Alabama Legislature Week 3: Take the gun, leave the backpack

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

It’s hard to believe that we’re already through Week 3 in the 2017 Regular Session.

Actually, wait, no it’s not. It’s very believable, since these folks work like four hours per day. They showed up at 1 on Tuesday and bounced by early afternoon on Thursday. And somewhere in the middle they found time to criticize other people for taking state money and not doing enough work.
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The hypocrisy isn’t even surprising anymore

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

If you have dealt in politics for any length of time, you have come to expect hypocrisy.

It’s as natural as breathing.

You come to expect politicians to complain about certain groups out of one side of their mouths, then use the other side of their mouths to beg those same groups for money.

You expect righteous indignation from some politicians at the mere suggestion that they’re secretly in bed with certain groups, and you know full well that the louder the protest, the more likely it is that that politician is so deep in bed with that group, he’s underneath the fitted sheet.
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Bill allowing adoption agencies to discriminate is all that’s wrong with Alabama government

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

In order to prevent discrimination, we need to discriminate.

That seemed to be the message Wednesday morning in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee meeting, as Sen. Bill Hightower pushed a bill that would purportedly protect religiously-affiliated adoption agencies from discrimination by the State.

Or to put that another way – a way Hightower repeatedly refused to say out loud – the bill allows Christian adoption agencies that don’t want to place children with gay couples to do so without facing a loss of their State licenses for discrimination.
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Gun permits are a small, but necessary, restriction

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Many innocent (and otherwise) people are killed by gun violence in this state and nation every year. Mass shootings are commonplace. I guess that’s why I continue to be baffled by proposals that make firearms even easier to acquire and to conceal than ever before.

We don’t learn. We don’t even try to.

Just after the new year, the U.S. Congress repealed an Obama administration regulation that made it more difficult for people with mental health issues to obtain guns. Why would Congress do anything that makes it easier for the mentally ill to obtain guns?
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Two Kinds of Republicans

By Sam McClure
Alabama Political Report

The Alabama Republican Party has some serious credibility issues as of late. The most powerful man in the Legislature, Mike Hubbard, was convicted of felony corruption charges. Governor Bentley is under impeachment investigations; appointed the man to US Senate who was responsible for delaying impeachment investigation; and continues his relationship with Rebecca Mason. Finally, the Alabama Republican Party failed to effectively protect Chief Justice Roy Moore from the devices of a militant left agenda.
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The circus begins, and it will leave a mess behind

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

As I have suggested to you, we are looking at one momentous 2018 election year, and it has begun. Get this folks, we have an open governor’s race. We have openings at Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, State Treasurer, Agriculture Commissioner, three seats on the Supreme Court including the Chief Justice position, all 35 state Senate seats, all 105 House seats, one hotly contested congressional seat, as well as 67 sheriffs. Folks, that’s the most political marquee year in my long political life. If media outlets do not make money next year, they ain’t ever gonna make any money.
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“School choice” is an awful choice

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

“School choice” makes no sense.

At least, it doesn’t the way the conservatives currently push it, and it especially makes no sense the way Alabama lawmakers push it.

“School choice,” as it was originally intended, is not an alternative to fixing poor performing public schools. It was a choice between good schools which offered different educational focuses or unique teaching styles.

It was the offer of technical courses or advanced courses or a curriculum more focused on science and math or one based more on the arts or instruction designed to be more effective with learning disabled students or students who have a hard time focusing.
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Alabama Legislature week 2: Careful with those eyeglasses

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Week No. 2 has come and gone in the Alabama Legislature’s 2017 Regular Session, and we’re left with only the memories.

And the awful legislation.

Let’s get to the recap….

 

Rough Start

If the first real day of debate on the House floor sets the tone for the rest of the session, we’re in trouble. Because Tuesday’s opening was as bad as it gets without a fire involved.
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Strange, Bentley and the dumbest scandal ever

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The dumbest, most obvious payoff I ever heard of as a reporter happened in 2000.

I was just starting out, working as a sports reporter, when rumblings began about shady football recruiting payoffs taking place in Memphis and involving the University of Alabama. Supposedly, some Crimson Tide boosters had paid a boatload of money to lure the nation’s top defensive player, a lineman named Albert Means, to Tuscaloosa.
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The man who wears his underwear on his head

By Sam McLure
Alabama Political Report

Have you met the man who wears his underwear on his head? This may sound too absurd for a political periodical, but please stay with me. Fred is 40 years old and lives in his mother’s basement. She washes his clothes, makes him breakfast, and keeps the pantry stocked with his favorite food. All Fred’s mother asks of him is that when he leaves the house, he wears his underwear on his head.
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