There is no bottom for Roy Moore Republicans

November 10, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Maybe there is no rock bottom for the Alabama Republican Party.

Maybe it’s just that mushy mud that you find on the bottom of the Tennessee River, and the ALGOP just keeps burrowing deeper and deeper into the muck and filth.

Thursday brought on a new bout of digging, with a familiar face behind the shovel.

Roy Moore. The ever-constant posterboy for what is wrong in Alabama politics.

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The real crooks are wearing suits

October 10, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Hispanic immigrants were the problem.

They were mooching off of the taxpayers, helping themselves to riches that they had no right pocketing.

At least, that was the viewpoint of GOP House majority leader Micky Hammon.

Ol’ Micky was so dadgum angry about the immigrants, he sponsored the most hateful, mean-spirited anti-immigration bill in the country.

So vile that it attempted to force public school workers to investigate the citizenship of children and report any illegal kids or parents. So vile that it prevented Hispanic families from receiving running water, electricity and shelter.

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It’s time to pick a side, America

August 29, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Outside of Robert E. Lee High School in Montgomery on Monday evening, a man who said he was a former history teacher and coach, shouted.

A lot.

His shouts were directed at another man who had come to the school to protest a statue of Lee, which stands out front.

“That statue ain’t hurting nobody!” the man said.

And in the most literal sense that’s true. The statue’s mere presence isn’t harming a soul.

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A Disquisition on Greed in Politics, Part 3: Solutions to Greed in Alabama Politics

June 29, 2017

By Sam McLure
Alabama Political Report

“The greedy misuse the world by striving to acquire it; the monastics, by struggling to renounce it.” Carter Lindberg

The overall goal of restraining greed in politics should be aimed at making the political process more responsive to the “common community of voters” and less responsive to “business-conglomerate greed interests.” The irony of decreasing the influence of the business-greed party is that it actually promotes the prosperity of the community as a whole.  As discussed in Part 1 of our series, the mantles of Republican and Democrat mean nothing to the Greed Party which manipulates both for the enrichment of a select few business interests.
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A Disquisition on Greed in Politics, Part 1: Diagnosing Greed in Politics

May 24, 2017

By Sam McLure
Alabama Political Reporter

 

“One who is greedy stirs up strife . . .”

Solomon

 

“The World is One Big Whorehouse”

Greed in politics. Everyone knows it’s there. A reporter’s favorite hobby is exposing a politician’s hypocritical greed. Yet, tracing the ways of greed in politics is like tracking a snake in a boulder field. Its trail is elusive, and the more you hunt it, the more it seems to hunts you. In fact, greed, like lust, seeks to daily corrupt all of our motives and actions.
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A disquisition on greed in politics, an introduction with Mr. Blue Suit

May 23, 2017

By Sam McLure
Alabama Political Reporter

“I have no doubt from what I daily see that our whole system is rapidly becoming a mere money-making concern to those who have the control of it.”

US Senator Calhoun, (Circa 1848)

The Big 4 meet Mr. Blue Suit

The State of YullaMama is located in the southern region of North America. YullaMama’s average temperature is well above 90 degrees. It’s warm weather has proven to be a fertile environment for the ice-production business. Currently there are four ice production companies that retain 95 percent of the market share – the Big 4.
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Grow up: Obamacare didn’t raise insurance rates, you did

December 1, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Let’s have a conversation about health care.

Specifically, let’s talk about Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, and the cost of health insurance these days – a matter several people in this State say led to their vote for Donald Trump.

If that sounds like you, let me begin properly: You’re wrong.

You’re wrong about it all. Every little piece of it.

Dead. Stinking. Wrong.

You can’t just repeal it and go back to “what we had.” You can’t keep the portions of Obamacare that you like and do away with the portions you don’t like (i.e., the portions that pay for the parts you like). And you can’t just dump 20 million people from their plans and expect that it’ll save you money.
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Thanksgiving Day brings little to be thankful for in State government

November 24, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

For those who honestly care about the future of our State, there are few bright spots this Thanksgiving. Even as we engage in polite conversation over turkey and dressing or pecan pie, the subject will naturally turn to the state of the State.

While, “Who will replace Senator Jeff Sessions and the political dominos to follow” is a fun parlor game, it’s the nagging reality that Governor Robert Bentley used the tools of government to destroy political enemies, carry on an affair and deceive the public, that is the “Sword of Damocles” hanging over our State.
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Hubbard’s Lee County Trial Finally Ends in Silence

September 14, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The post-trial appeal of convicted felon and former Speaker of the House, Mike Hubbard, finally expired on September 8, in silence, according to the Attorney General’s office calculations.

For almost four years, Hubbard, aided by his criminal lawyers, used the State House, the Governor’s Office and some within the Attorney General’s office to deny, deflect and delay justice. Hubbard stormed the State House presiding over an orgy of greed and corruption. Those days are over for Hubbard and so is any appeal before the circuit court of Lee County.
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Who’s To Blame? Who Will Lead?

September 2, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—There is plenty of anger for not passing legislation to allow the people an opportunity to vote on a statewide lottery, but where is the outrage over not finding a solution to Medicaid?

There may yet be a solution to funding Medicaid and passing a bill on the lottery, but we need a leader who will rise up to bring all of the players to the table before it’s too late. All of the anger, finger pointing, greed and turf wars must be laid aside. Or, maybe, our lawmakers are satisfied to just run out the clock?
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