Business Council of Alabama endorses Luther Strange ahead of primary

September 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, the Board of Directors of the Business Council of Alabama announced that they have endorsed U.S. Sen. Luther Strange in the special primary election runoff for U.S. Senate.

BCA Chairman Jeff Coleman said in a statement, “The Business Council of Alabama is proud to endorse U.S. Sen. Luther Strange in his bid to continue to serve the people of Alabama in the United States Senate. Sen. Strange has built his reputation on being a tireless advocate for the growth and progress of the state of Alabama. The Business Council of Alabama believes Luther Strange has the experience and proven leadership needed in the halls of Congress.”

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ALSDE not turning over key evidence in Meyer’s investigation

July 12, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A deposition, which serves as the basis of the final report that details efforts to smear Dr. Craig Pouncey and deny him a fair chance at being selected State Superintendent of the Department of Education, is being withheld by the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE).

Over ten days ago, The Alabama Political Reporter (APR), under the Alabama Open Records Act, requested the sworn deposition of ALSDE’s Chief Information Security Officer, David Pope.
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Tick-Tock: Dateline looms in Bentley/Mason ethics investigation

January 23, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The investigative arm of the State Ethics Commission is nearing completion of its probe into potential ethics violations by Gov. Robert Bentley and his former senior political adviser/alleged mistress, Rebekah Caldwell Mason, according to those close to the investigation.

These well-placed sources say Bentley and Mason recently received letters requiring their appearance before Special Agents of the Commission.

Chief Special Agent Tony Goubil is leading exhaustive interviews with former State officials and others within Bentley’s sphere of influence, to determine if he or Mason violated State ethics laws. According to Statute, the Commission has a 180-day window to complete an ethics complaint investigation and offer recommendations. The Commission may grant an additional 180 days but an extension seems unlikely to those who spoke anonymously with The Alabama Political Reporter. Read More

New filing claims Bentley used State resources to destroy a political enemy

December 22, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

It should come as no surprise that former top law enforcement officer Spencer Collier is filling in the blanks on fictitious defendants in his defamation and wrongful termination suit against Gov. Robert Bentley, Rebekah Caldwell Mason the Governor’s alleged lover, Mason’s husband Jon and a host of others.

What is consequential in the filing is Collier showing the pattern and practice of Bentley using State personnel and resources to damage a political enemy personally and professionally.
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Joe Lovvorn Wins House District 79 Republican Primary

September 14, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Republican Primary Voters in House District 79 went to the polls to select whom they want to represent them in the Alabama House of Representatives. A narrow majority of 51 percent selected Joe Lovvorn out of a field of four in the heavily Republican Lee County District.

Lovvorn said in a statement, “”Thank you” doesn’t really seem adequate. My family and I are so humbled and so grateful.”
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Reform Bills Introduced Following Hubbard Scandal

August 20, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

For twenty months, the Alabama House of Representatives operated with a dark cloud of suspicion hanging over it. Then, Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) was indicted on 23 counts of felony ethics law violations. Speaker Hubbard maintained his innocence and allegedly used the power of his office to encourage members of State government to make statements defending him. Hubbard even used the fact that 104 of the 105 members voted for him as Speaker as proof that he was innocent, and that he was the victim of a “political witch hunt” by State prosecutors.
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Shedd Says that Selection of McCutcheon Means Turning the Page From Corruption

August 4, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, August 3, State Representative Randall Shedd (R-Cullman) issued a statement congratulating Rep. Mac McCutcheon (R-Madison) for his recent election by the House Republican Caucus as the next Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives.

Rep. Shedd wrote, “I believe the Alabama House Republican Caucus began the process of turning the page from corruption and selected a new leader and a new day with Representative Mac McCutcheon.”
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Two State Workers Indicted for Ethics and Forgery Charges

July 29, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, July 28, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) announced that two employees of the Alabama Licensing Board for General Contractors were indicted on charges of ethics violations and possession of forged instruments.

Nancy C. Saffo, age 51, of Pike Road, and Christy Easterling, age 47, of Prattville were arrested on July 27 and July 26, respectively, by the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Division. Both were booked at the Montgomery County jail and released on bond.
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Bentley Hires Another Attorney at Taxpayers’ Expense

July 18, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, July 15, 2016, the Office of the Governor announced that it has retained Ross Garber, of the law firm Shipman & Goodwin, to represent the Office of the Governor and Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) in his official capacity, in connection with the pending impeachment investigation by the House Judiciary Committee. Governor Bentley said in a statement, “It is my intention to fully work with the House Judiciary Committee during this procedure as it pertains to the Alabama Constitution and the US Constitution.”
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Zeigler Opposes Decision for Taxpayers to Spend up to $200,000 Defending Bentley

July 11, 2016

By Brandon Moseley and Susan Britt

Thursday July 7, 2016, State Auditor Jim Zeigler responded to committee approval of $200,000 for legal contracts including for Bentley’s defense in Collier lawsuit.

Auditor Zeigler said, “This is a double whammy on the taxpayers of Alabama. They have already been hit with the cost of Bentley’s spending. Now that he has been sued, taxpayers will be hit again with his legal defense. This is so unfair. An ordinary citizen would have to pay his own defense costs. Bentley got himself into this, and he should pay his own legal costs to try to get himself out.”
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