Mickey Hammon gets three months in prison for mail fraud

February 16, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

A federal Court sentenced former House Majority Leader Micky Ray Hammon, R-Decatur, to three months in prison for committing mail fraud Thursday.

U.S. Attorney Louis V. Franklin Sr. announced the sentence. Hammon served in the Alabama House of Representatives from 2003 until 2017, representing Alabama’s 4th District.

Hammon will also be subject to three years of supervised release upon completion of his prison sentence.

On Sept. 26, 2017, Hammon pleaded guilty to using money donated to his 2014 re-election campaign to pay personal expenses. This is a violation of Alabama law, which strictly limits the ways that donated money can be used.  Hammon used the United States Postal Service to commit his offense when he received campaign donation checks through the mail, making this a federal offense.

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Decatur Mayor Tab Bowling endorses Parker Moore

February 14, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Decatur Mayor Tab Bowling endorsed Parker Moore, a Republican candidate for Alabama State House of Representatives in District 4.

“We need someone who will be a positive voice for all citizens within the district,” Bowling said in the endorsement. “We need a conservative who will represent our traditional values and stand firm for our beliefs. I’ve considered these issues, which is why I am supporting Parker Moore. Parker has a servant’s heart and I know he will serve District 4 with honestly and integrity.”

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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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McClendon to introduce bill for winner-take-all special elections

January 16, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

State Sen. Jim McClendon, R-Springville, announced that he plans to introduce legislation changing how state Legislature vacancies are filled.

Currently, the Alabama Legislature is meeting for the 2018 regular legislative session. Representatives from across the state are meeting in Montgomery to decide state affairs. Not everyone is represented though. Citizens of Limestone and Morgan Counties in House District 21 don’t have a representative in the House, citizens of Madison County in House District 4 also don’t have a legislator in the House and citizens of Senate District 26 don’t have a state senator.

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Moore says he has “no regrets”

December 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore said that he has no regrets following his opponent’s state certification as the winner of the Dec. 12 special election for U.S. Senator.

Moore had asked the state canvassing board to postpone the decision and to continue to investigate allegations of voter fraud.  When Secretary of State John Merrill refused, Moore sought a restraining order from the courts.  Montgomery Circuit Court Judge Johnny Hardwick denied Moore’s request to stop Alabama’s canvassing board from certifying Doug Jones.

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Jefferson County GOP says they saw nothing suspicious

December 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, December 28, 2017, the Jefferson County Republican Party released a statement concerning the Roy Moore Lawsuit allegations that he lost the special election due to voter fraud.

“The Jefferson County Republican Party, in cooperation with the Alabama Republican Party and the Moore for Senate Campaign, had trained poll watchers observing the voting process at key precincts in the county during the U.S. Senate Special Election earlier this month,” said Jefferson County GOP Executive Director Jeannie Negron Faherty.  “Additionally, observers were present at both the Downtown and Bessemer courthouses during the counting of the absentee ballots, and JeffCoGOP Chairman Sallie Bryant was present at the main courthouse that night during the tabulation of the ballots.  Chairman Bryant was also present last week when the write-in votes were counted, and former JeffCoGOP Chairman (and current District 47 Constable) Gilbert Douglas was present for the county’s vote certification last Friday.  At no time were there any reports of voter fraud, nor did any of our officials witness anything suspicious in nature.”

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Merrill refuses to delay Canvassing Board Meeting, insists on certifying Jones today

December 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) says that he will not delay today’s state canvassing board meeting and will certify that Clinton era U.S. Attorney Doug Jones (D) is the winner of the December 12 special election for U.S. Senate.

Late Wednesday, Republican Candidate Judge Roy Moore had filed a challenge of the election alleging that voter fraud cost him the election and asked the state canvassing board to delay certification of the election.
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Moore alleges election fraud, seeks delay of certification

December 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Republican Senate Candidate Roy Moore is asking Gov. Kay Ivey and the state Canvassing Board to delay certification of the election until a full investigation of voter fraud is conducted.

Moore has filed a motion to delay the certification.  The Moore team has also provided an affidavit from Moore stating that he successfully completed a polygraph test confirming that, “The representations of misconduct made against him during the campaign are completely false.”

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Perspective | Reflecting on the top stories of Alabama politics in 2017

December 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

As 2017 comes to a close we reflect on the year in Alabama politics.  2017 was a remarkable year in Alabama politics.  For many of the most powerful figures in Alabama politics, it was a disastrous 2017, as the political situation was turned on its head.

No governor in Alabama has been impeached under the 1901 Constitution.  It has been over 100 years since Alabama impeached any statewide official.  That was a secretary of state and Civil War veteran accused of giving payments to a defeated primary opponent for an endorsement.  He was found not guilty by the Senate and kept his office.  Gov. Robert Bentley threatened to change that history over allegations of ethics and campaign finance allegations.  The Alabama Ethics Commission found that Bentley likely broke state laws in his relationship with his alleged mistress, Rebekah Caldwell Mason.  Two days later the House Judiciary Committee released a damning report on Bentley’s conduct alleging that he had misused state resources and then threatened and harassed witnesses of his alleged misconduct.  Three days later Bentley pleaded guilty to misdemeanor campaign finance law violations and resigned.  In 2014 Governor Bentley was re-elected in a cakewalk absolutely beloved by the voters of Alabama.  His administration crashed in utter ruin just 29 months later.  Lieutenant Gov. Kay Ivey became only the second woman governor in state history.  Joining Gov. Don Siegelman and Gov. Guy Hunt, three of the last seven Alabama governors have been convicted of crimes while in office.

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Secretary of state answers questions about voter fraud

December 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On the night of Dec. 12, 2017, thousands of Alabamians were shocked to see the Republican nominee, Roy Moore, lose a U.S. Senate seat that the GOP has held for 20 years to Democratic nominee, Doug Jones.

While watching the historic coverage, Fox 10 in Mobile viewers saw a reporter ask a young, excited Doug Jones supporter: “Why are you excited to see this victory?”

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