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Ray Moore: ‘Good Morning Little Schoolgirl!’

November 17, 2017

In 1977, Gena Richardson was a high school senior working in the men’s department of Sears at the Gadsden Mall when Roy Moore introduce himself:

“Moore, she says, asked where she went to school before asking for her phone number. Richardson declined to give it to him, telling Moore that her dad was a Southern Baptist preacher, and wouldn’t allow them to date. Moore was a 30-year-old lawyer working in his hometown of Gadsden at the time. A few days after their first encounter, Moore called Richardson’s school to try and ask her out again. From the [WashingtonPost:

‘A few days later, she says, she was in trigonometry class at Gadsden High when she was summoned to the principal’s office over the intercom in her classroom. She had a phone call. “I said ‘Hello?’ Richardson recalls. “And the male on the other line said, ‘Gena, this is Roy Moore.’ I was like, ‘What?!’ He said, ‘What are you doing?’ I said, ‘I’m in trig class.’ ”

Richardson says Moore asked her out again on the call. A few days later, after he asked her out at Sears, she relented and agreed, feeling both nervous and flattered. They met that night at a movie theater in the mall after she got off work, a date that ended with Moore driving her to her car in a dark parking lot behind Sears and giving her what she called an unwanted, “forceful” kiss that left her scared.’

Moore’s pursuit of Richardson at the Gadsden mall wasn’t unique, according to the Post’s reporting. Eventually, Richardson would hide when Moore came into the store, and the manager at the store would tell new hires to “watch out for” Moore. Kayla McLaughlin, a classmate and co-worker of Richardson’s, corroborated her story to the Post.”

 — “A High School Senior Wouldn’t Give Roy Moore Her Number So She Says He Called Her at School,” Elliot Hannon, Slate

Video: “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl,” written (and originally recorded) by John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson, performed by Muddy Waters, 1964. Muddy Waters (vocal, guitar),  Buddy Guy (guitar), Willie Dixon (bass), and Clifton James (drums).

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Roy Moore, Shopping Mall Romeo

November 16, 2017

Roy Moore, Shopping Mall Romeo

Roy Moore, defrocked judge and gun-slingingtheocraticracist homophobe, is currently the Republican candidate for Jeff Sessions’ old U.S. Senate seat. He’s also been accused of sexually molesting teenage girls when he was a 32 year old assistant district attorney. Five women have come forward so far. He was a persistent creep, hitting on teenybopper shoppers, waitresses and clerks, and was finally banned from the Gadsden Mall. As Jennifer Rubin points out, if Roy Moore can be banned from a shopping mall, he can be kept out of the U.S. Senate. Most Americans, the RNC, and Republican leaders agree, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is preparing for that possibility.

The Alabama Special Election is on December 12th.

More:

“6th Moore accuser claims he groped her in his office,” Haley Britzky, Axios

“Two more women describe unwanted overtures by Roy Moore at Alabama mall,” Stephanie McCrummen, Beth Reinhard and Alice Crites, Washington Post 

“Woman: When I Was 17, Moore Said, ‘I Go Out With Girls Your Age All The Time,’” Esme Cribb, TPM Livewire

“Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby joins GOP leaders in shunning Roy Moore,” Lisa Mascaro and Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times

“3 Ways Republicans Can Block Roy Moore From the Senate,” Bridget Bowman, Roll Call

“How the Senate could expel Roy Moore if he wins,” Shane Savitsky, Axios

“GOP leaders weigh drastic plan to save Alabama Senate seat,” Alex Isenstadt and Eliana Johnson, Politico

“Moore Amid Mounting Pressure To Drop Out: I’m Facing A ‘Spiritual Battle,’” TPM Livewire

“Moore: ‘We are everything the Washington Elite hate,'” Mallory Shelbourne, The Hill

“Roy Moore’s Lawyer Just Sent a Grammatical Apocalypse of a Letter Threatening Local Media,” Elliot Hannon, Slate

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The Underage Loves of Roy Moore

November 14, 2017

The Underage Loves of Roy Moore
If you don’t know yet, Twice-defrocked Alabama judge and gun-slinging theocratic racist homophobe Roy Moore, currently Alabama’s Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, has been accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl. He was 32 years old at the time and an assistant district attorney. Three other women have claimed he tried to make it with them when they were teens, too, and he plied one with wine when she was underage. There have been rumors of Mr. Moore’s “woman issues” for years, and a former colleague says it was common knowledge he dated high school girls.

