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Opinion | Montgomery mayor’s race should be about real problems, solutions. Instead it’s about racism.

Josh Moon



As it turns out, there wasn’t any funny business with the Montgomery municipal elections last week. 

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill held a press conference on Thursday to say as much. There were some oddities. Some things didn’t go exactly right. There were a few individual cases of alleged fraud witnessed — all of which are still being investigated. 

But the bottom line, after a thorough investigation by Merrill’s office, was this: there was no intentional fraud committed by elections officials in Montgomery and the Secretary of State’s Office is “comfortable” that the results it received on election night are accurate. 

This probably won’t stop mayoral candidate David Woods and his PR team from harping on and on about a “stolen” election. They started the night of the election and haven’t stopped since. 

The goal is obvious: plant in voters’ minds the idea that Steven Reed, Woods’ opponent in an October runoff and the current Montgomery County Judge of Probate, committed some shady act — criminal or just short thereof — that pushed the election results in his favor. And that, as a result, Reed can’t be trusted to run the city. 

None of that is true, of course. The Republican SOS just validated the election results. 

Case closed. 


But the problems on election night, when the results for House District 74 Republican runoff were very late, open the door for Woods and his team to slyly introduce race into this contest. 

Through Steven Reed’s father, Joe Reed.

One of the most hated black men in the City of Montgomery’s long, pathetic, racial history. 


In every social media post about the election since the primary last Tuesday, Woods has brought up Joe Reed. And without a shred of evidence connecting Joe Reed to anything concerning the voting process, hinted that Joe and Steven Reed conspired to do … something that stole the election. 

In one post, Woods says the people need to know “the real Joe and Steven Reed.”

In another post, Woods blames Joe Reed for the state of Montgomery’s public schools. 

From a state level, such attacks are probably viewed as one politician taking advantage of his opponent’s father’s poor favorability ratings. Because there’s little denying that Reed is now one of the most hated men in Alabama politics, thanks to his amazing tendency to always pick the wrong fight at the wrong time and allow personal vendettas to override good political sense. 

But that’s not what this is. And Woods and his team know it. 

Joe Reed has a history in Montgomery city politics. A history that white people in Old Montgomery mostly detest. Because Joe Reed did the unthinkable — he stood up to Montgomery’s racist mayor, Emory Folmar. 

And he did so when black men didn’t stand up to white men. Not white men who were beloved like Folmar — who is still beloved by white Montgomerians despite the fact they know he was an unabashed racist. Despite the fact that they know he supported and helped cover up police attacks on black citizens. 

Despite the fact that Emory Folmar and the rest of the private school-starting, suburb-running, magnet school-creating, no-taxes-for-black-kids crowd are the ones 100 percent responsible for the shape of Montgomery’s public schools today. 

That is who Joe Reed was, and who he still is to a lot of Old Montgomery. 

So, Woods is leaning on that history. And why wouldn’t he? Without that Old Montgomery crowd, he wouldn’t even be in this runoff. 

There were far more qualified candidates in the race. There were men with much more political experience, who during the debate provided detailed, reasonable plans for fixing the problems that plague Montgomery — plans that voters agreed with. 

The plans presented by Woods, on the other hand, were comically superficial and/or completely impossible. 

For example, on his website, where he addresses fixing Montgomery’s public schools, his ideas are: cut bureaucracy, remove ineffective teachers and principals, protect magnet schools and dictate curriculum. 

None of which a city mayor can do. Because it is the Montgomery COUNTY School System. 

His first idea for stopping crime in Montgomery: “Restore law and order.” 


He also wants to hire more cops and build more precincts and operate more police patrols — all things the current mayor has tried to do, but the city can’t afford. 

But no one cared that his plans were dumb. And we know why. 

Woods would be in this same position today if he had bought just one billboard ad, and it read: “David Woods, I’m the White Guy.”

This is the worst of Montgomery. It’s what’s killed that city. 

And Woods is now using it for a political end. Taking advantage of the discrimination and hate to score cheap points.  

And what makes it so much worse is that there are genuine problems in Montgomery that have to be addressed by the city’s next mayor, or the whole place could go under. 

But instead of talking about those things, and having a rational, reasoned debate about the best pathways forward, the mayor’s race has devolved into idiotic dialogue about one candidate’s father and nonexistent election fraud. 

The people of Montgomery deserve better.




