The same men quick to judge Bentley rush to Roy Moore’s defense

November 13, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

The allegations facing U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore are not Alabama’s first experience with alleged sexual improprieties among the state’s top brass. The reaction, however, is much different from the two men who led the charge against former Gov. Robert Bentley when he was accused of having an affair with a top adviser.

On Thursday, hours after the Washington Post’s bombshell article published, accusing Moore of sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old girl in 1979, State Auditor Jim Zeigler spoke with the Washington Examiner, invoking Jesus and the Bible in defense of Moore.

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AG’s investigation of Bentley administration, Mason still active

November 8, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Attorney General’s Office’s investigation into former Gov. Robert Bentley’s administration isn’t over yet.

During a hearing on Monday in the wrongful termination suit filed by former Alabama Law Enforcement Agency secretary, Spencer Collier, attorneys for parties on both sides mentioned that some collection of discovery materials – particularly those involving Bentley’s former top aide, Rebekah Mason – had been delayed by an ongoing criminal investigation.
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Bentley-Collier lawsuit: Governor wanted his wife arrested for tapes

November 7, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Attorneys for former Gov. Robert Bentley, his top aide, Rebekah Mason, and Alabama Law Enforcement Agency officials asked a Montgomery Circuit Court judge to dismiss a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by former ALEA director Spencer Collier.

After listening to about an hour of arguments from five different attorneys, Judge Greg Griffin said he will rule on the motion by noon Friday.

“I certainly don’t believe it should be dismissed and that we have a strong case,” Collier’s attorney, Kenny Mendelsohn said afterwards. “We’ll have to wait and see, but I feel pretty good about it.”

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What do a lifetime appointment, a speedy forensics report and high-priced lawyers have in common?

November 2, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Currently, the state is searching for a new director of the state forensic science department. Director Michael Sparks is retiring, and his replacement will be selected by Attorney General Steve Marshall. Applications for the position were required by Oct. 31, 2017.

But larger questions loom as ties to disgraced former Gov. Robert Bentley interplay with the search – not only with Marshall’s appointment as attorney general but the on-going lawsuits surrounding Bentley’s campaign to smear former ALEA chief, Spencer Collier.

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Stan Stabler leaves position at Alabama Law Enforcement Agency

April 13, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Secretary Stan Stabler is the next to go amid staff shakeups at the Governor’s Office. Gov. Kay Ivey accepted Stabler’s resignation on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Ivey requested letters of resignation from all of former Gov. Robert Bentley’s staff and appointed cabinet members. So far, she has accepted Stabler’s and Jon Mason’s. A spokesperson for ALEA said Stabler would be retiring after submitting paperwork Wednesday morning.

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Governor in the process of reviewing staff and cabinet positions

April 12, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Most incoming governors have a few months to plan for their transition into power. Gov. Kay Ivey had a few hours.

Ivey, fresh into her new job, is evaluating all appointed staff and cabinet positions within the Governor’s Office to determine who to keep on and who to let go, her spokesperson said Wednesday. That includes the high-profile positions of Alabama Law Enforcement Secretary and Medicaid Commissioner.

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Sharman’s report includes shocking allegations of witness intimidation

April 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, April 7, 2017, House Judiciary Committee Special Counsel Jack Sharman released his investigative report on the possible impeachment of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R). The Sharman report was lengthy; but there was little in there that avid readers of The Alabama Political Reporter did not already know. One area that the report did reveal new details was in the account of former First Lady Dianne Bentley’s former Chief of Staff Heather Hannah.
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Will the Ethic Commission’s political parlor tricks doom Bentley?

April 7, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

What the public learned from the Ethic Commission hearing surrounding accusations against Gov. Robert Bentley, is that he may have violated the Ethics Code and the Fair Campaign Practice Act (FCPA). What observant politicos witnessed was an Ethics Commission that is political, ineffectual, and has long outlived its sell-by-date.

Let’s take the cute little nod and wink between Commissioner Stewart Tankersley and Tom Albritton.
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What’s next for Gov. Bentley?

March 22, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Austrian-British philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein wrote, “A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that’s unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.”

It seems evident that Gov. Robert Bentley sits in a similar room without imagining the obvious way out.

If our sources are correct, on April 5, the State’s Ethics Commission will hear evidence of possible wrongdoing on his part. How Director Tom Albritton presents the facts of the investigation will be critical to what happens next. Albritton finds himself in the unenviable position of introducing the fruit of an almost year-long investigation. How he presents those facts, what he says and doesn’t say will perhaps mean more than the ethics probe itself.
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Move to impeach Bentley: Don’t be foolish

February 15, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

There is a movement afoot in the Alabama House of Representatives to impeach Governor Robert Bentley, a mission which, if accomplished, will doom the 2017 Regular Legislative Session.

Bentley is an embarrassment, a fool, a liar and a cheat, and may have even committed crimes that are punishable by law.

Gov. Bentley:

Is believed to have used State resources to facilitate an affair with a married staff member Rebekah Caldwell Mason.
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