ICYMI (I did): Governor backs down after trying to intimidate Sen. Bill Holtzclaw…

Governor and ALDOT have restarted road projects

Gov. Robert Bentley on Friday said nearly $100 million in Alabama Department of Transportation projects in Limestone and Madison counties, briefly canceled, will move forward.

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On Friday, before outlining his tax proposals publicly for the first time, Bentley said the projects “at some point will be resumed.”

“But I want to say this: We have serious problems in this state and for a state senator to be critical … before he has even seen any of the solutions, is irresponsible.”

Cooper still needs to go…

ALDOT Director John Cooper on Thursday said he had called off planned road projects in state Sen. Bill Holtzclaw’s district. Earlier in the week, Holtzclaw put up a billboard in his district that read, “Governor Bentley wants to raise your taxes. I will not let that happen.”

Speaker Hubbard’s legal team releases a statement, he will not be stepping down…

This statement was included in an e-mail to legislators today:

Statement of Hubbard Legal Team

Mike Hubbard is committed to carrying out the job his constituents and his fellow lawmakers elected him to do. That hasn’t changed.

The documents publicly released last week weren’t intended to shed light on the accusations against Mike. They were a shameful, calculated attempt to muddy the waters, mislead the public and undermine Mike just days before the start of the legislative session.

The clear objective of the latest filing by the State was to discredit Mike through the improper disclosure of personal, private information that has no bearing on the case. Unfortunately, it comes at the hands of a prosecutor who has been reprimanded in the past for similar filings.

This prosecutorial behavior reflects a pattern of repeated questionable conduct that should have no place in our system of justice or in determining our state’s legislative leaders. The issues at stake here are much bigger than Mike Hubbard. The issues in his case impact every citizen and every legislator in our great state. No citizen of Alabama can ever be safe:

• If, when confronted with personal issues, that citizen is not permitted to seek the guidance and wisdom of lifelong friends and people in his most trusted inner circle.
• If our citizen legislators cannot own or operate a business or profession without breaking the law.
• If stakeholders in Alabama such as businesses, teachers, farmers, foresters, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, trial lawyers, roofers, or other groups are denied their right to participate in government.
• If someone who has not been elected or selected pursuant to the laws of Alabama is given unlimited power and money to conduct an abusive inquisition for over two years and invade a person’s privacy rights to family, friends, faith, and work.
• If the Attorney General refuses to acknowledge that our legislature is a citizen legislature comprised of the working people of our state who represent all of us and all walks of life and, as a consequence, must work for a living while serving in our state legislature.

To be clear, Mike is not intimidated, and he won’t be bullied. He intends to fulfill his commitment to represent the people of Lee County and to move the state of Alabama forward. As his lawyers, we are committed, at the appropriate time and forum, to telling the unvarnished truth.

Anonymous e-mailer claiming to be an Alabama legislator is suggesting this week will be interesting…

I’m not buying it.

Am I scared to speak out?  Yes.  But not because I’m afraid the Speaker will be upset with me.  I saw what Gov. Bentley did to Bill Holtzclaw last week.  The last thing I need is the Speaker I met in those emails coming after my district like Bentley did to Bill. 

I don’t know if you guys saw where al.com today called on Speaker Hubbard to resign, but here’s a link if you haven’t: http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/03/mike_hubbard_must_step_aside_a.html#incart_m-rpt-2

Folks, we’ve got to do something.  My feelings about our problem have gone from mildly annoyed to irritated to embarrassed to now feeling somewhat complicit.  I don’t know how else to put it.  

I didn’t sign up for this, and I’m tired of it.  

I’ve been a big supporter of the Speaker from the beginning.  I didn’t think I would ever see Alabama in GOP hands and I credit much of the work of getting a pro-business legislature in place to the Speaker.

But I can’t keep this up.  My district didn’t send me down here to prop up the Speaker in the face of embarrassing revelations like we’re seeing now.

My God, can you imagine what a circus this trial is going to be?  Am I supposed to look my children and wife in the face and tell them I think this is somehow ok?  What about the folks back home that trust me?  What about my preacher?

If those emails are correct, and I don’t believe the prosecution just invented them, then the Speaker looked me in the eye and flat out lied to my face.   I’m guessing he lied straight to your face as well. 

You guys do what you want, but one day we have to stand before God and the folks back home and explain how our inaction in the face of all this was really an endorsement of this behavior.  

I’m on the record voting for him, and so are 98 of you!  God help us all.  

if this was a real legoslator, what does this do?

Nothing.

If this “legislator” feels this way, why not speak out?

This isn’t real.

I’ll end this with two tweets I sent earlier this week…

On anonymity:

On the revelations found in Speaker Hubbard’s correspondence:

Is Governor Bentley using the AL DOT to punish State Senator Bill Holtzclaw?

The threat?

Murphy then turned his attention to the governor’s controversial threats to withhold infrastructure funding from Districts whose legislators do not support his tax proposal. Waggoner confirmed that many of the house members he’d spoken to said they felt threatened, but added that the governor had not tried that tactic with the senate.

“The governor actually threatened house members to vote for his tax proposal and he took credit for getting many of them elected, you know, ‘I got y’all elected so y’all owe me,’” Waggoner explained. “That was the perception of the house members I talked to… That he would pull any project — road project, or any other kind of project — from their District if he did not get their support. That’s highly unusual.”

“The question is, will it be effective?” Murphy asked.

“Uh, no. It will not,” Waggoner answered flatly. “That I can assure you.”

This text?
FullSizeRenderHis billboard is here…

Is this really the punishment a lawmaker will receive for not raising taxes?

Will this be effective?

Gay man driven to drug use after only two weeks of marriage…

Maybe the gays were better off not being able to get married?

Milton Persinger, who married Robert Povilat on Feb. 12 making them the first same-sex couple to marry in Mobile, was arrested and booked into the Baldwin County corrections facility Monday night.

According to jail records, Persinger faces a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor charge of second degree possession of marijuana.

“It was a traffic violation stop and drugs were discovered. The case is an ongoing investigation,” said Alabama Law Enforcement Agency spokesman Jamie Maloy.

 

Seriously, why the hell is this news?

Sen. Bill Holtzclaw takes a bold stance against Gov. Bentley’s tax proposals…

This billboard is up today in North Alabama…IMG_0452

Shocker! ALGOP Chairman and (AEA stooges) John Rice, Baron Coleman and Jack Campbell were working together….

Here’s some evidence of their shenanigans that might shine some light on some of Armistead’s recent decisions….
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In other earth-shattering news, AEA head, giant failure, Alabama Political Reporter money-man and Bill Britt’s landlord has been fired…

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