Alabama House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels endorses Mike Bloomberg for president





Alabama House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels announced his endorsement of Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg today, 4 days ahead of Alabama’s primary election on Super Tuesday. Daniels joins State Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton and Black Caucus Chair Representative A.J. McCampbell in support of Mike. In his endorsement, Rep. Daniels cited Mike’s work taking on tough fights on health care, public education, and supporting small businesses.

“We need a president who has a proven record of bringing people together to tackle the tough challenges we face in this country, and I can’t think of anyone better to do that than Mike Bloomberg,” said Rep. Daniels. “Not only is Mike the best positioned to take on Trump, but he has also proven he can deliver on his promises to make this country better for all. Alabamians should know that when I head to the polls this Tuesday, I’ll be proudly casting my vote for Mike Bloomberg.”

Rep. Anthony Daniels represents the 53rd District in the Alabama State House of Representatives, where, since 2017, he has served as minority leader. Rep. Daniels received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Alabama A&M University. A former public school teacher and small business owner, Daniels is known for championing innovative education programs, like the Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering, that prepare young people for promising careers, cultivate homegrown talent, and drive economic growth. Under his leadership, the House Democratic Caucus has made significant strides in addressing key issues like support for cradle-to-Pre-K programs, proven workforce development, and job readiness initiatives, and bringing broadband access to rural areas. They have also succeeded in preventing the passage of partisan legislation that hurts working families.

“Alabamians know how important this election is for the future of our country, and that’s why they’re supporting Mike Bloomberg, a doer and not a talker with a record of not shying away from tough fights,” said Bradley Davidson, Mike Bloomberg 2020 Alabama State Advisor. “We’re honored to have the support of Rep. Daniels, a respected leader in Alabama and beyond, and we look forward to working together with him to get Mike elected.”

Mike Bloomberg will return to Alabama on Sunday, March 1 to participate in the 55th annual Selma bridge crossing to commemorate Bloody Sunday. Additionally, Bloomberg visited Montgomery earlier this month for an organizing event and to speak at the 60th annual Alabama Democratic Conference (ADC) Convention, the Alabama Democratic Party’s largest Black caucus. He later received the endorsement of the group.

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Doug Jones praises end of state Democratic Party lawsuit

Eddie Burkhalter



U.S. Senator Doug Jones, D-Alabama, on Thursday applauded the end of a lawsuit over control of the state Democratic party. 

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Greg Griffin on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit filed by former Alabama Democratic Party chairwoman Nancy Worley, which means that state Rep. Chris England, who was picked to lead the state Democratic party by a reform group championed by Jones, is the party’s chair. 

“This is a great day for Alabama and her Democratic Party. Throughout much of last year, countless Democrats in our state worked to create a more open and diverse state party, while recognizing and being true to the crucial and historic role held by African-American voters,” Jones said in a statement Thursday.

“The by-laws of the Alabama Democratic Party now reflect the growing diversity in our state — including representation for Hispanic voters, Native American voters, Asian voters, voters with disabilities and voters from the LGBTQ community. And most importantly, the Alabama Democratic Party has dramatically increased leadership opportunities for young voters. Around 70 new caucus members were added to the state party Executive Committee last year—many of them young people from diverse backgrounds throughout the state. I’m proud to continue to work alongside a more unified, diverse and inclusive state party. 

“With the dismissal of this lawsuit, it is time that all who have been involved in this challenge, resolution, and expansion of the Democratic Party come together for a common good. Our state benefits from the ideas and engagement of a competitive two-party system. We have now demonstrated that we have the ability to be inclusive within our own party while working to expand the number and experiences of people who play a role in moving it forward.  

“Chairman Chris England and First Vice Chair Patricia Todd have my complete support and I call on Democrats throughout the state to unite behind them as we move forward in modernizing, re-invigorating, and expanding the Alabama Democratic Party.,” Jones said.



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11th-hour smear campaign against Byrne linked to opponent Tuberville, sources say

Bill Britt



A story published February 24, on Gateway Pundit alleges, “Bradley Byrne kicked his brother’s widow off her land,” but the land was never owned by Byrne’s sister-in-law.

Whether the reporter at Gateway Pundit didn’t read all the court records or there were other motives, the erroneous accusations on the popular right-wing blog are now being used to smear Byrne in the final hours of a heated U.S. Senate race.

See complete records. 

