Tankersley Exit Interview Part 2: No rules, no order

August 1, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

“Our State needs so much help. There is such a lack of confidence in our elected leaders. The Ethics Commission can help restore that lost confidence,” said Dr. Stewart Hill Tankersley in a recent interview with the Alabama Political Reporter.

Tankersley Exit Interview Part 1: Success, collusion, and dismay

While he sees the Ethics Commission’s Executive Director, Tom Albritton, as a champion for a more efficient organization, he worries that the Commission could undercut Albritton’s determination to run an honest shop.

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With White House move, Sims to sell Yellowhammer

April 3, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Like all Executive Branch personnel, Yellowhammer Multimedia founder Cliff Sims recently filed his Federal Public Financial Disclosure Report, in which, among other things, revealed he is selling his once thriving news outlet.

Sims, who now serves as Director of White House Message Strategy in the Trump administration, enjoyed unfettered access to the Alabama House Republican Caucus for years during the heady days of former disgraced Speaker Mike Hubbard’s short reign. Sims, who currently works in the West Wing, once again finds himself at the heart of a revolution.
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Governor’s Derby

March 22, 2017

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

We are on the cusp of one of the best political years in modern political history in the Heart of Dixie. Prior to the 1970’s our constitution disallowed succession of office for our state constitutional offices. In other words, you could not run for two consecutive four year terms. That is why George Wallace ran his wife in his place in 1966. George and Lurleen campaigned side-by-side. George would wink at the crowds still drawn to courthouse squares by a country band and say, “I’m going to be her number one advisor.” By the way, she won in a landslide. She beat eight male opponents without a runoff, including two former governors, an agriculture commissioner, the sitting state attorney general and two powerful state senators.
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Alabama Legislature week 2: Careful with those eyeglasses

February 17, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Week No. 2 has come and gone in the Alabama Legislature’s 2017 Regular Session, and we’re left with only the memories.

And the awful legislation.

Let’s get to the recap….

 

Rough Start

If the first real day of debate on the House floor sets the tone for the rest of the session, we’re in trouble. Because Tuesday’s opening was as bad as it gets without a fire involved.
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Experts testify on lottery, VictoryLand and downside of PCI’s tax-free monopoly

December 3, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Governor Robert Bentley’s Gambling Advisory Committee received a crash course on Thursday on the detailed operation of a state lottery and learned the history and tax payments made by the state’s largest non-Indian casino, VictoryLand.

Louisiana Lottery president Rose Hudson and New Hampshire Lottery executive director Charlie McIntyre spent the better part of 90 minutes explaining to the committee the differences between lottery games, how Powerball and Mega Millions work together and the other various aspects of overseeing a statewide lottery.
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Budget Task Force Leaders Committed to Reform, But Can It Be Achieved?

September 16, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Tackling budget reform is priority one, according to Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia). Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) called for reforms and voiced his commitment during the recent Special Legislative Session.

During this Session, McCutcheon sponsored and passed JHR62, which establishes a task force with a five-point mandate that will culminate with recommendations for budget reforms to be presented at the beginning of the 2017 Regular Session.
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Bussman, Brewbaker Resign From Senate Caucus

August 23, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Senator Dick Brewbaker (R-Montgomery) and Senator Paul Bussman (R-Cullman) have resigned from the Alabama Senate Republican Caucus.

On Monday, Brewbaker confirmed the information with the Alabama Political Reporter by phone interview, Bussman confirmed via text message that they both had resigned from the Caucus.

“I am still a member of the GOP. I have not left the Party, just the Caucus,” said Brewbaker. “It was so important to the Leadership to get a vote on that first lottery bill that they were willing to have Democrats sign the cloture petition to force a vote and that was a terrible bill. I was just astounded by that.”
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We Get What We Deserve

May 11, 2016

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

I’m often criticized for picking on the Republican political leaders in Alabama. I’m accused of everything from being a Democrat to being a “libtard.” I admit to being a liberal. But I’m not a Democrat. I’m an Independent. I vote for Republicans and Democrats – whomever I deem best qualified in a particular election.

However, if I am to observe and comment on state government in Alabama, inevitably, the focus is going to be on Republicans. They are in charge. Republicans hold every constitutional office; they have supermajorities in the House of Representatives and state Senate. They occupy every seat on the Alabama Supreme Court. All but one member of our congressional delegation are Republicans – some of them about as whacky as many of our state-level officeholders.
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Massive Prison Spending Bill “All Devil-No Details”

May 2, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The State is poised to give Gov. Robert Bentley an $800 million dollar credit card to build 4 super-max style prisons, with no written plan, no impact study, and no accountability. The only thing certain about the project is that State taxpayers will be on the hook for $1.5 billion. The bill, which has been hurried through the legislature, has raised numerous unanswered questions, not the least of which is how the bond would be paid back.
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The Artist Cher Nailed It Long Ago

April 28, 2016

 

By Jack Campbell

When recording artist Cher released the hit “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves” in 1971, she never envisioned that song would characterize the leadership of the GOP in Alabama some 45 years later. Even the people who are not historically tuned in to current affairs realize our state Party is headed for a disastrous future, plagued by public officials who are tainted by greed, extramarital sex, thievery, and secret, backroom deals.
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