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 [...]
Confidential records related to federal cases in the Middle District of Alabama have been inadvertently made public.
Over the past nine months, details of 40 separate sealed court applications filed by federal prosecutors in Alabama were uploaded to PACER, the web-based records system that counts nearly one million users, including defense lawyers, prosecutors, [...]
Sign seen from I-65 north of Montgomery
Alabama is second to Mississippi in the nation in the percentage of residents who say that religion is very important in their lives (74%) according to the Pew Research Center (though the state is fifth in the percentage of residents who say they attend religious [...]
Immigration is a hot topic across the country, and Alabama is no exception. Both Robert Bentley and Ron Sparks have talked about how they will handle illegal immigration if given the opportunity by Alabama voters. [...]
So… Riley is cutting funds to education because BP isn’t paying a $148 million claim from the state. The Montgomery Advertiser reports that BP hasn’t handed the money over “in part, because of litigation filed by Alabama Attorney General Troy King against BP.”
I realize that this gives Riley an opportunity to [...]
It has been a little more than a week now since I took up residence in the D.C. area, and frankly, I am wondering when all these heartland values I absorbed growing up in Alabama are finally going to be drained away. Or when I will forget that I am not supposed to spend money I do not have. Or when all my math skills in general will disappear.
I hope it will be painless.
As a frequent consumer of political rhetoric, it is easy to be numb to hearing all the different ways that the capital is a bad place full of bad people doing bad things that are ultimately going to come back and hurt you, the hardworking and innocent voter. Growing up, it was always sickly funny to me to learn precisely what “the out-of-touch fat cats in Montgomery” or some variation of that description had been up to since the last election cycle.
(I like to think that right now they are sitting at the bottom of an empty marble swimming pool near Eastdale Mall wearing the finest of top hats your tax dollars can buy and indignantly wondering why the money earmarked for their daily cash swims in Amendment One has never shown up. Of course, I could be alone in this thought.)
But what has been fascinating this year is to watch how much, with an seemingly eternally unpopular Congress and a president who is far from beloved Down South, the badness of the capital — Washington especially — has evolved from a perennial rhetorical standby into an issue unto itself. Continue reading “LETTERS TO DIXIE: Capital Hell”
State Sen. Hank Sanders (D – Selma) releases an open letter to President Barack Obama, saying, “The least African Americans expect from you is fairness and justice. We have received neither in the matter of Shirley Sherrod…”
Continue reading “Sen. Hank Sanders to Obama: ‘Seize this moment or it may seize you’”
Following up on this post… Here are examples of TV and radio spots that Matrix has put together encouraging those with financial losses related to the oil spill to file claims. More are expected. [...]
Lets us begin with a something of slightly more importance, the oil spill. PoliFact’s latest roundup and FactCheck.org‘s. Regrettably, we’ve heard little from our current crop of state wide candidates and nationally, seem more interested in the blame game than the immediate problems of fix, repair and clean up.
Next up, (hat [...]
Artur Davis is in the mix of possible replacements for White House Budget Director Peter Orszag, who will be stepping down in July, according to the Wall Street Journal online.
Swampland blog at Time.com considers Davis a longshot but says he is being considered as a Democratic budget hawk who could [...]
I have been hearing the rumors, and I know at least some of you have also, that in the aftermath of the oil spill BP hired the Matrix group to help with “crisis communications” and the like.
Matrix LLC is a subcontractor hired to facilitate the claims process. Matrix founder Joe Perkins [...]
State Sen. Steve French pledges he will “fight to pass new immigration laws just like Arizona” in this TV spot. This is a 15 second version of an ad that has also been running this past week in a 30 second version. [...]
You can see an interactive map at this link that shows census participation rates by state, county and even by neighborhoods.
At this writing, the site shows a national 46% participation rate. Seven of the top nine places with the best participation rates are in North Dakota.
What’s your take on the bill? With what in the state parties’ responses (below) do you take issue? With what do you agree? [...]
Virginia stood apart from the 14 states (including Alabama) joining to sue the federal government over “Obamacare” last week.
Believing its claims were different — and citing state legislation purportedly barring an individual mandate — Virginia filed its own action action Tuesday against Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in an effort to get the health care bill declared unconstitutional.
But there’s a typo.
I put it in bold (from page 3 of the Complaint):
Jurisdiction and Venue
9. This Court has jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. s 1331 and is authorized to enter Declaratory Judgment pursuant to 28 U.S.C. s 2001 et seq.
Click to 28 USC and see:
Continue reading “Virginia’s Obamacare Lawsuit Gaffe”