Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and the American Ideal

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

“Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will,” said Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., speaking at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 3rd, 1968, the night before his assassination.

There are those who see Dr. King as a saint, others as a radical and even some still seek

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Some are using a stalking horse to undermine ethics laws

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The greatest challenge before the Alabama State Legislature when it returns in February is not the budget, schools or Medicaid. It is the slight of hand chicanery used to undermine the State’s ethics laws.

Since the conviction of former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard on 12 felony ethics violations, a coordinated effort has been underway to weaken those laws, with particular focus on how

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Happy New Year: What will you do with your second?

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Before the stroke of midnight brings 2016 to a close, a “leap second” will be added to the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), which means the last minute of this year will have 61 seconds.

What will you do with your second?

As we look towards the New Year, most of us take stock of who we are and what we hope to accomplish in the year ahead. Those of us who live and work in the political

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The shape of things to come?

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Several decisions over the next few weeks and months could significantly affect Alabama’s future for generations. Among these are, the appointment of Senator Jeff Sessions’ replacement, the Special Supreme Court’s ruling in Chief Justice Roy Moore’s appeal and the findings of the Montgomery Grand Jury concerning Governor Robert Bentley.

Bentley is publicly holding casting-calls

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JIC’s bogus, twisted excuses for denying records in Moore case

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The Special Alabama Supreme Court appointed to hear the appeal of Chief Justice Roy Moore suspension on December 7, sent an order to the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) giving them fourteen days to show cause as to why the Motion to Intervene and Unseal filed by The Alabama Political Reporter should not be granted.

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The JIC on Monday, December 19, answered the court, claiming it had a constitutional

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Hubris, secrecy and duplicity

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A Special Supreme Court of seven selected judges will hear the appeal of Chief Justice Roy Moore, who has been suspended without pay for the remainder of his term.

The same Special Supreme Court on December 7, issued a cause order demanding the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) show cause as “to why the Motion to Intervene and Unseal filed by The Alabama Political Reporter

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The incomparable cost of gross incompetence

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Chanting the much-ballyhooed mantra of “streamlining government, transparency and efficiency,” the administration of Governor Robert Bentley and the Republican-controlled State House have green-lighted, perhaps, hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on failed software systems.

Last Monday, Bentley’s cabinet secretary for the Office of Information Technology (OIT), Dr. Joanne

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The shadowy autocracy of the JIC, the State Supreme Court and the legal elites

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Two State Senators are offering constitutional amendments that would rein in the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) and the Court of the Judiciary (COJ).

The JIC was created to investigate, receive, initiate complaints leveled against sitting judges, and the COJ was formed to hear cases that the JIC felt needed to be adjudicated. In simple terms, the JIC acts as a prosecutor and grand jury, while

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Thanksgiving Day brings little to be thankful for in State government

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

For those who honestly care about the future of our State, there are few bright spots this Thanksgiving. Even as we engage in polite conversation over turkey and dressing or pecan pie, the subject will naturally turn to the state of the State.

While, “Who will replace Senator Jeff Sessions and the political dominos to follow” is a fun parlor game, it’s the nagging reality that Governor

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A sober choice is needed to replace Senator Sessions

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By Bill Britt

Alabama Political Reporter

Currently, the most coveted prize in Alabama politics is to be chosen to replace Senator Jeff Sessions, upon his confirmation as US Attorney General. Governor Robert Bentley will choose the recipient.

In all likelihood, Bentley’s choice wins reelection in 2018, he or (remotely) she would become the senior Senator from Alabama and the leader of the State’s Congressional delegation.

Since 1822

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