Will President Pro Tem Survive Hubbard Scandal?

September 30, 2014

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Senate President Del Marsh, R-Anniston, has kept a low-profile regarding the revelation that Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard is under investigation by the State’s Attorney General’s Office.

Marsh reportedly spent six hours testifying before the Lee County Grand Jury in Mid-November, 2013, what he was asked and the outcome of that hearing is unknown.

Is Marsh a target, a suspect, or just a man who stood too close to the raging fire that has been Speaker Hubbard’s political career?
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Sells Announces Support for Vote on Lottery and School Prayer

September 30, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Republican Alabama House District 90 candidate Chris Sells from Greenville announced on Friday that he was supporting statewide votes on: the lottery, school prayer, and other issues.

Sells said that he issued the statement to make clear his position on the right of the people to vote on important issues.  Sells said, “I believe it is the people’s right to vote on issues such as the lottery. I also believe it is the people’s right to vote on issues such as prayer in schools. We had that right taken away from us. I believe the people should be controlling the government and not the government controlling the people.”
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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Endorses Palmer

September 30, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, September 29, the Gary Palmer for Congress Campaign announced in a written statement that Gary has received the endorsement of the Chamber of Commerce of The United States of America.

The President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Thomas J. Donohue said in a statement that he is proud to endorse Palmer’s Candidacy in the Sixth District of Alabama.  “At no other time in our nation’s history has it been more critical that members of Congress provide leadership that protects and advances the interests of the business community.  Gary Palmer’s election to the U.S. House of Representatives will help produce sustained economic growth, help create more jobs and get our country back on track.”
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Sessions Accuses Obama of Replacing U.S. Military with Illegal Aliens

September 30, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, September 26, Senator Jeff Sessions in a written statement accused President Barack H. Obama of recruiting illegal aliens to directly displace U.S. Service members during a time of dramatic military layoffs.

Senator Sessions said, “With an unprecedented illegal immigration crisis raging, the President announces not enforcement actions to reduce illegality, but yet one more in an endless series of executive actions to further undermine immigration law. Once more, he has taken unilateral executive action that signals to the world that our borders are not being enforced.”
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Your guide to the 2014 proposed Constitutional Amendments

September 30, 2014

By Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey

When Alabamians enter the voting booth on November 4, 2014, they’ll see five proposed statewide Constitutional Amendments at the bottom of the ballot. It’s not uncommon to see Constitutional Amendments on the ballot in Alabama. Our government is set up in a way that puts the power in the hands of the people to make many major decisions that have a statewide impact. Our Constitution sometimes requires a statewide vote for local matters as well, but in general, the matters that are put to a vote by the people have a broad impact and we believe the people should decide their fate rather than legislators.
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Vote for a jobs policy that works this November

September 30, 2014

By Rep. Darrio Melton

This Saturday will mark one month until the November midterm election. There is a lot at stake for the state of Alabama, and your vote will be important. Even though the president is not on the ballot, it is critical that we still stand up for the issues that matter most to our families.

Over the next several weeks, I want to write about all the reasons why I’m voting for Democrats this November, and all of the things that are on the line for our communities and our state.
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Ethics Director Denies Complaint Against Hubbard

September 29, 2014

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—In a June, 2014 interview with Inside Alabama Politics, James L. (Jim) Sumner, Jr.,  the Director of the Alabama Ethics Commission, stated that his office had never received an ethics complaint concerning Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn. However, an ethics complaint against Hubbard was filed with the his office in December, 2013.

(see complaint) 

The over 50 page complaint reads like a chronicle of articles written by Alabama Political Reporter over the last several years. It details many suspect actions taken by Hubbard with detailed evidence. Yet, Sumner denies its existence.
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Expect More Fake Outrage from the Hubbard/Riley Spin Machine

September 29, 2014

 

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Henry T. “Sonny” Reagan’s brash attempt to tarnish the Lee County Grand Jury and its lead prosecutor, Matt Hart, is yet another ploy by allies of Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard and those alined with former Gov. Bob Riley, to cast doubt and sow confusion into the investigations of Hubbard and his colleagues.

Unfortunately, Hart and Acting Attorney General W. Van Davis are bound by rules that do not allow them to answer Reagan’s accusation.
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ACLU Requests Records from Superintendent’s Social Media Monitoring

September 29, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

According to some reports from the Alabama Media Group and its “Huntsville Times” franchise, the Huntsville City schools, under the direction of Superintendent Casey Wardynski, has spent up to $595,000 systematically reviewing the social media accounts of students who attend the public school system. Responding to concerns that perhaps rights have been violated there, the ACLU of Alabama has formally requested records about the school system’s intelligence gathering program, SAFe.
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Advocacy Group Draws Attention to High AIDS Rate in Birmingham

September 29, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is making an effort to draw attention to the fact that Birmingham, Alabama has 17th Highest Rate of HIV Infection in the entire Nation. The group says that they are trying to advance awareness of the epidemic in Birmingham, reduce the stigma of testing positive for the disease and get more people that are infected the treatments that they need.
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