Want Mike Hubbard on your voicemail?

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

What’s a convicted felon to do while out on bond?

If you’re the disgraced felon, and former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, you offer to be “the voice” of products and services. In a letter widely distributed to media companies, Hubbard wrote, “Performing voice-overs for various projects has been one of my favorite and most enjoyable jobs during my career in collegiate sports and broadcasting.”
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Will Bentley face the Hangman’s noose?

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

It may be too late for Governor Robert Bentley to save himself as the gallows of impeachment’s trap door is oiled and ready. There is, however, a chance that the man, Robert Bentley, may be spared the Hangman’s noose; but even that outcome is tenuous at best.

Bentley, like so many men before him, fails to grasp that it is not his alleged affair with the married former staffer, Rebekah Caldwell Mason, or using his position as Governor to destroy perceived political enemies, such as former Law Enforcement Chief Spencer Collier. Hubris is his undoing.
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We have to require our leaders to do the right thing

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Don’t say I never say anything good about the Alabama Legislature.

OK, maybe it doesn’t happen often, but it happens. Over the years, the Legislature passed and voters ratified the amendment setting up the Forever Wild land preservation program. Lawmakers in 2010 passed tough new ethics laws that eventually led to disgraced former House Speaker Mike Hubbard being convicted of corruption and thrown out of office.
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Bill introduced to suspend leadership in the Legislature if indicted

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — In October 2014, Mike Hubbard, House Speaker at the time, faced a 23-count indictment on felony ethics charges. For nearly two years, Hubbard steamed along as House Speaker despite the public corruption charges.

A bill proposed last week would have prevented that.

Last Tuesday, Rep. Allen Treadaway (R-Morris) introduced a bill in the House that would suspend any member from a leadership position in the Legislature if they faced indictment on felony charges.

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The State may learn why Hubbard’s original attorneys quit his case

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — A judge has agreed to add to the court’s record portions of a pretrial hearing last year. During the hearing, former House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s original legal team was given permission to withdraw from his case.

The judge ruled in favor of State prosecutors who asked for the record to be supplemented.

Late last month, prosecutors for the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Division filed a motion with the Lee County Circuit Court requesting to add the portions of the hearing on Jan. 8 when Hubbard’s former attorneys, Mark White and Augusta Dowd, were taken off of his case.

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This Session is different

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

There is a general sense around the State House that the 2017 Legislative Session is different.

But in what way?

Is there a chance we are witnessing an era of cooperation rather than confrontation? Could this be the time where all the citizens in every district matter whether Republican or Democrat?

While this may be overly optimistic, there does seem to be a few seeds of hope.
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Lathan re-elected as ALGOP Chairman

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, February 25, 2017, the Alabama Republican Party Executive Committee met at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover and re-elected Chairman Terry Lathan.

Chairman Lathan was elected without opposition as was the rest of the leadership team.

The Chairman said in a statement, “I am deeply humbled to have earned my team’s trust for another term as Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party. Our focus will be to protect our successes and add to them. Clearly, conservative values and principles resonate with Alabama voters. The Republican Party will continue to champion our platform.”
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What to do about Bentley?

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Vice, vainer and corruption has left Alabama a leaderless State, but there is hope that some with integrity will step forward to fill the void.

Governor Robert Bentley has long ago forfeited any claim of moral leadership and to list his many failings would be as tedious as it is long.

However, calls for his impeachment may be premature.

How can those who defended former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard chanting “innocent until proven guilty” in the face of his indictment on 23 felony counts of public corruption now feign such righteous anger at this scoundrel Bentley? Hubbard was convicted of 12 of those charges and today, many of those same individuals who blithely ignored Hubbard’s malfeasance want to hang the fool on Goat Hill.
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The old AG has done the new AG no favors

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Steve Marshall might be a fine man.

He might be all of the things that his friends and his co-workers said he is during Marshall’s swearing-in ceremony as Alabama’s new Attorney General.

He might be.

But right now, most of the State and half of the big-time players around Montgomery believe he’s tainted.

He’s a patsy. He’s Gov. Robert Bentley’s get-out-of-jail-free card. He’s shady and crooked and part of the corruption.
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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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