In Case You Missed It Brinson calls Strange “Mr. Corruption” Published 1 year ago on June 30, 2017 By Brandon Moseley Share Tweet By Brandon Moseley Alabama Political Reporter Wednesday June 28, 2017, Republican US Senate candidate Dr. Randy Brinson called Senator Luther Strange (R) “Mr. Corruption” at a news conference in Montgomery. Brinson claimed that Luther Strange’s actions, while Alabama Attorney General, delayed the impeachment proceeding against former Governor Robert Bentley (R) and prolonged the Bentley saga. Brinson suggested that Strange did this in order to get the US Senate appointment from the embattled Governor of February 9, to replace Sen. Jeff Sessions who became US Attorney General. Dr. Brinson said in a statement: “In Alabama, we wake up every morning to news stories of graft, corruption and crooked deals from our city halls and county courthouses all the way to right here in Montgomery. In the last year, we’ve had the head of every branch of State Government: Executive, Legislative, Judicial–removed from office. None of the dirty deals Alabamians have gotten from their own leaders matches the corrupt bargain Luther Strange – ‘Mr. Corruption’ himself – made with Robert Bentley to get Alabama’s Senate seat.” Brinson continued, “You all know the story. There is every indication Strange’s appointment was part of a corrupt deal. We know for a fact that Luther Strange stopped impeachment investigations by the Legislature into Robert Bentley’s misconduct not once but TWICE. First in November 2016, when the election of President Trump made an opening in the US Senate likely, and again in January 2017 when Luther Strange was being interviewed by Governor Bentley for the now-open Senate seat. Both times, Luther Strange said there was an ongoing investigation into the Governor’s actions by his office, and used this investigation by the Attorney General’s office as his justification for asking the Legislature to stop their inquiries. Then, by some amazing coincidence, just TWO WEEKS after Strange stopped the Legislature’s investigation for the second time, Bentley appointed him to the US Senate.” Dr. Brinson said, “The rest, as they say, is history. Robert Bentley appointed Luther Strange to the Senate in February. The Legislature resumed their investigation into Governor Bentley in March, and in April, Governor Bentley accepted a plea deal and resigned his office in disgrace. As Attorney General, Luther Strange had a responsibility to the People of Alabama to prosecute Bentley for his illegal actions, but he didn’t.”Advertisement Brinson went further, “If it was just the appointment itself, Luther Strange might be forgiven for how it looked. Sadly for Alabama, his appointment to the Senate is just the latest in a series of questionable incidents involving Luther Strange over the years. My staff and I have just begun connecting the dots on a pattern of negligence in his duty and questionable financial dealings with Big Money interests throughout Luther Strange’s career. If anyone deserves the title of ‘Mr. Corruption’, it’s Luther Strange. Now he’s campaigning to keep the seat a shady deal put him in by saying he’s going to ‘fight corruption’. If that’s not irony, I don’t know what is.” Subscribe to our daily newsletter Brinson claimed, “Luther Strange failed to serve the People of Alabama in order to gain a Senate seat, and that’s the very definition of corruption. It’s exactly the type of corruption we get from career politicians in Montgomery and Washington.” Brinson stated, “We’ve had enough of corruption from our career politicians like ‘Mr. Corruption’, Luther Strange. I’m not a career politician, and I’m tired of the corruption. When I’m elected to the US Senate, I’ll fight the corruption that infests our government.” The Alabama Political Reporter said that the other side has told us that AG Strange did not press for indictments of the governor and asked the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Mike Jones (R-Andalusia) to suspend impeachment proceedings until after the Alabama Ethics Commission completed their investigation in April, knowing that a ruling by the Commission would kneecap the embattled Governor and allow him to be easily forced from office and that this was all part of Strange’s master legal strategy to remove Bentley. Brinson scoffed at this suggestion and said that there was plenty of evidence against Bentley for Luther to get a conviction months prior to this. The Strange campaign denies any wrongdoing and points to the fact that Strange sent his letter to Chairman Jones before. On Thursday, June 29, 2917 ‘Alabama Political Reporter’s Josh Moon reported that sources are accusing Sen. Strange with being present at the time a bribe was offered to former State Representative Oliver Robinson (D-Birmingham) to oppose expansion of a EPA superfund site in Birmingham. The FBI, IRS, and the US Attorney’s office announced last Thursday that Rep. Robinson has entered a guilty plea to charges of bribery, corruption, fraud, and tax evasion and has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors. Dr. Randy Brinson is the former Head of the Christian Coalition of Alabama. He stepped down in April to run in Alabama’s special election for the US Senate. Brinson says that fighting corruption a major focus of his campaign. Brinson is a practicing Montgomery area physician, an Air Force veteran, a lay minister and businessman. Ten Republicans are running for the US Senate race as Republicans. They include: James Paul Beretta, Joseph F. Breault, Randy Brinson, Mo Brooks, Dom Gentile, Mary Maxwell, Roy Moore, Bryan Peeples, Trip Pittman, and Luther Strange. Karen Haiden Jackson was disqualified by the Alabama Republican Party because she had run as an independent in a judicial race last year. Eight candidates qualified with the Alabama Democratic Party to run in the U.S. Senate Special Primary Election. Qualified candidates are Will Boyd, Vann Caldwell, Jason Fisher, Michael Hansen, Doug Jones, Robert Kennedy, Jr., Brian McGee, and Charles Nana. The special major party primaries will be August 15. The special general election is on December 12, 2017. Print this piece Related Topics:AlabamaAttorney GeneralcorruptionDr. Randy BrinsonDrummondGov. Robert BentleyimpeachmentLuther StrangeSenateSpecial Election Up Next Shelby: Trump’s NASA Budget would prevent Agency from reaching its goals Don't Miss 154th Anniversary of Gettysburg and Vicksburg Brandon Moseley Brandon Moseley is a senior reporter with six and a half years at Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Facebook. Continue Reading In Case You Missed It House passes General Fund Budget Published 4 months ago on March 14, 2018 By Brandon Moseley By Brandon Moseley Alabama Political Reporter The Alabama House of Representatives passed the state General Fund Budget on Tuesday. The General Fund Budget for the 2019 fiscal year is Senate Bill 178. It is sponsored by Sen. Trip Pittman, R-Montrose. State Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Ozark, carried the budget on the House floor. Clouse chairs the House Ways and Means General Fund Committee. Clouse said, “Last year we monetized the BP settlement money and held over $97 million to this year.” Clouse said that the state is still trying to come up with a solution to the federal lawsuit over the state prisons. The Governor’s Office has made some progress after she took over from Gov. Robert Bentley. The supplemental we just passed added $30 million to prisons.Advertisement The budget adds $50 million to the Department of Corrections. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Clouse said that the budget increased the money for prisons by $55,680,000 and includes $4.8 million to buy the privately-owned prison facility in Perry County. Clouse said that the budget raises funding for the judicial system and raises the appropriation for the Forensic Sciences to $11.7 million. The House passed a committee substitute so the Senate is either going to have to concur with the changes made by the House or a conference committee will have to be appointed. Clouse told reporters that he hoped that it did not have to go to conference. Clouse said that the budget had added $860,000 to hire more Juvenile Probation Officers. After talking to officials with the court system that was cut in half in the amendment. The amendment also includes some wording the arbiters in the court lawsuit think we need. The state General Fund Budget, SB178, passed 98-1. Both budgets have now passed the Alabama House of Representatives. The 2019 fiscal year begins on Oct. 1, 2018. In addition to the SGF, the House also passed a supplemental appropriation for the current 2018 budget year. SB175 is also sponsored by Pittman and was carried by Clouse on the floor of the House. SB175 includes $30 million in additional 2018 money for the Department of Corrections. The Departmental Emergency Fund, the Examiners of Public Accounts, the Insurance Department and Forensic Sciences received additional money. Clouse said, “We knew dealing with the federal lawsuit was going to be expensive. We are adding $80 million to the Department of Corrections.” State Representative Johnny Mack Morrow, R-Red