Alabama Legislature Week 1: Strange from the jump

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

It was a nice, quiet opening week in the Alabama Legislature.

Ha. Just kidding. It was mass chaos, like usual, and right out of the gate. From the governor’s mistress weeping from her balcony seat over words she (likely) wrote, to arguments over Civil War monuments, to an only-in-Alabama Senate appointment, the 2017 Legislative Session started like all the grace of a roller derby.
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Reaction to Strange’s appointment to Senate

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, February 9, 2017, the reaction to Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s (R) appointment of Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange to fill Alabama’s vacant US Senate seat has been mostly positive by Alabama’s leaders. Strange is taking the seat of newly confirmed US Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan said in a statement, “The Alabama Republican Party looks forward to working with our State’s new incoming United States Senator, Luther Strange. General Strange has done a tremendous job serving Alabama as our Attorney General. Strange has a strong record of standing on conservative principles as well as enforcing the laws of our State. We have no doubt he will continue his service to Alabama and our nation with the highest integrity.”
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Robert Bentley: The Magician

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Robert Bentley has a career waiting on him when this governor deal wraps up.

Magician.

Because the guy is making more stuff disappear than David Blaine lately.

$300,000 in campaign cash? Abracadabra, poof, gone!

The committee to impeach him? Vanished!

Luther Strange’s integrity? Zipped!

A 50-year marriage? Gone!

The awkwardness of taking your mistress and her husband, along with a new “lady friend,” on a DC vacation? Yeah, that’s still there. But nice try, Luv Guv. Read More

The privilege of being a white college in Alabama

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

There is some confusion over the term “white privilege.”

Apparently, quite a few white people are convinced that this term is hogwash, because upon birth they weren’t given a pot of gold and a new Firebird.

Simply because they’ve faced some hardships in life, they believe that that is clear and convincing proof that they have no more advantages in America than the average minority. Read More

Trump to take office Friday

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

WASHINGTON—On Friday, January 20, the United States of America will get a new President. Republican New York City billionaire and reality TV star Donald J. Trump will be sworn in, replacing outgoing President Barack Obama in ceremonies beginning at 8:00 am central time. The actual swearing in event will begin at 10:30 am.

The voters in Alabama strongly embraced the Trump candidacy, with Trump winning more votes in the state than any candidate in history. Trump had the largest margin of victory in Alabama, on a percentage basis, than any candidate since President Richard M. Nixon coasted to re-election over Senator George McGovern in 1972. Read More

Moore says he will accept appointment to Senate

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Thursday, January 12, 2017, suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) told WIAT that he will accept Governor Robert Bentley’s appointment to the United States Senate, should he be chosen.

“I would be honored to accept such a position, if offered,” Moore said. “I think that I have the qualifications for such. I know the Constitution. I understand the Constitution, the role of the courts in the Constitution, and the role of the Legislature in the Constitution. I think this is a time in my life where, perhaps, I am ready for that.” Read More

Lurleen Wallace portrait still missing from Capitol Rotunda

By State Auditor Jim Zeigler

Today, Monday, January 16, 2017, is the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of Lurleen Wallace as Alabama’s only female Governor. January 16, 1967 was and remains a historic milestone for our state. I was there, marching with the Sylacauga High School “Half-Million-Dollar Band.” Freezing cold.

Today, sadly, the official portrait of Gov. Lurleen Wallace remains – illegally – out of the Capitol Rotunda, where it historically and legally hung until January 2015. Read More

Beckman urges Judiciary Committee to restart Bentley impeachment hearings

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

State Representative Paul Beckman (R-Prattville) has joined State Auditor Jim Zeigler’s call to restart the halted impeachment of embattled Alabama Governor Robert Bentley.

“I believe the committee needs to restart its work and resolve this issue already,” Beckman told Inside Alabama Politics. “I feel like the Governor, possibly with help from the attorney general, is trying to run out the clock on this thing.” Read More

Spicer terminated from job at ABC

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, January 4, 2017, former State Representative Terry Spicer (D-Elba) was terminated from his new job with the Alabama Beverage Control (ABC) Board of Directors.

State Senator Paul Bussman (R-Cullman) said on social media, “Today, the former state legislator convicted of taking $100,000 in bribes has been terminated as an employee of an Alabama ABC store by Gov Bentley. I appreciate Gov. Bentley’s swift action on this inappropriate hiring.”
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Alabama emerges from frozen weekend

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

After a long drought and unseasonably warm temperatures which persisted into November, winter finally hit Alabama on Friday, January 6. Wet Snow, sleet and ice began falling across much of the northern central portion of the State on Friday around nightfall after a cold rainy day, making many roads impassable. Even though everyone received ample warning not to be on the roads, many motorists defied the weather warnings and ended up in car crashes or stuck for hours waiting for wrecks to be cleared and traffic to move again.
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