Lots to write about, but it’s rarely ‘fun’

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

People say this to me all the time: “It must be fun to write politics in Alabama. After all, with the corruption, the comedy, the cray-cray, there’s always something to write.”

And that’s true. There is always something to write: Governors and other politicians off to prison, or boob-groping without shame; a Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court who refuses to follow federal directives and gets removed from office; a Legislature that can’t (or won’t, because of self-serving politics) govern.
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Trump Appoints Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture

By Brandon Moseley

Thursday, January 19, 2017 President-elect Donald J. Trump (R) nominated former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue (R) to be the next U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R from Montgomery) applauded President-elect Donald Trump’s selection saying that Perdue is an experienced leader who is very familiar with and dedicated to the interests of farmers.

Congresswoman Roby said, “Governor Perdue is an experienced leader who has represented a wide array of agriculture commodities ranging from peanuts to forestry. He’s been a longtime friend to farmers, and because farming is Alabama’s largest industry, a friend of farmers is a friend of mine.”
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Governor renews immunity claims in former ALEA secretary’s lawsuit

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Gov. Robert Bentley last week reiterated claims that he, as a constitutional officer of the State of Alabama, has immunity from civil action, especially from the lawsuit filed last year by former Alabama Law Enforcement Secretary Spencer Collier.

Collier filed a defamation and wrongful termination lawsuit last year after he was fired by Bentley in March.

Bentley’s filing last week asked the Court to dismiss the lawsuit against him and current ALEA Secretary Stan Stabler, who stepped into the role after Collier’s termination. According to Bentley’s attorneys, he is immune from civil action because of his role as a constitutional officer.

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Alabama loses a statesman with passing of former Gov. Albert Brewer

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Former Alabama Gov. Albert Brewer died Monday at 88. Brewer was governor for only a short period of time, but his administration, and his personality, left an impact on the State.

Gov. Robert Bentley confirmed Brewer’s death Monday afternoon.

“Alabamians have lost a great leader today in the passing of Governor Albert Brewer,” Bentley said. “He lived his life as an example of integrity and professionalism in public service, and displayed an unwavering commitment to making Alabama a great state.”

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Governor, Mason, dark-money group file to dismiss former security officer’s lawsuit

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Lawyers for Gov. Robert Bentley, his former top political aide Rebekah Mason and a pro-Bentley 501(c)(4) dark-money group called the Alabama Council for Excellent Government filed three separate motions on Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit against them.

Wendall Ray Lewis, the former Head of the Governor’s Security Detail and Chief of the Office of Dignitary Protection, filed a lawsuit against the Governor, ACEGOV and Mason before Thanksgiving last month.

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The Governor is devising a plan to combat Alabama’s opioid epidemic

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Seventy-eight people die in the US every day from opioid painkiller overdose, and the Yellowhammer State has the highest rate of painkiller prescribing in the country and one of the highest rates of opioid abuse in the country. Gov. Robert Bentley wants a better plan to attack the epidemic.

Bentley on Thursday signed an executive order creating a new Council on Opioid Misuse and Addiction. The Council will offer recommendations on curbing the opioid addiction epidemic in Alabama, a state which has seen nearly a 20 percent increase in drug-overdose deaths from 2013–2014, according to the CDC.

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No one should be surprised by Alabama’s bogus graduation rates

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama graduation rates were “misreported.”

That was the official line from the Alabama Department of Education last week, as officials there were forced to finally announce what they’ve known for years.

That Alabama’s graduation rates are bogus.

Don’t be fooled by the claims of surprise from anyone. Not from State School Board members. Not from the Governor, who is a board member. No one.

Because they were all provided this information way back in 2012.
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Alabama Supreme Court demands JIC provide reason for keeping Moore case sealed

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, the Alabama Supreme Court has sent an order to the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) giving them fourteen days to show cause as to why the Motion to Intervene and Unseal filed by The Alabama Political Reporter should not be granted.

The JIC sealed all the file on their case against Alabama Chief Justice Roy S. Moore (R). Normally cases are sealed to protect the privacy of the accused; but Chief Justice Moore has consistently stated that he wanted the case unsealed and made public.
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1978: Gov. Wallace appoints Mrs. Allen to US Senate

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The last time a Governor of Alabama made an appointment to the US Senate was after the death of James Allen in 1978. Allen suffered a fatal heart attack on June 1, 1978, while vacationing with his wife, Maryon. A few days later Gov. George Wallace phoned Allen’s young Chief of Staff, Tom Coker, to ask who he thought the Senator would want to take his seat in Washington. “I was still at the condo when Gov. Wallace called,” said Coker. “He wanted to know who I thought Senator Allen would want to take his place in the Senate.”
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Reports claim that Bentley may bring Mrs. Mason back to State government

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, November 17, 2016, a source has told the Alabama Political Reporter that embattled Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has discussed bringing former top political advisor Rebekah Caldwell Mason back to Alabama State Government. The agency that hires Mrs. Mason would then loan her back to the Bentley Administration.

Apparently, APR is not the only news source who has heard similar reports.

WSFA reporter Michael Doudna asked the Governor, “Governor, after a lot of the stuff centering around your impeachment has died down, would you ever consider rehiring your former staff member, Rebekah Mason?”
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