My wife is Time’s Person of the Year

December 7, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

I was heartened and encouraged by Time magazine’s Person of the Year. It’s one of those years where the person is persons.

One of those persons is my wife.

No, not Taylor Swift. Nor Alyssa Milano. Nor Rose McGowan. Nor Selma Blair.

Veronica Pike Kennedy. My wife. Whom I’m so proud of.

She, too, is a #metoo. She was spanked aggressively by a publisher at one of the newspapers she worked for. Hopefully, the reporters now looking into this string of spanking incidents at this newspaper will publish something soon. And we know Veronica wasn’t the only one.

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Doug Jones may get close, but close only counts in horseshoes

December 6, 2017

By Steve Flowers
Inside the Statehouse

The final vote for the remaining three years of Jeff Sessions six-year term in the U.S. Senate will be next Tuesday.  The race is between Democrat Doug Jones and Republican Roy Moore.

Jeff Sessions is probably sorry he left his safe Senate seat of 20-years to be at the Justice Department in a tentative position with constant ridicule from an irrational, egomaniac as president.

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There’s nothing left to matter

December 5, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Nothing matters anymore.

Evidence. Facts. Credible allegations. Actual arrests and guilty pleas.

Nope. Negative. Lies. Fake news.

This is America’s motto in 2017: We believe what we want to believe, and dammit, that’s our right.

Which is true, I guess.

Stupid, but true.

Over the last few weeks, I have appeared on countless national TV news shows, as outlets from around the globe seek to get a better understanding of this magical state. They want to understand our voting habits, our beliefs, our feelings.

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Final strange chapter: Fake cancer scam ends in jail time

December 1, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The strangest story I’ve ever covered is over.

A Shelby County Circuit Court judge on Thursday sentenced Jennifer Flynn Cataldo to serve two years for each of two counts of first-degree theft by deception after Cataldo admitted to soliciting tens of thousands of dollars from friends and family in a fake cancer scheme. The two-year terms will run concurrently.  

“Those who prey upon the charitable intentions of good Samaritans not only do a tremendous disservice to those truly in need but also betray the trust of the community,” said Attorney General Steve Marshall in a press release. “This sentence should send a strong signal to others who may harbor similar intentions of deceiving the public’s generosity that there will be a price to pay for breaking the law.”

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Roy Moore v. Doug Jones: A contrast in candidates

November 30, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday evening in Montgomery, U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones stepped out of a downtown restaurant, where he was meeting with a group of local educators and lawmakers about “education issues,” to speak with reporters.

It was endearingly uneventful.

There were no threats. No cameramen were shoved. No one screamed at reporters. No one disparaged large groups of Americans. No one poked fun at anyone else. And everyone seemed pleased, if a bit bored, with the entire thing.

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Charles Barkley nails it on Alabama’s US Senate race

November 30, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

In the special U.S. Senate General Election on Dec. 12 between Democrat Doug Jones and twice-ousted state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, I guess I’m with former Auburn University and NBA great Charles Barkley.

Before Saturday’s Iron Bowl, Barkley made it simple to reporters before the game won impressively by Auburn:

“I mean Roy Moore is running with (former Donald Trump aide) Steve Bannon as his right-hand man, who is a white separatist. I’m not even get(ting) into the women stuff, but … how can you be a white separatist and represent all the constituents in your state? I mean, everybody is going crazy over the sexual allegations. Roy Moore to me, when he brought in Steve Bannon, should have been disqualified.”

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Alabama needs a new normal

November 29, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

It’s funny to me who we shun in Alabama.

That thought crossed my mind Tuesday afternoon as I watched a bunch of the shunned hold a rally on the Capitol steps to speak out against Roy Moore — one of the biggest shunners on the planet.

The rally wasn’t hosted by your “normal Alabamians.”

There was lots of pink and purple hair. Jewelry was inserted into pretty much every spot on people’s heads except their ears. Collectively, there was probably more money spent on tattoos than I spent on my house.

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A tribute to a great Alabamian

November 29, 2017

By Steve Flowers
Inside the Statehouse

Jim Martin passed away recently in Gadsden at 99 years old.  His beloved wife of 70 years, Pat, was by his side.  He was a true Christian gentleman.  Jim was one of the Fathers of the modern Republican Party in the South.

In 1962, John Kennedy was President. Camelot was in full bloom.  The Congress was controlled by Democrats only because the South was solidly Democratic. The southern bloc of senators and congressmen were all Democrats. Because of their enormous seniority, they controlled both houses of Congress.

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The return of intelligence

November 28, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

It is time for intelligence to make a comeback.

Actually, let me rephrase that: It is time for America to again aspire to and value intelligence.

Somewhere along the way — and I think it was when Americans decided that “who’d you rather have a beer with” was a good way to choose a president — we lost our love and respect for intelligence and intelligent people.

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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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