Donald Trump and his bitter Twitter

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

President Donald Trump knows how to make news, and he very often does that through Twitter.

It appears, though, he knows more about making “fake news” than the real stuff, even though his Twitter handle is @realDonaldTrump. Better than “@real” would be “@shrill.” The President loves the “ALL CAPS!”

The United States is regularly embarrassed by Trump’s Tweets. When you see the reception Germany’s Angela Merkel received while visiting Trump last week, compared to the reception she enjoyed from Canada’s Justin Trudeau the same week, that’s embarrassing to our country. Trump could at least show some grace. He didn’t.
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Governor’s Derby

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

We are on the cusp of one of the best political years in modern political history in the Heart of Dixie. Prior to the 1970’s our constitution disallowed succession of office for our state constitutional offices. In other words, you could not run for two consecutive four year terms. That is why George Wallace ran his wife in his place in 1966. George and Lurleen campaigned side-by-side. George would wink at the crowds still drawn to courthouse squares by a country band and say, “I’m going to be her number one advisor.” By the way, she won in a landslide. She beat eight male opponents without a runoff, including two former governors, an agriculture commissioner, the sitting state attorney general and two powerful state senators.
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A Trump supporter just believes

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The President of the United States is under investigation for espionage.

Even Alabama’s politicians haven’t tried that yet.

As for the rest of the Trump base here in the State that helped launch his rise to the White House, things are going about like you’d expect. Which is to say, there’s nothing to see here.

Inside the Bubble of Dumb, life is right on track and America is on the verge of returning to greatness.
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Alabama Legislature Week 6: You won’t miss them while they’re gone

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

I have good news and bad news.

First the good news: For the next two weeks, the Alabama Legislature will be on break – a much deserved vacation from the grueling 3-day work weeks and mostly 6-hour days spent thinking hard about stuff.

But here’s the bad news: they weren’t off this week, which means we need to recap all the ways you got hosed over the past three days.
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Don’t have to “Beware the Ides of March” in Alabama

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Beware the Ides of March! That was Wednesday, and while Julius Caesar may have needed to be more careful than he was back then, when the Alabama Legislature is in session, there’s really no reason to worry much. Not much is going to happen.

Not on the Ides of March, or the 16th of March or the 30th of September or in 2018 or 2019 or 2020. Nothing is likely to happen that’ll truly surprise us.
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Want to see public records? It’ll cost you

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama’s Open Records Act stinks.

It’s worthless. It’s mostly unhelpful. And for those entities that know how to use the loopholes and rules to their advantage, the law can actually be a deterrent to accessing open records.

The Alabama Medicaid agency is one of those entities.

In “fulfilling” a recent request I made for documents, the agency highlighted all of the holes in the law and took advantage of every ambiguity to essentially deny me access to public records.
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Internet tax, roads need attention

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

My tradition for over two decades has been to give my children money for Christmas. Under this system there is no returning of items. They get what they want or need. There is no way that I would know what style of clothing, color or size they like. It works well.

The most illuminating thing that occurred to me this year is that both of my daughters and my granddaughter bought all of their Christmas gifts from me online. Without question, our country and state have changed dramatically technologically in my lifetime. Therefore, Alabama and other states have to change the way that sales tax is collected. States have to find a solution and the will to derive sales tax from online purchases.
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Pro-Life Democrats, unicorns, and such

By Sam McLure

“Now, I will believe that there are unicorns.” The Tempest, William Shakespeare

The only perfect Party will be the one that Christ’s followers enjoy in Heaven. Until then, we must make the most of our imperfect associations … which, in humility, we must acknowledge are more imperfect because of our own presence.

A political party which claims to have a monopoly on justice and mercy is self-deceived. There are praise worthy platforms and shameful oddities among Republicans, Democrats, and Libertarians alike.
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Make Alabama Great Again: Vote for You!

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The unemployment rate in Alabama is growing.

That’s right. Growing.

There continue to be more people looking for jobs than jobs being created. We have moved from a low of 6.1 percent unemployment a year ago to 6.3 last month.

At this rate, poor ol’ Gov. Robert Bentley is never going to get that salary he promised he wouldn’t take. And at this point, the guy could use it.
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Alabama Legislature Week 5: Jesus would impeach them all

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

It’s Friday, so you know that means: I’m going to get you high today.

Oops, no, wait, that’s Craig and Smokey.

I’m going to give you the weekly recap of what went down in Alabama’s Legislature.

After which, you’ll want to go get high.

So, roll ‘em up and prepare to puff, puff, give as we run through the mess that was Week 5.

Jesus Hates Sick Kids
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