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

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.

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The JIC on Monday, December 19, answered the court, claiming it had a constitutional mandate to keep all records confidential. So insistent on this position under the State’s 1901 Constitution, they cited the provision no less than five times.
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The shadowy autocracy of the JIC, the State Supreme Court and the legal elites

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Two State Senators are offering constitutional amendments that would rein in the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) and the Court of the Judiciary (COJ).

The JIC was created to investigate, receive, initiate complaints leveled against sitting judges, and the COJ was formed to hear cases that the JIC felt needed to be adjudicated. In simple terms, the JIC acts as a prosecutor and grand jury, while the COJ is judge and jury.
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Two Senate bills introduced to rein in JIC, COJ

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The prosecution and permanent suspension of Chief Justice Roy Moore has caused several lawmakers to question the legitimacy, even the need for the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) and the Court of the Judiciary (COJ).

The COJ ruling in Judge Moore’s case is under appeal before a specially appointed Supreme Court. However, acting chief justice Lyn Stuart has barred Moore from his office, fired his staff and, reportedly, scheduled a new official Supreme Court photograph.
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Sine Die And Good Luck

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Medicaid is funded for 2017, with $105 million for 2018, which gives legislators an opportunity to do nothing controversial or terribly important in an election year. Strange, how these little things happen to workout, I guess.

Governor Bentley received his Medicaid dollars so he can stop worrying about the dying children. Hospitals, physicians and health care workers will not suffer further cuts to their already bare-bones reimbursements. Medicaid in Alabama provides little coverage as it is, but there is a promise of better medical treatment under the experimental Regional Care Organizations (RCOs).
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Bill Would Regulate the Legal Finance Industry Settlements

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

If you get injured in an accident and sue to recover damages how do you pay your bills while the case moves through the court system if the defendants won’t settle?  For an increasing number of people they get an advance on their future settlement from a third party.  The plaintiff gets funds in advance of their settlement and the third party gets paid from the proceeds of the settlement…….if there is a settlement.
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Hightower Elected To State Senate

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Senate District 35 voters elected business consultant Bill Hightower to represent them in the Alabama Senate on Tuesday.  Hightower defeated State Representative Jim Barton in Tuesday’s special Republican Runoff.

Rep. Barton conceded at 7:45 pm after Barton campaign poll workers reported polling place results show that his efforts had been unsuccessful.

Hightower won 64.19% of the vote versus Barton’s 35.87%.  There were only 6,587 total votes cast in the hotly contested special election.
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Barton and Hightower Election Today

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The special Republican Runoff election for Alabama Senate District 35 is today.  District 35 includes much of Mobile County.  State Representative Jim Barton faces business consultant Bill Hightower.

The winner of the March 12 runoff will be the State Senator as the Alabama Democratic Party was unable to recruit a candidate for the seat previously held by Ben Brooks (R).  Sen. Brooks vacated his seat after being elected a Mobile Circuit Court Judge
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Barton and Hightower To Face Off Tuesday

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

State Representative Jim Barton faces business consultant Bill Hightower in Tuesday’s special Republican Runoff for state Senate District 35.

In the primary Hightower took 46.5% of the Republican primary vote and Rep. Jim Barton (R) came in second with just 30% of the vote.  Former Marine Corps pilot, Nick Matranga came in third with 23% of the vote.  Matranga has since endorsed Barton.

The winner of the March 12 runoff will be the State Senator as the Alabama Democratic Party was unable to recruit a candidate for the seat previously held by Ben Brooks.  Sen. Brooks vacated his seat after being elected a Mobile Circuit Court Judge.
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Armistead Comments on Senate District 35 Race in Mobile

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Mobile businessman Bill Hightower will face Alabama State Representative Jim Barton in a Special Republican Primary runoff on Tuesday March 12th.  The winner of the Republican primary will be the next State Senator for District 35 because the Alabama Democratic Party was unable to recruit a candidate.  Former Marine Corps pilot Nick Matranga finished third.

Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead announced the results on Thursday.  Chairman Armistead said in a written statement, “As a former candidate and member of the State Senate, I know the decision making process these three fine Republicans went through to qualify and I thank them each for their willingness to serve the public.  Now voters in Mobile will have a choice to make between two individuals who would both make fine additions to our Republican Senate Caucus in Montgomery.”
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Barton Narrowly Gets in Runoff with Hightower

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Shocking many Montgomery political insiders, in Tuesday’s special Republican Primary for state Senate District 35, business consultant Bill Hightower took 46.5% of the Republican primary vote.  Alabama State Representative Jim Barton (R) came in second with 30% of the vote.  Former Marine pilot Nick Matranga came in third with 23% of the vote.

Hightower and Barton will face off in a March 12 runoff.
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