Powerful former state senator charged with ethics, campaign violations

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Former state Sen. Lowell Barron, once considered one of the most powerful men in the state, and a former campaign staffer were arrested on Tuesday for allegedly violating the state ethics law and the Fair Campaign Practices Act, according to a statement from the office of Attorney General Luther Strange. Barron, a Fyffe Democrat who [...]

Powerful former state senator arrested

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Powerful former state Sen. Lowell Barron has been arrested, according to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office. Barron, a Fyffe Democrat who just turned 70, is listed on the office’s web site as an active inmate and was listed as being arrested about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office The web site does [...]

Bingo trial, Week 4: Quotes, comments and tidbits

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Here are some more quotes, comments and tidbits from week four of the federal corruption trial: Right and wrong When asked who they should support for governor, VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor told Country Crossing developer Ronnie Gilley he had talked with Joe Reed with the Alabama Education Association about Sparks. “I think Ron is going [...]

Tape: Milton McGregor, Lowell Barron discussed ‘scheme’ to secure senator’s support

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Former State Sen. Lowell Barron, D-Fyffe In a tape played by defense attorneys at the bingo trial this morning, Victoryland owner Milton McGregor and then-Senate Rules Committee chairman Lowell Barron, D-Fyffe, discuss a “scheme” to secure the support of Sen. Jim Preuitt for a bill legalizing bingo. In the recording, made on March 23, 2010, [...]

Senators appoint members to key posts

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The Alabama public, political observers and Alabama state senators found out Tuesday who will chair key committees in that body.Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, who is considered one of the most conservative members of the Senate, was selected as chairman of the powerful Rules Committee that determines which bills come to the Senate floor for debate. [...]