Under guise of economic development, legislation would open door for public officials to lobby government

January 29, 2018

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

New legislation in the Alabama House of Representatives would alter the definition of lobbyist and lobbying in such a way as to open the floodgates for public officials to use their office for personal gain under the guise of economic development.

Behind HB317 is Republican Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield, who most recently appeared as a witness before a Montgomery County special grand jury investigating potential public corruption in an economic development deal during former Gov. Robert Bentley’s administration.

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State Rep. Tim Wadsworth will seek another term

December 28, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

State Rep. Tim Wadsworth, R-Arley, will seek a second term to the Alabama House of Representatives.

Since his election in 2014, Wadsworth has represented state House District 14, which includes portions of Winston, Walker and Jefferson Counties.

In a campaign announcement, Wadsworth said he will focus on his conservative record, integrity, openness and his transparent approach. He pointed to progress made in the last few years tackling corruption in Montgomery. He said he wants to continue “cleaning up Montgomery.”

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Former Huntsville police officer announces State House run

October 19, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

A former Huntsville Police Department officer turned small businessman, Steve Rousseau, is launching his candidacy for the Alabama House of Representatives in District 6.

“As a small businessman, I can bring a straightforward and no-nonsense approach to Montgomery. We are facing tough and trying times in Alabama, but there is much cause for optimism,” Rousseau said.

Rousseau also served as a range, twice received the police of the year award during his 10 years on the force and served as the president of the Huntsville fraternal order of police.

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Democrats hold House calendar hostage after GOP pushes redistricting plan through committee

May 3, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Democrats promised to hold up progress in the Alabama House of Representatives on Tuesday after a clash with Republicans over legislative redistricting earlier in the day.

And they delivered on their promise, slowing down the calendar and holding the House in session late into the night on Tuesday. Despite staying in session almost 10 hours, the House only made its way through about five bills on their 18-bill schedule.

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Move to impeach Bentley: Don’t be foolish

February 15, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

There is a movement afoot in the Alabama House of Representatives to impeach Governor Robert Bentley, a mission which, if accomplished, will doom the 2017 Regular Legislative Session.

Bentley is an embarrassment, a fool, a liar and a cheat, and may have even committed crimes that are punishable by law.

Gov. Bentley:

Is believed to have used State resources to facilitate an affair with a married staff member Rebekah Caldwell Mason.
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Birmingham Rep. Oliver Robinson resigns House seat

December 1, 2016

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Democrat Rep. Oliver Robinson from Birmingham has decided his time is up on Goat Hill. On Wednesday, Robinson announced he would retire from the Alabama House of Representatives.

Robinson, who has represented House District 58 in Birmingham since 1998, said he was retiring because his daughter has taken a job as a liaison for Gov. Robert Bentley. He said he is afraid of potential conflicts of interest.

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We Can’t Expect Change Without Voting For It, Too

September 15, 2016

By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, Joe Lovvorn narrowly prevailed in a field of four candidates for the GOP nomination to fill former Speaker Mike Hubbard’s seat in the Alabama House of Representatives. Hubbard vacated his seat under State law when he was convicted of more felonies than you can count on both hands.

Campaign finance records show that Lovvorn was backed by many of the same high-dollar Montgomery brokers who rolled Hubbard into power.
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If You Learned Anything from Hubbard, Elect a Real Leader to Fill the Speaker’s Chair

August 1, 2016

By Dr. Tom Ford, III

Members of the Alabama House of Representatives: the speaker’s chair is empty. Mike Hubbard is a convicted felon. He was your friend and it’s natural for you to be heartbroken for him and for his family. He was powerful and you can wisely acknowledge that power, money, and position prey on the most principled of men. He has betrayed your trust and ours and as you gather together as a super-majority caucus on Tuesday, don’t elect a new speaker without deep consideration.
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Seatmates Were My Best Friends

June 22, 2016

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

One of my most cherished lifetime memories is the almost two decades I served in the Alabama House of Representatives. It was because of the lifetime friends made during that era.

The House was not as partisan as it is today. This day and time it seems like legislators do not mix and mingle with different party members. They get in their caucuses and stay put. When I was in the House, although we were of different parties, we all got along regardless of whether we disagreed on issues.
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Expanding Pre-K A Step In The Right Direction

May 19, 2016

By Minority Leader Craig Ford

These days, it’s easy to think nothing good ever comes out of our government – especially here in Alabama! But for all the bad you hear about, there are a lot of great things going on in our state and in our public schools. A perfect example is Alabama’s pre-k program, which has just been named the best pre-k program in the country for the tenth year in a row by the National Institute for Early Education Research.
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