One thing being a newspaperman in Alabama affords me is the routine opportunity to reach new levels of incredulity at what is considered “normal” or “OK” behavior in state and local government. Consider me on the Pike’s Peak of incredulity concerning Gov. Robert Bentley allowing some of his top staffers to be paid by outside organizations. For instance, Chief of Staff Seth Hammett was being paid by the PowerSouth Energy Cooperative in Andalusia instead of receiving a check bearing the seal of the great state of Alabama. It’s sort of mind-boggling to consider a governor of a state would...Read More
Two years after being slammed with a $3.5 million libel verdict, the Alabama blog Legal Schnauzer is again peddling salacious accusations of extramarital affairs without providing a single verifiable source. Roger Shuler, whose fame — or infamy, depending upon one’s view — has exploded in recent years, began posting a story last week claiming Gov. Robert Bentley, 72, has been involved in an affair with his chief political adviser, who is roughly 30 years younger. His story comes on the heels of the announcement Bentley’s wife of 50 years, Diane, has filed for divorce from the governor, citing a...Read More
About The Author
Rob Holbert is co-publisher and managing editor of Lagniappe, Mobile’s independent newspaper. Rob helped found the newspaper after a career that started as a police reporter and columnist at the Mississippi Press in Pascagoula. He followed that with a stint as a deputy press secretary for then-U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott in Washington, D.C. After leaving Capitol Hill, Rob worked ghost-writing opinion articles for publication in some of the nation’s largest newspapers. From 1999 through Aug. 2010 he was the faculty adviser for the University of South Alabama student newspaper, The Vanguard, and in 2002 started Lagniappe with his business partner Ashley Trice. The paper now prints 30,000 copies every two weeks and is distributed around Mobile and the Eastern Shore. According to Scarborough Research, Lagniappe now has more than 80,000 readers each week, with close to a quarter of that coming online. The paper began publishing weekly at the beginning of April 2014.