Frank Matthews urges Black voters to write in Robert Kennedy for US Senate

December 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Recent Birmingham Mayoral candidate, civil rights activist, anti-Confederate monuments community organizer, and longtime Birmingham area radio personality Frank Matthews is urging Black voters not to vote for Democratic Party U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones; but to instead write in Democratic Primary candidate Robert Kennedy Jr. on Tuesday.

Kennedy is a former U.S. Navy Commander who graduated from the Naval Academy at Annapolis, where he was elected as class president, and has a Master’s degree from Duke.  Kennedy performed well in early polls of the Democratic Primary.  This was attributed to his famous sounding name.

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Woodfin inaugurated in Birmingham

November 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Randall Woodfin was inaugurated as the 30th mayor of Birmingham in a noon ceremony in Linn Park on Tuesday

“It is an honor to serve my hometown, Birmingham, Alabama,“ said Woodfin. “Truthfully, this is not my inauguration, it is our inauguration. I, along with the entire City Council, understand the importance of serving you.” Woodfin thanked the hundreds of volunteers, his four thousand donors and the grassroots movement that made all of this possible.

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Randall Woodfin to be inaugurated as Mayor of Birmingham on Tuesday

November 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, Birmingham Mayor-elect Randall Woodfin will be inaugurated.  All events are designed to honor the citizens and will be open to the public.

“Inauguration day is the culmination of more than a year of hard work by many, many people across our city who joined together to win this important election,” Woodfin said. “Whether they knocked on doors, made phone calls or just went out to vote, they made a difference in the outcome of the election, and now it is up to us to honor their support with an administration that is focused on improving all of our neighborhoods, education system, public safety and other issues important to our great city.”

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Birmingham votes Tuesday for Mayor, City Council, School Board

August 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, voters in Birmingham go to the polls to vote for Mayor, City Council, and School Board.  Unlike State, County, or Judicial elections, municipal elections are non-partisan.

Longtime incumbent William Bell (D) is seeking a third term as Mayor.  Bell was a member of the Birmingham City Council and Mayor Pro Tem in 1999 when longtime Mayor Richard Arrington retired.  Bell became Mayor by law then, but was defeated in the election by then City Councilman, Bernard Kincaid.

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Martin brings experience of fighting for justice to Attorney General’s race

June 15, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

If Alabama is looking for an Attorney General who is tough on crime, smart as a whip, and fair, then the search is over. Former US Attorney Alice Martin, who announced this week, her intention to seek the office, is one to watch.

Recently, The Alabama Political Reporter spoke with Martin and asked about her history, ethics, and priorities if she becomes Attorney General.
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Rough Men, Fair Justice

February 29, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Public corruption runs through our State like the Cahaba River. It is ancient, long and free-flowing, but unlike the Cahaba, it is never pretty, only foul, brutal and unrelenting.

Speaker Mike Hubbard is just the latest in a rouge’s gallery of those who shined for a brief moment, only to succumb to the lure of power used for personal gain.

In an effort to free Hubbard from his legal entanglement, his cronies and lawyers have turned the State’s justice system into a sideshow with Houdini-like misdirection.
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New Chief Deputy “Steel Lady”

April 22, 2015

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The Appointment of a new Chief Deputy at the Attorney General’s Office should have all of the crooked politicos sleeping with the lights on.

Alice Martin, former US Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, will take the job of serving as number two, under Attorney General Luther Strange.

Martin has the reputation of a leader who inspires those around her to get the job done. She is also known for her vigilance in prosecuting public corruption. One former colleague referred to her as the “Steel Lady.”
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Claims of Political Prosecution: A Dishonest Rendering Of The Facts

June 30, 2014

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter
 
MONTGOMERY—Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, his attorney J. Mark White and even some journalists would have the public believe that the Grand Jury investigation in Lee County is politically motivated.
 
It has been suggested—and in some cases stated as fact—that Attorney General Luther Strange has devised a diabolical plot to have Hubbard disgraced, perhaps imprisoned, in order to propel himself to the Governor’s Office.
 
The assertion of a political motivation driving Strange is a dishonest rendering of the facts.
 
These statements are simply political and judicial subterfuge, fostered by those who wish to protect Hubbard or curry his favor.
 
If the Attorney General’s investigation into alleged criminal activities by Hubbard leads to greater political gains for Strange, it will be because he honored the oath of his office and ignored politics.

Strange’s actions were not the result of political calculations, but rather a willingness to uphold the law, regardless of the political consequences.
 
The investigation into Hubbard was initiated by orders from Matt Hart, the head of the Public Corruption and White Collar Crime Division of the State’s Attorney General’s Office, not Luther Strange. Strange only fully learned about the investigation after he was shown Hart’s preliminary findings.
 
Strange did not try to quash the investigation—which would have been the best choice politically— but rather recused himself from the case because of certain personal knowledge  concerning Hubbard’s activities.
 
