Analysis: The Poarch Creeks had a very bad day in the Ala. Supreme Court

September 30, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Supreme Court on Friday dealt two blows to the Poarch Band of Creek Indians – one directly, one indirectly – with opinions on three cases involving the Poarch Creeks’ casinos in Alabama.

On paper, the tribe lost two and won one.

But in reality – and in the court of public opinion – they can count all three as losses.

The biggest of the blows were the rulings specifically against the Poarch Creeks.
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Ivey announces special election to fill Hammon’s former seat

September 29, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced a special election for Alabama House District 4 after former state Rep. Mickey Hammon, R-Decatur, left the seat after pleading guilty to campaign finance violations.

Ivey’s said it was “imperative” to let constituents in the district vote at the “earliest possible opportunity.” She ended by urging all the people living in the district to vote. Ivey’s statement makes no mention of Hammon’s guilty plea.
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Federal Grand Jury indicts two lawyers and Drummond Vice President in conspiracy to bribe Oliver Robinson

September 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

A Federal Grand Jury indicted two Birmingham lawyers and an Alabama coal company executive on charges of conspiracy, bribery, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy.

The indictment charges that the three paid former state Rep. Oliver Robinson, D-Birmingham, who has already pleaded guilty, to take official action favorable to their interests in connection with preventing the expansion and prioritization of an Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site in North Birmingham.

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Indictments in superfund bribery case no win for Alabama citizens

September 29, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

If you believed the bribery scandal that emerged from a scheme to undermine the cleanup of an EPA superfund site in North Birmingham would turn into a massive scandal that brought down the state’s biggest political operatives and deal a blow to political corruption in Alabama, well, you probably haven’t lived here long enough to know better.

Because it’s not.

The new U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, Jay Town, made that clear at a press conference on Thursday in Birmingham.

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Defendants claim innocence in allegations of public corruption

September 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Balch & Bingham partners Joel Gilbert and Steve McKinney were indicted by a federal grand jury along with Drummond Company, Inc. Vice President David Roberson for six counts of conspiracy, bribery, wire fraud, and money laundering in an alleged conspiracy to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from expanding the 35th Avenue Superfund site in North Birmingham and making cleaning up the site a national priority.  To accomplish this mission, prosecutors allege that the trio bribed then state Representative Oliver Robinson, D-Birmingham, who they paid hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Robinson, then the Co-Chair of the Jefferson County Legislative Delegation, was then allegedly directed by Gilbert and McKinney to use his office to block the EPA’s cleanup efforts.

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Report: Roy Moore left income off Senate ethics disclosure form

September 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Daily Beast reported that U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore appears to have left as much as $150,000 in income off of his Senate financial disclosure forms when it was compared to his state of Alabama ethics disclosure form, which he filed two months earlier.

There are also debts on the state form that appear to have been left off of the federal filing.

“In filings with the Alabama Ethics Commission, Moore, the former chief justice of the state supreme court, listed between $50,000 and $150,000 in honoraria received last year for various speaking engagements,” the article said. “But in a filing with the Senate Ethics Committee two months later, he explicitly denied having received any payments last year ‘for an article, speech, or appearance.’”

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US Rep. Martha Roby continues efforts to get F-35s in Montgomery

September 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, is making a final push to emphasize key advantages favoring Montgomery’s 187th Fighter Wing as the Air Force nears a decision on where to base the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Roby is highlighting how cost and time effectiveness, proximity to other Air Force assets, and a smooth transition process make Montgomery the ideal choice for the next generation American strike/attack fighter.

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US Rep. Mike Rogers supports Trump tax reforms

September 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Rep Mike Rogers, R-Saks, announced that he was supporting the Republican’s framework for tax reform that President Donald Trump announced Tuesday.

“I strongly support the tax reform framework outlined today by President Trump and the House Republican Leadership. Tax reform is the single best way to grow our economy,” Rogers said. “Hard working Americans are due a fairer and simpler tax code.

“The tax reform framework is just the first step towards helping families keep more of what they earn, create more good-paying jobs in America and help small businesses.”

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Alabama Forestry Association endorses Probate Judge Wes Allen in House Race

September 29, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Forestry Association announced their endorsement of Pike County Probate Judge Wes Allen in the Alabama House of Representative District 89 race.

The Alabama Forestry Association represents forestry workers in state and local politics.

Chris Isaacson, the executive vice president of the Alabama Forestry Association, said the organization was “proud” to endorse Allen.

“Wes has served for eight years as probate judge for Pike County, an office that has provided him a unique understanding of the needs of citizens in the rural areas of Alabama,” Isaacson said. “In addition to his professional experience, Wes’s family has been involved in forestry for more than 35 years, providing him an even greater awareness of the business that drives Alabama’s rural economy.”

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Richardson takes control: changes coming to ALSDE, Montgomery intervention

September 28, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

There are changes coming to the Alabama Department of Education – starting with the Montgomery intervention.

Interim state superintendent Ed Richardson said during an Alabama Board of Education meeting on Wednesday that he is in the process of examining the takeover of the state’s third largest school system and will be implementing some changes.

Richardson, whose three-month contract was approved during Wednesday’s meeting, said he plans to meet with Montgomery County Board of Education members on Thursday evening to go over his proposed changes.

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