5 years ago

EXCLUSIVE: The complete Bentley-Mason affair audio recordings and transcripts

Then-First Lady Dianne Bentley, suspicious that her husband, Governor Robert Bentley, was having an affair with his senior advisor, Rebekah Mason, on multiple occasions pressed “record” on her cell phone, left the room, and captured the governor having intimate conversations with his mistress.

Included in those recordings, which were obtained by Yellowhammer News, is overwhelming evidence that Governor Bentley and Mrs. Mason had an intense emotional and — based on their discussion of past events — physical relationship with each other.

Governor Bentley has apologized for making “inappropriate” comments to Mrs. Mason, but has denied their relationship was physical.

The complete audio recordings and transcripts can be found below.

BEACH, BREASTS AND BOXER SHORTS



(Video above: Audio recording of conversation between Gov. Robert Bentley and Rebekah Mason)

Well, we just got home and Dianne’s going for a walk on the beach, so that worked out perfect.

I’ll be able to talk to you, just for a few minutes.

It’s beautiful, a beautiful day — cold. It’s cold, though. It is here, the wind’s blowing.

Hey, stay there for just a minute, I’m fixing’ to come up there and sit on the back porch with you. Can I sit by you, and can you put your head on my shoulder? I’ll put my arm around you.

What’s songs have you been listening to?

Well, I was so afraid — this just worked out perfect — because I was so afraid I just wasn’t gon’ have a chance to talk to you…

Well, I’m sorry, baby. You know, it’s just — you know how it is. I know. We do. I do and you do. It’s just — we do. We really work hard, baby, we really do. Hey, I love you. I know you do. Hey, listen, sweetheart, I want you to have a good time, ok?

Look, baby, you’ve been getting up early for me for a long time.

(Laughs)

Bless your heart.

I love when you come to see me. You know, I’ve been thinking about — I’ve been thinking about, I think I am going to rearrange the office if Wanda retires. She’s not gon’ retire, she’s going to work part time, but I think that would be a good time to do it.

(…)

I don’t want ‘em right there. Honestly, I really don’t. And it doesn’t have anything to do with you and me — well, part of it does — but really and truly I don’t think somebody needs to be right there listening to every word that is said in that office; I just really don’t.

(…)

What, baby?

I do you, too, baby. I do, Rebekah. I just, I miss you. I wish I was with you right now. You know, it is, it is scary. I almost… I kinda, do you just start worrying about us just a little bit?

(…)

You know the other thing, too, baby, we are so much alike. I know, we are. We are.

(…)

Well, I love you, and I do. You know, I worry about sometimes I love you so much, I worry about loving you so much. I do. I do. You know, I feel like, all the time I’m thinking, “How can I contact her? How can I call her? How can I text her? How can I be in contact with her? How can we do this?”

(…)

Constantly.

I know that.

I know.

Well, we do. You know, it’s just, a while ago I text you and I said, “I’m sorry I haven’t been able to call,” I said something along the lines of, “How much time,” or, something like, “I’m sorry I’ve not had…” It went to Zach.

Well, no, he said, he text me back. He said, “Did you get the videos,” and he said, “You sent it to the wrong person, did you get the videos?” And I text him back, I said, “Yea I did, Zach.” I said, “Thanks.” I said, “I didn’t mean to send this to you, I had some people I needed to call.” So, it was fine… He couldn’t tell who I was sending it to. And it didn’t say, “Hey, baby, I love you so much and I’d like to spend the rest of my life with you…”

(laughing)

You’d kiss me? I love that. You know I do love that. You know what? When I stand behind you and I put my arms around you, and I put my hands on your breasts, and I put my hands on you and pull you in real close. Hey, I love that, too.

(…)

Put my hands under your shirt.

(laughing)

That did you in?

Oh, babe. I know. I’m thinking about that right now, so I better quit.

You were thinking about (it)? Yea, I could tell you were thinking about it last night.

I changed the subject, didn’t I?

(…)

I know, babe. It’s ok. Everything’s gon’ be fine. We’re gon’ be alright this week. I know, I know, I know. I know it is. I know.

