More women come forward against Roy Moore as his attorneys attempt to cast doubt

November 16, 2017

 By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Several more women have come forward levying accusations against U.S. Senate hopeful Roy Moore, whom they accuse of making unwanted advances toward them when they were in their teens and early 20s — adding to allegations that Moore had a modus operandi of pursuing women quite his junior when he was in his 30s.

Among the new accusers is another woman, Tina Johnson, interviewed by AL.com, who accused Moore of grabbing her buttocks after a meeting at his Gadsden, Alabama, law firm about a child custody transfer. Moore was already married to his wife Kayla at the time.

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Montgomery theater blocks showing of Siegelman documentary

June 27, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The board of a popular Montgomery independent theater has blocked the showing of a documentary about former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman because it contains “defamatory” information about a board member, the theater’s director told al.com.

A group had rented the Capri Theater and planned to show the film, titled “Atticus v. The Architect: The political assassination of Don Siegelman,” next month.

But on Monday, Capri’s director, Martin McCaffrey, told al.com that the board voted to rescind that rental because the pro-Siegelman film portrays board member Leura Canary “in a false and defamatory way.”
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Bentley’s Op-Ed Proves He’s Delusional

May 11, 2016

By Stephen Cooper

In an op-ed for al.com dated May 9, 2016, Governor Robert Bentley declares he has no “intention of being a caretaker governor.”

Bad news for Bentley: His insistence that he won’t to be relegated to the sidelines during the remainder of his time in office as a “caretaker” governor is not only poignantly pathetic, it’s a whiny, plaintive, petulant protestation nobody believes.

Moreover, while everyone gets what Bentley’s op-ed unpersuasively tried to say, that Bentley would go out of his way to distance himself from the role of a “caretaker” should come as no surprise to Alabamians (or anyone else) following the reality-tv-style high jinks Bentley’s salacious, self-serving tenure will forever be remembered for.
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Bentley Wants His Prisons

May 10, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

In an Op-Ed at al.com, Gov. Robert Bentley signaled, that he may call a Special Session to try, once again, to pass an $800 million prison construction project. Bentley said, the massive spending project failed because, “We simply ran out of time in this Regular Legislative Session to finally address Alabama’s prison overcrowding problem.” He also wrote, “That legislation failed in the final minutes of this session. But that doesn’t mean we won’t reach that goal.”
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Morrow Files Ethics Complaint Against Rebekah Caldwell Mason

April 6, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—An ethics complaint has been filed against Gov. Robert Bentley’s former senior advisor, Rebekah Caldwell Mason, by State Representative Johnny Mack Morrow (D-Red Bay), stating she improperly influenced legislative actions.

Morrow says this animosity Mason has shown towards him began 25 years ago when, as a student in his economics class, she was unhappy with the grades she received.

In the complaint, Morrow recounts actions surrounding a local bill that applied only to Franklin County, a bill that Gov. Bentley had publicly and privately said he would sign. When speaking to alreporter.com, Morrow said, “She was pillow-talk lobbying…that’s caused the problem.”
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Bentley Ordered Law Enforcement to Target Critics

March 28, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Gov. Robert Bentley pressured law enforcement officers to use federal and state resources to target those critical of his relationship with senior advisor Rebekah Caldwell Mason, according to high ranking officers and staff.

In an effort to find potentially damaging information on those who spoke out against the couple, Bentley instructed top law enforcement agents to investigate private citizens, in direct conflict with the law, said those close to the matter (These individual spoke on background to alreporter.com because of a criminal investigation surrounding this and other matters).
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ALEA Chief Says It’s About the Law, Not Affairs and Affidavits

March 23, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY— Governor Robert Bentley fired Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Secretary, (ALEA) Spencer Collier, effective immediately on Tuesday in a press released without so much as a call to his longtime friend.

In his press release, Bentley alleged wrongdoing on the part of Collier. Just yesterday, Collier responded that Bentley was incorrect, and he would welcome an investigation by the FBI or the Attorney General’s Office.

ALReporter.com can now confirm that the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District is not investigating Collier, but the firings at ALEA and the closings of multiple criminal investigations, which are believed to have been ordered by Bentley and his unpaid senior advisor Rebekah Caldwell Mason.
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ALEA Chief Responds to Accusation: Story is Planted

March 22, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—In response to an al.com report once again insinuating that Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) Secretary Spencer Collier or his staff had misappropriated State funds or resources, Collier issued a statement calling out reporter Chuck Dean, Governor Robert Bentley’s chief advisor Rebekah Caldwell Mason, Acting ALEA Secretary Stan Stabler, SBI Director Gene Wiggins and Stabler’s public information officer, Anna Morris.

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Collier accuses Dean of being a personal news outlet for Mason saying, “ I will be damned if I will let you, Rebekah Mason, Stan Stabler (an outright racist), Gene Wiggins or Anna Morris drag my name through the mud, and hurt my family. I promise, there is much more to come.”
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Firings Lead to Closing Criminal Cases

March 21, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Poliical Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Firings at the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) has led to the closing of several criminal investigations, including one involving State Sen. Phil Williams (R-Rainbow City), according to several sources with knowledge of the investigation.

Law enforcement officers have confirmed, that Special Agent Jack Wilson was ordered by State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) Director Gene Wiggin to close several high-profile cases after Governor Bentley placed ALEA Secretary Spencer Collier on medical leave.
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Judge Walker Orders Hubbard Trial April 11

March 18, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The trial judge in the Speaker Mike Hubbard felony case made one thing perfectly clear during Thursday’s hearing: Hubbard will have his day in court very soon.

Judge Jacob Walker, III, has granted a small continuance to allow for housekeeping and any writs of mandamus, but set certain the date of April 11, for the the jury trial to began. Judge Walker set March 28 for a pre-trial conference with voir dire to follow.
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