Move to impeach Bentley: Don’t be foolish

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

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

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

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

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

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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Sine Die

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The 2016 Regular Session has been adjourned sine die, Latin for, “without day” meaning, “without assigning a day for a further meeting or hearing.” This may also signal the last day Michael G. Hubbard sits as Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives. The brief reign of Speaker Hubbard has been cruel, dishonest and politically perverse. He has served as overlord in a vast orgy of greed and political corruption. Removing his stain from our State will require a purge inside the halls of the State House, a task that will be hard, but not impossible over time.
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Morrow Wants Hubbard’s Cronies To Put Up Or Shut Up

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Thirty-seven members to the Alabama House of Representatives, on February 8, asked the Obama Administration to investigate Attorney General Luther Strange, in reference to his actions in the indictment of Speaker Mike Hubbard on 23 felony counts of public corruption.

US Attorney for the Middle District, George Beck, told lawmakers if they believe General Strange has committed a crime, or was incompetent, they should have the courage to begin impeachment proceedings.
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Prosecution Objects to Hubbard’s Fourth Delay Attempt

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Court documents in the criminal case of Speaker Mike Hubbard show, for some 859 days and counting, he has used his defense team to deny, deflect, and delay his criminal indictments and his day in court.

The State filed a motion on Wednesday, challenging Hubbard’s fourth attempt to have his criminal trial continued.

(See motion here.)

Hubbard’s new lead attorney, Lance Bell, is arguing the defense cannot be ready for trial on March 28, because of the withdrawal of White, Arnold, and Dowd, (WAD), the dozen or so motions still unsettled by trial Judge Jacob Walker III, the matter of discovery material, pre-trial publicity, and allegations of prosecutorial misconduct.
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Phil Williams Speaks to GBYRs

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, November 12, State Representative Phil Williams (R-Huntsville) spoke to the Greater Birmingham Young Republicans (GBYRs) about his effort to be elected by the House membership as the next Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives.

Representative Williams said, “I am here to talk to you about the future because the present is getting on my nerves.”

Williams said that he liked most of the tax plans being presented by the Republican candidates for President in Tuesday’s debate.  Williams predicted that there could be a, “Boom like in the 1980s which was very good for me.”
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