My wife is Time’s Person of the Year

December 7, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

I was heartened and encouraged by Time magazine’s Person of the Year. It’s one of those years where the person is persons.

One of those persons is my wife.

No, not Taylor Swift. Nor Alyssa Milano. Nor Rose McGowan. Nor Selma Blair.

Veronica Pike Kennedy. My wife. Whom I’m so proud of.

She, too, is a #metoo. She was spanked aggressively by a publisher at one of the newspapers she worked for. Hopefully, the reporters now looking into this string of spanking incidents at this newspaper will publish something soon. And we know Veronica wasn’t the only one.

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Tomorrow is Halloween

October 30, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 31, 2017, is Halloween.  Children will dress in costumes and will go door to door asking for free candy and many adults will go on parties.  This is a very American holiday and is not exactly something that the colonists brought with them from Europe.

Halloween can be traced to the Catholic Church in the European Middle Ages.  All canonized saints have a feast day.  Saint Jerome, Saint Augustine, Saint James, Saint Mark, Saint John, Saint Brigid, Saint Mary of Egypt, etc., all have feast days on the liturgical calendar and people who are named for a saint or have a special veneration for a certain saint would attend mass on that day.  Most of our friends and family, no matter how holy they may have been, are never going to be formally canonized by the Church so there needed to be a feast day for all the other saints.  This feast day is All Saints day or All Hallows Day.  Pope Gregory III (born in 690 – in office from 731 to 741) moved that feast day from mid-May to November 1.

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Trump will ‘campaign like Hell’ for Moore; says Strange has better chance in General

September 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, President Donald Trump was in Huntsville campaigning for U.S. Sen. Luther Strange,R-Ala.

As has become customary for Trump in Alabama he filled up yet another arena, this time the Von Braun Center.  This is the fifth time that Trump campaigned in Alabama in the last 25 months, and he remains popular here.  Will some of that off the chart enthusiasm rub off on Senator Strange, whose campaign has been struggling to connect with Alabama voters, despite millions of dollars spent on ads of all sorts.

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After the Storm: A Modest Proposal

May 17, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Jury selection in the State vs Michael G. Hubbard began Monday, with opening arguments to begin on May 24 or 25. The trial is expected to last approximately a month, according to statements made at the last hearing.

If Hubbard, who is charged with 23 felony counts of public corruption, is found innocent, the monster, who is Speaker Hubbard, will scorch the Earth with his vengeance and retribution, and our State will never be rid of his corrupting influence. If convicted, there will be a brief moment to change rules, institutions and policies, that will prevent men like Hubbard from harming our State by using government for craven, personal gain. If convicted, there will be an opening to stop the practices that have enabled Hubbard and his cronies to thrive.
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Judge Granade Orders Probate Judges to Follow Supreme Court Ruling

July 2, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, July 1, 2015, Federal District Judge Callie Granade issued orders to all probate judges in the State of Alabama to immediately begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Judge Granade’s order confirms that her injunction applies to all of Alabama’s probate judges. 

Judge Granade stated: “By the language set forth in the order, the preliminary injunction is now in effect and binding on all members of the Defendant Class.”
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Palmer Supports Religious Liberty Legislation

June 22, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, June 18, Congressman Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) announced in a statement that he is an original co-sponsor of HR2802, The First Amendment Defense Act, which was introduced this week.  The bill’s sponsors claims that it preserves the right for all Americans to hold religious or moral beliefs about marriage without being threatened with legal consequences.

Congressman Palmer said in a statement, “The First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees the free exercise of religion as our first right. Indeed, the freedom to live according to the dictates of one’s own conscience is the reason the pilgrims came to this country centuries ago.  It is a right given to us, not by government, but by God.”

U.S. Representative Palmer continued, “I oppose efforts to redefine Marriage.  However, should the courts or any state decide differently, the millions of Americans who believe Marriage is between one man and one woman should not be discriminated against or penalized.  The definition of marriage preexists government and for millions of Americans it is a religious union.”

According to information supplied by Rep. Palmer, this bill would ensure that people who affirm the faith based definition of marriage cannot be discriminated against, denied a benefit such as a license or certification, or otherwise penalized, for their beliefs about Marriage.

The First Amendment Defense Act was introduced by Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho).  A companion bill, SB1598, was introduced in the US Senate by Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah).

Retired Judge, State Representative Jim Hill (R-Odenville) introduced legislation protecting State Judges and ministers from marrying persons, when that union is a violation of that officials closely held religious beliefs.  That legislation passed the House but got bogged down in the Senate during the last days of the 2015 legislative session.

The US Supreme Court is expected to rule on whether the states will be forced to marry same sex couples in defiance of thousands of years of historical and cultural norms or not as early as Monday.

In anticipation of the ruling on Wednesday, June 17, the living former Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) presidents elected since 1980 issued a joint statement June 17 declaring, “The Scriptures’ teaching on marriage is not negotiable. We stake our lives upon the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus. We will not accept, nor adhere to, any legal redefinition of marriage issued by any political or judicial body including the United States Supreme Court.”

