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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Dear America: An apology for Roy Moore, and all the rest

November 13, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Dear America,

We’re sorry.

I’m speaking for all of us here in Alabama, even if some of these people will never apologize and never believe that they’ve done anything wrong.

The rest of us know better, though.

We know what we’ve done to all of America over the past year, when the Alabamization of this country began. You weren’t ready for it, and I told you last November that no amount of lowering expectations could possibly prepare you for the river of lunacy that was rushing towards you.
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There is no bottom for Roy Moore Republicans

November 10, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Maybe there is no rock bottom for the Alabama Republican Party.

Maybe it’s just that mushy mud that you find on the bottom of the Tennessee River, and the ALGOP just keeps burrowing deeper and deeper into the muck and filth.

Thursday brought on a new bout of digging, with a familiar face behind the shovel.

Roy Moore. The ever-constant posterboy for what is wrong in Alabama politics.

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We must not forget LBJ

November 9, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Woody Harrelson is amazing as Lyndon Baines Johnson in the just-released movie LBJ.

I’m afraid this movie may not have legs. It’s showing in one theater in Birmingham, and my wife and I attended the Saturday afternoon matinee with maybe a dozen other people.

That aside, everybody should see this movie. I know LBJ isn’t on anybody’s radar these days. We have Trump, mass killings, and so much other stuff to occupy us.

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Roy Moore is on the run

November 8, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

It was all just a show.

I think that deep down most everyone knew this about Roy Moore — that his entire persona was nothing more than a contrived act. A ruse. A way to tweak his ego and bring easy money to his doorstep.

He’s not the tough Christian soldier. He’s not a cowboy. He’s not a pistol-toting, leather vest-wearing warrior.
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Looking at races and ruin

November 8, 2017

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE

By Steve Flowers

We still have the culmination of the race for the seat of Jeff Sessions set to be determined in less than five weeks on December 12. Roy Moore, as the Republican nominee, is the favorite. However, the Democrat, Doug Jones could make it a closer race than first thought. He has raised some money and gained some traction, and Moore has a good many detractors among Republican and independent voters.

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It’s time to squash America’s irrational love of guns

November 6, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

When did it become cool to own a bunch of guns?

This is the thing that has always escaped me in the never-ending gun debate: Just when in the hell did owning a gun make you the macho, cool guy?

For most of my early life, growing up in the South, where pretty much everyone owned a shotgun and rifle for hunting, I didn’t know a soul who owned a bunch of handguns or assault rifles. Oh, our dads and granddads had revolvers that were kept in underwear drawers, with bullets that were stored somewhere in the house.

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Republicans stink at governing

November 3, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Republicans are the greatest con men on Earth.

I am almost in awe of their skills and abilities to dupe the Republican voters into voting for them. At all. Much less to the point that they control Congress and the White House.

Because every hard statistic says they’re awful at governing.

Seriously, there’s not a single metric available that indicates the GOP’s ideas for governance are successful, particularly in the long term. They are horrible at foreign relations, downright atrocious at infrastructure, loudly wrong about policing and crime prevention and just God awful at unifying.

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A woman’s right to choose: It’s the law of the land

November 2, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

I rarely write about abortion. There simply isn’t much new to say, and the various camps – pro-life and pro-choice – are firmly entrenched in their positions.

Yet, the federal courts continue to uphold a woman’s right to choose, and that’s as it should be.

State Rep. Mack Butler, R-Rainbow City, clearly overreacted to federal judge’s order this week that ruled two Alabama laws that limited abortion are unconstitutional.

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Alabama’s Silver Haired Legislature

November 1, 2017

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
By Steve Flowers

With all the changes and uncertainty surrounding Alabama government in recent months, including political appointments, high level resignations, special elections, runoff elections and a host of new candidates tossing their names into the 2018 election circus, Alabamians might be relieved to know one thing remains steady and solid and many may never have heard of it – Alabama’s Silver Haired Legislature is one of Alabama’s crown jewels.

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