Breaking down the lottery process

September 19, 2017

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The following article is part of APR’s on-going series on gaming and the lottery:

Polling on both sides of the political aisle indicates that the voters in Alabama support the right to vote on a lottery and legalized gaming — and overwhelmingly support a lottery and legalized gaming. By participating in lotteries across state lines in Georgia, Tennessee and Florida, Alabamians have paid millions of dollars to educate the children of those states. While some questioned the continued viability of state lotteries, several recent large jackpots and the continued popularity of scratch-off tickets demonstrate that lotteries are still sources of significant revenue for lottery states. The lottery debate in Alabama has been historically broken down in the Legislature over four issues:

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Alabama students learn dynamic career opportunities are within their reach

March 13, 2017

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

High School students in Mobile and Baldwin County recently discovered the amazing career opportunities available through Alabama Community College System’s dual enrollment programs.

Rivers Eubanks knows a good deal when he sees one, and he sees it in a career path that leads him through the State’s two-year college system and eventually to a career in welding. He was among the nearly 300 Mobile and Baldwin County High School students who attended a recent career fair at AIDT’s Maritime Training Center in Mobile.
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Legislature passes prison bond bill

March 2, 2017

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, legislation issuing a bond to fund prisons passed the Alabama Legislature and was sent to the Governor for his signature. But, the Thursday I’m referring to was April 22, 2010. The Governor was Bob Riley, the Speaker of the House was Seth Hammett, and the sponsor of the bill was Lowell Baron.

On the last day of the 2010 Regular Session, SB473 was approved by both the House and the Senate and sent to Governor Riley for his signature. The bill approved a bond to raise $50 million in funds for the purchase and renovation of the Perry County Correctional Facility, as well as any additional facilities where increased beds space was needed.
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Moore’s Court Records: What Are They Hiding?

October 20, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—All the records related to the suspension of Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy S. Moore are currently being held under seal. On Wednesday, The Alabama Political Reporter, through its attorneys Ed and Morgan Cunningham, filed to intervene in the case, seeking an order to unseal all of the documents.

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“We believe the public not only has a right to know, but the court has a duty to allow the public access to these records,” said Editor in Chief Bill Britt. “I find it deeply troubling that they suspended the Chief Justice and is keeping the details from citizens and the press.”
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Email Shows Plan in Huntsville Race

October 3, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Political Reporter has obtained an email in which members of a special interest group appear to openly discuss how they hope to influence the Huntsville City Council in return for their organization’s campaign donations.

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In what looks to be an email from “The Committee of 100″ to the board of directors of BIZPAC, the Montgomery-based political action committee of Clark Richardson an unnamed author writes of its influence with members of the Huntsville City Council.
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Cohen, Ziegler Comment on Moore Trial

September 29, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Following the Court of the Judiciary Trial of Chief Justice Roy Moore, an eager press waited for commentary outside the Heflin-Tolbert Judicial Building on Wednesday.

Neither Chief Justice Moore, his attorneys nor the Judicial Inquiry Commission’s (JIC) attorneys spoke to the media. Justice Moore is not anticipated to comment on the trial until the court reaches a decision.
Dueling protests, both in support and against Moore, raged on the Courthouse steps, replete with signs and sound systems.
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Court Upholds Ban on PAC-to-PAC Transfers

September 28, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—On Tuesday, a Federal appeals court upheld Alabama’s ban on PAC-to-PAC transfers.

The 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling by the US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama in favor of the State in the case of The Alabama Democratic Conference v. Strange.

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By upholding the decision of the lower court, the court of appeals agrees that the ban of PAC-to-PAC transfers is necessary to prevent corruption, or the appearance of corruption, while not violating the First Amendment.
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Victoryland Reopens With Blowout Attendance

September 14, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

SHORTER—Starting before noon on Tuesday, people were lining up, along with the traffic, around Victoryland in Macon County, for its “Grand” reopening at 2:00 pm.

People poured through the doors and flooded the lobby, as they all rushed to get their chance to gamble at Victoryland, again.

At a press conference last month, Victoryland owner, Milton McGregor, announced the plan to reopen on September 13. The casino opened with 500 electronic bingo machines and had anticipated hiring 200 staff members.
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Merrill Expedites Business Filing Process

September 9, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Secretary of State John Merrill’s Office has developed a new solution to shorten the window between when a new business filing is received and when the business’ information first appears on the SOS website.

“During my time working to earn the People of Alabama’s trust to serve as their 53rd Secretary of State, I was made aware that when someone wanted to form a new business in the State, it would take 5 to 7 months or longer from the time the Secretary of State’s Office received certain business filings for them to be placed in the online State business filings database available to the public, banks and the business community,” said Merrill.
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Nine ALGOP Members Elected To Electoral College

September 9, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The Alabama Republican Party announced the election of nine members to the US Electoral College for the upcoming presidential election.

Perry Hooper, Jr., and Grady Thornton were elected as statewide members at the 2016 ALGOP Summer State Executive Committee Meeting held last month in Huntsville.

Seven members, who were elected to represent the congressional districts, were elected prior to the ALGOP State Executive Committee Meeting. Those members are:
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