Some are using a stalking horse to undermine ethics laws

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The greatest challenge before the Alabama State Legislature when it returns in February is not the budget, schools or Medicaid. It is the slight of hand chicanery used to undermine the State’s ethics laws.

Since the conviction of former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard on 12 felony ethics violations, a coordinated effort has been underway to weaken those laws, with particular focus on how

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Big PAC Money Flows to One Candidate in Race to Replace Hubbard

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Four candidates are vying for the seat once held by convicted felon, Mike Hubbard in the Republican primary on September 13. The voters of District 79 have yet to pick a candidate, but the well-heeled of Auburn and influential Montgomery PACs have already chosen theirs.

Jay Conner, Joe Lovvorn, Sandy Toomer and Brett Smith are all in the running, but only Lovvorn is winning the “dash

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ALFA Hits Jackpot For 20 Years Straight But Doesn’t Want You To

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Will blame, incrimination and meddling be the legacy of the circular firing squad known as the 2016 Special Legislative Session?

Unrelenting lobbying by various groups helped kill Governor Robert Bentley’s lottery bill SB3, which was carried by Sen. Jim McClendon (R-Springville), namely, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, those backing GreeneTrack, VictoryLand and Alabama Farmers Association

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A Gun or A Bitter Pill: The Test We Face

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

With only three days remaining in the 2016 Special Session, lawmaker’s willingness to come together for a Medicaid solution is waning, and hopes of letting the people vote on a lottery are faint; if not totally beyond reason.

If we believe that, “The sleep of reason produces monsters,” then we must acknowledge that reason has fallen into a somnolent haze these last few weeks.

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“McLottery” Details Expected Today

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By Bill Britt and Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Legislation from Sen. Jim McClendon proposing a vote of the people on a constitutional amendment to approve or reject a statewide lottery is expected later today. A draft of the legislation obtained by the Alabama Political Reporter over the weekend provides some insight as to what the bill may contain.

“McLottery” is the nickname APR has

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Lottery Wars Begin

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Later today, Senator Jim McClendon (R-Springville) will file two lottery bills: one coming from Governor Robert Bentley; the other, crafted by McClendon, with input from his Senate colleagues. Both bills will attract friends and enemies. As the Art of War instructs, “Know your enemy.”

The ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu teaches “If you know both yourself and your enemy

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BCA Today: Damaged Goods?

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—“Making a sweet home for business,” is the tagline for the Business Council of Alabama, commonly referred to as BCA around the State House and the Lee County Court House, during the trial of Mike Hubbard, who was found guilty of 12 felony counts of public corruption, with two counts related to the activities of BCA’s Board Chair, Will Brooke.

BCA has arguably become the most powerful

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Alabama Manufacturers Endorse Roby

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, January 25, Manufacture Alabama announced that it is endorsing incumbent US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) for re-election in 2016.

Manufacture Alabama’s President, George Clark said in a statement, “Congresswoman Roby is a proven and solid leader for our State. She has an established pro-manufacturing record and has continuously supported the energy, workforce development

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Farmers, Tea Party, and NRA All Endorse Shelby for Senate

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, December 11, 2015, US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) announced that he had received the endorsement of the National Rifle Association for his reelection to a sixth term in the Senate.  The endorsement is the third major endorsement Shelby received last week.  He also was also endorsed by the Alabama Farmer’s Federation and the Alabama Patriots, one of Alabama’s oldest tea

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Sponsored Content, Gray Area Articles

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Sponsored content on internet blogs and publications is a growing source of revenue and a cause for concern. Big players like The New York Times and Forbes’ Brand Voice are offering sponsored content as is al.com. The sponsored material is clearly labeled so that the reader should not be confused as to what is news and what is paid editorial.

But there are many websites that offer

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