Journalist Eddie Burkhalter’s principles are intact; the Anniston Star’s, not so much

January 1, 2018

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Journalist Eddie Burkhalter did what few in our business will ever do.

Burkhalter quit his job on at The Anniston Star in November on principle because the newspaper wouldn’t allow him to pursue a story about allegations that former Star Publisher H. Brandt Ayers spanked some of his women employees over the years.

As a former Star reporter myself, I know these are more than allegations. My wife, Veronica, was actually a victim of such an assault.

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Waiting for the postmortem analysis of Tuesday’s Senate election

December 11, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

In the distant future, cooler heads will perhaps give a detailed examination of this U.S. Senate race to determine the postmortem of the news media, political parties and the body politic as a whole. Any reasonable person will look back and see this was a moment in time with no winners, only losers.

When The Washington Post story broke about Moore’s alleged sexual behavior on November 9, I asked APR’s staff to closely diagram the report because over the coming weeks I believed it would be difficult to determine facts from lies. And as one accuser became two and two became nine, and sexual allegations became pedophilia, the fevered pitch of reporting would leave even the most fair-minded reporter with some measure of confusion.

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1978: Gov. Wallace appoints Mrs. Allen to US Senate

December 5, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The last time a Governor of Alabama made an appointment to the US Senate was after the death of James Allen in 1978. Allen suffered a fatal heart attack on June 1, 1978, while vacationing with his wife, Maryon. A few days later Gov. George Wallace phoned Allen’s young Chief of Staff, Tom Coker, to ask who he thought the Senator would want to take his seat in Washington. “I was still at the condo when Gov. Wallace called,” said Coker. “He wanted to know who I thought Senator Allen would want to take his place in the Senate.”
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Josh Moon Joins APR

October 11, 2016

Staff Report
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—This week, columnist and reporter Josh Moon joined the staff of The Alabama Political Reporter. “We are proud of Josh’s accomplishments both as a journalist and an opinion writer and are excited about the possibilities that lie ahead,” said Editor in Chief Bill Britt. “Josh’s dogged pursuit of truth and unwavering commitment to the highest standard of our profession is why I believe he is a natural fit for our publication and will enable us to offer more investigative reporting and political insight to our readers.”
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Us or Them?

July 25, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The government has a role in the lives of its citizens, but it should be a government of the people, by the people, for the people, as Abraham Lincoln memorialized at Gettysburg.

Of the many lessons learned from Mike Hubbard’s time as Speaker, the failure of his strict mode of divisive leadership, is the most important one for us to remember. Hubbard embodied and advanced the paranoid politics of “us” against “them,” a foreboding trend growing stronger throughout our nation.
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Faithful to the Mission

July 19, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Over the past 24 hours, I have received criticism and “atta boys” for my article “Greene County’s Burden.” Perhaps, I deserve both or neither, but at least people are talking.

Before we published the first page on Alabama Political Reporter, we determined our mission would be to inform, educate and alert our readers to the hard truth about State politics. While I am certain we have fallen short, we have worked hard, and continue to work with great purpose to fulfill that promise.
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Bob Johnson’s Funeral will be Today in Fultondale

May 18, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Longtime political reporter Bob Johnson for the Associated Press, Birmingham Post Herald, and Montgomery Advertiser will be buried in Fultondale at Walker Chapel Funeral Home and Memorial Garden at 2:00 pm. Visitation is at 1:00 pm.

The ‘Birmingham News’ obituary:

“Aug. 31, 1949-May 13, 2016 Bob Johnson, age 66 of Gardendale, passed away on Friday, May 13, 2016. He attended Church of the Highlands. He graduated from and was an avid and proud fan of The University of Alabama. Bob retired after over 40 years of service as a journalist for various media outlets, the last 14 years with the Associated Press. He is survived by his children, Robby Johnson (Becky), Michelle Johnson, and Whitney Johnson; grandchildren, Christian Johnson, Zylayah Johnson, Malik Johnson, Kayden Johnson, and Brooks Johnson; he is also survived by many friends and colleagues. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Walker Chapel Funeral Home with Pastor Jerrel Brown and Pastor Jamil Gilleylen officiating. Interment will follow at Walker Chapel Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements are by Walker Chapel Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 205-849-5000, Fultondale.”
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Former Associated Press and Birmingham Post Herald Political Reporter Bob Johnson Has Died

May 16, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, May 14, renown political reporter, Bob Johnson, passed away at his son’s home in Gardendale, due to a massive stroke. He was 66. In his highly acclaimed career, Johnson was a witness to five decades of Alabama Politics with the Birmingham Post Herald, Montgomery Advertiser, and his last fourteen with the Associated Press (AP). Johnson retired in 2014 due to health problems. Bob Johnson was well liked by just about everyone in the capital press corps and most newsmakers.
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