Alabama’s political candidates and their capacity to care for orphans

By Sam McLure
Alabama Political Reporter

“Oh I say the measure of a man
Is not how tall you stand.”

4 Him, The Measure of a Man, 1995

Alabama has exciting days ahead of it.  Our next US Senator will likely be decided August 15, 2017.  Almost every other statewide elected official and every member of the Legislature will be up for election on November 6, 2018.

Over the coming weeks and months, we will be inundated with announcements of men and women running for office, with their accompanying propaganda.  Alabama’s legendary Chief Justice Roy Moore is slated to announce whether he will pursue US Senate or Governor on Wednesday, April 26, at 1:30 on the Capitol Steps in Montgomery.
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Staying Focused

By House Minority Leader Representative Anthony Daniels

It’s hard to believe so much has happened in the past week.

The former Governor’s resignation was long overdue. For months on end, the investigation of illegal conduct by the Governor and his administration caused a national embarrassment and an enormous distraction from the serious work of the people.

Unfortunately, the former Governor’s troubles are just part of a pattern of abuses by officials at the highest levels of power in our state. In only a year, the former House Speaker, the former Chief Justice of our Supreme Court and now the former Governor have fallen short of the standards of service in the public interest and adherence to the law.
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Only one week in, Kay Ivey making some good decisions

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Kay Ivey has been Governor for barely a week, but she’s already moved aggressively to correct some of the mistakes of recently disgraced Gov. Robert Bentley, who resigned Monday before last after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor corruption charges.

Ivey immediately started rearranging the Governor’s staff, including accepting the resignation of Jon Mason, the husband of Bentley’s girlfriend Rebekah Mason. She also accepted the resignation of ALEA Secretary Stan Stabler. After former ALEA Secretary Spencer Collier refused to follow orders from Bentley he believed were wrong, Collier was booted and Stabler hired. Stabler did what Bentley asked.
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Ivey has not ruled out running for Governor

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, February 13, 2017, new Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) addresses reporters for her first press conference as Alabama’s Governor.

When pressed by reporters, Gov. Ivey would not commit to whether she would run for the office in 2018 or not. Ivey told reporters that she had months to make that determination and her focus now was on the affairs of the State.
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The End of Robert Bentley: Part III

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The end for Robert Bentley came several times in his final 48 hours as Governor.

Sources close to the Governor, including two who were present for portions of the negotiations that ultimately led to his resignation, said Bentley backed away from agreements to resign twice between mid-afternoon Saturday and early Monday morning. And those were in addition to stepping away from a near-resignation for health reasons two weeks earlier.
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Jon Mason let go from State position as SERVE Alabama director

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — There are no more Masons in the Governor’s Office, at least not any related to Rebekah Mason.

On Tuesday, Gov. Kay Ivey accepted the resignation of Jon Mason, the director of SERVE Alabama who also happens to be the husband of Rebekah Mason. Rebekah had been embroiled in a spiraling sex scandal with former Gov. Robert Bentley, which ended with his resignation on Monday.

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Bentley admits guilt and resigns

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Just after 5:00 p.m. Monday, April 10, 2017, Montgomery’s culture of runaway corruption claimed another victim, as criminal excesses associated with an illicit liaison with married staffer, Mrs. Rebekah Caldwell Mason, led to Governor Robert Bentley (R) being forced to resign, rather than becoming the first Governor to be impeached in Alabama history.

Governor Bentley said, “I received the greatest honor of my life when the people of Alabama elected me Governor….I have not always made that right choices, and that even though I sometimes failed I have tried to live up the standards expected of me; but there have been times that I have left you and our people down.”
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Reaction to Bentley resignation

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, April 19, 2017, while the House Judiciary Committee was hearing the Special Counsel’s report on Governor Robert Bentley’s (R) alleged misconduct, the Governor reached a plea agreement with prosecutors and agreed to step down from the office of Governor. Leaders from across the State commented in favor of the decision.

US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) said in a statement, “Governor Bentley’s decision to resign was the right thing to do. The people of Alabama deserve leaders who are focused on the serious issues facing our state, and I look forward to better days ahead.”
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Kay Ivey becomes Alabama’s 54th governor, second female governor in State’s history

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Alabama, a state marred by political turmoil, has a new governor, marking the third major turnover of power in the State’s top three political offices over the course of one year.

Gov. Kay Ivey, who previously served as the State’s lieutenant governor, took the oath of in the Old Senate Chambers in front of a packed room of reporters, lawmakers and members of the public, becoming the 54th governor of the State of Alabama — only the second female governor in its history.

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ALGOP Steering Committee calls for Bentley’s resignation

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — The Alabama Republican Party’s Steering Committee has joined the chorus of state leaders calling for Gov. Robert Bentley’s immediate resignation over the fallout from his relationship with a former top political adviser.

The party’s 21-member main governing body passed a resolution Sunday night calling for Bentley to step down from his office. The party’s call follows similar demands from State Republican leaders last week, including House Speaker Mac McCutcheon, R-Madison, and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston.

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