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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The Alabama Ethics Commission is failing us

August 1, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Ethics Commission has become a joke.

Let’s all stop pretending that this five-man panel, along with its Executive Director and legal counsel, are any sort of a defense against corrupt public servants or a means to punish public corruption.

They’re not.

Not consistently.

And not without an air of corruption and good-ol’-boy backroom dealing surrounding nearly everything they do.

Need examples?

Well, first off, read Bill and Susan Britt’s interview with outgoing commissioner Stewart Tankersley. Secondly, consider all of the problems this bunch has created when a simple, straightforward interpretation of law was all anyone expected.
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Gov. Ivey’s chief legal counsel seeks gag order on media

April 18, 2017

By Bill Britt

Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, Gov. Kay Ivey announced the appointment of Bryan Taylor as her chief legal counsel. The Governor’s spokesperson, Eileen Jones, told The Montgomery Advertiser that Taylor was appointed because the Governor feels “he is an excellent lawyer; excellent.”

The Alabama Political Reporter informed Jones early on Monday morning that Taylor, a former State Senator and chief counsel for the Department of Finance, was suing The Alabama Political Reporter and its owners, Bill and Susan Britt.
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Alabama students learn dynamic career opportunities are within their reach

March 13, 2017

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

High School students in Mobile and Baldwin County recently discovered the amazing career opportunities available through Alabama Community College System’s dual enrollment programs.

Rivers Eubanks knows a good deal when he sees one, and he sees it in a career path that leads him through the State’s two-year college system and eventually to a career in welding. He was among the nearly 300 Mobile and Baldwin County High School students who attended a recent career fair at AIDT’s Maritime Training Center in Mobile.
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Legislature passes prison bond bill

March 2, 2017

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, legislation issuing a bond to fund prisons passed the Alabama Legislature and was sent to the Governor for his signature. But, the Thursday I’m referring to was April 22, 2010. The Governor was Bob Riley, the Speaker of the House was Seth Hammett, and the sponsor of the bill was Lowell Baron.

On the last day of the 2010 Regular Session, SB473 was approved by both the House and the Senate and sent to Governor Riley for his signature. The bill approved a bond to raise $50 million in funds for the purchase and renovation of the Perry County Correctional Facility, as well as any additional facilities where increased beds space was needed.
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Special Supreme Court denies APR’s request in Moore case

February 6, 2017

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

To fully understand the investigation and permanent suspension of Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore by the Court of the Judiciary, The Alabama Political Reporter filed a Motion to Intervene and Unseal Court records about the case on October 19, 2016. In a 4-3 decision on February 3, 2017, the Special Supreme Court selected to hear Moore’s appeal denied APR’s request.

An appointed panel of retired judges denied APR’s motion without explanation. They were: James Harvey Reid, Special Chief Justice, and Robert George Cahill, Ralph Alton Ferguson, Jr., and John David Coggin, Special Justices, concurring, and Harris Edward McFerrin, William Reddoch King, and Lynn Clardy Bright, Special Justices, in dissent.
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APR is Simply The Right Fit

October 12, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

So, here I am.

Unless I’ve failed to remember correctly, this will be the first column written that I’ve written in at least 15 years that won’t appear in The Montgomery Advertiser. I am surprisingly happy about that.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s incredibly weird to be out of the newspaper world, but I also feel pretty good about where I’ve landed.

I think The Alabama Political Reporter is a fantastic news outlet that has quickly climbed the media ladder in this State. If you doubt that, flip on talk radio and listen to the babbling heads criticize APR while simultaneously ripping off the website for material and news.
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Email Shows Plan in Huntsville Race

October 3, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Political Reporter has obtained an email in which members of a special interest group appear to openly discuss how they hope to influence the Huntsville City Council in return for their organization’s campaign donations.

SEE EMAIL HERE

SEE EMAIL HEADER

In what looks to be an email from “The Committee of 100″ to the board of directors of BIZPAC, the Montgomery-based political action committee of Clark Richardson an unnamed author writes of its influence with members of the Huntsville City Council.
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Cohen, Ziegler Comment on Moore Trial

September 29, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Following the Court of the Judiciary Trial of Chief Justice Roy Moore, an eager press waited for commentary outside the Heflin-Tolbert Judicial Building on Wednesday.

Neither Chief Justice Moore, his attorneys nor the Judicial Inquiry Commission’s (JIC) attorneys spoke to the media. Justice Moore is not anticipated to comment on the trial until the court reaches a decision.
Dueling protests, both in support and against Moore, raged on the Courthouse steps, replete with signs and sound systems.
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Court Upholds Ban on PAC-to-PAC Transfers

September 28, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—On Tuesday, a Federal appeals court upheld Alabama’s ban on PAC-to-PAC transfers.

The 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling by the US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama in favor of the State in the case of The Alabama Democratic Conference v. Strange.

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By upholding the decision of the lower court, the court of appeals agrees that the ban of PAC-to-PAC transfers is necessary to prevent corruption, or the appearance of corruption, while not violating the First Amendment.
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