What do a lifetime appointment, a speedy forensics report and high-priced lawyers have in common?

November 2, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Currently, the state is searching for a new director of the state forensic science department. Director Michael Sparks is retiring, and his replacement will be selected by Attorney General Steve Marshall. Applications for the position were required by Oct. 31, 2017.

But larger questions loom as ties to disgraced former Gov. Robert Bentley interplay with the search – not only with Marshall’s appointment as attorney general but the on-going lawsuits surrounding Bentley’s campaign to smear former ALEA chief, Spencer Collier.

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Zeigler opposes bills ending special elections for US Senate, Alabama Legislature

October 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sunday, state Auditor Jim Zeigler announced his opposition to bills that would end special elections when there is a vacancy in the U.S. Senate and the Legislature.

Currently, Alabama is holding a special election for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by Jeff Sessions.  Republican Roy Moore is running against former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones on Dec. 12. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley had appointed Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange to fill the seat.

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Flowers says Bentley appointment is an albatross around Strange’s Neck

August 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, August 12, 2017, former State Representative and political columnist Steve Flowers (R) spoke to the Mid-Alabama Republican Club at the Vestavia Library.  Flowers discussed the current political situation particularly the Tuesday special election primary.  Flowers predicted that former State Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore and U.S. Senator Luther Strange would emerge as winners of the Republican Primary, though Strange is hurt by questions surrounding his appointment by then Governor Robert Bentley.  Flowers predicted a Doug Jones victory in the Democratic Primary but called Jones, “the weakest possible candidate.”

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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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The shape of things to come?

December 26, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Several decisions over the next few weeks and months could significantly affect Alabama’s future for generations. Among these are, the appointment of Senator Jeff Sessions’ replacement, the Special Supreme Court’s ruling in Chief Justice Roy Moore’s appeal and the findings of the Montgomery Grand Jury concerning Governor Robert Bentley.

Bentley is publicly holding casting-calls to find Sessions’ replacement upon his confirmation as US Attorney General. From a novice State representative to Chief Justice Moore himself, Bentley is parading potential candidates around like beauty pageant contestants. Each day the press publishes an ever-expanding list of hopeful nominees. It seems more like a charade than a selection process. Identifying the next junior Senator from Alabama is serious business, with little in common with the spectacle it now seems to have become. Perhaps, Bentley is using the Senate interviews to line up support for the billion dollar prison bill he plans to push in a special legislative session. Perhaps it is simply to hide his real intentions. With this Governor, the only thing you know for sure is that you don’t know.
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1978: Gov. Wallace appoints Mrs. Allen to US Senate

December 5, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The last time a Governor of Alabama made an appointment to the US Senate was after the death of James Allen in 1978. Allen suffered a fatal heart attack on June 1, 1978, while vacationing with his wife, Maryon. A few days later Gov. George Wallace phoned Allen’s young Chief of Staff, Tom Coker, to ask who he thought the Senator would want to take his seat in Washington. “I was still at the condo when Gov. Wallace called,” said Coker. “He wanted to know who I thought Senator Allen would want to take his place in the Senate.”
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Sessions a shoo-in

November 30, 2016

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
By Steve Flowers

It is definite, our Junior Senator, Jeff Sessions, is going to be President Donald Trump’s Attorney General, as well as his closest advisor.

Sessions will be confirmed by the Senate. He has been a respected member of the Senate for 20 years. He has an impeccably clean history of integrity. Even though he is and has been one of the Senate’s most ardent right wing conservatives, the Democratic senators on the left respect him. He has served on the Senate Judiciary Committee his entire tenure in the House of Lords and he has voted to confirm liberals to the high court even though he disagreed with them philosophically.
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Bentley turns to Survey Monkey for Sessions replacement

November 21, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The appointment to replace Senator Jeff Sessions rests squarely on the shoulders of Governor Robert Bentley.

In a recent email obtained by the Alabama Political Reporter, Bentley’s Appointments Director, Will Edwards, asks the members of the State’s Republican Party Executive Committee for input on the appointment of Sessions’ successor:

“Dear Alabama Republican Party Executive Committee Members, Governor Bentley has asked that I contact you regarding Senator Sessions’ vacant seat in the US Senate, pending his confirmation,” reads the Nov. 18 communique. Edwards continues by saying Bentley wants a “qualified pool of conservative candidates,” and would “value your personal input as a Party member.”
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Sessions offered nomination for Attorney General

November 18, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friiday, November 18, 2016, CBS News is reporting that US Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) has been offered the role of Attorney General of the United States by President-Elect Donald J. Trump (R).

Thursday, November 17, 2016, US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) said that Sen. Jeff Sessions is immensely experienced and has a deep commitment to upholding the rule of law. It now appears that Sen. Sessions will be nominated by President-Elect Donald J. Trump (R) to be the next Attorney General of the United States.
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Senator Dial Takes Action

October 11, 2016

By Larry Lee
Education Matters

Unbelievable as it may seem, according to Alabama law, the requirements for someone to be the superintendent of a local school system are much tougher than those to be state superintendent, which is about like saying an operating room nurse needs more training than the surgeon she is assisting.

Alabama Code Section 16-9-2 spells out the requirements for a local superintendent. for example: The county superintendent of education shall be chosen for his general fitness and character and shall be a person of recognized ability as a school administrator. No person shall be eligible for appointment by any county board of education or for any political party nomination, or for election to the office of county superintendent of education unless such person:
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