Tankersley Exit Interview Part 1: Success, collusion, and dismay

July 31, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

As a soldier, physician, and man of faith, Dr. Stewart Hill Tankersley holds firm to his beliefs on right and wrong. As he ends his five-year service on the State’s Ethics Commission, he’s convinced there has been progress, but there are still many obstacles to restoring public confidence in the State’s elected leaders. In just two years, the State has seen the fall of Mike Hubbard, the Speaker of the House, convicted on 12 felony counts of public corruption, and Governor Robert Bentley, resigning in disgrace after accepting a plea to campaign finance violations.
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APR stands by Rogers report

July 5, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

An article published by The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) has drawn fire from campaign operatives for freshman Senator Luther Strange and his attorney at his old law firm, Bradley Arrant.

An email containing a letter from Bradley partner Joseph B. Mays, Jr., was received by APR on June 30, in which he demands, “…removal and retraction of false and libelous statements in an article on your website titled, ‘Source: State Rep. Offered Superfund Bribe with Strange Present.'”
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Republican leaders, opinion makers speak out against blackballing consultants

May 1, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Washington powerbrokers are trying to dictate to the people of Alabama who will be their next representative in the US Senate. The elite’s choice is Luther Strange who was appointed to fill the seat by disgraced former Governor Robert Bentley.

NRSC Communications Director Katie Martin was recently reported as having said, “We have made it very clear from the beginning that Sen. Luther Strange would be treated as an incumbent. It has also been a clear policy that we will not use vendors who work against our incumbents.”

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Special Supreme Court denies APR’s request in Moore case

February 6, 2017

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

To fully understand the investigation and permanent suspension of Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore by the Court of the Judiciary, The Alabama Political Reporter filed a Motion to Intervene and Unseal Court records about the case on October 19, 2016. In a 4-3 decision on February 3, 2017, the Special Supreme Court selected to hear Moore’s appeal denied APR’s request.

An appointed panel of retired judges denied APR’s motion without explanation. They were: James Harvey Reid, Special Chief Justice, and Robert George Cahill, Ralph Alton Ferguson, Jr., and John David Coggin, Special Justices, concurring, and Harris Edward McFerrin, William Reddoch King, and Lynn Clardy Bright, Special Justices, in dissent.
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Winn calls for leadership change at the Alabama Democratic Party

November 29, 2016

By Luther Winn, Jr.

The African American and Hispanic communities have reached an impasse in regards to the Alabama Democratic Party. A metaphorical pitchfork in the road of sorts….with questions before the Democratic Party that must be asked, such as: Where do we go from here? Is this the party for us? Do we stay with this party or do we abandon this party? I am hoping that the latter is not an option.
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Trump Administration will go to others, not Bentley, on Alabama issues

November 28, 2016

By Jim Zeigler
Alabama State Auditor

There is one bit of good news: Gov. Robert’s Bentley’s refusal to support Donald Trump.

Bentley was an early endorser of Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who also refused to support Trump. Notice that Trump carried both Ohio and Alabama despite the lack of support of either governor. Bentley’s support of Kasich did no good for Kasich. It may have hurt him with what little Alabama support Kasich had to hurt.
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Ethics Commission: Not Subject to Ethics Laws

October 12, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Here’s a little-known fact: The Alabama Ethics Commission is not governed by the laws it is charged with enforcing.

That was made abundantly clear when Commissioner Judge Charles Price voted with a conflict of interest at an Oct. 5th Commission meeting. The conflict arose when he voted yes on an Advisory Opinion that permitted the City of Montgomery to give money to the local Chamber of Commerce. Price, a retired Montgomery Circuit Judge, is a board member of the chamber and will shortly become its president.
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Email Shows Plan in Huntsville Race

October 3, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Political Reporter has obtained an email in which members of a special interest group appear to openly discuss how they hope to influence the Huntsville City Council in return for their organization’s campaign donations.

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In what looks to be an email from “The Committee of 100″ to the board of directors of BIZPAC, the Montgomery-based political action committee of Clark Richardson an unnamed author writes of its influence with members of the Huntsville City Council.
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Guilty: The System Worked

June 13, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Michael G. Hubbard, on Friday, June 10, the thirteenth day of his trial, was found guilty on twelve counts of public corruption. The system worked. In an era where government, law enforcement and the media are accused daily of ineptitude, negligence and bias, that is not a phrase often heard. But, in the State v. Hubbard it worked, just as the framers of our Republic intended.
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Justice Moore’s Indictment and Trial

May 16, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The twice elected Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore faces removal from the bench, after ethics charges were filed against him by the appointed State’s Judiciary Inquiry Commission (JIC). Justice Moore will be tried by the Court of Judiciary, which is also appointed, and will be prosecuted by a private attorney paid for by JIC.

Judges in Alabama are elected by the people. In 2012, Moore was reelected as Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court, even though he was removed from that office nearly a decade ago.
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