A year after his felony conviction Hubbard remains free, ethics laws in jeopardy

June 13, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

As the word “guilty” rang out twelve times in a Lee County courtroom on the evening of June 10, 2016, Alabama’s political world was rendered breathless as if dropped to the canvas by a body blow to the liver.

The conviction of Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, who led Alabama’s Republican party from the backwoods of political power to an overwhelming supermajority in the State House and Senate, was a singularly dark moment in the State’s history. Yet, the date marking one year since he was found guilty of felony public corruption charges passed, seemly without notice.
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Jay Mitchell running for Alabama Supreme Court

June 6, 2017

By Staff Report
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, June 5, 2017, Jay Mitchell announced today that he will run as a Republican for Associate Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court place 4 in 2018.

Mitchell said in a statement, “I have a strong commitment to the rule of law. The people of Alabama deserve to have Justices on the Supreme Court who know the law, will faithfully apply the law as written, and will uphold the Constitution and the principles on which our nation was founded. That is the kind of Justice I will be. If elected, I will serve the people of Alabama with integrity, passion, and fidelity to the law.”
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Some are using a stalking horse to undermine ethics laws

January 10, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The greatest challenge before the Alabama State Legislature when it returns in February is not the budget, schools or Medicaid. It is the slight of hand chicanery used to undermine the State’s ethics laws.

Since the conviction of former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard on 12 felony ethics violations, a coordinated effort has been underway to weaken those laws, with particular focus on how they identify a “principal.” Read More

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