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Some Scream for [Heteronormative] Ice Cream

May 8, 2014   |   By West Honeycutt  

I Scream! You Scream! We all scream! Over ice cream. Over the past several days, a number of seemingly homophobic tweets from Garrett Shirey, of Muscle Shoals’ Shirey Ice Cream, have circulated the internet. His ire, it seems, was the result of the Boy Scouts considering a change to their anti-LGBT policies. On Jan. 28,Continue Reading

TIME Magazine Names James Spann One of Best Twitter Feeds in 2014

May 5, 2014   |   By West Honeycutt  

Last week, TIME Magazine named Birmingham, Ala. meteorologist James Spann as one of the 140 best twitter feeds of 2014. “The Birmingham-based meteorologist constantly responds to his 144k+ Twitter followers’ weather-related questions and retweets user-submitted photos from around the state, all while helming the televised weather forecast on a local ABC affiliate’s news show,” writesContinue Reading

Rep. Barry Moore: Threats and Misrepresentation

April 2, 2014   |   By West Honeycutt  

Ala. Rep. Barry Moore (R – Coffee) is seen as one of the rising stars out of a class of freshman legislators who rode into office on the 2010 Republican wave. He was even recently labeled as the most conservative legislator in the state of Alabama by Cliff Sims, founder and publisher of political blog Yellowhammer News. Recently, informationContinue Reading

Alabama Businessman Upends 40-Year-Old Campaign Law

April 2, 2014   |   By John Hammontree  

A Hoover, Ala., businessman successfully challenged existing campaign contribution limits in the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Shaun McCutcheon, CEO of Coalmont Electrical Development, argued against the $123,200 cap on contributions an individual can give to all federal candidates, parties and PACs in a two-year election cycle. The 5-4 decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission rules that limits onContinue Reading

New Foundation Asks Ala. Lawmakers to Take Anti-Corruption Pledge

April 1, 2014   |   By West Honeycutt  

The Alabama Foundation for Limited Government has kicked off a statewide campaign asking incumbent elected officials and candidates for office to sign an anti-corruption pledge aimed at improving Alabama’s ethical climate. The Foundation has mailed its Anti-Corruption Pledge to every state senator, state representative and candidate for state house and senate. “The legislative leadership hasContinue Reading

Rep. Greg Wren Resigns, Pleads Guilty to Ethics Violation

April 1, 2014   |   By West Honeycutt  

State Rep. Greg Wren (R – Montgomery) plead guilty in state district court today to a misdemeanor ethics charge for using his office for personal gain. According to court documents, Wren’s company, Wren & Associates, LLC, earned $8,000 monthly from RxAlly for consulting work. He issued a letter to the Clerk of the House of RepresentativesContinue Reading

Foundation for Moral Law Intervenes in Alabama Same-Sex Marriage Suit

March 31, 2014   |   By West Honeycutt  

The mother of the David Fancher, the deceased partner of Paul Hard, has filed a motion to intervene in Hard v. Bentley — a lawsuit that challenges the validity of Alabama’s Marriage Protection Act and Sanctity of Marriage Amendment. Chief Judge William K. Watkins granted her motion earlier today stating, “Ms. Fancher has an interest inContinue Reading

Alabama House GOP Takes AEA Money, Documents Reveal

March 13, 2014   |   By West Honeycutt  

The Alabama Education Association (AEA) and other previously secret donors to the Alabama House Republican Conference have been revealed in documents obtained by the Center for Public Integrity (CPI). CPI received  the typically undisclosed documents from Rachel Adams, communications director for Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard. “[W]hen the Center for Public Integrity asked Rachel AdamsContinue Reading

Media Watchdog Group Has Connections with Yellowhammer News

March 6, 2014   |   By West Honeycutt  

The media watchdog group named Alabama Citizens for Media Accountability (ACMA) that launched last month has ties with Yellowhammer News. The group’s goal is ”exposing leftwing bias in the Alabama and national media,” according to the group’s Facebook page. ACMA’s executive director, Elizabeth Thames BeShears, is a 2012 graduate of the University of Alabama. A formerContinue Reading

State of Alabama Sued Over Marriage Equality

February 13, 2014   |   By John Hammontree  

The Southern Poverty Law Center announced today that it will bring suit against the State of Alabama challenging the constitutionality of Alabama’s prohibition against recognition of out-of-state marriages of gay and lesbian Alabamians. SPLC’s lawsuit, on behalf of Alabamian Paul Hard, will be filed in federal court. Hard married his partner, Charles David Fancher, in Massachusetts, whichContinue Reading