Robert Bentley

Roy Moore Defends Confederate Monument Preservation Law

     Roy Moore’s Foundation For Moral Law has filed a brief in support of the Alabama law protecting confederate monuments. The lawyer who filed the brief is quoted as saying: “…the mouthpiece for Alabama citizens to speak for the preservation of memorials and monuments of all stripes, not the least of which are those honoring our Confederate dead. Nearly as…

Judge Orders Mediation in Spencer Collier’s Lawsuit Against Former Gov. Robert Bentley

A judge has ordered mediation in a defamation lawsuit filed against former Gov. Robert Bentley by his former law enforcement chief Spencer Collier. Al.com reports that Montgomery Circuit Judge Greg Griffin on Monday ordered the two sides to attempt mediation. Collier sued Bentley in 2016. He contends Bentley wrongfully fired him as the head of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency…

Judge Sets Trial Date for Suit Against Former Governor Bentley

Spencer Collier Suit can go forward

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A lawsuit filed against former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley by his one-time law enforcement secretary will go to trial in March. Court records show that Montgomery Circuit Judge Greg Griffin set a March 4 trial date for the case. Spencer Collier contends Bentley wrongfully fired him and then tried to discredit him with a sham state…

No New Charges Against Former Gov. Robert Bentley

At a news conference streamed Live by Alabama News Network, it was announced that the grand jury investigating former Gov. Robert Bentley has concluded its work without bringing indictments against him or others. That announcement was made by supernumerary District Attorney Ellen Brooks. However, the grand jury did raise questions about Alabama’s ethics law. Brooks says the grand jury noted…

Louisiana Expands Medicaid

Louisiana is becoming the first state in the Republican-dominated Deep South to expand its Medicaid program. More than 233,000 people – largely the working poor – have been enrolled so far in the government-financed insurance coverage offered under the health law championed by President Barack Obama. The expanded coverage starts Friday. Medicaid expansion fulfills of one of Democratic Gov. John…

Bentley Places Law Enforcement Secretary on Medical Leave

Gov. Robert Bentley is placing the head of Alabama’s state law enforcement agency on medical leave. Bentley announced the decision about Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Secretary Spencer Collier on Wednesday. The medical leave will last for as long as three months, allowing Collier time to recover from what the governor’s office describes as an upcoming back surgery. Bentley is appointing…

Bentley Seeks Prison Bond Issue, Pre-kindergarten Boost

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will use his State of the State address to lay out a plan for the state’s aging prison system that has come under scrutiny for overcrowding and violence. Bentley will propose a bond issue for prison construction to replace and consolidate existing prisons during his Tuesday night speech before lawmakers. The governor said in an interview…

Gov. Robert Bentley Appoints Two to Alabama Ethics Commission

Gov. Robert Bentley has made two appointments to the Alabama Ethics Commission. AL.com reports Shelby County attorney Frank “Butch” Ellis Jr. and former Montgomery County Circuit Judge Charles Price were appointed to the five-member board last week. The appointments take effect upon confirmation by the state Senate. Ellis fills the seat vacated by Virginia Larkin Martin, who resigned in December, while…

Gov. Robert Bentley Reflects on Tumultuous Year

For Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, you could say 2015 was a turbulent year: He removed the Confederate flags from the state Capitol, where they’d flown for decades, waged a tax-hike battle with lawmakers and saw his marriage of 50 years come apart. In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, Bentley discussed the past year and the outlook for 2016….