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Judge Walker Files Hubbard Sentencing With Alacourt

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By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

OPELIKA—Judge Jacob Walker, III, officially filed Michael G. Hubbard’s sentence with Alacourt on Wednesday.

Hubbard was found guilty on 12 charges of using his office for personal gain on June 10. Judge Walker handed down his sentence on Hubbard for a total of 96 years, 21.5 month split sentence and 76.5 years probation. All but two of the sentences run concurrent to the others.

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Judge Walker gave Hubbard a split sentence resulting in an actual 4 years confinement, 16 years probation and $220,000 in fines, plus other court costs. With this sentence, there is no early release for good behavior or chance of parole available.

He must do the whole 4 years in prison. The only question at this point is where he will serve his time?

Hubbard will receive 2 days in jail credit for his previous incarcerations after arrest, leaving him with a total of 1458 days of incarceration.

Hubbard is currently remains out on an appeals bond and his attorneys filed for a new trial last Friday.

The sentences for each charge is as follows:

On Charge 5: voting on the General Fund Budget after placing 23 words in it that would benefit his client American Pharmacy Cooperative, Inc., (APCI), Walker sentenced Hubbard to 2 years confinement (concurrent), suspended 8 years, imposed a fine of $30,000, and 8 years probation.

On Charge 6: soliciting a thing of value from from APCI, an Auburn Network client, Walker sentenced Hubbard to 2 years (concurrent), suspended 8 years, 30,000 fine, 8 years probation.

On Charge 10: soliciting a thing of value from E2020, an Auburn Network client, 18 months confinement (concurrent), suspended 4 .5 years, $30,000 fine, 4 years probation.

On Charge 11: using his office for personal gain in the Robert Abrams d/b/a CV Holdings LLC contract, 2 years confinement (consecutive), 8 years suspended, $30,000 fine, 8 years probation. Concurrent with 12, 13, 14. Consecutive to 5 and 6.

On Charge 12: representing Robert Abrams d/b/a CV Holdings LLC before the Department of Commerce, 2 years confinement (concurrent), 8 years suspended, $20,000 fine, 8 years probation.

On Charge 13: representing Robert Abrams d/b/a CV Holdings LLC before the Governor of Alabama, 2 years confinement (concurrent), 8 years suspended, $30,000 fine, 8 years probation.

On Charge 14: use of equipment, facilities, time, materials, human labor, or other public property, 2 years confinement (concurrent), suspended 8 years, $30,000 fine, 8 years probation.

On Charge 16: receiving a thing of value from Will Brooke for Craftmaster Printers, 18 months confinement (concurrent), 3.5 years suspended, 3-5 years probation.

On Charge 17: receiving a thing of value from James Holbrook and/or Sterne Agee Group for Craftmaster Printers, 2 years confinement (concurrent), 8 years suspended, $20,000 fine, 8 years probation.

On Charge 18: receiving a thing of value from Jimmy Rane, Great Southern Wood, for Craftmaster Printers, 18 months confinement (concurrent), 3.5 years suspended, 3-5 years probation.

On Charge 19: receiving a thing of value from Robert Burton, Hoar Construction, for Craftmaster Printers, 18 months (concurrent), 3.5 years suspended, 3-5 years probation.

On Charge 23: receiving a thing of value from Will Brooke, Board Member of the Business Council of Alabama, for Craftmaster Printers, 18 months confinement (concurrent), 3.5 years suspended, 3-5 years probation.

 

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Alabama Democratic Conference endorses Walt Maddox for governor

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The Alabama Democratic Conference officially threw their support behind Walt Maddox, which signals that Maddox is quickly becoming the favored candidate in the Democratic race for governor.

Maddox announced the endorsement on Saturday through a tweet and declared that the move is adding to his momentum in the gubernatorial race.

Through a statement after the tweet, Maddox said the endorsement was “vital” to candidates looking to win the Democratic nomination.

