Thursday's 67-31 vote for House Bill 152, the enabling legislation accompanying a constitutional amendment on gambling, marked the end of a contentious week for members of the Alabama House of Representatives.

Despite a split GOP caucus, State Rep. Chris Blackshear (R-Phenix City), one of the lead sponsors of the House's gambling effort, insists the caucus remains united.

Blackshear appeared on Thursday's broadcast of Alabama Public Television's "Capitol Journal" to insist that was the case.

"Husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends — is it perfect in their relationships?" Blackshear asked. "I mean, they have disagreements all the time. In my opinion, it wouldn't work the best that it possibly could if you agree on everything. I think a lot of times in life, we learn from our failures. We learn from things that may not go our way more so to be better approached next time."

"Our caucus is still together," he continued. "We're still going to continue forward to make this state great, greater than it already is. And this is going to make our team stronger moving forward."

Jeff Poor is the editor in chief of 1819 News and host of "The Jeff Poor Show," heard Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon on Mobile's FM Talk 106.5. To connect or comment, email or follow him on Twitter @jeff_poor.

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