Sen. Billy Beasley decides against gubernatorial run; will seek re-election to Senate

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Ending weeks of speculation, Sen. Billy Beasley, D-Clayton, announced Thursday morning he would not run for governor. In a sometimes emotional press conference, Beasley, a pharmacist by trade, said he would seek re-election to the Senate, citing what he said was an obligation to the voters of his district. The senator also said he would [...]

Senate Democrats renew call for Accountability Act repeal

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On the heels of a dust-up between Gov. Robert Bentley and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, over proposed changes to the state’s controversial Accountability Act, Senate Democrats Friday reiterated their position on the law: Get rid of it. “You can’t fix a bad bill, and the only thing we can do to help [...]

Johnny Ford, despite his repeated efforts, unable to get arrested during protests

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It wasn’t for lack of trying. Protesting the closing of VictoryLand, Tuskegee mayor Johnny Ford walked to the offices of Gov. Robert Bentley, Attorney General Luther Strange, and the Alabama Legislature Tuesday, seeking to get arrested. Ford was unsuccessful in each attempt, in part because he did not engage in actions that would lead to being [...]

Deputy AG hints at contesting liquor licenses at Poarch Creek casinos

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During the Wednesday debate over the liquor license for VictoryLand, a deputy attorney general handling gambling cases insinuated he could contest the liquor licenses for the three casinos operated by the Poarch Creek Indians. Deputy Attorney General Sonny Reagan said he did not know until looking at documents for the VictoryLand case that those casinos [...]

Senator asks AG to withdraw objection to VictoryLand liquor license

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State Sen. Billy Beasley has asked Attorney General Luther Strange, in a letter requesting he withdraw his objection to the liquor license for the casino at VictoryLand, to give his constituents in Macon County the same courtesy as the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. “It is my understanding that the Poarch Creek Indians are licensed [...]