Republican Tim Pawlenty was the first presidential candidate to hire a full-time staffer in Iowa, and that hire was Alabamian Ben Foster. The 2009 University of Alabama graduate had served as an aide to Bradley Byrne during Byrne’s gubernatorial campaign last year.
Wednesday morning, he was arrested after trying to get into [...]
For those on either side of the gambling war in Alabama, the National Indian Gaming Commission is taking public comments on a revamp of its regulations. Of particular interest to Alabamians, would be Technical Standards for Class II gaming equipment. This is your chance to to influence the federal regulations on how [...]
What have Alabama’s political figures been asking Santa to bring them this Christmas? Our network of elves has been listening carefully.
Political Parlor’s Top Twenty Christmas Wishes in Alabama Politics
20. AEA wants one thing: checkoffs, man, checkoffs. And Santa, to be clear, they’re not talking Russian short story writers. (Or Star Trek: TOS.)
It’s time to catch up on a few matters around here. The decompression after the push to get through Nov. 2, the natural lull after the election season excitement, and other life matters that keep us busy have slowed us a bit.
As we climb back into the saddle (or as we might [...]
Let’s get right to it. Who had a good night last night? Who had a bad night?
- Mike Hubbard – Who else? The state GOP Chair has been a relentless fundraiser and organizer… the ALGOP didn’t create the national mood and the wave that came with it, but they were poised [...]
Let’s try to clear out the notebook of some items I would like to have already posted. Some are not as fresh as others, I’m sorry to say.
In a few North Alabama towns, the compromise that ended Prohibition, local option, is being acted out.
The Posts’s story on Centre’s election shows the current song. Those seeking voter approval to license, regulate and limit alcohol (AKA wets) argue increased tax revenue, and like it or not, alcohol is already here. [...]
Golfers shake hands after one makes a putt.
ABC has run an investigative story titled, “Caught on Camera: Legislators Behaving Badly”. The story highlights state legislators from all over taking part in the 2010 National Conference of State Legislators in Louisville, Kentucky July 25-28th. ABC sent five graduate school journalists [...]
Rumors were flying around Montgomery and across the state Friday that the Department of Justice will announce more indictments this next week, perhaps Monday.
One repeated rumor is that there are 27 indictments expected which presumably includes the 11 indicted last Monday.
Why wouldn’t these new indictments be announced at the same times as [...]
Specific charges from the DoJ:
The defendants named in the indictment unsealed today were charged with the following crimes:
- Milton E. McGregor, 71, of Montgomery, Ala., was charged with one count of conspiracy, six counts of federal program bribery, and 11 counts of honest services mail and wire fraud;
- Ronald E. Gilley, [...]
Indictment details. (Thanks to Kyle Whitmire of Second Front.)
Milton McGregor, gambling interest Ronnie Gilley, gambling interest Thomas Coker, lobbyist Bob Geddie, lobbyist Jarrod Massey, lobbyist Larry Means, state Senator (D – Attalla) Jim Preuitt, state Senator (R – Talladega) Quinton Ross, state Senator (D – Montgomery) Harri Anne Smith, state [...]
al.com mentions Harri Anne Smith, Milton McGregor and also this:
Also arrested today have been state senators Jim Preuitt, R-Talladega, Quinton Ross, D-Montgomery, Larry Means, D-Attalla, Harri Anne Smith, I — Slocomb and Montgomery lobbyist Jerrod Massey.
I defer to their reporting, though I had been trying to confirm word heard here [...]
I am saddened to learn that Helen Hammons left us behind yesterday, Sunday, September 19, when she passed of a pulmonary aneurysm in Atlanta.
Helen has been a good friend to the Political Parlor with our shared interests in Alabama politics and policy and the machinations behind them. I appreciated the many pieces she [...]
Let’s run through a few items…
- We will redraw district lines after the census and The World Around You has a pretty good write-up to get you up to speed on the process.
- An obligation out last night prevented me from seeing the gubernatorial debate though I have it on Tivo. I [...]
At the heart of the state’s political battles, policy struggles, and partisan clashes are individuals – people with families, hopes, aspirations, and visions of what Alabama might be. The state lost one unexpectedly today in Ralph Stacy, a senior vice-president at the Business Council of Alabama.
Someone who knows Ralph Stacy and his contributions to the Alabama political scene far better than I do was willing to offer this to the Political Parlor:
The Montgomery association community lost a long-time fixture today with the sudden death of Ralph Stacy. Ralph served as senior vice president for strategic communications for the Business Council of Alabama since January but was best known for his long service at the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama, a group he led, nurtured and grew for several years.
Ralph Stacy was a big man with a big heart and an equally big personality.
Few will forget his booming voice and hearty laugh that could fill a room and threaten to break an eardrum. And you never had to look hard for Ralph, because if he was anywhere remotely near, you could probably hear him.
His easy-going, friendly nature put everyone at ease – Republicans and Democrats, alike – and you always knew where you stood with Ralph, which is a rarity in a town like Montgomery where so many depend upon insincerity to get ahead.
Ralph’s loss is felt by his loving wife and daughter, the business, chamber and lobbying communities, the congregation he ministered at his church in Beatrice and the thousands of friends he made in a life that was cut far too short.
I’m not sure what the afterlife holds, but I do know that when I get there, I won’t have to look too hard for Ralph. . . I’ll just listen for his laugh.
Here is a statement from BCA:
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