Opinion | President Trump, where is the winning?

February 6, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

I have a question.

I’m sitting here admiring my extra $1.50 and my new Costco membership, as the stock market makes that slide-whistle sound effect it used to make when ol’ W was in charge, and I just can’t help but wonder …

The winning, when does it start?

You know what I’m talking about. The winning we were promised. There was not only going to be some winning, there was going to be so much winning we were going to get tired of it.

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Activists once again come for payday lenders

January 18, 2018

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Just as the Trump administration’s acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is working to repeal federal restrictions imposed on payday loans under the Obama administration, certain Alabama Republicans aligned with left-leaning special interests are once again pushing to regulate the industry further.

In a year when Republican Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon and Senate President Pro Tem. Del Marsh have called for no controversial legislation, left-leaning groups are prepared to fight for more restrictions on payday borrowing.

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Doug Jones, to be sworn in Wednesday, hires only Democratic African American chief of staff

January 3, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Sen.-elect Doug Jones, who will be sworn in Wednesday, will be the only Democratic senator this Congress to hire an African American chief of staff. Jones on Tuesday announced three other top staff picks, including his legislative director, assistant legislative director and transition adviser.

Alabama’s newly elected senator has chosen Birmingham native Dana Gresham, a former Obama-era official with 14 years of experience on Capitol Hill, as his chief of staff. A graduate of Birmingham’s A.H. Parker High School and Georgetown University, Gresham served as assistant secretary for government affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation, leading the Legislative Affairs Office.

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Why do cops and soldiers keep voting against themselves?

October 19, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Of course, Donald Trump told the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson that her husband “knew what he signed up for” and referred to him only as “your guy.”

It doesn’t matter where you stand politically. If you have possessed the ability to hear over the last year, whether you’d like to admit it or not, you know Trump said this. It sounds like him – cold, bumbling, odd and indifferent.

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Alabama Democrats respond to Trump’s DACA decision

September 7, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Democratic Party leaders responded negatively to President Donald Trump’s announcement that his administration would roll back on the Deferral Action for Children Arrivals program, which granted temporary legal status to the children of immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally.

Nancy Worley, the chair of the Alabama Democratic Party, said Trump’s new administration has “turned its back on hard-working families and students” in a press release. She also said the new executive action shows that Trump and fellow Republicans are dividing the country and creating fear within communities.

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The biggest hypocrites on Earth

August 8, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Trump supporters are unhappy.

I’ve found that they’re generally an unhappy, grumpy bunch anyway, but in this particular instance they’re unhappy with me.

Apparently, my last column didn’t sit well with them after I helpfully explained to the 33 percent of American voters who approve of Trump’s first six months in the White House that the rest of us think less of them.

You should see my email inbox, Facebook and Twitter messages. They’re filled with correspondence that’s a weird mix of third-grade vocabulary interspersed with a fifth-stint super-max prisoner’s cussing.
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Remaining Trump supporters aren’t doing themselves any favors

August 4, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

A new Quinnipiac University poll this week put Donald Trump’s approval rating at 33 percent.

Which seems high.

Honestly, how is it possible that 33 percent of Americans, or American voters, have watched the absolute clown show that has taken place the last six months and thought, “Yep, that’s how the presidency should work”?

You know what, I don’t even care how it’s possible.

But since a good chunk of those 33 percent apparently reside within the borders of Alabama, I think I should pass along some information.
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Here’s why everyone keeps raising questions about Luther Strange’s campaign contributions

July 7, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, Dom Gentile, a Republican candidate for US Senate in Alabama’s Special Election, asked in a letter for the Alabama Ethics Commission to investigate campaign contributions made to current Sen. Luther Strange by Drummond Coal.

Strange, who was appointed to the Senate in February by former Gov. Robert Bentley, has come under fire of late for his involvement while attorney general in Alabama with an EPA superfund site in north Birmingham.
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Alabama’s corruption problems can’t be solved through emails

June 16, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Another email from Luther Strange.

This one is about the EPA – oh, wait, forgive me, I mean “the radical, activist EPA,” to put it in Strange’s terms.

There was also one about something in Huntsville, several about Jeff Sessions’ testimony, something about farms, a few about the NRA and guns and a bunch about sanctuary cities.

Luther Strange: solving America’s problems one email at a time.
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We all need a Summer of Revival

June 7, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama needs a vibrant two-party system. In truth, it has never had one in modern times.

Democrats controlled the State for a long time, with Republicans holding only a few offices. Then, in 2010, Republicans swept into control, with a supermajority in both houses of the Legislature and winning every statewide office. It has been that way ever since.

I’m not a Democrat or Republican, and I vote for candidates in both parties. But I’m not trying to blow smoke, either. My politics certainly lean left, which means more often than not I identify more with Democratic Party positions, especially on a national level.
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