Alabama Supreme Court makes up more bingo law

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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

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Alabama Supreme Court denies Greenetrack

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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

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

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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

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What is the Status of Gaming in Alabama?

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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

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Bentley, Strange Send Memo to Macon, Lowndes DAs, Sheriffs Re: Bingo

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—A memorandum from the Office of the Governor dated September 20, 2016, informed the sheriffs and district attorneys for both Macon and Lowndes County of their responsibility to enforce State laws which “prohibit lotteries and gift enterprises, including electronic bingo.” The emailed memo signed by Gov. Robert Bentley and Attorney General Luther Strange reads “RE: Executive Order

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Victoryland Reopens With Blowout Attendance

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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

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

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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

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Lottery Killed in Senate

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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

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Faithful to the Mission

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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

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Judge Rules Against State in Greenetrack Case

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY— Special Circuit Judge, Houston L. Brown, ruled in favor of Greenetrack Inc., on Wednesday, entering judgment against the State, and the electric bingo casino. Judge Brown ordered the State shall return all seized equipment and records to Greenetrack, Inc.

SEE ORDER

Greenetrack launched its casino-styled gaming in 2004, under Constitutional Amendment 743. In 2011 and 2014, Attorney General

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