On May 28, Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore (R) told ‘World Net Daily’s’ Rob Unruh that US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg and Elena Kagan could be impeached by Congress if they make a ruling on the case. Moore said that the two Justices conducted themselves inappropriately by officiating at same sex marriages while this issue was before the Court.  Moore said that both have a documented history of activism on this topic and that if they rule on the case it could, ““undermine the Supreme Court’s credibility.”

The Montgomery based Foundation for Moral Law has filed a motion asking that Kagan and Ginsburg recuse themselves.  The Am0erican Family Association, Vision America Action, National Organization for Marriage, the US Justice Foundation, the Louisiana House of Representatives and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) have all embraced the call for Kagan and Ginsburg to stand down on this case.

Congressman Gary Palmer represents Alabama’s Sixth Congressional District.

 

Alabama Supreme Court to Hear Gay Marriage Case

February 17, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, February 11, the conservative Alabama Policy Institute (API) joined Liberty Counsel and the Alabama Citizens Action Program (ALCAP), in filing a Writ of Mandamus to the Alabama Supreme Court requesting that the Court order probate judges in Alabama not to issue same-sex marriage licenses arguing that this is in violation of Alabama’s Constitution.

API wrote in a Monday email to supporters that: “Alabama’s probate judges should not be bound by the ruling from the Southern District of Alabama. We asked the Alabama Supreme Court to make this clear in a formal opinion. On Friday afternoon, the Court granted our petition and has agreed to take up the case.”
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11th Circuit Denies Strange’s Appeal

February 4, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, February 3, the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit denied Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange’s (R) motion for a stay in Searcy v. Strange and Strawser v. Strange.

Last month, US District Judge Callie Granade struck down Alabama’s constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between one man and one woman.  Barring an unlikely stay from the US Supreme Court, probate judges across the State will have to issue marriage license to same-sex couples, beginning on Monday, February, 9, 2015.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said in a written statement, “I am disappointed in the 11th US Circuit Court’s decision not to stay the federal district court’s ruling.  The confusion that has been created by the District Court’s ruling could linger for months until the US Supreme Court resolves this issue once and for all.”

AG Strange continued, “My office vigorously defended the constitutionality of Alabama’s marriage laws in the Searcy and Strawser cases, and we have appealed the court’s orders in those cases.  Today, we filed a motion with the US Supreme Court to stay the federal court’s decision until the Supreme Court finally rules on the issue in June.”

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Alabama State Director Ashley Jackson said in a statement on Tuesday, “This confirms what we already knew—that LGBT Alabamians have the constitutional right to marry regardless of who they love. The time has come for loving and committed couples from Florence and Huntsville to the Gulf Coast to be able to marry in the State they call home.”

The President and CEO of the conservative Alabama Policy Institute Caleb Crosby, said in a statement, “Today, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals denied the Alabama Attorney General’s request to temporarily halt the lower court’s strike down of Alabama’s Sanctity of Marriage Amendment and the Alabama Marriage Protection Act. As a research organization dedicated to the preservation of strong families, this comes as a great disappointment given that traditional marriage is central to this ideal. Further, as firm defenders of federalism, it is startling to see federal courts move so quickly to cast aside the desire of Alabamians to preserve traditional marriage in this State. In his dissent in US v. Windsor, Justice Alito wrote, ‘[I]n our system of government, ultimate sovereignty rests with the people and the people have the right to control their own destiny. Any change on a question so fundamental should be made by the people through their elected officials.’ We wholeheartedly agree and hope that the 11th Circuit will ultimately defer to the people of Alabama.”

US Representative Gary Palmer said in a statement, “I believe marriage is between one man and one woman, as do a large majority of the people of Alabama. The recent court decisions are troubling and disappointing. Unelected judges are achieving a political end that has been rejected by the electorate… I applaud Attorney General Luther Strange for appealing to the Supreme Court for a stay and hope that a stay is granted pending the resolution of the issue before the Supreme Court.”

HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow said, “There is no justifiable reason to continue enforcing discriminatory marriage bans after a clear court order striking them down.”

In their statement, the HRC congratulated the plaintiffs in this case, Cari Searcy and Kimberly McKeand, and their attorneys, Christine Hernandez and David Kennedy; as well as James Strawser and John Humphrey, recently joined in court by the National Center for Lesbian Rights, for all their work to achieve this victory in court.

The Human Rights Campaign states that they are, “America’s largest organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. HRC envisions a world where LGBT people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.”

Byrne Supports New Authorization of Force Against ISIL

November 11, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (R from Mobile) said in a statement that he supports President Barack H. Obama’s (D) decision to ask for new authorization from Congress to fight the growing menace of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Representative Byrne said on Facebook, “I believe President Obama is right to ask Congress to pass a new Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) for the fight against ISIL in Iraq and Syria. The current AUMFs the President is operating under are out of date and frankly not applicable to this conflict. The debate on a new AUMF will allow Congress to take a closer look at the strategies and end game of this conflict.”
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