Who’s To Blame? Who Will Lead?

September 2, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—There is plenty of anger for not passing legislation to allow the people an opportunity to vote on a statewide lottery, but where is the outrage over not finding a solution to Medicaid?

There may yet be a solution to funding Medicaid and passing a bill on the lottery, but we need a leader who will rise up to bring all of the players to the table before it’s too late. All of the anger, finger pointing, greed and turf wars must be laid aside. Or, maybe, our lawmakers are satisfied to just run out the clock?
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God Speed Speaker McCutcheon

August 4, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The nomination of Representative Mac McCutcheon by the Republican Caucus assures that he will be the next Speaker of the House. We, at the Alabama Political Reporter, congratulate him and wish him great success in his new leadership role.

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything,” wrote Irish playwright and great thinker, George Bernard Shaw.

I have been a fierce critic of Rep. McCutcheon since he appeared at the pep rally with Mike Hubbard following Hubbard’s indictment, and I expressed outrage when he tried to pass the Star Chamber bill last session. However, recently, he and I have had an opportunity to discuss several issues of importance to both the State and its people. His forthrightness, willingness to listen and desire to represent all of the people has given me hope and confidence in his leadership. We both agree on the need for change, change that must lead to a better State and Legislature.
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Hubbard: Defiant and Unrepentant

July 11, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Politcal Reporter

Michael G. Hubbard received a sentence of 96 years for his crimes.

However, because he was convicted under State ethics laws, Judge Jacob Walker, III, with advice from the State’s prosecution, gave him a split sentence of 4 years behind bars, with no “good time” or chance of parole, and 16 years probation.

There has been a cry of outrage over what is perceived as a light sentence for such a corrupt politician. But, this is actually a harsh sentence and a reasonable measure due to overcrowding in our State prison system. The State’s prosecution had recommended 5 years in prison and 12 years probation; very close to what Hubbard received.
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How Dare You, Mrs. Mason?

March 29, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Usually, this writer does not get involved in the opinion side of this news site. My main job is sorting through facts and offering critical analysis for complex investigative reporting. However, in light of last week’s revelations, I am compelled to make my views public.

When Mrs. Rebekah Caldwell Mason played the gender card, I, like many of my professional female colleagues, was outraged. How dare she attempt to use gender to defend her indefensible actions.
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