Gambling vote divides Ala. GOP candidates for gov.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The two candidates in the Republican runoff for governor, Bradley Byrne and Robert Bentley, have different views on gambling.

Bentley advocates a statewide referendum on whether to allow gambling or shut it down completely, including stopping dog races and traditional paper bingo games.

Byrne opposes a statewide vote because it could lead to more gambling.

Neither joins Democratic nominee Ron Sparks in advocating an expansion of gambling to get more tax revenue.

Bentley says it's a poor way to fund state government. Byrne says it's bad for society and preys on the poor.

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


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  • by B Location: Ozark on Jul 12, 2010 at 05:59 AM
    I VOTE FOR THE MAN NOT THE PARTY AND AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED RON SPARKS WILL DO THE MOST FOR ALABAMA, I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT HE WOULD DO DIFFERENT WITH A EDUCATION LOTTERY THAN FLORIDA AND MISSISSIPPI HAVE,I WOULD LIKE TO SEE BINGO LEGAL IN ALABAMA BECAUSE OF THE REVENUE IT WOULD BRING INTO THE STATE AND THE NUMBER OF JOBS IT WOULD CREATE. I WILL VOTE SOME REPUBLICANS BUT I WILL ABSOLUTLY VOTE FOR SPARKS, NOT BECAUSE OF HIS PARTY BUT FOR WHAT HE SAYS HE WILL DO FOR THE STATE OF ALABAMA
  • by JAMES Location: DOTHAN on Jun 27, 2010 at 05:29 PM
    VOTE FOR MR SPARKS.WE KNOW WHERE HE STANDS ON BINGO.HE IS MY MAN.
  • by betty Location: freeport on Jun 27, 2010 at 02:12 PM
    here we go again, at least they plan to CLOSE ALL places, but will that include the INDIANS? I can do to mississippi to play slots, it would be nice to go close to home but I go twice a year and I went to country crossing the 1 time and if it re-opens somewhere else I will differently go there, but the rest of the places close (like indians) wouldn't waste my time or money, I don't see anyone changing anything because they had rather NOT step on toes. I wouldn't vote for none of them
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