Some are using a stalking horse to undermine ethics laws

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The greatest challenge before the Alabama State Legislature when it returns in February is not the budget, schools or Medicaid. It is the slight of hand chicanery used to undermine the State’s ethics laws.

Since the conviction of former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard on 12 felony ethics violations, a coordinated effort has been underway to weaken those laws, with particular focus on how they identify a “principal.” Read More

Judiciary Committee will hear testimony on Sessions confirmation Tuesday and Wednesday

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hear testimony on whether or not US Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) should be confirmed as the next US Attorney General on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 10th and 11th, 2017. Various civil rights groups are actively opposing Sessions’ confirmation.

On Friday, the witnesses before the Committee were announced who will be called to testify.

US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) will be the first witnesses called by Republicans on behalf of Sessions. Read More

Greene County’s Burden

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—What began as a war on bingo by former Gov. Bob Riley, was rooted in power, politics and greed, with both sides claiming legal and even moral authority over what constitutes legal or illegal bingo in the Alabama.

The latest episode in this much-sordid affair is the State Supreme Court’s intervention in a lower court’s ruling, concerning the legality of machines played at Greenetrack in Greene County.
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Young women come together to learn and live state government

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Last week young women from across Alabama came together to form friendships and a government of their own.

The American Legion Auxiliary Girls State is based on the ideals of a “legacy of leadership, a heritage to honor and a future to form,” said Alabama’s Lt. Governor Kay Ivey. Lt. Governor Ivey, a former Girls State delegate, was ironically elected Lt. Governor of Girls State as a young lady.
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