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.)
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 [...]
Besides the obvious list of those who won and lost in the primary runoffs last night, who else had good nights or bad nights?
Continue reading “Who had a good night last night? A bad night?”
We have had several oddities during the primary season. I present this Top Ten list, but because we strive to be better, in this case 20% better, it is a Top 12 list (unranked).
- State Rep. Thomas Jackson (D – Thomasville) is receiving a primary challenge from another Thomas Jackson. At his [...]
When politicos around the state climb into Santa’s lap, what do they ask the jolly old elf to bring them? Elves around the state eavesdropped and passed the wishes along for us.
Top Ten Christmas Wishes in Alabama Politics
10. Joe Reed… oh please, oh please… a Jim Folsom for Governor campaign.
9. Upstate legislators want earplugs so as not to hear the cry for coastal insurance reform from downstate.
8. Paul Hubbert wants Santa to bring a hatchet he can bury with Bradley Byrne. Though he’s being cagey on where he’ll bury it.
7. Ron Sparks wants to “… be a winner, too!”
6. Ethics Commission? Subpoena power.
5. Alabama wants the Air Force to have the biggest and best tanker we can build.
4. Hank Erwin… oh please, oh please… a Jim Folsom for Governor campaign.
3. National Dems hope Santa could bring them Alabama Blue Dogs that are a little less dog and a little more blue.
2. Kay Ivey… a campaign schedule that is slightly less PACT.
1. Bill Johnson wants… well… we have no idea what he wants. Seriously. Santa doesn’t know. Nobody knows.
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We looked at the Senate already. Thanks to reader Joe, we can look at the House. To the best of my understanding this information is correct. If you see something amiss, let me know. [...]
While I thought the list of Senators’ ages was interesting, I was pleased to get feedback from a number of readers who also found it interesting.
So when reader Joe was able to track down the missing birthdates for the six Senators whose ages had been estimated, I decided to update the list with the accurate information. I was happy to find that our estimates based on biographical details had been accurate within a year. For whatever it’s worth, with the precise ages we can look at accurate averages, so here’s the update.
Continue reading “State Senators by Age – Updated”
Update: The list below has been updated at this link.
Perhaps this is interesting to you. It’s the offspring of another endeavor that hasn’t otherwise come together. I appreciate the help of a reader who tracked much of this down. Except where noted, age is figured from birthdates published online. [...]
Who are Alabama’s most statesmanlike legislators?
I put that question to a broad range of politicos who have first hand experience with our state legislature – including Senators, Representatives, lobbyists, and other Montgomery insiders. While they were free to interpret “statesmanlike” as they wished, I suggested that it is marked by class, dignity, and a willingness to put good public policy above partisan politics.
Most enthusiastically participated, though many contributors echoed the sentiment of one legislator who told me, “Please keep my reply anonymous. I have to work with the others [that are not on his list].”
A legislator who previewed this list told me, “Probably as good a list as you can come up with. Like all humans, each have great strong points and some weaknesses. Thank you for taking time to point out there are a few good ones up here on Goat Hill.”
Many contributors did not offer comments, but I included some remarks from those who did.
On with the list…
Continue reading “Alabama’s Most Statesmanlike Legislators”
What are Alabama politicos hoping the jolly old elf brings them? Santa’s helpers and Political Parlor elves around the state reported in. Political Parlor’s Twelve Christmas Wishes in Alabama Politics
12. ACCR and many newspapers – among others – want to see last rites administered to our state’s 1901 Constitution.
11. Jefferson County Commissioners [...]
There is an obvious list of winners and losers from last night. Beyond those, let’s consider others… Who had a good night?
- U.S. Rep. Artur Davis – Wins a hotline into the White House to his friend Obama and has to be pleased about recruiting winners to run in the 2nd and 5th Congressional District. [...]
There is an obvious list of winners and losers from last night. But who might we especially note as having a good night last night? A bad night?
- The National Republican Congressional Committee – The NRCC got the two candidates it wanted and was supporting in the GOP primary run-offs: [...]
Beyond the obvious list of last night’s winners and losers, who had a good night? Who had a bad night?
- Stephanie Bell and Randy McKinney and by extension Bradley Byrne – The Republican SBOE incumbents easily dispatched their strongly funded, AEA-backed opposition. Two-year college chancellor Byrne still has a friendly [...]
I enjoyed the article in yesterday’s Press-Register from Sebastian Kitchen about the “group of lawmakers singing and playing country, rock and bluegrass music at the Goat Hill Tavern” on Wednesday nights. Being that it is a bi-partisan group, I wondered what blue or red songs they might include in their playlist. So here you go… [...]
For ease of viewing the whole list and for future reference, here is our complete list of the Top 40 Most Influential Non-Elected Alabamians that the Parlor has been posting in pieces this week. [...]