Will US Attorney General Sessions press the rule of law in his home State?

February 7, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions will face some tough questions about law and order in his home State as he takes the reins at Justice. Will he have his US Attorney for the Southern District enforce Federal law and close the casinos operated by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Alabama? Will he demand his US Attorney for the Middle District to finally bring Federal charges against convicted felon former Speaker Mike Hubbard? And lastly, will his office take action into Governor Robert Bentley’s use of State resources to harm Spencer Collier as did the US Attorney in New Jersey?
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Alabama Supreme Court makes up more bingo law

January 3, 2017

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

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.
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Greenetrack supporters, on his office steps, demand a meeting with attorney general

November 22, 2016

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Standing on the attorney general’s office steps Tuesday afternoon, Southern Christian Leadership Conference officials and other GreeneTrack Casino supporters demanded a meeting with Attorney General Luther Strange to discuss their pending Alabama Supreme Court Case and the future of gaming in Greene County.

The Eutaw, Alabama, gaming center filed a brief before the Alabama Supreme Court last month in an appeal over the facility’s electronic bingo machines. Greenetrack argues the Attorney General is asking the Supreme Court to overstep its boundaries.

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ALFA Hits Jackpot For 20 Years Straight But Doesn’t Want You To

September 6, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Will blame, incrimination and meddling be the legacy of the circular firing squad known as the 2016 Special Legislative Session?

Unrelenting lobbying by various groups helped kill Governor Robert Bentley’s lottery bill SB3, which was carried by Sen. Jim McClendon (R-Springville), namely, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, those backing GreeneTrack, VictoryLand and Alabama Farmers Association (ALFA).

Each group lost something in the last minute mugging of the lottery bill… except ALFA.
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Lottery Killed in Senate

August 29, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Early on Friday, August 26, a jubilant Governor Robert Bentley (R) said, “We came out with a victory from the House, not us, but a victory for the people of this state.” That Bentley and Bentley’s staff have absolutely no idea what is happening in in the Alabama legislature, could not be any more obvious than at that moment.

While the Governor was taking his victory lap after midnight with the exhausted capital press corps, Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) and lottery bill sponsor, Senator Jim McClendon (R-Springville), were desperately trying to find a plan to save the lottery.
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Faithful to the Mission

July 19, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Over the past 24 hours, I have received criticism and “atta boys” for my article “Greene County’s Burden.” Perhaps, I deserve both or neither, but at least people are talking.

Before we published the first page on Alabama Political Reporter, we determined our mission would be to inform, educate and alert our readers to the hard truth about State politics. While I am certain we have fallen short, we have worked hard, and continue to work with great purpose to fulfill that promise.
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Greene County’s Burden

July 18, 2016

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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Alabama Supreme Court Grants Stay in AG’s Appeal of Greenetrack

July 14, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—On Wednesday, the Alabama Supreme Court (ASC) granted a stay, before the deadline, for a response from the attorneys for Greenetrack had expired.

Circuit Judge Houston L. Brown, ruled on June 22, that the machines seized from Greenetrack were, in fact, bingo machines and therefore legal in the State of Alabama. The State responded on July 7, with an Emergency Motion for Stay, Pending Appeal and Memorandum in Support of the ASC.
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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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