Dunn hopes Legislature is not just going through the motions on Impeachment

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

While Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) continues to push his ambitious $800 million prison building on credit scheme, most of the talk in the Montgomery Statehouse continues to center around whether or not the House of Representatives will impeach the Governor. No Alabama Governor has been impeached under the 1901 Constitution but there are more and more voices suggesting that could happen with Gov. Bentley. Former Public Service Commissioner Terry Dunn (R).
Read More

Gary Palmer faces constituents at Hoover Town Hall

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, February 25, 2017, US Representative Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) addressed the people of the Sixth Congressional District and beyond in a town hall meeting in Hoover.

Over a thousand people attempted to attend the town hall meeting with the congressman though only 160 were able to go inside the venue. Many of those, who were camped out for hours prior to the 9:00 am event, expressed fears of the changes that President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress may
Read More

Senate impeachment rules subcommittee looks to Illinois for guidance

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY —  In 2009, Illinois became the last state to impeach and remove their governor. Now, the Alabama Senate is looking to that state for guidance on how to handle an impeachment trial of Gov. Robert Bentley in the Senate — if it comes to that.

The Senate Judiciary subcommittee tasked with crafting the procedure for an impeachment trial met for the first time Thursday morning. As three of the committee members met, they reviewed the Illinois State Senate rules that established the procedure for the impeachment trial of former Gov. Rob Blagojevich.

Read More

Impeachment committee chair will wait to resume Bentley investigation

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — House Judiciary Committee Chairman Mike Jones, R-Andalusia, said Wednesday that he will wait to meet with Supernumerary District Attorney Ellen Brooks, the prosecutor responsible for overseeing a criminal investigation of Gov. Robert Bentley, before deciding the course of impeachment hearings in the House.

“I have spoken briefly with Ms. Brooks and plan to meet with her further in the near future,” Jones said in a statement. “Once that occurs I will have a better understanding of how and when we will be able to resume our work.”

Read More

Phil Williams tasked with Leading Effort to Writing Senate Impeachment Rules

By Brandon Moseley

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to create a bipartisan subcommittee to begin writing rules for an impeachment trial in the Senate.

This new subcommittee will be chaired by Senator Phil Williams (R from Rainbow City). Sen. Williams said, “As far as I can see in the event that impeachment came up from the House there are zero procedures in place as to how the Senate would preside.”
Read More

Senate committee to begin considering impeachment trial rules

MONTGOMERY — The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin considering procedures for a possible Senate impeachment trial of Gov. Robert Bentley, the committee’s chairman said Tuesday.

Sen. Cam Ward, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, said he was looking to start a subcommittee to gather information on what rules would need to be established for a Senate impeachment trial, including what presentations would be made and who would present for both parties.

Read More

What to do about Bentley?

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Vice, vainer and corruption has left Alabama a leaderless State, but there is hope that some with integrity will step forward to fill the void.

Governor Robert Bentley has long ago forfeited any claim of moral leadership and to list his many failings would be as tedious as it is long.

However, calls for his impeachment may be premature.

How can those who defended former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard chanting “innocent until proven guilty” in the face of his indictment on 23 felony counts of public corruption now feign such righteous anger at this scoundrel Bentley? Hubbard was convicted of 12 of those charges and today, many of those same individuals who blithely ignored Hubbard’s malfeasance want to hang the fool on Goat Hill.
Read More

Legislative watchdogs propose ethics reform agenda

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

In 2010, then Republican Party Chairman State Representative Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) led a historic campaign for the Republican Party to take over the Alabama Legislature from 135 years of Democratic Party domination and clean up the corrupt Montgomery cesspool. Voters agreed and gave the Alabama Republican Party everything it asked for then and every election that has followed.

No Democrat has won a statewide race in this state since 2008 and the GOP super majorities in both Houses of the Legislature can cloture the outmanned Democratic caucuses at will. Ending corruption as we know it however has proven elusive for the GOP dominated State government.
Read More

Move to impeach Bentley: Don’t be foolish

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

There is a movement afoot in the Alabama House of Representatives to impeach Governor Robert Bentley, a mission which, if accomplished, will doom the 2017 Regular Legislative Session.

Bentley is an embarrassment, a fool, a liar and a cheat, and may have even committed crimes that are punishable by law.

Gov. Bentley:

Is believed to have used State resources to facilitate an affair with a married staff member Rebekah Caldwell Mason.
Read More

2017 Legislative Session preview

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, February 7, the Alabama 2017 regular legislative session begins. Almost anything can happen when the Alabama legislature is in session and this session is no different. Here are a few of the issues facing our State Legislators.

1) Medicaid needs more money. Anybody who has been paying any attention at all the past five years knows that Alabama Medicaid has an unquenchable thirst for more and more State resources. Alabama Medicaid Commissioner Stephanie Azar was in Montgomery recently reporting of yet another impending Medicaid crisis. The Bentley Administration is hoping that the Federal government will simply block grant the State their share of the Medicaid money with no pesky strings attached about who gets coverage, deductibles, etc. However, with US Senate Democrats filibustering and delaying even routine cabinet appointees, the idea that any meaningful entitlement reforms will pass out of Congress to even get to President Donald J. Trump’s desk seems unlikely. Unless US Senate Republicans can do this through the budget process it looks like the State may still have to offer the same minimum level of benefits, the RCO plan appears to be on the operating table in its death throes, and the State is likely to be facing yet another State General Fund crisis………but did anyone really expect any different from Alabama under the Bentley Administration. Read More

© Copyright 2016 Alabama Political Reporter