Crumpton calls for Bentley to rescind proclamation and hold Special Election this November

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, February 14, US Senate candidate Ron Crumpton (D) urged Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) to rescind his proclamation and set the Special Election for Senate this November, instead of November 6, 2018.

Crumpton said in a statement to supporters that Bentley’s setting of the special election 21 months into the future, “Is riddled with problems.” “First, If the Governor called for the opening of qualifying today, the election could be held in November of 2017. This timeline would comply with federal and state statutes and cases. Second, the law does not state that the election should be delayed because of fears of low turnout or because of the expense. Those are excuses for delay, they do not prevent the election from being held earlier.”
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Bentley Cites Third Party ballot access and cost as reasons why Special Election cannot be called this year

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

A number of State officials are questioning the legality of Governor Robert Bentley’s decision to postpone the Special Election until 2018 for the US Senate seat.

On Saturday Gov. Bentley responded to the criticism claiming that it would be too expensive to hold a Special Election and there would not be enough time for independent and minor party candidates to get the necessary signaturs for ballot access.
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$800 million prison construction plan to be a top priority in 2017 session

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Gov. Robert Bentley’s plan to build four new State prisons through an $800 million bond issue will be a top priority for legislators with the start of the 2017 Regular Session today.

On Tuesday, Sen. Cam Ward, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, proposed a 2017 version of the bill that is relatively unchanged from last year’s version. The legislation was delivered to the State House Friday by the Governor’s Legislative Liaison and was proposed, unchanged, Ward said.
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Zeigler chosen as Chairman of Board of Adjustment

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Thursday, January 12, 2017, the Alabama Board of Adjustment (BOA), which decides claims against the State of Alabama, elected State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) as its Chairman.

Because the state of Alabama enjoys sovereign immunity, the State can not be sued in court. A citizen or business who has been damaged by an agency of the State can, however, file a claim for money with the BOA. Zeigler is one of four voting members on the BOA. He has served there for the two years that he has been State Auditor. In case of a tie vote, Zeigler, as chairman, will vote twice to break the tie. Read More

Beckman urges Judiciary Committee to restart Bentley impeachment hearings

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

State Representative Paul Beckman (R-Prattville) has joined State Auditor Jim Zeigler’s call to restart the halted impeachment of embattled Alabama Governor Robert Bentley.

“I believe the committee needs to restart its work and resolve this issue already,” Beckman told Inside Alabama Politics. “I feel like the Governor, possibly with help from the attorney general, is trying to run out the clock on this thing.” Read More

Zeigler calls for restart of halted Bentley impeachment investigation

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Sunday, January 1, 2017, Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler sent a letter to the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee asking him to restart the halted impeachment investigation of embattled Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R).

“Attorney General Luther Strange had requested that you halt the impeachment due to activities by his office. He stated that his office had ‘related work’ to the investigation of Gov. Bentley,” Zeigler stated. “It is clear that there was either a serious misunderstanding between the Attorney General and this committee, or else an obstruction of the legislative impeachment process by Attorney General Luther Strange.” Read More

Gov. Brewer has died

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, January 2, 2016, former Alabama Governor Albert Brewer (D) passed away.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) said in a statement, “Alabamians have lost a great leader today in the passing of Governor Albert Brewer. He lived his life as an example of integrity and professionalism in public service, and displayed an unwavering commitment to making Alabama a great state. Always a friend to me, Governor Brewer was ever ready with a kind and encouraging word. Most of all he loved serving the people of this State. In addition to serving as the 47th Governor, Brewer was elected as Speaker of the House of Representatives and as Lieutenant Governor. The State of Alabama is grateful for his faithful service. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.” Read More

State Auditor makes 2017 predictions

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

2016 gave us President-elect Donald Trump, Governor Robert Bentley’s sex scandal, a failed state lottery plan, and Speaker Mike Hubbard being convicted of felony ethics violations. What will 2017 bring?

On Sunday, January 1, 2017, State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) released predictions for what the new year might bring to Alabama.

“The investigation of Gov. Robert Bentley and Rebekah Mason will result in federal indictments, which will go to trial some time in 2018, their last year,” Zeigler stated. “Bentley will not resign. Bentley and Mason will continue governing with an even-worse cloud over their heads. The Bentley/Mason trial will take as long as the Mike Hubbard trial. Justice delayed is justice denied. Bentley will limp on as a lame duck, wounded duck governor.” Read More

Alabama elected officials react to Sec. Kerry Speech on Israel

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, December 28, 2016, outgoing Secretary of State John Kerry (D) sharply attacked the settlement policies of the nation of Israel and demanded that they surrender territories the United Nations claims they have improperly occupied to the Palestinian State.

US Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) said in a statement, “Supporting Israel has always been a bipartisan issue, but the Obama Administration seems intent on changing that. Peace in the region isn’t going to come from the United States or the United Nations telling Israel or Palestine what to do. Any solution must come from those actually involved. This kind of ‘I know best’ speech from the Obama Administration is a fitting summary for how they have governed the last eight years.” Read More

Zeigler promotes 2017 New Year’s Resolution agenda

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

State Auditor Jim Zeigler has put forward a series of 2017 policy positions for state government that he believes Alabama should adopt.

Zeigler stated, “2017 is considered a political ‘off year,’ with no state or national elections. But State Auditor Jim Zeigler says 2017 can be a turning point for Alabama, or at least a prelude to a 2018 turning point.”

Zeigler has been a staunch critic of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s controversial plan to issue $800 million in bonds to build four super-prisons at sites the Governor will select, closing 14 existing prisons. Zeigler claims the move, “would indebt the state for the next 30 years.” Zeigler has presented an alternative he claims would fix prison overcrowding and safety problems, which he calls Plan Z. Zeigler has stated his plan would cost 75 percent less than the Bentley plan.
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