Discrimination: We still don’t know what it is

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Some people seem to be confused about what constitutes discrimination.

Bill Hightower is one, which is unfortunate, since he’s a State Senator in Alabama and should know better. Rich Wingo is another who’s confused, and that’s just as unfortunate, since he’s a State Representative.

Both Hightower and Wingo are sponsors of the same bill – one that would, to hear them tell it, prevent discrimination against faith-based adoption agencies.
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“The Measure of a Man is Not How Tall You Stand”: Alabama’s Political Candidates and Their Capacity to Care for Orphans

By Sam McLure
Alabama Political Report

“Oh I say the measure of a man
Is not how tall you stand”

4 Him, The Measure of a Man, 1995

Alabama has exciting days ahead of it.  Our next US Senator will likely be decided August 15, 2017.  Almost every other statewide elected official and every member of the Legislature will be up for election on November 6, 2018.

Over the coming weeks and months, we will be inundated with announcements of men and women running for office, with their accompanying propaganda.  Alabama’s legendary Chief Justice Roy Moore is slated to announce whether he will pursue US Senate or Governor on Wednesday, April 26, at 1:30 on the Capitol Steps in Montgomery.
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SPLC, HRC, and HB 440: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Cosmic Struggle Between Good and Evil

By Sam McLure
Alabama Political Reporter

Every good story has character development and plot. So, let’s start with character development.

First, Human Rights Campaign: HRC’s stated mission “envisions a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people are ensured equality and embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.” In order to achieve that mission, HRC has one large and lofty legal goal – that the Federal Government will classify a homosexual lifestyle as a protected class.
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Alabama Legislature Recap Week 9: All questions, no answers

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Question: What happened in the Alabama Legislature this past week?

  1. Lawmakers wasted time and money, like always.
  2. Lawmakers passed embarrassing, illegal legislation.
  3. Lawmakers got into entertaining arguments.
  4. All of the above.

It’s always “All of the above.”

Let’s recap this nonsense.

Civically speaking

One of the most entertaining debates of the week came as the House attempted to pass a bill sponsored by Sen. Arthur Orr, which he had already ushered through the Senate, to require that Alabama high school students pass a civics test prior to graduating.
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It doesn’t have to be like this, Alabama

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

At any other time, in any other State, the events of Wednesday in Alabama would have been big news.

The State’s Supreme Court Chief Justice was officially suspended from office for the remainder of his term. The Court of the Judiciary had already suspended Roy Moore, but he had appealed that decision to a special Alabama Supreme Court, which upheld the suspension.

That’s big news, right?
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Luther Strange and a very bad choice

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday was not a good day for Luther Strange.

Alabama’s appointed US Senator found out by way of a phone call from Gov. Kay Ivey that she was reversing course and calling a Special Election to be held later this year for the seat Strange currently holds.

Strange, Alabama’s former Attorney General, is the only announced candidate for that seat. And he was banking on staying in it until Nov. 2018, when, if his plan worked, he would be officially elected to that seat.
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Only one week in, Kay Ivey making some good decisions

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Kay Ivey has been Governor for barely a week, but she’s already moved aggressively to correct some of the mistakes of recently disgraced Gov. Robert Bentley, who resigned Monday before last after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor corruption charges.

Ivey immediately started rearranging the Governor’s staff, including accepting the resignation of Jon Mason, the husband of Bentley’s girlfriend Rebekah Mason. She also accepted the resignation of ALEA Secretary Stan Stabler. After former ALEA Secretary Spencer Collier refused to follow orders from Bentley he believed were wrong, Collier was booted and Stabler hired. Stabler did what Bentley asked.
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A great movie, but would anyone believe it?

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

We in the Deep South have a unique history of political theatrics. The only northern states that rival our colorfulness are New Jersey and Illinois. In those two states you are expected to be corrupt, especially Chicago.

Our most colorful southern state has always been Louisiana. The parishes and bayous of the Pelican State gave us Huey Long and other characters. No other states can hold a candle to Louisiana’s brazen corruption. They not only expect their politicians to steal and cavort, they frown on them if they do not. The environment of Louisiana politics is bred towards corruption and debauchery. They not only gave us the glamour of the King Fish, Huey Long, they are proud of their infamous reputation.
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Taylor hire wrong for many reasons

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The biggest problem with Bryan Taylor serving as general counsel to the governor of Alabama – which he is as of Monday – isn’t so much that he’s tied to former Gov. Bob Riley and the spring from which so much political corruption in this State has flowed.

Don’t get me wrong. Taylor is absolutely connected to the Riley Machine – is one of the main cogs, in fact – but that’s not the biggest problem.
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Alabama Legislature Recap Week 8: Shhhh! Maybe they won’t notice

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Here’s breaking news: The Alabama Legislature did Legislature stuff this week.

That’s right, while you were busy watching the Luv Guv love himself right out of office in the weirdest way yet, our Senators and Representatives were discussing and voting on legislation.

Most of it was incredibly dumb, and provided clear evidence that our lawmakers mostly don’t care about the constitution, will choose money over kids and apparently don’t watch “Game of Thrones.”
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