Our judicial election climate requires a new litmus test for judges

June 9, 2017

By Win Johnson

One of the great benefits of living in Alabama is the ability to vote for our judges; one last bastion of our Democratic Republic. But how to vote? Here are some questions to ask a candidate for judge so you’ll know. Would you share this w/other friends, particularly those in Alabama?

Our Judicial Election Climate Requires a New Litmus Test for Judges:

With the recent appointment of a new Justice to the Alabama Supreme Court, the malicious disciplinary trial of Chief Justice Roy Moore, and the upcoming season for candidates to announce runs for judicial office, it seemed timely to give the people of Alabama some questions that they should ask candidates and judges. Also, I’m concerned about the rule of law because it has lost its plumb line, and certain judges impose their will, instead of the law, upon the rest of us. I’m concerned about the consciences of judges. How do they deal with this dilemma? The 6 questions below are a litmus test, a new, higher bar, if you will, offered in the hope that we can elect judges who will stand for the law – without compromise. Actually, they represent what should always define a judge.
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Memorial Day messages from Alabama leaders

May 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Today, Monday, May 29, 2017, is Memorial Day.  Memorial Day is the day that the United States remembers all of the fallen in our many wars from the American Revolution to today’s Global War on Terror.  Veterans Day honors those who fought in our Nation’s wars.  Armed Forces Day celebrates the men and women of the Armed Forces who protect our country.  The Fourth of July honors the nation as a whole and remembers the founding of our nation, the Revolutionary War and the principles on which it is founded.  Memorial Day was started after the Civil War and honors those who died.
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Gov. Ivey appoints Joshua Pendergrass as new Communications Director

May 2, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Gov. Kay Ivey has appointed a new communications director—one with social conservative credentials — to work alongside her press staff on communications strategy.

Ivey announced Monday that she had appointed Joshua Pendergrass, a lawyer and Baptist pastor who has worked with former Chief Justice Roy Moore, as Communications Director.

The appointment became effective Wednesday, April 19.

“Since taking office, I have worked to fill my team with men and women of the highest integrity,” Ivey said. “As we seek to restore Alabama’s image, I am glad to add folks like Josh Pendergrass who will work every day to steady the ship of State and improve Alabama’s image.”

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Who’s afraid of Roy Moore?

April 14, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Chief Justice Roy Moore has now served 11 months of his suspension—longer than any other judge in the history of the State of Alabama—without a ruling from the specially selected Supreme Court.

Moore waived his requests for oral arguments and asked for an expedited ruling in late February, 2017, and the Court granted these requests two weeks later. Despite these efforts to facilitate the process, Moore’s fate remains in limbo because the Special Supreme Court has failed to act.
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A boob, but not Rebekah Mason’s

April 14, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Boob.

That’s what brought former Gov. Robert Bentley down.

Not Rebekah Mason’s boob, either, though both of them were a factor.

I’m talking about “boob” as defined by Dictionary.com: “Boob1: A stupid person, fool, dunce.”

The “Boob2” definition is Rebekah Mason’s: you know, boobs.

But really, Bentley did not know his iPad connected to his iPhone? Really? My pug Peerey knows that.

Bentley accidentally sent an “I love you Rebekah” text to his wife. That was the beginning of the end of the Bentleys’ 50-year marriage. Or probably not. Probably just the last grasp, er, gasp.
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Cavanaugh first to file in Governor’s race

March 29, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The race to become Alabama’s 54th Governor will present a crowded field of candidates, but the first out-of-the-pack would appear to be the current President of the Public Service Commission (PSC) Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh, who filed with the Secretary of State on March 1 of this year.

Cavanaugh, a conservative stalwart since the 1990s, will likely face a daunting array of male challengers in a State with only one female serving as a constitutional officer (Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey is the only woman holding a statewide office).
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Suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore asks to cancel oral arguments

February 23, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has asked the Special Supreme Court tasked with hearing his appeal to expedite his case and decide his appeal on previously filed briefs.

In a motion filed Wednesday, Moore’s attorneys asked the Court to waive oral arguments and consider the appeal on its merits. Oral arguments were previously set for April 26, 2017.

Moore argues that the scheduling of oral arguments in April presents a great financial hardship for him and his family.

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Special Supreme Court denies APR’s request in Moore case

February 6, 2017

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

To fully understand the investigation and permanent suspension of Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore by the Court of the Judiciary, The Alabama Political Reporter filed a Motion to Intervene and Unseal Court records about the case on October 19, 2016. In a 4-3 decision on February 3, 2017, the Special Supreme Court selected to hear Moore’s appeal denied APR’s request.

An appointed panel of retired judges denied APR’s motion without explanation. They were: James Harvey Reid, Special Chief Justice, and Robert George Cahill, Ralph Alton Ferguson, Jr., and John David Coggin, Special Justices, concurring, and Harris Edward McFerrin, William Reddoch King, and Lynn Clardy Bright, Special Justices, in dissent.
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Pryor named as finalist for Supreme Court

January 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, January 24, 2017, former Alabama Attorney General William H. “Bill” Pryor Jr. (R), currently an eleventh circuit appeals court judge, was named as one of the finalists to fill the US Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of conservative jurist, Antonin Scalia

Trump told reporters on Wednesday, “I’ll be making my decision this week. We’ll be announcing next week. We have outstanding candidates, and we will pick a truly great Supreme Court justice.” Read More

The shape of things to come?

December 26, 2016

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 to find Sessions’ replacement upon his confirmation as US Attorney General. From a novice State representative to Chief Justice Moore himself, Bentley is parading potential candidates around like beauty pageant contestants. Each day the press publishes an ever-expanding list of hopeful nominees. It seems more like a charade than a selection process. Identifying the next junior Senator from Alabama is serious business, with little in common with the spectacle it now seems to have become. Perhaps, Bentley is using the Senate interviews to line up support for the billion dollar prison bill he plans to push in a special legislative session. Perhaps it is simply to hide his real intentions. With this Governor, the only thing you know for sure is that you don’t know.
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