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 [...]

Ron Sparks reacts to King’s takeover of Gambling Task Force

By Bob Howell – WSFA 12 News Here’s the first of many reactions on Attorney General Troy King’s announcement that he’s taking over the Governor’s Illegal Gambling Task Force – _____________________ Sparks Says King Needs To Go Even Further Disband Bingo Task Force For Good “I’m glad to see that Commander Tyson has been relieved [...]

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 [...]

Weekly Recap: Who were the week’s winners and losers?

Who came out on top in Alabama politics this week? Attorney General Troy King faces many fronts at the end of this week. First, his much-talked about announcement Wednesday about his authority over the governor’s anti-gambling task force was quickly dismissed by task force commander John Tyson. Now, Legislative Black Caucus chairman Rep. John Rogers [...]

King vs Tyson

Busy day on the topic of electronic bingo. You can watch Attorney General Troy King’s newser here. You can watch Task Force commander and Mobile District Attorney John Tyson’s response here. Read more of Rick Journey’s blogs here.

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 [...]

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 [...]

Judge refuses to stop Country Crossing raid; Tyson responds

  By Bob Howell – WSFA 12 News Anchor, Montgomery, AL Here’s the latest on the legal battle over bingo…the rejection of Country Crossing’s request for  restraining order from a federal judge here in Montgomery:   (AP) Montgomery, Al – A federal judge has refused to block a raid on the Country Crossing bingo hall [...]

Let’s talk gambling…in Alabama

By Bob Howell – WSFA 12 News Anchor – Montgomery, AL Here in the WSFA 12 Newsroom, we got the first hint that something was up at Victoryland/Quincy’s 777 early on the evening of Thursday January 29th.  A raid on the state’s largest bingo operation?  Nah.  The Illegal Gambling Task Force had its Supreme Court test case [...]

View Gambling Task Force Commander’s news conference on raids

By Bob Howell – WSFA 12 News Anchor Montgomery, AL Illegal Gambling Task Force Commander, John Tyson spoke to reporters this morning about the attempted raids at Victoryland and Country Crossing.  Click here to watch WSFA 12 News coverage of  his news conference.