2018 might be better … cautious warning aside

December 29, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

When we look back over 2017, it would seem there is little cause for celebration, and yet, there are signs of a better year to come. As we ponder the coming year, here are some things to keep in mind.

Happening in the House

Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon is showing that it is possible for now to lead the House of Representatives with the strength of conscience and not just political muscle or intimidation. The 2018 Regular Legislative Session should roll along without any great turmoil. Expect House members to enter the State House more united, but voters shouldn’t expect too much in the way of sweeping legislation as it is traditional to tamp down controversy before a general election. Instead, expect McCutcheon and his team to be teeing up the ball for 2019 with an emphasis on budgeting reform, infrastructure planning and a more inclusive agenda that doesn’t merely rely on National GOP talking points.

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The Death of Andrew Lewis, Part II: The Trouble with MPD

December 28, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

An interview with family members after an unexpected death is probably the toughest assignment in all of journalism.

No one wants to be part of that interview – on either side. There are no good questions and no relief that you can provide to anyone grieving. This is particularly true when the interview subjects are the parents of a dead child.

With that in mind, the trip last January to interview Tim and Chris Lewis, the parents of Andrew Lewis, was not something that I particularly looked forward to doing. I wanted to know the story – to get some understanding of what led to Andrew Lewis’ death and why it was still, a week later, being deemed a “death investigation,” instead of a murder, by MPD – but I wasn’t thrilled about having to ask a bunch of questions to grieving parents and ask them to relive it all again.

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Facts and scandals will never trouble Trump voters

June 13, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

There appears to be a bit of confusion among media folks across the country.

Following last week’s testimony from former FBI Director James Comey, people with cameras and notepads rushed out to interview Trump voters to see if the people who elected The Walking Congressional Hearing had buyer’s remorse.

And they were, expectedly, aghast to discover that greater than 90 percent of those voters held no remorse (Some of this is due to the fact that they don’t know what the word means, but not all of it).
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