Some are using a stalking horse to undermine ethics laws

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The greatest challenge before the Alabama State Legislature when it returns in February is not the budget, schools or Medicaid. It is the slight of hand chicanery used to undermine the State’s ethics laws.

Since the conviction of former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard on 12 felony ethics violations, a coordinated effort has been underway to weaken those laws, with particular focus on how they identify a “principal.” Read More

Reports claim that Bentley may bring Mrs. Mason back to State government

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, November 17, 2016, a source has told the Alabama Political Reporter that embattled Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has discussed bringing former top political advisor Rebekah Caldwell Mason back to Alabama State Government. The agency that hires Mrs. Mason would then loan her back to the Bentley Administration.

Apparently, APR is not the only news source who has heard similar reports.

WSFA reporter Michael Doudna asked the Governor, “Governor, after a lot of the stuff centering around your impeachment has died down, would you ever consider rehiring your former staff member, Rebekah Mason?”
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Mac McCutcheon is Selected as New Speaker

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, August 2, 2016, members of the Alabama House Republican Caucus met in Montgomery to decide which of them would replace disgraced former Representative Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) as the next Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives. The House Republican Caucus unanimously affirmed Rep. Mac McCutcheon (R-Madison) as the group’s nominee for Speaker of the House when lawmakers convene for a special session on August 15.
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Could Court’s Overturning of Virginia Governor’s Conviction be the Precedent that Frees Siegelman?

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, June 27, Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) said in a statement that Monday’s US Supreme Court reversal of bribery convictions of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R) could possibly free former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman (D).

Zeigler is a career attorney. The conservative State Auditor said that today’s Supreme Court ruling is “very close to what Siegelman was convicted of.”

Zeigler said that the court unanimously voided the convictions of Governor McDonnell because jury instructions could have led the jury to believe that the actions of McDonnell were illegal when they were not.
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Gaston Will Not Be Candidate for Speaker of the House: McCutcheon Announces Candidacy

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, June 22, Acting House Speaker Victor Gaston (R-Mobile) announced in a statement that he will not be a candidate for the Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives. Rep. Mac McCutcheon (R-Capshaw) announced late on Wednesday that he is running for Speaker of the House.

Acting Speaker Gaston said, “After careful thought and much prayerful consideration, I have decided that I will not be a candidate for Speaker of the House when the Alabama Legislature convenes again. While I am deeply grateful to the constituents, colleagues, friends, and family who have encouraged me to seek the job, I do not feel God calling me in that direction.”
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Todd Promises Reforms if Elected Speaker

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Most of the Alabama members of the Alabama House of Representatives are straight, male, Republican men. But, that is not deterring the only gay, female, Democrat from declaring her candidacy to be the next Speaker of the House. Not only has State Representative Patricia Todd (D-Birmingham) publicly announced her candidacy, she has a list of twelve campaign promises for her House colleagues, if they come together to make her the first openly gay Speaker in the history of the Alabama House.
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Is There a Link Between Common Core, Illegal Gains Hubbard Received From BCA Chair?

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

According to prosecutors, disgraced Speaker Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) made $2.3 million in unethical deals over a four year period. Through it all the Business Council of Alabama (BCA) was there helping Mike Hubbard both professionally and personally,

BCA President and CEO William “Billy” T. Canary, Billy Canary, who is a registered lobbyist, testified that he was part of what he called a “kitchen cabinet” that met with Mike Hubbard every week of the legislative sessions. This group also included: Hubbard’s Chief of Staff Josh Blades, Dax Swatek (a lobbyist), John Ross (a lobbyist), and guests invited in by members of the group such as experts in the field being discussed.
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Lathan Comments on Hubbard Verdict

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Republican Party Chairman, Terry Lathan, said the party did the right thing when it audited the books revealing possible improprieties by former ALGOP Chairman former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn).

Chairman Lathan said, “With the announcement of Mike Hubbard’s guilty verdicts on twelve felony charges, the Alabama Republican Party is both deeply disappointed one of our leaders abused the trust placed in him and grateful that the rule of law has prevailed.”
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Hubbard Sentencing is July 8

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Disgraced former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) will return to the Judge Walker’s Courtroom on July 8 for sentencing.

The former State legislator, former Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party and former co-host of the popular Pat Dye Show, is expected to bring several character witnesses, possibly including former Auburn and Los Angeles Raiders Running Back, Bo Jackson. Hubbard, a University of Georgia alum, was brought to Auburn by then, Coach and Athletics Director Pat Dye, to promote Bo Jackson’s Heisman campaign. Hubbard never left the town of Auburn, eventually going on to found the Auburn Network there, and then representing the town in the Alabama Legislature.
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Zeigler Takes Issue With Bentley’s “Assigned by God” Claim

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sunday, June 12, State Auditor Jim Zeigler responded with skepticism toward Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s assertion that he, the Governor, was assigned as Governor by God. Zeigler called Bentley “delusional.”

Gov. Bentley wrote, “Alabama is strong because our people are strong. As leaders we were placed here to serve our people and that is exactly what we are going to continue to do. God has assigned us to this task, and we will work hard to honor Him. I have the utmost confidence in the men and women of the Alabama Legislature. We will all continue working together to solve the real problems facing our state and to help Alabamians. We will pass a balanced budget that funds essential state services, create well-paying jobs and care for our sick, our elderly and our children. No matter how difficult the challenge, the people of this state will know we are working hard every day to serve them.”
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