Bay, said that state Department of Forensics was cut from $14 million to $9 million. “Why are we adding money for DA and courts if we don’t have money for forensics to provide evidence? if there is any agency in law enforcement or the court system that should be funded it is Forensics.” The supplemental 2018 appropriation passed 80 to 1. The House also passed SB203. It was sponsored by Pittman and was carried in the House by State Rep. Ken Johnson, R-Moulton. It raises securities and registration fees for agents and investment advisors. It increases the filing fees for certain management investment companies. Johnson said that those fees had not been adjusted since 2009. The House also passed SB176, which is an annual appropriation for the Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The bill requires that the agency have an operations plan, audited financial statement, and quarterly and end of year reports. SB176 is sponsored by Pittman and was carried on the House floor by State Rep. Elaine Beech, D-Chatham. The House passed Senate Bill 185 which gives state employees a cost of living increase in the 2019 budget beginning on October 1. It was sponsored by Sen. Clyde Chambliss, R-Prattville and was being carried on the House floor by state Rep. Dimitri Polizos, R-Montgomery. Polizos said that this was the first raise for non-education state employees in nine years. It is a 3 percent raise. SB185 passed 101-0. Senate Bill 215 gives retired state employees a one time bonus check. SB215 is sponsored by Senator Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, and was carried on the House floor by state Rep. Kerry Rich, R-Guntersville. Rich said that retired employees will get a bonus $1 for every month that they worked for the state. For employees who retired with 25 years of service that will be a $300 one time bonus. A 20-year retiree would get $240 and a 35-year employee would get $420. SB215 passed the House 87-0. The House passed Senate Bill 231, which is the appropriation bill increase amount to the Emergency Forest Fire and Insect and Disease Fund. SB231 is sponsored by Sen. Steve Livingston, R-Scottsboro, and was carried on the House floor by state Rep. Kyle South, R-Fayette. State Rep. Elaine Beech, D-Chathom, said, “Thank you for bringing this bill my district is full of trees and you never know when a forest fire will hit. SB231 passed 87-2. The state of Alabama is unique among the states in that most of the money is earmarked for specific purposes allowing the Legislature little year-to-year flexibility in moving funds around. The SGF includes appropriations for the Alabama Medicaid Agency, the courts, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, the Alabama Department of Corrections, mental health, and most state agencies that are no education related. The Alabama Department of Transportation gets their funding mostly from state fuel taxes. The Legislature also gives ALEA a portion of the gas taxes. K-12 education, the two year college system, and all the universities get their state support from the education trust fund (ETF) budget. There are also billions of dollars in revenue that are earmarked for a variety of purposes that does not show up in the SGF or ETF budgets. Examples of that include the Public Service Commission, which collects utility taxes from the industries that it regulates. The PSC is supported entirely by its own revenue streams and contributes $13 million to the SGF. The Secretary of State’s Office is entirely funded by its corporate filing and other fees and gets no SGF appropriation. Clouse warned reporters that part of the reason this budget had so much money was due to the BP oil spill settlement that provided money for the 2018 budget and $97 million for the 2019 budget. Clouse said they elected to make a $13 million repayment to the Alabama Trust fund that was not due until 2020 but that is all that was held over for 2020. Clouse predicted that the Legislature will have to make some hard decisions about revenue in next year’s session. Print this piece Continue Reading In Case You Missed It Day Care bill delayed for second time on Senate floor, may be back Thursday Published 4 months ago on March 14, 2018 By Sam Mattison By Samuel Mattison Alabama Political Reporter The day care bill, which would license certain day care centers in Alabama, was once again delayed on the state Senate floor after one lawmaker requested more information. Its brief appearance Tuesday ended with state Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, saying a compromise had not yet been worked out with the bill’s detractors. Alabama’s Senate has been hesitant to act on the legislation because of complaints of state Sen. Shay Shelnutt, R-Trussville, who has been an opponent of the bill since its introduction last year. The bill’s delay on Tuesday marks the second time its been taken off the Senate’s agenda. The bill has had a rocky time in this year’s session, but the bill’s sponsor state Rep. Pebblin Warren, D-Tuskegee, said she is still confident about its passage out of the Legislature.Advertisement Warren, D-Tuskegee, filed the bill this session with the support of influential lawmakers including Gov. Kay Ivey, who told reporters last year that she though all day cares should be licensed. