UPDATE: Sources say Gov. Kay Ivey to seek full-term next year

August 15, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Several high ranking lawmakers have confirmed to the Alabama Political Reporter that Gov. Kay Ivey will run for Governor in 2018. Ivey, who ascended to the Governor’s office after Robert Bentley fled the position under a cloud of scandal, is now poised to win the job in her own right.

Over the past few weeks, Ivey has reached out to influential lawmakers to inform them of her decision to run. She has received widespread support from Republican Legislators, especially Senators who have worked with her over the last six years. “She doing an excellent job as Governor and she has my support; which is what I told her,” said a long serving Senator who spoke with Ivey last week.

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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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Attorney General opens “dark money” group

July 17, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Republican State’s Attorney General Steve Marshall launched a non-profit organization in May as part of his campaign plan to win the seat he now occupies, thanks to disgraced former Governor Robert Bentley, who appointed him. Bentley has the State’s most famous non-profit group, ACEGOV.

Under current law, candidates like Marshall can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money with limited restrictions using groups that operate in gray areas of the law, as noted by The Center for Public Integrity.
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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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Source: Sentance doubts Meyer report, unhappy with general counsel

June 27, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Top State Department of Education officials didn’t agree with a recent report finding a conspiracy to smear a Superintendent candidate, leading superintendent Michael Sentance to seek a review of that report, a source told APR.

That source said Sentance was not alone in wanting a review of a report produced by ALSDE attorney Michael Meyer. In fact, the person said, a majority of people who heard the report suggested that the evidence presented didn’t fit the conclusion that five people, including a former interim superintendent, a state school board member and three staff attorneys, conspired to ruin Craig Pouncey’s candidacy.
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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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Poor ol’ Mike Hubbard

May 25, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Poor Mike Hubbard.

         That unlucky fella just couldn’t catch a break, had the whole world turn on him by mistake. There he was, just trying to make a living and be a good public servant, when, BAM!, out of nowhere came this overzealous prosecutor totally misreading the law and trying to make Hubbard out to be some kind of criminal.

         It’s outrageous, egregious, audacious what the attorney general’s office has done to poor ol’ Hubbard – a man who only wanted to earn a private living while doing public work. Have mercy, Alabama Appellate Court, have mercy.
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The Session’s biggest loser

May 24, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The 2017 Legislative Session saw the Business Council of Alabama (BCA) fail to deliver on its stated agenda. The State’s so-called powerful business lobby is the Session’s biggest loser. Only Governor Kay Ivey can give them a win.

BCA’s push for an infrastructure package collapsed, as did the latest Triple-A education giveaway. Its team of lobbyists couldn’t stop the anti-gay adoption Legislation, or the Autism Bill from passage despite their best efforts (They did manage to kill the Gun Bill).
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Gov. Ivey refuses to answer our questions about her health

May 22, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

At a bill signing ceremony on Friday, Gov. Kay Ivey told reporters, “My health is fine. I’ve never felt better,” adding: “What’s the old saying? There’s never a step too high for a high stepper.”

Despite the hyperbole, it’s good to know the Governor is feeling good. Here at APR, we hope and pray that Gov. Ivey will stay healthy and that her administration is successful.
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Ivey’s Chief of Staff hid hospitalization after stroke-like symptoms

May 17, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

In April 2015, then Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey was admitted to a hospital in Colorado due to a series of stroke-like attacks, according to two high-ranking former government officials. Ivey had flown to the Aerospace State Association Annual Meeting held in Colorado Springs that year. She was accompanied by Chief of Staff Steve Pelham and Security Officer Thomas Andrew “Drew” Brooks.

After several attacks, Ivey was taken to the hospital where she allegedly spent four days recovering, before returning to Alabama. According to reports, Pelham threatened Trooper Brooks, not to report the incident to anyone. However, under security protocol, Brooks was bound to tell his supervisor, Jack Clark. The event generated buzz around ALEA but was quashed according to those at the agency at the time of the incident. “We all knew what happened, but because she was scheduled to be out of town for the conference, it was easy for them [Ivey’s people] to keep a lid on it,” recalled a former Trooper.
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