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Just to illustrate the power of the ADC endorsement, since 1960, no candidate has ever won the democratic primary without the endorsement of ADC and New South,” Maddox said. “I have been honored to receive the endorsement of many distinguished Alabamians, elected officials, community leaders, unions and political organizations.”

Maddox has racked up a number of endorsements in the race for governor with the latest being one from Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin on Thursday.

Similarly, Maddox received the backing of the New South Coalition and many endorsements from key Democratic lawmakers in the state.

While the endorsements do not guarantee Maddox a win in June, they are quickly becoming a signal that Maddox has the support of both the established Democrats in power and the grassroots movement of progressives in the state.

ADC’s endorsement also excludes his opponents from receiving the backing of the organization. Maddox’s opponents include former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb and former state Rep. James Fields.

Traditionally, Democrats have had a hard time getting elected into statewide positions since 2010. Democrats across the country are hoping for blue wave this election season spurred on by President Donald Trump’s unpopularity.

In Alabama, many Democrats look to Doug Jones’ victory in December for inspiration for their campaigns. Maddox was no different when asked about the possibility of victory during a televised debate in April.

“I believe Alabama is ready to elect a Democrat as governor,” Maddox said in April.

Maddox and others face off in less than a month in the party primaries. The winner will go to face the Republican candidate in November.

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This week in Alabama politics: Patricia Todd, Endorsements, and Gina Haspel

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The Alabama Capital on a stormy day in May.

Here’s everything you need to know for this week in Alabama politics:

The tweet that engulfed the governor’s race

Earlier this week, a tweet by state Rep. Patricia Todd, D-Birmingham, suggested that Gov. Kay Ivey was a closeted lesbian and the tweet encouraged people to out the governor.

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Todd’s tweet came after Ivey’s challenger Scott Dawson said the governor’s administration appropriated state funds for an LGBT group. The governor’s campaign said that the tens of thousands of dollars came from a federal grant and not the state’s funds.

Ivey, through her campaign, vehemently denied the closeted homosexual charge as a “disgusting lie” and called Todd a “left wing political operative.”

Todd, who is Alabama’s only openly gay lawmaker, faced scrutiny from the LGBT community, and a Florida-based LGBT group rescinded an offer to Todd to head their organization as an executive director.

In an interview with radio hosts Matt Murphy and Aunie Lindenberg, Todd said the tweet came in “haste” and was a result of frustration with the governor’s comments on an LGBT organization.

High-Profile Endorsements

This week also saw some high-profile endorsements in the governor’s race in both the Democrats and Republicans.

On the Democrat side, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin threw his support behind Walt Maddox. Woodfin, a rising star in Alabama’s progressive scene, announced the decision on Thursday.

Maddox currently holds the most endorsement from Alabama Democratic officials, but his opponent Sue Bell Cobb is holding fast until election day in June.

Cobb has been criticized over the past few weeks for her hiring of a registered sex offender.

Paul Littlejohn III, who worked as a field director in Cobb’s campaign, was convicted 3 decades ago for the rape and sodomy of a 30-year-old woman. Littlejohn said he is a reformed man and he was a preacher at a Jefferson County Church.

Law enforcement arrested Littlejohn last Friday and charged him with violating an Alabama law that prohibits sex offenders from working and living near day cares and elementary schools.

Cobb called the reports a “political attack.”

For the GOP, Ivey secured the endorsement of the NRA, which is a coveted endorsement in Alabama.

The group gave Ivey an “A” rating, which is one of the highest ratings the organization can give, and they also announced that they supported Attorney General Steve Marshall as well.

Gina Haspel’s nomination stirs up bad blood between Doug Jones and ALGOP

The Senate confirmed CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel on Thursday, but the nomination brought up some sour feelings between the Alabama GOP and state’s only Democratic U.S. senator.

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones announced his no vote on Haspel earlier this week, and he is the only Democrat senator from a Trump-leaning state to do so.

Jones’ main complaint came from Haspel’s comments on the morality of a controversial interrogation program that some advocates called torture.

