Rumor about Justice Glenn Murdock has hint of truth

October 16, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Rumors are part of the stock-in-trade of Montgomery politicos, and this past Friday it churned out buzz that Supreme Court Associate Justice Glenn Murdock was going to make a big announcement by day’s end.

In an attempt to run the gossip to ground, The Alabama Political Reporter called Murdock in the early afternoon. After leaving a voicemail, the clock ran out at 5 p.m. with no announcement – after 5 p.m. on a Friday, the only news from the political world are stories they want people to ignore.

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Doing our duty as free press

October 16, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

As is often the case, one country’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter; and likewise, one person’s anonymous source is a patriot and someone else’s traitor.

Like much in politics, traitor versus patriot largely depends on who’s blowing the whistle and who’s caught up in the malaise. The press who reported weekly on the so-called scandal against Gov. Don Siegelman’s administration were heroes, and their confidential informants were simply whistleblowers doing their duty, according to state Republicans. But when APR spent four years chronicling the wrongdoings of then Speaker Mike Hubbard, we were liars and worse, and our sources, well, they were false and dishonest. Of course, during the Siegelman era, the same was said by the Democrats.

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ALGOP Chair, Steering Committee reprimand Hooper

October 13, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Crenshaw County Republicans and some on the ALGOP steering committee are still seething over self-proclaimed Alabama Trump Victory chairman, Perry O. Hooper Jr., inserting himself into a recent local event.

The rift came to a head at Wednesday’s ALGOP Steering Committee meeting according to multiple sources with knowledge of the event but are not authorized to speak on the record. According to these sources, ALGOP Chair Terry Lathan felt there was no need to address Hooper’s unrelenting self-aggrandizing political activities, but the rest of the committee disagreed. After some discussion, the committee unanimously approved that Lathan would send Hooper an official reprimand.

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Forget it, Jake; it’s Alabama

October 10, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The National media, alt-right and even the left hope Judge Roy Moore’s win in the Republican primary signals a seismic movement toward more disruptive candidates in GOP primaries.

Those who hope to replicate Moore’s success in other states don’t seem to understand that Moore is not an insurgent candidate but a fixture of conservative politics in Alabama for decades.

While Moore appeals to the same base of conservatives as President Trump, the two couldn’t be more different.

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County GOP chair asks party to rein-in Perry O.

October 6, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A letter sent to Republican State Party Chair Terry Lathan on Thursday accuses the self-proclaimed Alabama Trump Victory Chairman of trying to take over a local GOP event as part of “a cheap promotional stunt to further his personal agenda.”

Letter

The letter written by Crenshaw County Republican Party Chairman William Morgan Rayborn, Jr. blasts Perry O. Hooper Jr., for sending out a press release in which he takes credit for “the flipping/switching of two Crenshaw County Democratic County Commissioners to the Republican Party,” according to Rayborn. “This press release from Perry completely changes the entire agenda of a local event that the local party has worked on and planned for weeks—a change completely unauthorized by any local party member and with no advanced notice,” said Rayborn.
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Only four rogues in Robinson case?

October 5, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

According to the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District, Jay Town, four lone actors allegedly conspired to stop the EPA’s efforts to declare a portion of North Birmingham an EPA Superfund Site.

Town asserts that only Joel Iverson Gilbert, Steven George McKinney, David Lynn Roberson and then Democrat State Rep. Oliver Robinson devised, funded and executed a plan to halt attempts by the federal government to determine the environmental impact of pollutants at what is now known as the 35th Avenue Superfund Site.
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Is a former ALEA executive running afoul of revolving door statute?

October 5, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Recently, the Alabama First Responders Wireless Commission voted to recommend that Alabama opt-in to a first responders’ wireless network provided by AT&T. But there may be a problem. AT&T’s man on the ground in Alabama is the former executive director of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

Former ALEA Executive Director, Ryan Burchnell – after leaving the law enforcement agency in May of this year – took a position with AT&T as lead Market Development manager for AT&T’s FirstNet.

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The First Amendment lives

October 4, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Close to twelve hundred people filled Troy University’s Davis Theatre to watch the Montgomery premiere of Atticus v. The Architect last Sunday. The Alabama Political Reporter and The Voice of Alabama Politics sponsored the event because it was banned by the Capri Theater due to pressure from Leura Canary and her husband, BCA’s chieftain, Billy.

Our news organization is dedicated to the First Amendment and all that it stands for, even as politicians continue to lie with impunity by chanting a tired refrain of “Fake News.”

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BCA home sold to Association of County Commissions’ fund

October 3, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Located at 2 North Jackson St. in Montgomery, The Business Center of Alabama is home to the Business Council of Alabama, which figuratively and literally enjoys a commanding view of the Alabama State House. Given the swagger with which BCA Chairman Billy Canary comports himself, it would be easy to think BCA owns all its surveys, when in fact, it doesn’t even own the building it calls home.
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Are you embarrassed?

September 28, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The jubilation felt among hardcore conservatives over Judge Roy Moore’s win in the Republican primary runoff Tuesday night also brought recrimination from the Democratic left and the sophisticated right.

After Moore’s triumph, the wife of a top White House official wrote on social media, “For the first time in my life, I have to say, I’m embarrassed to say I’m from Alabama.”

Moore’s Democrat rival Doug Jones on the same night took to social media to announce, “After years of embarrassing headlines about the top public officials in this state, this race is about the people of Alabama and about choosing a candidate with character and integrity they can be proud of. I will never embarrass the people of Alabama.”

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