Roy Moore has said he “didn’t generally” date teenage girls when he was in this thirties, attacked and threatened to sue the Washington Post for running the story (reported by three women), and started raising money behind the scandal (the GOP has cut off his funding). Yesterday another woman came forward and described in detail how Mr. Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16 and threatened her to keep her quiet. He can’t say he didn’t know her then since he signed her high school yearbook. Said Mitch McConnell: “I believe the women, yes.” That’s when Republican officeholders stopped hedging and called for the candidate to withdraw. He isn’t going to quit the race, though, and might even win it, since his evangelical Alabama base would rather vote for a child molester than a Democrat. If Roy Moore is elected, there’s a good chance the senate would expel him.

The Alabama Special Election is on December 12th.

More:

“New Accuser Wants Moore to Testify Before Senate Judiciary,” Eric Garcia, Roll Call

“Former Moore colleague: ‘Common knowledge’ that he dated high school girls,” Max Greenwood, The Hill

“Local residents: Moore was known for flirting with, dating teenage girls,” Jacqueline Thomsen, The Hill

“Gadsden locals say Moore’s predatory behavior at mall, restaurants not a secret,” Anna Claire Vollers, AL.com

“Locals Were Troubled by Roy Moore’s Interactions with Teen Girls at the Gadsden Mall,” Charles Bethea, The New Yorker

“If Moore could be banned from a mall, he can be kept out of the Senate,” Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post

“Roy Moore Is Not the World’s Brightest (Alleged) Child Molester,” Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

“Roy Moore Says He Didn’t Date Any Girls Without Their Moms’ Permission,” Gabriella Paiella, The Cut

“Roy Moore Is Being Persecuted ‘Like Jesus,’ His Brother Says In Interview,” Mary Papenfuss, Huffington Post

“The unholy excuses of Roy Moore’s allies,” By Daniel Burke, CNN

“God Should Sue Roy Moore,” Nicholas Kristof, New York Times

“Moore seeks to refocus campaign on conservative religious values amid firestorm,” Elise Viebeck, Dino Grandoni and John Wagner, Washington Post

“Roy Moore defense: Unbuckling the Bible Belt,” John Archibald, Birmingham News

“Maher: Liberals ‘arrest our alleged rapists,’ conservatives ‘elect them,’” Mallory Shelbourne, The Hill

“Why Liberals and Conservatives Act Differently About Sexual Predators,” Seth Masket, Pacific Standard

“Roy Moore, Alabama Senate Candidate Under Siege, Tries to Discredit Accusers,” Alan Blinder and Jonathan Martinnov, New York Times

“#MeAt14: Women tweet photos of when they were age Roy Moore’s accuser was,” Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News

“GOP Senator: Allegations Against Moore ‘Have More Credibility’ Than His Denial,” Esme Cribb, TPM Livewire

“Editorial in 3 Alabama newspapers blasts Moore as ‘unfit for public office,'” Louis Nelson, Politico

“McConnell: Roy Moore should step aside,” Jordan Carney and Rebecca Savransky, The Hill

“GOP Sen. Pat Toomey says Roy Moore should drop out of Alabama Senate race,” Deirdre Shesgreen, USA Today

“Graham: Moore Would Be Doing ‘A Service’ By ‘Stepping Aside,’” Matt Shuham, TPM Livewire

“GOP rep: Moore disqualified himself from Senate long ago,” Brett Samuels, The Hill

“GOP campaign chairman says Senate should expel Moore if he wins,” Axios

“Paul Ryan says Roy Moore should step aside,” Mark Moore, New York Post

“Sessions says he has ‘no reason to doubt’ women who have accused Roy Moore of sexual misconduct,” Sean Sullivan, Washington Post

“Poll: Large majority believes Moore should drop out,” Josh Delk, The Hill

“Kellyanne Conway Says Public Officials Who Have Committed Sexual Assault Should Maybe Step Aside,” Amanda Arnold, The Cut

