Waiting for the postmortem analysis of Tuesday’s Senate election

December 11, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

In the distant future, cooler heads will perhaps give a detailed examination of this U.S. Senate race to determine the postmortem of the news media, political parties and the body politic as a whole. Any reasonable person will look back and see this was a moment in time with no winners, only losers.

When The Washington Post story broke about Moore’s alleged sexual behavior on November 9, I asked APR’s staff to closely diagram the report because over the coming weeks I believed it would be difficult to determine facts from lies. And as one accuser became two and two became nine, and sexual allegations became pedophilia, the fevered pitch of reporting would leave even the most fair-minded reporter with some measure of confusion.

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I’m dreaming of a Purple Christmas

August 17, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

I don’t know what I was expecting; I guess I’m the eternal optimist.

But Alabama Republicans again decided not to change. Not to step forward and do something exciting and new. Disgraced former Chief Justice Roy Moore and US Sen. Luther Strange are in the Republican runoff for the Senate seat once held by now-US Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

As my Alabama Political Reporter colleague Josh Moon writes in a fabulous column Wednesday, “The bar was too high. So we’re going to set it on the ground.”

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Save the indignation as Alabama’s clown show goes national

December 22, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The outrage was evident from coast to coast on Wednesday.

As news outlets learned that disgraced Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore – twice removed from the bench for failing to meet the standards of judicial ethics – had been interviewed by Gov. Robert Bentley to possibly fill the soon-to-be-vacated Senate seat held by Jeff Sessions, the adjectives started to fly.

Not just interviewed, though. Moore was the favorite, Bentley said, of the Republican’s executive committee in the State. A true frontrunner.
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Lovvorn’s Consultant Linked to Hubbard’s Machine

September 12, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The Republican primary to elect a replacement for disgraced lawmaker and convicted felon Rep. Mike Hubbard will be held on Tuesday.

Jay Conner, Joe Lovvorn, Sandy Toomer and Brett Smith are all in the running to represent District 79, but parts of the former Hubbard machine are pushing Lovvorn toward the winner’s circle.

Not only is Lovvorn receiving four times more money than his closest competitor, his campaign is receiving guidance from Montgomery-based Greystone Consulting.
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Felon Hubbard Seeks Friends and Cash

August 22, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Earlier this month, convicted felon and former Alabama Speaker of the House, Mike Hubbard, sent an email to “business leader(s)” encouraging then to read his latest motion.

Hubbard writes, “…it very clearly lays out multiple reasons a new trial should be held, explains why the verdict on each charge was incorrect and how it negatively impacts business moving forward.”

Hubbard’s latest email appears to be a continuation of his public relations campaign to influence the public, remain relevant and raise much need cash for his criminal defense.
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Procedure For Speaker’s Nomination Submitted

August 1, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The House Republican Caucus selected an ad hoc committee to suggest voting procedures for the next Speaker. The caucus will convene in Montgomery on August 2, to nominate a replacement for disgraced former Speaker Mike Hubbard. Caucus rules instituted by Hubbard requires members to abide by the caucus majority vote, when the entire house meets for the final election.

The Alabama Political Reporter obtained a copy of the suggestion from the ad hoc committee, which was chaired by Rep. Bill Poole and comprised of Representatives Jim Carns, Alan Baker, Becky Nordgren and Phillip Pettus.
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