Rep. Jim Barton resigning to lobby, becomes latest House leader to step down

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Another key member of House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s leadership team is resigning from the House with General Fund budget chairman Jim Barton announcing on Wednesday that he was leaving to join a Montgomery lobbying firm. Barton, R-Mobile, is joining the governmental affairs and lobbying firm Kinney Capitol Group, whose lobbying clients include the Alabama Retail [...]

Robert Bentley interview, Part 3: Getting ‘right’ with the Legislature, and 2014

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Gov. Robert Bentley sat down with the Montgomery Advertiser Thursday for a wide-ranging interview about his first two years in office and the issues facing the state.   In an excerpt published Monday, Bentley  talked about the state’s employment situation, state government jobs and the ongoing gambling fight.  On Tuesday, the governor discussed the costs of Medicaid and [...]

Hubbard selects McCutcheon as rules committee chairman

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House Speaker Mike Hubbard has selected Rep. Mac McCutcheon to serve as chairman of the House Rules Committee, a key post that oversees the committee that determines which bills come to the House floor for debate. McCutcheon, R-Capshaw, follows former Rep. Blaine Galliher, who left that leadership post earlier this year to work as legislative [...]

Bentley calls special election for House seat

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Gov. Robert Bentley set the special election timeline for the vacated seat of Rep. Blaine Galliher, who left his House seat last week to join Bentley’s cabinet, on Monday. The primary for the District 30 seat, which includes portions of Etowah and St. Clair counties, would be on Oct. 23. If there is a need [...]

Daily Round-up: Bentley supports vote on gambling

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Gov. Robert Bentley, during an Abbeville stop, told the media he supported the court system determining the legality of electronic bingo machines that are already in the state and he supports people voting on the issue. But, according to Ebony Horton of the Dothan Eagle, Bentley said he does not expect the Legislature to take [...]