Author: Rob Holbert

Who’s Chris Elliott trying to fool?

In terms of sheer political theater, watching Baldwin County Commissioner Chris “I Have Sinned” Elliott trying to fool voters into believing he hasn’t attempted to use political clout to keep his license after a May 2016 DUI is Tony Award worthy. Elliott took it up a notch last Thursday when he spoke at a luncheon hosted by the Eastern Shore Republican Women’s group, giving them a Swaggart-like apology while at the same time letting them know what a stand-up guy he is. But, as has been the case since this saga began, little of what the commissioner says adds...

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Baldwin court order shuts down journalist’s website

An order issued by Baldwin County Circuit Judge Joseph Norton in early November has resulted in a website run by a Daphne online investigative reporter being taken offline while he is on the run to avoid arrest stemming from his publication of expunged criminal records. Journalist and blogger John Caylor’s website, insider-magazine.com, was removed from the web by internet domain registrar and host GoDaddy.com Dec. 20 in response to Norton’s civil suit ruling on behalf of Scott Smith III, a local attorney whose expunged court records were published on the site. In addition to publishing those records pertaining to Smith’s arrest and pretrial diversion in Dothan 14 years ago for alleged possession of methamphetamine, Caylor has made unsubstantiated claims regarding Smith’s supposed connections to criminal enterprise. Caylor has been on the run from Daphne officials since May when he was arrested and charged with a Class B misdemeanor for publishing Smith’s expunged records. A second warrant for his arrest was issued May 4, the morning after a hearing in which Daphne City Judge Michael Hoyt ordered Caylor to remove Smith’s records. Smith filed another complaint against Caylor claiming the records had not been removed. Though the records could not be found on insider-magazine.com after mid-morning, Hoyt issued another arrest warrant and Caylor fled to Florida. Smith had also filed a civil lawsuit against Caylor — a complaint immediately sealed...

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Focus on who Sessions is now

These presidential Cabinet confirmation hearings are unsettling things at times. Generally they’re either a cakewalk with lots of confetti and blown kisses landing upon the nominee. But sometimes they can turn into particularly horrible instances of figuratively ripping the meat off someone’s bones. While the actual hearing itself hasn’t been too terrible for Sen. Jeff Sessions as he attempts to become the nation’s next attorney general, the lead-up and surrounding furor have once again called attention to just how easy it is in this country to have your very character tarred and feathered in the name of politics. Perhaps...

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Bunting leaving WKRG

As Nexstar Broadcasting Group prepares to take over WKRG-TV, another major defection has taken place. General Manager Mark Bunting announced last week he’s leaving Channel 5 and heading to Montgomery to assume the same position for WSFA-TV. Bunting’s departure comes less than three months after Mike Rausch ended a seven-year stint as news director and left for a job at KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Chris Best is set to take over Rausch’s old spot next week, coming from WMC in Memphis. While WKRG insiders say Bunting’s departure was something they thought might be coming giving ownership changes, they...

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Dothan learns NYE ‘drops’ aren’t always easy

Every New Year’s it seems more and more cities are trying to find something unique to drop out of the sky to not only mark the birth of another year, but to also express that city’s particular “personality” to the rest of the world. But that quest for uniqueness can also come off a bit goofy at times. We know all about that here in Mobile, of course, as the famed MoonPie Drop each year brings both its share of joy and derision. City Councilman Fred Richardson will forever be linked with MoonPies for pushing the idea of dropping...

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