Gov. Ivey asks, “Why do you serve?”

January 10, 2018

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

In her first State of the State address, Gov. Kay Ivey hit all the right notes, even when evoking legendary composer Johann Sebastian Bach’s statement on why he wrote music.

Ivey rightfully took credit for righting the ship of state as she promised at her swearing-in ceremony nine months ago.

Perhaps most striking – her message was inclusive, not simply pandering to the most extreme elements of the Republican base. Throughout the 40 minute speech, she spoke about “we” and “us,” not “us versus them.” Even the stagecraft spoke to diversity with Democrat Congressional leaders Sen. Linda Coleman and Anthony Daniels sharing the diocese.
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Who is the Enemy Now?

March 21, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

“We have met the enemy and he is us,” is a famous quote from the comic strip, Pogo, by Walt Kelly.

After the 2014 elections, this should be the unofficial motto of the Alabama Republican Party, especially the embattled, Legislative and Executive Branches.

Gov. Robert Bentley is battling the House, the House skirmishes with the Senate and the Senate with itself. These are just a few of the wars being waged on Goat Hill, and things are going to get a lot worse.
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Chief Justice Calls for Fairness and Shared Sacrifice

December 2, 2015

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Backed by a group representing every facet of the Unified Judicial System, Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy S. Moore made a case for fairness and shared sacrifice within all branches of State government.

Justice Moore is calling on the legislature to release $12 million in conditional funding to keep the Judicial system operating properly. “We don’t mind that the Judicial branch suffers, if every branch of government suffers. We are finding that is not the case,” said Moore as he addressed the gathered press.
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