Rep. Jim Hill to Chair House Judiciary Committee

June 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, June 9, 2017, Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) on announced that State Representative Jim Hill (R-Odenville) will serve as chairman of the body’s Judiciary Committee for the remainder of the 2014 to 2018 quadrennium.

Speaker McCutcheon said, “Jim Hill had a two-decade career as a respected judge and has earned the reputation of being a distinguished legal scholar, so he possesses the ideal skill set for serving as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. In addition, Republican and Democrat House members alike know him to be an exceedingly fair-minded individual who is capable of impartially presiding over sometimes contentious debates, just as he did in the courtroom.”
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Jones appointed to chair House Rules Committee

June 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, June 7, 2017, Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) announced that State Representative Mike Jones (R-Andalusia) will serve as chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee for the remainder of the 2014 – 2018 Quadrennium.

Jones has been Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. In 2016 his committee was tasked with investigation possible impeachment proceeding against Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R). It was an enormous task, that was made even more difficult because no one alive could remember the last time that the Legislature had seriously considered impeaching a State official.
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Takeaways from 2017 Legislative Session

May 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The 2017 Alabama Legislative Session is over, and these are some key points to take away.

The biggest loser, by far, was former Governor Robert Bentley.  The Legislature got an awful lot of help from this newer, stronger, bolder version of the Alabama Ethics Commission. But, it was evident that Bentley was going to be impeached and removed once Special Counsel Jack Sharman released his report.  Bentley resigned halfway through the first day of the House Judiciary Committee hearings.  If the House and Senate had to waste weeks on his impeachment, given the 30-day Legislative meeting limit, the Session would have been a disaster.
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Zeigler ends lawsuit after Ivey sets Special Election

April 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, April 20, 2017, Alabama Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) announced that he and Tommy Chapman were dropping their lawsuit challenging the legality of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s (R) dubious decision to delay the Special Election for US Senate for 21 months. Bentley has since departed the Governor’s mansion to avoid impeachment and prosecution, and Gov. Kay Ivey (R) has reversed Bentley’s order on the Special Election.
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Mac McCutcheon: Legislature did the right thing on Impeachment

April 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) addressed the Young Republicans about a number of topics including resignation of Gov. Bentley.

Speaker McCutcheon said, “Last week was a very stressful week, but at the end of the day I hope the state understands that the House did that the right way.”

Speaker McCutcheon said that when the Articles of Impeachment were first introduced they were assigned to the Rules Committee, which McCutcheon was Chairman of at the time.
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Reaction to Bentley resignation

April 11, 2017

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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ALGOP Steering Committee calls for Bentley’s resignation

April 10, 2017

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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Sharman’s report includes shocking allegations of witness intimidation

April 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, April 7, 2017, House Judiciary Committee Special Counsel Jack Sharman released his investigative report on the possible impeachment of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R). The Sharman report was lengthy; but there was little in there that avid readers of The Alabama Political Reporter did not already know. One area that the report did reveal new details was in the account of former First Lady Dianne Bentley’s former Chief of Staff Heather Hannah.
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More Calls for Bentley to Resign

April 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley

Sunday, April 9, 2017 the Alabama Republican Party Steering Committee called upon Governor Robert Bentley, “To immediately resign.” The ongoing investigation into corruption, ethics violations, and campaign finance law violation is centered around Bentley’s relationship with alleged mistress Mrs. Rebekah Caldwell Mason.

The ALGOP Steering Committee also passed the following resolution: “The ALGOP Steering Committee commends the Alabama House of Representatives, the Alabama Senate and the Alabama Supreme Court for their courage and their diligence in the impeachment process while putting partisan politics aside for the people of the state of Alabama.”
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Impeachment is back on after an Alabama Supreme Court ruling

April 8, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — A ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court on Saturday will allow the House of Representatives’ impeachment proceedings against Gov. Robert Bentley to continue next week. The ruling comes a day after another judge delayed the proceedings.

The ALSC issued a stay on the temporary restraining order issued on Friday by Montgomery County Circuit Judge Greg Griffin. The stay essentially overrides Griffin’s restraining order, which was set to delay impeachment hearings for ten days to give Bentley’s lawyers time to respond to the bombshell report released yesterday by the House’s special counsel.

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