Montgomery residents “too stupid” for Siegelman documentary

July 19, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Capri Theater won’t be showing the documentary, “Atticus v. the Architect: The Political Assassination of Don Siegelman,” because its members and the surrounding community are just too stupid.

They’re too stupid to separate fact from fiction.

They’re too stupid to understand that any documentary should be taken as only one source of information on a complicated and complex subject matter.

And they’re just too stupid to figure out some other way to see the film.
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Atlanta Casino Could Threaten Birmingham Plan and PCI

November 24, 2015

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY— MGM Resorts International has offered a plan to build a billion dollar gambling casino complex in Atlanta. This should give Birmingham Mayor William Bell, and all those who would like the “Magic City” to become a destination spot rivaling Atlanta, heartburn. The mere mention of the idea has send shockwaves of fear through the Native American casinos in neighboring states, in much the same way a gaming proposal introduced by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh caused consternation among the Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PCI).
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Bentley Calls for End the Gambling Enforcement by AG

November 6, 2015

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—In a surprising move on Thursday, Governor Robert Bentley signed Executive Order 13 which overturned Executive Order 1 that disbanded the Governor’s Task Force on illegal gambling and directed Alabama’s Attorney General to enforce the laws related to gambling.

Executive Order 13 states the responsibility for enforcement of Alabama’s criminal laws lies with the elected sheriffs and district attorneys of each Alabama county, and should be guided by their respective interpretation of the laws of the State of Alabama in their capacity as constitutional officers and officers of the courts.
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Gaming Bill Passes Senate Committee

August 5, 2015

 

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—On Tuesday, Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh’s (R-Anniston) gaming bill had its day in committee. After some harsh words were exchanged on the Senate Floor, Marsh’s bill was given a favorable report by the Tourism Committee with a vote of 6-2.

When the Senate convened on Tuesday, Sen. Dick Brewbaker (R-Montgomery) questioned his fellow Republicans’ willingness to destroy poor families in Alabama by allowing gaming, while Sen. Bobby Singleton (D-Greensboro) asked where was Brewbaker’s concern for families that would not have a job without the legislation.
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Alabama Jobs Foundation on BP Settlement

July 6, 2015

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, July 2 Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) and Governor Robert Bentley (R) announced that BP has agreed to pay the State of Alabama a settlement of $2.3 billion.  So that means that we can put that money in an account and draw interest while we pull $200 million a year out which would cure the General fund deficit problem for about 15 or 16 years right?  Sadly no, it does not work like that.  Only $1 billion of that money is earmarked for the State General Fund (SGF).  The other $1.3 billion is for gulf coast restoration projects.  Worse Alabama did not get even that money up front so there will be no BP trust fund to solve the state’s financial woes.  The $one billion for the general fund is paid out over 18 years.  That is ~$55.6 million a year which leaves the state needing approximately $142.4 million in either additional revenues or budget cuts to make revenues equals to expenditures.
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Alabama Still Needs Gambling Dollars Says Alabama Jobs Foundation Director

July 6, 2015

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, July 2 Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) and Governor Robert Bentley (R) announced that BP has agreed to pay the State of Alabama a settlement of $2.3 billion.  So that means that we can put that money in an account and draw interest while we pull $200 million a year out which would cure the General fund deficit problem for about 15 or 16 years right?  Sadly no, it does not work like that.  Only $one billion of that money is earmarked for the State General Fund (SGF).  The other $one point three billion is for gulf coast restoration projects.  Worse Alabama did not get even that money up front so there will be no BP trust fund to solve the state’s financial woes.  The $one billion for the general fund is paid out over 18 years.  That is ~$55.6 million a year which leaves the state needing approximately $142.4 million in either additional revenues or budget cuts to make revenues equals to expenditures.
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Siegelman Has His Day In Court

December 16, 2014

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Former Gov. Don Siegelman was returned to Montgomery on Saturday to attend a bond hearing on Monday before Presiding Judge Clay Land, of Georgia’s Eleventh Circuit Court.

Siegelman asked that the court release him from federal custody pending an appeals hearing on January 15, 2015. He was represented before the court by Greg Craig, a Washington-based lawyer and former White House Counsel under President Barack Obama.
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