The End of Robert Bentley: Part III

April 14, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The end for Robert Bentley came several times in his final 48 hours as Governor.

Sources close to the Governor, including two who were present for portions of the negotiations that ultimately led to his resignation, said Bentley backed away from agreements to resign twice between mid-afternoon Saturday and early Monday morning. And those were in addition to stepping away from a near-resignation for health reasons two weeks earlier.
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House votes to keep Law Enforcement Officers’ and DAs’ addresses from Public Ethics filings

April 12, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, the Alabama House of Representatives passed House Bill 334 (HB334) which would allow the home addresses of Law Enforcement officers, District Attorney and Assistant District to be redacted from Statement of Economic Interest reports to the Alabama Ethics Commission so that their personal addresses are not available to the public.

HB334 is sponsored by state Representative Mack Butler (R-Rainbow City). Butler said that under the current law only undercover officers have their home addresses redacted from their Statement of Economic Interest that is filed with the Alabama Ethics Commissioin. Presently the public can look up the ethics form to gather information about an officer, state employee, or elected official and that includes their home address.
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Bentley admits guilt and resigns

April 11, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Just after 5:00 p.m. Monday, April 10, 2017, Montgomery’s culture of runaway corruption claimed another victim, as criminal excesses associated with an illicit liaison with married staffer, Mrs. Rebekah Caldwell Mason, led to Governor Robert Bentley (R) being forced to resign, rather than becoming the first Governor to be impeached in Alabama history.

Governor Bentley said, “I received the greatest honor of my life when the people of Alabama elected me Governor….I have not always made that right choices, and that even though I sometimes failed I have tried to live up the standards expected of me; but there have been times that I have left you and our people down.”
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Will the Ethic Commission’s political parlor tricks doom Bentley?

April 7, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

What the public learned from the Ethic Commission hearing surrounding accusations against Gov. Robert Bentley, is that he may have violated the Ethics Code and the Fair Campaign Practice Act (FCPA). What observant politicos witnessed was an Ethics Commission that is political, ineffectual, and has long outlived its sell-by-date.

Let’s take the cute little nod and wink between Commissioner Stewart Tankersley and Tom Albritton.
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Group to file State Bar complaint against Senator Strange

April 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, a group of Alabama citizens announced plans to file an official complaint to the State Bar against US Senator Luther Strange (R) today, April 6, 2017 at 11:15 am.

The groups says that they are like many Alabama citizens, the group has been deeply troubled about Sen. Strange taking Governor Robert Bentley’s appointment to US Senate.

David King said, “We have to hold our political leaders accountable. Everyone in the State knows this smells fishy. We would all cry foul if a prosecutor stopped a white collar crime investigation against a corporation, only then to take a job with the corporation.”
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Bentley faces his Judgement Day

April 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, April 5, 2017, was not the end of the Bentley Administration; but it likely was the beginning of the last chapter of the Bentley era in Alabama. Wednesday’s ruling by the Alabama Ethics Commission means that Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is much more likely to be ithe first Governor impeached and removed under the 1901 Constitution.

On Wednesday the Ethics Commission voted that Bentley likely committed four separate ethical and campaign law violations.
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Is Wednesday the beginning of the end for Robert Bentley?

April 5, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

People at the Alabama State House like to know things.

Even when they don’t know things, they don’t mind at all if you happen to think that they know something. Anything, really.

With that in mind, there are a lot of people at the State House who know things about Gov. Robert Bentley’s impeachment.

They know that the House will definitely probably vote to impeach the Governor later this month. And they know that the Senate will then definitely probably sit on that impeachment process until the end of the session.
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Governor’s Attorney Seeks to Suppress Sharman Report

April 5, 2017

By Brandon Moseley

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 attorney Ross Garber who is representing Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) in his impending impeachment hearings before the House Judiciary Committee, spoke with members of the press, including the Alabama Political Reporter., at the Alabama Statehouse.

Garber has issues with the procedures outlined by Judiciary Committee Special Counsel Jack Sharman. Garber does not want Sharman’s report on Friday made public. He also disagreed with the hearing process and proposed an alternative schedule. Garber would also like to be able to cross examine Sharman’s witnesses and present his own evidence and witnesses. Garber called Sharman’s evidence hearsay and said that he did not know that if Sharman had any evidence or not.
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Zeigler: “It’s Now or Never” on Bentley Impeachment

April 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sunday, April 2017, Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) suggested that the theme song for the investigation of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) should be: “It’s Now or Never” by Elvis Presley.

Zeigler said that, “The probes of Gov. Robert Bentley will come to a head in April and end in May – or else they never will. It’s now or never.”

Zeigler has been a long-time critic of Gov. Bentley. Zeigler also filed the initial ethics complaint against the governor on March 25 of last year. The ethics commission meets this Wednesday, April 5, and may or may not rule on the Bentley complaint. Zeigler said that if the commission finds probable cause of ethics violations, they refer the case to the State Attorney General for prosecution. If they do not, the ethics complaints are dead.
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Cavanaugh first to file in Governor’s race

March 29, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The race to become Alabama’s 54th Governor will present a crowded field of candidates, but the first out-of-the-pack would appear to be the current President of the Public Service Commission (PSC) Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh, who filed with the Secretary of State on March 1 of this year.

Cavanaugh, a conservative stalwart since the 1990s, will likely face a daunting array of male challengers in a State with only one female serving as a constitutional officer (Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey is the only woman holding a statewide office).
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