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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Alabama Supreme Court rules that unborn children are “human beings”

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Friday, December 30, 2016, the Alabama Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of the plaintiff in a wrongful death lawsuit against an OB/GYN accused of contributing to the death of a woman’s unborn child.

The court found that the trial court erred in dismissing Alabama resident Kimberly Stinett’s claim alleging the wrongful death of her unborn baby and granting summary

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Alabama Supreme Court makes up more bingo law

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By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Supreme Court (ALSC) has made up more law.

You probably missed this, since it happened on Dec. 23 – the Friday before Christmas. That was the day the ALSC chose to issue its latest anti-electronic bingo ruling – this time against GreeneTrack in Greene County.

The court ruled that machines confiscated from that facility could be destroyed, overruling a lower court’s ruling that found

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Writing about politics can be depressing

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By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

There was a time nearly two decades ago that I was having an especially personal exam at my doctor’s office. After he finished what he had to do, I asked him how he could do that every day.

He responded immediately: “How do you cover that Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky mess every day?”

Touché, my good doctor.

I’m asked often how I manage to write about politics on a regular basis. Gee, that’s

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Governor Announces 7-Member Special Supreme Court to Hear Moore’s Appeal

Roy Moore and his attorney and supporters walk out of the Supreme Court Chamber, in Montgomery, Ala., on Thursday October 27, 2016 before the lottery is held to pick the judges who will hear his appeal.

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—On Monday, Gov. Robert Bentley announced the seven members of the Special Supreme Court that will hear Chief Justice Roy Moore’s appeal.

Sitting on the panel, Bentley announced, will be H. Edward McFerrin, a retired circuit judge from Lowndes, Butler and Crenshaw counties; Robert G. Cahill, a retired Jefferson County district judge; William R. King, a retired Crenshaw County

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Victoryland Reopens With Blowout Attendance

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By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

SHORTER—Starting before noon on Tuesday, people were lining up, along with the traffic, around Victoryland in Macon County, for its “Grand” reopening at 2:00 pm.

People poured through the doors and flooded the lobby, as they all rushed to get their chance to gamble at Victoryland, again.

At a press conference last month, Victoryland owner, Milton McGregor, announced the plan to reopen

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Alabama Supreme Court Grants Stay in AG’s Appeal of Greenetrack

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By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—On Wednesday, the Alabama Supreme Court (ASC) granted a stay, before the deadline, for a response from the attorneys for Greenetrack had expired.

Circuit Judge Houston L. Brown, ruled on June 22, that the machines seized from Greenetrack were, in fact, bingo machines and therefore legal in the State of Alabama. The State responded on July 7, with an Emergency Motion for Stay, Pending

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We Get What We Deserve

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By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

I’m often criticized for picking on the Republican political leaders in Alabama. I’m accused of everything from being a Democrat to being a “libtard.” I admit to being a liberal. But I’m not a Democrat. I’m an Independent. I vote for Republicans and Democrats – whomever I deem best qualified in a particular election.

However, if I am to observe and comment on state government in Alabama

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Innocence Inquiry Commission Moves to House

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—State Sen. Dick Brewbaker (R-Montgomery) is working to move his historic legislation forward to establish an Alabama Innocence Inquiry Commission.

An Innocence Inquiry Commission will hear a deathrow inmate’s case in lieu of a lengthy and costly appeals process, if there “…is physical evidence that can prove actual innocence, not just reasonable doubt, but actual innocence,”

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Just What Is An Abstention?

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By Graham L. Champion

That is a question that the Alabama Supreme Court just may have the opportunity to answer in the very near future. Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary offers the following definitions:

Abstain: to refrain deliberately and often with an effort of self-denial from an action or practice

Abstention: the act or practice of abstaining

If the definition of abstain above is to be taken at its plain writing an abstention is

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