Multiple sources, as well as CBS 42 sister station WKRG, are reporting that there are at least two active investigations against Governor Bentley and his top aide, Rebekah Mason.
One investigation is reportedly on the state level, and the other is allegedly on the federal.
Multiple sources close to the investigation confirm to CBS 42 News that the State Attorney General and U.S. Attorney’s office are conducting interviews. The U.S. Attorney is reportedly looking into a possible misuse of state resources and campaign money in regards to the Governor’s relationship with Mason.
Meanwhile, the state is reportedly interested in Bentley’s alleged involvement in the criminal case against House Speaker Mike Hubbard.
CBS 42 News is following this breaking news, and will have the latest on our investigation as new information becomes available.
Option one: “Voluntary” resignation
The man who made this option most famous is President Richard Nixon, who stepped down in the face of impending impeachment due to the infamous Watergate Scandal. Bentley says he has not even considered stepping aside.
[…]Option two: recall
The second way to get rid of a public official is via recall. Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) dominated headlines the past few years as liberal teachers unions tried numerous times to throw him out this way.
Recall is a procedure by which voters can remove an elected official from office through a direct vote before his or her term has ended. Recalls, which are initiated when enough voters sign a petition, have a history dating back to the ancient Athenian democracy and it picked up steam in the United States in the early 20th century.
19 States have constitutional provisions allowing for the recall of public officials. Alabama is not one of them. However, some representatives have expressed a desire to see that changed.
[…]Option three: impeachment and conviction
Bringing forth articles of impeachment would be very difficult, but it probably offers the only real shot at pushing Bentley out.
The articles of impeachment, which function as the charges against the accused, must be passed by a simple majority in the Alabama House of Representatives. Once the house impeaches the governor, he stands trial before the Alabama Senate in a trial presided over by the Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court.
If the Governor is convicted, he would be removed from office and replaced by the current Lieutenant Governor, Kay Ivey.
While a handful of Republican House members have called for Bentley’s resignation, the impeachment route is complicated by the governor’s involvement in the criminal case against sitting House Speaker Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn). Hubbard is accused of improperly lobbying the governor’s office for a consulting client of his. With the possibility of Bentley being called on to testify in the case, it is hard to imagine Hubbard supporting impeachment proceedings.
Bonus Option: Declaring the governor “to be of unsound mind.”
Ridding the state government of Bentley this way is so off-the-wall that it was not included in the probable three. But in a “House of Cards”-like scenario, someone with twisted ambition could find a way to make it work.
Section 128 of the Alabama Code provides for the means to relieve a top state official from his or her post if he or she is not of “sound mind.”
To do so, two of Alabama’s Constitutional officers (not next in succession to the office of governor) would need to sign statements and present them to the State Supreme Court. The court would then determine if the claims are true and the Lieutenant Governor would take over the duties of her superior until it is judged to be of sound mind.
Wow! Donald Trump came out of an interview with Wisconsin conservative talk radio host Charlie Sykes looking like the proverbial dear in the headlights. You can listen to the interview
Trump then repeated the allegation that Cruz bought the rights to the G.Q. photo, saying, “He’s the one that started it. He knew about the picture. He may have even bought the rights to the picture, meaning his campaign. The super PAC had it. He’s close to the super PAC. I didn’t start this. He did.”
He knows this isn’t true and none of you care.
Seriously, Trump supporters have no desire to live in reality…
From the story….
Saying she’s been able to defend most of what Trump has been criticized for during his White House run, Coulter lamented, “This is the worst thing he’s done.”
But Coulter says she is still a supporter of “lowbrow” Trump because of his stance on immigration.
“Let’s just talk about what he’s good on,” she said, seemingly exasperated with Trump’s antics. “He’s the only one who is going to build a wall. But please stop testing our patience on the rest of this stuff.”
Let the whining begin…
Sure why not.
A deal to raise California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022 was reached Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown and state legislators, making the nation’s largest state the first to lift base earnings to that level and propelling a campaign to lift the pay floor nationally.
The increase will boost the wages of about 6.5 million California residents, or 43% of the state’s workforce, who earn less than $15, according to worker group Fight for $15. The proposal had been headed to a statewide referendum. It’s now expected to be approved by the state assembly.
“This plan raises the minimum wage in a careful and responsible way and provides some flexibility if economic and budgetary conditions change,” Brown said. The governor can temporarily suspend the hikes in the event of poor economic conditions or a large budget deficit.
It’ll be fine, I’m sure…
New York State has a proposal before it that would raise the minimum wage there to $15 an hour. In support of that proposal we have a report out from Michael Reich and others at Berkeley that says that this will increase the number of jobs by about 4,000. Yes, really, an insistence that a near doubling of the minimum wage is going to increase employment–like we all buy more of things when they become more expensive, right? Much of the report is arguable and while I wouldn’t assign the values that the paper does one could indeed find at least some support in the literature for the claims made. However, at least assuming that I’ve read the paper right, there’s a logical flaw in there which invalidates that major claim. Rather than the minimum wage rise to $15 increasing employment in New York State by 4,000, it will decrease the number of jobs by 65,000. This conclusion is reached by using pretty much their own numbers and just correcting that one logical flaw that I think is there.
Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro slammed President Barack Obama’s recent visit to the Caribbean island, warning his countrymen to beware of Washington’s sweet talk as both nations embark on a long and uncertain path toward improved relations.
In a long column published Monday in Granma, the newspaper of the Cuban communist party, the elder Mr. Castro decried Mr. Obama’s call to set aside the countries’ decades of animosity and look to a common future as neighbors.
“One assumes that each of us runs the risk of a heart attack hearing these words from a U.S. president,” Mr. Castro wrote, outlining a long list of grievances including the failed U.S.-backed 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion. “We don’t need the empire to gift us anything,” he added, touting his economically crippled country’s independence from foreign powers.
(BTW: Thanks for the props Paul Gattis… hahahah just kidding, more plagiarism from AL.com… I will never understand why they never can link to their sources. Seriously, that’s plagiarism…)
Emory students, you might recall, thought chalk scribblings of “Trump 2016” constituted literal violence, even though the expression is clearly political speech. (In fairness, the perpetrator did violate the private university’s rules on public displays, however.) Emory’s president, James Wagner, offered only a tepid endorsement of free speech while doing everything in his power to assuage the hurt-feelings of protesters.
This is a mistake, writes Reynolds:
When students at Emory University — annual cost of attendance, $63,058 per year — act so foolishly , and worse, are indulged by those who are supposed to supply adult guidance, it gives the appearance that higher education is largely a waste of societal resources. That’s not a good place to be, right now. University presidents, take note.
This one too…
After several schools created “safe spaces” where only certain types of students could come and be “protected” from students with different perspectives, even President Barack Obama felt compelled to chastise liberal students for being closed minded.
“I’ve heard of some college campuses where they don’t want to have a guest speaker who is too conservative…” Obama said. “And I’ve got to tell you, I don’t agree with that… I don’t agree that you, when you become students at colleges, have to be coddled and protected from different points of view… Anybody who comes to speak to you that you disagree with, you should have an argument with them. But you shouldn’t silence them by telling them, ‘You can’t come because I’m too sensitive to hear what you have to say.’ That’s not the way we learn.”
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