REPORT: Bentley used State law enforcement to facilitate affair

April 7, 2017

By Chip Brownlee and Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

A highly anticipated, bombshell report from the House Judiciary Committee’s Special Counsel Jack Sharman was released today and it drew one major conclusion: Gov. Robert Bentley used the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency to advance his personal interests.

“[Bentley], in a process characterized by increasing obsession and paranoia, subjected career law enforcement officers to tasks intended to protect his reputation,” the report reads.

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Former House Speaker Tom Drake dies at 86

February 3, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Former House Speaker Tom Drake died Thursday at age 86.

Drake was a professional wrestler, an assistant coach at the University of Alabama and served as Alabama’s Speaker of the House as a Democrat from 1982–87 during the administration of Gov. George Wallace. He represented Cullman County.

Drake’s sons confirmed his death Tuesday.

Drake was a prominent wrestler for more than 22 years, from 1956–1978. He won numerous titles — including the 2001 Frank Gotch Award and several regional titles — and is a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

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Trump’s Support Trending Downward, “Rigged Election” Claims Tick Upwards

October 18, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll finds a large percentage of voters are expressing concerns that their vote will not be accurately counted on November 8. Pairing the “vote-rigging” accusation with Donald Trump’s falling numbers reveal how this election is trending toward a greater polarization of the American electorate.

Polling conducted from Oct. 13-15 surveyed 1,737 likely voters and 1,999 registered voters with a margin of error of plus or minus three and two percentage points, respectively found 81 percent of Trump supporters believe the election could be “stolen” from Trump as a result of widespread voter fraud.
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Attorney General Reacts to Hubbard Loyalist’s Plans for Ethics Reform

September 2, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Alabama House Ethics Committee Chairman, Mike Ball (R-Madison), announced his plans (yesterday) to form a commission to review the state’s ethics laws. Ball, a staunch defender of convicted felon and former House Speaker, Mike Hubbard, told WHNT-TV in Huntsville that his committee would “review the State’s Ethics laws and recommend improvements in time for the opening of the Alabama Legislature next year.”

However, just hours after APR published its story on Ball’s plan, Attorney General Luther Strange, sent his comments.  “I am strongly opposed to Rep. Mike Ball’s idea of a commission to review Alabama’s ethics law. The whole point of such a commission would be to undermine the law,” said Strange.  “Alabamians want our ethics laws enforced, not gutted.”
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