Prison healthcare provider steps forward to meet Alabama’s challenge

August 9, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Earlier this summer, US Federal District Judge Myron H. Thompson declared the mental health care system in Alabama prisons to be “horrendously inadequate.” It is likely Judge Thompson will soon rule that Alabama must improve all health care services for inmates at State Correctional facilities. His ruling already has State lawmakers scrambling to find a solution that both meets Judge Thompson’s orders while offering healthcare that is affordable. One company, Centurion, LLC, ready to accept the challenge.
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Bentley, Newton Expensive Day in Court

September 22, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Alabama taxpayers forked over $325,000 defending Gov. Robert Bentley, and Acting Finance Director Bill Newton, in a lawsuit brought by State Auditor Jim Zeigler and State Representative Johnny Mack Morrow (D-Red Bay).

The pair sued Bentley, Newton, Attorney General Luther Strange and Conservation Chief Gunter Guy over the controversial plan to build an extravagant Hotel and Conference Center at Gulf State Park, using BP settlement funds.
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Hubbard Sells Auburn Network Building (Guess when?)

June 29, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—On the same day Mike Hubbard was found guilty of 12 felony counts of public corruption, the building that houses his Auburn Network, LLC, sold for a cash price of $810,000.00 to New Life Properties, LLC.

Hubbard was co-owner of the building located at 197 E University Drive in Auburn.

The titled owner at the time of the sale was Weagle, LLC., which is a North Carolina based LLC in which Hubbard is a named partner, according to State filing. The seller’s closing documents were signed by Mark H. Reese as member of Weagle, LLC.
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Summary of Charges Against Michael G. Hubbard

June 6, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

OPELIKA—In the matter of the State of Alabama v. Michael G. Hubbard: He is on trial for violating the State’s Ethics Laws. If convicted on any of the 23 felonies with which he is charged, Hubbard will be immediately removed from office. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in state prison plus up to $30,000 fines for each crime.

The following is summary of the charges against Hubbard:
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Was Ace.gov a Serious Endeavor?

May 19, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—It appears there are many broken “links” when researching ace.gov. As we reported yesterday, the URL is not that of the organization, but that of what appears to be a development website for Rebecca Ann Caldwell Mason on Square Space, a one-stop shop for building and hosting websites. Another registered website name also redirects to a Square Space server.

The domain for ace.gov cannot simply be registered on just any domain service website. Domains containing .gov or .edu fall under special requirements, and must be approved before being used.
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Ethics Commission Continues To Issue Opinions Contrary To Law

April 11, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

It is almost laughable and tragically so to use the word “ethics” when referring to the commission charged with overseeing the State’s ethics laws. In a recent opinion concerning Rep. Randy Davis (R-Daphne), the ethics commission approved Davis’ request to take a job from a principal with business before the State. This is not the first time this so-called “ethics” commission has issued an opinion that would allow lawmakers to receive “a thing of value” from a principal. The last time it was forced to reverse itself under pressure from the State’s Attorney General and District Attorneys.
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Hubbard’s Storm PAC Not Even a Drizzle

January 26, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The once, much vaunted Storming the State House PAC, a tool Speaker Mike Hubbard used as a carrot or a stick, had zero contributions according to its year-end FCPA filing.

(See report here.)

Hubbard, once referred to the PAC as his “incumbent protection” fund. He also promised the PAC would reward House members who supported him for his re-election as Speaker. It now appears Hubbard’s legal troubles are inhibiting his ability to raise funds for reward or punishment.
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Breaking Investigative Report: More Potential Problems for Rep. Jack Williams

September 20, 2015

 

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Rep. Jack Williams (R-Birmingham) may have more potentially troubling problems than just his involvement with the return of UAB football while operating a fan website dedicated to UAB athletics. Williams may also be on the payroll of a company run by a registered lobbyist.

Williams and Aldridge Gardens

According to the Alabama legislature’s online biography of Williams , he “currently serves as the Director of Development for Aldridge Gardens.” An October 2013 press release announced Aldridge Gardens hired Tynette Lynch as its Chief Executive Officer. Tynette Lynch is a registered lobbyist for Pat Lynch & Associates, a lobbying firm headed by her husband and veteran lobbyist, Pat Lynch.
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Merrill Briefs GBYR

March 17, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 12, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill was in Birmingham briefing the Greater Birmingham Young Republicans (GBYR) on his first weeks in the Alabama Secretary of State office.

Secretary of State Merrill said that he and his office have been looking at the campaign finance reports that candidates in the 2014 elections filed. There were a lot of candidates not filing their required campaign finance reports on time. There are some who still have not filed the required 2014 reports. Some are trying to misrepresent, some are trying to mislead, and sometimes they just don’t know what they are doing.
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Paris Group Buys Company With Ties To Hubbard Indictment

February 3, 2015

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

An Auburn-based company with ties to Speaker Mike Hubbard’s felony incidents has been sold to a global investment firm.

CSP Technologies, whose parent company is CV Holdings, LLC, has been purchased by the Paris-based investment group Wendel for $360 million.

Among the State’s 23 felony charges against Hubbard, CV Holdings, LLC, is listed in Counts 11-14. The Chairman of CV Holdings, LLC, is Robert Abrams, a New York State business executive with extensive holdings in Auburn. Count 11 of the criminal indictments states that Hubbard received money from Abrams as part of a lobbying (consulting) contract through Hubbard’s Auburn Network. Hubbard is also accused in Counts 12 and 13 of lobbying the Alabama Department of Commerce and Governor Robert Bentley on behalf of CV Holdings, LLC. Count 14 states that Hubbard used state property and personal to further business interests on behalf of Abrams and CV Holdings, LLC. It is not known at this time if Hubbard played any roll in the CSP Technologies sale.
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