Auburn City Schools Signs Contract With Felon

August 8, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Auburn City Schools entered into a contract with convicted felon, Mike Hubbard, in July, giving him exclusive rights to broadcast Auburn school sports for free.

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The school system rejected proposals from larger stations, who offered to pay for the rights. A comparison of the plans show Tiger Communications, with a broadcast signal of 25,000 watts, and the biggest coverage area in the county, offering $11,500 per year, for five years, for a total of $57,500.
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Contract Review Thursday

August 3, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Alabama’s Medicaid agency is asking contract review to approve a $1,199,750.00 increase with Optumas an Arizona-based health care reform consulting group. The contract would total $3,199,250.00.

Optumas reform proposals in 2013 led to 23 words which would have given American Pharmacy Cooperative Inc. (APCI) a monopoly over Alabama’s Medicaid pharmacy benefit management program.

In 2013 Optumas’ analysis showed Medicaid would achieve a significant saving under a pharmacy benefit management program.
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Hubbard Sells Auburn Network Building (Guess when?)

June 29, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—On the same day Mike Hubbard was found guilty of 12 felony counts of public corruption, the building that houses his Auburn Network, LLC, sold for a cash price of $810,000.00 to New Life Properties, LLC.

Hubbard was co-owner of the building located at 197 E University Drive in Auburn.

The titled owner at the time of the sale was Weagle, LLC., which is a North Carolina based LLC in which Hubbard is a named partner, according to State filing. The seller’s closing documents were signed by Mark H. Reese as member of Weagle, LLC.
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State May Come After Hubbard’s Assets

June 17, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Under the 2014 Forfeiture Act, the State can seize Mike Hubbard’s assets, because they were used in the commission of a crime. Hubbard, on June 10, was found guilty of twelve felony counts of public corruption for which he faces up to twenty years in State prison, and $30,000 in fines for each count.

The Criminal Proceeds Forfeiture Act provides that “any property, proceeds, or instrumentality of every kind, used or intended for use in the course of, derived from, or realized through the commission of a felony offense, as defined in this act, or as inducement or attempt or conspiracy to commit such offenses, is subject to civil forfeiture.”
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Hubbard Sentencing is July 8

June 14, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Disgraced former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) will return to the Judge Walker’s Courtroom on July 8 for sentencing.

The former State legislator, former Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party and former co-host of the popular Pat Dye Show, is expected to bring several character witnesses, possibly including former Auburn and Los Angeles Raiders Running Back, Bo Jackson. Hubbard, a University of Georgia alum, was brought to Auburn by then, Coach and Athletics Director Pat Dye, to promote Bo Jackson’s Heisman campaign. Hubbard never left the town of Auburn, eventually going on to found the Auburn Network there, and then representing the town in the Alabama Legislature.
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Summary of Charges Against Michael G. Hubbard

June 6, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

OPELIKA—In the matter of the State of Alabama v. Michael G. Hubbard: He is on trial for violating the State’s Ethics Laws. If convicted on any of the 23 felonies with which he is charged, Hubbard will be immediately removed from office. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in state prison plus up to $30,000 fines for each crime.

The following is summary of the charges against Hubbard:
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Hubbard Trial Day Six: “Not no, but Hell No!”

June 2, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

OPELIKA—Day six of the Mike Hubbard trial, who is charged with 23 counts of felony corruption, began with a whimper, then exploded, and by mid-day it looked as if at least one more person might be going to jail.

Yesterday’s witnesses were: Governor Robert Bentley, Kate Grant, Dax Swatek, Craig Pouncey, Steve French, and Will Brooke.

Media outlets from across the State again crowded the courtroom in anticipation of Governor Bentley’s testimony.
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State Seeks to Keep False Arguments Out of Hubbard Trial

April 28, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The State has filed a Supplemental Brief in support of its motions in limine in the felony public corruption trial of Speaker Mike Hubbard.

According to the Criminal Law Bulletin, Volume 46, Number 2. “Most commonly, motions in limine are used to strike at objectionable evidence that may be highly prejudicial. If the opponent waits until trial, and the evidence comes out of a witness’s mouth before the court can rule on an objection, a limiting or curative instruction may be insufficient to undo the damage.”
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State Files Motion to Exclude Irrelevant Evidence or Arguments

April 14, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The State’s prosecution in the Speaker Mike Hubbard felony case filed seven motions on Wednesday to exclude evidence or arguments from his upcoming criminal trial. The State’s Motion in limine seeks to have the case tried on facts related to Hubbard’s alleged criminal conduct, eliminating the possibility that the defense uses improper testimony or evidence as a means of misdirection to sway the jury.
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Hubbard Emails Show Money Making Schemes

February 23, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Series: Emails on Hubbard’s Road to Perdition, Article 1

The emails below were released by the State on February 2015, in response to Hubbard’s demand for a more defined statement of facts concerning his indictments.

MONTGOMERY—Emails to and from Speaker Mike Hubbard show him directing millions of dollars to his business interests, and pleading with former Gov. Bob Riley to direct business his way. Pages of emails sent and received by Hubbard underscore the crimes he is accused of committing. These are outline in detail in an earlier report.
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