Opinion | Alabama “corrupt?” Well, it does add up

January 25, 2018

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Hello, from one of the most corrupt states in the nation. That’s according to a variety of studies – Harvard University among them — on both illegal corruption and legal corruption. Like the University of Alabama in college football, the state Alabama is a national Top 10 in corruption; Top 5 in some studies.

That sort of adds up, doesn’t it?

We’ve seen, in just the last few years, the state’s former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard convicted on 12 felony ethics charges. We saw Republican Chief Justice Roy Moore booted off the Supreme Court for the second time in his career, then Moore outed as a molester in his U.S. Senate race against Democrat Doug Jones, who beat Moore in a December special election. There’s Dr. Robert Bentley, the “Luv Guv,” who had some sort of relationship with a top aide, then got bogged down in other nefarious stuff and was forced to resign.

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Opinion | Sen. Jones has little wiggle room facing 2020

January 24, 2018

By Steve Flowers
Inside the Statehouse

As the 2018 state elections begin, let’s take one last look at the 2017 Special Election to fill the remaining three years of Jeff Sessions’ six-year term which, by the way, comes up in two years in 2020.

It is assumed by most astute political observers that the winner, Democrat Doug Jones, cannot win election to a full term in 2020, simply because he is a Democrat. I am not ready to write Doug Jones off so quickly. I would contend that Jones would not be a cupcake to take on after two to three years on the job. Doug Jones knows what he is doing. He is a seasoned political veteran that will hit the ground running in Washington. I submit that he will be a far superior senator for Alabama than Roy Moore.

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Moore supporters seek revenge against Sen. Shelby

January 15, 2018

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A group of Judge Roy Moore’s supporters is planning to introduce a resolution to censure Alabama’s U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby because he publicly stated that he “couldn’t vote for Roy Moore,” as reported by Politico on Saturday.

It’s no small irony that a faction of the Alabama Republican Executive Committee is tarring Sen. Shelby with half-truths and lies just like The Washington Post is accused of doing with Judge Moore.

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In post-Moore Alabama, Young Alabama hopes to be a springboard for young leaders

January 9, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

A month after embattled Republican Roy Moore lost a safe Republican Senate to Democrat Doug Jones, a group of young conservatives hopes to provide a platform for young leaders, perhaps disenchanted with politics on both sides of the aisle, to speak up and get involved in the future of the state.

The founders of Young Alabama, a growing group that currently hosts a podcast and blog, also called “Young Alabama,” want to provide a seat for young people at the table in political conversations guiding the state’s path. Between hosting prominent young conservatives to media personalities, Young Alabama intends to provide an outlet for young leaders and “young-minded” leaders to bring new and bright ideas to the forefront of political discussion and debate.

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Unlike Roy Moore, I’m not dreaming of a “white” Christmas.

December 21, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Ah, the Christmas column.

Alabama residents love to light up their homes, many elaborately, often with yard ornaments synced to Christmas carols.

In our drive-arounds, my wife, Veronica, and I love to pass those Nativity scenes that have Mary, Joseph, the baby Jesus, various farm animals, the three wise men and, of course, Santa Claus.

A former colleague who covered outdoors for the newspaper I worked for told me a number of years ago that he was on a December hunting trip in central Pennsylvania. His hunting party drove by a mobile home in a rural community that was lit with seemingly thousands of lights and featured all sorts of Christmas yard displays.
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The GOP has conceded, but Roy Moore is refusing — again.

December 14, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, seizing on the shock and awe of a Democrat winning a statewide election in Alabama, is refusing to concede the election to his challenger, Democrat Doug Jones, who appears to have won the election by at least 20,000 votes and 1.5 percentage points, despite the fact that Moore’s own party and its leadership, both at home and in Washington, has congratulated Jones on his win.

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Roy Moore’s god fails to come through

December 14, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

It turned out as it should have. Democrat Doug Jones, his honor and history intact, defeated Roy Moore.

Moore talks a lot about how God guides his campaigns. Well, God saw what was best for Alabama, and selected Jones – at least, that’s what the perspective from Moore should be.

As of this writing, Moore hadn’t even had the decency to concede the election, but whether he does nor not, Doug Jones is the next U.S. senator from Alabama. Let’s hope Moore fades from public life, once and for all.

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My wife is Time’s Person of the Year

December 7, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

I was heartened and encouraged by Time magazine’s Person of the Year. It’s one of those years where the person is persons.

One of those persons is my wife.

No, not Taylor Swift. Nor Alyssa Milano. Nor Rose McGowan. Nor Selma Blair.

Veronica Pike Kennedy. My wife. Whom I’m so proud of.

She, too, is a #metoo. She was spanked aggressively by a publisher at one of the newspapers she worked for. Hopefully, the reporters now looking into this string of spanking incidents at this newspaper will publish something soon. And we know Veronica wasn’t the only one.

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