The August 2011 issue of Group Watch, the newsletter produced by The Bloom Group, Inc.
The Bloom Group:
(left to right)
James Dupree
Lisa A. Woodard
Allen Sanderson, Principal
Hal W. Bloom, Jr., Principal
John W. Floyd


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August 2011 Issue

News & Views from the State House

New Chief Justice & "Not Guilty"

Summer’s swelter has been intense this year; nevertheless the wheels keep turning and work goes on in the capital. Catch up on some of the latest buzz below:

Chief Justice Appointed
Governor Robert Bentley appointed his Chief of Staff Charles Malone to be Chief Justice of the state’s highest court. Malone was presiding Circuit Judge in Tuscaloosa, Bentley’s hometown, before being tapped by his friend to be chief of staff. Malone replaces outgoing Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb who earlier this summer announced her retirement. Cobb, a Democrat, was the first female Chief Justice on the state’s Supreme Court and one of only two Democrats holding statewide office following the fall 2010 statewide elections. Governor Bentley says Malone brings a blend of judicial and administrative expertise to the position, which is critical during the fiscal crunch being experienced across this state and the country. Read more here.

Greentrack Fights Tax Bill
Greentrack is fighting a $75 million tax bill from the state and asserts in court pleadings that the assessment far exceeds the track’s assets. Greentrack filed papers in Green County Circuit Court appealing the Alabama Revenue Department’s attempt to collect $61.8 million in taxes and $13.7 million in interest for sales taxes not paid on electronic bingo proceeds from 2004 through 2008. Greentrack officials contend that state law prohibits levying sales tax on the machines’ gross receipts. Accountants for the facility say its assets are about 20 percent of the tax bill. Circuit Judge Eddie Hardaway has scheduled a status conference with attorneys for later this month. 
 
Bingo Trial Yields No Convictions
After seven days of deliberation, the jury in the Alabama bingo corruption trial handed down no convictions in the case. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on many charges and said defendants were not guilty on the rest. The judge is declaring mistrials on the charges for which the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict, and a new trial date is expected quickly. State Senator Quinton Ross (Montgomery) and lobbyist Bob Geddie were found not guilty of all charges against them, and the judge told them they were free to go. Read more here.

Legislators' Spouses Donate to Tornado Relief

The wives and husbands of Alabama legislators have donated $10,000 to a fund established by Governor Robert Bentley to help victims of the April tornadoes that swept across the state. The Legislative Club, a bipartisan group of legislative spouses, presented the check to first lady Dianne Bentley. Mrs. Bentley said the donation would be used to help tornado victims with long-term needs. She was a member of the Legislative Club when her husband served in the legislature. The president of the club is Maudie Bedford, wife of Democratic Senator Roger Bedford of Russellville. 

Principal Perspective: We Never Rest

By Allen Sanderson
The capital city is definitely a little quieter when state senators and representatives are in their home districts. But just because the legislature is not in session doesn’t mean that The Bloom Group isn’t looking out for you. All summer long, we’ve been tending to the business of our many and diverse clients, voicing their concerns, keeping their issues at the forefront of the debate and protecting their interests. We wanted to put out this little reminder that our work doesn’t end when the State House empties; nor is it over at the end of the day. Our team is dedicated to continually keeping our fingers on the political pulse and staying ahead of the curve. 
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