2018 Legislative Session: Prepare to pander

January 3, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Welcome to 2018, Alabama.

If any state should welcome the opportunity for a fresh start — a chance to sort of hit a reset button and regroup — it is this one.

Robert Bentley’s sext messages — the electronic equivalent of drinking a shot of hydrogen peroxide — are in the past. The worst campaign in U.S. political history — Roy Moore and his Political Panhandlers Bible Thumping Band — has mercifully been forced into temporary obscurity, with only the bilking of the gullible left.

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“School choice” is an awful choice

February 21, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

“School choice” makes no sense.

At least, it doesn’t the way the conservatives currently push it, and it especially makes no sense the way Alabama lawmakers push it.

“School choice,” as it was originally intended, is not an alternative to fixing poor performing public schools. It was a choice between good schools which offered different educational focuses or unique teaching styles.

It was the offer of technical courses or advanced courses or a curriculum more focused on science and math or one based more on the arts or instruction designed to be more effective with learning disabled students or students who have a hard time focusing.
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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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State Will Introduce “Other Acts” In Hubbard Trial

April 11, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The State has given notice to the court that it plans to introduce other crimes, wrongs, or acts in the case against Speaker Mike Hubbard, under Rule 404(b).

Rule 404(b) “refers to ‘a crime, wrong, or other act’ and does not say that those other acts need ever have resulted in arrest, prosecution, or conviction or even be criminal,” according to a study made at Indiana University Law. The study states that under Rule 404(b), evidence may be admissible for any of nine other reasons, so as to show motive, opportunity, or intent.
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