Senate bill would require more Ethics Commission oversight of lawmaker consulting contracts

February 16, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

An Alabama State Senate committee approved a bill Thursday that would require more Ethics Commission oversight of lawmakers’ consulting contracts if those contracts are outside the normal scope of the member’s profession or business.

The bill as it passed out of committee would require a company or person seeking to hire a member of the Legislature for consulting work to notify the Alabama Ethics Commission before paying the member if the consulting work is outside the member’s “regular profession or line of business.”

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Zeigler to run for second term as state auditor

February 2, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, Alabama state Auditor Jim Zeigler announced that he will seek a second term.

“It has been an honor to serve the people of Alabama as State Auditor, and I humbly ask for their vote again on June 5th,” Zeigler said. “State Government needs a watchman against wasteful spending and mismanagement. I have done my best to add that role to the State Auditor’s office. As State Auditor I will always put the people of Alabama first.”

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Judge dismisses three from Pouncey lawsuit

February 1, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

A Montgomery County Circuit Court judge has dismissed two Department of Education attorneys and the former interim state schools superintendent from a lawsuit filed last year by Jefferson County superintendent Craig Pouncey alleging a conspiracy to deny him the superintendent’s job.

Judge Roman Shaul, in a two-page order, released the department’s chief legal counsel, Juliana Dean, fellow ALSDE attorney Susan Crowther and former interim superintendent Philip Cleveland, saying Pouncey’s lawsuit “fails to allege facts that demonstrate these individual defendants were the source of any information that was disseminated to the public and/or that these individuals made any comments about the plaintiff that was not protected.”

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Measure for measure: The politics of 2017

December 22, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Poltical Reporter

From Aesop, we learn that, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” And Oscar Wilde teaches us that, “No good deed goes unpunished.”

So it is in politics that we experience both measures for measure as a darkly divine comedy where misunderstandings and hidden actors cloud the morality play. God laughs at us because He knows the day of judgment is coming as the palmist surmised.

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Stacy George drops out of Governor’s race, endorses Kay Ivey

November 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, former Morgan County Commissioner Stacy George (R) announced that he was dropping out of the Alabama governor’s race and was endorsing Gov. Kay Ivey. George says that he is dropping out of public life. He will complete his book.

“I, Stacy Lee George am leaving the 2018 Governor’s race. I am endorsing Kay Ivey for Governor. Over the last couple of months while finishing my book I have realized that Governor Ivey has been able to steady the ship in Alabama,” George said in a statement.

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The same men quick to judge Bentley rush to Roy Moore’s defense

November 13, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

The allegations facing U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore are not Alabama’s first experience with alleged sexual improprieties among the state’s top brass. The reaction, however, is much different from the two men who led the charge against former Gov. Robert Bentley when he was accused of having an affair with a top adviser.

On Thursday, hours after the Washington Post’s bombshell article published, accusing Moore of sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old girl in 1979, State Auditor Jim Zeigler spoke with the Washington Examiner, invoking Jesus and the Bible in defense of Moore.

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Nine campaign committees, PACs still have not filed 2016 Annual Reports

November 9, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office published a list of principal campaign committees and political action committees that have yet to file their 2016 Annual Report. This report documents all money raised or spent by a candidate or committee each year.

The Secretary of State’s Office says that it made numerous attempts to notify each committee member listed in the FCPA system starting May 1, 2017. Notice was delivered to each committee by phone, mail and email.

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Moore campaign dismisses Daily Beast story as another misleading attack

October 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, the Roy Moore Campaign dismissed reporting by the Daily Beast that the former chief justice’s federal and state ethics filings do not match.

“This is another misleading attack on Judge Moore and his wife,” the Moore campaign said in a statement.

“First, the 990 Form, as reported in the Daily Beast story, is a manipulated document,” the campaign claimed.

The Moore campaign provided no further detail on this claim.

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Report: Roy Moore left income off Senate ethics disclosure form

September 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Daily Beast reported that U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore appears to have left as much as $150,000 in income off of his Senate financial disclosure forms when it was compared to his state of Alabama ethics disclosure form, which he filed two months earlier.

There are also debts on the state form that appear to have been left off of the federal filing.

“In filings with the Alabama Ethics Commission, Moore, the former chief justice of the state supreme court, listed between $50,000 and $150,000 in honoraria received last year for various speaking engagements,” the article said. “But in a filing with the Senate Ethics Committee two months later, he explicitly denied having received any payments last year ‘for an article, speech, or appearance.’”

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US Sen. Shelby endorses Sen. Strange

September 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., endorsed appointed Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., in the Republican primary runoff on Sept. 26.  The endorsement is being promulgated in a statewide direct mail campaign paid for by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and their Alabama affiliate: the Business Council of Alabama (BCA).

“As has been reported, the U.S. Chamber is backing Luther Strange in the race for Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat,” Megan Etten, a spokesperson for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said. “Today, the U.S. Chamber, in partnership with the Business Council of Alabama, will deliver a statewide mailer to Republican primary voters urging them to vote for Senator Luther Strange in the September 26 runoff election. The mailer features an endorsement from Senator Richard Shelby; it’s the first action he’s taken in this race.”

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