By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter
The following stories are related to the 2010 GOP takeover of the Statehouse.
MONTGOMERY—Since revelations about Craftmaster’s bankruptcy first came to light in 2006, its owners have tried to paint it as a non-event. No one characterized the bankruptcy, “nothing to see here,” more than company co-owner and current Republican Speaker of the Alabama House, Mike Hubbard.
MONTGOMERY—A Special Grand Jury has subpoenaed records concerning Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn). According to three sources with intimate knowledge of the investigation, a Special Grand Jury led by the Public Corruption Unit of the Alabama Attorney General’s Office is gathering documents related to Hubbard’s time as Chairman of the ALGOP.
MONTGOMERY—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.
MONTGOMERY—The slowly unfolding story of gaming money being solicited by GOP Leadership in 2010 has reached a new level with the revelation that GOP senate candidates appear to have received over $200,000 in laundered gambling money.
MONTGOMERY—It would be nice to believe that the first amendment concerning freedom of the press was the founder’s denunciation of all double-speak, subterfuge, lies and cover-ups.
Freedom of the press encompasses many things, The right to report the truth without fear of reprisal should be one of them but it is not.