Alabama businessman named to National Advisory Board

June 14, 2017

By Sam Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

George Spottswood, a small business owner from Baldwin County, was recently named to a National Advisory Board.

Spottswood, the owner and CEO of Alabama-based business Quality Filters, Inc., will serve as a member of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) Advisory Board.

“I’m looking forward to serving on the MEP Advisory Board in helping to make a difference with the critical mission of sustaining and growing manufacturing jobs in the USA,” Spottswood said in a statement. “Having been involved with Alabama’s own MEP ‘ATN’ since 2005, I’m very well aware of what a powerful job creating difference the skills, drive and dedication of a properly organized and directed MEP management team and field staff can make in American industry.”
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Alabama Sports Festival CEO retires after 35 years

June 12, 2017

By Sam Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Sports Festival Foundation CEO and President Ron Creel announced on Thursday, June 8, 2017, that he would retire from his position.

Creel, who is 80, announced his decision at a board meeting in Dothan. Creel will stay on for another year to transition the games from Dothan to Huntsville.

The Alabama Sports Festival Foundation was established in 1982 at the request of the United States Olympic Committee. According to their website, the purpose of the foundation was to show the “importance of academics, athletics, healthy lifestyles and good citizenship”
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A disquisition on greed in politics, an introduction with Mr. Blue Suit

May 23, 2017

By Sam McLure
Alabama Political Reporter

“I have no doubt from what I daily see that our whole system is rapidly becoming a mere money-making concern to those who have the control of it.”

US Senator Calhoun, (Circa 1848)

The Big 4 meet Mr. Blue Suit

The State of YullaMama is located in the southern region of North America. YullaMama’s average temperature is well above 90 degrees. It’s warm weather has proven to be a fertile environment for the ice-production business. Currently there are four ice production companies that retain 95 percent of the market share – the Big 4.
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Will Poarch Creek casino money return Hubbard to power?

April 12, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

New information about a reported agreement between convicted felon Mike Hubbard and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PCI) came to light over the weekend. The Tribe has is believed to have agreed to pay all of Hubbard’s legal fees past, present, and future if the once-powerful Speaker of the House helps them elect a majority of like-minded lawmakers who will grant a Compact, giving them Vegas-style casino gambling rights in Alabama.
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Nixonian plots, half-wit schemes

November 14, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The scheme to defame the State’s former top law enforcement officer, Spencer Collier, is very similar to the New Jersey “Bridgegate” trial that has seen two of Governor Chris Christies’s allies convicted of using state resources and personnel for political retribution.

Now, an investigation by Senators Gerald Dial and Quintin Ross has discovered that a “dirty tricks” operation used State assets and employees to derail the election of Dr. Craig Pouncey as Alabama’s school superintendent in much the same way.
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Regional Care Organizations Collapsing

October 27, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The promised dream of Regional Care Organizations (RCOs) saving the State’s underfunded and overburdened Medicaid system continues to unravel.

Just recently, the University of Birmingham Medical Systems and Viva Heath Inc., abandoned their programs indefinitely, citing the instability of State funding.

Last month, The Alabama Political Reporter obtained a letter from Mike Warren, President and CEO of Children of Alabama, to Medicaid Agency Commissioner Stephanie Azar in which he detailed the failure of the RCO plan adopted by Gov. Robert Bentley (which was approved by the State Legislature). In it, Warren offers a withering critique of the programs including the false promise of cost savings under the RCO model. “The numbers are frightening,” Warren writes. “RCOs will actually cost the State’s General Fund a substantial amount more than keeping the current program funded.”
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CEO of State’s Largest Medicaid Provider Strongly Opposes Current RCOs

September 28, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—A letter to Alabama Medicaid Agency Commissioner, Stephanie Azar, dated September 21, of this year, renders a devastating point-by-point analysis of the much-hyped Regional Care Organizations (RCOs).

According to a letter obtained by the Alabama Political Reporter, the current RCO model will not save money, but will cost more than originally stated and deliver fewer services because it strayed far from the plan offered by the Governor’s Task Force on Medicaid Reform.
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BCA’s Canary Cares About Next Superintendent of Education

July 18, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Business Council of Alabama CEO, Billy Canary, and former State Superintendent of Education and current leader of BCA’s education arm, Joe Morton, recently co-authored an Op-Ed in which they pose questions they want answered by the State Superintendent candidates.

Canary and Morton write, “no way are we trying to influence the vote or the final selection…[of State Superintendent]” This is like a hooker telling a John that hard cash will have no bearing on the outcome of their date.
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More Indictments Likely

June 14, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—When asked if there would be more indictments, Acting Attorney General W. Van Davis said, “No Comment.” That statement should strike fear in the heart of anyone named in the counts on which Mike Hubbard was found guilty.

Hubbard was found guilty on seven counts of receiving a thing of value from a lobbyist or a principal under Section 36-25-5.1 (a) which forbids “[a] public employee or public official or family member of the public employee or family member of the public official shall solicit or receive a thing of value from a lobbyist, subordinate of a lobbyist, or principal.”
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Massive Prison Spending Bill “All Devil-No Details”

May 2, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The State is poised to give Gov. Robert Bentley an $800 million dollar credit card to build 4 super-max style prisons, with no written plan, no impact study, and no accountability. The only thing certain about the project is that State taxpayers will be on the hook for $1.5 billion. The bill, which has been hurried through the legislature, has raised numerous unanswered questions, not the least of which is how the bond would be paid back.
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