Harri Anne Smith to Run for Governor

State Senator Harri Anne Smith (R – Slocomb) is planning a run for governor in 2010, according to a source close to her.

More to come.

Sessions/Figures Poll #’s

Jeff Sessions and Vivian Figures - Poll #'s - August 2007 - Pie Chart

A Survey USA poll released today shows that 59% of Alabamians would vote for Republican incumbent Sen. Jeff Sessions over Democratic challenger Vivian Figures. Thirty-seven percent would vote for Figures. (MoE 4.3%)

A couple of observations about the numbers…

  • 30% of Democrats would vote for Sessions. Only 9% of Republicans would [...]

Elections Today

Here are three local elections going on today that may interest you at least a bit…

Montgomery Mayor’s Race

Incumbent Bobby Bright is probably getting a stiffer challenge than he bargained for. Rumor has it that he has ambitions beyond the capital city’s mayor’s office. A loss in this election would be a [...]

Tuesday 8/28/2007 DAILY NEWS DIGEST

NOLA.com – Advocacy groups from Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana meeting today in New Orleans to assess post-Katrina recovery.

Birmingham News – Resignation of U.S. Attorney General won’t stop probe of whether politics played a role in federal prosecutions, including that of former governor Don Siegelman.

Birmingham [...]

Our Congressmen and Their Presidential Candidates

Drawing of the White House

I had interest in clarifying for myself who of our Washington delegation had endorsed what presidential candidates.

In case you are scoring at home, here is the rundown on our Alabama delegation in Washington and who they are publicly supporting in the 2008 presidential race.

Rick Bragg on Nick Saban

Nick Saban at U of A football practice

Rick Bragg’s article in Sports Illustrated on new Alabama football head coach Nick Saban reminds us of why his writing is such a pleasure to read:

But the [Bear] Bryant magic was about more than numbers, more than X’s and O’s and big ol’ boys who would have blocked a pulpwood truck if [...]

Monday 8/27/2007 DAILY NEWS DIGEST

Birmingham News – The Alabama Trust Fund grows to more than $3 billion; some say further growth may allow  voters to cap Trust fund revenues and direct future growth to fund Medicaid.

Birmingham News – Ethics Commission staff express frustration with AG’s failure to pursue prosecution of cases referred. [...]

Sunday 8/26/2007 DAILY NEWS DIGEST

Birmingham News – Growth of methadone programs draw controversy.

Birmingham News – Records review show Rep. Laura Hall (D-Huntsville) cast legislative votes on days she reported as work days or sick leave days at  Calhoun Community College.

Birmingham NewsThe Birmingham News contends that promises [...]

Rep. Morrison on “Double-Dipping” Ban

Neal Morrison

State Rep. Neal Morrison (D – Cullman) is one of four legislators employed in the two-year college system since before being elected to the legislature. If forced to choose between serving as a legislator or continuing his work at Wallace State College, Morrison tells The Cullman Times that “he will do what is [...]

Candidate Cooper Collects Copious Cash for B’ham Mayor’s Race

Patrick Cooper

Birmingham attorney Patrick Cooper reported an eye-opening $400,000-plus raised for his mayoral campaign, according to the 45-day finance disclosure forms filed yesterday. (And there were doubters.) The Birmingham News reports that the crowded field of candidates raised a total of $857,521. Perhaps as interesting as Cooper’s total was that “Most of Cooper’s [...]

Saturday 8/25/2007 DAILY NEWS DIGEST

Birmingham News – Legislators sue to keep community college jobs.

Birmingham News – Environmental Management Commission considers new policies on accepting gifts.

Mobile Press-Register – Mobile crime victim seeks to abolish state parole board.

Montgomery Advertiser – AG King looking for way to block Maryland’s release [...]

Langford Lock Broken in B’ham Mayor’s Race?

Larry Langford

A couple of people tried to suggest to me earlier in the week that Larry Langford may be locking up the Birmingham mayor’s race.

In an email exchange after that post went up, a reader who is keeping up with the race wrote, “I also keep hearing grumblings about a Langford indictment, [...]

Districts, Parties, and the SBOE Ban

A reader posed an interesting question: How many of the legislators affected by yesterday’s “double-dipping” ban by the State Board of Education represent districts that would have competitive races if the legislator chooses not to run again? That is to say, would one party have an opportunity to take a seat from the [...]

Montgomery Mayor Bright with Sparks

A reader writes, “I’m thinking this [press advisory below] should be interpreted as Sparks helping Bright get some positive press close to an election. Interesting move.”

Sounds about right.

Incumbent Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright faces three challengers in Tuesday’s election in the capital city.

In follow-up, the reader writes, “If Bright wants [...]

Local Look at Senate District 32 Race

If you are following the race for state Senate District 32 out of Baldwin County, you will want to reads parts one, two, and three of “analysis and insight” on the GOP primary run-off from the Mobile Bay Times and “its brigade of local, area and state political sources.”

Randy McKinney [...]

Legislative Dispatch

A Look from the Rearview Mirror

This Thursday will mark the last day of the legislative Session.  For some, it was a Session that seemed would never end.  For others, it was one that ended much too quickly.  It may be early, yet, to write an obit on this Session, but as we approach the finish line, some perspective may be in order.

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Putting Students First

As you know, a very important piece of legislation will be presented for our consideration in the House tomorrow in Montgomery – Senate Bill 310 – the “Students First” tenure and fair dismissal reform bill. Like me, many House members have been inundated with phone calls and emails from opponents of this bill, and some have been [...]

Legislative Transparency

There are a lot of issues to debate before we begin the final days of this session. In fact, I am quite certain there will be some comments on this post debating many of them. Before we get into the last seven day of the session I wanted to bring up a topic that [...]


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