Verne Kennedy of MRI Research confirmed some poll numbers that I came across. The numbers represent the % of support among decided voters for the GOP primary. About 30% of voters were undecided. Mr. Kennedy said that in races without an incumbent, undecided voters tend to break out about the same way that decided [...]
Birmingham News – Birmingham mayor-elect sets meeting with Governor to discuss state funding for proposed dome.
Birmingham News – Second prosecutor denies any political involvement in Siegelman prosecution.
Birmingham News – Attorneys argue whether child welfare case should be revived in appearance before three-judge federal appeals court.
Birmingham News – Riley pledges to fight for water in meetings later this week in Washington.
Mobile Press-Register – Schools dispute classification as “drop-out factories.”
Montgomery Advertiser – Governor halts plans to open state-run liquor stores on Sundays.
Anniston Star – The Anniston Star says that calls for book publisher to alter text to be used in course on impact of the Bible to accomodate one particular denominational group as crossing “a constitutional line we should not cross.”
Decatur Daily – Selma officials form biracial panel to address problems.
Tuscaloosa News – The Tuscaloosa News calls for moratorium on executions.
Tuscaloosa News – “Alabama Exposure,” Dana Beyerle’s political roundup for reader of the NYTimes regional papers.
Washington Post – Water battles between Alabama, Georgia and Florida places Bush in bind.
New York Times – Supreme Court’s actions in staying Mississippi execution reflects that Court intends to block all executions until Kentucky case is resolved next Spring.
Senate Sketches – “Senate Sketches,” Sen. Hank Sanders’ (D-Selma) weekly column for his constituents.
Continue reading “Wednesday 10/31/2007 DAILY NEWS DIGEST”
I have become convinced that state Sen. Harri Anne Smith (of Slocomb) will be a candidate in the Republican primary for Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District. The announcement may be days, may be weeks, but watch for it.
Has Republican Greenville businessman Tim James committed to joining the race for Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District? Yes and no, he told the Parlor. He’s looking at it “very seriously,” doing due diligence, not making a decision yet, and probably won’t until Thanksgiving. One consideration is that this seat doesn’t come open very often. Only [...]
Birmingham News – Clinton leading Obama in new state poll; Giuliani, Thompson tied for GOP nomination.
Birmingham News – State finance director Jim Main says he will seek seat of retiring Supreme Court Justice Harold See.
Birmingham News – Projected liability for health care for current and future education retirees drops.
Birmingham News – The Birmingham News characterizes the state’s GOP congressional delegation members as “voting against the interests of the state’s poor children” by refusing to support last week’s reauthorization of SCHIP.
Mobile Press-Register – State Health Department considers tracking staph.
Mobile Press-Register – Press-Register contends that reports of a widening income disparity between the wealthiest Americans and low- and middle-income families are “bogus.”
Cullman Times – Dueling KKK organizations plan opposing demonstrations for Cullman.
Gadsden Times – Harper Lee to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Decatur Daily – Group wants to increase allowable alcohol content for beer.
Decatur Daily – The Decatur Daily calls for Democrats and Republicans to seek common ground and pass reauthorization of SCHIP.
Tuscaloosa News – Incoming president of American Bar Association and Attorney General Troy King spar over report that found Alabama’s death penalty processes “deeply flawed.”
Tuscaloosa News – 42 state high schools classified as “dropout factories.”
Continue reading “Tuesday 10/30/2007 DAILY NEWS DIGEST”
Recent news of interest from around the Magic City…
- The Jefferson County Election Commission set a Feb. 5 election date to replace Larry Langford on the Jefferson County Commission. Gov. Bob Riley has not publicly yielded in his conviction that he will appoint the Langford’s replacement. Irresistible force may meet the immoveable object [...]
Former Alabama head football coach Mike Dubose is coaching at Millsaps in Mississippi and might should be on a suicide watch after Saturday’s game against Trinity University. I always considered the end of the 1982 Stanford-California game to be an unbelievable finish, but this…
Trinity takes over on its 40 with 2 [...]
Birmingham News – Forever Wild set to acquire 10,000 acres.
Birmingham News – Study shows state’s rural roads more dangerous than urban.
Birmingham News – Contract to hire attorneys to sue drug companies going to Legislative Contract Review Committee almost three years after being signed.
Associated Press tells us this weekend that Republican Public Service Commission President Jim Sullivan does indeed plan to run for re-election next year.
You can also read there what you read here in the Parlor a month ago: former Lt. Governor and gubernatorial nominee Lucy Baxley (D) is considering a run, [...]
Folks in House District 12 (Cullman area) are getting polled. One source reported a home polled twice in the last two weeks. One poll asked about the Democratic primary. Another asked about favorability ratings of Riley and Folsom, followed up asking about which HD 12 primary the respondent would vote in, and then asked [...]
Birmingham News – Showdown looms in water battle.
Birmingham News – Montgomery federal prosecutors say that they overruled Justice Department attorney who wanted to end Siegleman investigation in 2004.
Birmingham News – VOICES for Alabama’s Children Communications Director calls for Bush and Congress to reauthorize SCHIP.
Birmingham News – Gasoline prices expected to surge as crude oil hits almost $92 a barrel.
Birmingham News – The Birmingham News finds that the legislature’s ‘to-do’ list is growing while comments from Senators make the prospect of a productive session dim.
Mobile Press-Register – Press-Register finds Justice Department targeting as many, if not more, GOP elected officials.
Huntsville Times – Riley says he is encouraged about chances of compromise in continuing water battles.
Huntsville Times – Environmentalists question ADEM’s claim to have improved air, water quality.
Clarke County Democrat – Editor of The Clarke County Democrat discuss Ag Commissioner’s “Rural Alabama Committee of 100″ and finds that rural Alabama “is finally getting the attention it deserves.”
Tuscaloosa News – Alexander City taking drastic measures to deal with continuing drought.
Times Daily – U.S. House Judiciary Committee chair apologizes to Rainsville attorney about the manner in which the transcript of her interview was released to the public.
Anniston Star – The Anniston Star differs with House Minority Leader Mike Hubbard’s assessment of U.S. Rep. Artur Davis’ comments regarding Siegelman prosecution.
Continue reading “Saturday 10/27/2007 DAILY NEWS DIGEST”
The Fix at washingtonpost.com today looks at the top ten U.S. House seats most likely to switch parties in the 2008 elections.
Considering the 15 (so-far) House members stepping down in 2008 (13 Republicans, 2 Democrats), the Fix offers this aside about the second Alabama Congressional district where Republican Terry Everett is retiring:
Southerners know that in the South you can say anything you want about anybody as long as you add “Bless his heart” – to demonstrate, I suppose, you are not poor-mouthing but that you have real concern for the individual and his shortcomings. As in, “She doesn’t have the sense God gave a fence [...]