Alabama deserves Roy Moore

November 15, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Apparently, this needs to be said again: Alabama does not deserve better than Roy Moore.

Back when former Gov. Robert Bentley was first rumored to have misused taxpayer money to facilitate an affair with his top advisor, there was this crazy idea among many around the state that somehow Alabamians deserved better than Robert Bentley.

He was an embarrassment to the state, they said.

He was making us look foolish, they said.

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Lawyer asks AG for documents related to Luther Strange, 35th Avenue Superfund site

October 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Attorney David A Ludder, who is representing the environmentalist group GASP, is asking Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) to hand over documents that then AG Luther Strange (R) may have written or received concerning the controversial 35th Avenue Superfund site in North Birmingham.

As Attorney General, Luther Strange actively opposed a proposed expansion and prioritization of the 35th Avenue site, by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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The real crooks are wearing suits

October 10, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Hispanic immigrants were the problem.

They were mooching off of the taxpayers, helping themselves to riches that they had no right pocketing.

At least, that was the viewpoint of GOP House majority leader Micky Hammon.

Ol’ Micky was so dadgum angry about the immigrants, he sponsored the most hateful, mean-spirited anti-immigration bill in the country.

So vile that it attempted to force public school workers to investigate the citizenship of children and report any illegal kids or parents. So vile that it prevented Hispanic families from receiving running water, electricity and shelter.

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Federal Grand Jury indicts two lawyers and Drummond Vice President in conspiracy to bribe Oliver Robinson

September 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

A Federal Grand Jury indicted two Birmingham lawyers and an Alabama coal company executive on charges of conspiracy, bribery, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy.

The indictment charges that the three paid former state Rep. Oliver Robinson, D-Birmingham, who has already pleaded guilty, to take official action favorable to their interests in connection with preventing the expansion and prioritization of an Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site in North Birmingham.

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More corruption indictments expected Thursday

September 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama on Wednesday announced a noon press conference for Thursday.

According to his defense counsel, charges are expected tomorrow against Joel Gilbert, a partner at Birmingham law firm Balch & Bingham LLP, in connection legal services he provided his client the Drummond Company.

Former State Rep. Oliver Robinson, D-Birmingham, has pleaded guilty to bribery, corruption, fraud, and tax evasion in connection to his efforts to try to block the expansion of a North Birmingham EPA Superfund  site to include the neighborhoods of Tarrant and Inglenook.

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Reaction to Hammon guilty plea

September 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, former House Majority Leader Mickey Hammon, R-Decatur, plead guilty to federal mail fraud charges.  Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan denounced Hammon saying that the former number two man in the House leadership had failed to honor his oath.

“The people of Alabama expect our elected officials to uphold high standards and make ethical decisions as they follow the laws of our state. It is a great disappointment that now former State Representative Mickey Hammon let his constituents down by failing to honor his oath of office in choosing to defy the law,” Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan said in a statement.

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Balch & Bingham under siege on website

September 25, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Highly skilled research featured on banbalch.com takes aim at Birmingham-based law firm, Balch & Bingham. Material meticulously crafted into a damning narrative chronicles some of the firms most questioned activities, including the Oliver Robinson bribery scandal and alleged subcontract problems in Mississippi.

“Balch & Bingham is currently under scrutiny in two federal probes: the Robinson Bribery Scandal; the other involves questionable subcontracts in Mississippi in relationship to the clean-up of the BP oil spill that happened in 2010,” according to the website.

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More Scandals swirl around Strange’s campaign

September 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Many Alabama voters were already suspicious of the circumstances around former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley’s decision to appoint Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., to the U.S. Senate; now new allegations are swirling around Strange, his personal finances, and his campaign finance chair.

State Auditor Jim Zeigler revealed on Tuesday that Strange owns 16 percent of a company that sells VISAs to wealthy foreigners, mostly Chinese.

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Former State Rep. Oliver Robinson pleads guilty in court, agrees to cooperate

September 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, former state Rep. Oliver Robinson, D-Birmingham, was in federal court where he pleaded guilty to accepting bribes from a partner with Balch & Bingham law firm and an executive with the Drummond Company.

In exchange for payments to a foundation that Robinson ran, Robinson agreed to help fight expansion of an Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site in north Birmingham. The site was allegedly polluted over the course of decades by ABC Coke, which was acquired by Alabama based coal giant, Drummond Co. Expansion of the site would have cost ABC Coke and Drummond millions.
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Brinson: “This election has been as much about scandal as it has been about issues.”

August 11, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday August 9, 2017, US Senate candidate Dr. Randy Brinson (R) was critical of Senator Luther Strange (R).

Brinson said, “It has been an interesting year in Alabama politics. … This election has been as much about scandal as it has been about issues.”

Brinson criticized Strange, “From his shady appointment to his shady contributions and campaign finance violations similar to what Gov. Bentley was convicted of.”  “Sadly it looks like the Alabama Ethics Commission will not be doing its duties at least before the election.”

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