Hey, I love you. I love touching you. I do. Hey, I do, I do love putting my hands (inaudible) and just pulling you in real tight. I do, I do, I do enjoy that.

(…)

But, baby, let me tell you what we’re gonna have to do, we’re gon’ have to start locking the door. If we’re gonna do what we did the other day we’re gonna have to start locking the door.

You know what, it is kinda scary. Somebody open that door? Mmm.

(…)

It is a beautiful day… It is. It’s a little cool down here because the wind’s blowing. I mean, it is a beautiful day.

(…)

Hey, let me call you and let me look at you. Can I? Hey, I’ve got about five minutes, ok? Ok, I’m gon’ hang up. Alright. Bye.

(FaceTime ringing sound)

Bentley: Where are you? Oh, there you are.

Mason: I’m right here!

Bentley: Hey!

Mason: Can you see me?

Bentley: I can, I can. Can you see me?

Mason: (inaudible)

Bentley: Well, it’s your favorite shirt.

Mason: (inaudible)

Bentley: Hey, you look beautiful.

Mason: (Giggles) (Inaudible)

Bentley: Hey, listen, listen to me. Take your earring off and let me kiss your ear.

Mason: (Giggles) (Inaudible)

Bentley: Oooh shoot! Let me kiss that left ear, ok? Can I whisper something in that ear?

Mason: Here you go (inaudible)

Bentley: Hey, I love you. Hey, you look great.

Mason: (Inaudible)

Bentley: Hey, it is. Do you want to see something that’s pretty?

Mason: (Inaudible)

Bentley: It is, isn’t it?

Mason: (Inaudible)

Bentley: I wish I could hold you real tight right now.

Mason: (Inaudible)

Bentley: I think you look beautiful right now. Our phone is breaking up, isn’t it?

Mason: (Inaudible)

Bentley: I lost you. Now I’ve got you back! I got you back. I got you back.

Mason: (Inaudible)

Bentley: I did. I did. It’s good. They came this morning, fact. See, I thought I was gon’ stay here this afternoon and wait on them. But they came this morning. Bless his heart, this little boy from (Elrod?)

Her: (Inaudible)

Bentley: Yea, I know. He came this morning before I had my clothes on.

Mason: (Inaudible)

Him: He just got to see my boxer shorts. No. Hey, you’ve seen those. Listen, he didn’t see my boxer shorts. I did actually put my pants on before I went to the door.

Mason: (Inaudible)

Bentley: Matthew and Katie and Riley are coming.

Mason: (Inaudible)

Bentley: Hey, I’m gon’ call you back on the phone, ok?

Mason: (Inaudible)

(Back to cell phone)

Hey baby. Yea, they’re coming tonight.

I know, bless her heart, I haven’t seen little Riley but three times since she was born. So I’m looking forward to seeing her. I think they’re gon’ stay ’til Monday. Matthew’s gon’ help me put the beds and stuff together in the new house. So we’ll spend a little time together.

You can text me any time you want to. We may not be able to talk tomorrow, but who knows?

I probably will. But I’ll be thinking of something.

Yea. You could feel my hand. Uhhh… What’s that song? “The magic moment.” Ohhh (inaudible).

I know. I know, I know.

Well, is it, is it bothering you?

Ok. Ok.

Mmm. Hey, sweetheart (inaudible)… I do. I know, we have a good time together. We do.

Baby, our conversation is fixin’ to come to an end.

Well, I’m talking about in the next three or four minutes. But before it does, please have a good time. And listen, don’t worry, we will be in contact, ok?

It is. It really is right now. Listen, Matthew and Katie are gon’ be here. This is gon’ be a good weekend. I mean, it’s really been good. It’s been good. So you just — everything’s fine. And, anyways. One more time, let me tell you, I love you, baby. Ok? I do. I love you, sweetheart. And have a good time and just think about, if you’re thinking of me, you know that I’m thinking of you, ok? Bye, bye.

Well, I’m gon’ have to go. I love you, baby. I do love you. We’ll stay in contact, ok? Alright, bye, bye, sweetheart.