“Cruz Pulls Endorsement Of Moore, Stops Short Of Calling For Him To Drop Out,” Caitlin MacNeal, TPM Livewire

“Roy Moore is an embarrassment. Doug Jones deserves to win.”  George F. Will, Washington Post

“No, Roy Moore Is Not Entitled to Due Process Before We Believe the Claims Against Him,” David French, National Review

“Whether Roy Moore wins or loses, there is no good outcome for Senate Republicans,” James Hohmann, Washington Post

“Roy Moore’s alleged pursuit of a young girl is the symptom of a larger problem in evangelical circles,” Kathryn Brightbill, Los Angeles Times

“Allegations Against Roy Moore Roil US Evangelical Ranks,” David Crary, Associated Press

“For Roy Moore’s insistent defenders: Here’s ‘why now.'” By Philip Bump, Washington Post

Backgrounder:

“The Republican Party’s Roy Moore catastrophe, explained,” Andrew Prokop, Vox

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Roy Moore, Christian Warrior

November 10, 2017

Roy Moore, Christian Warrior

Twice-defrocked Alabama judge, evolution-denying theocratic birther neo-confederate racist homophobe and all-around Christian Culture Warrior Roy Moore, now Alabama’s Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, has been accused of taking sexual liberties with a 14-year-old girl. He was 32-years old at the time and an assistant district attorney. Three other women have claimed he tried to make it with them when they were teens, too, and he plied one with wine when she was underage. No young boys have come forward (so far).

In response to these charges, Judge Moore blames the messenger, the Washington Post (Attention Jeff Bezos: this guy carries a gun),

“If these allegations are true, he must step aside,” said Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on behalf of all Republican senators. GOP senators saying “Amen” include Jeff Flake and John McCain of Arizona, David Perdue of Georgia, John Thune of South Dakota, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Cory Gardner of Colorado, Richard C. Shelby of Alabama and Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania. Mr. Moore is running to fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions,  and refuses to debate his Democratic opponent, former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones.

Since his removal from the bench, Roy Moore has been handsomely (if surreptitiously) compensated though a nonprofit outfit he founded, now run by his wife, called  the “Foundation for Moral Law.” His daughter is on the board of directors, and his son, well-known to Alabama’s police, was an employee. Roy Moore believes in family values.

More:

“Sex Allegations Against Roy Moore Send Republicans Reeling,” Richard Fausett, Jonathan Martin, and Campbell Robertson, New York Times

“White House On Moore Report: ‘That Hypothetical Would Be Disqualifying For Anyone,’” Matt Shuham, TPM Livewire

“Mitt Romney comes out swinging against Roy Moore,” Jeva Lange, The Week

“The Republican party is about to face the Weinstein test,” Tim Fernholz, Quartz

“A list of the many righteous things Roy Moore has said about sex and morality,” Amber Phillips, New York Times

“The Mary-Joseph Defense and Other Strange Arguments From Roy Moore Loyalists,” Ed Kilgore, New York Magazine

“Conservatives defend Roy Moore — invoking Joseph, Mary and the Ten Commandments,” Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News Service

“Sean Hannity Apologizes for Calling Roy Moore Sex ‘Consensual,’” Daily Beast

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Steamy Scandal in the Heart of Dixie

April 10, 2017

Steamy Scandal in the Heart of Dixie

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley appears to have had an affair with a top aide, Rebekah Caldwell Mason, a married woman. That’s been pretty embarrassing for the “Love Gov,” a former Sunday school teacher, who was married at the time, but it gets worse. While Ms. Mason was the governor’s senior political adviser, it still wasn’t legal for him to use campaign funds to pay for her legal defense. As usual, the cover-up is worse than the sexy-time crime.

On Wednesday the Alabama Ethics Commission found probable cause that Governor Bentley violated the Alabama Ethics Act and the Fair Campaign Practices Act. On Friday the state’s House Judiciary Committee released a 3,000-page report with scandalous details about security personnel seeing Ms. Mason “leaving the office with her hair tousled and her clothing in disarray,”mushy text messages between her and the Gov, and allegations the governor threatened his wife’s staffers for talking about the affair. On Saturday the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that the legislature can go ahead with impeachment proceedings, and lawmakers are expected to begin impeachment hearings today.

