Roy Moore is once again Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, replacing the last Democrat on the state’s highest bench. He says he won’t try bringing graven images into state buildings anymore, but rest assured he’s ready to decide cases according to holy law.
Moore thanked supporters at his party for sticking with him through what had been an up-and-down night that had Vance out to an early lead. Moore eventually won with 52 percent of the race with 99 percent of precincts reporting.
Moore was elected chief justice in 2000, but a state judicial panel removed him three years later after he refused to obey a federal judge’s order to remove a granite Ten Commandments monument from the lobby of the Alabama Judicial Building.
Moore has said he will not return the Ten Commandments. Moore said the issue was never about a monument but about the “acknowledgement of God.”
The last Democratic officeholder in Alabama, Lucy Baxley, lost to Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh, who has been a perpetual Republican officeseeker for years. For the Democratic Party, Alabama is now officially and completely an orphan state, with all three branches of government firmly in Republican hands:
Alabama’s governor and lieutenant governor are Republicans. The attorney general is a Republican. The Alabama secretary of state and state treasurer are Republicans. The speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives and leader of the Alabama Senate are Republicans. The GOP owns a “super majority” of seats in the Legislature. All nine members of the Alabama Supreme Court are Republicans. Every judge on the criminal and civil courts of appeals are Republicans. The two remaining members of the PSC are Republicans.
The only two Democrats left in a state office are two members of the seven-member Alabama Board of Education and those two members, both African-Americans, are elected from districts, not statewide.
Gee, I can’t wait to see contrite Alabama Republicans setting aside abortion legislation, teacher pension cuts, and immigrant-bashing for some actual governance next year. Maybe they’ll even pass a cockfighting bill. Maybe I should hold my breath while this “change election” reaches Montgomery?