Special Session August 15

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—“Not just about a lottery,” Gov. Bentley began, as he announced the August 15, 2016 Special Legislative Session, “This is about our people.”

In a short video, Bentley said he wanted the legislature to work together to solve the decades-old budget problems, to protect the “Most vulnerable and helpless” who need adequate healthcare.

Earlier in the week Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) emphasized the need for a special session to address funding for Medicaid and the Regional Care Organizations (RCOs). “The legislature made a commitment to fund the RCOs and in speaking with my colleagues in the Senate and House, I am hopeful that we will continue to make progress toward achieving that goal,” said Marsh. “It important that we continue this revolutionary transformation of the Medicaid system, which is acting as a pilot for continued healthcare reforms and is projected to save the state millions of dollars over time.”
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Speaker’s Race To Be Decided Tuesday

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The Republican House Caucus will meet on Tuesday to select the next Speaker. The declared candidates are Representatives Steve Clouse, Lynn Greer, Mac McCutcheon, Barry Moore, Phil Williams and Mike Jones.

The Caucus consists of seventy House members, due to the vacancies created by Mike Hubbard’s conviction of felony public corruption and Mike Hill’s appointment as Superintendent of the State Banking Department.

According to Caucus members speaking on background, the vote will be like a primary. The top-two with the highest votes will face off in the final vote, which will also take place at Tuesday’s meeting.

Two State Workers Indicted for Ethics and Forgery Charges

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, July 28, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) announced that two employees of the Alabama Licensing Board for General Contractors were indicted on charges of ethics violations and possession of forged instruments.

Nancy C. Saffo, age 51, of Pike Road, and Christy Easterling, age 47, of Prattville were arrested on July 27 and July 26, respectively, by the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Division. Both were booked at the Montgomery County jail and released on bond.
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House District 41 Primary is Set For October 18

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, July 27, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) announced the timeline for a Special Election to fill the vacant District 41 seat in the Alabama House of Representatives. The District 41 vacancy was created when Gov. Bentley appointed Rep. Mike Hill (R-Columbiana) to be the Superintendent of the State Banking Department.

According to the special election timeline finalized Wednesday the Special Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. If there is no need for a Special Primary Election because the two major parties each have only one candidate, the Special General Election will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.
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Hillary Clinton Accepts Democratic Nomination

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, July 28, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton formally accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States.

Mrs. Clinton said, “America is once again at a moment of reckoning. Powerful forces are threatening to pull us apart. Bonds of trust and respect are fraying. And just as with our founders, there are no guarantees. It truly is up to us. We have to decide whether we all will work together so we all can rise together. Our country’s motto is e pluribus unum: out of many, we are one. Will we stay true to that motto?”
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Bentley “Announces Announcement” for Special Session, Possibly on August 15

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Sometime today, Gov. Robert Bentley is expected to call a Special Legislative Session to begin on August 15.

Last week, Gov.Bentley announced he was going to call a Special Legislative Session in late summer or early fall. On Wednesday, his office released a video in which Bentley said, he was going to call a Special Session to address a lottery, but he didn’t say when. He did say he would be visiting folks around the State over the next few weeks. Then a few hours later he told insiders the date of the Special Session would be August 15.
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Trump and His Supporters Live Outside Reality

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Oh, how I’d like to focus this column on the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. How Democrats, despite the Bernie Bros and others, came together pretty quickly.

I’d like to write about how marvelous First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech was on Monday night. Absolutely fantastic. And not plagiarized.

It’d be nice to talk about the home run Bill Clinton hit on Tuesday night, telling delegates about Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, his wife. His only wife, by the way. Yeah, they’ve had their troubles. So have Veronica and I. But the Clintons have remained married, as have we.
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Legislators Skeptical of Bentley’s General Fund Lottery Proposal

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, July 27, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) released a videotape in which he announced plans for a Special Session to pass a lottery to be used as a new State General Fund (SGF) revenue stream. Gov. Bentley urged the people of Alabama to contact their State legislators and demand that they give the people the right to vote on his proposal.

Bentley’s five minute tape, however, did not actually have many of the necessary details, such as, when this vote would occur and when will legislators return to Montgomery for the Special Session. Many legislators and State leaders expressed skepticism about the Governor’s proposals.
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Bob Gambacurta Found Dead

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—According to reports, Bob Gambacurta, 71, was found dead on his kitchen floor in Montgomery on Tuesday evening. Children playing in the neighborhood reported seeing him to their parents, who called the Montgomery Police Department. MPD says that they do not suspect foul play, and that the death was most likely from natural causes. A coroner’s report has yet to be released. Those close to Gambacurta suspect he suffered a stroke, noting that he had been experiencing health problems over the last few months.
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Sumter County Sheriff Removed for Misconduct

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, July 25, Attorney General Luther Strange (R) announced that the Alabama Supreme Court has removed Sumter County Sheriff Tyrone Clark Sr. from office, following impeachment proceedings.

AG Strange said, “Justice has been served. Alabamians rightfully expect their public officials to conduct their duties of office honestly and in accordance with the law. When public officials are also sworn to uphold the law, as in the case of a sheriff, there is an even higher expectation that they will abide by their oath.”
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