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King Bob?

Could a raid of Victoryland be coming soon because of today’s Alabama Supreme Court decision? The justices, ruling unanimously, overturned the order of Circuit Judge Tom Young, who had held that Gambling Task Force Commander John Tyson did not have the authority to conduct raids without the consent of local officials. Tyson did not say [...]

Rep. John Rogers: Riley Must Protect All Jobs

Rep. John Rogers (D-Birmingham), chairman of the Black Legislative Caucus, is on the road to Eutaw where he will join other members to call for job creation in Greene county. “If you are going to take jobs away, you’ve got to replace those jobs,” Rogers says of the Governor’s Task Force on Illegal Gambling. The [...]

Gateway to Goat Hill (Legislative Week in Review)

   Black bails on BINGO vote  The issue that dominated this legislative session died in the House of Representatives and thus will never receive a vote of the people. The lead sponsor of BINGO legislation in the House, Marcel Black (D), addressed the House on Wednesday afternoon. Black assured the body that a vote to [...]

Black Legislative Caucus Chair Likes What He Hears

Rep. John Rogers (D-Birmingham) believes Attorney General Troy King said “what needed to be said” an hour ago. Rogers, who wrote a letter to King this week on behalf of the Black Legislative Caucus, tells me its time to “wait and see what the governor is going to do.” King just advised Gov. Bob Riley [...]

3 Tracks of Gambling Debate

Track 1: Legal The 7-2 decision in the Alabama Supreme Court gives the governor’s task force on illegal gambling a clear edge in the legal battle over electronic bingo. The court’s decision Thursday (view here)  led Gov. Bob Riley and his task force commander, John Tyson, to declare raids will continue. Watch Riley and Tyson [...]

Bradley Byrne on Bingo: “I wouldn’t sit idly by”

Bradley Byrne says job creation, not gaming, is the number one issue in Alabama. The Mobile Republican is campaigning on his jobs plan in the Birmingham metro today. Still, he admits the current electronic bingo debate is a dominant topic on the trail. This morning on FOX6 News Good Day Alabama, Byrne declared “gaming is [...]

Rep. Billy Beasley on ending gambling debate

By Bob Howell – WSFA 12 News Anchor – Montgomery, AL House member Billy Beasley of Clayton weighs in on the gambling debate with this release: _______________________ Rep. Billy Beasley (D-Clayton) speaks at Macon County Rally for Victoryland Rep. Beasley makes similar remarks at the microphone in the House of Representatives as a point of [...]

Bingo Battle Reax

Rapid response on the latest volley in the electronic bingo wars (though no response faster than the TRO secured by Milton McGregor as troopers waited to raid Victoryland). Read the story of this morning’s events here. Democratic candidate Ron Sparks campaign released a statement calling the attempted task force raid “an outrageous waste” of state [...]

“Jobs” is the Word

Job creation for Birmingham will be a priority for new mayor William Bell, scheduled to be sworn in this afternoon. This morning on FOX6 News Good Day Alabama, council members Jay Roberson and Kim Rafferty pointed at the growing worries about economic development in the city. “Regionally, we’ve got to cooperate on certain projects to [...]

Riley: Crisis… what crisis?

Dr. Natalie Davis wasn’t surprised at all at Gov. Bob Riley’s upbeat view of state finances. “He’s typically optimistic, very Reaganesque,” says the Birmingham Southern College professor of political science. A little posturing may have been playing into the speech as well as the governor suggested to the Alabama legislature that the “doom and gloom” [...]