Alabama AG won't take over Country Crossing case

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Attorney General Troy King says
he won't use the power of his office to take control of the
electronic bingo dispute in Dothan from the Governor's Task Force
on Illegal Gambling.

Some Dothan officials had asked King to take control of the
Country Crossing case, but he declined in letters Tuesday to
Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver and Gov. Bob Riley.

King said he's not taking over the case because the governor's
staff has questioned his integrity. The governor's press secretary
pointed out last week that Alabama lead singer Randy Owen is an
advocate for Country Crossing in Dothan and is supporting King's

King said Riley's involvement also appears compromised because
of allegations of contributions from Indian gambling in 2002.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by REM on Jan 14, 2010 at 10:22 AM
    For those who are not aware, Randy Owen & the group Alabama have been the recipients of the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award, Country Radio Broadcasters' Humanitarian Award, Minnie Pearl Humanitarian Award, not to mention the B.M.I President's Trophy for Public Service,of which has only been awarded four times. They also were the recipients of the 'Spirit of Alabama' medal awarded by none other than Govenor Bob Riley himself. Mr. Owen was also awarded the Michael F. Tamer Award by St. Jude's Hospital for his strong support, raising over $345 million on one of the most sucessful radio fundraisers in history. Mr. Owens annual golf tornaments benefit the Alabama Sheriff's departments youth ranches. Mr. Owen has done so much for so many. What an honor for Mr. King to have the support of such a great Humanitarian like Randy Owen. Take a stand, Mr. King and do what's right for your community & your state. You're allowing yourself to be bullied by hypocritical nonsense.
  • by REM on Jan 14, 2010 at 08:57 AM
    Personally, if I were Mr. King I would be more concerned with how his decision to back away from the CC case is going to affect his integrity with the Alabama voters, rather than how Riley's office might veiw him. Just because Mr. Owen is an advocate for CC doesn't mean his support of Troy King is anything less than honorable. I for one, firmly believe Riley is on a witch hunt and wishes to burn anyone who opposes his veiws on CC. Stand up for what you believe in Mr. King. You should be honored that Randy Owen supports you. Mr. Owen has my deepest appreciation & respect. He is trying to make a difference in our community, which is more than I can say for Riley. It appears that his main focus right now is to see how many people he can put back in the unemployment line. Now that's what I call a crime!
  • by Billy Location: Pelham on Jan 14, 2010 at 05:47 AM
    Adam- we dont sill live in the "good ole days". Like everything else, methods evolve (people with your opinions maybe not), but most do and new ways to play are created. If bingo is alowed, and has passed all tests... than its bingo, play on! Sorry if you played and never won..but don't be a baby about it! AG King has already stated that Riley has "no ground to stand on concerning CC". I say let the Gov keep making a fool of himself, he has made fools out of us the past 7 years by raising our taxes highest ever, and not to mention all the loss in education by Riley. Glad to see he last year is upon us and he is almost outta Alabamas hair. Now we will have toput back what he has torn apart from this great state
  • by Adam Location: newton on Jan 13, 2010 at 08:52 AM
    bingo is played on a paper card with people calling out numbers like B-4. People are playing slots at Country Crossing, and that makes it illegal in Alabama.
  • by Jim Location: Daleville on Jan 13, 2010 at 08:35 AM
    It would seem that Alabama is following in the footsteps of the federal government. A bunch of corrupt politicians that think they rule the land. It is long past time for Alabama to join the 21st century. License and regulate gaming instead of wasting state resources fighting it. Get the state out of the business of selling hard liquor and license retailers to sell it, gaining revenue from additional sales, license fees, etc. We do not need two faced politicians as the moral compasses of our society.
  • by RandyO Location: Ft. Payne on Jan 13, 2010 at 08:04 AM
    I believe my friend, Troy King, should take a stand. His political future is at stake. If he shows a lack of backbone he will not get the vote of the people of Alabama. Governor Riley is helping Artur Davis become our states' next Governor. R.O.
  • by cindy Location: ozark on Jan 13, 2010 at 06:08 AM
    I don't understand why it is okay for Shorter, Al. to have electronic Bingo but, Not alloud in Houston Co. ! Does it have anything to do with Gov. Riley's brother representing the IndianCasino's???????
  • by Mike Location: Alabama on Jan 12, 2010 at 03:59 PM
    This is such BS! Two corrupt politicians are playing the finger pointing game at the expense of the citizens of Alabama and the employees of Country Crossing. I think that since BOTH of these guys appear to have ZERO integrity...this should be left up to the people! We are the ones getting the short end of the stick! It is like choosing the lesser of two evils with these two!
  • by Apollo Location: Dothan, AL on Jan 12, 2010 at 03:55 PM
    Why is so important to point out the involvement of Randy Owen with the AG? when did it become a problem for a huge artist who has sung about this state for decades and has played a major roll in improving Alabama for years? Just because a man choices to back the AG and is a supporter of the best thing thats happen in Dothan in years makes its a bad idea? From what I've understood the Governor has backers from all over the state that are involved in things I don't agree with. As for the AG, it looks like Mr. Riley has another spineless flunky on payroll. Looks like that trip to vegas is going to better then Troy King orginally thought!
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