Rep. Cam Ward (R – Alabaster) offers his own top ten list of questions on people’s minds and “buzzing around the political circles” as next year’s legislative session quickly approaches.
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Seems to be a poorly kept secret that Democratic attorney Joshua Segall is gearing up to challenge Republican incumbent Mike Rogers in Alabama’s Third Congressional District next year.
Enterprise Ledger – NOAA assessment of March 1 released. – Enterprise High School officials and students followed appropriate safety measures prior to and during the March 1 tornado outbreak which killed eight students, but the event ..further demonstrated the need for such facilities to have hardened safe rooms, according to a NOAA National Weather Service assessment released Thursday.
Decatur Daily – Saferooms too expensive, 2 local superintendents say. Saferooms were recommended in the NOAA report on the Enterprise tornado
Birmingham News – Presidential hopeful Huckabee sees gains among Alabama voters.
Birmingham News – State’s pension plans among best performing in nation in most recent year.
Birmingham News – Rep. Artur Davis (D) urges Jefferson County leaders to work together to avoid further erosion of Birmingham’s stature.
Birmingham News – The Birmingham News praises Public Safety’s recent holiday blitz, but reminds us that such activities only reinforces the idea that Alabama needs more troopers on the road.
Tuscaloosa News – Two Alabama nursing homes make list of nation’s 100 worst facilities.
Tuscaloosa News – Attorney General urges U.S. Supreme Court to deny request for stay of next week’s planned execution of Thomas Arthur.
Tuscaloosa News – The Tuscaloosa News sees senator’s call for bipartisan effort to resolve state’s pending fiscal crisis as falling on deaf ears.
Tuscaloosa News – The Tuscaloosa News argues that road and bridge maintenance shortfalls reinforces the need for comprehensive tax reform in state.
Anniston Star – Columnist James Evans explores the link between politics and faith.
Montgomery Advertiser – Environmentalist calls for Environmental Management Commission to “do the right thing” and adopt limitations on the level of carcinogens allowed to be discharged into state’s waterways.
Daily Home – Rockford textile mill closing.
Washington Post – Anti-Semitic church based in Talladega drops Nazi symbols, critics charge that group is seeking to ‘sanitize hatred.’
Well for better or worse the 2008 Legislative Session is getting closer.. For many people in Alabama this sends a chill of fear down their spine. For you junkies who enjoy watching a good political fight it is almost like a new holiday season.
As the session gets closer agendas for all the political [...]
Prevailing rumors from the grapevine are that Rep. Greg Wren and Greenville businessman Tim James, both Republicans, will not run for Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District. I have not been able to confirm. Word is that James is particularly eyeing the 2010 Governor’s race.
Strongly sourced polling data indicate that state Sen. Harri Anne Smith [...]
The Alabama House Republican Caucus concluded a two-day retreat today. The annual event is intended to build some unity in the group and doesn’t particularly generate big news. Though the caucus’s legislative agenda will not be set until January, the Parlor hears that caucus members did agree that illegal immigration was the biggest issue [...]
Sources tell the Parlor that the 60 Minutes segment on former Governor Don Siegelman is expected to air Sunday week or the next. Check your local listings.
The sources are solid, but it’s TV, so anything could cause a change.
If you missed the CNN/YouTube Republican debate last night, or even if you didn’t, you may enjoy reading the account of it on Red State Diaries. The intrepid Alabama blogger live-blogged the event, updating continually during the debate.
Troy Messenger – Troy City Council votes to back local doctors plan to buy Troy Regional Medical Center.
The Cullman Times – Cullman County and City governments dispute water situation.
Birmingham News – Birmingham-Hoover’s unemployment rate nation’s lowest for metro areas of at least 1 million.
Birmingham News – State demonstrates Alabama Google Earth technology.
Birmingham News – Federal court asked to remove Riley appointee and allow election for Jefferson County commission member.
Birmingham News – The Birmingham News finds it “inconceivable that the state of Alabama won’t order DNA testing before executing a Death Row inmate who claims to be innocent.”
Mobile Press-Register – Medicaid commissioner says she still doesn’t know budget needs for next fiscal year.
Mobile Press-Register – Advocates concerned that state troopers’ participation in federal program to track undocumented immigrants will lead to racial profiling.
Montgomery Advertiser – U.S Rep. Artur Davis (D) see crisis coming state’s Medicaid program.
Montgomery Advertiser – Davis says he still considering possible run for governor in 2010.
Montgomery Advertiser – Water resources commission calls on Governor to develop statewide water usage plan.
Tuscaloosa News – County Commissioners continue to push for bond issue for bridge repair and replacement.
Times Daily – Death row inmate seeks stay of scheduled execution.
Times Daily – The Times Daily argues that state should expand the use of drug courts.
Birmingham News – Alabama’s housing sales drop, foreclosure increase.
Gov. Bob Riley’s recent appointee to the Jefferson County Commission, George Bowman, is telling people that whenever an election is held for his seat, he will run as a Democrat. The special election scheduled by the Jefferson County Election Commission for February 5 looks to be on hold now that Riley claimed the authority [...]
The Troy Messenger – State Sen. Wendell Mitchell tells members of the Troy Rotary Club that partisan division is a serious concern, but hopeful the next legislative session will be less divisive.
Andalusia Star News – The Florala City Council voted Monday to ask the courts to decide how many council members should serve on the utilities board. Once a decision is reached, council members hope it will put an end almost two years of debate between the two entities. Continue reading “Small Town Political Gazette 11/28/07″
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