Senator Strange appoints former Chief Deputy as Chief of Staff

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Many questions surround the appointment of Luther Strange as US Senator, but Strange hiring Kevin Turner as his Chief of Staff is an unseen turn of events.

Turner served as Strange’s Chief Deputy until allegations of dubious actions in the criminal investigation of former Speaker Mike Hubbard surfaced. During the heat of the inquiry, sources from both within and outside of the Attorney General’s Office confirmed that Turner was orchestrating a plot to remove chief prosecutor Matt Hart from the Lee County Grand Jury investigation.
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Third Party Candidate Says that Current Ballot Access Laws Limits Choice and Competition

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, October 5, 2016, Constitution Party candidate for the Lee County Commission, Ken Busby issued a statement highly critical of Alabama’s ballot access laws which he says limits choices for voters and the rights of candidates to participate in the political process.

Busby said that Lee County has had two third party candidates run for offices, with zero major party opposition to the incumbent, fail to meet the ballot access requirements, which Busby described as extremely challenging.
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Joe Lovvorn Wins House District 79 Seat

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, September 22, 2016, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) announced that Joe Lovvorn will be certified as the winner of the House District 79 seat, formerly held by disgraced Speak of the House Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn). Lovvorn won the primary held on September 13, 2016. No other state party successfully met the requirements to appear on the general election in January, therefore there is no longer a need to hold that election.
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Libertarian Hopes to Qualify in House District 79

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, September 13, Gage Fenwick announced, “Today we turned in over 300 signatures for ballot access! One step closer towards Liberty in Alabama! Help us by liking and sharing our page! Ask your friends to help support our cause!”

On Saturday, the Libertarian candidate for House District 79 told the Alabama Political Reporter that he still is waiting for the Secretary of State’s office to certify his candidacy.
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We Can’t Expect Change Without Voting For It, Too

By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, Joe Lovvorn narrowly prevailed in a field of four candidates for the GOP nomination to fill former Speaker Mike Hubbard’s seat in the Alabama House of Representatives. Hubbard vacated his seat under State law when he was convicted of more felonies than you can count on both hands.

Campaign finance records show that Lovvorn was backed by many of the same high-dollar Montgomery brokers who rolled Hubbard into power.
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Joe Lovvorn Wins House District 79 Republican Primary

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Republican Primary Voters in House District 79 went to the polls to select whom they want to represent them in the Alabama House of Representatives. A narrow majority of 51 percent selected Joe Lovvorn out of a field of four in the heavily Republican Lee County District.

Lovvorn said in a statement, “”Thank you” doesn’t really seem adequate. My family and I are so humbled and so grateful.”
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Felon Hubbard Seeks Friends and Cash

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Earlier this month, convicted felon and former Alabama Speaker of the House, Mike Hubbard, sent an email to “business leader(s)” encouraging then to read his latest motion.

Hubbard writes, “…it very clearly lays out multiple reasons a new trial should be held, explains why the verdict on each charge was incorrect and how it negatively impacts business moving forward.”

Hubbard’s latest email appears to be a continuation of his public relations campaign to influence the public, remain relevant and raise much need cash for his criminal defense.
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Morrow Says Hubbard’s Book Was Nothing But a Pack of Lies

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, July 8, disgraced former Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) was sentenced by Judge Walker to four years in prison plus sixteen years of probation and a $210,000 for 12 felony counts of violating Alabama’s ethics law…..ironically a bill that was championed by Mike Hubbard when he led the Alabama Republican Party takeover of both Houses of the Alabama legislature in 135 years.
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Alabama Democratic Party Looking For HD 79 Candidate

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, July 1, there are five Republicans already running to fill the seat vacated by disgraced former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, but no Lee County Democrat has come forward to run for the seat. If Democrats are ever going to break the Republican Party’s iron grip on power in Alabama, they are going to have to first find competent people who are willing to come out of the shadows and admit they are Democrats by running as Democrats.
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A Guilty Verdict Offering Hope

By Jack Campbell

An atomic bomb of sorts was dropped on Alabama on June 10th when a jury in Lee County found Mike Hubbard guilty on twelve counts of public corruption. The judge will impose sentencing early next month which could, most likely, include prison time. Finally, it can be said aloud that Mike Hubbard really was a crook after all, even though lone cries from people like Congressman Mike Rogers have been silenced.
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