Government by default

June 12, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Currently, our State’s Governor, Chief Justice, and Attorney General were not elected to the positions they now hold.

These individuals obtained their current high status because of either scandal or corruption. Their ascendency by default is not meant to disparage these people in any way, but to highlight this unprecedented situation (As is the State’s junior U.S. Senator and an associate supreme court justice).
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The Session’s biggest loser

May 24, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The 2017 Legislative Session saw the Business Council of Alabama (BCA) fail to deliver on its stated agenda. The State’s so-called powerful business lobby is the Session’s biggest loser. Only Governor Kay Ivey can give them a win.

BCA’s push for an infrastructure package collapsed, as did the latest Triple-A education giveaway. Its team of lobbyists couldn’t stop the anti-gay adoption Legislation, or the Autism Bill from passage despite their best efforts (They did manage to kill the Gun Bill).
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Will Bentley face the Hangman’s noose?

March 13, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

It may be too late for Governor Robert Bentley to save himself as the gallows of impeachment’s trap door is oiled and ready. There is, however, a chance that the man, Robert Bentley, may be spared the Hangman’s noose; but even that outcome is tenuous at best.

Bentley, like so many men before him, fails to grasp that it is not his alleged affair with the married former staffer, Rebekah Caldwell Mason, or using his position as Governor to destroy perceived political enemies, such as former Law Enforcement Chief Spencer Collier. Hubris is his undoing.
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Nixonian plots, half-wit schemes

November 14, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The scheme to defame the State’s former top law enforcement officer, Spencer Collier, is very similar to the New Jersey “Bridgegate” trial that has seen two of Governor Chris Christies’s allies convicted of using state resources and personnel for political retribution.

Now, an investigation by Senators Gerald Dial and Quintin Ross has discovered that a “dirty tricks” operation used State assets and employees to derail the election of Dr. Craig Pouncey as Alabama’s school superintendent in much the same way.
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Survey Says: The People Don’t Love the Luv Gov

September 21, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Gov. Robert Bentley is fond of saying, “ I love the people of Alabama and they love me.” But, this Bentley oft-repeated declaration rings hollow, given new polling that shows the people who he claims love him, has dwindled to a paltry 35 percent.

Morning Consult surveyed 71,900 registered voters in all 50 states from early May 2016, through early September 2016, for a state by state analysis of the nation’s governors. Survey respondents were asked whether they approved or disapproved of their governor’s job performance. Bentley ranks as the country’s eighth least popular governor.
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If You Can’t Do the Time, Don’t Do the Crime

June 22, 2016

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

As Alabama Political Reporter Editor Bill Britt pointed out in a story this week, some folks in the State House really don’t take former Speaker Mike Hubbard’s conviction seriously.

To some, it’s no big deal. As Britt writes, Rep Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) makes it “sound like (Hubbard) has been given a speeding ticket for doing 56 in a 55 zone.”

While Hubbard’s 12 convictions weren’t for murder or another violent crime, they still are very serious – Class B felonies, each carrying two-to-20 years in prison and each up to a $30,000 fine.
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