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 [...]

Poarch Creeks criticize lawsuit by AG Strange

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The Poarch Band of Creek Indians, responding to a lawsuit filed by the office of Attorney General Luther Strange to try to stop gambling at Poarch Creek casinos in the state, said the lawsuit has no legal merit and does not recognize that the Poarch Creeks are a sovereign nation under federal and not state [...]

AG files lawsuit to shut down Indian casinos

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Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange filed a lawsuit in Elmore County trying to shut down what he argues are slot machines at the three casinos operated in the state by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. While Strange quickly points out that state authorities do not have jurisdiction on tribal land, he argues that the [...]