Political consultants not tied to Byrne’s campaign say that operatives working for his rival, Tommy Tuberville, are promoting the story to damage Byrne. Random text messages are being sent to distribute the story as well as numerous calls to Alabama media outlets to report on the false claims. State political reporters have rejected the story due to its inaccuracies.

Several calls and voice messages to Tuberville’s campaign have gone unanswered.

The land in question was part of the estate of Byrne family matriarch, Elizabeth Patricia Langsdale Byrne.

In her original will signed July 23, 1996, Mrs. Byrne left her property in Baldwin County to her three children, Dale, Bradley and Patricia.


However, on Feb. 25, 1999, she amended her will, removing her eldest son leaving the property to only Bradley and Patricia.

On Dec. 6, 2000, Mrs. Byrne again amended her will, leaving one-third to Bradley, one-third to Patricia and one-third as a “life estate” to Dale. According to the will, the life estate left to Dale would go back to Bradley and Patrica upon Dale’s death because a life estate means ownership of land is only for the duration of a person’s life.

Mrs. Byrne died in 2008; she was followed in death by her son Dale in 2014,  at which time the life estate bequeathed to him expired.


Bradley, who his mother selected as executor of her estate, then filed the necessary paperwork with the Baldwin County probate office to address Dale’s death as stipulated in Mrs. Byrne’s will.

The Gateway Pundit story leaves out crucial details and in its interview with Dale’s fourth wife, Gloria, repeats claims she made that are not grounded in facts.

There is also a false claim that Byrne refused to leave the campaign trial when his brother died, but he did in fact cancel a scheduled event in the family’s time of morning.

The same reporter at Gateway Pundit wrote several stories praising Tuberville and trashing his other primary opponent, Jeff Sessions, calling him a skunk and a snake.

Court records clearly show Byrne acted in accordance with his mother’s wishes as they were detailed in her last will and testament.


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McCutcheon endorses Chris Lewis for Congress

Brandon Moseley



Late Thursday night the Chris Lewis for U.S. Congress campaign announced that they were pleased that the Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) has endorsed Lewis in the Fifth Congressional District.

Lewis is challenging conservative incumbent Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville).

Speaker McCutcheon represents House District 25 in Limestone and Madison counties.

“Many people and organizations across North Alabama have discussed with me that it is time to make a change in our Congressional seat,” McCutcheon said in a video that was released on the internet. “Chris has proven his commitment to our Nation through his military service.” “I believe Chris has the heart of a servant leader and would be a fine Congressman for North Alabama.”

Lewis’s campaign says that the endorsement highlights his understanding and commitment to our nation’s defense and advancements in space exploration technology. It follows previous endorsements of Lewis by the: Alabama Farmers Federation Farm PAC (ALFA), Bgen “Smokin” Joseph Stringham USA (ret), Combat Veterans for Congress, Dynetics, Professional Fire Fighters of Alabama, and the Home Builders Association of Alabama.

Lewis is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and the U.S. Naval War College. He retired as a Commander from the United States Navy after 23 years of service. His experience includes multiple combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, service as a strategic analyst for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), a decade of defense acquisition experience, and serving as Contract Transition Team Lead for Arnold Engineering Development Complex, Arnold Air Force Base.

Brooks’ outspoken conservative views and his role as a founding member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus has earned him criticism from some Republicans. Brooks has represented the Fifth Congressional District for five terms. He ran for U.S. Senate in the U.S. Senate special election in 2017; but finished third behind former Chief Justice Roy Moore and appointed Senator Luther Strange in the special Republican primary. Brooks was a staunch supporter of Sen. Ted Criz (R-Texas) in the 2016 presidential primary; but has been a strong supporter of Pres. Trump’s agenda in the House and a fierce opponent of efforts by House Democrats to impeach the President.


President Donald J. Trump has endorsed Brooks.

The President said on Twitter: ”@MoInTheHouse Brooks is running for Congress in the Great State of Alabama. He is a huge supporter of the #MAGA Agenda. Mo fully supports Securing our Border w/the WALL, he Loves our Military & Vets, & is Strong on the #2A. Mo has my Complete Endorsement!”

The Fifth Congressional District had been in Democratic hands until Brooks challenged incumbent Congressman Parker Griffith (D-Huntsville) and Griffith responded by switching to the Republican Party. He was defeated by Brooks in the Republican primary in 2010.


The Republican primary is on March 3. This is likely a winner take all primary as no Democrat qualified to run in the Fifth Congressional District.

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