Cullman judge accused of funneling court business to son

October 6, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Ethics Commission, on Wednesday, found cause to believe that Cullman County District Court Judge Kim Chaney violated state ethics laws by using his position for personal and/or family gain.

Ethics Commission Executive Director Tom Albritton said Chaney stands accused of directing criminal appointments – assigning representation of criminal defendants – to his son and his son’s law firm.

The Commission has forwarded the allegations and its recommendation on to the Alabama attorney general’s office for possible prosecution.

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Defendants claim innocence in allegations of public corruption

September 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Balch & Bingham partners Joel Gilbert and Steve McKinney were indicted by a federal grand jury along with Drummond Company, Inc. Vice President David Roberson for six counts of conspiracy, bribery, wire fraud, and money laundering in an alleged conspiracy to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from expanding the 35th Avenue Superfund site in North Birmingham and making cleaning up the site a national priority.  To accomplish this mission, prosecutors allege that the trio bribed then state Representative Oliver Robinson, D-Birmingham, who they paid hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Robinson, then the Co-Chair of the Jefferson County Legislative Delegation, was then allegedly directed by Gilbert and McKinney to use his office to block the EPA’s cleanup efforts.

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More Scandals swirl around Strange’s campaign

September 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Many Alabama voters were already suspicious of the circumstances around former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley’s decision to appoint Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., to the U.S. Senate; now new allegations are swirling around Strange, his personal finances, and his campaign finance chair.

State Auditor Jim Zeigler revealed on Tuesday that Strange owns 16 percent of a company that sells VISAs to wealthy foreigners, mostly Chinese.

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Sarah Palin endorses Roy Moore in Senate race

August 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, August 24, 2017, the Judge Roy Moore for Senate Campaign announced that former Alaska Governor and Republican Vice-President nominee, Sarah Palin, has endorsed Moore for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Senator Jeff Sessions (R).

Former Governor Palin said, “Glad he’s running and am honored to endorse Judge Roy Moore for the US Senate.  Judge Moore has shown he has what it takes to stand up to the out-of-touch political establishment. The Judge has proven he’s not afraid of a fight for what is right, and he’s ready to take on DC’s swamp monsters and help make America great again. We need more bold leaders like Judge Moore who will fight for all of us in the US Senate.”
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Brinson: “This election has been as much about scandal as it has been about issues.”

August 11, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday August 9, 2017, US Senate candidate Dr. Randy Brinson (R) was critical of Senator Luther Strange (R).

Brinson said, “It has been an interesting year in Alabama politics. … This election has been as much about scandal as it has been about issues.”

Brinson criticized Strange, “From his shady appointment to his shady contributions and campaign finance violations similar to what Gov. Bentley was convicted of.”  “Sadly it looks like the Alabama Ethics Commission will not be doing its duties at least before the election.”

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Brinson says he was not paid by Christian Coalition of Alabama

August 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, August 7, 2017, US Senate Candidate Dr. Randy Brinson (R) announced that he was releasing tax filings from the Christian Coalition of Alabama showing that he took no salary from that organization during his tenure as its Head.

Brinson said that he is releasing these records due to questions which have been raised over fellow candidate Roy Moore’s remuneration from The Foundation for Moral Law between 2005 and 2013.
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Republican candidates forum in Trussville

August 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The last Republican candidate forum before the August 15th Special Primary was held on Sunday afternoon at the new Sheepdog Firearms facility on Deerfoot Parkway in Trussville.

Bryan Peeples, Dr. Randy Brinson, Congressman Mo Brooks, and Luther Strange participated.  The other candidates had previously scheduled commitments.

Sen. Luther Strange said that he was honored to take the seat of Jeff Sessions, whom he called a friend and a mentor.
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Zeigler Says Strange is campaigning for low information voters

July 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sunday, July 30, 2017, State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) said that US Senator Luther Strange’s (R-Alabama) strategy for getting elected is to, “rely on millions of dollars in ads paid for by Washington insiders to sway low-information voters.”

Zeigler asked, “If you were appointed by disgraced former Gov. Bentley, who you were supposed to be investigating, how would you try to be elected in Alabama’s US Senate primary?”  Zeigler’s answer: “Temporary Sen. Luther Strange is doing it this way: He is counting on millions of dollars in ads paid for by Washington Insiders to sway ‘low-information voters.’”
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Brooks disputes poll showing Luther Strange leads race

July 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, July 26, 2017, Politico Pro is reporting that Senator Luther Strange (R) has taken a seven point lead over his competition in the Special Republican primary to replace Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) who vacated the seat to become US Attorney General.

The poll was conducted by Montgomery based Cygnal, which has said that the poll was not meant to be made public.  According to the poll, Sen. Strange after spending vast sums on political advertising, is now the preferred candidate of 33 percent of likely Republican Primary voters.  Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore (R) is poling at 26 percent.  US Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville), who has been subject to massive negative advertising in the last two weeks charging that he is not supportive of President Donald J. Trump (R) and has faded to just 16 percent of the vote.  Author Mary Maxwell was in fourth at five percent tied with Dr. Randy Brinson.  State Senator Trip Pittman (R-Montrose) has just two percent.
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Brooks accuses Strange of prosecutorial misconduct

July 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, June 24, 2017, US Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) was in in Pell City meeting with the St. Clair County Republican Executive Committee.  Rep. Brooks said that when this campaign started he said that he would focus just on the issues unless he was attacked.

Since then Senator Luther Strange (R) and his allied PACs have spent a fortune on negative ads attacking Brooks.  Brooks said, “I have come under attack from one of them so the gloves are off.”
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