BCA home sold to Association of County Commissions’ fund

October 3, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Located at 2 North Jackson St. in Montgomery, The Business Center of Alabama is home to the Business Council of Alabama, which figuratively and literally enjoys a commanding view of the Alabama State House. Given the swagger with which BCA Chairman Billy Canary comports himself, it would be easy to think BCA owns all its surveys, when in fact, it doesn’t even own the building it calls home.
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Time for BCA’s Canary to go

September 13, 2017

By Steve Flowers
Inside the Statehouse

As I mentioned last week, we will have a plethora of political contests to follow next year, and the field is beginning to formulate.

The governor’s race is always the marquee event. However, the most important races will be for the 35 State Senate and 105 House of Representatives seats. These legislative races will be where most of the special interest money will gravitate.

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Marshall topped short list to replace Hubbard prosecutor

September 6, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A recently discovered “short list” of potential special prosecutors is shedding light on why former Gov. Robert Bentley may have appointed Steve Marshall as the state’s attorney general.

During Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard’s criminal investigation, his lawyers, political allies and donors repeatedly called for Bentley to replace Chief Prosecutor Matt Hart. Until recently, it was not publicly known that Bentley had considered removing Hart and even compiled a roll of potential replacements with Marshall topping the list.

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Business Council of Alabama endorses Luther Strange ahead of primary

September 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, the Board of Directors of the Business Council of Alabama announced that they have endorsed U.S. Sen. Luther Strange in the special primary election runoff for U.S. Senate.

BCA Chairman Jeff Coleman said in a statement, “The Business Council of Alabama is proud to endorse U.S. Sen. Luther Strange in his bid to continue to serve the people of Alabama in the United States Senate. Sen. Strange has built his reputation on being a tireless advocate for the growth and progress of the state of Alabama. The Business Council of Alabama believes Luther Strange has the experience and proven leadership needed in the halls of Congress.”

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BillyFeast ends with Canary hanging on

August 14, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

It was a “subdued” gathering, noted individuals who attended to 2017 Business Council of Alabama (BCA) 2017, Governmental Affairs Conference. Others called it a “BillyFeast” or “Canary’s Canard.” But by all accounts, it was three days of BCA’s CEO Billy Canary trying to save his job.

Several Legislators did not attend the gathering this year. Some were uninvited, and other choose to sit it out rather than be associated with Canary. As one lawmaker said, “Billy’s a dead man walking.” But, there is concern that Canary has stacked the Board with Lackey’s who do not understand politics enough to show him the door.

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BCA excludes the Zeiglers from Annual Governmental Affairs Conference

August 11, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, August 10, 2017, both State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) and his wife, State Board of Education member Jackie Zeigler (R), were excluded from the Annual Governmental Affairs Conference of the Business Council of Alabama (BCA).  The couple were the only two statewide elected officials excluded from the plush event at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear.  17 members of the State Legislature were also excluded this year.

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What’s the going rate?

July 27, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

What are we to make of an Attorney General who takes campaign donations from a lawyer/lobbyist who would gut the State’s Ethics laws?

In the political world, friends give campaign donations, but political action committees, lawyers, lobbyists, and businesses invest; and they expect a return on their investment.

So, it is with our State’s Attorney General Steve Marshall. He has taken campaign contributions that can be linked to people and industries with a special interest in matters before the Attorney General’s Office. And now, he has taken two contributions from a PAC led by Edward “Ted” Hosp who has aggressively lobbied to roll back Ethics reform. Marshall received two contributions from Hosp’s GoodPac: one for $2,500 on June 12, and another one for $2500 on June 13.
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Government affairs or an orgy of greed and corruption?

July 24, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

How much food and booze does it take to wash away embarrassment and shame? Is money the seductive elixir that so easily chills honest introspection, that allows our State’s leaders to dine freely on the spoils of corruption?

In August, many of the State’s top leaders will embark on an annual pilgrimage to Point Clear for the Business Council of Alabama’s (BCA) Governmental Affairs Conference.
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What kind of change will come?

July 10, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

When the Alabama Republican Party swept into power during the November 2010 elections, they promised us change. In his book, Storming the State House, Mike Hubbard wrote of that November evening, “It would fundamentally change the direction of Alabama, and of my own life, forever.”

Republicans have controlled Alabama’s State government for nearly seven years, and the only justification they offer for their shortcomings is, “It would have been worse under the Democrats.”
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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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