Alabama Politics

Alabama Democrats Say ‘Don’t Shoot the Messenger’

by Glynn Wilson Alabama Democratic Party Chairman Joe Turnham came to the defense of Democratic Congressman Artur Davis today. Davis was publicly and personally castigated by both the GOP Party Chairman and the governor in Alabama newspapers for his participation and remarks in this week’s congressional hearings looking into the Republican political prosecution of Democrats,…

Bush’s Brain Karl Rove Resigns from White House

by Glynn Wilson Karl Rove, President Bush’s close friend and chief political strategist, said Monday he plans to leave the White House at the end of August in a teary-eyed press conference. He joins a lengthening line of senior officials heading for the exits in the final 1 1/2 years of the administration, according to…

Justice Off the Tracks in Alabama

Editor’s Note: In the face of a crass attempt by the Bush White House and the U.S. attorneys office in Montgomery to spin their way out of a mounting effort on Capitol Hill to investigate the blatant politicization of justice in America, we are publishing this summarized version of the Jill Simpson affidavit story for…

Appeals Court Refuses to Remove Judge from Siegelman, Scrushy Sentencing

A federal appeals court has refused to order U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller to step down from presiding over the sentencing hearing for former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy, according to the AP. The ruling was issued less than a week before Fuller is scheduled to sentence Siegelman and Scrushy…

Back to the Beginning: Jill Simpson’s Legal and Political History

by Glynn Wilson Jill Simpson grew up in the Rainsville area of Northeast Alabama as the daughter of two parents who were both politically active – on opposite sides of the political fence. She was raised by a Republican mother, whose family was mostly made up of potato farmers, and a Democrat father, who knew…

How the 2002 Election Was Stolen in Bay Minette

by Glynn Wilson In late October and early November of 2002, the Rileys started calling Ms. Simpson back to get her help in the event of a close election, her phone records confirm. And on election-day Nov. 5, the race was razor-close. When the poll workers and the press left the courthouses of Alabama that…

How Ms. Simpson Discovered A Corrupt Judge

by Glynn Wilson After the 2002 election, Ms. Simpson continued to stay in touch with Rob Riley and others in the Republican Party as Bob Riley moved into the governor’s mansion in Montgomery and took over the reins of government. Her law practice flourished and life was pretty good in North Alabama, until the 2006…

How and Why Ms. Simpson Wrote and Signed the Affidavit

by Glynn Wilson To understand why this otherwise loyal Republican would come out against her fellow party members in such an explosive way, you have to understand the mind of a true believer. When no one on the Siegelman legal team called Ms. Simpson back, she felt ethically off the hook, but not for long.…

Birmingham News Corrects Jill Simpson Affidavit Story

The Birmingham News ran a correction today in an effort to clear up a bit of misleading reporting in the Jill Simpson affidavit story. The story is related to the U.S. prosecution of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and HealthSouth founder Richard Scrushy and to the scandals surrounding the Bush administration’s politization of the U.S.…

Bush Justice Department Scandal Update: Read Jill Simpson’s Affidavit

by Glynn Wilson Republicans in the U.S. Senate today managed to block a symbolic ‘no-confidence’ vote on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, rejecting a Democratic effort to force him from office amid blistering criticism from lawmakers in both parties, according to the Associated Press. The 53-38 vote to move the resolution to full debate fell seven…

Letter to the Editor: Vote No Tuesday June 5

Did you know that we go to the polls June 5th in Alabama? Bob Riley (and the mainstream media) doesn’t want you to know! Never have I seen a vote as concealed from the public in Alabama as this one. Why are we voting? A combine of two Nazi war criminals (ThyssenKrupp, convicted at the…

Times Finally Reports Bush Justice Department Bias in Alabama Cases

by Glynn Wilson It is interesting that the New York Times has finally decided to report on the political bias of the Bush Justice Department now, on the verge of sentencing for former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and HealthSouth founder Richard Scrushy. Photo by Glynn Wilson Richard Scrushy found guilty in Montgomery case In a…

Bill Clinton Pushes Global Warming, Health Care in Birmingham

by Glynn Wilson BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 20 — Former President Bill Clinton fired up a record turnout of Democrats at the annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner Friday night and urged them to “get back in the solution business” by pushing for national health care and new technology jobs in the fight to reverse global warming. Photo by…

Stories on Alabama Election System Misleading

by Glynn Wilson July 30 – Secretary of State Nancy L. Worley sometimes gets frustrated as a lone Democrat with an office in the old historic Alabama Capitol. She is surrounded by Republicans who have no shame when it comes to partisan politics. Glynn Wilson Secretary of State Nancy Worley at work So when she…