Marshall leading 14-state brief to support Pensacola in maintaining cross in public park

October 5, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Attorney General Steve Marshall is leading a group of attorneys general from across the country in supporting the city of Pensacola, Florida, in a court battle to keep a historic cross on display in a public park.

Marshall led a group of 14 AGs in writing an amicus, or friend of the court, brief, in support of Pensacola in their appeal with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Former Gov. Siegelman announces book about legal case, says he’s still innocent

October 2, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman announced he is writing a new book about his legal case, which landed him a conviction in federal prison for five years.

Siegelman said this during an interview with the Alabama Political Reporter’s Editor-in-Chief Bill Britt during a live taping of the TV show The Voice of Alabama Politics, where Britt is a host.



The former governor was in Montgomery at Troy University’s Davis Theater for a showing of Atticus V. The Architect, which is a documentary about his criminal case.

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Baldwin County judge Michelle Thomason to seek seat on Alabama Court of Civil Appeals

September 20, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Baldwin County District Judge Michelle Thomason is seeking a seat on the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals in next year’s general election.

Thomason, a Republican, will be running for the seat on the court currently held by Judge Craig Pittman, who plans to retire and has officially endorsed Thomason as his replacement.

“Judge Pittman is an outstanding jurist. I am truly honored to have received his
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AG candidate Sam McLure addresses Constitution Party

August 30, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, August 26, 2017, Alabama Attorney General candidate Sam McLure spoke to the Alabama Constitution Party at their summer meeting in Prattville’s Islamorada Fish Company Restaurant at Bass Pro Shop.

McLure said, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act. (Dietrich Bonhoeffer a German pastor and theologian who was killed in 1945 for opposing Nazi Germany).  If you are not willing to die for your political beliefs then get another hobby. Thievery and murder are the order of the day. Tyranny is not the greatest enemy of freedom, apathy is. I long for the day when Alabamians are more concerned about being on the wrong side of eternity rather than being on the wrong side of history.”

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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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Jackson unapologetic over 19 hours of Legislative time wasted last week

May 16, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, May 11, 2017, the Alabama House of Representatives met for a rare 14 and a half hour session. Most of that time however the Legislators were forced to listen to a robot reading the House Redistricting plan word for word. The Alabama Legislature has an arcane provision in the rules allowing any legislator to require that a bill be read at length.
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Court rules against Birmingham Water Works Board

December 21, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, December 19, 2016, Jefferson County Circuit Judges Robert Vance Jr. ruled that legislation sponsored by State Senator Jabo Waggoner (R-Vestavia) , SB89 to expand the Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB) was passed legally and can now be implemented.

Former State Representative Paul DeMarco (R-Homewood) said, “Great news for Birmingham Water Works Board ratepayers. Jefferson County Circuit Judge Robert Vance Jr. rejected the board’s attempt to kill legislation to reform the board. I, along with Senator Jabo Waggoner drafted this legislation back in 2013 to pass much needed reforms to the water board. The board spent thousands of dollars on lobbyist to kill the effort to reform the board. Finally, after years of hard work Senator Waggoner along with Representatives Jim Carns and David Standridge got the bill passed through the Alabama Legislature. The fight for reform of the board is not over, but ratepayers prevailed today.”
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Montgomery officer indicted for murder; victim’s family relieved

November 19, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Franklin Gunn was driving through Washington D.C. when he got the news that the Montgomery Police officer who shot and killed his unarmed brother has been indicted for murder.

“Oh, man, I really appreciate you calling me and telling me this – it really does restore my faith some in the system and the county down there,” Gunn said. “I’ve got to make a bunch of phone calls now.”
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A Dark Omen Rises From Moore Trial

October 4, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Those politicos and advocates who follow history should mark Friday, September 30,2016 on their calendars and note it as the day the State of Alabama changed due to the suspension of Chief Justice Roy S. Moore from the Alabama Supreme Court.

There is no reason for anyone on either side of this issue to celebrate. By suspending Judge Moore, the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) and the Court of the Judiciary (COJ) have completely undermined the very institutions that stand for equal justice.
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Hearing Wednesday in Zeigler’s challenge to Bentley’s $47 million STAARS software

September 21, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, September 21, a hearing will be held in a lawsuit challenging Gov. Robert Bentley’s (R) controversial $47 million no-bid contract for the purchase of the ,much maligned STAARS software.

State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) filed suit alleging that the massive no-bid contract violates Alabama’s bid laws and the software does not work. He is asking that the contract be voided and that the purchase money returned to the State’s General Fund.
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