Who are the Players for Day Five?

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Today begins the fifth day in the felony criminal trial against Speaker Mike Hubbard, who is charged with 23 counts of public corruption.

The State, on Friday, released the names of twelve witnesses who will give testimony on a range of topics including Hubbard’s role in placing 23 words in the Medicaid portion of the 2014 State General Fund Budget that would have given his client, American Pharmacy Cooperative Inc. (APCI), a monopoly over the multi-million dollar program. Scheduled to give testimony are Bill Eley and Ferrell Patrick. Eley is an in-house lobbyist for APCI, with a long history as a Montgomery lobbyist.
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Strange Tells Zeigler that Only the Attorney General Can Investigate Criminal Wrongdoing

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, May 30, 2016, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) sent a letter denying State Auditor Jim Zeigler’s (R) request to hire outside counsel to compel Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) to appear before a summons by the Auditor to answer questions regarding Bentley’s alleged misuse of state resources.

Strange wrote to Zeigler, “As you know the state Auditor performs duties that are limited in scope and reach. The Auditor is not vested with plenary power to conduct investigations of any and all officers of the state of Alabama or to compel the appearance and testimony of those officers.”
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Zeigler said Bentley asking “to hear from people” is a sad joke

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sunday, May 29, Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) reacted with scorn to an article written by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) published on Sunday titled  “Gov. Bentley wants to hear from you.”

Jim Zeigler said, “Gov. Bentley has not been listening to the people for at least two years, maybe longer.”

Zeigler says that he and the people of Alabama “have lost confidence in Gov. Bentley. We are convinced he is not listening to anyone beyond a handful of advisers, primarily ex-senior adviser Rebecca Mason.” “Gov. Bentley does not listen to me, the taxpayers, the legislators, or anyone beyond the chosen few Bentleyites.”
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Always Remember says Palmer

By Congressman Gary Palmer

On Memorial Day, Congressman Gary Palmer (R-AL) remembered the sacrifices of the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces:

“A single moment can change a person’s views on the world and the people around them. April 28th, 2010 did that to me. On that day, in the Helmand province of Afghanistan, Lance Corporal Thomas Rivers, Jr. gave his last full measure of devotion. Rivers was a team leader with 1st Squad, 1st Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines Regiment.”
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Memorial Day

By Sen. Gerald Dial

Memorial Day is a time for Americans to reconnect with their history and core values, by honoring those who gave their lives for the ideas we cherish. More than a million American service men and women have died in our nation’s wars and conflicts, since the first colonial solider took up arms in 1775 to fight for our independence. Each one who died during the throes of these conflicts was a loved one, cherished by family and friends. Each death was a loss to the community, the nation, and most of all to their families.
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UPDATE, Day 13: Counting Down Witnesses, Last Day

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

OPELIKA–As the trial progresses, we would like to provide a guide to the witnesses. Below are lists of witnesses that testified in the Michael G. Hubbard trial and a list of all witnesses that have been subpoenaed by the Prosecution (with strike throughs for those that have already testified).

Testified:

John Ross, Tim Howe, Barry Whatley, Chris Hines, Jeff Woodard, Josh Blades, Tim Howe, Jason Isbell, Robert Kammerdiener, Steve Clouse, Norris Greene, Mary Lawrence, Rachel Riddle, Kelli Littlejohn Newman, Don Williamson, Stephanie Azar, Brett Buerck, Mike Schmitz, Matthew Parker, Paul Lee, Kenneth Boswell, Nancy Chandler, Tim Hamrick, Ken Sanders, Jon Sanderson, Jim Sumner, Michael Humphrey, Governor Bentley, Kate Grant (IMG Custodian of Records), Dax Swatek, Craig Pouncey, Steve French, Will Brooke, Robert Abrams, Tina Belfance, Robert Burton, Jimmy Rane, William Canary, Bob Riley, Norman Downey, Minda Riley Campbell, Del Marsh, Gregory P. Fee, Mark Henrich, Michael G. Hubbard.
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The Battle Lines are Drawn

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The courtroom battle that is The State of Alabama v. Michael G. Hubbard is not a contest between prosecutor Matt Hart and defense attorney Bill Baxley. It is covert warfare between Justice and Riley Inc., with consigliere Rob Riley as mastermind of the behind-the-scenes, mob-style tactics.

Last Thursday, use of those tactics became quite obvious when former State Health Officer Dr. Don Williamson altered his testimony to aid Hubbard’s defense causing Hart to ask him, “Have you been threatened?”
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Day Four of Hubbard Trial

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, May 27, on day four of the State of Alabama versus Mike Hubbard, prosecutors attempted to continue to lay the argument that State Representative Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) was a profiteer who attempted to use his office to pursue wealth for himself.

The first witness of the day was Brett Buerck, a partner in Majority Strategies which also does business as Next Wave Communications. Buerck said that he runs the day to day business of Majority Strategies as well as some of the writing and some of the sales.
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Freedom Isn’t Free

Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

“Here we mark the price of freedom.” Those are the words engraved on the Freedom Wall at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Freedom Wall includes 4,048 gold stars, and each star represents 100 American military deaths during the Second World War.

I recently took time to visit the memorial and pay my respects to those who served our country and the ones who ultimately lost their lives in defense of the freedoms we all hold dear.
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Ward Appointed State Leader for Faith-Based Criminal Justice Reform Initiative

Staff Report

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – State Senator Cam Ward (R-Alabaster) is working with federal and state lawmakers on a new, major criminal justice reform initiative.

On Wednesday, Prison Fellowship, the nation’s largest outreach program to prisoners and their families, announced the launch of the Faith & Justice Fellowship, a bi-partisan coalition of state and federal lawmakers motivated by various faith traditions to pursue restorative values in criminal justice reform.
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