Bentley

One Year After Robert Bentley’s Resignation: Governor Kay Ivey Reflects On Year In Office

It was exactly one year ago Tuesday, that former Governor Robert Bentley resigned from office following months of scandal and alleged corruption. After weeks of denying that he would resign, Bentley ultimately stepped down after a slew of ethics complaints regarding his relationship with former staffer Rebekah Caldwell Mason. He pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges related to campaign finance…

Rebekah Mason Cleared by Alabama Ethics Commission

The Alabama Ethics Commission has cleared former Governor Robert Bentley’s political adviser, Rebekah Mason, of any wrong doing. Bentley and Mason are accused of having an affair. State Auditor Jim Zeigler filed a complaint against Mason in March of 2016. In that complaint, Zeigler accused Mason and then-governor Bentley of setting up the Alabama Council for Excellent Government. He said…

Black Caucus Says Senate Election Needs To Be Held This Year

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Legislative Black Caucus says Gov. Robert Bentley is breaking state election law by waiting until 2018 to hold the election to fill Jeff Session’s former Senate seat. In a press conference Tuesday, Rep. Chris England says he believes the law is clear that a special election should be called this year instead of waiting until…

Montgomery Residents React To New Attorney General

For many area residents, news of the recently appointed Attorney General Steve Marshall did not go over well. Adam Russell says “I think it shows a little I hook you up you hook me up politics” Michael Smith says “with him having him as attorney general I don’t think it’s gonna work out” Governor Bentley’s decision to appoint Marshall as…

Gov. Bentley Names Six Finalists for US Senate Seat

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is naming six finalists for the U.S. Senate seat now held by attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions. Bentley’s list includes U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt of Haleyville and the pro tem of the Alabama Senate, Del Marsh of Anniston. Others include Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange; Bentley appointee Jim Byard; state Rep. Connie Rowe of Jasper; and…

Gov. Bentley’s Guests for Inauguration Include Former Aide Rebekah Mason

Gov. Robert Bentley took several guests to the presidential inauguration, including the former staffer he was accused of having a relationship with before his divorce. Bentley on Friday told reporters his five guests included Jon Mason, the director of the governor’s office of faith-based and volunteer services, and his wife Rebekah Mason. Rebekah Mason resigned last year as the governor’s…

Gov. Bentley Near Decision on Replacement for Sen. Sessions

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says he is nearing a decision on a replacement for U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions. Bentley told reporters Thursday in Mobile that he expects to make a decision by the end of this week. But Bentley says he may not reveal his choice until Sessions resigns his seat to become the new U.S. attorney general under president-elect…

Rebekah Mason Asks to Stay Civil Lawsuit Amid Ethics & Criminal Probes

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley’s former political adviser is asking a judge to a pause a defamation lawsuit filed by the governor’s one-time body guard because of what her attorneys described as ongoing criminal and ethics probes. Lawyers for Rebekah Mason on Thursday asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit or at least stay proceedings because of the ongoing investigations. Her…

Gov. Bentley Interviews Strange, Roby and Others for Senate Post

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has interviewed six more potential candidates for the U.S. Senate seat now held by attorney general-designee Jeff Sessions. Bentley’s office said the latest round of interviews include state Attorney General Luther Strange, U.S. Rep. Martha Roby and U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer. The governor also interviewed businessman Tim James, state Sen. Greg Reed of Jasper and state…

Gov. Bentley Awards $100,000 Grant to 18 Alabama Cities

Gov. Robert Bentley has announced a $100,000 grant to provide the tools to help 18 Alabama cities excel and reach their potential. Funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission will enable Alabama Communities of Excellence Inc. to continue to provide  training and develop leaders in the communities taking part in the program designed to help strengthen smaller Alabama cities and towns…