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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The best “Justice” money could buy

May 1, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

When Gov. Kay Ivey announced that Lyn Stuart would lead Alabama’s Judicial system as Supreme Court Chief Justice, she said, “To ensure a continuity of leadership and a smooth transition that keeps the ship of State steady, I have appointed Justice Lyn Stuart as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.”

Stuart was appointed as Acting Chief Justice by then Gov. Robert Bentley after the Judicial Inquiry Commission suspiciously found probable cause to charge Chief Justice Moore with ethics violations that led to his removal from office. Stuart’s actions during the period in which she served as Acting Chief Justice would seem to cast a large shadow over the Ivey Administration’s campaign for transparency and honesty while righting the ship of State.
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Hubris, secrecy and duplicity

December 13, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A Special Supreme Court of seven selected judges will hear the appeal of Chief Justice Roy Moore, who has been suspended without pay for the remainder of his term.

The same Special Supreme Court on December 7, issued a cause order demanding the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) show cause as “to why the Motion to Intervene and Unseal filed by The Alabama Political Reporter on October 19, 2016, should not be granted.”
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Bentley turns to Survey Monkey for Sessions replacement

November 21, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The appointment to replace Senator Jeff Sessions rests squarely on the shoulders of Governor Robert Bentley.

In a recent email obtained by the Alabama Political Reporter, Bentley’s Appointments Director, Will Edwards, asks the members of the State’s Republican Party Executive Committee for input on the appointment of Sessions’ successor:

“Dear Alabama Republican Party Executive Committee Members, Governor Bentley has asked that I contact you regarding Senator Sessions’ vacant seat in the US Senate, pending his confirmation,” reads the Nov. 18 communique. Edwards continues by saying Bentley wants a “qualified pool of conservative candidates,” and would “value your personal input as a Party member.”
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Names Emerge to Become Alabama’s Next Senator

November 10, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

In the early morning hours of Wednesday, November 8, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump praised US Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) for being the first member of the Senate to endorse his campaign.

Many media sources believe that Sen. Sessions will be appointed to a high-level cabinet position in the Trump Administration. On Wednesday, CNN reported that Sessions is being considered for Secretary of Defense. Talk radio host Mark Levine suggested that Sessions could serve as President Trump’s Attorney General. Sessions is also reportedly on the shortlist to head the Department of Homeland Security.
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Alabama Supreme Court’s Actions: Justice or Machiavellian Scheme

October 26, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) and several justices on the Alabama Supreme Court are attempting, it appears, to avoid further unwanted scrutiny of their conduct in the case against Chief Justice Roy Moore.

The Commission, commonly referred to as the JIC, is hoping to steer clear of another growing controversy by dismissing the complaint against Associate Justice Tom Parker, who, like Chief Justice Moore, spoke publicly against same-sex marriage.
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Will Chief Justice Roy Moore Be Denied Equal Justice?

October 24, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Chief Justice Roy Moore has been suspended for the rest of his term in office, which permanently removes him from the bench forever (Moore will be aged-out by a State statute that caps eligibility to run for a judgeship after 70).

The Alabama Supreme Court is refusing to unseal the records in his case, denying the public the right to know all the facts that led to his suspension.
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Failures Continue To Mount With STAARS

May 12, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The State can now add another failure, to the growing number of times the STAARS accounting software has proven inadequate to fulfill the promises of Gov. Robert Bentley and Acting Finance Director Bill Newton. The Alabama Political Reporter can now confirm, that this software boondoggle has resulted in the Legal Board of Adjustment approving non-payment claims between State agencies.

According to a report by the Alabama Board of Adjustment, the Board voted to approve 144 claims because the STAARS program failed to allow inter-agency payments equaling, $2,219,676.12.
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Assistant Finance Director Calls Texas Home

December 15, 2015

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY— Assistant Finance Director Rex McDowell, who has been closely associated with recent questionable State software upgrades, calls Texas home, where he owns SoftSwitch Communications, Inc., a company that offers fully integrated, hosted communications solutions, as reported by Bob Lowry in 2011.

According to Lowry’s report, McDowell, a Montgomery native, is registered to vote in Texas, holds a Texas drivers license and even though he receives a six figure salary from the State of Alabama, he reported on his ethics disclosure that he spends “one-third or more” of his time on his Texas-based communications company.
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Handicapping the Race: Week Three

December 9, 2015

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

This week we will continue our analysis of the potential horses in the 2018 Alabama Gubernatorial Derby. So far, we have counted down from 18 to 8. In descending order the list includes, Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (18), Supreme Court Justice Jim Main (17), Sen. Greg Reed (16), Sen. Arthur Orr (15), Mayor Vaughn Stewart (14), Mayor Walt Maddox (13), Mayor Sandy Stimpson (12), Congressman Bradley Byrne (11), Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey (10), Sen. Del Marsh (9), and State Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan (8). The next four horses will be revealed today and we will conclude the series next week when we reveal the top three horses.
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