Judge Moore not bowed by threats from DC elites, says spokesperson

May 9, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A Washington, DC campaign consulting firm recently pulled out of its contract with Judge Roy Moore after the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) threatened to blackball any shop that worked against its handpicked candidate, Senator Luther Strange. Now, conservatives in Alabama can add elite Washington, DC Republicans to the long list of those who are working to stop Moore’s political career.

“The Beltway establishment is trying to sabotage Judge Moore’s campaign, but they will fail,” said Moore’s Communications Director, Dean Young. According to Young, a very dedicated Moore supporter and well known South Alabama conservative firebrand, “I count it as a good thing. Number one, because they have identified who their candidate [Strange] is and that’s not going to play well down here.” Young added, “They must have missed the 2016 Presidential election when Alabamians overwhelmingly voted for Donald Trump to drain the swamp they call home.”
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Prison construction bill to be considered by Senate Committee in March

February 17, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — The Senate version of the bill authorizing the Alabama Prison Transformation Initiative will be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 1, the bill’s sponsor said Thursday.

The plan would authorize the Department of Corrections to issue an $800 million bond to construct three new 4,000-bed men’s prisons and a new women’s prison.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Cam Ward, R-Alabaster, said he wanted to have time to gather more feedback on the bill as it currently stands before bringing it before the Judiciary Committee for review.

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ACLU’s Susan Watson has died

December 6, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, December 2, 2016 the Executive Director of the ACLU of Alabama, Susan Watson passed away from a short illness.

On Friday, ACLU Alabama announced in a statement:

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our Executive Director, Susan Watson. Words are not enough under these circumstances to express our grief. We are thankful for your support during this difficult time. We remain committed to Susan’s vision of the advancement of civil liberties in Alabama.”
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Reactions to Supreme Court Decision Against Regulating Abortion Clinics

June 28, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, June 27, the US Supreme Court struck down a Texas law regulating abortion clinics. The decision likely impacts a number of Alabama statutes that sought to regulate or limit abortion providers, including one that is almost identical to the Texas statute, which was overturned by the Supreme Court.

The Alabama Statute had already been overturned by federal Judge Myron Thompson in the case of ‘Planned Parenthood versus Strange;’ but was being appealed. A number of Alabama officials commented on the ruling which was viewed as yet another victory for Pro-Choice activists in the Supreme Court.
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Roy Moore Opponents and Supporters Both Rally

January 13, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, January 12, protesters demanded that Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) be removed from office (again), this time for his vocal opposition to granting State marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Chief Justice Moore’s detractors held a raucous rally at noon at the top of the steps of Heflin-Tolbert Judicial Building in Montgomery. Over 75 protesters spoke at the rally organized by Equality Wiregrass in favor of removing Alabama’s Chief Justice.
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Chief Justice Moore Orders Probate Judges to Stop Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

January 7, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, January 6, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) issued a ruling to Alabama’s Probate Judges ordering them not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The twice popularly elected Chief Justice wrote that, “The administration of justice in the State of Alabama has been adversely affected by the apparent conflict between the decision of the Alabama Supreme Court in API and the decision of the United States Supreme Court in Obergefell (v. Hodges).” Obergefell v. Hodges is the landmark 2015 US Supreme Court ruling that turned millennia of precedent on its head by demanding that states issue state marriage licenses to homosexual couples. Chief Justice Moore, as the Administrative Head of the Unified Judicial System of Alabama, ordered that, “Until further decision by the Alabama Supreme Court, the existing orders of the Alabama Supreme Court that Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary to the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment or the Alabama Marriage Protection Act remain in full force and effect.”
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Gov. Bentley Settles Suit with Planned Parenthood Southeast

December 2, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, November 30, Planned Parenthood Southeast, and Alabama Governor Robert Bentley reached an agreement that will allow Planned Parenthood Southeast to continue to receive Alabama Medicaid dollars.
Planned Parenthood Southeast assured the Governor that it is in compliance with Alabama law, and does not participate in the practice of harvesting organs from unborn children and then selling them to tissue researchers for a profit, as some other Planned Parenthood affiliates were accused of in a series of investigative undercover videos prepared by a Pro-Life group. Governor Bentley announced on Monday the settlement which ends an ongoing lawsuit with Planned Parenthood Southeast.
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Planned Parenthood Rallies to Stop Pro-Life Legislation

May 21, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 20, Planned Parenthood led dozens of protestors in front of the Alabama State Capital to protest pending Pro-Life legislation being considered by the Alabama legislature.   

Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Helen Cox wrote in a statement, “Since the Alabama legislative session began in mid-March, the attack on Alabama’s women and families has been relentless. Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates is fighting back alongside supporters, volunteers, and partners to ensure their voices are heard.”
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Pro-Life Bills Get Favorable Report

May 7, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 6, the Alabama House of Representatives Health Committee gave a favorable report to a package of bills aimed at regulating abortions in the State of Alabama. The committee approved HB405, HB491, and HB527 in the House.

Alabama Citizens for Life Spokeswoman Cheryl Ciamarra told the Alabama Political Reporter, “Alabama citizens for life would like to see a ban on dismemberment abortions like Kansas signed into law, a limit on licensing abortion providers within 2000 feet of schools (many fear ACA will lead to Planned Parenthood eventually running clinics inside schools in Alabama) and a total ban on any type of abortions if fetal heartbeat can be detected: HB 405.”
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Granade Orders Mobile County Judge To Issue Marriage Licenses

February 13, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday. February 12, 2015, United States District Judge Callie Granade issued an order instructing Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

In January, Judge Granade declared in a highly controversial ruling that Alabama’s laws excluding same-sex couples from marriage are unconstitutional and may no longer be enforced. Judge Granade’s order was set to go into effect on February 9. However on Sunday, February 8, Alabama’s Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore (R) ordered the Probate Judges of Alabama to defy the ruling, which he denounced as, “judicial tyranny.”
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