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Mainly sparked by the death of 5-year-old boy in the care of a unlicensed day care worker, the bill had great momentum coming into this year’ session. Despite the growing support from lawmakers, Religious groups had concerns that the bill would increase state-sponsored reach into religious day cares in churches and non-profit groups. Spearheading the dissenters was Alabama Citizens Action Program, a conservative religious-based PAC. Warren, proponents, and ALCAP announced a compromise to the bill while it was still in the Alabama House. Announced by ALCAP originally, the new bill was a weaker version in that it did not require that all day cares in the state be regulated. Instead, religious-based day cares would only need to be registered if they received federal funds. At a Senate committee meeting in February, Warren said a similar requirement was about to come from federal law in Congress. The bill moved through the House in a overwhelming vote in favor of the proposal and passed unanimously out of a Senate committee a few weeks ago. Warren, speaking to reporters after its passage from the House, said she was unsure if the bill would encounter resistance in the upper chamber. It was the Senate that killed the daycare bill last year amid a cramped last day where senators took the bill off the floor. The bill may face similar complications this year, as lawmakers seem to be preparing to adjourn within a few weeks. Print this piece Continue Reading In Case You Missed It Fantasy sports bill fails on Senate floor Published 4 months ago on March 14, 2018 By Sam Mattison By Samuel Mattison Alabama Political Reporter Would-be Fantasy Sports players in Alabama will have to wait to legally play in the state following a Senate vote on Tuesday. The Alabama Senate decisively killed a bill to exempt fantasy sports from the state’s prohibition on gambling. Not even entertaining a debate on the Senate floor, the proposal was killed during a vote for the Budget Isolation Resolution, which is usually a formality vote preluding a debate. Fantasy sports are contests where participants select players from real teams to compete on fantasy teams using the real-world players’ stats.Advertisement Since 2016, the practice has been illegal in Alabama following a legal decision by the Attorney General’s Office that categorized it as gambling. Subscribe to our daily newsletter The bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Paul Sanford, R-Huntsville, predicted the bill’s failure during a committee meeting two weeks ago, where the bill passed unanimously. Sen. Paul Sanford speaks to reporters after a Senate Committee meeting on Feb. 28, 2018. (Samuel Mattison/APR) Speaking to reporter’s after the committee meeting, Sanford said the decision to file the bill was mainly a philosophical belief that the practice shouldn’t be illegal. Sanford, a fantasy sports player before its ban, said that fantasy sports are a way to bring people closer together and not a means to win money. The Huntsville senator is not seeking re-election. The bill’s failure in the Senate follows its trajectory last year too. A similar version of the bill, also sponsored by Sanford, failed in the Senate during the final days of the 2017 Legislative Session. Since Sanford is retiring, it is unclear if the bill will even come back next session, or if it will even have a Senate sponsor. Print this piece Continue Reading Authors Bill Britt Brandon Moseley Chip Brownlee Joey Kennedy Josh Moon Sam Mattison Steve Flowers Susan Britt Advertisement Latest Popular News13 hours ago Roberson and Gilbert both found guilty of federal corruption charges Elections1 day ago Secretary of State’s Office begins voter fraud investigation in Wilcox and Perry Counties Featured Columnists1 day ago Opinion | What in the world happened to Robert Bentley? 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