Hubbard Trial Set for October

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Staff Report

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Earlier this morning, Judge Jacob Walker III set House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s (Auburn) trial date for the week of Oct. 19, 2015.

The trial was previously scheduled to begin in March, which some attorneys believed was too ambitious of a date to meet.  It should be pointed out the Alabama legislative session begins March 3, 2015.

The defense, led by Mark White, asked the State to produce a series of records

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Governor Bentley Addresses Congress

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, January 28, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on behalf of the National Governors Association regarding the need for Congress to pass a long-term plan for transportation infrastructure investments.

In 2012, Congress passed the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), which authorized funding

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Sessions and Shelby Comment on Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

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By Brandon Moseley
labama Political Reporter

On Thursday, January, 29 US Senators Richard Shelby (R) and Jeff Sessions (R) both issued written statements following Senate passage of legislation to approve construction of the long delayed Keystone XL pipeline.  Both Alabama Senators have long been proponents of the pipeline which would bring oil from newly developed oil sands fields in Canada to oil refineries here in the US.

Senator Sessions

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Merrill Creates Probate Judges Advisory Council

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By Byron Shehee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Secretary of State John Merrill announced on Thursday, that the Secretary of State’s Office has created the Probate Judges Advisory Council.

The eight person council is a bipartisan collection of probate judges from counties across the State who will advise Sec. Merrill about issues that need improving at the county and state levels.  Specifically, the council was created to ensure

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ACA Alabama Enrollment Outpacing Other Southern States

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Staff Report

MONTGOMERY— According to an analysis by the Alabama Enrollment Coalition, gains in enrollment under the Affordable Care Act in Alabama are outpacing other Southern states.

According to the analysis Marketplace, enrollment in the State has seen a 41 percent increase in sign-ups through January 21.

“Alabama’s enrollment surge shows that affordable health coverage is available, and Alabamians are seizing the opportunity,”

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Probate Judges Will Marry Same Sex Couples

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, January 28, the Alabama Probate Judges Association released a written statement reversing their earlier position that the controversial ruling striking down Alabama’s Constitutional ban on same sex marriage somehow did not apply to them.  The probate judges affirm that if Judge Granade’s two week stay is not extended, then same-sex couples will be eligible to apply for and

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Hundreds Rally for School Choice In Montgomery

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, January 27, hundreds of Alabama school children and their parents joined Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) in a rally in front of the state capital demanding that the state of Alabama offer more education choices to students such as charter schools and expanding the controversial Alabama Accountability Act.

Speaker Mike Hubbard said in a statement on Facebook

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SPLC Files Judicial Ethics Complaint Against Judge Moore

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, January 28, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) filed a judicial ethics complaint against popular Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) for his comments regarding the controversial recent ruling by Federal Judge Callie Granade, declaring that Alabama’s Marriage Protection Act and Sanctity of Marriage Amendment violate the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses

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Moore Responds To SPLC Ethics Complaint

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Late on Wednesday, January 28, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) responded to a complaint by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) that he violated judicial ethics by commenting unfavorably about a decision in federal court striking down Alabama’s defense of marriage act.  An unapologetic Chief Justice Moore claimed that he was doing his duty and that lower federal and appeals court decisions

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Ed Henry Running For ALGOP Leadership Role

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama State Representative Ed Henry (R-Hartselle) announced in a statement on Tuesday, January 27, that he was running as a candidate for Alabama Republican Party District 4 and 5 Vice Chair.

Alabama Representative Henry wrote, “After much thought and prayerful consideration, I feel led to seek the District 4 and 5 Vice Chair position of the Alabama Republican Party, and I am seeking

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