In-depth: Former House Speaker files written brief in appeals case

May 25, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

AUBURN, Ala. — Former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard and his team of attorneys have filed their opening brief with the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, taking the first major step in the appeals process as his defense team works to overturn his 12 felony ethics convictions.

Hubbard’s defense attorneys argue in the new brief that prosecutors from the Alabama Attorney General’s Office used an overly broad interpretation of state ethics laws to get Hubbard convicted by the jury. They say he should be acquitted of the charges.

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Poor ol’ Mike Hubbard

May 25, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Poor Mike Hubbard.

         That unlucky fella just couldn’t catch a break, had the whole world turn on him by mistake. There he was, just trying to make a living and be a good public servant, when, BAM!, out of nowhere came this overzealous prosecutor totally misreading the law and trying to make Hubbard out to be some kind of criminal.

         It’s outrageous, egregious, audacious what the attorney general’s office has done to poor ol’ Hubbard – a man who only wanted to earn a private living while doing public work. Have mercy, Alabama Appellate Court, have mercy.
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Ivey signs bill regulating faith-based youth camp

May 25, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

With only a couple of days to spare, Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday signed into law a bill that will allow DHR to regulate and inspect residential youth camps, a spokeswoman for Ivey said.

The legislation, HB440, sponsored by Rep. Steve McMillan, originated after numerous complaints, a handful of convictions and stories from national media outlets over horrible abuses at camps for “troubled teens” — a catchall term that could mean kids with attitude problems or children who are gay. Usually billing themselves as some sort of church-affiliated outfits, the camps were supposed to take troubled teens and instill discipline.
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Ivey signs Memorials Preservation Act into law

May 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) signed the Memorials Preservation Act, SB60, into law. The bill protects Alabama’s many monuments and memorials from being destroyed or removed by local governments.

The City of New Orleans recently destroyed century old Confederate Memorials for political correctness. The state of Louisiana did nothing to protect its history.

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Brooks Says that D.C. Insiders “Swamp Rats” Backing Strange Are Preparing to Launch Attack Ads

May 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 U.S. Representative Mo Brooks (R from Huntsville) claimed that fellow U.S. Senate candidate Luther Strange’s forces are preparing to unleash millions of dollars in negative attack ads against Congressman Brooks and former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore (R).

Brooks’s campaign claimed that an Alabama citizen received a brushfire poll by Strange and that that citizen took notes, and reported its contents to Congressman Brooks. Brushfire polls help a campaign draft attack ads.
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It’s Not About Right Wing And Left Wing. It’s About Right And Wrong

May 25, 2017

By Rep. Craig Ford

It would be easy to think nothing good has happened lately in the world of Alabama politics, and that Montgomery is so mired in corruption and bickering that nothing ever gets done.

After all, the legislative session that just ended began with one governor and ended with a different one; tensions over legislative redistricting and a controversial email slowed its final days to a crawl; and important issues that were left unfinished will most likely lead to a costly special session.
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Bill to regulate troubled youth camps in danger of dying on Governor’s desk

May 24, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

On the phone last week, Charles Kennedy, a retired police captain who served more than 20 years, was near tears and he wasn’t hiding it.

“I’m just so proud I could cry – I think I’m going to, actually,” Kennedy said.

The emotional swell for Kennedy came just after Rep. Steve McMillan called with news that Legislation Kennedy had been pushing for years had quietly passed both Houses and was on the way to Gov. Kay Ivey to be signed into law.
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The Session’s biggest loser

May 24, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The 2017 Legislative Session saw the Business Council of Alabama (BCA) fail to deliver on its stated agenda. The State’s so-called powerful business lobby is the Session’s biggest loser. Only Governor Kay Ivey can give them a win.

BCA’s push for an infrastructure package collapsed, as did the latest Triple-A education giveaway. Its team of lobbyists couldn’t stop the anti-gay adoption Legislation, or the Autism Bill from passage despite their best efforts (They did manage to kill the Gun Bill).
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Letter to Gov. Ivey: There’s a way out of the Confederate monuments mess

May 24, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Dear Gov. Kay Ivey,

Hello there, Governor. Hope you’re well. And I mean that – I wouldn’t dare wish illness on anyone in this State after what those in your political party have done to healthcare around here.

But I’m not writing today about healthcare. That’s an incredibly complicated issue (who knew, right!) that would take far too long. Thankfully, my subject matter is much easier.
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Honesty is the best policy – Duh!

May 24, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

A few themes running through the news threads at The Alabama Political Reporter this week underscore one stark reality: Our public officials, elected and otherwise, are not honest with us.

OK, the cynic in us knows this already, but it’s worth emphasizing again.

First, APR’s Josh Moon pointed out Tuesday that our lawmakers don’t work for the people who elect them. They work for lobbyists who will likely take care of them when re-election time comes (meaning: themselves).
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