Posts by Josh Moon

Opinion | The patsy should pay a price too

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Every criminal caper needs a patsy — the dimwitted, naive guy who is taken advantage of and who unwittingly helps the true criminals pull off their scheme. It has become painfully obvious that during Donald Trump’s last-ditch efforts to subvert American democracy and upend a free and fair election, the biggest patsy was Sen. Tommy Tuberville.  The soon-to-be senior senator from Alabama is up to his ears in this mess, and it’s only getting worse. First, we all…

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Kirk Hatcher’s (potential) problem with the Hatch Act

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Let’s chat, Republican voters. Now that the election is over and emotions have returned to just short of a five-alarm fire, I’d like to lay a few things out for you. Things just to consider. Things that maybe you’ll carry with you in the future. And then, I have a question for you. Let’s begin here: You won last Tuesday. Convincingly.  No two ways about it, the Republican candidates in this state mostly crushed their Democratic competition, a…

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Opinion | Alabama’s public corruption problem might just be hopeless

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Mike Hubbard stole more than $2 million. Let’s start right there, so we don’t get things twisted, because there’s a tendency in this state, when the criminal is wearing a suit and tie, to believe that the crime wasn’t really a crime and that it was something more complicated and sophisticated than a guy stealing money from you for himself.  This wasn’t an accident. It wasn’t a wrong place, wrong time deal. He didn’t forget to carry the…

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The Alabama Senate will be under new leadership in 2021

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There is a car ride caravan honoring the life and service of Rep. Alvin Holmes in Montgomery at 2 p.m. Monday. The caravan is being organized by community activists Ja’Mel Brown and William Boyd. On Saturday, Holmes passed away at age 81. He was born in 1939 into a very segregated Montgomery and spent his life battling in favor of civil rights causes. He was one of the first Black state representatives to serve in the Alabama…

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Opinion | Alvin Holmes pulled no punches

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Josh Moon “A tireless advocate for the Black community and the most purposefully underestimated man in the history of Alabama politics.” Published 7 hours agoon November 23, 2020 State Rep. Alvin Holmes By the time State Rep. Alvin Holmes reached someone in the office of Gov. Jim Folsom Jr., it was far too late. Or, at least, that’s what they thought in Folsom’s office.  Mercedes Benz was on the way to Tuscaloosa County. The deal had closed,…

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SOS Merrill back in hot water over social media interactions

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There is a car ride caravan honoring the life and service of Rep. Alvin Holmes in Montgomery at 2 p.m. Monday. The caravan is being organized by community activists Ja’Mel Brown and William Boyd. On Saturday, Holmes passed away at age 81. He was born in 1939 into a very segregated Montgomery and spent his life battling in favor of civil rights causes. He was one of the first Black state representatives to serve in the Alabama…

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Longtime State Rep. Alvin Holmes has died

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State Rep. Will Dismukes, R-Prattville, is again facing calls to resign over a social media post he made about his participation in an event honoring Confederate heritage. Dismukes posted a photo of himself on Sunday speaking at Fort Dixie the day before, where a yearly event was held celebrating the birthday of Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate general and first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. “Had a great time at Fort Dixie speaking and giving…

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Opinion | The emperor has no votes

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Featured Columnists “We can stay home, because maybe next Thanksgiving, we can gather again.” Published 1 day agoon November 19, 2020 (STOCK PHOTO) My wife, Veronica, and I just don’t have much real family left. But Thanksgiving Day is one of our favorite holidays. In the past – many years past – we hosted Thanksgivings. Over the past few years, though, we’ve attended three Thanksgiving celebrations with friends. One, hosted by our dear friend Jo Ellen O’Hara,…

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Opinion | There aren’t many Cam Wards left in Alabama politics

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Josh Moon “The pure, unfiltered idiocy that has accompanied this pandemic in America is an embarrassment.” Published 6 days agoon November 13, 2020 (APR GRAPHIC) Alabama’s state health officer has to wear a bulletproof vest.  Let me put that another way: The guy who has recommended a simple, effective measure for slowing the spread of a deadly virus that has already killed a quarter-million Americans in less than a year is forced to wear a bulletproof vest…

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Voters once again heading back to the polls in Montgomery

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Alabama Democrats on Sunday told Republicans in the state to put up or shut up. Fed up with ALGOP members, such as party chair Terry Lathan, Secretary of State John Merrill and various elected officials, making vague, unspecified allegations of voter fraud occurring with the presidential election, Democratic leadership issued statements asking that they either provide specific, detailed accounts of the fraud they’re alluding to or accept the results of an election that was, in the words of…

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