Commission for “Ethics Reform and Clarification” is pure fantasy

January 26, 2018

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A Senate joint resolution creating The Code of Ethics Reform and Clarification Commission sponsored by Republican Senators Arthur Orr, President Pro Tem. Del Marsh and Majority Leader Greg Reed has been submitted to the Rules Committee and could be making it’s way through the Senate soon.

Creating a commission to reform and clarify current ethics laws sounds like a reasonable undertaking until it’s understood that the underlying premise is to weaken much of existing laws.

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“What can the Internet do for us?”

June 22, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Congratulations to Josh Moon, my colleague at The Alabama Political Reporter, for taking a couple of journalism awards from the Alabama Associated Press Managing Editors group. Those aren’t Moon’s first awards, and they likely won’t be his last.

Showing nothing but class, Moon put the awards in the correct perspective: We (journalists) do give awards to each other. I’ve won my share, including a Pulitzer Prize and five best editorial column awards from the Alabama Press Association over the years.
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Law Enforcement Informs Ethics Commission Sen.Williams Under Criminal Investigation

January 15, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—A high-ranking public official has informed the Alabama Political Reporter that State Law Enforcement has sent a letter to the State Ethics Commission confirming that State Senator Phil Williams (R-Rainbow City) is under criminal investigation.

In a scathing, statewide press release, Williams accused this publication and me personally of “stepping over the line entering into the realm of ‘slander and defamation’” for reporting that a high-ranking government official said Williams was under investigation. This letter to the Commission confirms that our reporting was accurate and honest.
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Insults and Injury

January 4, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Opinion

Insults are a part of life, especially in the political arena. The politicians, the political operatives, and the press are all targets, subject to the vilest vilification. This has always been the case.

It is not wrong to criticize the press, or for the press to rail against politics. That is the nature of the relationship.

But today, anyone with a smart phone can hurl criticism and spew invectives with anonymity on any news website. It’s cowardly, but most anonymous critics are spineless, craven individuals, who dwell in the shadows of greater men and women.
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Open Meetings Act Passes Out of Committee

February 13, 2014

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Open Meetings Act SB191, out of committee. A substitute was passed, including some language that was of concern to the Alabama Press Association (APA). This bill, if passed, will reverse that rulings by the Alabama Supreme Court last year from 2012 and 2013.

“A ruling from the Supreme Court dealing with public bodies meeting with less than a quorum to reach a decision. That is the big issue for us,” said Felicia Mason, executive director of the APA.
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