Mac McCutcheon: Legislature did the right thing on Impeachment

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) addressed the Young Republicans about a number of topics including resignation of Gov. Bentley.

Speaker McCutcheon said, “Last week was a very stressful week, but at the end of the day I hope the state understands that the House did that the right way.”

Speaker McCutcheon said that when the Articles of Impeachment were first introduced they were assigned to the Rules Committee, which McCutcheon was Chairman of at the time.
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Gov. Ivey’s chief legal counsel seeks gag order on media

By Bill Britt

Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, Gov. Kay Ivey announced the appointment of Bryan Taylor as her chief legal counsel. The Governor’s spokesperson, Eileen Jones, told The Montgomery Advertiser that Taylor was appointed because the Governor feels “he is an excellent lawyer; excellent.”

The Alabama Political Reporter informed Jones early on Monday morning that Taylor, a former State Senator and chief counsel for the Department of Finance, was suing The Alabama Political Reporter and its owners, Bill and Susan Britt.
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A boob, but not Rebekah Mason’s

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Boob.

That’s what brought former Gov. Robert Bentley down.

Not Rebekah Mason’s boob, either, though both of them were a factor.

I’m talking about “boob” as defined by Dictionary.com: “Boob1: A stupid person, fool, dunce.”

The “Boob2” definition is Rebekah Mason’s: you know, boobs.

But really, Bentley did not know his iPad connected to his iPhone? Really? My pug Peerey knows that.

Bentley accidentally sent an “I love you Rebekah” text to his wife. That was the beginning of the end of the Bentleys’ 50-year marriage. Or probably not. Probably just the last grasp, er, gasp.
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Will Poarch Creek casino money return Hubbard to power?

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

New information about a reported agreement between convicted felon Mike Hubbard and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PCI) came to light over the weekend. The Tribe has is believed to have agreed to pay all of Hubbard’s legal fees past, present, and future if the once-powerful Speaker of the House helps them elect a majority of like-minded lawmakers who will grant a Compact, giving them Vegas-style casino gambling rights in Alabama.
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Reaction to Bentley resignation

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, April 19, 2017, while the House Judiciary Committee was hearing the Special Counsel’s report on Governor Robert Bentley’s (R) alleged misconduct, the Governor reached a plea agreement with prosecutors and agreed to step down from the office of Governor. Leaders from across the State commented in favor of the decision.

US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) said in a statement, “Governor Bentley’s decision to resign was the right thing to do. The people of Alabama deserve leaders who are focused on the serious issues facing our state, and I look forward to better days ahead.”
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Indian Casino owners interview potential governor Tuberville

 

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

While the Ethics Commission was interviewing witnesses on Union Street last Wednesday to determine if there was probable cause to refer felony charges against Gov. Robert Bentley, members of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PCI) were meeting on High Street to see if former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville was going to play ball with them. Tuberville wants to be the governor, and the Tribal Casino owners want to buy one.
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With White House move, Sims to sell Yellowhammer

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Like all Executive Branch personnel, Yellowhammer Multimedia founder Cliff Sims recently filed his Federal Public Financial Disclosure Report, in which, among other things, revealed he is selling his once thriving news outlet.

Sims, who now serves as Director of White House Message Strategy in the Trump administration, enjoyed unfettered access to the Alabama House Republican Caucus for years during the heady days of former disgraced Speaker Mike Hubbard’s short reign. Sims, who currently works in the West Wing, once again finds himself at the heart of a revolution.
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Mike Hubbard’s appeal trial may soon move forward

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

AUBURN — Former House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s criminal appeals trial may soon move forward after Lee County Circuit Clerk Mary Roberson filed a long-awaited court record last week.

Roberson filed the court record, which includes all motions, orders and trial transcripts, on March 29 after several months of delays. The record totaled in at more than 7,800 pages, according to court documents.

Hubbard first filed his notice of appeal in October, but the process has been on hold pending the completion of the court record. The Circuit Clerk had previously noted that the filing would be “voluminous.”

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Federal Grand Jury probe may focus on EPA Superfund, BCA involvement

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The presence of a Federal Grand Jury meeting at the Vance Federal Building in Birmingham was revealed through tweets from al.com’s John Archibald and Kyle Whitmire. The duo also stated on Twitter that State Sen. J.T. “Jabo” Waggoner (R-Vestavia Hills) testified before the panel for around two hours. While the nature of the Federal probe isn’t clear, it is believed to have some connection to the Birmingham Water Works, the 35th Avenue Superfund site, and other Federal grant money flowing into the Magic City and surrounding county. There is also a focus on the Business Council of Alabama’s (BCA) role in a joint resolutions opposing the Superfund site.
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Christian Coalition group targets Bentley, Strange, public corruption

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Gov. Robert Bentley and now US Sen. Luther Strange have new watchdog group on their heels.

Redeem the Vote.

The Christian Coalition-affiliated group, which boasts more than 300,000 members and a million-person contact list, released a statement Sunday saying it would now actively target corruption and corrupt politicians in the State.

“Many of these same voters who rejected the corruption of Hillary Clinton and propelled President Donald Trump into office are unaware of the rank corruption polluting Alabama’s highest offices,” Christian Coalition president Randy Brinson said. “We intend to make them aware.”
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