Dye Sends Letter to Legislators Argues Passage of Lottery, Gaming

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Legendary Auburn coach Pat Dye, has written a letter to the Alabama Legislature explaining his support for a plan to create a State lottery and regulated gaming:

“Alabama is my home,” Dye wrote. “I have loved Alabama since Coach Bryant gave me my first coaching job in 1965.  So it saddens me to see the state I love facing this financial crisis.” 

Currently, the State’s

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Study Finds Alabama Failing in Best States for Working Moms, Dads

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY— A data analysis by wallethub.com found that Alabama is not such a good place for working moms and dads.

A new study identifying 2015’s Best & Worst States for Working Moms, found Alabama near the bottom in every metric.

This is also true in of the 2015’s Best & Worst States for working dads.

The Working Mom findings are based on an analysis of data obtained from:<br

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Strange, Byrne Applaud Supreme Court Ruling on EPA

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, June 29, the US Supreme Court, in a controversial 5-4 ruling, sided with the energy companies and 23 states including Alabama, against restrictive new mercury emission rules by President Obama’s US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) said that the US Supreme Court’s decision in favor of Michigan is a significant victory, in what

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Oden Comments on US Supreme Court Decision Rejecting EPA Standards

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, June 29, 2015, the US Supreme Court ruled against new rules by President Obama’s US Environmental Protection Agency in a 5-4 ruling.  Alabama Public Service Commissioner Jeremy Oden (R) issued a stamen supporting the ruling by our nation’s highest court.

Commissioner Oden wrote, “I am pleased with the US Supreme Court’s ruling against the US Environmental Protection Agency’s

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It’s Time For A Real Solution To The Gambling Question

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By Minority Leader Rep. Craig Ford 

Decisions made by the government and high profile court rulings consumed the news last week. Most of the breaking news has centered on the U.S. Supreme Court decisions. But there is one court ruling that hasn’t gotten as much attention, and it’s just as important to the people of Alabama because it has such a huge impact on the future of our state. 
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It’s not the chicken or the egg; It’s growing a better Alabama

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By Rep. Darrio Melton

There has been a great deal of talk in the past weeks about racism, about equality, about opportunity.  As we come on the heels of Independence Day, there’s no better time to discuss what we should be doing–239 years after our Declaration of Independence–to form a more perfect union each day.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about expanding access to high-speed Internet and why that was so important for

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Reflections on Freedom as Independence Day Approaches

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by Katherine Green Robertson

Raised to love my country and our flag, and because it’s reserved for time with my family, the Fourth of July is a day that I look forward to from the very first signs of summer.  For me, at least, I sense that this year will somewhat bittersweet. When we celebrate America’s independence, we necessarily celebrate freedom–unprecedented and unmatched by any other nation. For the first time

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SpaceX Rocket Crashes

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, June 29 NASA Administrator Charles Bolden issued a statement on the loss Sunday of the SpaceX Commercial Resupply Services 7 (CRS-7) mission.

Administrator Bolden said, “We are disappointed in the loss of the latest SpaceX cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. However, the astronauts are safe aboard the station and have sufficient supplies for the next several

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Tribe Begins Ad Campaign for Gambling Monopoly

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PCI) have begun what is reportedly a $4 million dollar advertising campaign to win the right to hold a monopoly over gambling in Alabama. 

Full page ads began appearing in State newspapers. Even the small market of Lee County, home district of Speaker Mike Hubbard, was treated with a full broadsheet advertisement. Hubbard, who stands accused by

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Hubbard Hauls in Millions: Opinion

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By Bill Britt

Alabama Political Reporter

As Speaker of the House, Mike Hubbard made around $733,848.88 from “consulting contracts,” according to figures supplied by the Attorney General’s Office. This is just a portion of the $2,346,292.88 that Hubbard has fueled to himself, and to his business interests since 2010.

Of course, this does not include his salary as Speaker, his income from his radio holdings, or his paycheck, and State-provided

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