Moore campaign threatens to sue anti-Moore super PAC Highway 31

December 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Roy Moore Senate campaign blasted an ad paid for by the Highway 31 super PAC as “patently false.”

The campaign announced in a statement that they have issued cease and desist letters demanding that television stations remove the ad from the air immediately.

The letter specifically calls out the ad for what the Moore campaign says are its “quoting third-hand gossip and repeating outright falsehoods.”

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Lawyer asks AG for documents related to Luther Strange, 35th Avenue Superfund site

October 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Attorney David A Ludder, who is representing the environmentalist group GASP, is asking Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) to hand over documents that then AG Luther Strange (R) may have written or received concerning the controversial 35th Avenue Superfund site in North Birmingham.

As Attorney General, Luther Strange actively opposed a proposed expansion and prioritization of the 35th Avenue site, by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Prison healthcare plan proposed

October 10, 2017

By Staff 
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, Quality Correctional Health Care and the University of Alabama at Birmingham will present to the Alabama Department of Corrections a comprehensive plan to provide enhanced healthcare services for the 21,000 inmates housed in the state prison system.

In June 2017, a federal judge ruled that the mental health services currently provided in Alabama’s prisons are so poor that they amount to unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment. A still-pending portion of the same lawsuit alleges that the medical care in the state prisons is likewise inadequate. That claim will be tried in federal court soon.

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Strange challenges Obama administration expansion of Endangered Species Act

December 1, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) led a coalition of 18 states in filing a complaint in a lawsuit challenging new federal rules that broadly expand the definition for “critical habitats” for endangered and threatened species.

AG Strange said in a statement, “Washington bureaucrats have gone beyond common sense by seeking to expand their control to private property adjoining the habitat of an endangered species solely on the basis that these areas might one day be home to a threatened species,” said Attorney General Strange. “If this rule is unchallenged, there could be no limit to their regulatory reach, potentially setting the stage for the federal government to designate entire states or even multiple states as habitat for a particular species. Today, I joined with Arkansas and 16 others states to challenge this outrageous overreach in federal court.”
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Bentley denies Lewis allegations; calls suit a “Shakedown”

November 24, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s (R) former chief bodyguard, Ray Lewis, filed a lawsuit claiming among many other things, that the Governor and his former top political advisor Mrs. Rebekah Caldwell Mason have lied about him claiming overtime that was not approved and they have harmed his reputation in order to cover up their illicit affair.

Gov. Bentley is denying all of Lewis’s accusations.
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Alabama Joins Texas Lawsuit To Thwart Obama’s Transgender Bathroom Policy

May 26, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 25, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) announced that Alabama has joined an 11-state legal challenge to the Obama administration’s recent order that schools must allow students access to restrooms and locker rooms of their gender “identity” rather than their biological sex, or lose federal funding.

Attorney General Strange said in a statement, “President Obama does not have legal grounds to rewrite the law. Congress was absolutely clear that federal law allows schools to have separate facilities based on the ‘sex’ of the individual, not their gender preference. This disturbing attempt to transform America’s classrooms into laboratories for the Obama administration’s social experiments will not stand up to the test of law.”
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Hearing on Zeigler Lawsuit in Court Thursday

June 29, 2015

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sunday, June 28, Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) announced that a hearing will be held in Montgomery on Zeigler’s suit to stop school boards from spending school funds in political campaigns for tax increases.

The hearing is set for July 2, on a lawsuit to enjoin school boards from using tax dollars in referendum campaigns for tax increases.  Zeigler announced that the case is set for Thursday at 9 a.m. in courtroom 3B of the Montgomery County Courthouse.
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Baldwin County School System Defends Actions

June 11, 2015

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, June 10, officials with the Baldwin County Board of Education responded to allegations that they acted inappropriately in the recent school property tax referendum.

Director of Communications with the Baldwin County Schools System Terry Wilhite said, “The state requires that a school district have a minimum tax of 10 mills to participate in the foundation program.  Baldwin only collects two mills above the state minimum.”

Director Wilhite said that, “Info from the state department of education shows our rate is equal to Conecuh and Monroe counties, less than Escambia (17) and far less than Mobile (29.5). Probably the only county we compare to in terms of size and growth is Shelby where the rate is 30 mils.  In fact, had we been successful in getting the increases we asked for, we would still be less than Bullock. Mobile/Pritchard would even be more than Baldwin.”   “When you look at all funding sources for Baldwin schools you see that we rank no. 98 in the state.”

