Does a pariah deserve even a Pyrrhic victory?

September 19, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A recent issue of “The Business Advocate,” a publication which is a part of the Business Council of Alabama, features a full-page photo of Chairman Billy Canary with a headline proclaiming, “Business Council Governmental Affairs Conference Best Ever.” The commanding picture with its fraudulent headline is an example of how a once important business organization has been co-opted for personal gain.

Canary has gained considerable wealth and power as BCA’s chieftain, but today, he finds himself under fire.
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State responds to Hubbard appeal: “Hubbard sold his office to benefit himself”

July 6, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Former House Speaker Mike Hubbard – facing four years in a State penitentiary – is another step closer to finding out if he will actually serve that sentence.

But prosecutors from the Alabama Attorney General’s Office showed in a brief filed Monday that they are no more willing to go soft on him now than they were when he was convicted of 12 felony ethics charges last year.

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Hubbard has until April 26 to file written brief for his appeals trial

April 6, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Gov. Robert Bentley’s alleged ethics violations might be all over the news right now, but former House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s ethics convictions might be back in your newsfeed again soon.

There has been little movement in former House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s appeals case since he first filed a request for an appeal last fall, but all of that could change this month.

The Court of Criminal Appeals has set April 26 as the deadline for Hubbard’s attorneys to submit their first written brief, according to court documents. That would be the first substantial move in Hubbard’s fight to overturn his 12 felony ethics convictions.

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APR’s Top 5 Under-reported stories of 2016

December 29, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Over the past year, APR has broken a number of prominent, statewide stories.

While many of those have been picked up by other news outlets – some of them lifted nearly verbatim from APR’s website without attribution – a few stories have gone almost unnoticed and with little follow-up from more traditional outlets.

These stories are important and involve millions of dollars of taxpayer money, abuses of power and manipulations of the systems meant to ensure law and order and justice in the state. Read More

Strange bedfellows: Big Luther hires associate of felon Hubbard

December 7, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Attorney General, Luther Strange, sent a statewide press release officially announcing his run for the US Senate. The announcement was hardly a surprise in political circles, as Strange has made his desire to return to the hallowed ground of DC, and the Georgetown cocktail circuit no secret. Many agree he is a senator right out of central casting. But what was a surprise, was the identity of the individual who sent the press statement, who is also listed as the media contact for Strange’s Senate bid.
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State Seeks Restitution From Disgraced Speaker Hubbard

August 8, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—In a Supplemental Brief in support of a sentencing recommendation filed Friday, the State is asking that disgraced former Speaker Mike Hubbard be ordered to pay, $1,125,000.00 in restitution for his criminal acts.

SEE BRIEF HERE

In July, Hubbard was convicted on 12 felony counts of public corruption, sentenced to four years hard time and sixteen years probation. The State had asked trial Judge Jacob Walker, III, to order restitution for Hubbard’s acts. However, Judge Walker said he couldn’t find statutory grounds for the State’s request, but allowed the State time to present additional case law.
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We Are Not All Alike

April 25, 2016

By Terry Lathan
Chairman, Alabama Republican Party
 
Remember that time the Republicans in the Alabama Legislature accomplished these reforms?

• Saved $1 billion annually by slashing government employment, consolidating agencies and deleting duplicate services while also passing strong economic incentives

• Implemented historic school choice and charter schools

• Enacted a rolling reserve fund for education funding stability

• Terminated private union dues being processed by government employees
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Trial Judge Wants Answers from Coleman

February 17, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

OPELIKA—At the Tuesday hearing on the Hubbard felony case trial, Judge Jacob Walker III, peppered the proceedings with questions he wanted answered by Baron Coleman at a March 3, evidentiary hearing.

Judge Walker said he wants to know why, during his testimony on October 20, 2015, attorney and radio host Coleman said, “Simply put, I know nothing about the Grand Jury.” But in his recent affidavit stated, he had between 50 and 100 conversations with Matt Hart, Chief of the Special Prosecutions Unit concerning, “The Mike Hubbard investigation, and the Lee County Special Grand Jury.”
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New ALEA Affidavit Shows Bell/Coleman Contacted Law Enforcement

February 17, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—On Tuesday, the Prosecution filed a supplement to Hubbard’s Renewed Motion to Dismiss, attaching one more affidavit. The affidavit is the testimony of the Chief of Staff for Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), John Taylor, Exhibit A.

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In the affidavit, Taylor says that he was contacted by Hubbard’s attorney, Lance Bell, “on behalf” of Baron Coleman on January 5, to arrange a meeting between Coleman and ALEA Secretary Spencer Collier.
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State Moves to Quash Subpoenas, Hubbard Must Follow Rules

February 15, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The State filed a motion to quash subpoenas issued by the defense for Baron Coleman and Deputy Attorney General Matt Hart, who is leading the prosecution in Speaker Mike Hubbard’s felony criminal case. It also asked the court to order Hubbard to follow rule 17.3 of the Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure.

SEE MOTION TO QUASH

The subpoenas are a result of Coleman delivering a three-page affidavit to Hubbard’s criminal lawyers, who used the information to renew its motion to dismiss the case on grounds of prosecutorial misconduct and fraud.
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