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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Bentley notes: Marsh threat, Strange promises over Senate seat

September 19, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

In interviews for Jeff Sessions’ vacant Senate seat, Luther Strange promised to “do more” to help former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley. And state Sen. Del Marsh, R-Anniston, “seemed angry” and allegedly threatened to “f—k with” Bentley for the next two years if he wasn’t appointed, according to handwritten notes Bentley made from the interviews.

Those notes, forwarded to the Alabama Archives and obtained by The Alabama Political Reporter, show that Bentley ranked the six candidates – who Bentley interviewed – in six different categories: Interview strength, their appointment’s trickle-down effect on the state, knowledge of federal issues, Republican delegation relations, recommendations and direct benefit the candidates would have on the state if appointed.

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Does a pariah deserve even a Pyrrhic victory?

September 19, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A recent issue of “The Business Advocate,” a publication which is a part of the Business Council of Alabama, features a full-page photo of Chairman Billy Canary with a headline proclaiming, “Business Council Governmental Affairs Conference Best Ever.” The commanding picture with its fraudulent headline is an example of how a once important business organization has been co-opted for personal gain.

Canary has gained considerable wealth and power as BCA’s chieftain, but today, he finds himself under fire.
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Study: Number of unregulated child care centers to increase if law doesn’t change

September 19, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

A new study by the child-advocate group VOICES for Alabama Children puts the number of unregulated child care centers increasing in Alabama if laws remain the same.

The organization released their 2017 data book, “Alabama Kids Count,” which tracks changes in child welfare through the years. The data book is a compilation of data collected by the organization from various Alabama agencies.

The study looked at unregulated day care centers, which were a hot topic in the 2017 legislative session. The data book said Alabama is one of only seven states that still allow for “broad-based exemptions” for day care centers.

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Sen. Dial leads effort to raise funds with Senators to aid Hurricane Harvey victims

September 19, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama state Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, is heading up an effort to raise about $3,500 with other senators to send aid to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

“I know many of us have already contributed money to relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey and now Irma, but I believe a bi-partisan effort from all of Alabama’s Senators would mean a lot to our neighbors in Texas,” Dial said.

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Former state Senate Majority Leader Tom Butler to run for state Senate

September 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Former state Sen. Tom Butler announced that he will run for Alabama state Senate District 2 in the June Republican Primary.  The seat is currently held by state Sen. Bill Holtzclaw, R-Madison, who is leaving his seat to run for Alabama’s 2nd Congressional seat.

Butler served in the Senate from 1994 to 2010 as a Democrat.  In the 2010 general election he was defeated by Holtzclaw 33,050-23,060.

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US Rep. Byrne on budget passage: “The House has now done our job”

September 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, said that, “The House has now done our job,” after voting in the favor of HR3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act. The bill, along with the 11 other Senate funding bills, provides funding for the federal government for Fiscal Year 2018.

“The House has now done our job and passed all twelve of the government funding bills before the end of the fiscal year on September 30th,” Bryne, who represents Alabama’s 1st Congressional District, said. “This funding bill reflects the will of the House and makes tough choices regarding funding priorities. From increasing funding for our military to boosting border security to cutting wasteful programs to strengthening life-saving medical research, this bill prioritizes spending to reflect national priorities. While we have finished our work in the House, the Senate has yet to pass a single government funding bill.

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Alabama Forestry Association endorses Strange

September 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, the Alabama Forestry Association urged their membership to vote for U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala.

“The headline in the Montgomery Advertiser on October 6, 2014 read ‘U.S. Supreme Court rejects Alabama school-funding case.’ We can (and should) thank Luther Strange for this victory,” the group wrote in a release on their website.

“There have been several important landmark dates in the history of the Alabama Forestry Association; the election that defeated Bob Riley’s $1 billion tax hike (Amendment One) and the transfer of power in the Statehouse in 2010 come quickly to mind,” the AFA wrote “However, the final disposition of the Lynch v. State of Alabama lawsuit has to be the most important for Alabama’s landowners.”

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Rep. Connie Rowe will chair House Republican Platform Committee

September 19, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

State Rep. Connie Rowe, R-Jasper, vice chair of the House Republican Caucus, will chair this year’s Caucus Platform Committee, the influential committee that sets Republican priorities for the legislative session.

House Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter, R-Rainsville, announced the appointment Monday in a release.

“Because of the judgment and leadership she has shown since taking office, Rep. Rowe has quickly earned the trust and respect of her fellow Republicans in the Alabama House of Representatives,” Ledbetter said.  “That is why she was elected to serve as vice chair of the House Republican Caucus, which made her the first woman to hold a caucus leadership post, and it is why she has been chosen to chair the platform committee and shoulder this important task.”

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Gov. Kay Ivey appeals to religious conservatives in new ad

September 19, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

As the race for governor begins to heat up, Gov. Kay Ivey is making an appeal to the state’s religious conservatives in a new ad that launched Monday called “Faith and Life.”

In the ad, Ivey focuses on her life in church and her pro-life beliefs, which she says are rooted in her faith in God.

“I’m pro-life because God teaches us to love life, and he created us,” Ivey said in the ad. “He wants us to love one another. I believe that life begins at conception. I am strongly pro-life.”

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