JIC’s bogus, twisted excuses for denying records in Moore case

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The Special Alabama Supreme Court appointed to hear the appeal of Chief Justice Roy Moore suspension on December 7, sent an order to the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) giving them fourteen days to show cause as to why the Motion to Intervene and Unseal filed by The Alabama Political Reporter should not be granted.

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The JIC on Monday, December 19, answered the court, claiming it had a constitutional mandate to keep all records confidential. So insistent on this position under the State’s 1901 Constitution, they cited the provision no less than five times.
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Thanksgiving Day brings little to be thankful for in State government

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

For those who honestly care about the future of our State, there are few bright spots this Thanksgiving. Even as we engage in polite conversation over turkey and dressing or pecan pie, the subject will naturally turn to the state of the State.

While, “Who will replace Senator Jeff Sessions and the political dominos to follow” is a fun parlor game, it’s the nagging reality that Governor Robert Bentley used the tools of government to destroy political enemies, carry on an affair and deceive the public, that is the “Sword of Damocles” hanging over our State.
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The Power of the Pen

By Terry Lathan
Chairman, Alabama Republican Party

On Tuesday, November 8, America will once again return to our voting booths to decide our fate. The process our Founding Fathers fought for is still alive and well in the greatest nation on earth. The power of our pens will choose what path we travel as a nation. While most emphasis is given to a single day, the Alabama Republican Party has been preparing for Tuesday for over a year.
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Alabama Power Launches New Farmers Web Page

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, October 31, the Alabama Power Company launched a new website to help Alabama’s farmers learn about their energy options.

Alabama Power is also promoting switching to electric powered irrigation systems from the old diesel engine powered systems, which most farms that irrigate have used for decades.

Public Service Commission President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh (R) praised Alabama Power for the move. Pres. Cavanaugh said, “Agriculture is Alabama’s largest industry and farmers constantly ask me what energy options they have to help them grow and become more cost efficient.”
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Alabama Supreme Court’s Actions: Justice or Machiavellian Scheme

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) and several justices on the Alabama Supreme Court are attempting, it appears, to avoid further unwanted scrutiny of their conduct in the case against Chief Justice Roy Moore.

The Commission, commonly referred to as the JIC, is hoping to steer clear of another growing controversy by dismissing the complaint against Associate Justice Tom Parker, who, like Chief Justice Moore, spoke publicly against same-sex marriage.
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Greene County’s Burden

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—What began as a war on bingo by former Gov. Bob Riley, was rooted in power, politics and greed, with both sides claiming legal and even moral authority over what constitutes legal or illegal bingo in the Alabama.

The latest episode in this much-sordid affair is the State Supreme Court’s intervention in a lower court’s ruling, concerning the legality of machines played at Greenetrack in Greene County.
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Guilty: The System Worked

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Michael G. Hubbard, on Friday, June 10, the thirteenth day of his trial, was found guilty on twelve counts of public corruption. The system worked. In an era where government, law enforcement and the media are accused daily of ineptitude, negligence and bias, that is not a phrase often heard. But, in the State v. Hubbard it worked, just as the framers of our Republic intended.
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SB69 Would Give Legislature Power to Immunize Criminals From Prosecution

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Senate Bill 69 would give legislative committees the power to grant immunity for criminal activities. The bill’s intent is to give committees the authority to subpoena documents and testimony from agency heads and others—perhaps an unintended consequence that has raised serious questions in the judicial and law enforcement community.

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A well-intentioned bill, sponsored by Sen. Dick Brewbaker (R-Montgomery), could have serious ramification, according to a former prosecutor speaking on background: “This bill would give anyone presiding over a legislative committee, the right to grant immunity to their fellow politicians and anyone else they choose,” he said.
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Power: Fierce and Fragile

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

If power is the ultimate currency of politics, it is also a most fierce and fragile commodity.

In 2010, the State’s Republican party, led by Mike Hubbard, took the reigns of power from the Democratic majority. In the ensuing years, they ruled quickly, often severely, and in many ways, ineffectively.

According to the State, Hubbard has used his office for personal gain. If convicted of even a few of the 23 felonies for which he is charged, his tenure as Speaker will become a case study on political corruption, and the fleeting nature of political power.
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Dunn vs. Cavanaugh is Rematch of Old PSC Foes

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

From 2010 until 2014 fellow Alabama Public Service Commission (PSC) commissioners Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh (R) and Terry Dunn (R) served on the PSC together and the pair of Republicans were frequently at loggerheads on how the PSC should conduct its business.

Commissioner Dunn wanted to hold formal hearings on utility rates.  PSC President Cavanaugh preferred the less litigious process of informal hearings.  Fellow Commissioner Jeremy Oden (R) sided with Cavanaugh on the three member PSC; but the argument was both heated and very public.  In 2014, the feud concluded with former Green County Commissioner Chris “Chip” Beaker unseating Dunn in the 2014 Republican Primary.  Cavanaugh’s supporters charged that Dunn had a cozy relationship with radical environmentalists and Dunn charged that the other commissioners were too influenced by the companies they regulate.
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