Zeigler ends lawsuit after Ivey sets Special Election

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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House set to move forward with release of Bentley report, impeachment

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Despite efforts from Gov. Robert Bentley’s attorneys, the House of Representatives plans to move forward with impeachment hearings next Monday and with the release of a written report this afternoon detailing the House’s investigation into the Governor.

The release of the report this afternoon will come only two days after the Alabama Ethics Commission recommended four criminal charges against Bentley on Wednesday. The commission found probable cause that Bentley violated state ethics and campaign finance laws. Those charges have been forwarded to the Montgomery District Attorney’s Office for an independent investigation.

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Marsh Says: “This has gone on long enough” and urges Bentley to resign

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 6, 2017, US Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) called on embattled Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) to resign in the aftermath of a damning finding by the Alabama Ethics Commission on Wednesday that Bentley probably committed four class B felonies consisting of one ethics violation and three violations of campaign finance laws. On Friday, Bentley faces the likelihood that even more sordid details of his relationship with former top political advisor and alleged mistress, Mrs. Rebekah Caldwell Mason, will be released with the lengthy report by special counsel Jack Sharman.
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Bentley attorneys: Charges against the Governor need “context”

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Two attorneys for Gov. Robert Bentley had important points to make at a press conference Thursday: The basis for the Ethics Commissions’ charges against the Governor needs context, and you don’t impeach on ethical issues.

David Bryne and Ross Garber, two attorneys working for the Governor’s Office, held an impromptu press conference Thursday to respond to the ethics charges against Bentley and the House’s looming release of a written report on its impeachment investigation.

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