Jeff Sessions and the War on White People

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By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

There’s a war on white people in America.

I know this because Rep. Mo Brooks, the whitest man in all of Alabama, has proclaimed it. Several times.

That’s what’s tripping up Jeff Sessions at his confirmation hearing for US Attorney General. Not Sessions’ past comments. Not his deplorable track record on voting rights. Not his past history as Attorney General in Alabama.

Nope, it’s white people

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Death to judicial override

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By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

During my years as an editorial writer for The Birmingham News, I spent much of that time opposed to the death penalty. The death penalty should be abolished; clearly, innocent people have been killed by the State of Alabama. A number have been released from Death Row after being exonerated at some point, barely dodging the electric chair or, now, the needle.

Eventually, my colleagues and I wrote

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Who’s in or out in 2018 and Trump is good for Alabama

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INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

Alabama is going to fare wall under President Trump. There is an old adage that says, “Those that bake the pie get to eat it.” We truly baked the pie for Trump. We overwhelmingly supported him in the GOP primary and helped him secure the nomination. We then gave him one of the largest mandates in the nation in the November General Election.
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Alabama: the final resting place for facts

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By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

President Obama has been an unmitigated disaster for America.

We don’t know much in Alabama, but we know the above statement is true. Or, I guess I should say, the majority of the voters in this State know that statement to be true.

Flip on a conservative talk radio show. Scroll through the Facebook timeline of your conservative Alabama friend. Engage the average Alabamian in a political conversation.<br

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Bo Bice, Popeye’s chicken and a lesson in racism

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By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Bo Bice likes his chicken without the side of racism, thanks.

The former “American Idol” runner-up and Alabama resident resurfaced this week in one of the oddest ways: claiming on Facebook that he was discriminated against while ordering chicken at a Popeye’s restaurant in the Atlanta airport.

I know, I know. You’re thinking there’s no way this is true. That we finally got 2016 to mercifully

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A translation of US Rep. Bradley Byrne’s “five priorities” column

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By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

I read an interesting guest column on Alabama Political Reporter Tuesday, one written by US Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Mobile). Titled “Five things to watch in 2017,” it listed the five top priorities of the Republicans once so-called Republican Donald Trump is inaugurated as President on Jan. 20.

Byrne was once fairly reasonable. I supported him for Governor when he ran in the Republican Primary

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Bentley should let Trump pick Sessions’ replacement

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INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

This past year in Alabama politics was surprisingly more interesting than was expected. The judicial inquiry commission removed Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore from the bench for telling the probate judges in the state to not perform marriage ceremonies for gay people. He said marriage should be between a man and a woman, as do most people in Alabama. This removal by this vague panel of former

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Alabama Supreme Court makes up more bingo law

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By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Supreme Court (ALSC) has made up more law.

You probably missed this, since it happened on Dec. 23 – the Friday before Christmas. That was the day the ALSC chose to issue its latest anti-electronic bingo ruling – this time against GreeneTrack in Greene County.

The court ruled that machines confiscated from that facility could be destroyed, overruling a lower court’s ruling that found

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Why doesn’t Alabama care about Alabama?

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By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Here we are, at the end of another year. Sunday starts 2017, a year of uncertainty.

What we do know is that Alabama doesn’t really progress much more than in the bottom 50 of the United States. Frankly, we never have.

And that is what’s on my mind.

Why do we allow our state to be a bottom feeder? Why do we not do what we have to do to make Alabama, a state with amazing resources, with great beauty

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Remembering those we lost in 2016

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INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

At the close of every year, my tradition is to acknowledge the passing away of significant political players from the political stage in Alabama. We have lost some icons from politics in the Heart of Dixie this year.

Lucy Baxley passed away in October in Birmingham at 78. She was born on a farm in rural Houston County in the community of Pansy. She went to school at Ashford. After graduation from high

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