Zeigler Says Cuts are Illegal

September 30, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, September 30 Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) is expected to announce how cuts to state general fund (SGF) programs will impact state services.
jim-zieglerState Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) said in a statement, “Today is the day Gov. Bentley staffers announce cutbacks to some state parks, drivers license offices, and national guard armories. But NO cuts to his own budget, governor’s aircraft fleet and personnel, governor’s entourage, political perks, and high-paid salaries. Gov. Bentley is only making cuts to things that hurt citizens and none to the politicos and bureaucracy.”
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Sessions and Toomey Introduce Legislation Affirming That Police Lives Also Matter

September 30, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, September 29, US Senators Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) and Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania) have introduced legislation that imposes harsher sentences on criminals who target our law enforcement officers and first responders.

jeff-sessionsSen. Sessions said, “The alarming spike in violence directed against the men and women entrusted with ensuring the safety and order of our society must be stopped.  The Thin Blue Line Act will help protect our officers by bringing harsher penalties to criminals committing these vile acts and by extending the protections afforded to federal officers to our local police and first responders. This legislation honors the message sent by law-abiding Americans that we cannot stand idly by as attacks are waged upon those who serve and protect our communities.”
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It’s time, Mike Hubbard, to quit.

September 30, 2015

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Back in 2008, I covered the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul for the newspaper I worked for then.

Mike Hubbard was chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, not yet Speaker of the Alabama House. As part of the swag delegates receive at such events was a medal with a nice ribbon. The medal, commemorating Alabama’s participation in the convention, was encased in a nice, clear plastic box.
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McMillan Speaks Up But Did The Media Hear?

September 30, 2015

 

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Last week, Agriculture and Industry Commissioner, John McMillan dared to do what no other statewide elected official has done so far. He said publicly, on these pages, that Mike Hubbard should step down as Speaker of the House. It was a bold statement because Hubbard controls the Ag and Industry budget, and could cause the Commissioner considerable grief, as generally, Hubbard is wont to do if anyone hazards to cross him.  But, McMillan did it anyway because it was the right thing to do.
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Hubbard’s Legal Team Asks for Independent Counsel to Investigate Prosecution

September 30, 2015

 

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—In his most recent filing, Speaker Mike Hubbard has asked the court to dismiss the case against him, due to allegations that the State violated the Grand Jury Secrecy Act, or in the Alternative, for the appointment of independent counsel.

Hubbard’s legal team is pleading with Judge Jacob Walker III to dismiss the 23 felony charges against him, but if not, they request an Independent Counsel—presumedly appointed by Gov. Robert Bentley—to investigate the prosecution.
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Gerritson Expected to Challenge Roby

September 30, 2015

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, October 1, Wetumpka Tea Party co-founder and President Becky Gerritson is expected to announce that she will challenge incumbent Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) in the coming GOP Primary on March 1.

Gerritson will make her announcement at 9:30 am in Gold Star Park, in downtown Wetumpka.

Gerritson said in a statement, “Over the years, many of us have expressed our frustration over our nation’s woes and the incompetence of our political ‘leaders.’  As patriots who love this country, it has been agonizing for us to see our Founders’ vision trampled on by our radical president and our do-nothing Congress.  That is why I’ve decided that it is time that I step forward to play a more direct role in getting on nation back on track.”
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Crawford and Seibert to Face Each Other in Runoff in House District 5

September 30, 2015

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, September 29, the Alabama Republican Party announced that the special primary election to fill the vacancy in Alabama House District 5 occurred today in Limestone County. No Republican came anywhere near getting fifty percent of the vote so as expected there will be a Republican runoff.

Ronnie G. Coffman received 326 votes (10 percent of the ballots cast).  Danny F. Crawford got 1,132 votes (33 percent). Mike Criscillis got 442 votes (13 percent).  Jerry W. Hill received just 179 votes (5 percent).  Chris Seibert had 1,313 votes (39 percent).  He and Danny F. Crawford will face each other in a Republican primary special election contest on December 8, 2015.  Those numbers are still preliminary and do not include any provisional ballots.
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Hillary Clinton Coming to Hoover: Gets Endorsement from Sewell

September 30, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, September 29, Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-Selma) announced former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D-New York) will be in Alabama to address the influential Alabama Democratic Conference (ADC) on October 17.

US Representative Terri Sewell said on Facebook, “I am honored and excited to welcome Secretary Hillary Clinton to the great state of Alabama. Secretary Clinton is eminently qualified to hold the office of the Presidency, and I was proud to make my endorsement of her early in the election cycle!”
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Pittman Renews Million Dollar Contract with Fairhope

September 29, 2015

 

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY— In an unbroken stream dating back to July 2007, Sen. Lee Davidson Marbury “Trip” Pittman (R-Daphne) and former Baldwin County Commissioner Bob James, have held a lucrative debris removal contract awarded by the city of Fairhope. The million plus contract mostly being held by Pittman Tractor Co., owned by Pittman.

tripp_pittmanThe company, organized in Baldwin County by Pittman in 1988, is a heavy equipment wholesaler, carrying dozers, excavators, asphalt pavers, and concrete equipment, just to name a few. Far from an average tractor company, it also offers debris removal, boom deployment, and other services which attract government contracts.
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Bentleys File Divorce Settlement Agreement

September 29, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, September 28, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) and his wife of 50 years, Martha Dianne Jones Bentley have filed a divorce settlement agreement with the Court.

Governor Bentley said in a statement, “The last four weeks have been a very difficult time for my family and for our state.  The people of Alabama have prayed for us and have encouraged us.  For that, I am extremely grateful.”

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