Bill Would Give Governor Power to Appoint State Auditor, Agriculture Commissioner

March 22, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—A proposed amendment to the State’s 1901 constitution, would give the authority to appoint the State Auditor and Secretary of Agriculture and Industry to Governor Bentley.

Currently, the State constitution states that these public offices are filled by a vote of the people, something that State Rep. Paul Beeckman (R-Prattville) would change with HB432.

john-mcmillanWhile the State Auditor office is of small consequence in the greater scheme of government, the Secretary of Agriculture and Industry is a very powerful position, currently held by John McMillan.
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Hubbard’s Devilish Audaciousness Snares More Victims

February 22, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

In states across our nation, elected officials indicted on serious crimes are forced to step down from their leadership rolls in order to prevent them from using their position to fight the state’s justice system.

Nothing has hindered the devilish audaciousness of the State’s Speaker of the House in his attempt to forestall justice.

Speaker Mike Hubbard, who was indicted on 23 felony counts of public corruption, was given a pep rally after his indictment. Gov. Robert Bentley, who has portrayed himself as a moral leader, demurred when Hubbard was arrested and as of late has become another pawn in Hubbard’s perverse strategy.
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Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries says Hubbard Should Step Down

September 25, 2015

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries, John McMillan, has now publicly stated that he believes Mike Hubbard should step down as Speaker.

In a phone conversation with the Alabama Political Reporter, McMillan, a highly respect Republican  said, “I think it is time for him to step down.” Hubbard was charged in October of last year with committing 23 felony counts of public corruption. Hubbard has stubbornly held on to the Speaker’s gavel despite the ever-growing body of evidence making its way into the press.
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The Bedrock of Alabama’s Economy

November 13, 2013

By John McMillan
Commissioner, Department of Agriculture and Industries

Back in 1883, the Alabama Department of Agriculture was founded with a mission to promote and support the state’s No. 1 industry while regulating and reporting on various aspects of farm production. Cotton was king then as a growing America demanded greater and greater quantities of fiber to supply the nation’s textile mills.

The first agriculture commissioner was Edward Chambers Betts (1820-1891), a lawyer and planter from Madison County. Until 1900, the agriculture commissioner was appointed by the governor; since that time, it has been an elected position serving concurrently with Alabama’s six other constitutional officers.
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Letter from Commissioner John McMillan

February 7, 2013

By John McMillan
Commissioner, Department of Agriculture and Industries

Two years ago, when I first took the oath of office as Commissioner of Agriculture & Industries for Alabama, little did I know what awaited me. The Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries, through years of neglect, had barely enough cash reserves to make payroll, much less pay for the many demands on the operation including maintenance of the buildings, laboratories and equipment.
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The Dust Bowl

October 30, 2012

By John McMillan
Commissioner, Department of Agriculture and Industries

In the 1930s, an ecological disaster of epic proportions swept the American Midwest and threatened to destroy the nation’s bread basket. The Dust Bowl, as it became known, turned prairies into deserts and unleashed a pattern of massive, deadly dust storms that for many seemed to herald the end of the world. The story of this national calamity is captured in famed filmmaker Ken Burns’ newest documentary, THE DUST BOWL, premiering Sunday, Nov. 18 and Monday, Nov.19 at 7:00 p.m. on Alabama Public Television.
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