In local political news, The Clanton Advertiser reports Alan Akins has resigned from the County Commission. His is the third resignation from the Commission, since it elected in 2004. The Daily Sentinel presents an article about candidates for local office. The Brewton Standard provides an explanation of what we will be voting for on February 5. There is also article where Escambia county officials encourage residents to lobby the legislature to change the taxes paid by Exxon Mobile. The Selma Times-Journal encourages voters to study the candidates carefully and “look behind the rhetoric”.
Continue reading “Small Town Political Gazette 1/29/08″
Birmingham News – Mental health advocates, historical preservationists closely watch possible sale of Bryce Hospital property.
Birmingham News – Alabama home foreclosures up by 82%.
Mobile Press-Register – State Supreme Court reverses earlier decisions, opens door for plaintiffs to seek damages for exposure to toxic chemicals.
Huntsville Times – Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards cancels Alabama visit.
Huntsville Times – The Huntsville Times contends that in light of current fiscal situation, legislature should delay any discussion of new State House.
Tuscaloosa News – The Tuscaloosa News says state need tax reform, not gambling revenue.
Tuscaloosa News – “Alabama Exposure,” Dana Beyerle’s weekly political roundup for the readers of the NYTimes regional papers.
Gadsden Times – The Gadsden Times reviews recent survey that shows strong legislative support for ban on PAC-to-PAC transfers.
Montgomery Advertiser – Commentary by state superintendent of education reviews efforts at reducing state’s high school drop-out rate.
News link – Romney announces Alabama leadership team.
Continue reading “Tuesday 1/29/2008 DAILY NEWS DIGEST”
The broadest and most striking storyline about tomorrow’s special election between James Fields (D) and Wayne Willingham (R) is whether or not a black man can win an election in an almost entirely white district. While this is the most obvious element to the race for some, it is not the most interesting or immediately politically important. Fields already bested two white opponents in a primary and the general election against Willingham, a county commissioner, is thought to be a toss up. I’ll let others wax eloquent about what the contest means about race relations and any other concerns of societal import.
What I am going to address (and what most people who visit the Parlor want to read about) is politics.
The larger results of this race will need little interpreting after a winner is declared Tuesday night. Either Republicans have started their march toward legislative majorities in 2010 or Democrats will have again thwarted Republican hopes and expectations and look poised to hold the Alabama legislature into the next decade. While this one election will not determine which party controls the statehouse when the new legislature convenes in 2011, it doesn’t feel like hyperbole to say this is the most important legislative special election in the history of Alabama.
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Catching up on a story that the Parlor has been watching with interest…
Birmingham News last week:
A three-judge federal panel has ruled that Gov. Bob Riley needed Justice Department approval before naming a replacement to the Jefferson County Commission, but the judges did not immediately remove the governor’s appointee.
Riley has lost [...]
I pointed last week to a mailout that Wayne Willingham, Republican candidate in the HD 12 special election tomorrow, sent out last week. Over the weekend I find that James Fields, the Democratic candidate in tomorrow’s special election, has a TV spot available on YouTube and a radio spot also available [...]
Catching up on some news from last week…
The Alabama Department of Environmental Management is proposing new standards for allowable water pollution that will lower the risk of getting cancer from Alabama’s waterways.
As of now, ADEM allows businesses and other polluters to put known carcinogens into waterways at levels that would [...]
The Selma Times-Journal interviews local politicos about the campaigns of Clinton and Obama.
Daphne Bulletin reports on a pay raise for Daphne city officials.
Enterprise Ledger reminds farmers that they must file for gasoline tax refunds by March 31.
Birmingham News – Obama draws over 11,000 to campaign at UAB.
Birmingham News – AP survey shows 89% of lawmakers say they support ban on PAC-to-PAC transfers.
Birmingham News – Dr. Randy Brinson of Redeem the Vote and Alabama’s Christian Coalition argues that “Christians must push [...]
1846: Montgomery is selected as capital of Alabama by the state legislature on the 16th ballot. Montgomery won the final vote largely because of promises of city leaders to provide $75,000 for a new capitol and the emerging prominence of the Black Belt region of the state.
Source: Alabama Department of Archives [...]
NOTE: As of 10:30 a.m. (EST), al.com has not updated today’s editions of The Birmingham News, Press-Register or The Huntsville Times due to technical difficulties. Readers may wish to check that site later in the day for articles that might be of interest.
Cullman Times – House District 12 to elect new representative Tuesday.
Gadsden Times – RSA chief says recession could hurt state.
Gadsden Times - The Gadsden Times sees continuing corruption probe of postsecondary school system as evidence that state may need to create a separate oversight board for those institutions.
Montgomery Advertiser – Huckabee draws large crowd in Birmingham.
Montgomery Advertiser – Business groups support bill to small businesses and their employees a tax break for health insurance.
Montgomery Advertiser – The Montgomery Advertiser endorses McCain in GOP presidential primary.
Montgomery Advertiser – The Montgomery Advertiser endorses Clinton in Democratic presidential primary.
Anniston Star – The Anniston Star reviews the priorities of northeast Alabama legislators.
Anniston Star – The Anniston Star provides a list of do’s and don’ts for the 2008 legislative session.
Decatur Daily – The Decatur Daily contends that other officials should be worried about the guilty plea of former chancellor.
Tuscaloosa News – AP survey shows that support is growing among legislators for new State House.
Tuscaloosa News – The Tuscaloosa News calls guilty plea by former chancellor “a sad end to great promise.”
Tuscaloosa News – Tommy Stevenson discusses GOP chair’s plan to gain control of legislature in 2010 elections.
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The Cullman Times editorializes about the House District 12 election and provides two articles about it.
Times Daily interviews a candidate for mayor of Tuscumbia while The Selma Times-Journal covers both who has announced for office in Selma and how to get on Selma’s ballot.
The effects of possible budget cuts at the state and federal level are discussed at the Dothan Eagle, Daily Mountain Eagle and Times Daily.
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1840: The Alabama legislature passes a joint resolution accepting the disputed boundary line with Georgia. In recognizing the line marked by a Georgia commission in 1826, the legislature stated that “a fixed and known line between this State and Georgia, is of far higher consequence to us, than the acquisition of an inconsiderable portion [...]
Plans for the future are discussed in The Post, The Greenville Advocate, Cullman Times and Shelby County Reporter.
The mechanics of voting are covered in articles by the Eufaula Tribune, Madison Record and The Daily Sentinel.
The Greenville Advocate writes about the work leading up to the next session of the Legislature.
Tuskegee News and The Messenger inform us of local constitutional amendments that will be on the upcoming election.
Continue reading “Small Town Political Gazette 1/26/08″
Birmingham News – U.S. Transportation Secretary supports Riley’s toll-road plans.
Birmingham News – Scrushy, Siegelman face uphill battle.
Birmingham News – Riley says he will seek budget cuts, plans no new revenue for either Education Trust Fund or General Fund.
Mobile Press-Register – [...]
1839: Alabama’s first state prison is established by legislative act. In 1842, at the Wetumpka State Penitentiary, the state’s first inmate began serving time for harboring a runaway slave. The first female was incarcerated in 1850 for murder.
1931: Actor, Dean Jones, was born in Decatur
1944: Activist, Angela Davis, was [...]