The Great Alabama Dilemma: Trump or Sessions

July 25, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Luther Strange definitely loved Donald Trump first, most and hardest.

But Roy Moore loved him a lot, too.

Mo Brooks wanted to love him and he definitely loves him now, has been one of the biggest supporters of the president’s agenda.

Oh, and Jeff Sessions – boy, do they ever love Jeff Sessions.

Strange made it a point to shake Sessions’ hand following the U.S. Attorney General’s testimony before Congress a few weeks back – you know, that time when Sessions forgot about meeting with Russians, forgot about talking with Russians, forgot about what was said during talks with Russians.
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The best ever by far?

July 20, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

This won’t be a long column. Doesn’t have to be. Not much explaining or analysis needed.

Disgraced former Gov. Robert Bentley, in an interview with WVTM-TV this week, said he was “the best Governor Alabama’s ever had by far.”

Yes, he did. He said it.

And: “Had people just left us alone, Alabama would have been a lot better off.”

Bentley said he achieved more in seven years than the previous five governors.
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A truly disgusting display

July 20, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Over the years, I have witnessed an incredible number of awful displays by elected or appointed public officials.

Pretty much any Roy Moore event qualifies. I was at a pep rally thrown by two dozen or so elected lawmakers for a guy who had just been indicted on 23 felonies. I also made it to Gov. Bentley’s last State of the State address – the one where his mistress sat in the balcony and cried while listening to the speech she not-so-secretly wrote.
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Montgomery residents “too stupid” for Siegelman documentary

July 19, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Capri Theater won’t be showing the documentary, “Atticus v. the Architect: The Political Assassination of Don Siegelman,” because its members and the surrounding community are just too stupid.

They’re too stupid to separate fact from fiction.

They’re too stupid to understand that any documentary should be taken as only one source of information on a complicated and complex subject matter.

And they’re just too stupid to figure out some other way to see the film.
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Down the homestretch in US Senate race

July 19, 2017

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

As the horse race for our open US Senate seat heads down the stretch, let’s look at the lay of the land.

All indications are that Roy Moore and Luther Strange are headed for a one-two finish on August 15 and ultimately a runoff on September 26. The winner of that match will be our junior US Senator for the next three years of the Jeff Sessions’ seat term.
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Alabama voters need the pain

July 18, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The next US Senator from Alabama is probably going to be either Luther Strange, the current (appointed) seat holder, Roy Moore, or Rep. Mo Brooks.

I wish that were not the case. But I’ve seen the polling numbers. This is the reality.

Voters in this State will go to the polls and vote for either a guy who sold them out and shirked his sworn duty in order to be appointed to the seat, or a guy who has grandstanded his way to being booted from the Alabama Supreme Court twice, or a guy who deserves to be named Mo from Alabama.
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And then, Jesus wept.

July 13, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

We know what to expect from US Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Madison). We’ve heard his hateful rhetoric for long enough.

But even I never expected the words now coming out of the mouth of US Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose), once one of the few “reasonable” Alabama Republicans out there. I was pulling for Byrne when he ran for Governor against Dr. Dr. Robert “Luv Guv” Bentley. His programs were reasonable; he wasn’t even close to being an alt-right Republican. But then he drank the Kool-Aid. Hell, he overdosed on it.
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Is the MPS intervention another sham?

July 12, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The first email from a Montgomery Public Schools principal landed in my inbox two weeks ago, and it was filled with depressing observations.

This principal had supported the Alabama State Department of Education’s intervention into MPS, had expressed hope that it would finally fix the ailing school system, that the promises of more resources and focused attention would come to fruition.

Then the ALSDE intervention team auditors showed up at his school. They spent about an hour there. They talked to him and his staff for 20 minutes. Then they were gone.
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Sprint to the primary

July 12, 2017

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

The race for our open U.S. Senate seat is evolving. Folks, we are in a brief 33-day sprint to the primary on August 15. The winner of the Republican Primary will be our next junior U.S. Senator. The December 12 General Election will be a coronation for the Republican. The eight Democratic candidates are irrelevant as are at least six of the Republican qualifiers.
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Alabama: The sellout State

July 11, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

There’s Luther Strange, smiling, talking about health care on Fox News, saying he wants to “immediately repeal Obamacare.”

And then he drops a doozy: “In my State of Alabama, we didn’t expand Medicaid. Through innovations and efficiencies, we’ve covered our people.”

If Strange, the appointed Senator from this State, had said that Alabama’s cold in July, he wouldn’t be a bigger liar.

Because it’s impossible to top the absurdity of saying Alabama “covered our people” through innovation and efficiency.
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