Insurer reviewing relationship with former Rep. Greg Wren

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An insurance company is reviewing its relationship with former Rep. Greg Wren, who resigned his office and pleaded guilty last week to an ethics violation. Wren’s attorney said Wednesday he believed the review by Northwestern Mutual stemmed from a misunderstanding of the plea deal, and the nature of the charge. “It’s really Northwestern’s insurers,” attorney [...]

Federal court upholds district lines for 2014

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A three-judge federal court Friday ruled that district lines approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature in 2012 are constitutional, turning away challenges to the lines from the Alabama Democratic Conference and the Alabama Legislative Black Caucus. In a 173-page opinion, U.S. Circuit Judge William Pryor, a former Alabama Attorney General, found that districts created in 2001 [...]

Voting Rights Act decision won’t affect redistricting suit, says attorney

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The Supreme Court’s decision to strike out a major section of the Voting Rights Act likely will not affect a pending lawsuit brought by black legislators against the 2012 redrawing of Alabama’s legislative districts. The suit, filed last year, argues Republican lawmakers who drew the maps violated Section 2 of the 1965 law, which prohibits [...]

Accountability Act lawsuit: Attorneys argue courts can’t decide on Legislative rule-making

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In a hearing over a lawsuit Tuesday on the recently-passed Accountability Act, Montgomery Circuit Court Judge Charles Price asked attorneys for Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey Tuesday afternoon whether the Legislature was obliged to follow its own rules. The question is critical to the suit, brought by the Alabama Education Association, which accuses lawmakers of violating [...]

Sheriff, expert say machines at VictoryLand play legal bingo, are not slots

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An expert hired by the Macon County sheriff said Wednesday that the machines at VictoryLand play electronic bingo, are not slot machines, and are legal in Macon County. “I accept these machines as legal. How clear can it be that these machines play bingo?” Sheriff David Warren said Wednesday. Rich Williamson of BMM, which tests [...]