Hubbard’s Criminal Lawyers File Motion to Withdraw From Case

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—It a stunning move, Speaker Mike Hubbard’s chief counsel, J. Mark White and his firm have filed a motion to withdraw from the case. With only about three months until the trial is to begin, White’s withdrawal would leave a host of unanswered questions.

Who remains to represent Hubbard?

Who will lead his legal defense?

How will this affect the trial date?

Can Hubbard afford another attorney?
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Hubbard’s Criminal Lawyers Files Motion to Withdraw From Case

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—It a stunning move, Speaker Mike Hubbard’s chief counsel, J. Mark White and his firm have filed a motion to withdraw from the case. With only about three months until the trial is to begin, White’s withdrawal would leave a host of unanswered questions.

SEE MOTION

Who remains to represent Hubbard?

Who will lead his legal defense?

How will this affect the trial date?

Can Hubbard afford another attorney?
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Hillary Clinton Accuses Walter Energy of Shirking its Obligations

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, December 30, former Secretary of State and Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton released a statement attacking Walter Energy’s plan to emerge from bankruptcy by renouncing collective bargaining agreements with unions to honor commitments to coal miners and retirees.

Secretary Clinton said, “Walter Energy is attempting to shirk its healthcare and pension obligations to hardworking Alabama active miners, retirees, widows, and dependents, in order to appease Apollo Global Management and other investors. I am disappointed that the bankruptcy court in Birmingham has granted their request. These men and woman have put their own health and safety at risk to help power American economic success. They are entitled to the benefits they have earned and deserve. Ensuring healthcare and retirement security should be the first priority in a bankruptcy proceeding, not the last, and should certainly come before the $2 million in bonuses for Walter Energy executives the court approved yesterday.”
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Marsh Unveils Controversial Tenure Reform Bill

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) has unveiled his long awaited “tenure reform” bill. The 49 page Rewarding Advancement in Instruction and Student Excellence (RAISE) Act will fundamentally change how public school teachers are compensated in the State of Alabama moving forward.

(This reporter could not find the bill on the State Legislature’s often troubled website.)

The Alabama School Connections blog’s Trisha Powell Crane is reporting that they have a draft version of the controversial bill.
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Will 2016 be a Turning Point?

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Will 2016 be the turning point for State government in Alabama?

That question hangs precipitously on the outcome of the Speaker Mike Hubbard trial on 23 counts of felony public corruption. If Hubbard is convicted on even one of the 23 felonies, he will be removed from office, and his personal reign of greed and corruption will come to an end. But, those who insured his power, and those who have profited from its misuse, could still have control of the mechanics of our government.
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It’s Time To Expand Pre-K In Alabama

By Minority Leader Rep. Craig Ford

Since 2008, education spending for k-12 in Alabama has gone down by more than 20 percent. Those cuts have been felt in every classroom in the state: from outdated textbooks and technology, to larger class sizes.

But this year, the state has an opportunity to invest in education again instead of cutting it.

This year, the state of Alabama has brought in $140 million more money earmarked for education than we spent. But instead of that money going into our schools where it belongs, that money is going into a rainy day savings account created by the Rolling Reserve Act. This is not the Alabama Trust Fund, but a second savings account.
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Group Organizes to Get Alabama Millennials to Participate in Election Process

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On March 1, Alabama voters will go to the polls to decide who will represent the Republican and Democratic Parties in the November Presidential election. Other offices on the 2016 ballot include US Senator, US Representative, Public Service Commission President, Alabama Supreme Court Justice, as well as many county offices. The only that matter in an election however are the people that turnout to vote. Historically young people are the least likely to actually participate in the democratic process. Only ten percent of Alabama millennials participated in the 2012 presidential election according to New York Times exit polling.
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Some Important Dates to Mark Down in 2016

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Happy New Year. Tomorrow is the last day in a dreadful 2015. Good riddance, I say. But I’m looking forward to a momentous 2016. Can’t wait for it to get here.

My wife and I usually do very little on New Year’s Eve. We have too many dogs who are freaked out by fireworks. We diffuse some essential oils, put on the soothing music recorded especially for the animals, and just hang out at home.
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Remembering Those Who Passed

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

As we close the final page on the 2015 book, my year-end tradition is to reminisce about the passing away of significant players on the Alabama political stage.

The first obituary is not a person but an entity. The Alabama Education Association is essentially dead as a political organization. The king is dead. When Paul Hubbert died the AEA died. It is as though it rose and fell with his life. He reigned as King of Goat Hill for over 30 years.
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Reasons for Optimism as Alabama Rings in 2016

By Senator Gerald Dial

I hope your family had a very merry Christmas! With the New Year upon us, I want to give you some reasons for optimism as Alabama heads into 2016. Too often, people focus on the negative, on the challenges our state and nation face, forgetting that we are the most blessed people on the planet. So here are three brief reasons for optimism as we start a new calendar.
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