Alabama Supreme Court makes up more bingo law

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 the machines complied with the county’s bingo amendment. Read More

Lease Deal Ended, In-Fighting Still On

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Recently, the Alabama Political Reporter sat with Public Service Commissioner (PSC), Chris “Chip” Beeker and his attorney, James Anderson, at the Offices of Copeland Franco to review documents and recollections regarding a solar option to a lease offered to the commissioner.

Controversy grew around the proposed land lease after media reports revealed the potential conflict, because PSC regulates utility companies.

In February of this year, Beeker received a letter from Coronal Development Services about leasing some of his pasture land for a possible solar energy farm.
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Greene County’s Burden

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—What began as a war on bingo by former Gov. Bob Riley, was rooted in power, politics and greed, with both sides claiming legal and even moral authority over what constitutes legal or illegal bingo in the Alabama.

The latest episode in this much-sordid affair is the State Supreme Court’s intervention in a lower court’s ruling, concerning the legality of machines played at Greenetrack in Greene County.
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Greene County Gambling Legislation is Defeated in Senate

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, April 14, the Senate rejected a local constitutional amendment that would give Greene Track exclusive gaming rights in Greene County and would have allowed the dog track to have the same electronic bingo games that the Poarch Creek Band of Indians (PCI) have at their three facilities.

The Greene county gambling bill, SB340, was sponsored by State Senator Bobby Singleton (D-Greensboro).

State Senator Hank Sanders (D-Selma) said, “I am deeply concerned about this bill and I am deeply concerned by the whole process.” Sanders said that every other local bill provided for charities to hold bingos. This bill is a different animal because it is for a private entity and gives a privilege and a right to one entity and puts it in the Constitution of Alabama. I don’t know of anything in the modern day like this. This bill puts three other charities out of business. And the only one that will be there will be this one entity. “I know that is unconstitutional. Alabama is going to end up spending money to defend this bill.”
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Ethics Complaint Filed Against AG Strange

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—A Greene County Pastor has filed a complaint with the Alabama Ethics Commission against Attorney General Luther Strange, after drawing a parallel with the Grand Jury investigation into Speaker of the House, Mike Hubbard.

Rev. John Kennard, former Tax Assessor for Greene County and Pastor of the Hunter Chapel B.M. Church in Faunsdale, has asked the Ethics Commission to investigate Strange’s attempts to quash “perjury and lying” indictments against three individuals who were instrumental in the 2011 raid on gaming facilities in Greene County.
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Greene County Bingo Raids Increase Statewide Unemployment Rate

By Lee Hedgepeth
Alabama Political Reporter

GREENE COUNTY – Statistics released by Alabama Department of Labor show that job losses in one county in Alabama, Greene County, unilaterally brought up the state’s average unemployment rate to 6.9 percent last month, up from 6.7 percent the previous month and 6.5 percent one year ago.

“Only Greene County registered an increase in their unemployment rate,” the report from the Alabama Department of Labor said, “while all other counties saw declines ranging from .4 percent in Winston County to 1.2 percent in Perry County.”
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This Week on The V

Staff Report

This week The V Team discusses Greg Wren’s convictions, Greene County raid, Barry Moore and Armistead. This week’s guest Representative Joe Hubbard discusses the Attorney General and Green Track.
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Search Warrants Served at Four Casinos in Greene County

Staff Report

MONTGOMERY—Attorney General Luther Strange announced that four search warrants were served today at four separate casinos in Greene County through a joint effort by law enforcement agents from the Attorney General’s Office and the Alabama Department of Public Safety. This law enforcement action was taken in response to alleged illegal gambling operations. The search warrants were served this morning at Greenetrack and Greene Charity in Eutaw, AL, and at Frontier Bingo and River’s Edge in Knoxville, AL.
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