Collier v. Bentley: Former ALEA head says Bentley attorneys fishing for info in ongoing grand jury probe

February 23, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The former head of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency believes attorneys for former Gov. Robert Bentley are trying to use a court proceeding to gain inside knowledge of an ongoing criminal investigation possibly involving Bentley, according to a court filing.

The filing from Spencer Collier, the former ALEA secretary and current police chief in Selma, was in response to a proposed order from attorneys representing Bentley and Stan Stabler, who was Collier’s successor at ALEA. That filing sought to have a court order Collier to answer questions about his private conversations with representatives from the Alabama Attorney General’s Office, who were questioning Collier as part of an ongoing investigation.

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Collier v. Bentley: Stabler wants to know what Collier told AG’s office

February 22, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The saga of former Gov. Robert Bentley and Rebekah Mason isn’t dead just yet.

There is still a wrongful termination and defamation lawsuit, filed by former Alabama Law Enforcement Agency secretary Spencer Collier against Bentley and several others. And on Wednesday, attorneys for Collier’s successor, Stan Stabler, who was also named in the lawsuit, filed a motion seeking to compel Collier to testify to specific questions in an upcoming deposition.

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Perspective | The Top Ten Alabama Politics Stories of 2017

December 29, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

1. The … Democrat from Alabama?:

The reddest of the red states turned purple on Dec. 12. Democrat Doug Jones pulled off one of the most stunning upsets in recent political history, beating Republican Roy Moore and taking over Jeff Sessions’ vacated U.S. Senate seat.

Yeah, sure, Moore was a polarizing candidate, who was disliked even within the Republican Party. And yes, Moore was dogged by claims of child molestation and dating teenagers when he was in his 30s. But none of that erases the historical significance of Jones’ win — the first statewide win for a Democrat in this state in more than 20 years.

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Judge rules most of Spencer Collier lawsuit can move forward

November 10, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

A Montgomery County Circuit Court judge has ruled that most of former Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Secretary Spencer Collier’s lawsuit against former Gov. Robert Bentley, Rebekah Mason, Mason’s RCM Communications, former ALEA Secretary Stan Stabler and ALEA General Counsel Michael Robinson can move forward.

Collier has accused Bentley, Mason and the others of violating his privacy, defaming him and conspiring to prevent him from getting a job after Bentley fired him from ALEA in 2016.

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AG’s investigation of Bentley administration, Mason still active

November 8, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Attorney General’s Office’s investigation into former Gov. Robert Bentley’s administration isn’t over yet.

During a hearing on Monday in the wrongful termination suit filed by former Alabama Law Enforcement Agency secretary, Spencer Collier, attorneys for parties on both sides mentioned that some collection of discovery materials – particularly those involving Bentley’s former top aide, Rebekah Mason – had been delayed by an ongoing criminal investigation.
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Bentley-Collier lawsuit: Governor wanted his wife arrested for tapes

November 7, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Attorneys for former Gov. Robert Bentley, his top aide, Rebekah Mason, and Alabama Law Enforcement Agency officials asked a Montgomery Circuit Court judge to dismiss a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by former ALEA director Spencer Collier.

After listening to about an hour of arguments from five different attorneys, Judge Greg Griffin said he will rule on the motion by noon Friday.

“I certainly don’t believe it should be dismissed and that we have a strong case,” Collier’s attorney, Kenny Mendelsohn said afterwards. “We’ll have to wait and see, but I feel pretty good about it.”

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Zeigler asks Trump to switch Senate endorsement to Roy Moore

September 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler sent a request to President Donald Trump asking the president to switch his endorsement in Alabama’s U.S. Senate Republican runoff from Luther Strange to Judge Roy Moore.

Trump endorsed the appointed U.S. Sen. Strange in the August 15 GOP primary, but Strange finished second to former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Moore by six percentage points.

The two meet in a Sept. 26, 2017, runoff for the Republican Senate nomination.

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Carns predicts Gov. Kay Ivey will run for second term

August 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, August 12, 2017: State Representative Jim Carns (R-Vestavia) told the Mid-Alabama Republican Club (MARC) that he expects Governor Kay Ivey (R) to run for the position in 2018.

Jim Carns was delivering his State Legislature report to the gathered Republican activists at the Vestavia Library.  Carns said that Senate President Del Marsh (R-Anniston) recently announced that he is running for another term in the State Senate.

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The best ever by far?

July 20, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

This won’t be a long column. Doesn’t have to be. Not much explaining or analysis needed.

Disgraced former Gov. Robert Bentley, in an interview with WVTM-TV this week, said he was “the best Governor Alabama’s ever had by far.”

Yes, he did. He said it.

And: “Had people just left us alone, Alabama would have been a lot better off.”

Bentley said he achieved more in seven years than the previous five governors.
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Honesty is the best policy – Duh!

May 24, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

A few themes running through the news threads at The Alabama Political Reporter this week underscore one stark reality: Our public officials, elected and otherwise, are not honest with us.

OK, the cynic in us knows this already, but it’s worth emphasizing again.

First, APR’s Josh Moon pointed out Tuesday that our lawmakers don’t work for the people who elect them. They work for lobbyists who will likely take care of them when re-election time comes (meaning: themselves).
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