Bipartisan bill would give retirees a one-time bonus

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Some Republicans in the Senate and at least one Democrat in the State House of Representatives believe certain retired educators should receive a one-time, lump sum payment.

Republican Senator Gerald Dial, who is leading the charge, is joined by Senate colleagues Jimmy Holley, Jim McClendon, Steve Livingston, Tom Whatley and Cam Ward to sponsor SB3. In the House, Rep. Craig Ford is carrying an identical

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Alabama a Sanctuary City for Corrupt Politicos: Opinion

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

What are we to make of the fact that Alabama ranks in the top ten for being one of the most religious states, as well as being near the top in public corruption?

Alabama State government is like a sanctuary city for moral turpitude, a safe haven where the guilty are free from punishment; as long as you are in public office. 

Mike Hubbard has been indicted on 23 felony counts of public corruption

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Senate Announces Committee Assignments

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, January 14, the Alabama Senate announced its committee assignments for the next four years.

(See full list of committee assignments here.)

State Senator Tom Whatley (R) will chair the Senate Agriculture, Conservation, and Forest Committee.

Sen. Slade Blackwell (R) will be the chairman of the Banking & Insurance Committee.

The Confirmations Committee will by chaired by Senator

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Police Say Whatley “Forcefully Shoved” Fiancée

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Auburn Police report contradicts Sen. Tom Whatley’s statement about his domestic violence arrest on December 9.

According to the official police filings, Whatley “grabbed the female [his fiancée] by the arm and forcefully shoved her down on the brick steps and concrete porch.” Whatley was then told by officers to drop to the ground and he complied with their demand.

Whatley

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April Named End Distracted Driving Awareness Month, Presentations Being Made at Schools

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama (April 8, 2014) – The Alabama Association for Justice (ALAJ) today announced its partnership with the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation and EndDD in an effort to reduce distracted driving among teenagers in the state. ALAJ member attorneys will give an “End Distracted Driving” presentation at high schools across the state during April. The organization also partnered with Senator Tom Whatley (R-Auburn

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Hubbard’s “real republican” incumbents include Obama donor and party switchers

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By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—At a meeting in Birmingham last week, Representative Mike Hubabrd (R-Auburn) rallied the Young Republicans to protect the GOP supermajorities against fake Republicans trying to take back the power in Montgomery.

“I’m telling you the race will be determined in the primary,”  Hubbard said.

Hubbard called out groups like AEA, who intend to support pro-eduction candidates

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Beware infiltrators warns Hubbard

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—  Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard warned young republicans gathered in Birmingham last week that infiltrators will be entering “our primary.”

These outsiders will challenge incumbent republicans. “from the right and from the left,” cautioned Diamond Mike.

Hubbard raised the specter of “The Others,” coming to displace our kind. The “others” are the democrats

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Legislative Election Watch

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By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY–Only two weeks into the official 2014 primary season, many candidates have already filed with the new online reporting system through the Fair Campaign Practices Act.  Many of those who have filed are incumbents, with a one newcomer entering the game.

Seven of the 35 incumbent senators have filed with the Secretary of State. No new candidates have filed, however Representative

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Jimmy Parnell Elected As President of Alabama Farmer’s Federation

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

After 14 years of service leading Alabama’s largest agricultural group, the Alabama Farmer’s Federation, Jerry Newby has retired as the group’s President. Fifth generation Chilton County farmer Jimmy Parnell was elected on Monday to be his replacement.

Jimmy Parnell (48) from Stanton said in a statement released by the Farmer’s Federation,

“I’m humbled by the support I received from

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Storming the Statehouse: The Game of Quid Pro Quo

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Quid pro quo, Latin for “this for that,” is better understood as I give you something and you give me something. This “something for something” appears to be a key strategy used by the man who led the GOP takeover of the Alabama Statehouse in 2010.

By following the money trail from then-Chairman of the ALGOP Mike Hubbard to candidates running for office in 2010 a seemingly careful

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