Hubbard’s Alleged Crimes Detailed In New Court Filings

February 27, 2015

By Bill Britt and Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Today, the State released its response to Speaker Mike Hubbard’s December motion requesting a more definite statement of the 23 felony charges against him. (Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker III, set the February 27 has the deadline for the State to respond to Hubbard’s request.)

See Hubbard Motion

State’s Response, Exhibits 1, Exhibits 2, Exhibits 3, Exhibits 4, Exhibits 5, Exhibits 6, Exhibits 7
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Hubbard Behind Coordinated Attacks On Bentley

February 27, 2015

 

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY —Sources within the State House have confirmed that it is believed that Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard is behind the attacks on Gov. Robert Bentley and his yet unknown tax plans.

The plan looks suspiciously coordinated, even to the point of having “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” guru Grover Norquist denounce the State’s Chief Executive. Norquist is quoted as saying, when Bentley says the State needs more revenue, what he is really saying is “I can’t do my job.”
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Remember The Number 23

February 27, 2015

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—As the State legislature heads into its 2015 session, the number 23 will be an important one to remember. Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, (R-Auburn) will guide the legislative agenda even though he has been indicted by the State on 23 felony counts of pubic corruption.

When Hubbard pushes for charter schools, it will be important to remember that Count 10 of the 23 felony charges against him involves Edgenuity, Inc. and/or E2020, which, according to the company’s profile, produces online course material that can be used at home or in the classroom.
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Rogers Concerned About ISIS

February 27, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, February 27, US Representative Mike Rogers (R-Saks) said in an email to constituents that he is concerned about the terrorist group ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria).

Congressman Rogers said, “As I made my way around East Alabama during the District Work Week, one of the issues I heard about the most at my “Congress on Your Corner” events was the threat from the group known as the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL or IS). Folks were very concerned about the utter brutality shown by this radical terrorist group.” Rep. Rogers said, “I am very concerned as well.”
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What Will Be the Legacy of the New Legislature?

February 27, 2015

 

By Katherine Robertson and Caleb Crosby from API

Lately, Alabamians have struggled to discern any difference between what they thought they voted against in November and what they might be getting in the coming months. A commitment to oppose tax increases is now being replaced with a “bold” move to increase taxes, without any reference as to how this could impact bringing new jobs to the state. Along those same lines, getting Alabamians back to work and keeping able-bodied individuals out of a dependency program is now being abandoned for attempts to increase the number of Alabamians on Medicaid through expansion, despite the fact that 75% of those made eligible through expansion would indeed be able-bodied individuals with no disabilities and no dependent children.
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Reynolds Warns Free Market Principles May Cease To Exist

February 26, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Republican National Committeeman Paul Reynolds has been a vocal opponent expansion of federal regulations that we have witnessed under the administration of President Barack H. Obama (D). Reynolds recently emailed his concerns to conservatives around the State of Alabama

RNC member Reynolds wrote, “More than ever, I believe private enterprise and the principles of the free market will soon cease to exist in this country. Right before our eyes, Barack Obama is employing thousands of unelected federal bureaucrats to implement a methodical government takeover of the economy. At the end of last year, the Obama Administration handed down more than 1200 new regulations, some of which from the EPA are the most expensive to taxpayers in our nation’s history. Undeterred, they promptly handed down another 206 regulations earlier this month. All of these laws were enacted without the approval of our elected Congress. This Soviet-style central planning is the exact approach to the economy taken by the now-defunct nations of Eastern Europe during much of the last century.”
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House GOP Caucus Announces Ambitious Agenda

February 26, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, February 25, the Alabama House Republican Caucus announced their 2015 legislative agenda. This year’s GOP agenda has been titled, the Alabama First Agenda. On Wednesday Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) was joined by the Chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee Representative Mac McCutcheon (R-Capshaw) and State Representative Paul Lee (R-Dothan) when they unveiled the House Republican Caucus’s 2015 legislative agenda.
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Conservatives Press House to Hold Firm on DHS Funding

February 26, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, February 25, US Representatives Martha Roby (R-Montgomery), Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville), Gary Palmer (R-Hoover), and Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) today joined their fellow conservative lawmakers in a letter urging that House leadership hold firm in fully funding the Department of Homeland Security while specifically preventing funds from going to implement President Obama’s executive actions on immigration which they consider to be unlawful.

Congresswoman Roby said on Facebook, “You’ll see more on this in the coming days. Even though Senate Democrats continue to block a Homeland Security funding bill we passed last month, the House must hold firm. We have a responsibility to prohibit funding from being used to implement President Obama’s unlawful executive amnesty. I believe it would be a mistake for Senate Democrats and the president to choose executive amnesty over the responsible funding of Homeland Security, but it will be theirs to make. As our letter states, “District Court rulings can be overturned, but the power of the purse is absolute.” Stay tuned.”
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Making Progress On I-759 Will Take The Whole Team

February 26, 2015

By Minority Leader Rep. Craig Ford

Many times in my life I’ve seen that teamwork really does work. Whether it’s in sports, business or government, every member of the team gets together and comes to an agreement—a little give from some people and a little take from others. For teamwork to really work however, everyone involved, including the leaders, must be willing to work together. Teamwork does not work when one or more of the people involved doesn’t make an effort. Unfortunately for Gadsden and the I-759 project, that is exactly what is happening.
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Eat Your Vegetables

February 25, 2015

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Gov. Robert Bentley says the State must raise taxes to meet its fiscal obligations, and he is being beaten like rented mule for even making the suggestion.

Now, no one should be happy that his campaign website featured an ad that, among other things, said “No New Taxes,” but Bentley is a Republican and saying that he was going to raises taxes a little would have meant that he only beat his Democratic opponent by 60 points.
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