Governor Bob Riley

Private School Tax Credits
3:57 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Former Governor Leads Ala. Scholarship Group

Former Gov. Bob Riley says he's serving as the unpaid chairman of a scholarship organization because he believes in a new Alabama law that provides scholarships to families that move their children from failing public schools.
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Former Gov. Bob Riley says he's serving as the unpaid chairman of a scholarship organization because he believes in a new Alabama law that provides scholarships to families that move their children from failing public schools.

Riley started the Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund with Tampa businessman John Kirtley, who started a similar program in Florida.

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Riley-Election
3:58 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Former Alabama Governor Helping GOP Legislators

Former Gov. Bob Riley will be a major player in the 2014 elections in Alabama even though his name is not on the ballot.
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Former Gov. Bob Riley will be a major player in the 2014 elections in Alabama even though his name is not on the ballot.

Riley has raised more than $1 million for his political action committee, Alabama 2014, and he's using it to help Republicans keep their seats in the Legislature.

Riley's PAC has given $23,884 to Rep. Jim Patterson of Merdianville, $22,501 to Rep. Ken Johnson of Moulton, $21,583 to Rep. Wayne Johnson of Ryland, and smaller amounts to other incumbents.

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VictoryLand Closure
4:27 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Court Rules For VictoryLand Employees On Layoffs

A federal appeals court in Atlanta has upheld a lower court ruling that VictoryLand casino and dog track may owe its former employees millions.
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A federal appeals court in Atlanta has upheld a lower court ruling that VictoryLand casino and dog track may owe its former employees millions.

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Governor-Budget
9:44 am
Sun November 4, 2012

Alabama Governor Drops Riley's Budget Process

Governor Robert Bentley has abandoned a budgeting process used by former Gov. Bob Riley's administration.
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Gov. Robert Bentley's administration has abandoned a budgeting process used by former Gov. Bob Riley's administration that required government agencies to set goals and plan their spending to achieve those goals.

The budgeting process, which went by the acronym SMART, was run out of the state's Executive Planning Office. The last person to head that office, Jonathan Barganier, says that data collected was useful, but it often wasn't used by legislators for budget decisions. He said the additional paperwork it required was a challenge.

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