Auburn City Schools Signs Contract With Felon

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Auburn City Schools entered into a contract with convicted felon, Mike Hubbard, in July, giving him exclusive rights to broadcast Auburn school sports for free.

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The school system rejected proposals from larger stations, who offered to pay for the rights. A comparison of the plans show Tiger Communications, with a broadcast signal of 25,000 watts, and the biggest coverage area in the county, offering $11,500 per year, for five years, for a total of $57,500.
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US Attorney Asks Bingo or Slots?

By Bill Britt
Alabama Politcal Reporter

MONTGOMERY—A letter obtained by alreporter.com from the US Attorney for the middle district, George Beck, to Gov. Robert Bentley and Attorney General Luther Strange raises serious questions about the State’s inconsistency on the legality of bingo machines.

While the letter seeks clarification on what might appear to be a complex issue, it can be distilled down to a question: How can the machines played at VictoryLand be slot machines and the ones played at facilities owned by Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PCI) not be slots? Or even more simply put, how can one be illegal and the other not?
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Chronicle: Closing The Case Against Sen. Williams

Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—A criminal investigation into consulting contacts obtained by State Senator Phil Williams (R-Rainbow City) after his election to the Senate in 2010 was recently closed, and the agent reassigned to Mobile.

Serous questions as to why it was closed and who authorized it are being asked by both State and federal law enforcement.

Current and former law enforcement officers with knowledge of the actions surrounding the investigation shared with alreporter.com the chronology of events that led to the case being closed.
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Pallets of Phones Gather Dust Under Newton’s Orders

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Pallets stacked with expensive Cisco phones, perhaps representing millions in State tax dollars, sit silently gathering dust in a warehouse, because someone at the State Department of Finance thinks they have a better idea.

After reporting on the botched rollout of the STAARS accounting system, more than two-dozen confidential sources have reached out to alreporter.com alerting us to myriad problems inside the Finance Department. An open record request has been made to the department, now over a month old, as its legal counsel tries to stall for time.
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Insults and Injury

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Opinion

Insults are a part of life, especially in the political arena. The politicians, the political operatives, and the press are all targets, subject to the vilest vilification. This has always been the case.

It is not wrong to criticize the press, or for the press to rail against politics. That is the nature of the relationship.

But today, anyone with a smart phone can hurl criticism and spew invectives with anonymity on any news website. It’s cowardly, but most anonymous critics are spineless, craven individuals, who dwell in the shadows of greater men and women.
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