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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Some TV stations pull ads attacking Riley



In the fight over airing ads attacking Gov. Bob Riley and his alleged connections to gambling, channel 33/40 has decided to put the ads back on the air.
Riley, who is in a battle with gaming operators and some lawmakers over gambling, has asked channels to take the ads off of the air.
In a release, an attorney for the Sweet Home Alabama Coalition, which is running the ads, said Riley's attempt to stop the ads is unconstitutional and violates the First Amendment.
Some other channels have taken down the ads. The Associated Press confirmed that four stations have taken down the ads including WSFA12 in Montgomery.
Jeff Emerson, communications director for Riley, has said the claims of Riley's financial connections to Choctaw Indians in Mississippi were lies in 2002 and are lies now.
Riley has formed a Task Force on Illegal Gambling with a goal of taking a test case to the Alabama Supreme Court for a ruling on what machines are legal here.
Democratic lawmakers, gaming operators and the coalition are pushing legislation that would create a gaming commission to over see electronic bingo in the state and would tax the revenue.

-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen

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