Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and the American Ideal

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

“Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will,” said Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., speaking at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 3rd, 1968, the night before his assassination.

There are those who see Dr. King as a saint, others as a radical and even some still seek

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The shape of things to come?

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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

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New filing claims Bentley used State resources to destroy a political enemy

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

It should come as no surprise that former top law enforcement officer Spencer Collier is filling in the blanks on fictitious defendants in his defamation and wrongful termination suit against Gov. Robert Bentley, Rebekah Caldwell Mason the Governor’s alleged lover, Mason’s husband Jon and a host of others.

What is consequential in the filing is Collier showing the pattern and practice

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Byard to Senate, Bentley’s attorney to AG?

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By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

As candidates continue to jockey for position in the race to land the soon-to-be-vacated US Senate seat currently held by US Attorney General-nominee Jeff Sessions, the temporary appointment looks more and more like a done deal.

On Monday, APR’s Bill Britt reported that several insiders told him that current head of Alabama’s Department of Economic and Community Affairs, Jim Byard

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JIC’s bogus, twisted excuses for denying records in Moore case

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The Special Alabama Supreme Court appointed to hear the appeal of Chief Justice Roy Moore suspension on December 7, sent an order to the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) giving them fourteen days to show cause as to why the Motion to Intervene and Unseal filed by The Alabama Political Reporter should not be granted.

See reply

The JIC on Monday, December 19, answered the court, claiming it had a constitutional

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Ethics Commission withdraws McCalla opinion after charities line-up

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

In a unanimous vote on September 1, 2016, the Alabama Ethics Commission issued advisory opinion 2016-24, which it believed clarified the question regarding public officials soliciting lobbyists and principals for contributions to a charitable organization, operating as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

The issue was raised by the nonprofit group, Friends of McCalla.

After approving the opinion in a 5-0 vote

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Strange bedfellows: Big Luther hires associate of felon Hubbard

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Attorney General, Luther Strange, sent a statewide press release officially announcing his run for the US Senate. The announcement was hardly a surprise in political circles, as Strange has made his desire to return to the hallowed ground of DC, and the Georgetown cocktail circuit no secret. Many agree he is a senator right out of central casting. But what was a surprise, was the identity

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Where’s Bentley’s paycheck? You’ll be surprised

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

As part of his campaign pledge during the 2010 Gubernatorial race, candidate Dr. Robert Bentley vowed not to accept a salary until there was full employment in Alabama, which equates to 5.2 percent unemployment.

So, where did Bentley’s paycheck go?

It turns out that each year, his salary has been paying for “miscellaneous office expenses,” according to Bentley’s Communications

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1978: Gov. Wallace appoints Mrs. Allen to US Senate

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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

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The incomparable cost of gross incompetence

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Chanting the much-ballyhooed mantra of “streamlining government, transparency and efficiency,” the administration of Governor Robert Bentley and the Republican-controlled State House have green-lighted, perhaps, hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on failed software systems.

Last Monday, Bentley’s cabinet secretary for the Office of Information Technology (OIT), Dr. Joanne

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