Alabama Supreme Court makes up more bingo law

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By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Supreme Court (ALSC) has made up more law.

You probably missed this, since it happened on Dec. 23 – the Friday before Christmas. That was the day the ALSC chose to issue its latest anti-electronic bingo ruling – this time against GreeneTrack in Greene County.

The court ruled that machines confiscated from that facility could be destroyed, overruling a lower court’s ruling that found

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Two Senate bills introduced to rein in JIC, COJ

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The prosecution and permanent suspension of Chief Justice Roy Moore has caused several lawmakers to question the legitimacy, even the need for the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) and the Court of the Judiciary (COJ).

The COJ ruling in Judge Moore’s case is under appeal before a specially appointed Supreme Court. However, acting chief justice Lyn Stuart has barred Moore from his office

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Former State Parks Director: Vote “No” on Amendment 2

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By Don Cooley
Former Director, Alabama State Parks Division Department of Conservation & Natural Resources

As a former State Parks director, nothing would have pleased me more than being able to vote for a constitutional amendment to protect State Park revenues from being raided by the politicians.

But I will vote “No” on Amendment 2 because it would do more harm than good. Under the guise of protecting State Park revenues

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Today is the Last Day to Register to Vote

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Today, October 24, 2016, is the last day to mail in your voter registration and be able to participate in the November 8 General Election. You must have the form filled out and the registration postmarked with today’s date to meet the deadline.

Sunday, October 23 at 5:00 pm was the last day to hand deliver a voter registration form.

Only American citizens are allowed to participate in American

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Has Bentley’s Political Intrigue with PCI Doomed Special Session?

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Concerns that Gov. Robert Bentley is planning to negotiate a State-Tribal Compact with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PCI), reached a boiling point in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, with the Governor’s bill taking a fatal blow. Several Black Caucus members are weary of Bentley’s tactics and several lawmakers in the Senate are expressing the same concerns as Sen

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Lottery Is Dead For November 8 Ballot and Foreseeable Future

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Senate debated the lottery for four days of this Special Session. On Tuesday, August 23, it took the Alabama House of Representatives just a few minutes to effectively kill the lottery, without ever even discussing it in a committee.

Freshly energized lottery opponents used the tight timeline and a rarely used parliamentary maneuver to kill the lottery bill for the November 8 ballot

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Bentley Lottery Passes the Senate

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, August 19, 2016, after three days spent debating a much more ambitious lottery proposal, the Senate finally agreed to pass a lottery bill similar to the one first asked for by Governor Robert Bentley (R).

Senate Bill 3 passed 21 to 12.

A bipartisan group of Senators including Beasley, Blackwell, Coleman-Madison, Dial, Dunn, Figures, Holley, Holtzclaw, Livingston, Marsh, McClendon, Melson

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Indians, Attorney General Take Aim At “McLottery”

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—A lottery bill sponsored by Sen. Jim McClendon (R-Springville) is drawing fire from the Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PCI) and in a surprise press release from Attorney General Luther Strange.

Lobbyists for PCI and Tribal Vice Chair Robbie McGee are confidently predicting the demise of any lottery bill which would challenge their billion dollar monopoly over gaming in Alabama.

During

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Sanford to Introduce His Version of Lottery

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama legislature is back in Montgomery for a special session to consider passing a constitutional amendment to allow a lottery.

State Senator Paul Sanford (R-Huntsville) wrote in a statement on social media, “I will introduce a Multi-State Lottery Bill (no scratch-offs & very limited personnel needed.”

Sanford estimated that his simple lottery would produce only $50 million a year

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“McLottery” Details Expected Today

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By Bill Britt and Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Legislation from Sen. Jim McClendon proposing a vote of the people on a constitutional amendment to approve or reject a statewide lottery is expected later today. A draft of the legislation obtained by the Alabama Political Reporter over the weekend provides some insight as to what the bill may contain.

“McLottery” is the nickname APR has

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