Oliver Robinson shouldn’t go to jail alone

June 23, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Oliver Robinson is going to jail.

Quite a few others should be going with him.

If Robinson, a former State Representative, wants to redeem himself and maybe help the constituents he’s sold out, he’ll spend the next few weeks and months working to make sure the jail cells around him are filled with other suit-wearing, fast-talking, greased-palm hustlers who have hijacked our State political system.
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Bill to save Sheriffs money on inmate Healthcare costs

March 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 9, 2017, the Alabama House of Representative passed a bill to allow sheriffs in Alabama to pass some of their healthcare costs to Medicaid. Under current law the county Sheriff’s office is responsible for all of the costs of the healthcare of the prisoners in the county jail. Since Obamacare has greatly increased the cost of healthcare, providing prisoner healthcare has become a burden on Sheriff’s Departments across Alabama.
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House passes Bill giving some Probate Judges more Judicial powers

March 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, March 7, 2017, the Alabama House of Representative during the first night session of 2017 voted to pass House Bill 86 giving judges of probate the power to fine or jail people that defy their orders. Only Probate Judges with law degrees will have these new powers. HB86 was sponsored by State Representative Matt Fridy.

Rep. Fridy said that those probate judges who are learned in the law will have the new civil contempt authority. Fridy said that the new powers are needed because probate judges presently can jail a person for just one day and/or fine them $20 for defying their orders. Probate judges dealing with large estates need the power to have their orders enforced. Probate judges deal with equity law and very large estates. “We have had situations where probate judges can not enforce their orders because they are limited to fines of $20.”
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Sumter County Sheriff Removed for Misconduct

July 28, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, July 25, Attorney General Luther Strange (R) announced that the Alabama Supreme Court has removed Sumter County Sheriff Tyrone Clark Sr. from office, following impeachment proceedings.

AG Strange said, “Justice has been served. Alabamians rightfully expect their public officials to conduct their duties of office honestly and in accordance with the law. When public officials are also sworn to uphold the law, as in the case of a sheriff, there is an even higher expectation that they will abide by their oath.”
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Hubbard Critical of Media Coverage of Wren Scandal

April 8, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday (as everyone in Montgomery has expected for weeks), House member Greg Wren (R) from Montgomery pled guilty to attempting to use his office for personal gain.  The loss of a key lieutenant was bad enough for Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R) from Auburn; but this was followed by Wren agreeing to cooperate with State White Collar Crimes Division prosecutors in possible further investigations and Wren naming the popular Speaker of the House not once, but three times.

Mike Hubbard has never been one to stand back and let events unfold.  Instead the Speaker has launched his own communications campaign to get his side of the story out in the public and influence future voters—and in the worst case scenario, potential future jurors.

Speaker Hubbard said on Facebook, “The smears from Montgomery’s liberal special interest groups are ridiculous and false. Even worse, the media treats distortions as fact. Share if you’re tired of the drive-by media working hand-in-hand with the Democratic machine.”

Speaker Hubbard told the Associated Press (AP) that despite Greg Wren’s statement to the contrary:  “The situation that happened this week has nothing to do with me.”

Eerily mimicking Governor Don Seigelman’s (D) strategy when prosecutors were investigating allegations of impropriety, Speaker Hubbard dismissed all of the allegations swirling around him as politics. “Ultimately it is political. You look at the position I have and it’s pretty easy to see why I’ve become the target,” he said.

Mike Hubbard was elected to the Alabama Legislature in 1998.  Eventually he became House Minority Leader and then Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party.   As Chairman in 2010, he used the combination of Alabama voters’ dissatisfaction with Obamacare, a vote selling scandal by Senate Democrats, and growing voter identification with the Republican Party to lead a campaign that led to Republicans winning super majorities in both Houses of the state legislature and every state wide elected office in Alabama

Wren admitted that he put language in the state General Fund budget at the request of the American Pharmacy Cooperative Inc. of Bessemer.  The language would have required that the state Medicaid program hire the company as Pharmacy Benefit Manager a contract worth $ billions in revenue for the group of independent pharmacies.

Hubbard said, “The main thing to understand is I didn’t benefit one way or the other whether the language was in there or not.” The Speaker also denied stripping funding from the Alabama Attorney General’s Office in the 2015 budget as retaliation for the ongoing investigations.

Hubbard said on Facebook, “It’s that time of year again. The liberal special interest groups have started spreading lies about conservatives to win elections. I’m not backing down though; I’m still fighting for you.”

The Speaker vowed, “I’m going on the offense.”

Hubbard’s Attorney and Chairman of the St. Clair County Republican Party Lance Bell said on Facebook, “I am proud to represent the Speaker. Fine family man and great leader.”

Sewell Celebrates 50th Anniversary of MLK’s Writing of “Letter from the Birmingham Jail”

April 18, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D) from Selma celebrated the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” by reading an excerpt of the Letter on the floor of the House of Representatives.

Rep. Sewell wrote in a written statement, “Today we pay special tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in acknowledging the 50th Anniversary of the ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’,” said Rep. Sewell. “It was my humble honor to join with the Birmingham Public Library and so many voices around the world in reading an excerpt from Dr. King’s Letter on the floor of the House of Representatives. The Letter is a powerful reminder of how far this nation has come to live up to its ideas of equality and justice all. We must continue to fight injustice and discrimination anywhere and everywhere it exists and work to ensure equality for all Americans.”
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Seigelman’s Legacy of Corruption

June 5, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of Alabama’s disgraced former Governor, Don Siegelman (D).   The decision by the high court limits the former Governor’s legal options.  This means that Gov. Seigelman will likely spend time in prison when he is eventually resentenced.  It also puts an exclamation point on a once promising political career than will be forever remembered more for its corruption than for any actual legislative achievements it accomplished.
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