Opinion | The Medicaid work requirement isn’t what it seems

January 18, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Kay Ivey should be ashamed.

She’s probably not, because there’s very little chance that someone could do what she did this week and still be affected by feelings such as shame and empathy. But she should be.

In an announcement Tuesday, Ivey said that she had directed the state’s Medicaid director to implement work requirements and higher copays for Medicaid recipients.

Let me explain why this is terrible. And why Ivey certainly knows this is terrible.

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The changing of Alabama’s judicial system

January 17, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

State Sen. Cam Ward is still trying to fix Alabama’s judicial system.

He doesn’t put it that way. The Republican state senator from Shelby County instead just keeps saying he has a problem with this thing or that thing, and he wants to fix it all.

Like charging 13- and 14-year-olds court costs and fees. That’s a thing Ward wants to fix.

Because we do that in Alabama — charge 13-year-olds court costs. We hit juveniles with some of the same fees that we charge adults. Except, adults have jobs and various means to repay those costs. Children don’t.

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Opinion | This is why women are so mad

January 17, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Donna Dunlap just wanted to work.

She just wanted to go to a job each day, do what was asked of her, earn enough money to support herself and family and then go home. Maybe a periodic raise, maybe someone could toss an “atta girl” her way.

But that’s it. That’s all she wanted. Which, in the grand scheme of this world, isn’t asking a whole helluva lot.

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Opinion | MLK statue long overdue at State Capitol

January 15, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

At a ceremony Monday at the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in downtown Montgomery, Gov. Kay Ivey will announce Alabama’s inclusion in a 12-state Civil Rights Trail.

The Trail will feature historic landmarks in several cities, including 10 sites in Montgomery alone.

At none of those Montgomery sites will there be a statue of Martin Luther King Jr.

Because there isn’t a single statue of the man in Montgomery.

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Opinion | Why doesn’t it hurt to be wrong anymore?

January 12, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Do conservatives never feel dumb?

Maybe “dumb” is too harsh. Embarrassed? Ashamed?

Any of those? Any feeling resembling some level of remorse for loudly holding a belief that is 100 percent wrong?

Because, I hate to be the bearer of tough news here, but you guys are wrong a lot.

A whole lot.

On some pretty basic things.

I suppose that happens when your every belief eschews facts in favor of feels. But still, I wonder if you feel badly when your long-held beliefs — particularly those that are hurtful to your fellow Americans — prove to be untrue?

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Opinion | Alabama the state could learn a thing or two from Alabama the football team

January 9, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama won another college football title on Monday night.

We can quibble over how many total titles the Crimson Tide has won over the years, but I think we can all agree that it’s a lot. Auburn has been no slouch, either, especially lately.

And those facts have always bothered me.

How is it possible, in this state where we do so much wrong, that we can’t draw from the lessons of the one thing we do so right?

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The Death of Andrew Lewis, Part VI: The Wrap Up

January 5, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The final chapter of this sad saga originally had a different ending — one that was, somehow, less depressing. In the months since, however, there has been some activity.

The biggest movement was Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey officially presenting the case to a grand jury. That grand jury declined to indict Eli Miller on any charges — not murder, not manslaughter, nothing. The Lewis family was, of course, devastated.

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AEA settlement gives some control back to Montgomery school board

January 5, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Montgomery County School Board wrestled some control of its school system away from the Alabama State Department of Education on Thursday, by way of a settlement agreement reached in a lawsuit filed by the Alabama Education Association.

AEA sued the ALSDE on behalf of several employees who work within the Montgomery Public Schools system, alleging the state had violated its own rules when it took over the MPS system without a written plan and without outlining a shared system of governance that included the county board.

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Troy King making up ground in AG race fundraising

January 4, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Troy King might be late to the attorney general’s race, but he’s closing the fundraising gap quickly.

Campaign finance reports dropped Wednesday, and King reported raising more than $120,000 in December. That figure was nearly twice what current AG Steve Marshall raised ($64,050) and brings King’s six-week fundraising total to just over $250,000.

He still trails Marshall in total campaign cash by nearly $250,000.

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The Death of Andrew Lewis, Part V: The Explanation

January 3, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Before we get into this part of the story, it’s important to understand a few key facts about the information you’re about to receive.

First and foremost, this is not my opinion about what happened the morning Andrew Lewis was killed.

Second, this is a collection of information from several sources, but it is primarily the re-telling of the story Eli Miller and Mary Jehle, mostly through their attorneys, told Montgomery Police Department officers at the scene and in subsequent interrogations.

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