Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard

Hubbard Trial
4:11 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Prosecutor Says House Speaker Case Not Political

A lead prosecutor says ethics charges were brought against House Speaker Mike Hubbard because a grand jury found evidence of crimes and not for political reasons.
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A lead prosecutor says ethics charges were brought against House Speaker Mike Hubbard because a grand jury found evidence of crimes and not for political reasons.

Acting Attorney General W. Van Davis issued a statement Tuesday responding to accusations by Hubbard that the case is political.

Davis says he has no political allegiances to anyone, including Attorney General Luther Strange, who appointed him.

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Hubbard Trial
4:16 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Judge Delays House Speaker Mike Hubbard's Trial

A judge has delayed House Speaker Mike Hubbard's trial on ethics charges until 2015.

A judge has delayed House Speaker Mike Hubbard's trial on ethics charges until 2015.

Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker pushed back a Dec. 8 trial date at the request of the defense. Walker will meet with prosecutors and defense lawyers on Jan. 7 to discuss a timeline for the case.

A grand jury last month indicted Hubbard on felony ethics charges. The indictment accuses Hubbard of using his public positions to obtain work for his companies and to solicit investments from lobbyists.

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Hubbard Plea
4:10 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Ala. Speaker Hubbard Enters Not Guilty Plea

Republican House Speaker Mike Hubbard has pleaded not guilty to ethics charges that he used his public offices to enrich himself.
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Republican House Speaker Mike Hubbard has pleaded not guilty to ethics charges that he used his public offices to enrich himself.

Hubbard entered the plea in a Friday court filing. He also waived a Thursday arraignment that would have been his first courtroom appearance.

The defense is asking the attorney general's office to produce a wide range of material, including witness statements. Defense lawyer Mark White said he will also seek hearings regarding the proceedings of the grand jury that indicted Hubbard.

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Alabama Legislature-Election
9:14 am
Sun November 2, 2014

Hubbard Indictment Becomes Campaign Issue

Ethics charges against House Speaker Mike Hubbard are becoming a campaign issue in the partisan battle for seats in the Alabama Legislature.
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  Ethics charges against House Speaker Mike Hubbard are becoming a campaign issue in the partisan battle for seats in the Alabama Legislature.

The Southern Progress Action Fund, an Arkansas group with deep Democratic Party ties, has begun airing ads featuring Hubbard's mug shot and urging voters to unseat incumbent Republicans.

Hubbard called the ads an attempt by an outside liberal group to influence Alabama elections.

The Alabama Legislature is almost certainly to remain majority Republican, but Democrats are seeking to regain some seats in swing districts.

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Alabama Legislator Trial
4:12 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Jury Finds Alabama Lawmaker Not Guilty Of Perjury

Jurors have found Republican Rep. Barry Moore of Enterprise not guilty of charges of perjury and giving false information.
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Jurors have found Republican Rep. Barry Moore of Enterprise not guilty of charges of perjury and giving false information.

Prosecutors had accused Republican Rep. Barry Moore of lying to a grand jury about comments he made to his 2014 primary opponent.

Acting Attorney General W. Van Davis said Moore told his 2014 primary opponent that the house speaker would withhold economic development funds unless he withdrew from the race. Moore later denied relaying the threat when he testified to grand jury.

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Alabama Legislator Trial
4:36 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Alabama Lawmaker's Perjury Case Goes To Jury

Jurors have begun deliberations in the perjury trial of Representative Barry Moore from Enterprise.

Jurors have begun deliberations in the perjury trial of an Enterprise lawmaker.

Prosecutors in closing arguments on Wednesday described Rep. Barry Moore as a scheming liar, while defense lawyers said he was being unfairly accused.

Acting Attorney General W. Van Davis says Moore tried to bully his primary opponent to get out of the race by saying the House speaker would withhold economic development funds for a project in their district. Davis said Moore then lied about it before a grand jury.

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Alabama Legislator Trial
4:15 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Star Witness Testifies In Rep. Moore's Trial

Prosecutors in the perjury trial of Republican Rep. Barry Moore played tape recordings of Moore and his primary opponent discussing if state funds would be in jeopardy if he ran against Moore.

Prosecutors in the perjury trial of Republican Rep. Barry Moore played tape recordings of Moore and his primary opponent discussing if state funds would be in jeopardy if he ran against Moore.

On one tape Tuesday, former primary candidate Josh Pipkin asked Moore if the Enterprise area would lose state money for a jobs projects if he stayed in the race.

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Corruption Probe
3:51 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Deputy AG On Leave Over Alabama Corruption Probe

A deputy attorney general has been put on leave following accusations that he leaked information about an ongoing public corruption probe.