Research by the Alabama Political Reporter has led to the belief that Hubbard embezzled money while Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party. (This is only one of many suspect action by Hubbard APR has uncovered) During his time as Chairman, Hubbard would direct funds to political campaigns with the caveat that a portion of the funds be spent with his business interests; according to several individuals involved in a number of campaigns.
 
(All have spoken anonymously and wish not to be identified at this time)
 
In 2010, Hubbard also directed money from the ALGOP to the Florida-based company, Majority Strategies, who then in turn subcontracted work to a Hubbard business interest.
 
On May 24, Luther Strange received $20,000 contribution— for his Attorney General race—from Hubbard’s Political Action Committee, Network PAC. On the very next day, the Strange campaign spent $20,000 with Hubbard’s Network Creative Media. This action could make the Attorney General a potential witness against Hubbard, if he were to be charged with embezzling campaign funds.
 
It is not certain that this is why Strange recused himself from the investigation, but it might be the answer. It is important to remember that recusal from a prosecution is not the same as refusal to see an investigation go forward. This is why Supernumerary District Attorney W. Van Davis was appointed to act on the Attorney General’s behalf.
 
In 2011, Strange appointed Matt Hart to head the Public Corruption and White Collar Crime Division of the office of the Attorney General. This was seen by many as a sign that Strange was not going to shy away from prosecution of public corruption in high reaches of government.
 
Hart, who is a special forces trained intelligence officer, is not a man of trifling convictions, according to those who know him best. To believe that Hart would succumb to the petty whims of politicians is to not understand the nature of the man, behind the investigation of Mike Hubbard; according to closes associates.
 
St. Clair District Attorney Richard Minor,—who has worked closely with Hart over the years—had this to say about his appointment in 2011:
 
“I am pleased to hear that Attorney General Strange has hired Matt. His extraordinary record as a public corruption prosecutor and his commitment to public service will serve the citizens of Alabama well. As the former Director of the North Alabama Public Corruption Task Force, Matt’s leadership led to the foundation for ethics reform. This hire reaffirms the Attorney Generals pledge to root out public corruption at all levels of government in our State.”
 
Minor is one of the most highly respected District Attorneys in the State.
 
Minor has a sign in his office that reads, in effect,  “If you are not willing to take the case that might end your career, then you have no business being a prosecutor.”
 
When Hart decided to pursue an investigation into Hubbard, he took the case that might end his career, as politicians and operatives have said that threats against Hart are real and numerous.
 
But Hart has a history of fighting wide and winning big, on cases wrought with political danger.
 
From 2003 to 2009, Hart served as Director for State and Federal Joint Public Corruption Task Force for the Northern District of Alabama. During this period, he supervised the investigation into the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education, which would lead to the conviction of the former Chancellor, several State Legislators, contractors and State employees.
 
He was also responsible for overseeing the investigation that ended with the conviction of Jefferson County Commissioners in the sewer debacle. Add to this the conviction of Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford, and a picture begins to emerge of a career prosecutor who will take the tough cases without fear of reprisal or political pressure.
 
Over a year ago, Hubbard’s White Collar Criminal Defense Attorney began to spread various versions of Hubbard’s innocence and claims of political persecution.
 
White is known to seek out friendly news reporters who will give his clients favorable coverage in the media. Spending hours granting exclusive interviews with friendly journalists who will write stories in a sympathetic light. These stories follow a line of reasoning supplied by White, without risking questions that might probe into Hubbard’s actions.
 
A political prosecution by Luther Strange, or anyone else involved in the Hubbard investigation is not consistent with facts or with the prosecutors involved.
 
Claims of a political prosecution have the smell of a cover-up, being aided and abetted by those who either fear Hubbard or favor him.

 

Bachus Passes Municipal Advisers Bill in House Financial Services Committee

September 14, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

While Larry Langford was head of the Jefferson County Commissioner the County’s financial advisers told the commission that the county could save money on interest expenses by switching from boring fixed rate bonds to auction rate bonds where investors bid regularly on the interest rate. Advisers often regularly advised Jefferson County Commissioners to swap bonds for new bond issues. Well every time a bond is rewritten or restructured it generates fees for bond writers and Jefferson County was paying some of the highest fees in the industry. Many of these same advisers were being paid commissions on these deals or were otherwise being compensated for churning new business out of those existing debts. When the economy slowed and suddenly Jefferson County couldn’t make their loan payments the interest rates on those auction rate bonds soared drastically worsening the financial crisis afflicting the chronically overspending county. Eventually the county would go bankrupt on the over $4 billion debt, the Wall Street banks which were selling the massive bond issues would have to assume the liabilities, Jefferson County Commissioner Larry Langford (who had moved on to a new post as Mayor of Birmingham) would go to federal prison, bond dealer Bill Blount also went to prison, as did Al LaPierre who was paid $219,000 by Blount to lobby commissioners for these very lucrative bond swaps.
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