Breaking down the lottery process

September 19, 2017

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The following article is part of APR’s on-going series on gaming and the lottery:

Polling on both sides of the political aisle indicates that the voters in Alabama support the right to vote on a lottery and legalized gaming — and overwhelmingly support a lottery and legalized gaming. By participating in lotteries across state lines in Georgia, Tennessee and Florida, Alabamians have paid millions of dollars to educate the children of those states. While some questioned the continued viability of state lotteries, several recent large jackpots and the continued popularity of scratch-off tickets demonstrate that lotteries are still sources of significant revenue for lottery states. The lottery debate in Alabama has been historically broken down in the Legislature over four issues:

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Experts weigh-in on lottery

September 13, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Soon after taking office, Gov. Kay Ivey disbanded the Alabama Gaming Task Force along with other commissions authorized by former Gov. Robert Bentley. Ivey’s administration saw the gaming committee as another way to toss a thorny issue on an ever-growing trash heap of legislative avoidance. According to several members speaking on background, the task force was never going to offer a concrete recommendation but merely a laundry list of options. Over the next several months, The Alabama Political Reporter will publish a series of interviews with lottery experts to understand how to best implement a lottery.

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Does Governor Ivey support a vote on the lottery?

August 25, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

At a recent press gaggle,  a reporter asked Governor Kay Ivey what the chances of Alabama passing a lottery are? Alabama is one of only six states that does not have some form of lottery. Her statement while clear to those who understand Alabama’s 1901 Constitution was taken out of context to say that the Governor opposed letting the people vote on a lottery.

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Will Poarch Creek casino money return Hubbard to power?

April 12, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

New information about a reported agreement between convicted felon Mike Hubbard and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PCI) came to light over the weekend. The Tribe has is believed to have agreed to pay all of Hubbard’s legal fees past, present, and future if the once-powerful Speaker of the House helps them elect a majority of like-minded lawmakers who will grant a Compact, giving them Vegas-style casino gambling rights in Alabama.
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Indian Casino owners interview potential governor Tuberville

April 10, 2017

 

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

While the Ethics Commission was interviewing witnesses on Union Street last Wednesday to determine if there was probable cause to refer felony charges against Gov. Robert Bentley, members of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PCI) were meeting on High Street to see if former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville was going to play ball with them. Tuberville wants to be the governor, and the Tribal Casino owners want to buy one.
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House Bill gives State Police power to Poarch Creek Indians

March 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 9, 2017, the Alabama House of Representatives voted to give the Poarch Creek Indian Tribal Police State Police powers, equivalent to those exercised by local Police departments and Sheriff’s departments across the country. HB294 is sponsored by State Connie Rowe (R-Jasper).

Rep. Rowe said that this bill gives the Poarch Creek Law Enforcement Agency State Police powers. They currently have 48 Alabama Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission (APOSTC) Certified Peace Officers.
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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’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

Poarch Creek Indians to push casino plans in Alabama and Georgia

November 18, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians could soon be operating casinos in Georgia; Alabama gaming law and federal Indian gaming laws are complicated and filled with gray areas; and gambling, in general, is just awful.

That pretty much summed up Meeting 2 of the Alabama Advisory Council on Gaming – the governor’s committee that was formed to explore the complicated issues surrounding gambling in the state and then make recommendations to lawmakers.
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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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