A further look at revelations in final report on scheme to smear Pouncey

June 26, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A recently exposed internal investigation by the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE), alleges five individuals devised a “scheme” in July of 2016, to deny Dr. Craig Pouncey a fair chance of being selected as the State Superintendent of the Department of Education.

The internal investigation also found that an unnamed individual or individuals participated in the plot to discredit Pouncey. At this time it is unclear who, other than the five people named in the report, may have colluded in the actions taken to derail Pouncey’s election. A statement by attorney Dennis Bailey at Wednesday’s Board meeting may reveal some tantalizing clues.
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Ainsworth launches campaign with down-home flair, commitment to ethics, jobs, and reform

June 26, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

On Saturday evening, a packed house at Guntersville City Hall celebrated with State Rep. Will Ainsworth as he announced his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor. He said, “After a lot of prayer, and a lot of council, it’s time for a new day in Alabama, and I’m excited to announce my candidacy for Lieutenant Governor of Alabama.”

Ainsworth represents a new wave of young lawmakers, not looking for a job but wanting to make a difference. “I’m not a career politician, and I don’t play by their rules. Running for Lt. Governor isn’t about a career or making a living for me, this is about what kind of Alabama we’re going to pass on to the next generation.”‘
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A sad day for education in Alabama

June 22, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The dumbest conspiracy in the recent history of Alabama’s Department of Education took center stage on Wednesday during a heated, dumpster fire of a State Board of Education meeting.

With board members routinely raising their voices to speak over each other, backhanding insults and tossing about serious allegations of fraud and malfeasance, a department attorney outlined what he deemed a “tawdry scheme” to undermine the superintendent candidacy of a longtime State Educator.
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BREAKING: Leaked report connects five individuals scheme to smear Pouncey, whitewash the investigation

June 21, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The final report citing  efforts to deny Dr. Craig Pouncey a fair chance at being selected State Superintendent of the Department of Education has been leaked to The Alabama Political Reporter. The report concludes that five individuals conspired together in a “scheme to malign Dr. Pouncey and prevent his selection as State Superintendent.”

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The scheme, according to the report, was hatched and executed by Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) board member, Mary Scott Hunter, then-Interim Superintendent Philip Cleveland, and ALSDE attorneys Juliana Teixeira Dean, James R Ward III, and Susan Tudor Crowther. The internal investigation also found unnamed individuals who may have participated in the plot.
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Sentance feeling the heat as subpoena seeks findings of ALSDE investigation

June 20, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A subpoena was filed in Montgomery Circuit Court on Monday demanding State Superintendent of the Department of Education Michael Sentance handover the internal investigation into the scheme to derail the candidacy of Dr. Craig Pouncey in 2016.

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Pouncey has a lawsuit pending against several individuals he believes were party to a “dirty tricks” campaign against his candidacy for Superintendent.

Pouncey’s Montgomery-based attorney, Kenny Mendelsohn, on Monday also filed a reply to defendants: Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE), Board member Mary Scott Hunter, interim Superintendent Philip Cleveland, and ALSDE attorneys Juliana Teixeira Dean, James R Ward III, and Susan Tudor Crowther motion to dismiss.
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Sentance keeping final report of smear campaign investigation locked up

June 19, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A final report on the scandal surrounding a smear campaign launched to torpedo the candidacy of Dr. Craig Pouncey, for State Superintendent of the Department of Education is hidden away in the office of the man who ultimately landed the job.

Superintendent Michael Sentance is holding the results of an internal investigation into the Pouncey matter, claiming it is a “draft copy” of the final report. However, according to well-placed sources within the system, the report was not delivered to Sentance as a draft but as a completed document. These sources, not authorized to speak publicly on the matter, say Sentance is stalling for time. An email from the State Superintendent’s Office to APR said the report might be ready for the next Board meeting to be held this Wednesday.
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Live-in childcare as “cultural exchange” $4.35 an hour, tax free

June 16, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Live-in child care for less than $200.00 a week? Sounds like a bargain. Known as au pair cultural exchange programs, a.k.a., “live-in nannies” from a foreign country is even popular with one member of Gov. Kay Ivey’s Administration.

Au pair is French for (on par with).

Au Pair International, which supplies young girls for American families from countries such as Argentina, Thailand, and even a few from England, offers an International stock of nannies, who enter the USA on J-1 visas which usually last for 12 months. They are classified as “cultural exchange participants.”
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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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A year after his felony conviction Hubbard remains free, ethics laws in jeopardy

June 13, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

As the word “guilty” rang out twelve times in a Lee County courtroom on the evening of June 10, 2016, Alabama’s political world was rendered breathless as if dropped to the canvas by a body blow to the liver.

The conviction of Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, who led Alabama’s Republican party from the backwoods of political power to an overwhelming supermajority in the State House and Senate, was a singularly dark moment in the State’s history. Yet, the date marking one year since he was found guilty of felony public corruption charges passed, seemly without notice.
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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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