Talkin’ politics

first_img Flowers called the defense lawyers, “the best in Alabama” and the prosecution, “the worst.”“They didn’t even know where the courtroom was,” Flowers said of the prosecuting attorneys. “It was like the New York Yankees against the Montgomery Biscuits.”Flowers said the jurors were looking for hard evidence of bribery and there never was any.“I don’t know that a campaign contribution is bribery,” he said.Flowers said all of the defendants in the Bingo Trial were actually losers.“Many of them lost their life savings, probably including Milton McGregor (Victoryland casino owner),” Flowers said. “He’s either got deep pockets or he’s broke.“A lot of money is spent on gambling in Alabama. The Indian facilities are the winners in all of this because the Victoryland business has gone to the them and I hear their business is booming.”Flowers said that Ronnie Gilley, developer of the shattered Country Crossing complex near Dothan, is not the “greatest guy in the world” and that he and lobbyist Jarrod Massey didn’t outdo themselves by pleading guilty “because they are.”On national politics, Flowers said that the Electoral College is outdated and needs to be abolished in order to give all states a “vote” in the presidential elections.“In Alabama, our votes don’t count,” he said. “Florida, Arizona, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania and 10 other states are where the election is held.”Flowers said President Barack Obama won the previous election because of the economy and he may lose in 2012 because of the economy.“I’ve never seen the economy as bad,” he said.Flowers said Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney as the “horses in the gate” for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.“Rick Perry is the perfect candidate for the South and he’ll run through the South,” Flowers said. “He’s a pistol toting evangelical but I’m not sure that he’s who the rest of the country will want to take to the dance.”Flowers told the Rotarians that the country today “is not like the country we grew up in” so what happens with the economy and in politics is anybody’s educated guess. As for the Bingo Trial, Flowers said the trial was a Montgomery media event that didn’t get much attention outside the River and Wiregrass areas.“The key to the trial was the jury selection,” Flowers said. “The defendants paid big money to pick the jury.”Flowers said the defense brought in a serious looking man in a “ten thousand dollar” suit who is an expert in witness politics.“When the jury was picked, this case was over,” Flowers said. You Might Like Clash of the Titans Kyle Boswell forces a Lyman Ward ball carrier to the sideline in a game earlier this season. Pike will take… read more By The Penny Hoarder Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Email the author Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Latest Stories Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Book Nook to reopen By Jaine Treadwell Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, September 7, 2011 Flowers is Alabama’s premier political journalist and commentator. He is also considered by many to be the preeminent authority on Alabama politics and Alabama political history.Flowers was the guest speaker at the Brundidge Rotary Club on Wednesday and talked everything from high school football when prominent attorney Jere Beasley quarterbacked the Clayton Tigers to a 55-0 romp over the PCHS Bulldogs to the Alabama Bingo Trial to the 2012 Presidential campaign.“Beasley sought the nomination for governor in 1978 but finished fifth and that was probably the best thing that could have happened to him,” Flowers said. “I don’t know what he’s worth now but it’s a lot.” Print Article Sponsored Content The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Skip Brundidge Rotarians Ben Busbee, left, and Jimmy Ramage, right, stayed after the Rotary Club meeting on Wednesday to further discuss politics and such with Steve Flowers, Alabama’s premier political journalist and commentator and authority on Alabama politics and Alabama political history. (Photo/Jaine Treadwell)Flowers visits with Brundidge clubWhen the Brundidge Rotarians want to talk politics, they don’t mess around.They bring in the “expert.” They bring in Steve Flowers. Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. 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Mark Hughes keen to move on from Watford defeat

first_img While critical of his own side’s exploits in Saturday’s match, Hughes was also keen to praise Quique Sanchez Flores’ energetic, well-organised Watford outfit. “They are disciplined, athletic at the back and can get around the pitch,” said Hughes, whose team have now won only one of five home games this season. “We didn’t have enough on the field to really affect that. “It doesn’t happen very often here and I don’t anticipate it will in the future.” Watford have made a very creditable start to life back in the top flight following their promotion last season, with the win at Stoke giving them 13 points – one more than their hosts – from 10 games. Flores said: “I am very happy. “This is the first quarter and the moment to make a report maybe. The amount of points is okay – I think to have 13 points is very nice for Watford. “But the most important thing is the way in which we got these points. “We feel competitive, which is very important for the future.” Three days later Stoke host a Chelsea side around whom the sense of crisis deepened with Saturday’s 2-1 loss at West Ham, during which Blues boss Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands. And ahead of the fourth round cup tie, Hughes said: “The performance against Watford was not one I recognised to be perfectly honest. “But the good thing is that we have a big game on Tuesday against Chelsea, and that is the perfect game for us. We can get back on track. “We’ll be better on Tuesday.” Hughes had signalled before the Watford contest that Potters captain Ryan Shawcross – yet to feature for the first team this season after summer back surgery – would be likely to make his return to action against Chelsea. And he has admitted the poor efforts of some of his players on Saturday has made him contemplate making various changes for Tuesday. “Ryan was in my thoughts for Tuesday anyway,” Hughes said. “But obviously, given some of the performances against Watford, maybe other players come into my thinking as well.” Press Association Stoke manager Mark Hughes feels Tuesday’s Capital One Cup clash with Chelsea provides the “perfect” opportunity for his side to bounce back from their loss to Watford. The Potters were on a high as they welcomed the Hornets to the Britannia Stadium on Saturday, looking for a fourth straight Barclays Premier League win to mark what was Hughes’ 100th game in charge in all competitions. But they suffered a 2-0 defeat having lacked potency in attack and been guilty of errors at the back, with Troy Deeney and Almen Abdi taking advantage by scoring for the visitors. last_img read more