Opinion | Prison healthcare contract could be a fool’s errand

February 19, 2018

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Whether through ignorance, graft or just an unwillingness to look past the second ripple in the pond, the state’s current plan to address the prison healthcare crisis is a boondoggle.

That’s where the Alabama Department of Corrections is with its attempt to secure a new contractor to provide medical and mental health services for state inmates.

It’s time to scrap the current process and start over or risk embroiling Governor Kay Ivey’s administration in an unnecessary scandal in an election year.

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Statewide digital campaign launched by conservative group

February 19, 2018

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A new advocacy group aims to hold Republican politicians accountable when they stray from conservative principles.

Conservatives for Better Leadership is “dedicated to fostering a more competitive and prosperous Alabama,” according to the recently formed 501(c)4 headed by advocate and publisher Apryl Marie Fogel.

“We believe that conservative fiscal policies and a strong culture of ethics in state government will make Alabama a better place to live, work and raise a family, wrote Fogel in announcing the project. “When public officials fall short of these goals, we intend to hold them accountable.”
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Analysis | Gov. Ivey’s campaign kick off solid, steady, shocking

February 14, 2018

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

When Alabama’s Governor Kay Ivey took the stage at the Montgomery Renaissance Tuesday night to kick-off her campaign for governor, she was buoyant, charming and in command of the evening. Most attendees agreed that Gov. Ivey hit all the right notes in her 10-plus-minute speech.

But it was her introduction by the state’s most wealthy private business owner, Jimmy Rane, that left heads shaking and tongues wagging across the state’s political landscape.
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Judge appointed to federal court among those who have yet to rule on Hubbard’s appeal

February 12, 2018

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals Associate Judge Liles C. Burke is one of four members on the court who has not ruled on former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard’s appeal on 12 counts of felony public corruption. The court has been in procession of the final appeals arguments for some seven months — much longer than an average case, even capital murder.

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Opinion | Is HB317 a return to the orgy of greed and corruption? 

February 6, 2018

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

At least it seemed for a moment that the cancer eating away at Alabama’s state government was in remission.

The rise of Gov. Kay Ivey and Speaker Mac McCutcheon after the removal of Gov. Robert Bentley and Speaker Mike Hubbard appeared to herald a new day in state politics. But in the State House, bills are offered that would reintroduce the same type of mischief that poisoned the system when Hubbard and Bentley were in office.

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Zeigler to run for second term as state auditor

February 2, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, Alabama state Auditor Jim Zeigler announced that he will seek a second term.

“It has been an honor to serve the people of Alabama as State Auditor, and I humbly ask for their vote again on June 5th,” Zeigler said. “State Government needs a watchman against wasteful spending and mismanagement. I have done my best to add that role to the State Auditor’s office. As State Auditor I will always put the people of Alabama first.”

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APR files records request related to Luther Strange and Super Fund site

January 30, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Political Reporter filed a freedom of information request with the Alabama Attorney General’s office requesting any and all public records concerning any email communications between the Drummond Company and former Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange.

The same FOI request was made by Tallahassee Attorney David A. Ludder on Aug. 23, 2017, but for some reason has been more or less ignored by the Attorney General’s office. Ludder has again requested the public information.

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Zeigler decides not to run for governor

January 28, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, State Auditor Jim Zeigler announced that he will not be a candidate for governor and is dissolving his exploratory campaign.

“It is just not my time,” Zeigler said in a statement.

Zeigler, who has just completed three years of a four-year term as auditor, now has until the Feb. 9 deadline to decide whether to seek a second term as state auditor.

Zeigler declined to endorse anyone in the Republican field but did have positive comments on the remaining GOP candidates for governor.

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House passes bill setting scrapping distinct special elections for US Senate

January 24, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, the Alabama House of Representatives passed House Bill 17, which would mandate that future special elections for U.S. Senator would coincide with the next regularly scheduled election.

The bill was sponsored by state Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Ozark.  Clouse said that this was the first vacancy in 39 years when Sen. James Allen died in 1978.  The governor appointed Allen’s wife to the office, who lost the special election the same year.

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Governor pushes state employee pay raises, investment in education in first State of the State

January 10, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

A year ago, former Gov. Robert Bentley delivered his last State of the State address, setting goals for a Legislative Session that not only would see many of his priorities fall short but encompass the end his political career.

Last night, Gov. Kay Ivey delivered her first — an annual address that set broad and wide-ranging priorities for a state government returning to Montgomery fatigued from scandal and ready for a fresh start.

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