Joe Hubbard’s attorney general campaign gets strong support from Poarch Band

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The Poarch Band of Creek Indians appears to want a new attorney general. Campaign finance records show three political action committees heavily financed by the tribe, which runs gaming facilities in Atmore, Montgomery and Wetumpka, gave Democrat Joe Hubbard $250,000 last month for his campaign against Republican incumbent Luther Strange. The donations represented more than [...]

Rep. Jim Barton resigning to lobby, becomes latest House leader to step down

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Another key member of House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s leadership team is resigning from the House with General Fund budget chairman Jim Barton announcing on Wednesday that he was leaving to join a Montgomery lobbying firm. Barton, R-Mobile, is joining the governmental affairs and lobbying firm Kinney Capitol Group, whose lobbying clients include the Alabama Retail [...]

Feds tell AG that Poarch Creek casinos are legal, do not have to follow state bingo laws

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The federal authority that oversees Indian casinos strongly reinforced to Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange that, despite his recent attempted action against the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, the tribe does not have to follow the state definition of bingo and has a right to operate electronic bingo casinos in the state. Strange has pushed [...]

Roy Moore applauds AG for gambling fight

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Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore said Monday that Attorney General Luther Strange “has done an excellent job” trying to enforce gambling laws in Alabama. Moore, speaking to the Montgomery Rotary Club, said that gambling has been an issue since he first arrived on the court in 2001 for his first term as chief [...]

Robert Bentley interview, Part 1: Private jobs, state jobs and the gambling fight

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Gov. Robert Bentley sat down with the Montgomery Advertiser Thursday for a wide-ranging interview about his first two years in office and the issues facing the state.  We’ll be running excerpts from the interview over the next few days, along with video shot by Montgomery Advertiser photographer Mickey Welsh.  (Transcripts will be edited for clarity.)  [...]