Charles Barkley nails it on Alabama’s US Senate race

November 30, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

In the special U.S. Senate General Election on Dec. 12 between Democrat Doug Jones and twice-ousted state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, I guess I’m with former Auburn University and NBA great Charles Barkley.

Before Saturday’s Iron Bowl, Barkley made it simple to reporters before the game won impressively by Auburn:

“I mean Roy Moore is running with (former Donald Trump aide) Steve Bannon as his right-hand man, who is a white separatist. I’m not even get(ting) into the women stuff, but … how can you be a white separatist and represent all the constituents in your state? I mean, everybody is going crazy over the sexual allegations. Roy Moore to me, when he brought in Steve Bannon, should have been disqualified.”

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Tankersley Exit Interview Part 2: No rules, no order

August 1, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

“Our State needs so much help. There is such a lack of confidence in our elected leaders. The Ethics Commission can help restore that lost confidence,” said Dr. Stewart Hill Tankersley in a recent interview with the Alabama Political Reporter.

Tankersley Exit Interview Part 1: Success, collusion, and dismay

While he sees the Ethics Commission’s Executive Director, Tom Albritton, as a champion for a more efficient organization, he worries that the Commission could undercut Albritton’s determination to run an honest shop.

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Discrimination: We still don’t know what it is

April 25, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Some people seem to be confused about what constitutes discrimination.

Bill Hightower is one, which is unfortunate, since he’s a State Senator in Alabama and should know better. Rich Wingo is another who’s confused, and that’s just as unfortunate, since he’s a State Representative.

Both Hightower and Wingo are sponsors of the same bill – one that would, to hear them tell it, prevent discrimination against faith-based adoption agencies.
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Legislators gear up for Session, State still far behind in LGBTQ protections

January 5, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The Alabama Legislature will convene in little more than a month. As lawmakers continue prefiling bills and preparing for the 2017 Legislative Session, a new report from the Human Rights Campaign shows Alabama still lagging behind in LGBTQ protections.

The State Equality Index, an annual comprehensive report released by HRC rating each state’s laws and policies that affect LGBTQ people and their families, recently placed Alabama in the “High Priority to Achieve Basic Equality” category — the lowest category on the scorecard.

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Todd Promises Reforms if Elected Speaker

June 22, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Most of the Alabama members of the Alabama House of Representatives are straight, male, Republican men. But, that is not deterring the only gay, female, Democrat from declaring her candidacy to be the next Speaker of the House. Not only has State Representative Patricia Todd (D-Birmingham) publicly announced her candidacy, she has a list of twelve campaign promises for her House colleagues, if they come together to make her the first openly gay Speaker in the history of the Alabama House.
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Ethics Commission Approves Lawmaker’s Advocacy for Employer

August 11, 2015

 

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—In a 4 to 1 vote, the Alabama Ethics Commission approved an opinion that permits State Rep. Patricia Todd (D-Birmingham) to advocate for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community in the legislature, as well as sponsor a vote on legislation affecting the LGBT community, while serving as the Director of Human Rights Campaign of Alabama (HRC).

The Commission decided that Todd’s advocacy, on behalf of her employer’s agenda, did not violate existing ethics laws, such as conflict of interest or personal gain. It also found little to restrict her from raising money for the 501(c)(4) non-profit, as long as there wasn’t an implied cohesion or promise.
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Roy Moore to Speak to Kimberly Church on Sunday

June 27, 2015

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) will be speaking to the congregation at the Kimberly Church of God on June 28. During this “God & Country Celebration”, Chief Justice Moore will speak about embattled America, traditional marriage, family values  and will lead a prayer service for our nation.

Following the United States Supreme Court ruling on Friday in Obergefell v. Hodges the conservative Chief Justice has made national headlines for his remarks.
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HB56 Moves out of Senate Committee

May 14, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, May 13, the Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee voted to give a favorable report to HB 56, which protects judges from being forced to participate in any marriage ceremony which violates their conscious. HB56 is sponsored by State Representative Jim Hill (R-Odenville). Hill is a longtime St. Clair County judge.

The pro-traditional marriage group, Sanctity of Marriage Alabama, said in a statement: “In light of the Supreme Court ruling expected in June and the recent events in Alabama, organizers believe that there is no better time or place for believers to be a united voice in support of marriage and affirm God’s Word as preeminent.”
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Reaction to Alabama Supreme Court Ruling Nullifying Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

March 4, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, March 3 the Alabama Supreme Court ordered Alabama Probate Judges to stop issuing same-sex marriages. The court argues that for over 200 years of Alabama history marriage has been recognized as between one man and one woman and the law remains that way. Most probate judges in Alabama have issued marriage licenses to same-sex couple after a federal judge in Mobile, Callie V.S. Granade, declared Alabama’s Defense of Marriage state constitutional amendment unconstitutional.
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HRC Accuses Roy Moore of Ethics Violations in Fight Against Gay Marriage

February 20, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, February 19, the pro-homosexual group Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Alabama filed an Alabama Open Records request for the government email and phone records of Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore. HRC Alabama is investigating whether Chief Justice Moore was responsible for developing a plan to stop same-sex marriages by enlisting two anti-gay marriage groups: the Alabama Policy Institute (API) and the Alabama Citizens Action Plan (ALCAP) to file emergency petitions to the Alabama Supreme Court.
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