LOVER’S QUARREL



(Video above: Audio of a conversation between Gov. Robert Bentley and Rebekah Mason)

Hey, baby. I have been surrounded by people all day long. And then I’ve been called by eight million folks from Montgomery. I get texts from everybody in the world from Montgomery. And you know what? They said, “I sure do hope you’re having a good time at the beach.” And I started to say, “Y’all are crazy as hell,” too.

You know, I love you.

I’m sorry.

How you doin’?

No, I’m not talking about you. I’m talking about Blaine calls me fifteen times, and Bill O’Conner calls me. And we’ve gone all over the whole county trying to find furniture. And I ain’t paying $1,500 for a piece of furniture, you know? Well, Dianne’s not trying to do that anyway.

And y’all go to the play in a few minutes?

(inaudible)

That’s why I’m stressing out ‘cause everybody’s around and I’ve had security guards everywhere I’m going… (inaudible)

You’ve got folks near you?

Well, I’m sorry, baby… I’m just going through the frustration that I’ve had all day long.

(Inaudible)

No, I’m not mad at you, I’m just… Well, sweetheart, it’s not your fault. It’d be this way and it doesn’t have anything to do with you and I texting. This is this life.

(…)

Anyway, y’all had a good day? Have you had a good day?

Sweetheart, you seem mad. You miss me?

I told you it was not you, ok?

Well, I have had a million folks calling me. It’s just amazing. When I leave it’s like, “No, I know you’re on vacation, but (inaudible).”

Hey, I love you. And I miss you.

Did you buy some pretty stuff?

What’s the matter, baby?

Are you having one of your down times?

I’m sorry. Baby, hey listen, sweetheart, don’t get mad at me.

(…)

I know, you don’t know when you can text me, when you can call me. I know that. I know. I know that, sweetheart…

Ok. Ok, I’m sorry. I’m sorry.

Baby, it’s not your fault. I am…

You can do it…

I know, sweetheart. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. Please, baby, don’t. Just don’t. Listen, baby, I know. I know.

I thought we had a lot of good contact today.

(…)

Look, sweetheart… You do the best you can, and I’m doing the best I can, ok? I really am. I really am. Look, I have to fight for everything (inaudible), ok? I mean, I really… Baby, let me tell you, I’m looking right now at a text from Wanda that says, from Pam Chestnut, “Can Cary and Franklin have at least an hour following staff meeting on Monday morning? That would be a great time to get bills signed and returned. We also need to schedule some time Tuesday as well, just in case.” And you know what I’m thinking? I’m thinking, “That time isn’t your time, that’s the time I want to spend with Rebekah, ok?” You know, baby, so…

(…)

I’m sorry.

(…)

You need to tell me when you’re going and coming back. I know what you’re saying. I do… Baby, I do care. I wanted to know. See that’s why I didn’t text you last night. I honestly thought that you were at the play last night. That’s why I didn’t text you, ok?

Well, but I appreciate you (inaudible). What time y’all leaving? You leaving at 6 o’clock? You gotta leave. Ok, baby, I know you gotta go. Please, listen, Rebekah. Listen to me, ok? I love you. I go through a lot and you go through a lot. We both go to a lot of trouble just trying to be together.

And, sweetheart. Listen to me. I love you. I’m telling you I do. Alright?

But I love you.

(inaudible)

Did that picture bother you?

I’m sorry.

Well, baby, we have to go on with life. If we don’t then things are gon’ fall apart, ok?

(…)

No, you can feel any way you want about it and I understand that.

(…)

Baby, I love you, ok? I love you. And I know, baby, we’re in a difficult situation, ok? And unless I make things as normal as possible here, it’s gon’ be hell, ok?

(…)

Please don’t do that. Baby, just don’t…

(…)

It hurts.

(…)

What can I do? You get through at what time tonight, 9? Our time? Ok.

Can I just text you then tonight (inaudible). Ok. I will.

Listen, have a good time tonight, ok? I’m sorry. Can I tell you that I love you and you believe it? I do. I’m telling you I do, baby. I am, sweetheart, please, I’m just doing the best I can, ok?

Ok, sweetheart. Alright you’ve got to go, ok? (Inaudible).

