Senate moves to make Alabama first to offer nitrogen executions to condemned inmates

February 23, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

A bill passed Thursday in the Alabama Senate would mark a new evolution in the history of the death penalty in Alabama.

The state may soon add a third, untested option for death-row inmates deciding how they want their lives taken from them: a gas mask or gas chamber filled with pure nitrogen gas.

Lethal injection has been the method of execution used in the state of Alabama since 2002, but the state’s electric chair, known as Yellow Mama, is still waiting around in the attic in case an inmate were to decide they would prefer death by electrocution.

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Opinion | President Trump, where is the winning?

February 6, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

I have a question.

I’m sitting here admiring my extra $1.50 and my new Costco membership, as the stock market makes that slide-whistle sound effect it used to make when ol’ W was in charge, and I just can’t help but wonder …

The winning, when does it start?

You know what I’m talking about. The winning we were promised. There was not only going to be some winning, there was going to be so much winning we were going to get tired of it.

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Today is Robert E. Lee’s birthday

January 15, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, January 15, 2018, is celebrated across the state of Alabama as General Robert E. Lee’s birthday. Generations of Alabamians have revered the Virginian who commanded the Army of Northern Virginia in the War Between the States.

Lee was born on Jan. 19, 1807. His father, Henry “Light-Horse Harry” Lee was a Revolutionary War hero. The younger Lee attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and embarked on a lifetime of military service. Lee served on General Winfield Scott’s staff in the Mexican-American War, was the Commandant at West Point, fought Indians in the West and led the American response to crush John Brown’s attempted insurrection as a member of the U.S. Army. President Abraham Lincoln offered Lee command of all union forces, but after Virginia seceded from the Union, Lee sided with the Confederacy. His service leading the Confederate forces of the Army of Northern Virginia earned Lee a reputation as one of the best military tacticians in American history. The South had fewer people, fewer factories, no money and no navy. The Confederate States of America should have been easily crushed by the better equipped and supplied Union forces; but better leadership by people like Lee, Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson, James Longstreet, A. P. Hill, etc. almost turned the tide. Their efforts combined with Pres. Lincoln’s resolve turned the Civil War into, by far, the most costly war in American history.

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Monday is Christmas Day

December 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, December 25 is Christmas. It is a state and federal holiday, so banks, schools, courthouses and other government buildings will be closed, as well as many private businesses.

The holiday celebrates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth over 2,000 years ago. Most Christians believe that Jesus is God made flesh. “For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting.” (John 3:16)

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Roy Moore’s god fails to come through

December 14, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

It turned out as it should have. Democrat Doug Jones, his honor and history intact, defeated Roy Moore.

Moore talks a lot about how God guides his campaigns. Well, God saw what was best for Alabama, and selected Jones – at least, that’s what the perspective from Moore should be.

As of this writing, Moore hadn’t even had the decency to concede the election, but whether he does nor not, Doug Jones is the next U.S. senator from Alabama. Let’s hope Moore fades from public life, once and for all.

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Congressman Palmer invites 6th Congressional District veterans to share their stories

November 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Hoover, announced that he will be sharing stories of veterans from Alabama’s 6th District on his Congressional website in honor of Veterans Day through the month of November.

“The selfless service by the men and women of the United States Armed Forces is what keeps our nation great,” said Congressman Palmer. “These brave patriots proudly defended America and I am honored to represent so many veterans in Congress. Please join me in honoring our veterans this November by sharing their stories and thanking all veterans for their service.”

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A year after his felony conviction Hubbard remains free, ethics laws in jeopardy

June 13, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

As the word “guilty” rang out twelve times in a Lee County courtroom on the evening of June 10, 2016, Alabama’s political world was rendered breathless as if dropped to the canvas by a body blow to the liver.

The conviction of Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, who led Alabama’s Republican party from the backwoods of political power to an overwhelming supermajority in the State House and Senate, was a singularly dark moment in the State’s history. Yet, the date marking one year since he was found guilty of felony public corruption charges passed, seemly without notice.
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Ivey signs Memorials Preservation Act into law

May 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) signed the Memorials Preservation Act, SB60, into law. The bill protects Alabama’s many monuments and memorials from being destroyed or removed by local governments.

The City of New Orleans recently destroyed century old Confederate Memorials for political correctness. The State of Louisiana did nothing to protect its history.

State Representative Mac Butler (R-Rainbow City) said on social media, “I just received word from Governor Ivey’s Office that the Monument Protection Act was just signed moments ago and is now law. Thank you Gov. Ivey and Sen Gerald Allen. I was very proud to have been the House sponsor for this very historic piece of Legislation.”
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Legislature passes confederate monuments preservation bill

May 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley

Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, May 19, 2017, the Alabama House of Representatives voted to accept changes to the Memorials Preservation Act. Senate Bill 60 was sponsored by Senator Gerald Allen (R-Tuscaloosa).

Sen. Allen said in a statement, “The Alabama Legislature gave final approval to the Memorial Preservation Act, which will protect historic monuments and memorials from thoughtless destruction.”

Sen. Allen continued, “Unfortunately, in cities like New Orleans we are seeing a wave of political correctness wipe out monuments to historically significant, if often flawed, people. Where does it end? Are all parts of American history subject to purging, until every Ivy League professor is satisfied and the American story has been re-written as nothing but a complete fraud and a betrayal of our founding values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?”

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Today is Confederate Memorial Day

April 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, April 24, 2017, is Confederate Memorial Day. State offices are closed in remembrance of the soldiers and sailors who died defending the Confederate States of America (C.S.A.) during the Civil War of 1861 to 1865.

The President of the Southern Historical Protection Group Mike Williams said in a statement, “Confederate Memorial Day is set aside in Alabama to honor the thousands of men who were called upon by their State to defend the rights held by this State. Governor Lewis E. Parsons made a preliminary estimate of losses. Nearly all the white men served, some 122,000 he said, of whom 35,000 died in the war and another 30,000 were seriously disabled. The next year Governor Robert M. Patton estimated that 20,000 veterans had returned home permanently disabled, and there were 20,000 widows and 60,000 orphans. I am glad Alabama has chosen to continue to honor the sacrifices these brave Alabamians. I hope everyone stops and reflects on the sacrifices made and why we continue to honor them. This is a big part of Alabama History.” Mike Williams is also the past State Adjutant of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
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