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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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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Honesty is the best policy – Duh!

May 24, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

A few themes running through the news threads at The Alabama Political Reporter this week underscore one stark reality: Our public officials, elected and otherwise, are not honest with us.

OK, the cynic in us knows this already, but it’s worth emphasizing again.

First, APR’s Josh Moon pointed out Tuesday that our lawmakers don’t work for the people who elect them. They work for lobbyists who will likely take care of them when re-election time comes (meaning: themselves).
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Handicapping the field

May 24, 2017

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
By Steve Flowers

Well folks, the field is set for the sprint to fill the open US Senate seat of Jeff Sessions.

The primary is less than three months away on August 15. There will probably be a run-off on September 26 and the winner of that GOP run-off will be our Junior Senator from Alabama. In the Heart of Dixie, winning the Republican nomination is tantamount to election. The December 12 General Election will be a coronation for the winner of the September 26 Republican primary.
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A Disquisition on Greed in Politics, Part 1: Diagnosing Greed in Politics

May 24, 2017

By Sam McLure
Alabama Political Reporter

 

“One who is greedy stirs up strife . . .”

Solomon

 

“The World is One Big Whorehouse”

Greed in politics. Everyone knows it’s there. A reporter’s favorite hobby is exposing a politician’s hypocritical greed. Yet, tracing the ways of greed in politics is like tracking a snake in a boulder field. Its trail is elusive, and the more you hunt it, the more it seems to hunts you. In fact, greed, like lust, seeks to daily corrupt all of our motives and actions.
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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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A disquisition on greed in politics, an introduction with Mr. Blue Suit

May 23, 2017

By Sam McLure
Alabama Political Reporter

“I have no doubt from what I daily see that our whole system is rapidly becoming a mere money-making concern to those who have the control of it.”

US Senator Calhoun, (Circa 1848)

The Big 4 meet Mr. Blue Suit

The State of YullaMama is located in the southern region of North America. YullaMama’s average temperature is well above 90 degrees. It’s warm weather has proven to be a fertile environment for the ice-production business. Currently there are four ice production companies that retain 95 percent of the market share – the Big 4.
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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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The race is on

May 18, 2017

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

The race for our open US Senate seat will be the marquee political event for the remainder of this year. It will be a great show. However, we have a sensational and pivotal 2018 Governor’s race evolving simultaneously. This much-anticipated gubernatorial derby will be affected by the preliminary Senate horse race.

The political landscape has changed dramatically with the decisive move by new Governor Kay Ivey to call for the election of Jeff Sessions’ successor to the Senate this year.
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My gun dilemma solved…..for now

May 17, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

The good news, as reported by The Alabama Political Reporter’s Brandon Moseley Monday, is there are only four more days in this year’s Legislative Session. That down to three now.

Legislative sessions usually can’t end fast enough, especially with some of the proposals that turn up. The General Fund and education budgets – the Legislature’s primary responsibility – are basically in the can.

One issue I’ve been watching the whole Session with interest is SB24, the so-called Gun Bill. Sponsored by Sen. Gerald Allen (R-Tuscaloosa), it would allow anybody qualified to have a gun to be able to carry it concealed without buying a gun permit from their local sheriff.
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