A Christmas of light, hope and acceptance

December 25, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

For Christians around the world, Christmas is a special day set aside to remember, honor and celebrate the birth of the Christ Child Jesus. It is also the season when we remember children, friends, family and neighbors. It is a time of giving when at least, for a moment, we wish peace on Earth and goodwill to all.

And here in Alabama as around the country we are all perhaps a little better because many not born here join us in the Christmas celebration even though they are Hindu, Buddhist or other faiths. They embrace Christmas not because they love Christ but because they want to be good Americans. It’s sad that some have let fear overtake our nation’s history of embracing immigrants. It seems, at times, that open arms have become clenched fists.

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Human Rights Campaign endorses Doug Jones

October 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Repoter

The Human Rights Campaign announced that it was endorsing Democratic candidate Doug Jones for U.S. Senate.

Jones is running against former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore (R). Judge Moore has often clashed with the gay rights group over the years.

“Doug Jones has pledged to serve all Alabamians, including LGBTQ people,” said Eva Kendrick, HRC Alabama state director. “In this election, the choice between Roy Moore and Doug Jones could not be more stark. Moore has never passed up an opportunity to promote bigotry, division and extremism, while Doug Jones has staked his career on fairness, equality and a positive vision for Alabama’s future. HRC is proud to endorse Doug Jones and work to help him become the next U.S. Senator from the state of Alabama.”

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Biden to join Doug Jones for campaign event in Birmingham

September 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

The Doug Jones campaign announced on Wednesday that former Vice President Joe Biden will come to Alabama to headline a campaign rally with U.S. Senate Candidate Doug Jones in Birmingham later this month.

Jones said that he is honored that his friend, Biden, will headline an Oct. 3 rally for his campaign.

“We are thrilled and deeply honored to have my longtime friend Vice President Joe Biden visit the great state of Alabama to reinforce his strong support of my campaign for the U.S. Senate,” Jones said. “I have known and respected Joe Biden for almost 40 years now. He is the epitome of what we all hope public service can be.”

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Moore Calls religious liberty the “Civil Rights issue of our time”

August 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, August 24th, 2017, U.S. Senate candidate former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) denounced a ruling by the 9th District Court of Appeals which ruled that the Bremerton School District was justified in suspending Coach Joe Kennedy after he took a knee and prayed silently at midfield after football games.

On Wednesday, the Court ruled that Coach Kennedy’s public display of faith was not protected by the US Constitution.
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Birmingham holds city council, mayor, school board elections Tuesday

August 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 22, 2017, residents of Birmingham go to the polls today to elect their Mayor, City Council, and school board members.  Unlike the state, county, or judicial elections, municipal elections are nonpartisan.

Longtime incumbent William Bell (D) is seeking a third term as Mayor.  Bell was a member of the Birmingham City Council for several terms and was the Mayor Pro Tem in 1999.  He then assumed the role of Mayor when longtime incumbent Richard Arrington retired.  Bell, however, was defeated by City Councilman Bernard Kincaid.  Bell returned to the City Council and was, elected Mayor in 2011 and re-elected in 2013.

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Birmingham votes Tuesday for Mayor, City Council, School Board

August 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, voters in Birmingham go to the polls to vote for Mayor, City Council, and School Board.  Unlike State, County, or Judicial elections, municipal elections are non-partisan.

Longtime incumbent William Bell (D) is seeking a third term as Mayor.  Bell was a member of the Birmingham City Council and Mayor Pro Tem in 1999 when longtime Mayor Richard Arrington retired.  Bell became Mayor by law then, but was defeated in the election by then City Councilman, Bernard Kincaid.

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US Representative Terri Sewell addresses group in Birmingham Town Hall

August 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 1, 2017, US Representative Terri Sewell (R-Selma) addressed a town hall in Birmingham hosted by State Representative Rolanda Hollis (D-Birmingham) about Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010) and other issues facing  the Federal government.  The town hall was held in Birmingham’s Guiding Light Church on John Rogers Drive.  About 70 citizens were on hand to hear Sewell and the other participants on the panel on government. 
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A letter to GOP voters: You’re being conned

February 7, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Dear Republican voter,

You’re a fool.

I say that in the nicest possible way. I say that with a tone of pity, instead of a tone of condescension. I say that because I want to help you, and in turn help all the rest of us.

But mostly I say it because you’ve been tricked time and again – like a bunch of Charlie Browns trying to kick the same football – into believing that the shiny, controversial, fringe issue is of utmost importance and should take all of your focus while the other boring, policy stuff should be left up to the lawmakers who have your interest at heart.
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Greenetrack supporters, on his office steps, demand a meeting with attorney general

November 22, 2016

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Standing on the attorney general’s office steps Tuesday afternoon, Southern Christian Leadership Conference officials and other GreeneTrack Casino supporters demanded a meeting with Attorney General Luther Strange to discuss their pending Alabama Supreme Court Case and the future of gaming in Greene County.

The Eutaw, Alabama, gaming center filed a brief before the Alabama Supreme Court last month in an appeal over the facility’s electronic bingo machines. Greenetrack argues the Attorney General is asking the Supreme Court to overstep its boundaries.

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Alabama Not Affected By Court Ruling in Proof of Citizenship

September 13, 2016

By Brandon Moseley and Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

You have to be a US citizen in order to participate in the election process (either by birth or by completing the naturalization process). Everyone knows and understands this; but no one has been required to provide proof that they are actual citizens in order to participate.

That was about to change after the Executive Director Brian Newby of the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) had granted the requests of Alabama, Georgia, and Kansas to include documentary proof of citizenship requirements in the state-specific instructions to the federal voter registration form, used for mail-in registration. On Friday, September 9, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit narrowly reversed (2-1) a lower court ruling and issued an injunction against imposing the requirement.
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