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Alabama Governor Slams Casino Plans

28 August 2002

ALABAMA – As reported by the Montgomery Advertiser: "Gov. Don Siegelman straddled no fences when asked Tuesday about the Poarch Creek Indians' plan to build a $100 million gaming center complex in Wetumpka with progressive jackpots of up to $60,000.

"….Siegelman said in a fax, `The people of this state do not want casinos. There will be a casino in Alabama over my dead body.'

"The Poarch Creek Indians' tribal leader's attorney, though, insists that the complex, which is being planned in conjunction with Harrah's Entertainment Inc. of Las Vegas, does not fit the state's definition of a casino.

"The Montgomery Advertiser had asked Siegelman for his reaction to Poarch Creek Tribal Chief Eddie Tullis' talks with Harrah's, which designs, builds and runs casinos across the nation. Tullis also announced Friday that he plans to start building the giant gaming complex early next year.

"Montgomery attorney Mays Jemison, who represents Tullis, said Tuesday that a casino, with roulette wheels and showgirls, will not be included in the proposed Wetumpka complex.

"Instead, Jemison said, it will feature video gaming machines and table bingo…"

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