No federal funding for CHIP could cost more than 83,000 Alabama kids their health insurance

October 3, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

If the U.S. Congress can’t get to a deal on funding for the Child Health Insurance Program, more than 80,000 children in Alabama could be without health insurance as soon as next spring.

Congress last week failed to reauthorize funding for the program, which expired on Sept. 30 at the end of the 2017 Fiscal Year. And without that federal funding, Alabama’s “All Kids” Chip program could be exhausted by early next year.

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Former Gov. Siegelman announces book about legal case, says he’s still innocent

October 2, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman announced he is writing a new book about his legal case, which landed him a conviction in federal prison for five years.

Siegelman said this during an interview with the Alabama Political Reporter’s Editor-in-Chief Bill Britt during a live taping of the TV show The Voice of Alabama Politics, where Britt is a host.



The former governor was in Montgomery at Troy University’s Davis Theater for a showing of Atticus V. The Architect, which is a documentary about his criminal case.

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Birmingham Realtors PAC held FCPA reports for four years

July 11, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

In his ongoing effort to ensure adherence to the Fair Campaign Practice Act (FCPA), Secretary of State John Merrill continues to crackdown on those who fail to report according to State law’s required guidelines. One such group, put on notice by the Secretary of State’s Office, is the Birmingham Association of Realtors (BARPAC) Political Action Committee.

According to the Secretary of State’s records, BARPAC did not file annual reports for four years, as required from 2013 through 2016, and made over $37,000 in political contributions to candidates, lobbyists, and others during those years.
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Congress works on several bills for National Police Week

May 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

This week is National Police Week and the US Congress has passed a series of bills intended to help Law Enforcement officers.

US Senator Luther Strange (R-Alabama) announced that he was supporting S. 1134, the Back the Blue Act, sponsored by US Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas).

Sen. Strange said, “When I served as Attorney General of Alabama, I had no higher honor than getting to know the brave men and women of the law enforcement community. As we make special note of their service and sacrifice during National Police Week, this bill will make sure that the heroes of our communities are equipped every week with the legal protections they deserve. I am proud to join Senator Cornyn in this important effort, and I look forward to sending a strong message that those who enforce the law are backed by the law.”
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The End of Robert Bentley: Part II

April 13, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

It is fairly obvious by now that Robert Bentley was awful at concealing an affair.

He accidentally sent an “I love you Rebekah” text to his wife, Diane. He got caught on a recording make a phone call to his mistress – twice. He didn’t know his iPad was connected to his iPhone.

Bentley was no Don Draper, to say the least.

But when it comes to keeping criminal investigations quiet, the man’s a regular CIA spook.
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Systematic Venality Renders State Government Suspect

October 31, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer ‘Present’ or ‘Not Guilty’.”

Corruption is a pervasive reality in all branches of our State government, and our lawmakers and media selectively look away far too often.

In the Executive Branch, Governor Robert Bentley is under investigation by both Federal and State law enforcement.

The Judicial Branch is refusing to unseal court records in the case against Chief Justice Roy Moore.
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Will Chief Justice Roy Moore Be Denied Equal Justice?

October 24, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Chief Justice Roy Moore has been suspended for the rest of his term in office, which permanently removes him from the bench forever (Moore will be aged-out by a State statute that caps eligibility to run for a judgeship after 70).

The Alabama Supreme Court is refusing to unseal the records in his case, denying the public the right to know all the facts that led to his suspension.
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Massive Prison Spending Bill “All Devil-No Details”

May 2, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The State is poised to give Gov. Robert Bentley an $800 million dollar credit card to build 4 super-max style prisons, with no written plan, no impact study, and no accountability. The only thing certain about the project is that State taxpayers will be on the hook for $1.5 billion. The bill, which has been hurried through the legislature, has raised numerous unanswered questions, not the least of which is how the bond would be paid back.
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Hey Everybody Let’s Have A Trial!

May 2, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Last week, Judge Jacob Walker, III, finally said enough is enough, and with that, Speaker Mike Hubbard is fated to stand trial on 23 felony counts of public corruption in May. This will be some 577 days after being indicted. Jury selection will begin the week of May 16, with opening statements projected for May 24 or 25.

Despite Hubbard’s attorneys Bill Baxley and Lance Bell whining like a pair of 13-year-old girls begging daddy for tickets to a Justin Bieber concert, and David McKnight threatening to upend the trial opening, the Judge said, “No.”
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