Bentley Senate Special Election case reset for April 12

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sunday, March 19, 2017, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley will have to explain why he delayed the Special Election for US Senator until 2018, in a hearing set for April 12.

State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) said, “Under the illegal delay by Gov. Bentley, his anointed US Senator gets a free ride for almost two years before an elected Senator can take office. Bentley and Strange think they have gotten away with this illegal election. They have not gotten away with it yet, and the people of Alabama will remember this come election time.”
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Buy Alabama’s Best campaign kick-off event

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Grocers launched the Alabama’s Best kickoff campaign to promote Alabama food products at the State Capital.

Governor Robert Bentley said, “We are here today to honor some of the many companies from around the State that produce the food we eat.” The Governor also praised the companies for the work that they are doing raising money to treat pediatric cancer.
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Family Advocacy Day draws pro-family Legislators

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, an estimated one hundred people gathered in front of Alabama’s historic state Capital Building for Family Advocacy Day.

Rev. Tom Ford said we are here to thank God for his grace. Society is based on three pillars: the family, the church, and the State. When the family goes, the church follows, and then the State.

State Representative Matt Fridy (R-Montevallo) said they plan to bring pro-Life and pro-family legislation that we are bringing forward this session.
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Conservatives Rally Against Data Collection Bills

By Brandon Moseley

The legislature has returned for another session and some GOP legislators are once again pushing a longitudinal data collection scheme. Once again the primary opponents of this grand scheme are fellow Republicans. On Thursday, February 23 Alabama Eagle Forum led a conservative rally in opposition to the longitudinal data bills, House Bill 97 and Senate Bill 153.

State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) read a statement from his wife, state school board member Jackie Zeigler (R) vowing to oppose the data collection.
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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

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