Opinion | Once again, we dare defend our wrongs

February 8, 2018

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

How many times is Alabama going to go down this well-traveled road? We’re like a Twilight Zone episode. Or many of them.

Our state is beautiful; the people generally are wonderful. We smile and say hi as we pass each other on the street.

Alabama is a great place to live, and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

But we’ve got a mean streak. Our state motto – “We Dare Defend Our Rights” – should, more accurately be: “We Dare Defend Our Wrongs.”

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What’s taking so long with the Mike Hubbard appeal?

January 24, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

On Oct. 5, 2016, former House Speaker Mike Hubbard, two months removed from being found guilty of 12 felonies, officially filed an appeal in his case with the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals.

Thirteen days later, in a Baldwin County Circuit Court, Justin Shawn Miller went on trial for robbing the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Gulf Shores. Like Hubbard, Miller was convicted, sentenced and subsequently filed an appeal in mid-March 2017.

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Roy Moore is on the run

November 8, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

It was all just a show.

I think that deep down most everyone knew this about Roy Moore — that his entire persona was nothing more than a contrived act. A ruse. A way to tweak his ego and bring easy money to his doorstep.

He’s not the tough Christian soldier. He’s not a cowboy. He’s not a pistol-toting, leather vest-wearing warrior.
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Abortion is legal; Jones, Moore can’t change that

October 23, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

I am against abortion.

That’s a bit of an odd statement coming from me, given my rather extensive record of progressive beliefs. Around these parts, I’m a “lib’rul” on the political scale, and I make no apologies for such.

But I also don’t like the idea of abortion. I hate the idea of it, actually.

I hate more, however, the idea of forcing my feelings upon someone whose circumstances and perspectives, of whom, I have no comprehension.

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Moore wins GOP nomination for Senate

September 26, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Roy Moore is the Republican nominee for Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat.

His convincing and remarkably easy victory over Luther Strange Tuesday night was equally expected – with the results matching closely to recent polling results – and surprising – completing a stunning fall from grace for Strange and meteoric rise for Moore.

Less than a year ago, then-Attorney General Strange, fresh off of his office’s conviction over the summer of Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, was one of the most popular politicians in the state.
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Alabama Politics: Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad

October 6, 2016

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Two out of three ain’t bad, sings Meat Loaf on one of his albums a few years back.

Mike Hubbard, former speaker of the Alabama House, was convicted on 12 counts of corruption earlier this year and thrown out of office. He’s appealing instead of starting his four-year prison sentence, but he’ll eventually run out of time. He’s gone.

Now, Chief Justice Roy Moore is, for the second time, tossed off the Alabama Supreme Court. Moore previously was removed from the court for refusing to get rid of his Ten Commandments monument from the state Judicial building after being ordered to do so by the federal courts.
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The Never-ending Story: Corruption in Alabama

June 15, 2016

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Well, thank goodness it’s done. Former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, convicted on 12 of the 23 indictments against him, is no longer in the Alabama Legislature.

The jury in the 13-day trial did its job, as did the state prosecutors. Bill Baxley, former attorney general and lieutenant governor, probably did as well as he could for Hubbard. It was apparent throughout the trial that Baxley didn’t have much to work with, and his star witness, Hubbard himself, couldn’t explain away more than half the charges against him.
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Strange Asks Court to Reconsider Light of Little Sisters of Poor Ruling

May 18, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama political Reporter

Monday, May 16, the US Supreme Court unanimously agreed to vacate a lower court decision in the ongoing legal battle between the Little Sisters of the Poor, and the Obama Administration. The Court sent the case back to the lower court for it to be settled there. The Court did not decide on the bigger issues; but the ruling is being interpreted as a victory for the Little Sisters of the Poor, and their quest not to be forced to pay for health benefits for their employees, who violate their Christian ethics.
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Zeigler Addresses Pro-Life Rally

February 29, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, February 22, Alabama Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) addressed Pro-Life forces gathered in Montgomery for Pro-Life Legislative Day.

Auditor Zeigler said, “Today in the United States, around 1,917 babies will be killed by abortion. We’re here today because we care about them. We are here today to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.” And, perhaps there is no time more critical to make our voice heard than NOW. The battle to protect the innocent unborn is a spiritual battle. In this vital year of 2016, one key part of that battle has to be political.”
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Today is Pro-Life Legislative Day

February 23, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, February 22, Pro-Life forces gather in Montgomery for the rights of the unborn. A series of events are set Tuesday in Montgomery. All are open to the public.

The Alabama House of Representatives has already passed the Unborn Baby Dignity of Life Act (HB 45) on Wednesday, February 17.

State Representative Tim Wadsworth (R-Winston County) said that HB45 Unborn Baby Dignity of Life Bill prevents the sale or other improper disposition of a deceased unborn child.
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