The End of Robert Bentley: Part I

April 12, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The beginning of the end for Robert Bentley’s tenure as Governor of Alabama is easy to pinpoint.

It came on Feb. 9, 2017, right around the time Bentley was strolling to a podium at the Alabama Department of Archives and History with then-Attorney General Luther Strange in tow. Bentley was planning to announce that he had selected Strange to fill the US Senate seat left vacant by newly appointed US Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
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How to get Luther Strange disbarred from the practice of Law

March 28, 2017

By Sam McLure
Alabama Political Report

Have you talked with anyone in Alabama who isn’t bothered by Luther Strange’s acceptance of Gov. Bentley’s appointment to US Senate? I haven’t.

Everybody has an internal baloney meter – the bologna meter goes off when we hear something that just sounds off. Maybe we can’t explain why it’s wrong … it’s just baloney.

I think most Alabamians, who were paying attention, had their bologna meters peaking-out with the news of Gov. Bentley appointing Sen. Strange. For months we waited in anticipation to learn who Gov. Bentley would appoint to replace, then, Sen. Jeff Sessions. For months we speculated and pondered … lists were drawn and even far-out speculation was floated that Gov. Bentley would appoint himself, or even Rebecca Mason.
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The people want to vote

February 1, 2017

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

During the past couple of months everywhere I go people continually ask me why in the world the legislature could not simply put the issue of whether they could vote for or against a lottery on the November ballot.

The fact that this inquiry has lingered for this long tells me that folks are upset about this travesty. They are mad at the legislature. However, the blame lies with the governor. Read More

As Trump gives one trillion to states for aging infrastructure, please someone other than Bentley serve as the Alabama conduit

January 26, 2017

By State Auditor Jim Zeigler

President Donald Trump is rapidly moving to release one trillion dollars to the states to refurbish aging infrastructure. There will be some competition. The states must submit proposals. The plans for how to spend the money are up to each state to devise, subject to light approval by the Trump administration.

Please, please some Alabama leader other than Gov. Robert Bentley step forward as the contact for Alabama’s share. Read More

Prison bill could be defining moment

December 7, 2016

By House Minority Leader Craig Ford

Prisons could be the issue that defines the Alabama Legislature in 2017. Gov. Bentley has said he may call a special session to address the issue, and has indicated that he will revive the prison construction bill he first proposed in his 2016 State of the State address.

In recent years, numerous lawsuits have been filed relating to the conditions in our prisons. Violence and riots have increased as the number of corrections officers has decreased, and even the federal government has begun an investigation of violence, rape and overcrowding in our prisons.
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Follow-Up questions to Gov. Bentley

November 24, 2016

By State Auditor Jim Zeigler

A reporter for WSFA-TV news asked Gov. Bentley a simple, straight-forward question. Bentley’s reply was a Vesuvian eruption.

Newsman Michael Doudna asked if Bentley were going to re-hire Rebekah Mason, former senior policy adviser and alleged girlfriend of Bentley. That simple question set off Bentley with his tirade about why the reporter was interested in that topic and Bentley’s allegation (incorrect) that the public is not interested in it “as long as I am serving them.” Who says Bentley is serving the public?
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Good News: A Sine Die Solution for the Special Session

August 20, 2016

By State Auditor Jim Zeigler

As I give reports to the people about what is going on in Montgomery, too often I have to bear BAD NEWS. Today, is an exception. I bring very GOOD NEWS from Montgomery.

A solution has surfaced for the reported shortfall in the state’s Medicaid budget.

On Tuesday, the House Ways and Means General Fund Committee favorably reported a compromise bill to distribute the approximately $850 million dollars from the BP oil spill settlement. The compromise may be debated on the House floor today and could be voted on this week.
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Rep. Morrow Rips Governor’s Request For Bi-Partisanship

August 16, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Just days before the 2016 Special Legislative Session, Republican Governor Robert Bentley sent a letter to all members of the Legislature, asking they put aside polls and political parties and “consider only the people we serve.”

In reply, Representative Johnny Mack Morrow (D-Red Bay) wrote Bentley saying, “That request coming from you is laughable.”

SEE LETTER

Morrow’s letter, which was delivered to Bentley on the first day of Session, bluntly accuses the Governor of always playing party politics, from the Accountability Act to the selection of a new State Superintendent of Education.
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Contract Review Thursday

August 3, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Alabama’s Medicaid agency is asking contract review to approve a $1,199,750.00 increase with Optumas an Arizona-based health care reform consulting group. The contract would total $3,199,250.00.

Optumas reform proposals in 2013 led to 23 words which would have given American Pharmacy Cooperative Inc. (APCI) a monopoly over Alabama’s Medicaid pharmacy benefit management program.

In 2013 Optumas’ analysis showed Medicaid would achieve a significant saving under a pharmacy benefit management program.
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Gov. Bentley Wants Taxpayers to Pay Legal Fees

July 6, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY— Former “Top Cop” Spencer Collier is suing Governor Robert Bentley and Stan Stabler (Collier’s replacement) in a civil lawsuit as individual citizens and not in their official government capacity. However, today, Bentley and Stabler will ask the Legislative Contract Review Board to approve $150,000 for lawyers to represent them.

Bentley and Stabler want the taxpayers of Alabama to foot their legal bills in a Civil matter with Collier.
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