Alabama’s political candidates and their capacity to care for orphans

By Sam McLure
Alabama Political Reporter

“Oh I say the measure of a man
Is not how tall you stand.”

4 Him, The Measure of a Man, 1995

Alabama has exciting days ahead of it.  Our next US Senator will likely be decided August 15, 2017.  Almost every other statewide elected official and every member of the Legislature will be up for election on November 6, 2018.

Over the coming weeks and months, we will be inundated with announcements of men and women running for office, with their accompanying propaganda.  Alabama’s legendary Chief Justice Roy Moore is slated to announce whether he will pursue US Senate or Governor on Wednesday, April 26, at 1:30 on the Capitol Steps in Montgomery.
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Lawmaker wants House to condemn Rebekah Mason

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow wants to make sure that Rebekah Mason – the alleged mistress of former Gov. Robert Bentley – doesn’t escape punishment for her role in the year-long scandal that’s engulfed this State.

Morrow on Wednesday introduced a resolution that he wants the House to consider that would encourage the Attorney General’s office to investigate Mason for potential criminal activity, apologize to those hurt by her actions, condemn those actions and applaud Bentley’s ex-wife, Diane, for her strength and integrity.
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More Calls for Bentley to Resign

By Brandon Moseley

Sunday, April 9, 2017 the Alabama Republican Party Steering Committee called upon Governor Robert Bentley, “To immediately resign.” The ongoing investigation into corruption, ethics violations, and campaign finance law violation is centered around Bentley’s relationship with alleged mistress Mrs. Rebekah Caldwell Mason.

The ALGOP Steering Committee also passed the following resolution: “The ALGOP Steering Committee commends the Alabama House of Representatives, the Alabama Senate and the Alabama Supreme Court for their courage and their diligence in the impeachment process while putting partisan politics aside for the people of the state of Alabama.”
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The Jeff Sessions I know

By William Smith

In his March 30, 2017 piece about Jeff Sessions, Mr. Kennedy called Attorney General Sessions a litany of names: a racist, xenophobic, homophobic, and “apparently a liar.” Let’s take these one by one.

First, the “racist” label is hard to square with the endorsements from a number of African Americans, like former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former chairman of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission Gerald Reynolds, Alabama State Senator Quinton Ross, Alabama County Commissioner Albert Turner, Jr., and Executive Director of the Center for Rural Enterprise, Catherine Flowers. More importantly, unlike Mr. Kennedy, African Americans who have actually worked with Jeff Sessions and known him for decades, like former federal prosecutor Willie Huntley and former Federal Marshal Jesse Soroyer, and his former chief counsel on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, me, testified in support of Jeff Sessions because we know the man and he is not a racist. His love for his Chinese American son-in-law and granddaughters also debunks that label.
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AG Marshall names Robertson as Chief Counsel

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, Alabama Attorney General Steven T. Marshall (R) announced that he has named Katherine Green Robertson as his Chief Counsel. Robertson previously served as Senior Advisor to the Attorney General.

The Attorney General’s office announced that Robertson will continue to serve in an advisory capacity to the Attorney General, lending her policy expertise garnered at the state and federal levels, in addition to acting as his liaison in the Alabama State House and in Washington.
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How to get Luther Strange disbarred from the practice of Law

By Sam McLure
Alabama Political Report

Have you talked with anyone in Alabama who isn’t bothered by Luther Strange’s acceptance of Gov. Bentley’s appointment to US Senate? I haven’t.

Everybody has an internal baloney meter – the bologna meter goes off when we hear something that just sounds off. Maybe we can’t explain why it’s wrong … it’s just baloney.

I think most Alabamians, who were paying attention, had their bologna meters peaking-out with the news of Gov. Bentley appointing Sen. Strange. For months we waited in anticipation to learn who Gov. Bentley would appoint to replace, then, Sen. Jeff Sessions. For months we speculated and pondered … lists were drawn and even far-out speculation was floated that Gov. Bentley would appoint himself, or even Rebecca Mason.
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Steve Marshall addresses St. Clair County Republican Party

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 16, 2017, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) spoke to the St. Clair County Republican Party in Moody.

Marshall is the newly appointed Attorney General, whom Governor Robert Bentley (R) appointed to the post after appointing AG Luther Strange (R) to the United States Senate creating the vacancy.

St. Clair County District Attorney Richard Minor (R) said that Steve Marshall is one of my best friends. “Of all the prosecutors in the state of Alabama Gov. Bentley chose the best prosecutor in the State of Alabama,” to be Attorney General.
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Judging Bentley with apparent conflicts of interest

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The next hearing of the Alabama Ethics Commission could prove significant as sources close to the commission believe that some of the ethics complaints filed against Governor Robert Bentley will be presented.

If the evidence submitted at April 5 meeting shows probable cause, it would still require a vote by the Commission to forward the matter to the Attorney General’s office or the appropriate District Attorney for presentation to a grand jury.
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New Deputy Attorney General appointed as Alice Martin leaves the AG’s Office

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Deputy Attorney General Alice Martin is leaving the Alabama Attorney General’s Office after two years of handling public corruption cases. She will be replaced as deputy by Assistant Attorney General Clay Crenshaw.

Attorney General Steve Marshall, who was appointed by Governor Robert Bentley last month, has chosen Crenshaw to serve as his deputy.

Crenshaw most recently handled the State’s death penalty litigation and appeals as chief of the Appeals Division.

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Alabama Congressional Delegation condemn attacks on AG Sessions

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 2, 2017, members of the Alabama Congressional delegation condemns calls by Democrats for US Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign after it was revealed by The Washington Post that he met with the Russian Ambassador to the United States.

US Senator Luther Strange (R-Alabama) said, “I have not been in Washington very long, but I did not think Democrats could stoop much lower than they did during Jeff Session’s confirmation hearing. As we found out today, they can, and the hypocrisy of it is hard to stomach. For eight years, Democrats turned a blind eye to serious breaches of public trust, but they did not miss a beat in trying to undermine President Trump’s administration as it gets to work cleaning up their mess.”
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