State official looks for desk mentioned in Bentley-Mason tapes

April 17, 2017

Sam Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

State Auditor Jim Zeigler announced in a release on April 16, that he would search for the infamous “Wanda’s desk,” as he conducts the exit audit for former Governor Robert Bentley.

The desk belonged to Bentley Staffer Wanda Kelly who sat in a room right outside of Bentley’s office.

According to the impeachment report from the Ethics Commission, Kelly’s desk was moved after she brought up concerns to Bentley about locking his office door after letting in his alleged mistress Rebekah Mason.
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Bentley’s biggest crime: stupidity

April 6, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

There I was, standing on the sidewalk along Monroe Street in downtown Montgomery, just outside of the nine-story RSA building where the Alabama Ethics Commission holds its regular meetings.

I was watching a loading dock where a black SUV – the kind government officials drive – was parked. Montgomery Police Department officers had shooed reporters away from the door leading out onto the loading dock, which raised suspicion, and we were pretty sure the car belonged to the Governor.
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Governor, Mason, dark-money group file to dismiss former security officer’s lawsuit

December 29, 2016

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Lawyers for Gov. Robert Bentley, his former top political aide Rebekah Mason and a pro-Bentley 501(c)(4) dark-money group called the Alabama Council for Excellent Government filed three separate motions on Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit against them.

Wendall Ray Lewis, the former Head of the Governor’s Security Detail and Chief of the Office of Dignitary Protection, filed a lawsuit against the Governor, ACEGOV and Mason before Thanksgiving last month.

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More lewd details about affair emerge in new bombshell lawsuit against Gov. Robert Bentley

November 24, 2016

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

A new lawsuit filed on Wednesday against Gov. Robert Bentley and his alleged mistress and former top political aide, Rebekah Mason, reveal new details about the Governor and Mason’s alleged affair and Bentley’s alleged misuse of State funds to facilitate that affair.

Wendall Ray Lewis, the former Head of the Governor’s Security Detail and Chief of the Office of Dignitary Protection, filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Governor and Mason — alleging the pair defamed him, pushed him into early, involuntary retirement and interfered with job opportunities after Lewis left State government.

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Thanksgiving Day brings little to be thankful for in State government

November 24, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

For those who honestly care about the future of our State, there are few bright spots this Thanksgiving. Even as we engage in polite conversation over turkey and dressing or pecan pie, the subject will naturally turn to the state of the State.

While, “Who will replace Senator Jeff Sessions and the political dominos to follow” is a fun parlor game, it’s the nagging reality that Governor Robert Bentley used the tools of government to destroy political enemies, carry on an affair and deceive the public, that is the “Sword of Damocles” hanging over our State.
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Bentley denies Lewis allegations; calls suit a “Shakedown”

November 24, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s (R) former chief bodyguard, Ray Lewis, filed a lawsuit claiming among many other things, that the Governor and his former top political advisor Mrs. Rebekah Caldwell Mason have lied about him claiming overtime that was not approved and they have harmed his reputation in order to cover up their illicit affair.

Gov. Bentley is denying all of Lewis’s accusations.
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Political Revenge, Schemes, Blowback

November 7, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

What do a conviction in New Jersey and a Montgomery Special Grand Jury have in common?

That is a question worthy of consideration, given recent events surrounding an ongoing investigation that appears to target Governor Robert Bentley and others in his political orbit.

The latest indication is that the Governor and his closest associates may be in the crosshairs of a criminal probe, over the firing of former ALEA Chief Spencer Collier and Bentley’s alleged affair with his former special advisor, Rebekah Caldwell Mason.
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Who Has the Moral Authority to Lead Ethics Reform?

September 19, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Even before former Speaker Mike Hubbard’s conviction on 12 counts of public corruption, due to criminal ethics violations, his minions were spinning a narrative that the laws, under which he was indicted, were hastily prepared and passed without question (merely a deceptive plan to cast doubt on his indictment).

To say that the 2010 ethics laws passed rapidly and without the body’s full understanding may be right, but to believe they were not conceived without purpose and understanding by those wrote them, is a lie.
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Zeigler said Bentley asking “to hear from people” is a sad joke

May 31, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sunday, May 29, Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) reacted with scorn to an article written by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) published on Sunday titled  “Gov. Bentley wants to hear from you.”

Jim Zeigler said, “Gov. Bentley has not been listening to the people for at least two years, maybe longer.”

Zeigler says that he and the people of Alabama “have lost confidence in Gov. Bentley. We are convinced he is not listening to anyone beyond a handful of advisers, primarily ex-senior adviser Rebecca Mason.” “Gov. Bentley does not listen to me, the taxpayers, the legislators, or anyone beyond the chosen few Bentleyites.”
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Bentley’s Reelection Party Turns Into Hunt for Tapes

May 3, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—On election night, after winning his second term by a landslide, Gov. Robert Bentley was not celebrating. He was too busy directing an investigation for a tape that could expose his affair with Rebekah Caldwell Mason.

The scene at the Governor’s suite at Renaissance Hotel in Montgomery was far from celebratory, according to the several individuals present. “Total chaos, confusion and paranoia,” is how one former staffer described the nights events. “Rebekah had convinced the governor that someone had leaked tapes that would publicly reveal their affair,” said a staffer present at the victory party.
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