Gaming council delays report until summer

January 13, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Gov. Robert Bentley’s Advisory Council on Gaming isn’t going to meet its deadline.

Originally devised to offer guidance to the Governor and State lawmakers in time for the 2017 Regular Session, which begins Feb. 7, council members voted unanimously on Thursday to delay any report and set a new deadline of June 30 — well after the session has ended.

“It’s obvious that we’re not going to be able to meet this deadline (of January 31),” council chairman and State Finance Director Clinton Carter said. “I think it’s best if we push that back until June 30. It might not take us that long, but we’ll set that date.” Read More

Montgomery school system takeover off to a rough start

January 13, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The State takeover of Montgomery’s school system is off to a less-than-optimal beginning.

At a press conference following Thursday’s State school board meeting — at which members voted to support State Superintendent Michael Sentance’s resolution declaring his intention to intervene in MPS — a collection of State and Montgomery school officials were met with a barrage of questions for which they had very few specific answers. Read More

Jeff Sessions and the War on White People

January 12, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

There’s a war on white people in America.

I know this because Rep. Mo Brooks, the whitest man in all of Alabama, has proclaimed it. Several times.

That’s what’s tripping up Jeff Sessions at his confirmation hearing for US Attorney General. Not Sessions’ past comments. Not his deplorable track record on voting rights. Not his past history as Attorney General in Alabama.

Nope, it’s white people getting the shaft, man. Read More

School leaders search for source of leak to APR

January 11, 2017

By Josh Moon

Alabama Political Reporter

A scramble took place Wednesday at the Alabama State Department of Education and at the central office of Montgomery’s Public Schools to find the sources of a story that appeared on the Alabama Political Reporter.

Several sources told APR on Wednesday that state department employees were questioned about the leak. At MPS, officials were questioning board members and an attorney for the system called an APR reporter to inquire about the source of the information. (APR declined to provide any information about its sources, per company standards.) Read More

The plan is in place for takeover of Montgomery schools

January 10, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The first official step in the takeover of the Montgomery County School System will come Thursday, when State School Board members will vote to approve a takeover plan that will leave some management of MPS schools with the local board, sources familiar with the process have told APR.

At a meeting Monday between State Superintendent Michael Sentance, some State School Board members and members of the Montgomery County Board of Education, Sentance laid out two options for MPS: either school board members could cooperate with the takeover and retain some control of the district’s non-priority schools while the State managed the 23 priority (or failing) MPS schools, or the board could approach the takeover in an adversarial manner, in which case the State would implement a full takeover and shut out the board. Read More

Alabama: the final resting place for facts

January 10, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

President Obama has been an unmitigated disaster for America.

We don’t know much in Alabama, but we know the above statement is true. Or, I guess I should say, the majority of the voters in this State know that statement to be true.

Flip on a conservative talk radio show. Scroll through the Facebook timeline of your conservative Alabama friend. Engage the average Alabamian in a political conversation. Read More

Bo Bice, Popeye’s chicken and a lesson in racism

January 5, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Bo Bice likes his chicken without the side of racism, thanks.

The former “American Idol” runner-up and Alabama resident resurfaced this week in one of the oddest ways: claiming on Facebook that he was discriminated against while ordering chicken at a Popeye’s restaurant in the Atlanta airport.

I know, I know. You’re thinking there’s no way this is true. That we finally got 2016 to mercifully come to an end and then 2017 goes and starts with Bo freakin’ Bice and Popeye’s chicken. Read More

State Dept. of Education planning takeover of Montgomery schools

January 3, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama State Department of Education is poised to take over the Montgomery County school system, numerous sources, including Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange and a Montgomery County school board member, have told The Alabama Political Reporter.

Montgomery officials are scheduled to meet with new State Superintendent Michael Sentance on Jan. 9 to hear details of the plan, the sources said.

Strange said he met personally with Sentance multiple times, including at least once with MPS Superintendent Margaret Allen in attendance, over the past two months and said he was told some movement would occur in early January, although he said he wasn’t sure of the specific plans. Read More

Alabama Supreme Court makes up more bingo law

January 3, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Supreme Court (ALSC) has made up more law.

You probably missed this, since it happened on Dec. 23 – the Friday before Christmas. That was the day the ALSC chose to issue its latest anti-electronic bingo ruling – this time against GreeneTrack in Greene County.

The court ruled that machines confiscated from that facility could be destroyed, overruling a lower court’s ruling that found the machines complied with the county’s bingo amendment. Read More

APR’s Top 5 Under-reported stories of 2016

December 29, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Over the past year, APR has broken a number of prominent, statewide stories.

While many of those have been picked up by other news outlets – some of them lifted nearly verbatim from APR’s website without attribution – a few stories have gone almost unnoticed and with little follow-up from more traditional outlets.

These stories are important and involve millions of dollars of taxpayer money, abuses of power and manipulations of the systems meant to ensure law and order and justice in the state. Read More

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