The word from the Senate Democrats’ retreat this week was that participants felt it went very well. “Unprecedented honest dialogue” about the rift and Democrats’ election activities against other Democrats that contributed to it had more than one participant saying it was the best discussion the Democrats had had in years. “There was a [...]
State Rep. Spencer Collier (R – Mobile) has told the Political Parlor that he is “strongly looking at” a run for District 3 of the Mobile County Commission next year against Republican incumbent Mike Dean, a former two-term legislator himself. Collier has said in the past that he was not running for the Commission [...]
This morning the Press-Register has a good story on the retirement of state Supreme Court Justice Harold See. (The Press-Register is the first traditional media outlet to report the story first broken here at Doc’s Political Parlor three days ago.)
See says there that he intends to serve out his term (which [...]
Birmingham News – ADEM increases legal staff under administration of Trey Glenn.
Birmingham News – December trial set for Bessemer Circuit Judge.
Birmingham News – Bobo trial begins.
Birmingham News – Foreclosures show big increase in state.
Birmingham News [...]
The decision of state Supreme Court Justice Harold See not to run for re-election next year, first reported this weekend by the Political Parlor, is confirmed by multiple sources who have seen or received a letter from him announcing his intention.
More to come.
I shouldn’t neglect to mention that the Mobile Bay Times posted part three of three of its survey of the most interesting political reads. Interesting, it is.
Birmingham News – Siegelman supporters continue to keep the faith.
Birmingham News – Alabama congressmen join GOP colleagues in withdrawing support from farm bill.
Mobile Press-Register – Former state legislator dies at 84.
Montgomery Advertiser -Fire College fraud trial set to start [...]
Birmingham News – Change in presidential primary dates heighten interest in, and about, Alabama.
Birmingham News – Study shows Alabama’s incentives and tax credits favor industry over traditional white collar jobs, hampers Birmingham’s efforts to position itself as player in financial arena.
Birmingham News – [...]
Republican Alabama Supreme Court Justice Harold See will be announcing today or tomorrow that he will not seek re-election to a third term on the court, according to a reliable source, who adds “I suspect that See will resign early next year so Riley can appoint (anoint?) someone to his seat to run as [...]
Birmingham News – Justice Department asks for more time to provide requested Siegelman documents to congressional committee.
Birmingham News – Former DA who prosecuted Darrell Grayson urges state to adopt moratorium on death penalty.
Birmingham News – Birmingham transit advocates lose donated office space.
Mobile Press-Register [...]
Senate Democrats will meet Sunday through Tuesday in a retreat at Ross Bridge in Hoover. Lt. Governor Jim Folsom will be in attendance for part of the retreat as will members of his staff.
Sources acknowledge that there is a formal agenda and an informal agenda. Formal agenda items will include training on topics [...]
Chip Drago of the Mobile Bay Times has asked a wide circle of folks to name the most interesting political book they ever read. Parts one and two (out of three) have been posted.
It’s a fun idea and will give you more than enough reading to get you through August. [...]
Birmingham News – Governor, courts decline to issue stay to allow DNA testing, Grayson executed.
Birmingham News – Columbiana council delays vote on zoning change to allow facility to train inmates.
Mobile Press-Register – Alabama Power Co. plants rank prominently on list of dirtiest in nation. [...]
The subject of Fred Thompson’s fundraising leads us to the issue of fundraising in general for presidential campaigns…
A story out this week shows that, halfway through the year, Democratic presidential candidates continue to hold an edge in fundraising in Alabama over Republican presidentical candidates. FEC records “show that Alabama Democrats are [...]
Earlier I reported on Fred Thompson’s fundraiser in Mountain Brook this week. MSNBC reports this week that “Fred Thompson’s fundraising is down ‘markedly.’” (H/T Volunteer Voters)
Also, Thompson has not officially declared his candidacy yet but is “testing the waters.” What is the difference between a campaign committee and a testing [...]