Many House members to participate in testing drive for Black HIV/AIDs Awareness Day Wednesday

February 7, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Dozens of Alabama lawmakers are expected to take part in a testing drive on Wednesday to raise HIV and AIDs awareness.

The lawmakers will get tested at an event at the Alabama State House for Black HIV/AIDs Awareness Day, Feb. 7. Many of the lawmakers are black but some white members signalled on the House floor Tuesday that they would also take part in the event to help raise awareness.

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Wadsworth appointed to House Judiciary Committee

July 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, July 10, 2017, Speaker of the Alabama House of Representative Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) appointed State Representative Tim Wadsworth (R-Arley) to the House Judiciary Committee.

Rep. Wadsworth said in a statement, “I would like to thank Speaker Mac McCutcheon for the appointment to the Alabama House Judiciary Committee. I have been a practicing attorney for 31 years and am licensed in Alabama and Mississippi in both Federal and State Courts. My educational background includes a BS in Accounting, Masters in Tax Accounting (M.T.A.) from the University of Alabama and a JD (Law) from Cumberland School of Law. I appreciate the opportunity to serve on the judiciary committee and my legal and professional background will give me an opportunity to further serve the citizens of the State of Alabama.”
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Matt Fridy named Vice Chair of House Judiciary Committee

June 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, June 12, 2017, Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) announced that he has appointed State Rep. Matt Fridy (R-Montevallo) as Vice Chair of the House Judiciary Committee.

Speaker McCutcheon said in a statement, “Matt Fridy possesses one of our State’s bright legal minds, and he has proven himself to be an invaluable asset during committee and floor debates about various aspects of Alabama law. During his relatively short time in the Alabama House, Rep. Fridy has earned the respect and trust of his fellow lawmakers, and I am proud to appoint him to this important committee leadership post.”
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Jones appointed to chair House Rules Committee

June 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, June 7, 2017, Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) announced that State Representative Mike Jones (R-Andalusia) will serve as chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee for the remainder of the 2014 – 2018 Quadrennium.

Jones has been Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. In 2016 his committee was tasked with investigation possible impeachment proceeding against Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R). It was an enormous task, that was made even more difficult because no one alive could remember the last time that the Legislature had seriously considered impeaching a State official.
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Fantasy Sports Bill narrowly passes out of House

April 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, the Alabama House of Representatives voted to pass a highly controversial bill to exempt fantasy sports from the State’s anti-gambling laws, but only after it was much modified on the floor of the House.

House Bill 354 was sponsored by State Representative Alan Boothe (R-Troy). Boothe’s mother died, so he was unable to attend the legislature to carry his own bill. The bill was carried in his place by State Representative Ron Johnson (R-Sylacauga).
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Zeigler ends lawsuit after Ivey sets Special Election

April 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, April 20, 2017, Alabama Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) announced that he and Tommy Chapman were dropping their lawsuit challenging the legality of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s (R) dubious decision to delay the Special Election for US Senate for 21 months. Bentley has since departed the Governor’s mansion to avoid impeachment and prosecution, and Gov. Kay Ivey (R) has reversed Bentley’s order on the Special Election.
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Mac McCutcheon: Legislature did the right thing on Impeachment

April 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) addressed the Young Republicans about a number of topics including resignation of Gov. Bentley.

Speaker McCutcheon said, “Last week was a very stressful week, but at the end of the day I hope the state understands that the House did that the right way.”

Speaker McCutcheon said that when the Articles of Impeachment were first introduced they were assigned to the Rules Committee, which McCutcheon was Chairman of at the time.
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More Calls for Bentley to Resign

April 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley

Sunday, April 9, 2017 the Alabama Republican Party Steering Committee called upon Governor Robert Bentley, “To immediately resign.” The ongoing investigation into corruption, ethics violations, and campaign finance law violation is centered around Bentley’s relationship with alleged mistress Mrs. Rebekah Caldwell Mason.

The ALGOP Steering Committee also passed the following resolution: “The ALGOP Steering Committee commends the Alabama House of Representatives, the Alabama Senate and the Alabama Supreme Court for their courage and their diligence in the impeachment process while putting partisan politics aside for the people of the state of Alabama.”
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House set to move forward with release of Bentley report, impeachment

April 7, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Despite efforts from Gov. Robert Bentley’s attorneys, the House of Representatives plans to move forward with impeachment hearings next Monday and with the release of a written report this afternoon detailing the House’s investigation into the Governor.

The release of the report this afternoon will come only two days after the Alabama Ethics Commission recommended four criminal charges against Bentley on Wednesday. The commission found probable cause that Bentley violated state ethics and campaign finance laws. Those charges have been forwarded to the Montgomery District Attorney’s Office for an independent investigation.

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Group to file State Bar complaint against Senator Strange

April 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, a group of Alabama citizens announced plans to file an official complaint to the State Bar against US Senator Luther Strange (R) today, April 6, 2017 at 11:15 am.

The groups says that they are like many Alabama citizens, the group has been deeply troubled about Sen. Strange taking Governor Robert Bentley’s appointment to US Senate.

David King said, “We have to hold our political leaders accountable. Everyone in the State knows this smells fishy. We would all cry foul if a prosecutor stopped a white collar crime investigation against a corporation, only then to take a job with the corporation.”
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