New billboards carry a “Public Service Message” from Milton McGregor

December 5, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Maybe you’ve seen the billboards.

There are 18 of them around Alabama, mostly concentrated in Montgomery and south Alabama. On them, in giant letters, is the word “EXPOSED!”

Just underneath are three photos: former Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, former Gov. Bob Riley and former U.S. attorney Leura Canary.

Out to the side: “As seen in the documentary Atticus v. Architect.”

And below that, the signature: “A public service announcement by Milton McGregor.”

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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

Experts testify on lottery, VictoryLand and downside of PCI’s tax-free monopoly

December 3, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Governor Robert Bentley’s Gambling Advisory Committee received a crash course on Thursday on the detailed operation of a state lottery and learned the history and tax payments made by the state’s largest non-Indian casino, VictoryLand.

Louisiana Lottery president Rose Hudson and New Hampshire Lottery executive director Charlie McIntyre spent the better part of 90 minutes explaining to the committee the differences between lottery games, how Powerball and Mega Millions work together and the other various aspects of overseeing a statewide lottery.
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What is the Status of Gaming in Alabama?

October 21, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

A couple of weeks ago, to the surprise of many, Governor Robert Bentley announced at a press conference the formation of a gambling committee to explore the benefits and costs of legalizing some forms of gaming in Alabama.

While the move was met mostly with indifference from the majority of the State – a government committee doesn’t exactly inspire great excitement – it also seemed like a curious move from a Governor, who, along with Attorney General Luther Strange, had two weeks earlier signed off on a letter to district attorneys and sheriffs around the State, reminding them that electronic bingo is illegal in Alabama.
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Victoryland Reopens With Blowout Attendance

September 14, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

SHORTER—Starting before noon on Tuesday, people were lining up, along with the traffic, around Victoryland in Macon County, for its “Grand” reopening at 2:00 pm.

People poured through the doors and flooded the lobby, as they all rushed to get their chance to gamble at Victoryland, again.

At a press conference last month, Victoryland owner, Milton McGregor, announced the plan to reopen on September 13. The casino opened with 500 electronic bingo machines and had anticipated hiring 200 staff members.
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US Attorney Asks Bingo or Slots?

April 7, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Politcal Reporter

MONTGOMERY—A letter obtained by alreporter.com from the US Attorney for the middle district, George Beck, to Gov. Robert Bentley and Attorney General Luther Strange raises serious questions about the State’s inconsistency on the legality of bingo machines.

While the letter seeks clarification on what might appear to be a complex issue, it can be distilled down to a question: How can the machines played at VictoryLand be slot machines and the ones played at facilities owned by Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PCI) not be slots? Or even more simply put, how can one be illegal and the other not?
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VictoryLand To Reopen

April 5, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—VictoryLand supporters made it clear at a press conference on Monday, that the facility would reopen, giving much needed hope to the citizens of Macon County that thousands of good paying jobs would be returning to their beleaguered community.

Last week, the Alabama Supreme Court struck down a lower court ruling that would have paved the way for VictoryLand’s reopening. The upper court’s ruling came on the heels of a letter in late March from George Beck, US Attorney for the Middle District, to Gov. Robert Bentley, and Attorney General Strange, questioning inconsistencies in the State’s position on bingo machines.
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Bronner Offers Ideas on How to Move Alabama Forward

February 3, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Recently, the Alabama Political Reporter sat down with Dr. David Bronner, the long-serving head of RSA. “One of the stories I like to tell was an old Birmingham News story that asked, ‘What if we treated Alabama’s football team like we do everything else,’” recalled Bronner. “First of all, Coach Saban wouldn’t be there. Second of all, you would have no practice facility. Third of all, you’d have old equipment. Fourth of all, there’s no way with all that we’d be number one.”
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Ace In Your Face

January 21, 2016

By Amy Elizabeth McGhee

As budget woes continue to cripple the State of Alabama, one thing remains consistent: The slow moving, stinky sludge that continues to clog the pipes in the Alabama State legislature when it comes to Alabama lottery and gaming legislation.  As lawmakers scramble around the immediate, viable economic solutions that a lottery and gaming expansion offers, the people of this State are left to suffer. It is time for politics to be set aside. It’s time for a conversation – A conversation that might make many uncomfortable, but one that must happen.
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Letter Exchange Seems to Clear Opening for VictoryLand

December 14, 2015

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—A letter exchange between Gov. Robert Bentley, Macon County District Attorney E. Paul Jones, and Sheriff Andre’ Brunson seems to clear a path for the reopening of VictoryLand. It also serves as an assurance to those companies supplying bingo machines, that the State will not confiscate them as in the past.

The December 4 letter from Jones and Brunson began, “We appreciate the full faith and confidence you have expressed in us to enforce the  law in  our county. We assure you that every law will be enforced equally as it applies to each of our citizens and all those doing business in our county.” This is a direct acknowledgement of the Governor’s Executive Order returning the power to enforce State gaming laws to local law-enforcement.
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