Nixonian plots, half-wit schemes

November 14, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The scheme to defame the State’s former top law enforcement officer, Spencer Collier, is very similar to the New Jersey “Bridgegate” trial that has seen two of Governor Chris Christies’s allies convicted of using state resources and personnel for political retribution.

Now, an investigation by Senators Gerald Dial and Quintin Ross has discovered that a “dirty tricks” operation used State assets and employees to derail the election of Dr. Craig Pouncey as Alabama’s school superintendent in much the same way.
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Political Deceit Laid Bare

November 11, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The conversation in room 727 of the Alabama State House on Thursday afternoon had turned into something halfway between comedy and unchecked disbelief.

Standing before a Senate committee chaired by Sens. Gerald Dial and Quinton Ross, Hugh Evans, the longtime General Counsel for Alabama’s Ethics Commission, was attempting to explain why he and the Commission decided to publicly announce an investigation based solely on an anonymous complaint.
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Bentley, Lawmakers to Hash Out Troubled RCOs

November 10, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has called several lawmakers and other state officials to Montgomery for a Monday meeting on the status of the State’s troubled Regional Care Organizations.

“I assume he wants to discuss how this thing (RCOs) might be held together, if it can be,” said Sen. Jim McClendon, the chairman of the Senate Health committee.

McClendon will not attend Monday’s meeting due to a prior engagement. He said the meeting was initially set for Thursday but was rescheduled on Wednesday.
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Impeachment Proceedings Suspended Due To “Active Criminal Investigation”

November 4, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The House Judiciary committee has suspended its impeachment hearings against Governor Robert Bentley after receiving a request from the State’s Attorney General’s office citing concerns that the hearings could jeopardize the AG’s criminal investigation into a separate criminal matter.

SEE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S LETTER

AG Luther Strange made his request to Representative Mike Jones, who chairs the House Judiciary committee, in a letter on Thursday.
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Vote For Alabama Workers by Voting No on Amendment 8

November 3, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

You have the right to work in Alabama.

If you land a job at a company or business in this state, there is no set of standards – outside of the list of skills required by the employer – that you must first meet.

You don’t have to pass a test – other than a drug test. And you don’t have to apply for any sort of general work certificate or license to obtain employment.
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One RCO Contract Could Cost State $28 Million

November 2, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

A consulting firm tasked with implementing Alabama’s new Medicaid managed-care system has been paid nearly $5 million more than the original contract amount and recently received a second one-year extension that could nearly triple the cost of the project.

Navigant Consulting, a Chicago-based firm, agreed back in December 2013 to implement Alabama’s new Regional Care Organizations, as part of the state’s Medicaid overhaul, and signed a two-year, $12.1 million contract.
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Clinton’s Email “Scandal” Won’t Affect The Election

November 2, 2016

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

I don’t know how many times since Friday somebody has asked me, or emailed me on my private server at home, or texted me, or called me to ask whether I still believed Democrat Hillary Clinton will be the next president.

That’s because the FBI’s James Comey last Friday informed Congress that there were yet more Clinton emails (maybe) that need to be looked at (perhaps).
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Roy Moore Bolts Hearing; Judges to Hear Appeal Selected

October 28, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

It didn’t take long for the Alabama Supreme Court judges lottery to turn contentious.

Before the court clerks even began to draw the names of the retired judges who will be asked to hear Chief Justice Roy Moore’s appeal of his suspension from the bench, Moore’s attorney interrupted to point out that a motion to continue the proceedings hasn’t yet been heard. That motion challenges the Supreme Court justices’ authority to select the judges, since the judges have recused themselves from the case.
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Some Advice For Alabama Democrats

October 27, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Oh, Alabama Democrats.

I have watched from afar over the past several years as your beloved party – the party that controlled Alabama for more than 100 years – deteriorated into a murky concoction of incompetence and incoherence.

The result is a second party in the state that is utterly inconsequential today.

It’s a sad sight, particularly as we watch the infighting and bickering that has taken hold of the party, and as the entrenched leadership at the top refuses to budge or change.
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What is the Status of Gaming in Alabama?

October 21, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

A couple of weeks ago, to the surprise of many, Governor Robert Bentley announced at a press conference the formation of a gambling committee to explore the benefits and costs of legalizing some forms of gaming in Alabama.

While the move was met mostly with indifference from the majority of the State – a government committee doesn’t exactly inspire great excitement – it also seemed like a curious move from a Governor, who, along with Attorney General Luther Strange, had two weeks earlier signed off on a letter to district attorneys and sheriffs around the State, reminding them that electronic bingo is illegal in Alabama.
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