A very bad Roy Moore press event

November 22, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Roy Moore campaign held a press event on Tuesday afternoon.

It was dumb.

I could stop there and you would likely know all you need to know about that … I’m not sure what exactly took place on the capitol steps Tuesday afternoon. A lecture? A physical manifestation of a message board troll ranting?

It was something in that ballpark, and very little of it was helpful, informative or even bearable.

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Heroes in our midst

November 22, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

There are a lot of women out there who are my heroes. My wife, Veronica, is right at the top, no doubt.

Since last week’s column, where Veronica allowed me to share the two times she’s been sexually assaulted, we’ve heard from many people, including one reporter who is looking into the assault where a newspaper publisher spanked Veronica.

Another of my heroes is attorney Paula Cobia, who is representing Gloria Deason, one of the original four women who came forward in a Washington Post story accusing Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual assault and improper contact.

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The big question will be answered soon

November 22, 2017

By Steve Flowers
Inside the Statehouse

The big question in the Senate race is will allegations against Roy Moore and his purported propensities forty-years ago cause him to lose.  We will soon see.  The election is less than three weeks away.

The book on Moore is easy to read.  The polls have consistently revealed that 30 percent of voters like him and 70 percent do not like him.  He is a polarizing figure and well known.

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Morally inferior Alabama

November 21, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Let’s have a conversation about morals.

That’s a big thing in Alabama — morals. Our people love to talk about them, love to pretend that “Alabama morals” — “Southern morals” — are superior. And boy, don’t even get them started on “Christian morals,” which obviously have no equal.

Last week, as I stood outside of the Alabama Capitol building listening to a group of “Women for Roy Moore” prattle on about the goodness and virtue of a man who stands accused of molesting a 14-year-old and sexually assaulting a 16-year-old — among other allegations of inappropriate behavior — I struck up a conversation with a couple of cameramen who were in town for major news outlets covering this dumpster fire of a U.S. Senate race.

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The Roy Moore debate is over

November 17, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Roy Moore saga has jumped the shark.

The exact moment this thing became too absurd for even Alabama is hard to pinpoint, but it definitely occurred during Thursday’s 20-person condescension-fest and press preachin’. Probably around the time they welcomed to the stage “The Activist Mommy blogger,” a middle-aged mother of 10 from Ohio whose expertise in Alabama political issues stems, apparently, from writing hateful things on a blog.

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ASU’s ‘controversial’ hire shouldn’t be controversial

November 16, 2017

By Josh Moon

Alabama Political Reporter

The first controversy has arrived for new Alabama State University president Quinton Ross.

Ross and ASU are drawing criticism from some for the hire of chief of staff Kevin Rolle, who was forced to resign from Alabama A&M after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor forgery charge related to the reimbursement of moving expenses at that university.

This is not a controversy.

The fact that Rolle’s hire is being questioned at all is ridiculous.
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Is Roy Moore’s growing scandal masking larger GOP plot?

November 16, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday morning, a candidate for U.S. Senate threatened to sue his state’s largest newspaper group.

By Wednesday evening, that news was so old, so inconsequential and so boring that it had been bumped entirely from news websites across Alabama.

Think about that.

Roy Moore threatened to sue al.com, took the initial legal steps to do so, and it barely registered.  

Because Wednesday, to use the proper journalistic description, was nuts.

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About Roy Moore, there’s just too much there

November 16, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

One of the most puzzling, and frustrating, reactions to this whole Roy-Moore-chased-and-sexually-assaulted-teen-girls story is the lack of compassion and understanding from men.

First, whether the stories are absolutely true, we’ll probably never know. There aren’t any selfies, though a 30-something man signing a high school girl’s yearbook is pretty damning: “Love, Roy Moore, DA.” Unless Moore, who refuses to answer questions other than to holler the tired “fake news,” finds his real Christian spirit and confesses and repents, it’ll likely continue to be a he-said, she-said.

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Alabama deserves Roy Moore

November 15, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Apparently, this needs to be said again: Alabama does not deserve better than Roy Moore.

Back when former Gov. Robert Bentley was first rumored to have misused taxpayer money to facilitate an affair with his top advisor, there was this crazy idea among many around the state that somehow Alabamians deserved better than Robert Bentley.

He was an embarrassment to the state, they said.

He was making us look foolish, they said.

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Baker leads Alabama Community College System into the future

November 15, 2017

By Steve Flowers
Inside the Statehouse

In March of this year, the Alabama Community College System took a giant leap forward when it brought on a giant in state government and one of Alabama’s preeminent leaders, Jimmy Baker, to be chancellor.

When you have a conversation with Chancellor Baker, he uses words that you do not normally hear in the same sentence, like, “exciting,” and, “community college.” He says it is an exciting time. For a myriad of reasons, across the state, community colleges and technical training have been viewed as second best when it comes to higher education options. Sit down with Chancellor Baker, and you will leave convinced that Alabama’s community colleges can do more to move the state forward than any other entity in the state.

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