Business Council of Alabama endorses Luther Strange ahead of primary

September 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, the Board of Directors of the Business Council of Alabama announced that they have endorsed U.S. Sen. Luther Strange in the special primary election runoff for U.S. Senate.

BCA Chairman Jeff Coleman said in a statement, “The Business Council of Alabama is proud to endorse U.S. Sen. Luther Strange in his bid to continue to serve the people of Alabama in the United States Senate. Sen. Strange has built his reputation on being a tireless advocate for the growth and progress of the state of Alabama. The Business Council of Alabama believes Luther Strange has the experience and proven leadership needed in the halls of Congress.”

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Moore picks up support from Legislators

August 23, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

US Senate Candidate Roy Moore recently picked up endorsements from 13 members in the Alabama Legislature.

Moore praised the endorsements and said that he was honored to have them standing with him in his campaign.

“They are fighting the good fight here in Montgomery, and their support is continued evidence that our conservative message is resonating with more and more Alabama voters,” Moore said. “I look forward to working with them and having them behind me as we take the fight for Alabama values to DC”
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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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Behind the scenes of the Bentley resignation

April 13, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The fall of Governor Robert Bentley was a long time in the making, but the negotiations that led to his criminal plea bargain and resignation from office were direct and swift.

Beginning in earnest last Sunday, and into the wee hours of Monday morning, Bentley’s attorneys, Chuck Maloney and Cooper Shattuck, hammered out an agreement with Special Prosecutor Ellen Brooks (former Montgomery County District Attorney) and Matt Hart, Chief of the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Division. Bentley pleaded to two misdemeanor charges and resigned his office to avoid a lengthy and expensive criminal felony trial.
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In the end, Bentley could only blame himself

April 11, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

With the resignation of now former Gov. Robert Bentley, it’s best to start at the end.

Because the end explains so much about how the beginning of that end ever came to be.

That end came Monday afternoon, with all of the state’s media tucked into the old House chambers in the State Capitol building, Bentley standing before the cameras, reading a prepared statement, announcing to the people that he’s stepping down as Governor.
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Speaker: House won’t be held back by Bentley’s resignation

April 11, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Gov. Robert Bentley’s political career may be over, but the 2017 legislative session isn’t. House Speaker Mac McCutcheon, R-Madison, said Monday night that he is ready to get back to work.

“This will not affect us at all,” McCutcheon said after Bentley’s resignation and Gov. Kay Ivey’s swearing-in ceremony Monday night. “We were working very hard before this happened. You have to keep in mind that the members of the House are very resilient.”

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Gov. Robert Bentley reaches agreement to resign

April 10, 2017

By Josh Moon and Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Gov. Robert Bentley has agreed to resign later today, several sources have confirmed to The Alabama Political Reporter.

The Governor reached an agreement with State lawmakers and Law Enforcement officials early Monday morning to step down. The terms of the deal were not immediately available.

Bentley’s resignation comes after a tumultuous weekend following the release of a salacious report from the House Judiciary Committee’s special counsel, Jack Sharman.

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Will the Ethic Commission’s political parlor tricks doom Bentley?

April 7, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

What the public learned from the Ethic Commission hearing surrounding accusations against Gov. Robert Bentley, is that he may have violated the Ethics Code and the Fair Campaign Practice Act (FCPA). What observant politicos witnessed was an Ethics Commission that is political, ineffectual, and has long outlived its sell-by-date.

Let’s take the cute little nod and wink between Commissioner Stewart Tankersley and Tom Albritton.
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Bentley’s biggest crime: stupidity

April 6, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

There I was, standing on the sidewalk along Monroe Street in downtown Montgomery, just outside of the nine-story RSA building where the Alabama Ethics Commission holds its regular meetings.

I was watching a loading dock where a black SUV – the kind government officials drive – was parked. Montgomery Police Department officers had shooed reporters away from the door leading out onto the loading dock, which raised suspicion, and we were pretty sure the car belonged to the Governor.
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Pro-Life proposal claims Governor Bentley could stop abortions in Alabama today

April 3, 2017

Sam Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Pro-Life supporters gathered on the steps of Alabama’s state capitol on Saturday, April 1, to petition Governor Robert Bentley with a proposal that they said would immediately stop abortions in Alabama.

Proposal 16 says the Governor can stop abortions in Alabama and he wouldn’t need approval from the Federal government to do so. The proposal said he could stop abortions with an executive order.

Jay Hinton, an attorney and speaker at the event, explained how this is possible.
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