Opinion | This is why women are so mad

January 17, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Donna Dunlap just wanted to work.

She just wanted to go to a job each day, do what was asked of her, earn enough money to support herself and family and then go home. Maybe a periodic raise, maybe someone could toss an “atta girl” her way.

But that’s it. That’s all she wanted. Which, in the grand scheme of this world, isn’t asking a whole helluva lot.

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Opinion | MLK statue long overdue at State Capitol

January 15, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

At a ceremony Monday at the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in downtown Montgomery, Gov. Kay Ivey will announce Alabama’s inclusion in a 12-state Civil Rights Trail.

The Trail will feature historic landmarks in several cities, including 10 sites in Montgomery alone.

At none of those Montgomery sites will there be a statue of Martin Luther King Jr.

Because there isn’t a single statue of the man in Montgomery.

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Opinion | Why doesn’t it hurt to be wrong anymore?

January 12, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Do conservatives never feel dumb?

Maybe “dumb” is too harsh. Embarrassed? Ashamed?

Any of those? Any feeling resembling some level of remorse for loudly holding a belief that is 100 percent wrong?

Because, I hate to be the bearer of tough news here, but you guys are wrong a lot.

A whole lot.

On some pretty basic things.

I suppose that happens when your every belief eschews facts in favor of feels. But still, I wonder if you feel badly when your long-held beliefs — particularly those that are hurtful to your fellow Americans — prove to be untrue?

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Opinion | The real State of the State

January 11, 2018

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

The State of the State in Alabama? As always, it’s great.

Gov. Kay Ivey gave her first State of the State address Tuesday night. As one would expect, all is well. We’re doing great. Nothing to worry about here.

Nothing.

We do this every year. When has a governor actually told us the truth? When have we heard we need lots of work? When have we been told we’re not living up to our potential?

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Opinion | History may record Sen. Richard Shelby as Alabama’s greatest senator

January 10, 2018

By Steve Flowers
Inside the Statehouse

A few months back the Jefferson County Republican Party honored our Senior U.S. Senator, Richard Shelby. It was held at The Club in Birmingham. The view from atop Red Mountain from this elegant club is spectacular, especially at night from the ballroom. The glass enclosure allows you to see the grandeur of the Birmingham skyline. As you glimpse at the scene you can see many of the buildings that are the heart of the University of Alabama/Birmingham.

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Opinion | Alabama the state could learn a thing or two from Alabama the football team

January 9, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama won another college football title on Monday night.

We can quibble over how many total titles the Crimson Tide has won over the years, but I think we can all agree that it’s a lot. Auburn has been no slouch, either, especially lately.

And those facts have always bothered me.

How is it possible, in this state where we do so much wrong, that we can’t draw from the lessons of the one thing we do so right?

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Opinion | Exposing Spanky and the gang

January 5, 2018

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

When my wife, Veronica, publicly told about the brutal spanking she endured from former Anniston Star Publisher H. Brandt Ayers in the Star newsroom in 1975, I didn’t realize how the story would spread nationally and internationally.

I knew it would be big in Alabama; I just didn’t realize how far and wide this story would be told.

I’ve known our whole married life (38 years) about the assault. I’ve known how it has affected my wife and stayed with her. But I never would have written about it unless Veronica said she was ready to tell her story.

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2018 Legislative Session: Prepare to pander

January 3, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Welcome to 2018, Alabama.

If any state should welcome the opportunity for a fresh start — a chance to sort of hit a reset button and regroup — it is this one.

Robert Bentley’s sext messages — the electronic equivalent of drinking a shot of hydrogen peroxide — are in the past. The worst campaign in U.S. political history — Roy Moore and his Political Panhandlers Bible Thumping Band — has mercifully been forced into temporary obscurity, with only the bilking of the gullible left.

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Steve Flowers: Democrat Doug Jones won because Roy Moore was the Republican nominee

January 3, 2018

By Steve Flowers
Inside the Statehouse

As we enter the 2018 campaign season, many of you have asked me to look back and analyze the 2017 Special Election Senate race and explain in depth what happened and why. The most asked question is how could a Democrat win a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama and does this mean that we are now possibly a two party state? I will give you numerous answers, however, the simple answer to why a Democrat won is that Roy Moore was the Republican nominee. Are we a state that can go either way in an open U.S. Senate seat? As we have just seen, it is possible but not probable.

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Journalist Eddie Burkhalter’s principles are intact; the Anniston Star’s, not so much

January 1, 2018

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Journalist Eddie Burkhalter did what few in our business will ever do.

Burkhalter quit his job on at The Anniston Star in November on principle because the newspaper wouldn’t allow him to pursue a story about allegations that former Star Publisher H. Brandt Ayers spanked some of his women employees over the years.

As a former Star reporter myself, I know these are more than allegations. My wife, Veronica, was actually a victim of such an assault.

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