With Robert Bentley’s resignation as governor, Alabama’s history of top elected officials who have had their careers end because of scandal continues.
In the past 25 years, three governors have faced criminal charges during or soon after their terms of office, and a speaker of the House was forced out after convictions on a dozen ethics violations. The state’s chief justice was removed from office twice – not on criminal charges, but for willfully disobeying federal judges’ orders.
With four top elected officials now convicted criminals, is Alabama leading the nation in political corruption? Read more.
Alabama started Monday morning facing a week of impeachment hearings expected to center on sordid details of the governor’s relationship with an aide and his use of law enforcement to cover it up.
But by the end of the day, the state had a new chief executive who pledged to “steady the ship of state,” and former Gov. Robert Bentley had fingerprints and a mug shot on file at the Montgomery County jail.
Bentley resigned Monday afternoon and took a deal to plead guilty to two misdemeanor charges stemming from information the state Ethics Commission handed over to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office last week. Read more.
Kay Ivey made history in 2002 when she became the first Republican elected state treasurer since Reconstruction.
She made history again Monday when she became the second woman to hold the office of governor in Alabama. Ivey succeeded Gov. Robert Bentley, who resigned from the office amid threats of impeachment and looming criminal charges tied to his relationship with adviser Rebekah Caldwell Mason. Read more.
Kay Ivey was sworn in as the 54th governor of Alabama this afternoon in a ceremony in the old Senate Chambers of the capitol building.
Ivey, who takes office after former Gov. Robert Bentley’s resignation, said, “Today is both a dark day in Alabama, yet also it’s one of opportunity.” Read more.
Guide to Bentley Impeachment Actions
Look here for a roundup of news coverage about Gov. Robert Bentley’s impeachment hearings and resources related to the case.
ALGOP Leadership Calls on Gov. Bentley to Resign Immediately (WSFA)
Meet the Judiciary Committee (BirminghamWatch)
Listen to audio of the Judiciary Committee meeting and impeachment hearings, which begin at 10 a.m.
LINK TO EVIDENCE
Fifteen members of the House Judiciary Committee are set to begin hearing testimony Monday morning to determine whether to impeach Gov. Robert Bentley.
If the committee votes for impeachment, the issue would go before the full House. If members there voted for impeachment, Bentley would be suspended from his job as governor and face trial by the state Senate. If two-third of senators voted to convict Bentley, he would be removed from office.
It all starts with the Judiciary Committee. Read more.
Look here for roundup of news coverage about Gov. Robert Bentley’s impeachment hearings and related actions.
Alabama Governor Faces Impeachment Hearings After Ruling (Associated Press)
Impeachment Report Alleges Bentley Used Officers to Try to Hide Relationship (BirminghamWatch)
See the full impeachment investigation and exhibits.
The Salacious Affair Saga of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley Is About to Get Really Serious (Washington Post)
Alabama Supreme Court Lifts Bentley Impeachment Stay (Montgomery Advertiser)
Bentley Impeachment Hearings to Proceed Monday After Court Ruling (Anniston Star)
Economist: Bentley Investigation Stalling State Business (WAFF)