The “Just Say No” Crowd

Sometime in the last decade, my father, disgusted with seeing countless local amendments on his general election ballot told me he had had enough. He would not, he declared, vote “yes” for another constitutional amendment on an Alabama ballot until it was “straightened up.” “Really, Dad, shouldn’t you consider on a case by case basis,” [...]

BP Lawsuit: Gov. Bob Riley’s Biggest Fear

The back and forth between Gov. Bob Riley and Attorney General Troy King continued this morning. During a satellite news tour provided by the Governor’s Office, Gov. Riley said he was most concerned that an Alabama lawsuit will take the state out of the room when BP splits up payments between coastal states hurt by [...]

Bentley: “I trust the people of Alabama”

By Bob Howell – WSFA 12 News Anchor, Montgomery, AL Appearing on WSFA 12 News Alabama Live, Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert Bentley said when it comes to resolving the issue of gambling in the state, he trusts the people of Alabama.  Bentley promised to do away with the Governor’s Task Force on Illegal Gambling. “All [...]

Sparks: “The state of Alabama is broke…”

By Bob Howell – WSFA 12 News 12 Montgomery, AL During an interview on WSFA 12 News Alabama Live, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ron Sparks said, “The state of Alabama is broke.  I am a candidate for governor that’s trying to find some solutions to the problems we have in Alabama.” For Sparks, the quickest and [...]

Greene County Judge Removed

The Alabama Supreme Court has removed Greene County Circuit Judge Eddie Hardaway from the case involving the Greenetrack casino.  Governor Riley released the following statement: “No one is above the law and today’s ruling from the Supreme Court reaffirms this basic principle of our state and our nation.  By removing Judge Hardaway from this case, [...]

Bob Riley: Obama Speech “Disappointing”

Gov. Bob Riley says the president “understands how hard people are being hit” along the Gulf Coast. Riley says he watched the president during his visit to Alabama this week. And that’s why he calls last night’s speech “disappointing.” This morning on FOX6 News Good Day Alabama, Riley said it was disappointing to see the [...]

New PPP Survey Suggests Promising Year for GOP

Public Policy Polling says if Republican Bradley Byrne met Democrat Artur Davis in a general election race right now, Byrne would lead 48%-32%. The North Carolina-based firm released the findings of its March 27th-29th poll of 1,270 Alabama voters this afternoon. View the complete poll here. In a Davis- Kay Ivey matchup, Ivey leads 44%-33%. [...]

Gov. Riley mum on talk with Attorney General

By Bob Howell – WSFA 12 News – Montgomery, AL  Two days after a private, one-on-one meeting with Alabama’s Attorney General, Governor Bob Riley is talking about the outcome of the talk with King.  They met Wednesday to talk about electronic bingo in the state and the governor’s Task Force on Illegal Gambling. As he left the [...]

Bingo Standoff – No End in Sight

Milton McGregor’s electronic bingo casino is now open once again at Victoryland. A judge issued an injunction warning John Tyson, the head of the governor’s task force on illegal gambling, not to raid it. The judge says Tyson lacks any authority to conduct a raid. We have a similar situation at Greenetrack where the sheriff [...]

Law School Dean: Potential for “Constitutional Crisis”

Cumberland School of Law dean and former federal magistrate John Carroll says Troy King’s news conference today could set up one heckuva constitutional debate over the powers of the governor and attorney general. Carroll considered the options this morning on FOX6 News Good Day Alabama. Watch here. The AG’s office won’t provide any more information [...]