Updates:

“Robert Bentley, Alabama Governor, Resigns Amid Scandal,” Alan Blinder, New York Times

“Alabama Guv Resigns, Is Convicted On 2 Campaign Finance Charges,”Allegra Kirkland, TPM Livewire

“Kay Ivey becomes governor; promises open administration,” Brian Lyman, Montgomery Advertiser

“Why It Took Alabama’s Governor So Long to Resign,” alan Greenblatt, Governing

“Robert Bentley joins a growing list of Alabama governors who had trouble with the law,” Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post

“How Alabama’s Shady Governor Cultivated a Culture of Disenfranchisement,” Brentin Mock, CityLab

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Highway Driving

September 3, 2016

“Highway Driving” by Alabama (a band from Canada, not those other guys). Recorded in 1973.

The Toronto band’s members were Buster Fykes, Rick Knight, Hector McLean and Len Sembaluk.

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Alabama Supreme Court Secedes From Union Over Same-Sex Marriage

March 5, 2015

Alabama Supreme Court Secedes From Union Over Same-Sex Marriage

On Tuesday the Alabama Supreme Court ordered the state’s probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples, adding yet another wrinkle to a messy situation. The story so far:

On January 23rd Federal District Judge Callie Granade struck down two Alabama state laws banning same-sex marriage.

On February 8th Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore ordered state probate judges to ignore the Federal court ruling.

On February 9th the U.S. Supreme Court refused to stay the District Court’s decision, and on February 12th Judge Granade ordered the Mobile County Probate Judge to issue licenses to same-sex couples, and he and most Alabama judges complied.

On March 3rd, on a 7-1 ruling, with Chief Justice Roy Moore recusing himself, the Alabama Supreme Court issued a 138-page order for probate judges to cease granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

So why are Alabama judges standing in the courthouse door to prevent same-sex marriage, in defiance of a Federal court order? Is it … Jesus? Is it the Klan? Is this an echo of Alabama’s 33-year refusal to allow interracial marriage or some kind of nostalgia for the Confederacy?

Maybe. Mostly, it’s just politics. Alabama Supreme Court Judges are elected partisans, and their election depends on symbolic appeals to the state’s Republican Party base.

 More:

“Alabama Supreme Court Throws Tantrum, Defies Federal Judge, Halts Gay Marriages,” Mark Joseph Stern, Slate

Related:

“I Was Alabama’s Top Judge. I’m Ashamed by What I Had to Do to Get There.” Sue Bell Cobb, Politico Magazine

“John Oliver digs into the ‘horrifying spectacle’ of judicial elections,” Sarah Gray, Salon

UPDATE: 

“Alabama GOP proposes bill to let judges opt out of marrying gay couples — and Jews and Muslims too!” Jenny Kutner, Salon

“Ala. Bill Would Let Judges Opt Out Of Performing Gay Marriages,” Caitlin MacNeal, TPM Livewire

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Alabama Judge Impedes Marriage Equality

February 10, 2015

alabama Judge Impedes Marriage Equality
A week ago Federal District Judge Callie Granade struck down two Alabama state laws banning same-sex marriage and refused to stay the decision pending an appeal the the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court itself refused to institute a stay, so you’d think the matter would be settled, but we’re talking about Alabama here. Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has ordered state officials to ignore the Federal court ruling.

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Marriage Equality in the Heart of Dixie

January 24, 2015

Marriage Equality in the Heart of Dixie

Federal District Judge Callie Granade has struck down two Alabama state laws banning same-sex marriage. Alabama is now the 37th state where same-sex marriage is legal.

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September 15, 1963

September 15, 2013

On this day in 1963 Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair were murdered in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

More:

“Eulogy for the Martyred Children,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., The King Center, Stanford University

“One small shoe: A legacy of the Birmingham church bombing,” Roy Peter Clark, CNN

“Congress honors Birmingham’s ‘four little girls,’” Hamil Harris, Washington Post

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