President Donald Trump endorses Luther Strange

August 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 8, 2017, Senator Luther Strange (R) finally got that big moment he had been hoping for when President Donald J. Trump (R) endorsed him in the Special Republican Primary for US Senate.

President Trump said on his Twitter account: “Senator Luther Strange has done a great job representing the people of the Great State of Alabama. He has my complete and total endorsement.”
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Lawmakers “blackballed” over Autism bill

July 20, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The invitation list to the Business Council of Alabama’s annual summer party is four names shorter this year.

Sens. Dick Brewbaker, Cam Ward and Bill Holtzclaw, along with Rep. Jim Patterson, were all left off the list, Brewbaker said Wednesday. He called it being “blackballed” later on Twitter.

The party, which is actually dubbed the BCA’s Governmental Affairs Conference, is set to be held Aug. 11-13 at the its usual location – the Grand Hotel in Point Clear. It has become one of the largest gatherings of State Republicans – and a few Democrats – each year.
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Will Barfoot running for State Senate

June 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, June 27, 2017, Montgomery attorney, Charles Williamson “Will” Barfoot, announced that he is running for the Republican nomination for the District 25 seat in the Alabama State Senate.

Barfoot said in a statement, “We can’t continue to elect career politicians and then be surprised when our problems get worse, not better.  I am running to bring fresh ideas and a new approach to problem-solving to the Alabama Senate. Some people say my ideas are out of the box thinking but I think they are just a combination of good common sense and applying tried and true conservative business principles to the Legislature.”
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Autism Bill show worthy of the WWE

May 17, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

My mother was wrong.

For years, she told me that professional wrestling was a waste of time – a brain cell-melter. It was silly, she said, as she recommended that I use my time more wisely. I should be reading or studying or doing something to prepare me for life, she thought.

Well, she got it all wrong.

Turns out, that pro wrestling – or ‘wrasslin’ – prepared me just fine for my career. I couldn’t have picked a better way to get ready for a career covering the Alabama Legislature.
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Cowardly politics and the almost certain death of the Autism Therapy Bill

May 9, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Autism therapy bill is politics at its worst.

Actually, scratch that.

It’s politics in its most cowardly form.

Because right now, the bill that would require insurance companies in Alabama to offer coverage of Autism therapy is all but dead.

Not because the public doesn’t want it – they quite clearly do.

Not because a majority of Legislators are against it – it passed 100-0 in the House and would win a similar landslide in the Senate.
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This Session is different

February 28, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

There is a general sense around the State House that the 2017 Legislative Session is different.

But in what way?

Is there a chance we are witnessing an era of cooperation rather than confrontation? Could this be the time where all the citizens in every district matter whether Republican or Democrat?

While this may be overly optimistic, there does seem to be a few seeds of hope.
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Alabama Legislature Week 3: Take the gun, leave the backpack

February 24, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

It’s hard to believe that we’re already through Week 3 in the 2017 Regular Session.

Actually, wait, no it’s not. It’s very believable, since these folks work like four hours per day. They showed up at 1 on Tuesday and bounced by early afternoon on Thursday. And somewhere in the middle they found time to criticize other people for taking state money and not doing enough work.
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Alabama judicial override safe from Supreme Court review

January 24, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The US Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a challenge to Alabama’s system of judicial override for the death penalty from several death-row inmates in the State.

In a list of orders on pending cases released Monday, the Court denied certiorari in the case of Thomas Arthur v. Alabama. Arthur and two other death-row inmates petitioned the high court in November to review Alabama’s death row laws.

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Judicial reform: Why the JIC and COJ must go in 2017

January 12, 2017

By Maggie Ford

On January 6, 2016, Chief Justice Roy Moore issued a factual and legal Administrative Order. Since then, we have seen the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) file charges against him because of it.

They also shared confidential information with The Montgomery Advertiser and The New York Times, and displayed a conflict of interest by using $75,000 of taxpayer money to hire the formal legal director of the Southern Poverty Law Center – the organization that filed the original complaints – as their prosecuting attorney (despite the one they already had). Read More

Brewbaker bill will end judicial override in capital murder cases

January 9, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

In Alabama, even when a jury recommends someone only receive life in prison, a trial judge in a capital murder case can ignore that recommendation and impose the death penalty. Sen. Dick Brewbaker (R-Montgomery) wants to change this practice, known as “judicial override.”

“The US Supreme Court has made it pretty clear that they do not like it and think this is a bad practice,” said Brewbaker in a phone interview with The Alabama Political Reporter. “Now that Delaware and Florida have gotten rid of it, Alabama is the only state that still practices it.”
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