• Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size
  • default color
  • green color
  • red color
Member Area

The Millbrook Independent

Oct 20th
Was Rep. Wren just the first domino to fall? PDF Print E-mail
Written by News Desk   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 19:02

bobmartinBy This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Publisher

When dominos fall, they usually fall in multiples.

"Mommas don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys" is a line from one of my favorite old western songs. Perhaps a modern day version using "legislators" could give all those cowboys in that line a well-deserved break.

A Montgomery blog this past week reported that Alabama's Speaker of the House, Mike Hubbard, cast at least 12 votes to facilitate the passage of a bill that would give one of his clients, American Pharmacy Cooperative, Inc., a monopoly over administering a Pharmacy Benefit Plan for the state's multimillion dollar Medicaid program.

This information came to light in Rep. Greg Wren's recent plea agreement and if proven true could perhaps result in some difficulties for Mr. Hubbard.

Language in the Wren statement indicated that Hubbard endorsed the Pharmacy Cooperative's language and directed the legislative staff to add it in the General Fund Budget Bill which was eventually approved by the Legislature. Wren's statement indicated that it was the speaker, not him who directed the language to be put in the budget legislation.

The blog, Alabama Political Reporter, wrote that Hubbard's attorney, Mark White of Birmingham, has stated to the media that Wren's case has nothing to do with any actions by Hubbard. He has also stated to the media that Hubbard no longer does work for the pharmacy cooperative. Also, according to reports on the blog Hubbard's contract with the cooperative was vetted by the state's ethics commission. However the Ethics Commission's director, Jim Sumner had denied that happened.

Sumner, according to the report, said he never saw a contract and never asked to see a contract.

So stay tuned; it could be a hot summer in Monkey Town. The speaker posted on Facebook the following: "The smears from Montgomery's liberal special interest groups are ridiculous and false. Even worse, the media treats distortions as fact. Share if you're tired of the drive-by media working hand-in-hand with the Democratic machine."

Ah, the enemies are all those nasty liberals.

With regard to Rep. Wren, he came out much better than I expected; pleading guilty to a misdemeanor ethics violation and agreeing to assist prosecutors with an ongoing investigation of state government. Wren, 59, of Montgomery, resigned from the Alabama Legislature effective immediately as a condition of the plea deal. He admitted to taking action in the Legislature that could have steered Medicaid pharmacy business to a Bessemer pharmacy cooperative that had ties to another company that hired Wren as an $8,000-a-month consultant. Wren's attorney, James Anderson, said Wren did not know about the relationship between the two companies. He said the charge was a misdemeanor because it was not an intentional violation of state ethics law. Speaking outside the courtroom, Wren said, "I'm kind of glad to have this behind me. It's been a difficult process. I look forward to the future and just a change in scenery."

Palin coming to the Gulf Coast

Baldwin County GOP Chairman Matt Simpson has announced that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who was the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee will make an appearance at a Baldwin County Republican event in Orange Beach on April 25th.

"We are excited to bring Gov. Palin to Baldwin County," Simpson says. The event will be at the Wharf . A sell out is expected but there are still tickets available according to Simpson."This event is a little more than a month before the June Primary so we are expecting a large turnout," he added. It will be Gov. Palin's second appearance in the county. She appeared at an event in the county in 2011. Those interested in purchasing tickets should visit the Baldwin County Republican Party's website. The cost of tickets ranges from $125 to $2,500.

And Alvin never fails to entertain

"The majority of white people in Alabama are against interracial marriage and they are against adoption of black children." - Rep. Alvin Holmes, D-Montgomery.

These words, to which a group of Alabama parents who have adopted African American children responded to as untrue last week on the State Capitol steps, were the parting words for the recent legislative session from the bombastic Montgomery legislator. I would hope those responding are correct...but somehow I'm not so sure they are.

E-mail Bob Martin at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

  • Pause
  • Previous
  • Next
Please update your Flash Player to view content.
Please update your Flash Player to view content.
Please update your Flash Player to view content.
Please update your Flash Player to view content.
Please update your Flash Player to view content.

Top Stories

FOX News
FOXNews.com - Breaking news and video. Latest Current News: U.S., World, Entertainment, Health, Business, Technology, Politics, Sports.
FOX News


Latest news from ESPN.com
ESPN logo
  • Trestman: Marshall didn't single out Cutler
    Bears coach Marc Trestman disputed the notion that receiver Brandon Marshall called out Jay Cutler during a few tense moments in the locker room on the heels of the club's 27-14 loss Sunday to the Dolphins, but also said "I didn't hear all of it."
  • Harvin, Jets 'all smiles' with new opportunity
    Percy Harvin went from the defending Super Bowl champions to a 1-6 team, but his upbeat demeanor Monday suggested he's glad to be out of Seattle.
  • Leagues seek to halt New Jersey sports betting
    The NCAA, NFL and other major professional sports leagues will file for immediate injunctive relief Tuesday to prevent New Jersey from offering sports betting this weekend, according to State Sen. Raymond Lesniak.
  • Tiger hitting full shots, eyeing Dec. 4 return
    Tiger Woods is hitting full shots on the range, more than two months after playing his last competitive round at the PGA Championship.
  • Unless RG III OK, Redskins' McCoy to start
    Redskins coach Jay Gruden says that unless Robert Griffin III is 100 percent ready to return from injury, Colt McCoy will start at quarterback against the Dallas Cowboys next week.

Millbrook Weather

The Weather Channel: Your Local Weather Outlook--Millbrook, AL
Local Weather Outlook for Millbrook, AL. Since 1982, The Weather Channel has brought timely weather information to the world. Now via our Local Weather Outlook RSS feed we can keep you up-to-date on the latest weather affecting the cities of your choice including: current local conditions, local Doppler radar, pollen trends, regional video forecasts with expert commentary, and extended forecast details delivered right to your desktop. The Weather Channel...Bringing Weather To Life
The Weather Channel: Local Weather Outlook