MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The commander of Gov. Bob Riley's task
force went back to court Monday seeking permission to raid
Victoryland, the state's largest and last electronic bingo casino
in operation.

But even if task force commander John Tyson is successful, the
casinos could be back in business once a new governor takes office
on Jan. 17.

Both major party candidates for governor are saying they will
get rid of the task force.

Democratic candidate Ron Sparks says his first action as governor will be to fire Tyson.

Republican Robert Bentley says he will "dismantle the task force" and concentrate on finding jobs for Alabama residents who are out of work.

Tyson said he works for Riley and he wouldn't expect to keep the
position after Riley leaves office.

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  • by ken Location: dothan, al on Aug 3, 2010 at 10:25 AM
    All those who think that gambling will solve our state financial and employment problems, I have some ocean front property in Arizona.
  • by Shane Location: Daleville on Aug 2, 2010 at 08:13 PM
    Tyson says that he works for Gov. Riley. Funny, I thought that all state employees work for the people of the State of Alabama. I any form of government in this country the mentality is that the rank and file government employees work for the office holders, the office holders work for the leader, the leader works for the corporations and the citizens work at trying to sit without pain after being you-know-what by all those mentioned in the government!
  • by jay Location: wicksburg on Aug 2, 2010 at 07:09 PM
    This is just GREAT. Bentley and Sparks have sold out to Uncle Milt and Gilley. Gambling interests and the AEA will govern Alabama because you will never get an UP or DOWN vote on illegal gambling. One sentence is all it would take on the ballot, not 8 pages ar 54 pages. Just one simple question. Do you approve slot machines in the State of Alabama? But this will never happen. Even Channel 4 tried to say the last bill was an up or down vote, but it was not. If you voted "yes", it would have established a gaming commission. If "no", Gilley and Uncle Milt would continue to operate as usual. You did not have a choice to do away with slot machines. And with Sparks or Bentley, you never will. But, hey, you made your bed so now lie in it.
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