Beckman urges Judiciary Committee to restart Bentley impeachment hearings

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

State Representative Paul Beckman (R-Prattville) has joined State Auditor Jim Zeigler’s call to restart the halted impeachment of embattled Alabama Governor Robert Bentley.

“I believe the committee needs to restart its work and resolve this issue already,” Beckman told Inside Alabama Politics. “I feel like the Governor, possibly with help from the attorney general, is trying to run out the clock on this thing.” Read More

Zeigler calls for restart of halted Bentley impeachment investigation

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Sunday, January 1, 2017, Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler sent a letter to the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee asking him to restart the halted impeachment investigation of embattled Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R).

“Attorney General Luther Strange had requested that you halt the impeachment due to activities by his office. He stated that his office had ‘related work’ to the investigation of Gov. Bentley,” Zeigler stated. “It is clear that there was either a serious misunderstanding between the Attorney General and this committee, or else an obstruction of the legislative impeachment process by Attorney General Luther Strange.” Read More

Attorney General’s comments sow confusion over reported Bentley investigation

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

An exchange of letters between Attorney General Luther Strange and House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Rep. Mike Jones, along with a subsequent press release announcing the suspension of hearings into the Articles of Impeachment against Governor Robert Bentley, seemed straight forward back in November.

It is a fact that Jones’ committee was investigating Bentley, and the November letter from Strange seemed to confirm the Attorney General’s office was doing the same and Strange was concerned about the dual probes interfering with each other.

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Procedure For Speaker’s Nomination Submitted

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The House Republican Caucus selected an ad hoc committee to suggest voting procedures for the next Speaker. The caucus will convene in Montgomery on August 2, to nominate a replacement for disgraced former Speaker Mike Hubbard. Caucus rules instituted by Hubbard requires members to abide by the caucus majority vote, when the entire house meets for the final election.

The Alabama Political Reporter obtained a copy of the suggestion from the ad hoc committee, which was chaired by Rep. Bill Poole and comprised of Representatives Jim Carns, Alan Baker, Becky Nordgren and Phillip Pettus.
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Speaker’s Race To Be Decided Tuesday

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The Republican House Caucus will meet on Tuesday to select the next Speaker. The declared candidates are Representatives Steve Clouse, Lynn Greer, Mac McCutcheon, Barry Moore, Phil Williams and Mike Jones.

The Caucus consists of seventy House members, due to the vacancies created by Mike Hubbard’s conviction of felony public corruption and Mike Hill’s appointment as Superintendent of the State Banking Department.

According to Caucus members speaking on background, the vote will be like a primary. The top-two with the highest votes will face off in the final vote, which will also take place at Tuesday’s meeting.

Why The Rush To Choose A New Speaker?

By Jack Campbell

The half-hearted joke around The Capital City is that Mike Hubbard’s trial corpse wasn’t even cool before lobbyists in Montgomery were getting out their rosters of State House members and firing up their calculators to see who might have the inside track to be the next speaker. Former Speaker Hubbard will face sentencing next Friday, and folks are coming out of the woodwork to test the waters to replace him. And lobbyists are shamelessly doing their damnedest to own the Hubbard successor.
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Explain and Denounce

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

During the thirteen-day trial in Lee County, the Shadow government, ruled by former Gov. Bob Riley, Mike Hubbard and BCA’s Billy Canary, was partially exposed.

The race to replace the third head of Alabama’s “Triumvirate of greed,” began just as Hubbard’s hands were cuffed behind his back.

One of the central questions being asked about who will replace Hubbard is, “which one is Riley’s and Canary’s man?”
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Jockeying for Speaker

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Before Mike Hubbard’s political body was even cold, Business Council of Alabama (BCA) Chairman Billy Canary and former Gov. Bob Riley were jockeying to place their “next guy” in the Speaker’s chair.

Reps. Mac McCutcheon, Mike Jones, Victor Gaston, Bill Poole, Lynn Greer, Phil Williams and David Standridge are the names most often mentioned. With the exception of Poole, all these men are contemplating a run for the spot previously held by Mike Hubbard.
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Former Telco Executive Gives Big Money to Riley PAC Just Days After Hearing

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Just five days after the State Senate held a committee meeting on a bill that would end the Public Service Commission’s oversight of Telco complaints, a former executive of BellSouth gave $20,000 to Alabama 2014 PAC.

The Alabama 2014 PAC is run by former Gov. Bob Riley with the assistance of Speaker Mike Hubbard and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh.

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Private Judges Bill Passes Alabama House, Awaits Governor Bentley’s Signature

Staff Report

MONTGOMERY–Representative Mike Jones (R-Andalusia) and The Alabama House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 138, the so-called “Private Judges Bill” Sponsored by Senator Cam Ward (R-Alabaster) and Co-Sponsors Senators Whatley (R-Auburn) and Fielding (D-Sylacauga) which allow parties in a dispute to pay the costs of a judge to hear their dispute in a more timely fashion, provided the damages sought are less than or equal to $100,000.
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