Hubbard Received Almost $100K To Pass Bill

February 29, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Series: Emails on Hubbard’s Road to Perdition, Article 2

The emails below were released by the State on February 2015, in response to Hubbard’s demand for a more defined statement of facts concerning his indictments.

MONTGOMERY—Emails and court records show Speaker Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) sought to pass legislation to benefit American Pharmacy Cooperative, Inc. (APCI), a company that paid him almost one hundred thousand dollars (from August 2012 to December 2013) to acquire the exclusive rights to the State’s Medicaid Pharmaceutical Benefit Management system, also know as a PBM.
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Alternative Funding Exists Without New Revenue

February 29, 2016

By Dr. Henry C. Mabry

The Alabama Senate passed an austere State General Fund Budget that has many agencies mostly level-funded. Medicaid, under the Senate-passed version of the budget, is proposed to be level funded after the agency requested $156 million more from the State General Fund, and after Gov. Robert Bentley requested an additional $100 million. Mental Health, the Department of Human Resources, and the Department of Public Health are to receive more funding under the Senate-passed budget.
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Help Alabama Save Big Money!

February 29, 2016

By Senator Arthur Orr

On March 1, when many Alabamians go to the poll to cast their votes for a favorite presidential nominee and other primary candidates, there will be a single constitutional amendment on the ballot (Amendment 1) that should save the State as much as $200 million over the next thirty years.

Endorsed and supported by the Retirement System of Alabama head, Dr. David Bronner, Amendment 1 revamps our retirement plans for judges, district attorneys and circuit clerks. The judicial retirement fund is just 58 percent funded and in need of an overhaul. Its cost to the taxpayer has more than doubled in the past 10 years. Furthermore, DA’s currently contribute nothing for their retirement and clerks have a confusing plan in need of restructuring. Only those elected for the first time in the November 8, General Election will be affected by these changes.
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Rough Men, Fair Justice

February 29, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Public corruption runs through our State like the Cahaba River. It is ancient, long and free-flowing, but unlike the Cahaba, it is never pretty, only foul, brutal and unrelenting.

Speaker Mike Hubbard is just the latest in a rouge’s gallery of those who shined for a brief moment, only to succumb to the lure of power used for personal gain.

In an effort to free Hubbard from his legal entanglement, his cronies and lawyers have turned the State’s justice system into a sideshow with Houdini-like misdirection.
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BCA Releases 2016 Voter Guide

February 29, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, March 1, Alabama voters will go to the polls to cast their votes in the 2016 Republican and Democratic primaries.

On Wednesday, February 24, the Business Council of Alabama (BCA) released their list of 2016 endorsed candidates for the primary election cycle.

For US Senate BCA has endorsed incumbent Richard Shelby.  BCA wrote, “As chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and as chairman of the Commerce and Science Subcommittee, Shelby is well-situated to ensure that Alabama has a place at the table when important funding issues are considered.  As a businessman, Senator Shelby also understands what Alabama needs to continue its growth as a manufacturing, technology, and medical science center.”
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Hillary Clinton at Miles College

February 29, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, February 26, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in the greater Birmingham area at a, “get out the vote” rally at Miles College, ahead of the Democratic Party Primary on Tuesday, March 1.

The former Secretary of State, former US Senator from New York, former First Lady of the United States, former First Lady of Arkansas, and Watergate Senate Democratic Counsel hopes that a strong showing in southern states will allow her to move ahead of her rival for the Democratic nomination, US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont).
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Sessions Endorses Trump in Madison

February 29, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Sunday, February 28, US Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) endorsed New York City billionaire businessman and reality television star Donald Trump to be the next President of the United States.

Speaking in front of an estimated crowd of 30,000 in Madison Stadium, Sen. Sessions said, “This is not a campaign. This is a movement.” Sessions said that the American people are not happy. They have been telling politicians to do something to fix immigration for thirty years and the politicians have done nothing. “Donald Trump will do it.”
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Rubio Campaigns in the Rocket City

February 29, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Saturday, February 27, US Senator Marco Rubio brought his presidential campaign to Huntsville for a get out the vote rally ahead of Tuesday’s Alabama Republican Primary.

Speaking in front of the space shuttle at NASA’s Space and Rocket Center, Senator Rubio said, “Thank you guys. I am so honored to be with you today. This setting is fantastic. America will be sending people into space whether it is Mars or an asteroid. Great nations do great things.”
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Parker Being Challenged by Donna Beaulieu

February 29, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, March 1, Alabama voters go to the polls to select their leaders. The only Supreme Court Justice facing a challenger is, Justice Tom Parker (R). Parker is being challenged by Donna Beaulieu.

Judge Parker told the Alabama Media Group’s Kent Faulk, “I’m a conservative constitutionalist and I have great respect for the separation of powers and the limited role of the judiciary to interpret the law rather than create it.”
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School Board District 3 Race Has Been Heavily Contested

February 29, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, March 1, Republican voters go to the polls to select the District 3 Alabama Board of Education member. The incumbent, Stephanie Bell (R) is being challenged by Greater Birmingham Young Republicans Chairman Justin Barkley in the Republican Primary.

Stephanie Bell said, “My opponent has spent over $100,000 from business interests and out of state funders trying to push Obama’s Common Core on Alabama’s schools, and on YOUR children. Please help us fight back by sharing this video with everyone you know in SBOE District 3! The Eastern half of Bibb County, all of Chilton County, all of Coosa County, all of Elmore County, part of Montgomery County, all of Shelby County, all of Talladega County, and the Homewood and Mountain Brook areas. Please help us spread the word!”
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