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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Retired Marine Colonel-turned-sculptor hopes to be write-in option for Republicans hesitant on Moore

November 28, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Retired Marine Corps Col. Lee Busby, a former top aide to President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff retired Gen. John Kelly, is coming out of a retirement defined by sculpting to honor fallen service members to launch a last-minute write-in effort for Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat against Republican nominee Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones.

Busby, who now lives in Tuscaloosa, said he isn’t satisfied with the two candidates on the ballot and wants to offer himself a more moderate alternative to the two men whom he says are too extreme for Alabama voters.

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Democratic House Minority Leader speaks out on special election, Moore allegations

November 11, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels, D- Huntsville, Saturday evening released a statement on Facebook praising Republican Gov. Kay Ivey’s commitment to see the December 12 special election move forward, despite calls for her to halt the election after reported allegations against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore.

“The Governor’s announcement that she will not meddle with the December 12 special election for US Senate comes as welcome news,” said Daniels, who was elected as minority leader in 2016. “It would be very troubling indeed for anyone to delay or cancel an election — especially once the voting has commenced. And in this case, both parties have held primaries and runoffs and have selected nominees.”
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Moores’ Foundation for Moral Law threatens legal action against Washington Post

November 9, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

The Foundation for Moral Law — a right-leaning legal advocacy group founded by US Senate candidate Roy Moore and headed by his wife, Kayla Moore — threatened legal action against the Washington Post on Wednesday night in response to a series of articles highlighting Moore’s relationship with the nonprofit organization.

Trenton Garmon, a Gadsden, Alabama, attorney representing the Foundation requested the Post cease and desist “from making false statements about the Foundation and its founder,” the Foundation said in a statement.

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Sentance feeling the heat as subpoena seeks findings of ALSDE investigation

June 20, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A subpoena was filed in Montgomery Circuit Court on Monday demanding State Superintendent of the Department of Education Michael Sentance handover the internal investigation into the scheme to derail the candidacy of Dr. Craig Pouncey in 2016.

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Pouncey has a lawsuit pending against several individuals he believes were party to a “dirty tricks” campaign against his candidacy for Superintendent.

Pouncey’s Montgomery-based attorney, Kenny Mendelsohn, on Monday also filed a reply to defendants: Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE), Board member Mary Scott Hunter, interim Superintendent Philip Cleveland, and ALSDE attorneys Juliana Teixeira Dean, James R Ward III, and Susan Tudor Crowther motion to dismiss.
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Judging Bentley with apparent conflicts of interest

March 8, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The next hearing of the Alabama Ethics Commission could prove significant as sources close to the commission believe that some of the ethics complaints filed against Governor Robert Bentley will be presented.

If the evidence submitted at April 5 meeting shows probable cause, it would still require a vote by the Commission to forward the matter to the Attorney General’s office or the appropriate District Attorney for presentation to a grand jury.
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Cohen, Ziegler Comment on Moore Trial

September 29, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Following the Court of the Judiciary Trial of Chief Justice Roy Moore, an eager press waited for commentary outside the Heflin-Tolbert Judicial Building on Wednesday.

Neither Chief Justice Moore, his attorneys nor the Judicial Inquiry Commission’s (JIC) attorneys spoke to the media. Justice Moore is not anticipated to comment on the trial until the court reaches a decision.
Dueling protests, both in support and against Moore, raged on the Courthouse steps, replete with signs and sound systems.
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“McLottery” Details Expected Today

August 15, 2016

By Bill Britt and Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Legislation from Sen. Jim McClendon proposing a vote of the people on a constitutional amendment to approve or reject a statewide lottery is expected later today. A draft of the legislation obtained by the Alabama Political Reporter over the weekend provides some insight as to what the bill may contain.

“McLottery” is the nickname APR has given this legislation. The bill contains several major points which have already been subject to rumors, innuendo, and outright lies.
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