New billboards carry a “Public Service Message” from Milton McGregor

December 5, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Maybe you’ve seen the billboards.

There are 18 of them around Alabama, mostly concentrated in Montgomery and south Alabama. On them, in giant letters, is the word “EXPOSED!”

Just underneath are three photos: former Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, former Gov. Bob Riley and former U.S. attorney Leura Canary.

Out to the side: “As seen in the documentary Atticus v. Architect.”

And below that, the signature: “A public service announcement by Milton McGregor.”

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State Rep. Will Ainsworth holds on to fundraising lead in Lieutenant Governor race

November 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The race for the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor is highly competitive with no clear front runner as the candidates all work on establishing name recognition with voters.

The candidates all reported competitive fundraising in October.  Will Ainsworth, Rusty Glover, and Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh have all declared that they are running for the office in the 2018 Republican Primary.

State Rep. Will Ainsworth, R-Guntersville, had a beginning balance coming into October of $1,058,437.65.  Ainsworth reported cash contributions of $45,075.  Ainsworth reported expenditures of $15,2034.79 and line of credit expenditures of $1,336.96 for an ending balance of $1,088,277.86.

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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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Attorney General OKs withholding millions from educators

September 10, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Quietly under cover of so-called attorney-client privilege, educators are being denied millions of dollars, and the state’s Open Meetings Act is in jeopardy.

The Alabama Education Association recently celebrated winning a lawsuit alleging the Retirement System of Alabama’s PEEHIP Board met illegally to improperly raise state employees’ health insurance rates – PEEHIP is short for Public Education Employees’ Health Insurance Plan, which provides health coverage to education workers.
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Governor Siegelman asks Trump for pardon

August 25, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman (D) asked President Donald Trump to pardon him on the Fox Business Network’s show Cavuto Coast to Coast.

Siegelman was convicted in 2006 of bribery charges. His conviction rests upon a $500,000 donation from HealthSouth founder Richard Scrushy to the non profit Alabama Education Foundation, which was an entity created to fund and support a statewide referendum on an Alabama Education Lottery.

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Former House Minority Leader Craig Ford will not run for Governor

August 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

State Representative Craig Ford (D-Gadsden) announced Thursday that he will not be a Gubernatorial candidate in 2018.  State Rep. Ford had been openly considering a run for Governor for the last year.

Rep. Ford said, “Over the last several years, I have been asked by people from all over the State to run for Governor. It has been truly humbling to receive so much support, and I am grateful to all of my supporters who have expressed so much confidence in me. But after prayerful consideration and many long conversations with my family, I have decided not to enter the race for Governor next year.”

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Siegelman Documentary worth your time and anger

August 15, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

No wonder Leura Canary didn’t want people to see the Siegelman documentary.

“Atticus v. The Architect: The Political Assassination of Don Siegelman” is a scorching documentary, particularly if you’re one of the many Republican officials who played a role in the prosecution of Alabama’s former Governor.

For all of the local attention this film has received – thanks in large part to Canary’s pushback against allowing the film to be shown in Montgomery — “Atticus” doesn’t really reveal much in the way of new information. What it does – and it’s the first medium to do so – is put the whole sordid ordeal in one tidy package that’s easy for the common person to digest.

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Montgomery residents “too stupid” for Siegelman documentary

July 19, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Capri Theater won’t be showing the documentary, “Atticus v. the Architect: The Political Assassination of Don Siegelman,” because its members and the surrounding community are just too stupid.

They’re too stupid to separate fact from fiction.

They’re too stupid to understand that any documentary should be taken as only one source of information on a complicated and complex subject matter.

And they’re just too stupid to figure out some other way to see the film.
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Montgomery theater blocks showing of Siegelman documentary

June 27, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The board of a popular Montgomery independent theater has blocked the showing of a documentary about former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman because it contains “defamatory” information about a board member, the theater’s director told al.com.

A group had rented the Capri Theater and planned to show the film, titled “Atticus v. The Architect: The political assassination of Don Siegelman,” next month.

But on Monday, Capri’s director, Martin McCaffrey, told al.com that the board voted to rescind that rental because the pro-Siegelman film portrays board member Leura Canary “in a false and defamatory way.”
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Money from BP is spent

March 1, 2017

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

We have unbelievable natural resources in Alabama starting with the Tennessee Valley and transcending to the beautiful white sands at Gulf Shores. Many of our natural resources have been exploited over the years. The prime example would be the exploitation of our rich vaults of iron ore discovered in Jefferson County in the early 20th Century. It created the city of Birmingham, the Steel City of the south.
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