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  1. Speaker Mike Hubbard Reported To Have Not Followed Al Ethics Commission InstructionsRead the original story w/Photo

    6 hrs ago |

    On January 27, 2012, a letter from the Alabama Ethic's Commission cautioned Speaker Mike Hubbard not to use the mantle of his office with regards to his contract with Southeast Alabama Gas District . But, Hubbard ignored their warning on this as well as other "consulting" contracts, according to emails released last Friday by State prosecutors.


  2. Ala. Supreme Court: Tax credit for private-school parents OKRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday | Education Week

    The Alabama Supreme Court on Monday upheld a GOP-championed school-choice law that gives tax credits to help some families pay for private school. The justices said the law does not violate restrictions on giving public funds to private, religious schools because the tax credits go to parents and to scholarship program donors, not to the schools.


  3. Some Democrats question Speaker Mike Hubbard's ability to lead House; Republicans say littleRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday | Alabama Live

    Some Democrats in the Alabama House of Representatives say Speaker Mike Hubbard's ability to lead the House is in doubt after the release of documents that prosecutors say provide evidence to support ethics charges against Hubbard. But no Republican legislators contacted by on Monday withdrew their support for Hubbard, who was reelected speaker by a near unanimous vote in January.


  4. Ken Hare In Depth: Tax increases likely early focus of legislative sessionRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday | WTVM

    The early weeks of the Alabama Legislature are likely to be dominated by one issue -- whether Gov. Robert Bentley can sell his proposed tax increases to the Republican-dominated House and Senate. As the session wears on, other issues will loom big as well, among them prison reform and charter schools.


  5. Inside the Statehouse: What was Gov. Bentley likely to introduce to legislature?Read the original story w/Photo

    Monday | The Trussville Tribune

    The first legislative session of the quadrennium convened this week. It's no secret that the state is broke.


  6. The 'House of Cards' lesson Mike Hubbard never learnedRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Mar 2 | Alabama Live

    In politics, you have a choice. You can have power or money, but not both. Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard tried anyway.


  7. Representative Paul Lee, Donnie Chesteen, Steve Clouse - Why are You...Read the original story

    Monday Mar 2 |

    A very important question to the local delegation of the Alabama Legislature - are you going to begin the Alabama Legislative Session with Mike Hubbard as Speaker of the House? This Friday the prosecution, which is not to be trusted, filed with the Lee County Circuit Clerk a series of emails reported to be from Speaker Mike Hubbard. Those emails paint a large shadow of dishonesty on Speaker Hubbard.


  8. Mike Hubbard 'witch hunt': The devil is in the emailsRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Mar 2 | Alabama Live

    About the writer JD Crowe is the statewide cartoonist for the Alabama Media Group. His work is published in the newspaper on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and online all the time at


  9. State of our state is denial: What Robert Bentley would say if he were honestRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Mar 1 | Alabama Live

    What if our elected officials told the truth? Even if they knew it wasn't what we wanted to hear? What if for a moment, they ignored their handlers, said to hell with the polls, and put their colleagues on the spot to do the same? On Tuesday night, Gov. Robert Bentley will give his fifth State of State address. Here's what he might say if he gave up on the big ruse and gave it to us straight.


  10. It Is STRANGE On The BP Oil LawsguitRead the original story

    Saturday Feb 28 |

    Today in Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange talks about the BP Oil Lawsuit. Strange says that he is asking for a jury trial against BP in Montgomery.


  11. Emails: Indicted speaker had financial trouble, sought workRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Feb 27 | Deseret News

    In this Jan. 13, 2015 file photo, Alabama Rep. Mike Hubbard of Auburn, slams down a gavel after he is re-elected speaker of the House during the Alabama Legislature organizational session in Montgomery, Ala. Indicted House Speaker Mike Hubbard was having deepening financial troubles - to the point that he was considering leaving politics - and sought assistance from powerful friends and lobbyists who at times cautioned him about his requests, according to emails included in a prosecution court filing Friday.


  12. Emails: Indicted house speaker had financial problemsRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Feb 27 | WSFA-TV Montgomery

    Newly released court documents in the case against House Speaker Mike Hubbard show the powerful politician was having financial troubles. The court filings are the first look at the evidence against Hubbard, who was indicted on 23 ethics charges.


  13. Stunning emails paint Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard as desperate for money, favorsRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Feb 27 | Alabama Live

    A filing today by special prosecutors cites evidence and emails that portray Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard as a man who, despite wearing the fine cloth of one of the state's most powerful men, teetered on the brink of financial collapse and desperately pleaded with friends, lobbyists and principals for money and jobs in a way that put him on the wrong side of the law. Hubbard was indicted last year on 23 felony counts of using his office for personal gain.


  14. Inside the Statehouse: Legislature has big hole to dig out ofRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Feb 24 | The Trussville Tribune

    The legislature and Gov. Robert Bentley are preparing for the first regular session of the quadrennium. The session will begin March 3. Legislators need to arrive in Montgomery with their lunch pails and sleeves rolled up ready to go to work because the proverbial chickens have come home to roost.


  15. We need more of MooreRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Feb 22 | Enter Stage Right

    The Ninth Amendment to the Constitution states that, "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." Last Sunday Chris Wallace interviewed Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.


  16. Gov. Robert Bentley and the sound of boldnessRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Feb 16 | Alabama Live

    I witnessed something a few days ago that in over 30 years of reporting in this state I have rarely seen from politicians - boldness. It came during Gov. Robert Bentley's remarks before a large audience from the worlds of business, academia and politics attending the annual meeting of the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama.


  17. Controversy nothing new for Justice Roy MooreRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Feb 9 | WSFA-TV Montgomery

    Controversy is nothing new for Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore. In 2001, during Moore's first term as Chief Justice, he commissioned a 5,000 pound monument honoring the Ten Commandments and ordered it placed in the rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building.


  18. Same-sex marriage in Alabama and a Republican governor supporting tax ...Read the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Feb 4 | Alabama Live

    And I'm not just talking about same sex marriages about to start Monday across the state. Normally that would have gotten me to the "I've seen it all now" stage.


  19. State Auditor Jim Zeigler wants George and Lurleen Wallace portraits returned to Alabama Capitol rotundaRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Feb 3 | Alabama Live

    State Auditor Jim Zeigler wants to see the portraits of Gov. George Wallace and Gov. Lurleen Wallace returned to the rotunda of the State Capitol, saying that their move to the first-floor hallway in the Capitol smacked of political correctness. Zeigler said Monday he sent a letter to McNair listing several reasons why the portraits should be back in the rotunda.


  20. Eminent domain in Alabama is on the rise; what's the risk?Read the original story w/Photo

    Monday Feb 2 | Alabama Live

    Residents of Roebuck Plaza worry that a developer will seek to have the city use eminent domain to acquire their homes, though Mayor Tommy Joe Alexander says he does not support such a proposal. Alabama has a strong tradition of protecting property rights against incursions by government, but the usurping power of eminent domain has long played a key role in the statewide march toward development and progress.