A deputy attorney general has been put on leave following accusations that he leaked information about an ongoing public corruption probe.

A prosecutor says that Deputy Attorney General Sonny Reagan was placed on administrative leave on Thursday by Attorney General Luther Strange.

Van Davis, the acting attorney general in the corruption probe, says Reagan for months had undisclosed communications with individuals affiliated with people indicted, or under investigation, by a Lee County grand jury. Davis says Reagan also took steps to obstruct the investigation.

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Politics & Government
6:24 am
Thu September 4, 2014

House Speaker Uses Campaign Fund for Legal Fees

Mike Hubbard
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Alabama campaign finance records show that Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard has used campaign funds to pay more than $230,000 in legal fees since December.

Records show that Hubbard has paid a total of $176,475 to the Birmingham law firm of White, Arnold and Dowd, and $55,000 to the Pell City law firm of Trussell, Funderburg, Rea and Bell.

The payments began in December, and Hubbard's campaign reported paying $10,000 to the Pell City firm in August.

State law allows the use of campaign funds for legal expenses under certain circumstances.

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Alabama Legislator-Arrest
4:13 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Judge Won't Dismiss Charges On Ala. Legislator

A judge in Opelika has refused to dismiss charges against Republican Rep. Barry Moore and he has released a document related to a public corruption investigation that includes the name of House Speaker Mike Hubbard.
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A judge in Opelika has refused to dismiss charges against Republican Rep. Barry Moore and he has released a document related to a public corruption investigation that includes the name of House Speaker Mike Hubbard.

Circuit Judge Jacob Walker denied a request Friday from Moore's defense lawyer to dismiss perjury and false statements charges brought against him in the corruption investigation in Lee County.

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Anti-Speaker Ad
4:15 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Auburn Sports Contract Focus Of Hubbard Race

Auburn University's former lobbyist appears in the television spot accusing Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard of getting confidential information to win the college's broadcasting contract more than a decade ago.
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A decade-old old broadcasting contract at Auburn University is taking center stage in a new campaign ad.

Auburn University's former lobbyist appears in the television spot accusing Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard of getting confidential information to win the college's broadcasting contract more than a decade ago.

Lobbyist Buddy Mitchell says he gave Hubbard copies of the proposals to broadcast Auburn sporting events. Mitchell says that enabled Hubbard to undercut his competitors and win the 2002 contract.

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Politics & Government
6:27 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Hubbard Praises Court Ruling on Prayer

Rep. Mike Hubbard (R-Lee)
Alabama House of Representatives

House Speaker Mike Hubbard is praising the U.S. Supreme Court decision that says prayers at the opening of town council meetings don't violate the Constitution.

Hubbard filed a friend of the court brief in the case that was decided by the Supreme Court 5-4 on Monday. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that the prayers used by the town council in Greece, New York, are ceremonial and in keeping with the nation's traditions.

Hubbard-Corruption Plea
6:43 pm
Sat April 5, 2014

Alabama Speaker Reacts To Plea Deal

Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard says he never tried to insert language into the state budget to help direct business to a company that had ties to his own.
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  Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard says he never tried to insert language into the state budget to help direct business to a company that had ties to his own.

Hubbard's comments come in the wake of Rep. Greg Wren's resignation and guilty plea Tuesday to an ethics violation.

Wren admitted trying to put language into the state budget to help American Pharmacy Cooperative Inc. of Bessemer get state Medicaid business. Wren's plea agreement says Hubbard supported the language and directed it be added to the budget.

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Alabama Fiscal Planning
4:12 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

National Study Faults Alabama's Fiscal Planning

A new study ranks Alabama 44th among the states in long-range budgeting.
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A new study ranks Alabama 44th among the states in long-range budgeting.

The study was released Tuesday by the nonpartisan Center for Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington. It says Alabama needs to look beyond one-year budgets and consider multi-year revenue forecasts and the costs of programs over several years. The report complimented Alabama for having adequate pension funding, a Legislative Fiscal Office to analyze spending, and a well-designed rainy day fund.

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Dual Enrollment
3:53 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Ala. House GOP Pushes Worker Training Program

Alabama House Republicans are pushing for the expansion of a program that lets high school students take job training classes at two-year colleges.
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Alabama House Republicans are pushing for the expansion of a program that lets high school students take job training classes at two-year colleges.

Students already can enroll in classes like welding and aviation mechanics while completing their high school studies.

Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard says expanding the program will boost the number of skilled workers in the state.

The proposed legislation would create a $10 million scholarship program to expand the state's current dual enrollment program.

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