Governor’s attorney seeks to stop release of Bentley investigation report

March 31, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Gov. Robert Bentley’s attorney is attempting to stop or delay hearings and the release of a written report from the special counsel of the House committee charged with making a recommendation the Governor’s impeachment.

Ross Garber, Bentley’s lawyer, filed an emergency request with the House Judiciary Committee Thursday requesting the committee reject the procedures proposed by the committee’s special counsel, Jackson Charman, which was delivered to the committee, the Governor and made public Tuesday.

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Bentley’s impeachment: Not bad for a complete embarrassment

March 31, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Gov. Robert Bentley’s legal team is not happy.

Attorney Ross Garber, who’s been handling the impeachment attempt of Bentley, held a press conference on Thursday to tell everyone how unhappy he is. He called the House Judiciary Committee’s process “bogus” and said they couldn’t do worse if they tried to screw it up.

Which is, of course, laughable to those of us who live in Alabama and watch our State Legislature work on a daily basis. Garber works mainly in Connecticut, so he doesn’t know what we know – that the Alabama Legislature probably screwed stuff up way worse last week and they were on spring break.
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Horatio Bunce, GOP Freedom Caucus, and the Libertarian Cause

March 31, 2017

By Sam McLure
Alabama Political Report

The political career of Tennessee militia colonel, David Crockett, has been ubiquitously overshadowed by his legendary defense of the Alamo in 1836. Before this heroic stand, Colonel Crockett was known as the “Lion of Washington,” serving three terms in the US House of Representatives between 1827 and 1835.

Halfway into Col. Crockett’s political career, he succumbed to a existential political conversion at the hands of a simple farmer named Horatio Bunce. Seeing the time of his re-election approaching, Col. Crockett took to riding through his district, mingling and speaking with his constituents, the way politicians still do today.
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Sewell announces tax reform could be next

March 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, US Representative Terri Sewell (R-Selma) commented on announced plans to implement tax reform as the next priority of the Congress.

Congresswoman Sewell wrote to constituents, “Congressional leaders and the President have announced their next big focus after healthcare: tax reform. It’s an issue too important to get wrong, and one which will impact the bottom line for working families and small businesses across the country. That’s why I am asking for your input.”
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Rogers proposes tax on wire transfers to pay for the Border Wall

March 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 30, 2017, US Representatives Mike Rogers (R-Saks) introduced HR1813, the Border Wall Funding Act of 2017. This bill, which is supported and endorsed by FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, would impose a 2 percent fee on all remittances headed south of the US border.

Congressman Rogers said in a statement, “President Trump has made it very clear that he intends to complete a wall along our Southern border. As a senior member of the Homeland Security committee, I have long supported the border wall, which will protect Americans.”
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State Cattlemen’s Association President addresses St. Clair Cattlemen

March 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, March 24, 2017, the St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Association met in Ashville to hear an address from recently elected Alabama Cattlemen’s Association (ACA) President Richard Meadows.

St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Association President Terry Brown thanked Richard Meadows for coming all the way from Columbia, Alabama for the event. Meadows and his family run Meadows Creek Farm where they raise polled Charolais cattle and raise crops.
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Federal Grand Jury probe may focus on EPA Superfund, BCA involvement

March 30, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The presence of a Federal Grand Jury meeting at the Vance Federal Building in Birmingham was revealed through tweets from al.com’s John Archibald and Kyle Whitmire. The duo also stated on Twitter that State Sen. J.T. “Jabo” Waggoner (R-Vestavia Hills) testified before the panel for around two hours. While the nature of the Federal probe isn’t clear, it is believed to have some connection to the Birmingham Water Works, the 35th Avenue Superfund site, and other Federal grant money flowing into the Magic City and surrounding county. There is also a focus on the Business Council of Alabama’s (BCA) role in a joint resolutions opposing the Superfund site.
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Details of new prison bill released, Gov’s office disputes costs

March 30, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Joined by a group of sheriffs and county lawmakers, Reps. Allen Farley and Johnny Mack Morrow introduced the outline for a new prison construction bill on Wednesday.

That bill would rely on sheriffs and local jails to house thousands of prisoners and limit costs on construction by focusing primarily on renovations and new facilities for counties.

“It’s the most common sense approach to this issue that I’ve seen,” said Rep. Mike Holmes, who attended the press conference. “It just makes so much more sense.”
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Jeff Sessions is definitely a mistake, but confirm Neil Gorsuch, and let’s move on

March 30, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

This is not an exciting column, if any of my columns are exciting. But it’s a column I need to write.

For years, I’ve advocated that the US President, whichever party, should be allowed to appoint whomever he (or she, if ever we have a she) wants to Cabinet positions, the Supreme Court, the Federal judgeships, the US attorney generals — as long as that person appointed is qualified. The Senate, in its “advice and consent” role, has no grounds to deny a president his appointees unless that candidate is found truly unqualified.
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AG Marshall names Robertson as Chief Counsel

March 30, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, Alabama Attorney General Steven T. Marshall (R) announced that he has named Katherine Green Robertson as his Chief Counsel. Robertson previously served as Senior Advisor to the Attorney General.

The Attorney General’s office announced that Robertson will continue to serve in an advisory capacity to the Attorney General, lending her policy expertise garnered at the state and federal levels, in addition to acting as his liaison in the Alabama State House and in Washington.
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