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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Reaction to Jim Patterson’s Death

October 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley

Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, October 2, 2017 it was announced that state Representative Jim Patterson R-Meridianville has unexpectedly passed away from a sudden heart attack.  He was 67.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey on Tuesday offered her deepest condolences to the Patterson family and the entire Madison County area.

“Representative Patterson had a huge heart and exemplified the role of a citizen-legislator. Jim was a voice for the children and the needy in our society, and that voice will be sorely missed,” Governor Ivey said. “My thoughts and prayers remain especially with his wife Susan and their three children during this very difficult time. They have lost a loving husband and father, and Alabama has lost a tremendous public servant. As Governor, I will do all I can to help the Madison County area and our state move forward.”
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Speaker McCutcheon announces changes to House Committee assignments

August 2, 2017

By Staff Report
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, July 31, 2017, Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) announced several changes in the House Committee structure.

Rep. McCutcheon said, “Committee assignments are often changed in order to bring new ideas, fresh perspectives, and renewed enthusiasm to the various legislative panels.  We work hard to pair each member with a committee assignment that reflects their particular skill set, district, and constituencies.”

The newly-announced committee assignments, which will be in effect for the remainder of the quadrennium are:
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Government affairs or an orgy of greed and corruption?

July 24, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

How much food and booze does it take to wash away embarrassment and shame? Is money the seductive elixir that so easily chills honest introspection, that allows our State’s leaders to dine freely on the spoils of corruption?

In August, many of the State’s top leaders will embark on an annual pilgrimage to Point Clear for the Business Council of Alabama’s (BCA) Governmental Affairs Conference.
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Mike Millican will not seek re-election

June 16, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, June 14, 2017, State Representative Mike Millican (R-Hamilton) announced that he will not seek an eighth term in the Alabama House of Representatives. Rep. Millican citing a desire to devote more time to his family and his two local businesses as the reason for his decision.

Rep. Millican has represented House District 17 for almost 28 years. Millican’s legislative district encompasses all of Marion County and portions of Lamar and Winston counties.
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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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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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Takeaways from 2017 Legislative Session

May 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The 2017 Alabama Legislative Session is over, and these are some key points to take away.

The biggest loser, by far, was former Governor Robert Bentley.  The Legislature got an awful lot of help from this newer, stronger, bolder version of the Alabama Ethics Commission. But, it was evident that Bentley was going to be impeached and removed once Special Counsel Jack Sharman released his report.  Bentley resigned halfway through the first day of the House Judiciary Committee hearings.  If the House and Senate had to waste weeks on his impeachment, given the 30-day Legislative meeting limit, the Session would have been a disaster.
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Politics continue to overrule ethics

May 15, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The State Legislature begins its four-day sprint to the finish this Tuesday. To-date, 1025 bills were introduced over the 27 days, and still, there is much more to be accomplished. The Legislative leadership hopes to sine die on Friday, ending a drama-filled Session that saw Governor Robert Bentley resign, Governor Ivey sworn in, topping the melee of competing interests that always seems to accompany a Legislative Session.
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Behind the curtain of Common Core Kabuki Theater

May 15, 2017

By Ann Eubank

For the last six years, many grassroot organizations in our State have been fighting against Common Core. Since its implementation, Alabama has gone from being 26th in the nation in math and reading, to dead last. We bring a bill every year, and without fail someone or some thing stops it from being brought up for a vote. If, by some small chance or miracle from God, it ever makes it out of committee to the floor, our Senators and Representatives would probably just run out the clock and assume their actions would not have political consequences; or, so they think.
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