller was picked up as a stray by animal control and would have been euthanized if our friend Wendy Michelle Montealegre hadn’t pulled her the day she was supposed to be put down.

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An exciting new era for Birmingham

October 19, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Here in Birmingham, the excitement continues after Randall Woodfin solidly defeated incumbent Mayor William Bell in the Oct. 3 runoff for mayor.

So beginning Nov. 28, the state’s largest city will have that city’s youngest mayor in a long, long time. Woodfin, 36, and a lawyer in the city’s legal department, ran a magnificent campaign. Bell’s campaign was typical Bell – depending on his backers (many, Over-the-Mountain businesspeople) – and it was not very enthusiastic.

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Our gun culture kills and kills again

October 12, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Once again, a mass shooting. A man using guns he shouldn’t have been able to legally obtain gunned down nearly 600 people at a music festival in Las Vegas, killing 58 before taking his own life in his 32nd floor hotel room 300 yards away.

I’m already hearing the conspiracy theories – that no single person could fire that many hundreds – thousands? – of rounds by himself. That more people had to be involved. That no law would have prevented this individual from obtaining the semi-automatic weapons he acquired and turned into automatic weapons.

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