Strange bedfellows: Big Luther hires associate of felon Hubbard

December 7, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Attorney General, Luther Strange, sent a statewide press release officially announcing his run for the US Senate. The announcement was hardly a surprise in political circles, as Strange has made his desire to return to the hallowed ground of DC, and the Georgetown cocktail circuit no secret. Many agree he is a senator right out of central casting. But what was a surprise, was the identity of the individual who sent the press statement, who is also listed as the media contact for Strange’s Senate bid.
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Nixonian plots, half-wit schemes

November 14, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The scheme to defame the State’s former top law enforcement officer, Spencer Collier, is very similar to the New Jersey “Bridgegate” trial that has seen two of Governor Chris Christies’s allies convicted of using state resources and personnel for political retribution.

Now, an investigation by Senators Gerald Dial and Quintin Ross has discovered that a “dirty tricks” operation used State assets and employees to derail the election of Dr. Craig Pouncey as Alabama’s school superintendent in much the same way.
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Bentley Says He Will Not Go Against The Constitution

October 5, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, October 4, 2016, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley took to Twitter to announce: “My Administration is fully cooperative, but we will not go against The Constitution.”

The embattled Governor was referencing a WSFA Channel 12 (in Montgomery) news story written by Hannah Lane, in which Bentley denounces the Judiciary Committee’s subpoenas of him along with current and former members of his administration. Gov. Bentley called it “frightening” that the House Judiciary Committee would subpoena people to testify against him and his conduct, while they are investigating, possibly recommending impeachment to the full House.
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Judiciary Committee to Meet on Bentley Impeachment September 27

September 19, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama House of Representatives Judiciary Committee announced that it will meet on Tuesday, September 27, at 1:00 p.m. in Room 200. An agenda will be released this week.

House Information Officer Clay Redden said that, “This is part of the ongoing investigation into the Articles of Impeachment brought against the Governor.”

Several State Representatives led by Rep. Ed Henry (R-Hartselle) wanted to impeach Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) during the 2016 Regular Legislative Session after it was revealed that Gov. Bentley had had an inappropriate relationship with top political aide Mrs. Rebekah Caldwell Mason. The are also questions about dollars that Mason received from Bentley’s campaign and foundation as well as the firing on former Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) Secretary Spencer Collier.
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Who Has the Moral Authority to Lead Ethics Reform?

September 19, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Even before former Speaker Mike Hubbard’s conviction on 12 counts of public corruption, due to criminal ethics violations, his minions were spinning a narrative that the laws, under which he was indicted, were hastily prepared and passed without question (merely a deceptive plan to cast doubt on his indictment).

To say that the 2010 ethics laws passed rapidly and without the body’s full understanding may be right, but to believe they were not conceived without purpose and understanding by those wrote them, is a lie.
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Reform Bills Introduced Following Hubbard Scandal

August 20, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

For twenty months, the Alabama House of Representatives operated with a dark cloud of suspicion hanging over it. Then, Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) was indicted on 23 counts of felony ethics law violations. Speaker Hubbard maintained his innocence and allegedly used the power of his office to encourage members of State government to make statements defending him. Hubbard even used the fact that 104 of the 105 members voted for him as Speaker as proof that he was innocent, and that he was the victim of a “political witch hunt” by State prosecutors.
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State Seeks Restitution From Disgraced Speaker Hubbard

August 8, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—In a Supplemental Brief in support of a sentencing recommendation filed Friday, the State is asking that disgraced former Speaker Mike Hubbard be ordered to pay, $1,125,000.00 in restitution for his criminal acts.

SEE BRIEF HERE

In July, Hubbard was convicted on 12 felony counts of public corruption, sentenced to four years hard time and sixteen years probation. The State had asked trial Judge Jacob Walker, III, to order restitution for Hubbard’s acts. However, Judge Walker said he couldn’t find statutory grounds for the State’s request, but allowed the State time to present additional case law.
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Members of Bi-Partisan Rural Caucus Offer Forum on Speaker Selection

July 20, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—An email from State Representative Johnny Mack Morrow (D-Red Bay), in which he extends an offer from members of the Alabama Rural Caucus, to host an event, “to discuss openly and freely, the selection of a new Speaker of the House,” was sent out yesterday.

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Disgraced former Speaker, Mike Hubbard, was removed from office after he was found guilty of 12 felony counts of public corruption. Since his conviction and removal, jockeying for the top spot has been an issue of grave concern among Republicans and Democrat House members.
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Special Grand Jury Impaneled

July 13, 2016

Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—A Special Grand Jury was impaneled in Montgomery, by order of Circuit Court Judge, Gene Reese. According to the order, the Office of Attorney General Luther Strange filed a motion on May 23, to impanel a special grand jury.

On Monday, Judge Reese ordered that the individuals who will serve on the special grand jury, be selected from those who were assembled by the Montgomery County District Attorney, for the County’s regular grand jury.
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A Guilty Verdict Offering Hope

June 23, 2016

By Jack Campbell

An atomic bomb of sorts was dropped on Alabama on June 10th when a jury in Lee County found Mike Hubbard guilty on twelve counts of public corruption. The judge will impose sentencing early next month which could, most likely, include prison time. Finally, it can be said aloud that Mike Hubbard really was a crook after all, even though lone cries from people like Congressman Mike Rogers have been silenced.
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