“Embarrassment” statement is just latest Jones gaffe

October 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, the Democratic nominee for Senate Doug Jones reportedly said, “I’m tired of Alabama being an embarrassment around the country.”

Judge Roy Moore for U.S. Senate Campaign Chairman Bill Armistead pounced on that comment.

“Alabama needs a senator in Washington who is proud of this state, someone who will be a strong ambassador for Alabama,” Armistead said. “We don’t need an Obama-like senator who goes on an apology tour for Alabama like President Obama did for America. Doug Jones’ comments are reminiscent of the condescending remarks made by Barack Obama about people who bitterly cling to their guns and religion.”
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Thank God And Greyhound — The Sentance Saga, Part 2

October 6, 2017

By Larry Lee
Education Matters

Things really got funky at the state board meeting on July 12.

Each board member got an envelope with an unsigned “complaint” to the state Ethics Commission alleging that Pouncey plagiarized his 2009 doctoral dissertation for Samford University, as well as getting excessive help from department employees.

The Ethics Commission will not investigate unsigned complaints, so the info became a moot point. In fact, six of the eight board members testified that they paid no attention to this letter and discarded it.

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For Birmingham residents, it’s an exciting time

October 5, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Well, it has been a long, long time since Birmingham residents have seen an election for city leadership like we saw this year.

And, really, that’s good news.

Better news, really, was that Birmingham voters found themselves in a rare and enviable position.

Both of the candidates for mayor were capable and encouraging. Both of the candidates for the Districts 2, 5 and 9 City Council seats were also capable and encouraging.

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Thank God and Greyhound — The Sentance Saga, Part 1

October 3, 2017

By Larry Lee
Education Matters

In 1970, country singer Roy Clark cranked out a little tune, Thank God and Greyhound. When I got the news on Sept. 13, that Alabama’s state school superintendent had resigned, this song came immediately to mind.

And why not?

Since he took office one year and one day from his resignation, the reign of Mike Sentance had been one misadventure after another. It involved two governors, a rogue state school board member, the state Ethics Commission, a legislative committee digging into a smear campaign and questionable contracts and hires.

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It’s Roy, of course.

September 28, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

So what did you think I’d write about? Of course, Judge Roy Moore’s win in the Republican runoff for the U.S. Senate.

I’m happy about this. If I could have voted, I would have voted for Judge Moore. I would have. I couldn’t vote because I voted in the Democratic primary. Still, if I could have voted In the Republican Primary, I would have voted for Moore.

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Alabama’s fear problem

September 20, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The first step in correcting a problem is recognizing that you have one.

And it’s time we did that, Alabama.

Because we have a big one.

We’re the most intolerant people in the country. And I mean that as the collective “we,” because I’d love to not be included in this broad grouping. But I am.

I live here, have lived here for my entire life. My family is here. My home is here.

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We should hold law enforcement officers to a higher standard

September 15, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

On the video, the man is on his knees, his hands bound behind him, but he is calm, barely moving.

Suddenly, another person in the room walks over and hits the bound man. Hard. Unable to defend himself, he starts to slump forward, curling his body into a fetal position, trying to protect himself the best he can.

But the beating continues. Two, three, four swings.

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A hurricane season gone bad

September 7, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

What had been a fairly quiet hurricane season is no more.

With Category 5 Hurricane Irma churning in the Atlantic and heading for Florida, along with the recent Category 4 Hurricane Harvey that devastated southeastern Texas, our hurricane season is likely to be one for the records.

I grew up with hurricanes. I was born near Houston and lived in southeastern Texas until I was eleven years old. My family then moved to Terrebonne Parish in deep south Louisiana. It wasn’t until I came to north central Alabama in 1977 that I got away from hurricanes, or at least, the direct path of them.

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Stop acting surprised by Jeff Sessions’ racism

September 6, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Jeff Sessions is a racist.

I have grown tired of people telling me that he’s not, and then using some contrived example of a time when Jeff Sessions didn’t exhibit the tendencies of a hood-wearing, cross-burning racist to prove the point.

Oh, this one time, Jeff Sessions saw a black man crossing the street and didn’t try to run him down!

Racism has defined this man and his career from the very start. From the time when his racist behavior as a U.S. Attorney prevented his confirmation by Congress as a District Court judge to his dreadful work as Alabama’s AG to his pathetic blocking of immigration reform and pretty much any aid for minorities to his abhorrent work as the U.S. Attorney General.

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Too close to call

August 30, 2017

By Steve Flowers
INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE

Most people would assume that as the race for the open U.S. Senate began that Luther Strange, the appointed incumbent, was the favorite. However, polling indicated that Roy Moore was the favorite and still is as we head toward the September 26 runoff.

The initial polling showed that Moore had a hard-core 30 percent. It was and is as solid as a rock. He had 30 percent from the get-go. He had 30 percent midway in the race, and he had 30 percent at the end. It was also a fact that with a low voter turnout that his 30 percent would become accentuated because the final poll, and the one that counts, is Election Day and who actually shows up to vote. Moore’s supporters are more ardent, and they are going to show up to vote for him come hell or high water. They are also older, and older people tend to vote; 65-80 year old voters are always more likely to vote.

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