I’ll text you tonight, ok? I promise.

Baby, I want to.

Baby, I, Rebekah, have I ever said (inaudible). I told you I loved you because I’ve loved you forever… This is not something new, I’ve loved you forever. I’ve loved you for many, many years. I’ve loved you for, I know, four. And I love you more now today than (inaudible). And I miss you. And I miss you. And I wish you were here with me right now, ok? And I wish I could hold you and I wish I could kiss you and I wish, you know, I wish that — I do.

You’ve gotta go now. They’re gon’ wonder where you are. Alright. You have a good time now tonight, and I’ll text you after a while. Nine o’clock our time? You’ll get it when you get back. Ok. Ok. I love you. Alright, sweetheart. You have a good time tonight.

You have a good time and I’ll talk to you later, ok? Maybe tomorrow I’ll talk to you. Ok. I love you.

47 mins ago

U.S. Rep. Rogers on Liz Cheney ouster: ‘We’ve got to be fighting today’s fights and tomorrow’s fights, and not the fight of yesterday’

On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) is expected to be voted out of her position as House Republican Conference chairwoman, the third-ranking member of the House Republican caucus, and be replaced with U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY).

The move by Republicans has drawn very vocal reactions from the media and other Democrats, who allege that Cheney’s removal is a product of the GOP’s blind allegiance to former President Donald Trump. Cheney had been a frequent critic of the 45th president and remained so beyond his presidency.

During an interview that aired on Tuesday’s broadcast of Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5’s “The Jeff Poor Show,” U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Saks), the ranking Republican on the House Armed Service Committee, called Cheney “a close friend,” but acknowledged her comments about the January 6 incident on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. had a lot to do with her ouster. He argued Cheney should have had a more forward-looking focus in her leadership role.

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“Everybody sees it coming,” he said. “Liz is a close friend of mine, but she has made a decision that she is going to use her position as conference chairman not to just promote the position and point out the shortcomings of the Democrat majority and the Biden administration, but rather continue to relitigate what happened on January 6. It is not the job of conference chairman. It is to be the voice of our conference in talking about why we ought to be in the majority and why this majority is wrongheaded, the administration is not doing what the country needs. She has made this conscious choice. You know, we had a vote on this back. I think it was in February. And she survived. And everybody told her then, ‘We don’t care how you vote on the impeachment or any of that. That’s all behind us. You need to be talking about the conference goals and agenda.'”

“That’s what that position is all about,” Rogers added. “She has chosen not to do that. I fully expect [tomorrow] she is going to be recalled, and Elise Stefanik is going to be put in that position because we’ve got to be fighting today’s fights and tomorrow’s fights, and not the fight of yesterday. She just won’t turn loose of it. Now at this point, because she’s my buddy, and I hate that she’s taking this course of action — but she’s a very smart lady, and this is a conscious decision on her part.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of South Alabama, the editor of Breitbart TV, a columnist for Mobile’s Lagniappe Weekly, and host of Mobile’s “The Jeff Poor Show” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on FM Talk 106.5.

15 hours ago

How the Regions Tradition led to Alabama’s star-studded vaccine PSAs

You already know the Regions Tradition’s reputation for competition. It’s the first major on the PGA TOUR Champions schedule in 2021, and it produces millions for charities.

But it’s also the place where things get done. And this year’s focus was intended to save lives.

The Bruno Event Team, which manages the Tradition, and the Alabama Department of Public Health used the annual Celebrity Pro-Am tournament as a stage to create a public awareness campaign encouraging Alabamians to get the COVID vaccine ASAP.

The idea, the pitch and the execution all came together in a week. And when approached, the centerpiece of the project agreed to participate without hesitation.

The centerpiece?

Alabama football coach Nick Saban.

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“Research told us you don’t use national celebrities,” said Gene Hallman of the Bruno Event Team, which produced the spots. “You use local doctors, nurses and healthcare workers. Or you use local celebrities. And in this state, no one is better known than Coach Saban.”