Wilhite wrote, “The Baldwin County Public School System has more students than it has classrooms to put them – this is the simple driver behind a campaign for revenue to build school houses.”  “The school system is simply seeking a revenue stream to build school houses to handle the massive growth.”

Wilhite denied charges by State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) that the Baldwin County School Board misappropriated funds by using school resources to promote its tax referendum.  Regarding the lawsuit filed by Zeigler, Wilhite said, “It is a free country.  If the state auditor wants to spend taxpayer money on frivolous law suits, that’s his prerogative.” 

Wilhite said that Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) gave an opinion on the referendum, “In response to a request by the Baldwin County Board of Education, not at the request of Ziegler.” 

Wilhite denied that the failed referendum or the allegations that school personnel and resources were used to promote a yes vote had anything to do with Robbie Owen’s decision to step down as superintendent of the Baldwin County Public Schools.  Wilhite said that Owen, “Stepped forward from his role of principal of Rockwell Elementary to lead the school system when Dr. Alan Lee resigned. Recently Mr. Owen announced he would like to return to his principalship at Rockwell. He is a very honorable man and he personally has the trust and backing of those for and those against a tax hike. He said his heart was working directly with students, and that is what he has chosen to do.”

Wilhite strongly objected to the reporting on this story by the Alabama Political Reporter on Wednesday.  “We receive regular news coverage from the Mobile Press-Register, AL.com, three TV stations and four community newspapers. None of them have reported on this “scandal” you refer to.  Strange to me that you can uncover something from Montgomery when media who cover this area regularly cannot.”

The Alabama Political Reporter does not claim to have uncovered anything in Baldwin County and is only vaguely aware of what Al.com and Mobile TV are reporting on every issue.  Our resources would be stretched much too thin to adequately cover county governance in all 67 counties of Alabama and the over 172 public school systems in the state in addition to our unmatched laser focus on state governance and reporting on elections as well as the coverage of the Alabama Congressional Delegation. 

But as Jim Zeigler said in an earlier statement, “This is now a statewide issue.  Three other counties have held tax votes since the Baldwin referendum.  Unless we win this suit, taxpayer funds can be used for campaigning.  There may later be a statewide vote on tax increases or gambling, and we need to stop the political use of taxpayer money before those referendums.”

Much of the money was spent on television advertising.  “We did not want taxpayer money, and we are talking about a lot of taxpayers’ money, that is supposed to run the educational system to go instead to a political campaign,” said Zeigler.

WKRG-TV News 5 and Strategy Research conducted a poll showing that 81 percent of voters in Baldwin County oppose using tax dollars for political referendums  92 percent of voters who voted against the tax increase package reported to pollsters that they opposed the use of taxpayer money by the Baldwin County Board of Education in the campaign.

Wilhite said, “Baldwin is a place that young families come by the droves to raise and educate their children and it is also a destination for folks to come and retire; the board has to reach audiences beyond parents and it invested the dollars in communication that reached them. It was a good faith effort to communicate that we need school buildings to accommodate the growth. Plain and simple. The entire county – old and young alike – has a stake in the future of community schools.”

 

Roby Supports Boehner’s Lawsuit to Rein in Executive Branch

July 18, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

House Speaker John Boehner, (R) from Ohio, is moving forward with legal actions to ask the court to compel President Barack Hussein Obama to faithfully carry out the Nation’s laws. U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R) from Montgomery said on Thursday, July 10 that she supports Boehner’s decision.

Congresswoman Roby said, “Speaker Boehner is right to initiate legal action to rein in the Executive Branch and check this Administration’s blatant disregard for the rule of law.  While the House has dutifully exercised Executive Branch oversight, we have limited legislative options, particularly with the Senate leadership’s unwillingness to do anything that might make the White House look bad.”
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ASU Responds to Audit by Suing Auditors

October 23, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama State University Board of Trustees hired Dr. Joseph Silver to be the President of the historically Black college in Montgomery. Within weeks of his tenure as ASU President, he found what he believed were financial irregularities in the operations of the University and conflicts of interest involving some at the University.

Within days of voicing his concerns to the Board of Trustees, he was fired by the BOT. Following that political firestorm which ultimately ended with Silver taking a generous buyout package, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) ordered a forensic audit of the University’s contracts.
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