Commission for “Ethics Reform and Clarification” is pure fantasy

January 26, 2018

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A Senate joint resolution creating The Code of Ethics Reform and Clarification Commission sponsored by Republican Senators Arthur Orr, President Pro Tem. Del Marsh and Majority Leader Greg Reed has been submitted to the Rules Committee and could be making it’s way through the Senate soon.

Creating a commission to reform and clarify current ethics laws sounds like a reasonable undertaking until it’s understood that the underlying premise is to weaken much of existing laws.

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Rep. Jim Hill to Chair House Judiciary Committee

June 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, June 9, 2017, Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) on announced that State Representative Jim Hill (R-Odenville) will serve as chairman of the body’s Judiciary Committee for the remainder of the 2014 to 2018 quadrennium.

Speaker McCutcheon said, “Jim Hill had a two-decade career as a respected judge and has earned the reputation of being a distinguished legal scholar, so he possesses the ideal skill set for serving as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. In addition, Republican and Democrat House members alike know him to be an exceedingly fair-minded individual who is capable of impartially presiding over sometimes contentious debates, just as he did in the courtroom.”
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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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Lathan Says Trump and Pence Will Make a Strong Team

July 18, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, July 15, the Alabama Republican Party released a statement supportive of Donald Trump’s announcement of Indiana Governor Mike Pence for his Vice President. Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan said that the Republican ticket will be a strong team.

Chairman Lathan said, “There is no doubt that Donald Trump and Indiana Governor Mike Pence will be a strong team. Governor Pence’s experience in leading his state both in Congress and as governor, along with Mr. Trump’s commitment to upholding conservative values, will ensure an unstoppable ticket this November.”
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Republicans Head Toward Convention

July 12, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, July 18, 2016, the Republican Convention is just a week away; but many questions remain.

Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry M. Lathan promised that she and the ALGOP staff will Tweet all the latest news from the convention. Chairman Lathan said on social media: “I will be live tweeting as well as staff. @ChairmanLathan @algop we will send video, photos and share with you all. Get ready to rock Cleveland! Also we will plead to facebook- my chairman page and ALGOP RNC 2016 and ALGOP National Convention apps are ready! Download them both. Search ALGOP National Convention and RNC 2016 Official App. We will be adding info on the ALGOP app daily closer to the convention. Same with the RNC! Rock on!”
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One Vote Can Make a Difference

May 18, 2016

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

Last week we talked about how difficult it is to win passage of a legislative act. It does not matter if the proposed legislation is for apple pie and motherhood. If for nothing else, the bill has to go before both House and Senate committees, win approval, and not get an amendment put on it. If it gets an amendment on it, it has to basically start all over again. It then has to get placed on the special order calendar set by the Rules Committee and there are hundreds of bills waiting to get on this calendar and only a few bills ever get on the calendar each day and there are only 30 legislative days in the session. If it gets on the calendar, it then has to pass both chambers and hopefully the governor is also for apple pie and motherhood, because if he vetoes it, it has to start all over again.
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Impeachment Hits a Speed Bump in Committee

April 8, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, April 7, State Representative Ed Henry (R-Hartselle) was forced by criticism from his fellow legislature to withdraw the articles of impeachment resolution against embattled Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) in the powerful House rules committee. Rep. Henry will submit another resolution next week after rewriting it to address the concerns of his fellow legislators over the legislative process of impeachment.

House Rules Committee Chairman Mac McCutcheon (R-Capshaw) told reporters that he can’t speak on a timeline.
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Impeachment Appears to be Dead for Time Being

April 6, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, April 5, State Representative Ed Henry (R-Hartselle) held a press conference to announce that he was filing articles of impeachment against embattled Governor Robert Bentley (R). Bentley has had what he admits was an inappropriate relationship with former top political advisor, Mrs. Rebekah Caldwell Mason. Bentley, however, denies that he did anything illegal or that his performance as Governor has been affected.
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