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

February 28, 2017

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).
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A Dark Omen Rises From Moore Trial

October 4, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Those politicos and advocates who follow history should mark Friday, September 30,2016 on their calendars and note it as the day the State of Alabama changed due to the suspension of Chief Justice Roy S. Moore from the Alabama Supreme Court.

There is no reason for anyone on either side of this issue to celebrate. By suspending Judge Moore, the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) and the Court of the Judiciary (COJ) have completely undermined the very institutions that stand for equal justice.
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Justice Moore’s Future Rests With Politically Appointed Court

September 29, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The fate of Chief Justice Roy S. Moore now rests with the Court of the Judiciary, an appointed body consisting of judges, lawyers, and private citizens. Those nine political appointees are Moore’s judge and jury and will return its verdict within ten days.

But perhaps Justice Moore’s indictment and subsequent trial belies a deeper question of about why the State grants a secretive commission comprised of political appointees with the power to indict an elected judge?
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Zeigler Requests House Judiciary Committee Submit Impeachment Article Against Bentley

August 10, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, August 8, 2016: State Auditor Jim Zeigler has asked that the House Judiciary Committee report at least one article of impeachment against Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, during the Special Session, that begins on August 15. Zeigler made the request to committee Chairman, Rep. Mike Jones (R-Andalusia) on Monday. Zeigler released the request in a speech to the Wetumpka Rotary Club on Tuesday.
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God Speed Speaker McCutcheon

August 4, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The nomination of Representative Mac McCutcheon by the Republican Caucus assures that he will be the next Speaker of the House. We, at the Alabama Political Reporter, congratulate him and wish him great success in his new leadership role.

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything,” wrote Irish playwright and great thinker, George Bernard Shaw.

I have been a fierce critic of Rep. McCutcheon since he appeared at the pep rally with Mike Hubbard following Hubbard’s indictment, and I expressed outrage when he tried to pass the Star Chamber bill last session. However, recently, he and I have had an opportunity to discuss several issues of importance to both the State and its people. His forthrightness, willingness to listen and desire to represent all of the people has given me hope and confidence in his leadership. We both agree on the need for change, change that must lead to a better State and Legislature.
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Members of Bi-Partisan Rural Caucus Offer Forum on Speaker Selection

July 20, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—An email from State Representative Johnny Mack Morrow (D-Red Bay), in which he extends an offer from members of the Alabama Rural Caucus, to host an event, “to discuss openly and freely, the selection of a new Speaker of the House,” was sent out yesterday.

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Disgraced former Speaker, Mike Hubbard, was removed from office after he was found guilty of 12 felony counts of public corruption. Since his conviction and removal, jockeying for the top spot has been an issue of grave concern among Republicans and Democrat House members.
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Hubbard Sentenced to 96 Years

July 11, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Almost two years after his indictment, Michael G. Hubbard was convicted and sentenced to 96 years, with a split sentence of 4 years in State prison, with no “good time” or chance of parole, and 16 years supervised probation. Judge Jacob Walker, III, also ordered Hubbard to pay fines equaling $210, 000 plus other court costs.

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The State asked the Court to require Hubbard to pay $1,125,000.00 in restitution. Judge Walker denied the State’s request saying, there no case law showing the State as victim. However, he gave the State 30 days to show case law where a state is considered a victim.
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Lathan and Worley Present Differing Views on Hillary Clinton Email Scandal

July 6, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, July 5, both the Alabama Democratic Party and the Alabama Republican Party issued statements on the FBI report that was highly critical of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; but determined that she did nothing that she could be prosecuted for.

Alabama Democratic Party Chair Nancy Worley stated, “Secretary Clinton has once again withstood a grueling, thorough investigation and has demonstrated her integrity, honesty, and excellent qualifications to be President of the United States.”
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Timeline to Scandal

April 18, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Many questions remain about the steps which have led to the statewide scandal now engulfing Governor Bentley’s Administration.

Why did Baron Coleman, once a fierce critic of Speaker Mike Hubbard, come to his aid?

Why were Gov. Bentley and his senior advisor, Rebekah Caldwell Mason, so adamant that ALEA Chief, Spencer Collier not provide an affidavit stemming from Coleman’s actions?

Currently, there are more questions than answers as to why Gov. Bentley and Rebekah Mason “punished,” and ultimately fired ALEA Chief Spencer Collier.
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Ball Claims Political Suppression

April 13, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Former law enforcement officer/turned politico, State Rep. Mike Ball (R-Huntsville) testified last October that a phone call from Deputy Attorney General Matt Hart was proof of prosecutorial misconduct, in the Speaker Mike Hubbard felony case.

Ball was represented during his testimony before Judge Jacob Walker III, by former Attorney General Bill Baxley. Last month on Huntsville radio, Ball claimed not only was Hart guilty of prosecutorial misconduct, but he had also tried to suppress Ball’s political activities. Ball voiced these newly found concerns only after his attorney (Baxley) became Hubbard’s lead counsel in early March. This is not the first time a Baxley client has testified to prosecutorial misconduct, to later be disgraced.
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