Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone has a piece (“The Continual Screwing of Jefferson County, Alabama“) that picks up on a Bloomberg News story from last week (“Bachus Comforts Wall Street While Assailing Dodd-Frank to Voters Back Home“). Neither portrays U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus (R – Vestavia Hills), the House Financial Services Committee [...]
Here is a side-by-side look at the current map of Alabama Congressional Districts and the proposed map that will be introduced into the Legislature this week from the Joint Legislative Committee on Redistricting.
Note that this new map is not the one originally proposed by the committee co-chairmen, Sen. Gerald Dial (R – Lineville) [...]
Why is U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus (R) introducing legislation to delay the regulation of derivatives for two years?
After his home county’s disastrous dealings with derivatives (specifically in the form of interest rate swaps), Jefferson County is now preparing for the possibility of the largest municipal bankruptcy in history.
Somewhat related: [...]
The site Baseline Scenario points out the titles of four consecutive press releases on Spencer Bachus’ Media Center:
The mills are grinding overtime on this, so, lets open the subject up.
My own thought is that until we hear from the man himself, lets keep the rpms low so we don’t burn out the bearings. As a candidate, Riley does have some positives and negatives. He can give a good [...]
Bobby Bright, the recently defeated Democratic Congressman and former Montgomery mayor, has emerged as a candidate to replace Leura Canary as U.S. Attorney in the Middle District, the Political Parlor has learned. The White House is still considering Montgomery attorney George Beck as a potential successor, according to Alabamians familiar with the process, [...]
U.S. Congressman Spencer Bachus picks up criticism from the right after saying that Sarah Palin cost Republicans the U.S. Senate.
Associated Press reported that Bachus spokesman Tim Johnson said the remarks were taken out of context though I can’t quite figure how any other context mitigates his comments.
Might it cost [...]
Every Republican in the state House of Representatives this week received the email below from U.S. Congressman Spencer Bachus.
There is a follow-up quiz. Does the email represent:
A) A largely unprecedented effort by a U.S. Congressman to insert himself in the organization of one of our state legislative chambers, B) the gusto [...]
On the heels of this endorsement list from Kris at The World Around You, the Parlor is pleased to present lists of who endorsed whom in the state Senate races and the state House races.
My hat is off to Walt who week-in and week-out does more around here than you [...]
National Journal reports that the DCCC has purchased $21.6 million worth of air time in 66 U.S. House districts, including spending $266,416 in AL-02 where Democratic incumbent Bobby Bright is challenged by Republican Martha Roby.
The DCCC site shows three new ads created for AL-02. Residents there may expect to see some combination of these three.
Continue reading “Bright Gets Push from DCCC in AL-02″
The NRCC dips into the vault for a new ad released today in Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District, using video of Bright on the 2008 campaign trail. [...]
The campaign for Constitution Party candidate David Walter tells the Parlor that this TV spot began appearing on local network and cable channels yesterday in Alabama’s 1st Congressional District. Walter is the only opponent on the ballot for Republican incumbent Jo Bonner; there is no Democratic candidate in the race. [...]
Alabama’s Second Congressional District race is so close between incumbent Democrat Rep. Bobby Bright and Republican Martha Roby that it tops Politico’s list of the 12 hottest House races to watch, which notes: “Bright’s got the right voting record – and the wrong party label – for his conservative district.”
Right record/ wrong party has been a common theme that Bright’s had to battle through his campaign. Roby says “Nancy Pelosi” so often it’s as if she hopes we’ll confuse the House Speaker with Bright. The National Republican Congressional Committee runs ads expounding on the “Bright is a liberal Democrat” theme, while Bright’s ads never use the “D” word, but instead rely on “conservative” and “independent” to describe his performance since elected to his seat in 2008.
Less than two weeks out, though, there’s a new twist. Politico ran this article yesterday, titled “Bright faces new attacks from left”:
Bright is the target of a new ad campaign from the left-leaning Blue America PAC that takes him to task for opposing the ambitious Democratic agenda during his first term in office.
Blue America PAC has debuted a new radio ad that slams Bright for voting against everything from the health care bill to the economic stimulus act and says: “Bobby Bright votes with Republicans and against our president every time.”
That’s not an attack. It’s ingenious. Get Democrats to say Bright’s not really a Democrat instead of having Republicans say he really is a Democrat. It’s taking account of any growing anti-Democratic sentiment (“we don’t want to vote for Obama’s party”) and feeding that sentiment exactly what it wants (“Bobby Bright is not and has never been in Obama’s party.”) Brilliant.
Continue reading “With Enemies Like These, Who Needs Friends?”
While the race continues to heat up in Alabama’s Second Congressional District, Republican Martha Roby delivers a financially-strong 3rd Quarter that proves her campaign’s mettle and handily outshines incumbent Democrat Rep. Bobby Bright’s fundraising performance.
According to the most recent FEC reports covering July 1 through Sept. 30:
- Roby raised $363,691
The National Republican Congressional Committee has released 29 ads across the country over the weekend. Among them is this one for Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District where Republican Martha Roby is challenging Democratic incumbent Bobby Bright. [...]