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Author: Jeff Poor

Alabama’s political relevancy won’t end anytime soon

Over the last decade, Alabama has completed its 30-year transformation to a one party state. The blue-dog Democrats that could win local elections down-ballot from Republicans in national elections are now a footnote in the state’s political history. Gone with that seemed to be the Yellowhammer State’s relevancy in national politics. Alabama was going to be just another state in flyover country such as Nebraska, Kansas or Utah that is reliably Republican and not worthy of too much focus. Aside from the random personalities making waves — such as George Wallace and, of course Roy Moore — Alabama would,...

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Why Alabama’s ‘major’ newspapers don’t speak for Alabama

Last week, the national news media granted Alabama’s self-proclaimed “major” newspapers — the Press-Register, The Birmingham News and The Huntsville Times — some much-sought attention for their front-page special election endorsement. Unsurprisingly, all three papers gave a full-throated condemnation of Roy Moore and endorsed his opponent, Doug Jones. The reaction from the national media was as if Jeff Sessions, George Wallace, Bear Bryant, Bo Jackson, Hank Williams, Sr., and Harper Lee endorsed Jones, which was hardly the case. Even if you accept that the polling that favors Jones, Alabama is pretty evenly divided on the question of Roy Moore’s...

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How to miss a story for 38 years

National media on the campaign trail and in faraway places such as Washington, D.C., and New York City want to know: How did local media in Alabama miss former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore’s alleged escapades for more than three decades? Earlier this month The Washington Post reported that Moore engaged in inappropriate behavior and/or sexual misconduct with teenage girls. The allegations set in motion a chain reaction, with a number of other women claiming to have similar experiences with Moore when they were young. Somehow, these Roy Moore tidbits have gone unreported in the local media...

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Yes, Doug Jones has a path to defeat Roy Moore

Roy Moore is in trouble. Last week’s Washington Post bombshell that included accusations the former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice engaged in inappropriate conduct with four teenage girls decades ago changed the dynamic of next month’s special election for U.S. Senate seat formerly held by Jeff Sessions. For now, politically it matters less as to whether the allegations will ever be proven and more about the cloud it has cast over Moore and his campaign. No question, Moore has a very devout following. But all it would take is a fraction of this following to say, “I think I’m...

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Selma: A civil rights landmark forgotten 364 days a year

Every March, thousands of people gather at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate 1965’s Bloody Sunday. It’s an annual event that draws people from all over the country, including some notable Democratic Party politicians if it falls before an election year. They all assemble here in Alabama’s Black Belt to mark the anniversary of the March 7, 1965, attack by Alabama State Troopers on approximately 600 people attempting to begin a march from Selma to Montgomery in the name of equal voting rights. But on this seasonably mild November Wednesday, there is very little going in...

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Dems need to think beyond Mueller’s Russia probe

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was indicted on Monday as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Predictably, Washington, D.C., and the media that tracks it reacted enthusiastically to the announcement, looking at all the angles to see what this might mean for Donald Trump and his presidency. Democrats, and some Republicans, reacted with a giddiness, as if this were the appetizer at their favorite restaurant with a main course and dessert yet to come. Other Republicans that weren’t as thrilled about the news seemed to dismiss it as Officer...

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NASCAR: Alabama’s just not that into you anymore

TALLADEGA — Attendance at the fall NASCAR Cup race at the biggest and fastest track on the circuit this year was much higher usual. According to track officials, 192,000 attended what will be the last race at Talladega for the sport’s biggest star, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Even with this event’s high numbers, NASCAR is not as relevant to the Alabama scene as what it once was. If you drove around any small town in Alabama in the 1990s, you were bound to encounter at least one pickup truck with one of these decals: a Confederate flag, something noting your...

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Why some Republicans are hoping for a Doug Jones win

Last week, Mitch McConnell’s Senate Leadership Fund (SLF) announced it would no longer be participating in Alabama’s U.S. Senate election. The SLF argued that since Alabama is a Republican state, Roy Moore could handle the race and would not need help defeating Doug Jones, the Democratic nominee. SLF’s decision was not a complete surprise. This was the organization that sank millions of dollars in ads to advance Luther Strange’s candidacy — ads that absurdly cast Mo Brooks as a Pelosi toady or Roy Moore as “soft” on guns. A few days later, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which lined...

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