Troubling questions land at Real Estate Commission doorstep

August 22, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

When regulatory boards start acting like trade associations and trade associations have to fight to keep a commission on task, that signals real trouble, according to sources close to the Alabama Real Estate Commission (AREC) and the Alabama Association of Realtors (AAR).

“The Realtors Association is in a terrible place because the Real Estate Commission is acting like a quasi-association,” said an individual with knowledge of the situation who agreed to be a source of background information so he might speak freely.

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Allegations of rape, details of a tragic night

August 21, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A young woman takes her life, a family suffers an unthinkable loss, and the media tells a story both sad and horrifyingly villainous.

But what are the facts?

Local, national and international reports of University of Alabama co-ed Megan Rondini’s alleged rape and suicide by hanging seven months after the events of July 2015 has cast a long shadow over the City of Tuscaloosa, law-enforcement, the University, local medical practitioners and the alleged rapist, 34-year-old Tuscaloosa-native T.J. Bunn.

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Investigation into Pouncey Smear delivered to Special Prosecution Division

August 14, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday last, a package was hand-delivered to the State’s Attorney General’s Office containing the results of two investigations into what is labeled a smear campaign against Dr. Craig Pouncey, by those who plotted to deny him the position of State Education Superintendent.

Delivered directly to the Special Prosecution Division, lead by hard-boiled chief Matt Hart, the dossier encompasses the finds by the Alabama Department of Education conducted by Michael Meyer and the bipartisan Senate committee lead by Senators Gerald Dial (R-Lineville) and Quinton Ross (D-Montgomery).

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Tankersley Exit Interview Part 2: No rules, no order

August 1, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

“Our State needs so much help. There is such a lack of confidence in our elected leaders. The Ethics Commission can help restore that lost confidence,” said Dr. Stewart Hill Tankersley in a recent interview with the Alabama Political Reporter.

Tankersley Exit Interview Part 1: Success, collusion, and dismay

While he sees the Ethics Commission’s Executive Director, Tom Albritton, as a champion for a more efficient organization, he worries that the Commission could undercut Albritton’s determination to run an honest shop.

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Tankersley Exit Interview Part 1: Success, collusion, and dismay

July 31, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

As a soldier, physician, and man of faith, Dr. Stewart Hill Tankersley holds firm to his beliefs on right and wrong. As he ends his five-year service on the State’s Ethics Commission, he’s convinced there has been progress, but there are still many obstacles to restoring public confidence in the State’s elected leaders. In just two years, the State has seen the fall of Mike Hubbard, the Speaker of the House, convicted on 12 felony counts of public corruption, and Governor Robert Bentley, resigning in disgrace after accepting a plea to campaign finance violations.
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APR stands by Rogers report

July 5, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

An article published by The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) has drawn fire from campaign operatives for freshman Senator Luther Strange and his attorney at his old law firm, Bradley Arrant.

An email containing a letter from Bradley partner Joseph B. Mays, Jr., was received by APR on June 30, in which he demands, “…removal and retraction of false and libelous statements in an article on your website titled, ‘Source: State Rep. Offered Superfund Bribe with Strange Present.'”
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Martin brings experience of fighting for justice to Attorney General’s race

June 15, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

If Alabama is looking for an Attorney General who is tough on crime, smart as a whip, and fair, then the search is over. Former US Attorney Alice Martin, who announced this week, her intention to seek the office, is one to watch.

Recently, The Alabama Political Reporter spoke with Martin and asked about her history, ethics, and priorities if she becomes Attorney General.
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Government by default

June 12, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Currently, our State’s Governor, Chief Justice, and Attorney General were not elected to the positions they now hold.

These individuals obtained their current high status because of either scandal or corruption. Their ascendency by default is not meant to disparage these people in any way, but to highlight this unprecedented situation (As is the State’s junior U.S. Senator and an associate supreme court justice).
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Rachel Maddow Show features Alabama Political Reporter article

April 19, 2017

Sam Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Political Reporter was featured Tuesday on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow show for its reporting concerning Luther Strange’s appointment to the US Senate by former Governor Robert Bentley.

The article featured was “The End of Robert Bentley: Part I” written by APR columnist and reporter Josh Moon. The article was the first in a trio of articles detailing Bentley’s downfall that would eventually end with him pleading guilty to two charges and resigning as Governor.
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Special Supreme Court denies APR’s request in Moore case

February 6, 2017

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

To fully understand the investigation and permanent suspension of Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore by the Court of the Judiciary, The Alabama Political Reporter filed a Motion to Intervene and Unseal Court records about the case on October 19, 2016. In a 4-3 decision on February 3, 2017, the Special Supreme Court selected to hear Moore’s appeal denied APR’s request.

An appointed panel of retired judges denied APR’s motion without explanation. They were: James Harvey Reid, Special Chief Justice, and Robert George Cahill, Ralph Alton Ferguson, Jr., and John David Coggin, Special Justices, concurring, and Harris Edward McFerrin, William Reddoch King, and Lynn Clardy Bright, Special Justices, in dissent.
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