Rich Wingo will seek re-election in House District 62

July 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, July 6, 2017 state Representative Rich Wingo (R from Tuscaloosa) announced that he will seek a new term for the House District 62 seat that he has held since 2014.

Rep. Wingo said in a statement, “During my first term in the Alabama House, I have let my bedrock conservative values and deep faith guide my actions in Montgomery. And while my Republican colleagues and I have made important progress over the past four years in reforming the way our state government operates, the job is not yet finished, and I am determined to see it completed on my watch.”
Read More

Carrington Interview

July 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, June 29, 2017, The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) had a lengthy interview with Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington (R) who is running for the Republican nomination for Governor of Alabama in next June’s major party primaries.

APR: A recent CNBC ranking of the states rated Alabama as the  number 46 economy.  What could you do as Governor to improve that?

Carrington:  “One of the issues that needs even more focus going forward is workforce development; it could become our state’s competitive advantage.  For example, Alabama has more than a half million working age adults who don’t have a high school degree.  Manufacturing employers have told me that they want workers who: one, have a high school degree; two, show up for work on time; and three, can pass a drug test.  Not a very high bar, but half a million working age Alabamians without a high school degree don’t qualify for these higher paying jobs.  As a result, the state has too many working age adults in minimum wage jobs, preventing many of our young people from getting needed work experiences.  This and other structural deficiencies, like economic development in rural areas, are solvable problems that don’t require any new taxes.  My goal is to embark on a path to move Alabama’s median family income from the bottom 10% to the top 50% in the next ten years.”
Read More

Alabama’s prison problem: Gambling, taxes and lawsuits

June 28, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The reckoning day is here.

After ignoring years of warnings and threats from activists and federal officials over Alabama’s abhorrent prison situation – they are simultaneously overcrowded, understaffed, thoroughly unable and/or unwilling to provide adequate mental health and health care services and decrepit – the first shoe dropped Tuesday morning, when Federal Judge Myron Thompson issued a lengthy ruling excoriating the prison’s mental health services.
Read More

Fantasy Sports Bill narrowly passes out of House

April 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, the Alabama House of Representatives voted to pass a highly controversial bill to exempt fantasy sports from the State’s anti-gambling laws, but only after it was much modified on the floor of the House.

House Bill 354 was sponsored by State Representative Alan Boothe (R-Troy). Boothe’s mother died, so he was unable to attend the legislature to carry his own bill. The bill was carried in his place by State Representative Ron Johnson (R-Sylacauga).
Read More

Legislature returns today

April 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, the Alabama Legislature returns after a two week spring break.

The legislature has a number of issue to deal with.

The first of these is the budgets. The Senate was debating the education trust fund (ETF) budget on the last day. Now it moves to the House for their consideration. The House on Tuesday, March 14, passed the State General Fund Budget (SGF); but it still has to be taken up by the Senate. The SGF is Spartan. The state needs to spend more money on Medicaid, prisons, mental health, and State Troopers; but there really is not any money in the budget to fund those agencies at the levels that administrators would like.
Read More

Democrats announce 2017 Legislative Agenda

March 16, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama House Democrats are badly outnumbered in the State House of Representatives; but that does not mean that they don’t have ideas they want to push forward. The group announced their 2017 agenda on a Thursday, March 9, 2017 press conference in the State House.

New House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels (D-Huntsville) “All Alabama families want is a fair shot and level playing field – and, they deserve that. This is why we are focused on major investments in education, infrastructure, innovation and the Alabama worker.”
Read More

Public hearing held on fantasy sports bill

March 9, 2017

By Sam Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Fantasy contests and gambling and how they relate to one another were the two main topics at a Senate Committee meeting on Wednesday.

The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee meet on Wednesday to hold a public hearing on Senate Bill 270 concerning fantasy contests.

SB270 would make fantasy contests exempt from the State prohibition on gambling and require operators to register in the State. It would also provide protection for fantasy sports consumers in Alabama. There is also a House bill with the same provisions as SB270.
Read More

Please don’t waste time on gambling legislation

February 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, February 7, 2017, the Alabama Legislature will return to Montgomery for the 2017 Legislative Session and will face dire funding issues for prisons, for the long-troubled Alabama Medicaid Agency, for mental health, for infrastructure, for State parks, and other General Fund programs. Polling shows that Alabamians are dead set against raising taxes. Republicans hold a commanding super majority. Most of those legislators will not face a credible threat next year from the troubled Alabama Democratic Party. The only credible threat is on their right in a GOP Primary, and Republican voters don’t want higher taxes. The temptation is to look to gambling for revenue. That would be a mistake.
Read More

Alabama’s gambling fight, Part II: Follow the money

January 18, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

By early 2009, construction was far enough along on the Country Crossing facility in Dothan that it didn’t take much imagination to see customers flocking to the entertainment venue, spending the night in the George Jones Possum Holler Bed and Breakfast, eating at the Lorrie Morgan Hot Chicken Restaurant.

The experts had certainly bought in, as some of the country’s top financial advisors had directed their clients – some the country’s most famous sports stars and musicians – to dump millions of dollars into the $200 million facility. Read More

Alabama Supreme Court denies Greenetrack

December 24, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, December 23, 2016, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled unanimously that electronic bingo is illegal within the State of Alabama.

In the case State of Alabama v. 825 Electronic Gambling Devices, et al., Greenetrack, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled in favor of the State, reversing a lower court judgment siding with the casino. As a result, the State of Alabama is allowed to destroy the electronic bingo machines it seized from Greenetrack.
Read More

© Copyright 2017 Alabama Political Reporter