Opinion | Once again, we dare defend our wrongs

February 8, 2018

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

How many times is Alabama going to go down this well-traveled road? We’re like a Twilight Zone episode. Or many of them.

Our state is beautiful; the people generally are wonderful. We smile and say hi as we pass each other on the street.

Alabama is a great place to live, and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

But we’ve got a mean streak. Our state motto – “We Dare Defend Our Rights” – should, more accurately be: “We Dare Defend Our Wrongs.”

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In shift from Bentley plan, Ivey calls for new investment in prisons, correctional officers

January 10, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey shifted further away from former Gov. Robert Bentley’s plan to build new mega-prison as a solution for overcrowding and prison conditions federal courts have repeatedly ruled as unconstitutional.

In her State of the State Tuesday, Ivey pushed for new investment in prisons and the Department of Corrections, funding which, if approved, ADOC Commissioner Jeff Dunn says can be used to hire new correctional officers, retain existing officers, improve mental health and health care delivery and finance a master plan to determine how to address the state’s outdated prison infrastructure.

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ACLU’s Susan Watson has died

December 6, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, December 2, 2016 the Executive Director of the ACLU of Alabama, Susan Watson passed away from a short illness.

On Friday, ACLU Alabama announced in a statement:

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our Executive Director, Susan Watson. Words are not enough under these circumstances to express our grief. We are thankful for your support during this difficult time. We remain committed to Susan’s vision of the advancement of civil liberties in Alabama.”
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Sewell Responds to Court Decision Invalidating North Carolina’s Voter ID Law

August 2, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, July 30, 2016, US Representative Terri Sewell (D-Selma) called the federal appeals court ruling striking down the state of North Carolina’s voter ID law a great victory for American Democracy.

Congresswoman Sewell said in a statement, “The court ruling by the 4th Circuit on Friday striking down North Carolina’s voter ID law is a great victory for American democracy. As a strong advocate for equal access to the ballot box, I have been a vocal opponent of voter photo ID laws because of their discriminatory impact on certain vulnerable communities. The court ruling expressly validates this concern by finding that the new provisions in the North Carolina voting law ‘target African Americans with almost surgical precision.’ Likewise, the court panel noted the state’s motivation of reducing fraud ‘impose cures for problems that did not exist.”’
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Roby Says Domestic Abuse Cannot Be Tolerated

September 17, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Representative Martha Roby (Rt from Montgomery) spoke out on the issue of domestic violence on Tuesday, September 16. Roby said that tolerating abuse indirectly condones the crime and inhibits victims’ willingness to seek help.

Rep. Roby said, “As a society, we cannot tolerate domestic violence. When abusers are not held accountable, it serves to indirectly condone the crime and has a chilling effect on victims. Almost one in every three women has experienced physical violence at the hands of their partner, according to The Centers for Disease Control. The same report concluded that domestic violence is a ‘public health burden’ in America today.”
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