In fact, according to a Montgomery pollster the Bruno team consulted, there’s no one more respected throughout the state than Saban. John Anzalone told the Wall Street Journal that Saban’s favorability rating is the highest in the state – 77 percent. That means that even Auburn fans who root against him each week still respect him.

Or, as Anzalone told the Wall Street Journal, “He is a God.”

The Alabama Department of Public Health reached out to the Bruno team to create a marketing campaign for the state’s underserved population, intending for the spots to motivate Black, Latino and tribal populations to get the vaccines. The public awareness videos will run on television and radio stations statewide, as well as on social media.

But as the campaign expanded, the goalpost moved. With federal and state grants provided for that specific reason, “we’re going to try to reach a very broad audience – the entire state,” Hallman said. “We’re not hammering people. We just want to provide an education on the science of the vaccine, so people can make an informed decision.”

And, since it’s Alabama, there’s also another lure: the opportunity to pack college football stadiums at 100% capacity next fall if enough people get vaccinated.

It’s not the first time the tournament known as the Regions Tradition proved to be a catalyst for change.

When the Champions Tour first came to Birmingham in 1992, Hallman’s group was called in to help with a very hush-hush operation. They were told an unnamed group of visitors from Europe, interested in bringing business to the U.S., would be coming to town to see what Alabama had to offer. No other information was provided, but they were to be shown a good time.

Only one problem.

The first tournament was held in August, a notoriously bad time for southern hospitality – at least for people used to cooler weather than the notorious sticky, 100-degree days. But, as luck would have it, an unusual cold front swept in at the start of the tournament, providing record low temperatures that created perfect temps for the visitors.

So, the secret entourage spent a week at the tournament, got to meet popular Champions Tour legend Chi Chi Rodriguez, and spent a day touring a large plot of land outside Tuscaloosa, less than an hour away …  land that would eventually become the site of Alabama’s first automotive manufacturing plant.

As for the vaccine spots, once Saban came on board others followed. The list includes an NBA legend, a college conference commissioner, a U.S. Senator and other coaches. All recorded their parts while participating in the Regions Tradition Pro-Am.

“We asked and they answered in two seconds,” Hallman said. “There was no hesitation. We got them all on camera that day.”

(Courtesy of Regions Bank)

15 hours ago

Governor Ivey urges Alabamians not to panic-buy gas

Governor Kay Ivey on Tuesday spoke with the U.S. Department of Energy on a call regarding the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack, which has caused a shutdown of the pipeline operations.

The pipeline, which is the largest system for refined oil products in the United States, is 5,500 miles long and can carry 3 million barrels of fuel per day between Texas and New York. It is operated by Colonial Pipeline Company, which is headquartered in Georgia.

The pipeline runs through Alabama, as people may remember from a Shelby County leak in 2016 that caused gas shortages in the region. The county is home to the Colonial Pipeline Co. Pelham junction and tank farm.

However, Ivey wants to assure Alabamians that the temporary pipeline shutdown should be resolved in the coming days and that any potential gas shortages have not reached the Yellowhammer State.

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“Please do not fill up your car unless you need to and do not fill multiple containers. Overreacting creates more of a shortage. Please use common sense and patience!” Ivey said in a social media post.

The governor’s spokesperson reiterated Ivey’s message.

“She was assured that the pipeline should be operational in a few days,” said Gina Maiola. “She is urging Alabamians and others to not panic and to use good judgement. A shortage has not reached Alabama at this time, and she reminds us that an overreaction would only lead to that. Be courteous, only fill up if you need to, and do not fill up multiple containers. Governor Ivey urges patience and common sense.”

Public Service Commissioner Jeremy Oden echoed Ivey’s words.

“While the state of Alabama is fortunate to this point to not be suffering from gas shortages, there have still been reports of panic-buying and gas price increases,” he said in a statement. “I echo Governor Ivey’s request that Alabama residents refrain from panic-buying, which would only cause more anxiety in the market. As Colonial has stated publicly they are working vigorously to reestablish service.”

The Colonial Pipeline shutdown comes as the average price of gas in the U.S. has risen from $2.112 per gallon before President Joe Biden was elected to $2.985 per gallon this week.

Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn

16 hours ago

Vocational center for construction, electric vehicle, aviation technology fields coming to DeKalb County

Governor Kay Ivey on Tuesday announced a $1 million grant to help the Fort Payne Board of Education construct a new vocational center aimed at training students in careers that include construction, electric vehicle and aviation technologies.

The funds come from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs administers the ARC program in Alabama.

The new DeKalb County vocation center will prepare Fort Payne high school students and adults for the future while helping to meet the needs of Alabama’s workforce in several career fields.

“Alabama is sounding the call for a skilled workforce and the Fort Payne Board of Education is responding to that demand,” Ivey said in a statement. “This program will ensure that students graduating from high school will be ready for rewarding and high-paying jobs, and that employers will be hiring a qualified workforce to move our state forward.”

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The new Building, Electric and Aviation Technology Center will provide students with a rigorous training program in a workplace environment to ready them for careers.

“The path to rewarding careers does not always go through colleges and universities,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell added. “I applaud the Fort Payne Board of Education for offering other options for students who have the same dreams for successful careers but choose a different path to get there.”

The project is supported by Sen. Steve Livingston (R-Scottsboro), who chairs the Alabama Space Authority and the legislature’s Aerospace and Defense Caucus.

Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn

17 hours ago

Alabama State Senator Andrew Jones running for reelection

State Senator Andrew Jones (R-Centre) on Tuesday announced he will seek reelection to a second term in the 2022 election cycle.

As a freshman member of the legislature’s upper chamber, Jones currently serves as chair of the Children, Youth, and Human Services Committee.

“We’ve accomplished a lot in the last 2 ½ years,” he stated. “I ran for the State Senate because I had seen first-hand as a business owner and farmer how government impacts hardworking Alabamians. I have worked hard to be the people’s voice in the Alabama Senate and bring much-needed resources back to the people of Etowah, Cherokee, and DeKalb.”

Jones will kickoff his reelection campaign at respective events in Etowah and Cherokee Counties on May 25 and June 3.

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Senate President Pro Tem Greg Reed (R-Jasper) offered his support for Jones’ reelection bid.

“Senator Jones has quickly learned to navigate the ins and outs of the Alabama Senate. He is known by his colleagues as a capable and effective Senator who will do whatever it takes to fight for his district. Andrew is not afraid to take bold, decisive action to meet the challenges our state faces,” Reed said.

Senate Majority Leader Clay Scofield (R-Guntersville) echoed Reed’s comments.

“Andrew has been a key voice in our Republican caucus for conservatives policies to improve the lives of everyday Alabamians,” Scofield commented. “Senator Jones is a champion for his local folks, but at the same time he has also won the respect of his colleagues. He has the full support of our caucus in his reelection effort.”

Elected in 2018 in his first run for public office, Jones campaigned on economic development, infrastructure, education and protecting Alabama values. Progress has been made, he now says, on all of those fronts.

“During my campaign, I talked about three infrastructure projects in my district. The U.S. 411 expansion project between Etowah and Cherokee Counties is currently underway, which is a $43 million project. We also recently secured $2 million for the engineering design of the I-759 Eastern Connector, and we are working with local leaders on multiple applications for funding for the Southside Bridge project. Last year, that same application made it to the final round,” Jones advised.

The freshman senator also touted a $2.7 million investment at the Etowah County Little Canoe Creek Megasite through the Growing Alabama Tax Credit Program, an investment which was made possible through an amendment that Jones negotiated to prioritize megasite properties over 1000 acres. He has also supported broadband expansion, incentives for small businesses and workforce training efforts in the Senate, as well as education initiatives to expand pre-K, provide teacher raises, and recruit math and science teachers. Additionally, Jones has backed pro-life legislation, election security measures and Second Amendment protection bills.

In the Senate, Jones has also authored legislation to support the military, incentivize adoptions, promote small farm wineries and repeal the grocery tax, among various other causes. Locally, the Republican has led an effort to repeal occupational taxes in five Etowah County municipalities. In 2020, voters approved a local constitutional amendment sponsored by Jones to designate surplus prison food funds for law enforcement purposes, including school resource officers.

Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn