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 | “They May as Well Move the Capitol to Tuscaloosa”

January 18, 2018

By Steve Flowers
Inside the Statehouse

Awhile back, during Dr. Robert Bentley’s tenure as governor, I wrote a column entitled, “They May as Well Move the Capitol to Tuscaloosa.” Never before in Alabama history has a city had a sitting governor and the state’s senior U.S. Senator hail from that particular place. Even with the departure of Bentley as governor, the Druid City has an inordinate amount of presence in the state’s political sphere of influence.
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Alabama Politics: Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad

October 6, 2016

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Two out of three ain’t bad, sings Meat Loaf on one of his albums a few years back.

Mike Hubbard, former speaker of the Alabama House, was convicted on 12 counts of corruption earlier this year and thrown out of office. He’s appealing instead of starting his four-year prison sentence, but he’ll eventually run out of time. He’s gone.

Now, Chief Justice Roy Moore is, for the second time, tossed off the Alabama Supreme Court. Moore previously was removed from the court for refusing to get rid of his Ten Commandments monument from the state Judicial building after being ordered to do so by the federal courts.
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