Bentley backs Trumpcare, Jesus wept

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

America first!*

(*excluding: the poor, the disabled, the elderly, minorities who don’t believe slaves were immigrants and non-Christians)

This is the agenda of the Trump administration and today’s Republican Party. It is an agenda that has been lifted straight from Alabama conservatives, who long ago crafted laws and regulations to benefit the rich white male above all others.

On Wednesday, Alabama’s top rich, white, male, Gov. Robert Bentley, returned from a D.C. meeting with Trump officials about health care, and he was a happy man.
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What’s next for Gov. Bentley?

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Austrian-British philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein wrote, “A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that’s unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.”

It seems evident that Gov. Robert Bentley sits in a similar room without imagining the obvious way out.

If our sources are correct, on April 5, the State’s Ethics Commission will hear evidence of possible wrongdoing on his part. How Director Tom Albritton presents the facts of the investigation will be critical to what happens next. Albritton finds himself in the unenviable position of introducing the fruit of an almost year-long investigation. How he presents those facts, what he says and doesn’t say will perhaps mean more than the ethics probe itself.
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Lawsuit compelling US Senate Special Election before 2018 may assure that date sticks

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A cloud hangs over the Special Election to fill the vacancy of Senator Jeff Sessions, and it’s not just that Gov. Robert Bentley called for the election to concur with the 2018 General Election some 22 months later or Bentley’s appointment of his nemesis Luther Strange to fill the post. It goes beyond the question that could have been asked Attorney General Steve Marshall, and the lawsuit being pursued by State Auditor Jim Zeigler. While all of these things have led to questionable motives, varying legal interpretations, and general confusion, one thing remains constant: the number of days on the calendar to minimally meet the constitutional requirements for holding a Special Election.
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Despite rumors, the Governor’s Office says Bentley has no plans to resign

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — The Governor’s Office on Monday pushed back against rumors that Gov. Robert Bentley will resign in April before any impeachment vote can happen in the Alabama House of Representatives.

A spokesperson from the Governor’s Office said Bentley has no plans to resign.

“Governor Bentley takes very seriously his call to serve as Alabama’s 53rd Governor, and considers it the greatest honor of his life,” his spokesperson, Yasamie August, said. “He has plans only to continue to serve the people of this state, and as he stated so clearly in his 2017 State of the State address, to ‘Finish the Race.'”

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Bentley leads team to Washington to lobby for new Healthcare law

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, March 20, 2017, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) was joined by Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia), State Senator Trip Pittman (R-Montrose), Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed (R-Jasper), State Medicaid Commissioner Stephanie Azar, and key aides in Washington DC. The team is in Washington hoping to influence the effort to repeal and replace the controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, better known as Obamacare.
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Hearing on US Senate Special Election delayed until April

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — A March court hearing on Gov. Robert Bentley’s scheduling of the US Senate special election has been rescheduled for April 12.

On Friday, Montgomery County Circuit Judge J.R. Gaines rescheduled the March 21 hearing to April 12 at the request of the plaintiffs, State Auditor Jim Ziegler and former Conecuh County District Attorney Tommy Chapman.

Chapman, who is also serving as the plaintiff’s attorney, had a conflict with the March 21 hearing date. He was scheduled to begin a jury trial on March 20. The Governor’s attorney, John Neiman, agreed to the continuance motion.

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Bentley Senate Special Election case reset for April 12

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sunday, March 19, 2017, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley will have to explain why he delayed the Special Election for US Senator until 2018, in a hearing set for April 12.

State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) said, “Under the illegal delay by Gov. Bentley, his anointed US Senator gets a free ride for almost two years before an elected Senator can take office. Bentley and Strange think they have gotten away with this illegal election. They have not gotten away with it yet, and the people of Alabama will remember this come election time.”
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ADOC: Prisoners were transferred to save money, not to inflate the population

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

A spokesperson for the Alabama Department of Corrections acknowledged that it ended contracts with several county sheriffs to house prisoners but said the change was due to budget cuts and not an effort to artificially inflate the prison population.

Several sheriffs earlier this week expressed frustration to lawmakers over the transfer of those prisoners and a lack of communication with DOC officials. The sheriffs at the meeting – six in all – said they had nearly 1,000 empty in their jails alone because of the transfers.
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Steve Marshall addresses St. Clair County Republican Party

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 16, 2017, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) spoke to the St. Clair County Republican Party in Moody.

Marshall is the newly appointed Attorney General, whom Governor Robert Bentley (R) appointed to the post after appointing AG Luther Strange (R) to the United States Senate creating the vacancy.

St. Clair County District Attorney Richard Minor (R) said that Steve Marshall is one of my best friends. “Of all the prosecutors in the state of Alabama Gov. Bentley chose the best prosecutor in the State of Alabama,” to be Attorney General.
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Don’t have to “Beware the Ides of March” in Alabama

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Beware the Ides of March! That was Wednesday, and while Julius Caesar may have needed to be more careful than he was back then, when the Alabama Legislature is in session, there’s really no reason to worry much. Not much is going to happen.

Not on the Ides of March, or the 16th of March or the 30th of September or in 2018 or 2019 or 2020. Nothing is likely to happen that’ll truly surprise us.
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