http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070119/NEWS/701190348/1007/NEWS02 – Riley touts plan to encourage small businesses to provide health insurance to employees, expects battle from education leaders over funding options.
http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070119/NEWS/701190321/1007/NEWS02 – Actions of Attorney General bring calls for strengthening state’s ethics laws.
http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070119/APN/701192922 – Gulf states to receive $175 million to boost health care services stretched by last year’s hurricanes, Alabama’s share $27.8 million.
http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070119/APN/701192922 – The Tuscaloosa News sees battle for leadership position in Alabama Democratic party as “normal.”
http://www.gadsdentimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070117/NEWS/701170466/1050/OPINION – The Gadsden Times joins those questioning the judgment and ethical standards of AG Troy King.
http://www.timesdaily.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070119/NEWS/701190306/1015/OPINIONS – The TimesDaily says that action by attorney general indicate strong need for new ethics legislation.
http://www.dothaneagle.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=DEA%2FMGArticle%2FDEA_… – The Dothan Eagle editorializes against proposed pay raise for Alabama legislators.
http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070119/… – The Montgomery Advertiser criticizes Gov. Riley for lack of diversity among cabinet members.
http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070119/… – The Montgomery Advertiser cites local Shelby County matter that will require amendment to state’s constitution as another example of the need for constitutional reform.
http://www.al.com/opinion/birminghamnews/index.ssf?/base/opinion/116921241711600.xml&coll=2 – The Birmingham News comments on the end of the state’s long-running child welfare court case.
http://www.al.com/news/mobileregister/index.ssf?/base/news/116921185916480.xml&coll=3 – Minority group threatens to halt all action in state senate unless rules are changed.
http://www.al.com/opinion/mobileregister/index.ssf?/base/opinion/116921187416480.xml&coll=3 – The Press-Register sees newly elected PSC commissioner as “off to a strong start.”
http://www.thetandd.com/articles/2007/01/19/ap-state-sc/d8mo03r80.txt – AP story (also running today in The Anniston Star behind its subscription wall) about South Carolina’s efforts to cap payday lender interest rates and fees.
FROM TODAY’S ANNISTON STAR:
Early presidential primary date brings new attention to Alabama
By Brian Lyman
Star Capitol Correspondent
MONTGOMERY — The appearances of Sen. John McCain and Gen. Wesley Clark at Gov. Bob Riley’s inauguration Monday were not just signs of respect — or isolated instances.
With Alabama’s presidential primary coming Feb. 5, 2008, potential presidential candidates have been paying far more attention to the state than they have in the past.
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