Bill to regulate troubled youth camps in danger of dying on Governor’s desk

May 24, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

On the phone last week, Charles Kennedy, a retired police captain who served more than 20 years, was near tears and he wasn’t hiding it.

“I’m just so proud I could cry – I think I’m going to, actually,” Kennedy said.

The emotional swell for Kennedy came just after Rep. Steve McMillan called with news that Legislation Kennedy had been pushing for years had quietly passed both Houses and was on the way to Gov. Kay Ivey to be signed into law.
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Letter to Gov. Ivey: There’s a way out of the Confederate monuments mess

May 24, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Dear Gov. Kay Ivey,

Hello there, Governor. Hope you’re well. And I mean that – I wouldn’t dare wish illness on anyone in this State after what those in your political party have done to healthcare around here.

But I’m not writing today about healthcare. That’s an incredibly complicated issue (who knew, right!) that would take far too long. Thankfully, my subject matter is much easier.
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Alabama government: It’s not about you

May 23, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

It’s probably worth remembering that Alabama’s Legislators work for you.

The men and women who roam the halls of the State House, crafting legislation (or, more likely, copying it verbatim from some lobbyist) and running Alabama are representatives of us. All of us.

That means they’re supposed to be in Montgomery doing what we want, taking care of our needs.

I’ll pause while you recover from laughing hysterically.
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Gov. Ivey’s office says she’s “healthy,” doesn’t dispute APR report

May 19, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

While Gov. Kay Ivey’s office declined to confirm on Thursday that she had been admitted to a Colorado hospital for “stroke-like” issues in April 2015, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency all but did.

On Wednesday, APR reported that numerous sources said Ivey spent four days in a Colorado hospital when she became ill during an Aerospace States Association convention. Ivey, then Lieutenant Governor, was the chairperson for the ASA that year and spoke during its annual meeting on April 17.
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It’s never racism in the Alabama Legislature

May 18, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

It’s never racism.

So, just stop it with that. You’re ruining racism for the people who really experience it – the kind where someone burns a cross in your yard, makes you drink from a different water fountain, won’t let you sit in the front of the bus, makes your kids attend a different school.

You know, real racism.

Not an email.

An email isn’t racist. Be serious. That was a joke – an innocent attempt at lightening the mood.
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Autism Bill show worthy of the WWE

May 17, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

My mother was wrong.

For years, she told me that professional wrestling was a waste of time – a brain cell-melter. It was silly, she said, as she recommended that I use my time more wisely. I should be reading or studying or doing something to prepare me for life, she thought.

Well, she got it all wrong.

Turns out, that pro wrestling – or ‘wrasslin’ – prepared me just fine for my career. I couldn’t have picked a better way to get ready for a career covering the Alabama Legislature.
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Alabama voters need to prove they want change

May 16, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Prove it.

That should be the State motto for the US Senate Special Election and the upcoming midterm election in 2018.

For the voters. Not the candidates.

It’s time to prove that you mean what you say. Or for you all to just shut up and accept that you’re OK living in a State led by corrupt, embarrassing, incompetent, racist lawmakers.

This little charade has gone on long enough – the one where you whine and complain, talk about how much of an embarrassment our politicians are, and then … vote the same bunch of goobers back into office.
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The problem they can never see

May 12, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Ritchie Whorton has a problem with me.

On Thursday afternoon, the Representative from Owens Cross Roads slid into the State House elevator just before the doors closed and opened with: “What do you have against public schools?”

I had no idea what Whorton was talking about, so I responded with: “I have no idea what you’re talking about.”

Whorton explained, during one of the longest three-story elevator rides of my life, that I had written something “bad mouthing” his bill that was attempting to remove private schools’ sports teams from the Alabama High School Athletic Association.
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Lack of Autism Therapy coverage another reason for companies not to pick Alabama

May 11, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

As I stood along the wall in room 727, listening to the Senate’s finance committee kick around the idea of mandating insurance for Autism Therapy, it struck me that the proponents of this bill were going about it all wrong.

For hours upon hours, parents and grandparents, friends, neighbors and the regular ol’ decent human beings have tried to pitch this bill – HB284 – by leaning heavy on the compassion and the humanity of it.
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Unlike bingo, Fanduel requires skill

May 11, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

You can’t win at Fanduel.

That’s not a generic “you.” I mean, you – the person reading this. The person who has never played a daily fantasy sports game.

If you and I competed against each other in a game, I would beat you 100 times out of 100. And barring some freak of nature, it wouldn’t be close.

Yet, some in our Legislature would have you believe that these daily fantasy contests are on the same level as all other gambling — that everyone who plays has the same tiny opportunity to win, the same giant opportunity to lose. Don’t fall for that nonsense.
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