Qualifying for Senate Seat Begins Today

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Republican Party announced that it will open candidate qualifying for the Alabama U.S. Senate Special Election on Monday, April 24 at 8:30 a.m. central time.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) had originally set the special election to replace Jeff Sessions for November 2018 to coincide with the regular election. A number of legal scholars, including state Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) and state Representative Christopher John England (D from Tuscaloosa) argued that Bentley and his team of legal advisors had improperly defined “forthwith” and urged a 2017 special elecition.
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Zeigler ends lawsuit after Ivey sets Special Election

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, April 20, 2017, Alabama Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) announced that he and Tommy Chapman were dropping their lawsuit challenging the legality of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s (R) dubious decision to delay the Special Election for US Senate for 21 months. Bentley has since departed the Governor’s mansion to avoid impeachment and prosecution, and Gov. Kay Ivey (R) has reversed Bentley’s order on the Special Election.
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Luther Strange and a very bad choice

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday was not a good day for Luther Strange.

Alabama’s appointed US Senator found out by way of a phone call from Gov. Kay Ivey that she was reversing course and calling a Special Election to be held later this year for the seat Strange currently holds.

Strange, Alabama’s former Attorney General, is the only announced candidate for that seat. And he was banking on staying in it until Nov. 2018, when, if his plan worked, he would be officially elected to that seat.
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Ivey has not ruled out running for Governor

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, February 13, 2017, new Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) addresses reporters for her first press conference as Alabama’s Governor.

When pressed by reporters, Gov. Ivey would not commit to whether she would run for the office in 2018 or not. Ivey told reporters that she had months to make that determination and her focus now was on the affairs of the State.
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Bentley admits guilt and resigns

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Just after 5:00 p.m. Monday, April 10, 2017, Montgomery’s culture of runaway corruption claimed another victim, as criminal excesses associated with an illicit liaison with married staffer, Mrs. Rebekah Caldwell Mason, led to Governor Robert Bentley (R) being forced to resign, rather than becoming the first Governor to be impeached in Alabama history.

Governor Bentley said, “I received the greatest honor of my life when the people of Alabama elected me Governor….I have not always made that right choices, and that even though I sometimes failed I have tried to live up the standards expected of me; but there have been times that I have left you and our people down.”
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Reaction to Bentley resignation

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, April 19, 2017, while the House Judiciary Committee was hearing the Special Counsel’s report on Governor Robert Bentley’s (R) alleged misconduct, the Governor reached a plea agreement with prosecutors and agreed to step down from the office of Governor. Leaders from across the State commented in favor of the decision.

US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) said in a statement, “Governor Bentley’s decision to resign was the right thing to do. The people of Alabama deserve leaders who are focused on the serious issues facing our state, and I look forward to better days ahead.”
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Sharman’s report includes shocking allegations of witness intimidation

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, April 7, 2017, House Judiciary Committee Special Counsel Jack Sharman released his investigative report on the possible impeachment of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R). The Sharman report was lengthy; but there was little in there that avid readers of The Alabama Political Reporter did not already know. One area that the report did reveal new details was in the account of former First Lady Dianne Bentley’s former Chief of Staff Heather Hannah.
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More Calls for Bentley to Resign

By Brandon Moseley

Sunday, April 9, 2017 the Alabama Republican Party Steering Committee called upon Governor Robert Bentley, “To immediately resign.” The ongoing investigation into corruption, ethics violations, and campaign finance law violation is centered around Bentley’s relationship with alleged mistress Mrs. Rebekah Caldwell Mason.

The ALGOP Steering Committee also passed the following resolution: “The ALGOP Steering Committee commends the Alabama House of Representatives, the Alabama Senate and the Alabama Supreme Court for their courage and their diligence in the impeachment process while putting partisan politics aside for the people of the state of Alabama.”
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Candidates Announce in Winston County

By Brandon Moseley

Friday, April 7, 2017 Republican gathered for the annual Winston County Ronald Reagan Dinner in Double Springs. U.S. Representative Robert Aderholt (R from Haleyville) was there and he presented Winston County Republican Party Chairman Jerry Mobley with a letter signed by President Donald J. Trump (R) and Vice President Mike Pence (R) for their hard work in the election.

Congressman Aderholt said that Winston County voted over 90 percent for Donald Trump and that the Third Congressional District as a whole was the highest margin of victory for Trump of any District of any of the 435 congressional districts.
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Marsh Says: “This has gone on long enough” and urges Bentley to resign

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 6, 2017, US Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) called on embattled Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) to resign in the aftermath of a damning finding by the Alabama Ethics Commission on Wednesday that Bentley probably committed four class B felonies consisting of one ethics violation and three violations of campaign finance laws. On Friday, Bentley faces the likelihood that even more sordid details of his relationship with former top political advisor and alleged mistress, Mrs. Rebekah Caldwell Mason, will be released with the lengthy report by special counsel Jack Sharman.
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