|Taylor will be gone soon, praise the Lord|
|Written by News Desk|
|Friday, 01 November 2013 08:29|
Alabama State Senator Bryan Taylor announced on Monday afternoon that he will not seek re-election. Taylor represents part of Elmore and Autauga counties. Taylor and his wife are expecting their third child and he said in a press conference at the State House that family considerations were his reason for not seeking re-election.
Of course, I do not know what to believe when it comes to Taylor. It is my experience that it is difficult to believe whatever he says. I do find it interesting that Taylor jumps ship when it is common knowledge in political circles that his popularity poll numbers are awful. I don't know any other way to say it, but Taylor has always come across as an arrogant, know-it-all young man that doesn't hesitate to tell us how to live our lives.
But I also find it interesting that Taylor is willing to get out of politics just when the Grand Jury in Auburn is heating up and one of former Governor Bob Riley's 'boys,' Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, seems to be the consensus target. I've been told that about two dozen legislators have been subpoenaed in relation to that Grand Jury. I was also told that Taylor, another one of Riley's 'boys,' was one of those subpoenaed. It is a fact that Taylor's campaign accepted considerable contributions from Hubbard's PAC in 2010. On October 19, 2010, for example, just two weeks before the general election, Hubbard's PAC gave $40,000 to Taylor's campaign.
It's strange how many of Riley's lieutenants have suddenly "quit" the legislature, such as, Barry Mask, Jay Love and Jim Barton who all resigned. Riley's biggest muscle, Hubbard, is now facing possible indictment, and now his 'boy' in the Senate, Taylor, is calling it quits.
My thought is that the Riley group will try and find someone under their wing to run for Senate District 30 to replace their loss with Taylor. My first guess is that they will try and get Representative Kurt Wallace from Maplesville to run since he lives in the new District 30.
Let me send Riley a message about his boys. Don't send them here. We are like just about everyone else in this state-we are tired of you. We don't want you to control our representation and our lives. We want our own representation and want to make our own decisions.
Speaking of the Speaker of the House. Once the Republicans had control of the State House and control of the budget process the amount spent on advertising by the Alabama Public Service Commission (PSC) was a couple of thousand bucks per year. But in 2012 and 2013 the amount jumped dramatically to over $30,000 per year. In 2012 the advertising budget for the PSC was $36,330.00 and all but a hundred dollars or so was spent with business interest owned by...Mike Hubbard.
According to a recent report in the Alabama Political Reporter, Hubbard's companies have enjoyed the budget increase for the last couple of years: "In 2012, according to openbama.gov, the PSC placed advertising with Crimson Tide Sports Marketing and IMG College, LLC, in the amount of $36,200. In 2013, the PSC contracted $43,500 for advertising with $32,200 going to Hubbard-related companies." IMG is owned by Hubbard.
One PSC commisioner, Terry Dunn, is not happy about the contracts and wants to get to the bottom of things. Dunn stated he was "Never informed that these purchases would be made from a company or companies tied to Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard."
What has not been reported (as far as I know) is that the President of the PSC, Twinkle Cavanaugh received campaign contributions from NETPAC, which is a Political Action Committee controlled by Hubbard. The timing of those contributions closely parallel money being paid by the PSC to IMG.
In November of 2012, Cavanaugh defeated the last Democrat holding statewide office in Alabama, Lucy Baxley, to become President of the PSC. The Cavanaugh campaign accepted three campaign contributions in 2012 from NETPAC, all within thirty days of when the PSC paid Hubbard's company, IMG, for advertising. The campaign contributions totaled $40,000. The dates and amounts of the contributions are: September 29, $15,000; October 10, $15,000; October 24, $10,000. The contributions can be found in the campaign reports Cavanaugh filed with the Secretary of State, which is public record.
According to the State of Alabama Comptroller's Office, in the State Checkbook Section, the PSC paid $35,000 to IMG on October 24, 2012, the same day as the last contribution from NETPAC to the Cavanaugh campaign.
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