While former Gov. Robert Bentley’s resignation ended what was nearly the first impeachment of a top politician in Alabama history, the cloud of the Republican’s misdeeds will likely loom large in Montgomery for some time to come. Last Friday, the House Judiciary Committee’s special counsel, Jack Sharman, released a 131-page report that is the result of multiple interviews, statements and other evidence collected by the committee totaling thousands of pages. The report and its accompanying exhibits provide an intimate view of the tangled web Alabama’s 53rd governor had woven for himself prior to his formal fall from power. Capitol...Read More
From Ardmore, Alabama’s most northern settlement, to The Bayou in the south and all the way to state lines east and west, a giant flushing sound could be heard Monday afternoon as the tired, pathetic saga of the Luv Guv ended the way we all knew it had to — with him leaving office. This unlikely, gawky, churchy dermatologist came out of nowhere to take the governor’s office six years ago and for the most part he delivered what can best be described as a slow-speed train full of kittens crashing into a school bus loaded with baby seals....Read More
Much of the report released by Jack Sharman, special counsel to the House Judiciary Committee, which considered former Gov. Robert Bentley’s impeachment, has been widely reported. It’s 131 pages, and the thousands of pages of accompanying evidence have been required reading for Alabama’s political press over the last week. Still, though, there’s plenty of material — lots of magic moments — that haven’t yet been brought to the public’s attention. Here are 12 you should know about from the report. You may want to sit down. 1. In one of the recordings handed over to the impeachment committee by...Read More
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley announced his resignation after being booked on violations of campaign finance law this afternoon — bringing an end to a year-long scandal surrounding his admittedly inappropriate relationship with a former staff member. Despite recent claims that he had “no intention of resigning,” Bentley’s announcement on Monday was all but certain following action taken last week by the Alabama Ethics Commission, which found he had violated state ethics and campaign laws on four occasions. Those charges were alleged he’d used his campaign funds and state resources to facilitate and ultimately cover up an alleged affair with...Read More
After a week rocked by developments in the unfolding scandal engulfing Gov. Robert Bentley, an Alabama Republican Party Steering Committee has asked for Bentley’s resignation. The request was made via resolution on Sunday evening — on the evening of a House Impeachment committee meeting where members are expected to discuss the results of a damning report released by a special investigator last week. The ALGOP Steering Committee praised the Alabama House of Representatives, the Alabama Senate and the Alabama Supreme Court for “ their diligence in the impeachment process” and for “putting partisan politics aside for the people of...Read More
About The Author
Jason Johnson originally hails from Elba, Alabama, and graduated summa cum laude from Troy University in 2011. He’s been a reporter for Lagniappe since 2014, where he covers an array of topics with a focus on county government, local courts and education. Previously, Jason worked for the Southeast Sun (Enterprise, Alabama), the Alexander City Outlook and 94.7 WTBF FM (Troy, Alabama). He’s also been recognized by the Alabama Press Association with designations in general excellence, photography and education reporting. In his spare time, Jason is a guitarist and drummer who enjoys the benefit of regularly playing with musicians better than himself.