Just days after saying he would not give up the governor’s office, and hours after impeachment proceedings officially began against him, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley resigned. Thanks for joining us, I’m Carl Brady. Less than an hour before Bentley resigned, he turned himself into the Montgomery County Jail. Bentley pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges related to campaign finance violations, posted a $300 dollar bond for each charge, and was released. As part of the plea agreement, the state attorney general’s office will not pursue felony charges against Bentley and he must never hold public office again. Bentley faced allegations of ethics violations- including using state resources to facilitate an extra-marital affair with his former political advisor. Shortly after Bentley’s resignation, Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey took her oath of office as the 54th governor of Alabama. Ivey is just the second woman to serve in Alabama’s top office- with the first being Lurleen Wallace in 1967. Ivey was elected as Alabama’s Lt. Governor in 2010 and then re-elected in 2014. She will serve the remainder of Bentley’s term- which expires next year.