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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Alabama Legislature Recap Week 9: All questions, no answers

April 21, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Question: What happened in the Alabama Legislature this past week?

  1. Lawmakers wasted time and money, like always.
  2. Lawmakers passed embarrassing, illegal legislation.
  3. Lawmakers got into entertaining arguments.
  4. All of the above.

It’s always “All of the above.”

Let’s recap this nonsense.

Civically speaking

One of the most entertaining debates of the week came as the House attempted to pass a bill sponsored by Sen. Arthur Orr, which he had already ushered through the Senate, to require that Alabama high school students pass a civics test prior to graduating.
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Lawmaker wants House to condemn Rebekah Mason

April 19, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow wants to make sure that Rebekah Mason – the alleged mistress of former Gov. Robert Bentley – doesn’t escape punishment for her role in the year-long scandal that’s engulfed this State.

Morrow on Wednesday introduced a resolution that he wants the House to consider that would encourage the Attorney General’s office to investigate Mason for potential criminal activity, apologize to those hurt by her actions, condemn those actions and applaud Bentley’s ex-wife, Diane, for her strength and integrity.
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Only one week in, Kay Ivey making some good decisions

April 19, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Kay Ivey has been Governor for barely a week, but she’s already moved aggressively to correct some of the mistakes of recently disgraced Gov. Robert Bentley, who resigned Monday before last after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor corruption charges.

Ivey immediately started rearranging the Governor’s staff, including accepting the resignation of Jon Mason, the husband of Bentley’s girlfriend Rebekah Mason. She also accepted the resignation of ALEA Secretary Stan Stabler. After former ALEA Secretary Spencer Collier refused to follow orders from Bentley he believed were wrong, Collier was booted and Stabler hired. Stabler did what Bentley asked.
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