Some are using a stalking horse to undermine ethics laws

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The greatest challenge before the Alabama State Legislature when it returns in February is not the budget, schools or Medicaid. It is the slight of hand chicanery used to undermine the State’s ethics laws.

Since the conviction of former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard on 12 felony ethics violations, a coordinated effort has been underway to weaken those laws, with particular focus on how

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Speculation swirls around new Birmingham Water Works Board

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

For several years, lawmakers from Birmingham, Jefferson and surrounding counties have engaged in a turf war to reform the Birmingham Waterworks Board (BWWB). Even now, as the much sought after reforms have become law, as of January 1, 2017, the fight to maintain the status quo continues in backrooms and courtrooms. “Like the sewer debacle, it may require law-enforcement to finally clean up

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Top stories to watch in 2017

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

2016 is over, and 2017 is here. 2016 was a year full of big political news, and we at The Alabama Political Reporter anticipate 2017 to be no less intense.

The election of Donald Trump (R) as President of the United States was the biggest national news story of 2016, and has caused enormous repercussions in Alabama. Below are some of the questions we are asking ourselves as we begin the new

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APR’s Top Stories of 2016

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By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

It is sometimes hard to find material for a top-stories-of-the-year piece.

That is not the case for 2016.

If anything, trimming this one down to just 10 – by way of carefully including a number of stories inside broad categories – was the trouble. It was no easy task, but here’s the official APR rankings of Alabama’s Top 10 stories of 2016.

Mike Hubbard gets

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New filing claims Bentley used State resources to destroy a political enemy

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

It should come as no surprise that former top law enforcement officer Spencer Collier is filling in the blanks on fictitious defendants in his defamation and wrongful termination suit against Gov. Robert Bentley, Rebekah Caldwell Mason the Governor’s alleged lover, Mason’s husband Jon and a host of others.

What is consequential in the filing is Collier showing the pattern and practice

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What’s happening with Jack?

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Few championed the cause of disgraced Speaker of the House, Mike Hubbard, more than Birmingham Republican State Rep. Jack Williams. From organizing a letter to the Obama Administration’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch to pushing legislation to aid Hubbard, it has been Williams who has fought so faithfully for the convicted felon. Williams has even made calls to raise money for Hubbard’s

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McCutcheon announces new committee chairmen

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, December 19, 2016, the Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) announced the members who will chair the body’s Rules, Internal Affairs, Public Safety and Homeland Security, Commerce and Small Business, and Insurance committees when the Legislature convenes for its 2017 Regular Session in February.

Speaker McCutcheon said in a statement, “Each

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Hubris, secrecy and duplicity

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A Special Supreme Court of seven selected judges will hear the appeal of Chief Justice Roy Moore, who has been suspended without pay for the remainder of his term.

The same Special Supreme Court on December 7, issued a cause order demanding the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) show cause as “to why the Motion to Intervene and Unseal filed by The Alabama Political Reporter

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Strange bedfellows: Big Luther hires associate of felon Hubbard

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Attorney General, Luther Strange, sent a statewide press release officially announcing his run for the US Senate. The announcement was hardly a surprise in political circles, as Strange has made his desire to return to the hallowed ground of DC, and the Georgetown cocktail circuit no secret. Many agree he is a senator right out of central casting. But what was a surprise, was the identity

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“Dumpsterfire” of the Vanities Alabama-Style

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

We often hear, “why don’t you report on all the good things lawmakers are doing in the State?”

We do try, but with incompetence raging like a rampant black plague of stupidity, and illegal and legal corruption stories breaking every other day like a stampeding herd of rabid goats, there is little time to focus on good works.

The Governor’s ineptitude and lack of moral grounding

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