The junior senator’s comments were heard at home and the Alabama GOP blasted Jones through a press release. The party has been critical of the senator since his placement in the Senate in January.

Jones narrowly won a Special Election in December, and he will have to fight to retain his position in 2020.

The Alabama GOP have reminded Jones of the impending election, and they suggest that the general election will be enough to dethrone the senator.

Everything Else

The Alabama Political Reporter sat down with two candidates for lieutenant governor this week.

APR’s Editor-in-Chief Bill Britt interviewed Twinkle Cavanaugh, who currently serves as the Public Service Commission president.

Josh Moon, an investigative reporter/columnist for APR, interviewed Will Ainsworth, who is a state representative from Guntersville, Alabama.

The two candidates represented two different perspectives with Ainsworth taking pot shots at Cavanaugh while the PSC president sat on her record of bringing jobs to the state.

Roy Moore, who has not been silent since his December loss to Doug Jones, spoke up in a race for a local state Senate seat. Moore endorsed Tim Sprayberry for a state Senate seat left occupied after incumbent Gerald Dial announced he would not seek election.

A state Senate race in Montgomery ended in a Democratic victory, but the winner cannot rest.

Montgomery City Council Member David Burke won the Senate District 26 race on Tuesday. The seat, which was considered in the Democrat’s favor, was left vacant after Sen. Quinton Ross took the job as president of ASU.

Burke edged out state Rep. John Knight for the Democratic nomination in a special election in February, but he will now have to face more Democratic challengers in June as he once again competes in a competitive primary for the seat.

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Mayor Woodfin endorses Mayor Maddox for governor

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Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin, right, endorses Democratic gubernatorial candidate Walt Maddox, the mayor of Tuscaloosa, left.

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin on Thursday announced that he was endorsing Tuscaloosa Mayor  Walt Maddox for governor at a joint news conference in Birmingham.

“It’s my great honor to stand here with a proven leader, Walt Maddox. I have watched in the last decade as Walt has helped transform Tuscaloosa,” Woodfin said. “By pulling together folks from all walks of life as they created a new shared vision for their community. Walt’s ability to convince people to work together – Black and White, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican – has inspired how I now seek to lead Birmingham into a brand new era of excellence. Unfortunately, way too often, we as Alabamians have simply settled for what has always been…. From Mobile to Muscle Shoals, from Dothan to Decatur, from Woodlawn to West End, Alabama we deserve better. Earlier, I said it is my great honor to stand beside a proven leader. Now, I’d like to say it is my great privilege to offer my endorsement and my support to Walt Maddox and his campaign for Governor of the great state of Alabama.”

“Mayor Woodfin’s election last year was an indication that Alabama was standing on the threshold of a new generation of leaders,”  Maddox said. “A generation of leaders who are focused on social, economic, and environmental justice. Leaders who are focused on transparency and accountability. Leaders who are focused on results and not rhetoric. Leaders who transcend petty politics and the differences that once divided us. Leaders who believe in the future. Mayor Woodfin is a Mayor who believes in all those things and I am honored beyond measure to have his endorsement.”

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The announcement was made at Birmingham’s Intermodal Transit Station on Morris Avenue.

There, long-distance Greyhound buses, the city’s local transit buses, and the Amtrak railroad all come together in one facility, which cost over $30 million. No state Department of Transportation were used in the building of the Intermodal Transit Station.

Maddox said that Alabama is the only state that does not spend any of its state transportation dollars are transit, and that needs to change.

Reporters asked Woodfin why he endorsed now instead of waiting until after the primaries.

Woodfin said that when he was running for office he promised that he would not be afraid to take a stand and that is what he is doing.

Maddox said that the state needs to move beyond talking about mountain oysters and Confederate Memorials.

Maddox faces a crowded Democratic primary that includes Judge Sue Bell Cobb, Doug “New Blue Smith”, former State Representative James Fields, and Chris Countryman.

The major party primaries will be on June 5.

 

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