Majority Republicans doubt Moore’s accusers: some reasons why

December 4, 2017

By Bill Britt 
Alabama Political Reporter

A new poll by CBS News finds that 71 percent of Alabama Republicans believe the allegations against Roy Moore are false. Of those surveyed, 92 percent of Republicans who don’t believe the claims against Moore think, “Democrats are behind the charges,” and 88 percent say, “newspapers and the media are behind them.” When reports leave gaps in a story or cite inaccuracies as fact, it’s not surprising that a vast majority of Republicans doubt what they read in the news and hear on television.

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A very bad Roy Moore press event

November 22, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Roy Moore campaign held a press event on Tuesday afternoon.

It was dumb.

I could stop there and you would likely know all you need to know about that … I’m not sure what exactly took place on the capitol steps Tuesday afternoon. A lecture? A physical manifestation of a message board troll ranting?

It was something in that ballpark, and very little of it was helpful, informative or even bearable.

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Moore campaign attempts to discredit Beverly Young accusations

November 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Roy Moore Campaign claimed that newly unveiled statements from key witnesses “completely bust the story of Beverly Nelson and Gloria Allred and further reveal an unconscionable bias on the part of state and national press to hide the truth from Alabama voters who will undoubtedly see through the ‘fake news’ and elect Judge Moore for the man that they have always known him to be.”

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APR’s Josh Moon receives two APME Journalism awards

June 19, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Over the weekend, The Alabama Political Reporter’s Josh Moon received several awards at the Alabama Associated Press Media Editor’s Journalism contest.

Moon, and other journalists from across the State, received their awards in Birmingham at a luncheon. Moon received the awards for two pieces he wrote while working at The Montgomery Advertiser.

Moon received first place in “Best Newspaper Investigative Reporting” for his report entitled “Convicted Murderers, Robbers Clean among ASU Students.” He also received second place in the “Best Education Story” category for his story entitled “Gambling and Macon County Schools.”

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Task Force examines budget and finds surprises

May 31, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Legislature is taking a serious look at the State’s budgeting process to make data-driven decisions on how best to address the reoccurring fiscal challenges facing our State. An Interim Report on Budget Reform prepared by the Joint Task Force on Budget Reform (JTF) released on May 11 of this year, shows many surprising facts, and offers some hope for remedies to decades of old problems.
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Something fishy about “failing schools” list

January 17, 2017

By Larry Lee

The State Department of Education just released the latest “failing schools” list, an annual ranking is required by the infamous Alabama Accountability Act. The Legislature decreed that the bottom six percent of all public schools are “failing” and should be identified annually.

So lists were distributed in June 2013 and January 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

This always causes an outcry from educators they think some schools that face great challenges are being unfairly labeled (The list tells us each year is what we already know, schools with high poverty levels and high minority populations face an uphill battle). Read More

Court Justices or Court Jesters?: The Mishandling of the Moore Case

October 28, 2016

By Hannah Ford

You know it’s bad when one of Chief Justice Roy Moore’s harshest critics (apologetically) writes in his defense.

You know it’s bad when Justices refuse to unseal a critical case.

You know it’s bad when the unethical behavior of acting Chief Justice Lyn Stuart and her accomplices have Alabamians worried that they may not receive a fair trial in the State’s highest court.

On Thursday, Governor Robert Bentley and acting Chief Justice Lyn Stuart came together to oversee the drawing of seven retired judges who will hear the appeal of suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore (because everyone knows Bentley and Stuart are totally trustworthy!). Before the eyes of the public and the media, fifty names were drawn at “random” and then the seven who will sit on the Special Court were drawn at random.
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APR is Simply The Right Fit

October 12, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

So, here I am.

Unless I’ve failed to remember correctly, this will be the first column written that I’ve written in at least 15 years that won’t appear in The Montgomery Advertiser. I am surprisingly happy about that.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s incredibly weird to be out of the newspaper world, but I also feel pretty good about where I’ve landed.

I think The Alabama Political Reporter is a fantastic news outlet that has quickly climbed the media ladder in this State. If you doubt that, flip on talk radio and listen to the babbling heads criticize APR while simultaneously ripping off the website for material and news.
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Civil Rights Group Condemns Trump

November 24, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, November 23, the civil rights group, ColorOfChange, condemned Republican Presidential candidate and New York City billionaire Donald Trump for defending supporters allegedly “roughing up” a BLM (Black Lives Matter) protestor in Birmingham on Saturday and for sharing a graphic on Twitter presenting falsified crime statistics claiming that Blacks are the perpetrators of most murders of Whites in the country.

donald-trumpThe Executive Director of ColorOfChange.org, Rashad Robinson, said in a statement, “Over the weekend Donald Trump published a grossly inaccurate image on his Twitter account, originally posted by a neo-Nazi, with made-up crime statistics meant to stoke the flames of violence, anger, intolerance and fear in the hearts and minds of his constituents.  The fact that the leading candidate for the Republican party’s nomination to President of the United States reads, shares and supports the views of neo-Nazis should signal a deafening alarm to all Americans of good faith. Make no mistake; anyone continuing to do business with Donald Trump – media, government and corporations – is making a choice to align with his white supremacist rhetoric and the violent actions and consequences that ensue.”
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