Ivey has not ruled out running for Governor

April 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, February 13, 2017, new Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) addresses reporters for her first press conference as Alabama’s Governor.

When pressed by reporters, Gov. Ivey would not commit to whether she would run for the office in 2018 or not. Ivey told reporters that she had months to make that determination and her focus now was on the affairs of the State.
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Ivey promises to turn the State around, strengthen Ethics Laws

April 14, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — In the first press conference of her young administration, Gov. Kay Ivey promised to turn the State around after years of political turmoil following the ouster of a governor, a House speaker and a chief justice.

Ivey, 72, who assumed the State’s highest post Monday after former Gov. Robert Bentley resigned after falling prey to a spiraling sex scandal, laid out a broad, albeit vague political agenda in response to wide-ranging questions from reporters.

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Senate Health Committee gives favorable report to Right of Conscience Act

April 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, April 12, 2017, the Senate Health Committee gave a favorable report to House Bill 95 giving health care providers authority to decline to perform services that violate their consciences. The Health Care Rights of Conscience Act was sponsored by State Representative Arnold Mooney (R-Indian Springs).

Rep. Mooney said that most states already have a health care right of conscience act. There are not any lawsuits occurring in relation to this. This bill is very limited and not as broad as statutes in other states. The healthcare provider, that being an individual, can elect to opt out of participating in four specific areas if he or she objects in writing. This has to be on file with the personnel department. This does not apply to abortion clinics. They are exempt. Alabama is one of only three states that do not have some sort of conscience protection. Healthcare providers can opt to not participate in: abortions, human cloning, sterilizations
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Bentley attorneys: Charges against the Governor need “context”

April 7, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Two attorneys for Gov. Robert Bentley had important points to make at a press conference Thursday: The basis for the Ethics Commissions’ charges against the Governor needs context, and you don’t impeach on ethical issues.

David Bryne and Ross Garber, two attorneys working for the Governor’s Office, held an impromptu press conference Thursday to respond to the ethics charges against Bentley and the House’s looming release of a written report on its impeachment investigation.

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Hubbard has until April 26 to file written brief for his appeals trial

April 6, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Gov. Robert Bentley’s alleged ethics violations might be all over the news right now, but former House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s ethics convictions might be back in your newsfeed again soon.

There has been little movement in former House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s appeals case since he first filed a request for an appeal last fall, but all of that could change this month.

The Court of Criminal Appeals has set April 26 as the deadline for Hubbard’s attorneys to submit their first written brief, according to court documents. That would be the first substantial move in Hubbard’s fight to overturn his 12 felony ethics convictions.

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Some are using a stalking horse to undermine ethics laws

January 10, 2017

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

November 18, 2016

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

August 3, 2016

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?

June 28, 2016

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

June 23, 2016

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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