Republicans Want to Limit Spending, Fundraising, Free Speech

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Twin bills in the Alabama House and Senate would severely limit the First Amendment and the spirit of Citizens United, by limiting funds raised or spent on campaigns and issues.

SB356 and HB404 Sponsored respectively by Sen. Arthur Orr and Rep. Mike Jones would, “regulate the disclosure, raising, and spending of money to influence elections and governmental actions.”

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Alabama’s own Shaun McCutcheon, a hero to many in the State and nation, fought the FEC over campaign giving and won in the 2014 US Supreme Court ruling “McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission,” believes full disclosure is right, but to limit how much money can be raised or spent is unacceptable.
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Mason Resigns, Opinions Differ

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Only 48 hours after declaring she had no intentions of leaving her position as Gov. Robert Bentley’s senior advisor, Rebekah Caldwell Mason has resigned, saying she will focus on her children and husband. “My only plans are to focus my full attention on my precious children and my husband, who I love dearly.”

Under continuing media scrutiny, an on going investigation, and rumors of more bombs dropping on the Bentley administration, a current and former Bentley staffer see Mason’s resignation very differently.
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Impeachment Articles Being Drawn Up

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, March 30, Articles of Impeachment are being drawn up by State Representative Ed Henry (R-Hartselle) against Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R).

Representative Henry told reporters that he started drafting the articles on Monday. Henry plans on filing them once the House reconvenes next week.

The Alabama Political Reporter spoke with State Senator Jim McClendon (R-Springville) and he urged caution. McClendon said that none of the investigations are complete yet and we don’t yet have all the evidence. What if the House or the Senate voted not to impeach Governor Bentley and then evidence came forward showing that something truly criminal happened. Then the legislature would have to impeach the Governor again. If you impeached Governor Bentley for too loose a reason that also would be setting a precedent for future legislatures. What are they going to impeach him on? The most serious allegation is that he used the national NCIC computer system against Roger Shuler. What is the evidence for that? We need to see what evidence there is before rushing impeachment through the legislature. McClendon could not recall an Alabama Governor being removed by impeachment. “Everything we do here is precedent setting.”
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Gov. Bentley’s Actions Are Costing Alabama Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

By Minority Leader Rep. Craig Ford

Since Governor Bentley’s relationship with Rebekah Mason became public last week, there have been calls for him to resign. Those calls have not come just because of his relationship with Rebekah Mason. Governor Bentley isn’t the first person in Montgomery to do what he did, and he probably won’t be the last.

The reason Gov. Bentley should resign is because of the people he hurt, the allegations against him, and the crippling affect he is now having on our ability to recruit jobs to Alabama.
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No Prosecutorial Misconduct, Hubbard Motion Denied

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—For over 18 months, Speaker Mike Hubbard and his criminal lawyers have accused the State of Prosecutorial Misconduct in its investigation and indictment of Hubbard. They enlisted an army of media hacks, talk show bullies, politicos and PR specialists to persuade, not only the trial judge, but also the public, that the State’s Attorney General’s Office had engaged in a corrupt prosecution of Hubbard, who is charged with 23 felony counts of public corruption.
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Judge Walker Sets Hubbard Pre-Trial, Trial

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

OPELIKA—On Wednesday, Judge Jacob Walker, III, issued an order setting the case against Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard to go to trial in May.

Walker said that before Hubbard’s case, there are four cases to be tried in front of the May 9 jury. He cautioned that those cases could be resolved during the first week. He informed the parties that the trial could begin as soon as May 16, but ordered them to be prepared for trial on May 9, should the other cases not make it to trial.
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Questions I’d like to ask; answers I’d never receive

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

So I go away a few days and what happens? A sex scandal involving our Christian Gov. Dr. Robert Bentley and his top aide, the Mrs. Rebekah Caldwell Mason, breaks out. But really, this has been roiling in the background for months. And this kind of stuff happens all the time anyway.

Bentley should be more careful about who he fires, right?

Oh, the questions I’d like to ask Bentley and other Alabama politicians. And the answers I might receive (though I’d never get them). All answers to the questions below are answers out of my mind only. But they’d be fun to get, and knowing how strange our politicians are today, not out of the realm of possibility.
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Alabama Republican Assembly Demands Bentley Be Impeached

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, March 29, the Alabama Republican Assembly released a statement announcing that it has passed a resolution, calling for both Houses of the Legislature to impeach the embattled Governor Robert Bentley (R).

Alabama Republican Assembly President Jennifer Montrose said that the resolution was in response to the allegations of an affair between Governor Bentley and his top political aid, Mrs. Rebekah Caldwell Mason.
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Alabama Ethics Commission to Assign Special Agent to Probe Bentley-Mason Affair Allegations

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Ethics Commission has responded to State Auditor Jim Zeigler’s (R) request to initiate an investigation into actions by Governor Robert Bentley (R) and his senior political adviser/alleged mistress, Rebekah Caldwell Mason.

While intra-agency romance is not illegal in Alabama, there are allegations that the duo may have violated portions of state’s ethics laws, such as using state resources like body guards, vehicles, and jets to facilitate the alleged romantic encounters.
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A Colorful Duel Headed into The Fall Campaign

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

This has been an exciting election year when it comes to presidential politics. It has been an extraordinarily unusual and unpredictable presidential contest to say the least, especially on the Republican side.

The GOP race began with an extraordinarily large field. There were 17 candidates as the race began, all with exceptional credentials. The one with the least experience and political resume is the one left standing. One Donald J. Trump has been the story of the year.
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