More conservative elected officials endorse Moore

September 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, the Judge Roy Moore for U.S. Senate Campaign announced that twenty more elected officials from both rural and urban areas of the state of Alabama had endorsed Moore. The campaign said that the announcement is demonstrative of the widespread, local support accumulating for Moore as he heads into the final week of the campaign.

“The backing of these public servants shows that Alabamians trust Judge Moore to champion our values in the United States Senate,” Moore Campaign Chairman Bill Armistead said. “Judge Moore is determined to take on the full force of the swamp and labor tirelessly for the people of our great state.”

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House votes to lower age of majority to 18

February 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, February 23, 2017. When does a child become an adult? That question can be answered in a lot of different ways but legally in Alabama (even though you can vote at 18) the legal answer to that since 1976 in Alabama has been 19. On Thursday, the Alabama House of Representatives voted to lower that to age 18.

House Bill 70 was sponsored by state Representative Bill Poole (R-Tuscaloosa). Poole said that currently there are only four states that don’t use 18 for the age of majority. It is 19 in Alabama and Nebraska and 21 in Mississippi and Puerto Rico.
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Systematic Venality Renders State Government Suspect

October 31, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer ‘Present’ or ‘Not Guilty’.”

Corruption is a pervasive reality in all branches of our State government, and our lawmakers and media selectively look away far too often.

In the Executive Branch, Governor Robert Bentley is under investigation by both Federal and State law enforcement.

The Judicial Branch is refusing to unseal court records in the case against Chief Justice Roy Moore.
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Attorney General Reacts to Hubbard Loyalist’s Plans for Ethics Reform

September 2, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Alabama House Ethics Committee Chairman, Mike Ball (R-Madison), announced his plans (yesterday) to form a commission to review the state’s ethics laws. Ball, a staunch defender of convicted felon and former House Speaker, Mike Hubbard, told WHNT-TV in Huntsville that his committee would “review the State’s Ethics laws and recommend improvements in time for the opening of the Alabama Legislature next year.”

However, just hours after APR published its story on Ball’s plan, Attorney General Luther Strange, sent his comments.  “I am strongly opposed to Rep. Mike Ball’s idea of a commission to review Alabama’s ethics law. The whole point of such a commission would be to undermine the law,” said Strange.  “Alabamians want our ethics laws enforced, not gutted.”
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Governor Signs Leni’s Law

May 5, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Yesterday, Governor Robert Bentley signed HB61, known as Leni’s Law, which will go into effect on June 1.
Leni’s Law decriminalizes the possession of medical marijuana oil.

The law was named after a 4-year-old girl suffering with severe epilepsy, whose parents were forced to move to Oregon so they could legally purchase cannabidiol oil (CBD).

Governor Bentley said, “As a physician, I believe it is extremely important to give patients with a chronic or debilitating disease the option to consider every possible option for treatment.”
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Who’s Advising Bentley?

April 8, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Gov. Robert Bentley is hunkered down, hoping to survive the withering tide of criticism in the media, and his own party. The big question is: who is in the bunker with him?

For the last year or so, Rebekah Caldwell Mason has been Bentley’s sole advisor. Now, she is gone, and he is alone, and stumbling, say those once close to the Governor.

Bentley is surrounded by some very talented, committed young advisors, but where are the battle-hardened veterans who know how to navigate the media firestorm and the political gamesmanship threatening this wounded Governor?
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Ball Wants To Limit Investigation Into Lawmakers

April 17, 2015

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—For months it has been rumored that certain lawmakers wanted to pass legislation that would limit the Attorney General’s Office from investigating those in the State legislature.

During his testimony on Wednesday, Rep. Mike Ball (R-Madison) confirmed that he thought there was a need to pass such legislation. 

Ball took the stand at a motions hearing in the felony case of Speaker Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn). He recounted a conversation he had last October with Matt Hart, Division Chief of the Attorney General’s Special Prosecution Unit, whose investigation led to the indictment of Hubbard on 23 felony counts of public corruption.

Ball testified that Hart called him after he had appeared on a talk radio program. During the show, Ball said he thought the arrest of Hubbard was politically motivated.

Ball said he told Hart that State law was needed to avoid such prosecutions in the future. He said that even after all of the evidence that has been revealed about Hubbard, he still believes his indictments were political.

Though there has been no evidence presented to back-up Ball’s claim, the Hubbard spin machine has been trying to make that case since 2013. 

Over the last several months, speculation in the political world has focused on Hubbard driving legislation that would confine law enforcement’s ability to investigate and prosecute member of the political class.

When the Republican supermajority took control of the State House in 2010, they passed what they claimed were the toughest ethics laws in the country. These are the laws under which Hubbard is accused of violating.

In an email to former Gov. Bob Riley, Hubbard lamented the tough laws, saying, “What were we thinking.” 

It seems now that other legislators are wondering the same thing. 

While on the witness stand, Ball said as a member of the House Judiciary it was his responsibility to pass legislation that would put an end to what he characterized as politically tainted prosecutions.

Ball, who served in law enforcement for 25 years, retired as a corporal from the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.

Lee County Circuit Court Judge Jacob Walker, III, allowed Ball to testify even though he said he didn’t see how Ball’s testimony was relevant to Hubbard’s indictments.

While being questioned by Hubbard’s attorney, J. Mark White, Ball recalled, with great clarity, certain segments of the conversation he had with Hart in October. But, under cross, he had no recollection of the subjects Hart said they discussed. On several occasions during cross examination, Ball lost his temper, raising his voice from tenor to alto, flailing his arms and pointing at Hart.

Now, it appears Ball favors limiting law enforcement’s ability to investigate lawmakers in the future.

 

US Attorney General Charges President Obama With 23 Counts Of Felony Public Corruption

November 24, 2014

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

If tomorrow’s headlines read “Obama Charged with 23 Counts of Felony Public Corruption” the outrage voiced by Alabama lawmakers would be second to none. From Washington DC to Washington County, Alabama ’s Republican lawmakers would be calling for the President to resign immediately, without so much as a mention of being presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Speaker Mike Hubbard and ALGOP Chairman Bill Armistead would be the first to fire off a series of press releases with Hubbard taking to Facebook, to see how many likes he could accumulate by shouting “I told you, Obama was a crook.”
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ValleyFest Scheduled for Saturday

May 11, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The South Huntsville Civic Association (SHCA) Spring 2014 ValleyFest will be held on Saturday, May 17.  The event was moved from Saturday, May 10 to Saturday, May 17, because of concerns about the weather.

Spring 2014 ValleyFest will be held this Saturday, May 17 from 10 AM – 7 PM at Jones Farm Park on 4 Mile Post Road.

In a written statement the SHCA announced, “Wednesday evening, the SHCA Board of Directors made the difficult decision to re-schedule ValleyFest. We’ve been in contact with local meteorologist, Brad Travis, as well as following other weather forecasts. Friday and Saturday look like a complete wash out. With deadlines looming for changing our contract dates for equipment rental, etc., a decision had to be made.   ValleyFest has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 17th. Our decision was based on the belief that a delayed date with nice weather would be much more fun than a wet day in the park.”
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Police Officer Finds Bipartisan Support for Legalization of a Marijuana Derivative

January 7, 2014

By Lee Hedgepeth
Alabama Political Reporter

In late November of last year, Pelham Police Officer Dustin Chandler and his family paid a visit to Governor Bentley. The purpose of their visit was to raise awareness about the concerns and needs of children (like their two year old daughter Carly), who suffer from a rare genetic disorder referred to as CDKL5. The disorder causes mobility and functioning problems and may also cause severe seizures.
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