Small Town Political Gazette 11/27/08

Prattville Progress - Prattville councilman charged with DUI.

Daily Mountain EagleState Sen.  Rep. Ken Guin says grocery tax elimination may decrease food costs.

Northwest AlabamianMoreland community raises funds for and builds own community center.

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Daily Headlines, Wednesday, 11/26/2008

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Birmingham News11 boys removed at faith-based Reclamation Ranch

Press-RegisterFormer Mayor Lambert Mims dead at 78

Press-Register4 plead to defrauding FEMA following Katrina

Press-RegisterJudge tosses gambling lawsuit

Press-RegisterA consumer conspiracy?

Press-RegisterSh-h-h: [...]

Small Town Political Gazette 11/26/08

Andalusia Star-NewsSeth Hammett, Speaker of the Alabama House, talks about of legislative priorites, and the state Senate.

Baldwin County NowSolutia to lay off 58 in Foley.

The Montgomery Tuskegee News is now keeping its web site current with the front pages of its recent editions.

November 26

1985: Lyn St. James set a record closed course run for a female at over 200 mph at Talladega Superspeedway.

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Daily Headlines, Tuesday, 11/25/2008

Birmingham NewsBirmingham city schools have more in reserve fund than expected

Birmingham NewsJefferson County finance panel recommends $100,000 contract for firm to lobby state lawmakers

Birmingham NewsTiny northern owl found over Alabama

Birmingham NewsBirmingham home sales fall in October [...]

Small Town Political Gazette 11/25/08

Demopolis TimesBudget ‘cloud’ on the horizon for the city.

Dothan EagleHouston County closes out fiscal year $2.5 million under budget.

The Selma Times-Journal - FBI investigates school system’s at-risk funds.

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Daily Headlines, Monday, 11/24/2008

Birmingham NewsAlabama officials face hazy forecast for 2010 income tax, revenue collections

Birmingham NewsBirmingham, Hoover schools consider charging $1 a page for copies of documents

Birmingham NewsVestavia Hills property sale notice lacked reasonable detail, judge rules

Birmingham NewsAlabama Attorney [...]

November 24

1869: By joint resolution of the legislature, Alabama ratifies the Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The amendment guaranteed the right to vote to blacks, including former slaves.

1874: George Smith Houston, a Democrat, is inaugurated governor, signaling the end of Reconstruction in Alabama. In addition to defeating the incumbent Republican [...]

State & National Special Elections

There are a couple of state and national elections on the horizon that could give a lot of insight into the future of political tides around the country.

First, the Alabama special election to replace former State Senator (now congressman) Parker Griffith. While Democrats will make a lot about this election being a toss-up [...]

Daily Headlines, Sunday, 11/23/2008

Birmingham NewsMore than half of Alabama hospitals reporting their finances are losing money

Birmingham NewsAlabama’s changing face of faith – Immigrants bring new religions to once monolithic Christian state

Birmingham NewsWill Obama name another black federal judge in Birmingham to replace U.W. Clemon?

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Small Town Political Gazette 11/23/08

Daily HomeDozens march in protest of recent violence.

Dothan EagleBad economy bringing out our inner Scrooge”.

Times DailyShoals bucking the trend.

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November 23

1896: Miner and WWI veteran Henry Higginbotham was born in Nauvoo.

1949: Broadcaster Tom Joyner was born in Tuskegee

1957: Andrew Toney was born in Birmingham.

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Why is State in Alcohol Business?

I am sure there is an answer to this question but I really would like to know how this came about. There have been several attempts over the years to abolish the ABC Board but they get nowhere. I just don’t see why a state should be in the competitive market place selling alcohol. [...]

Daily Headlines, Saturday, 11/22/2008

Birmingham NewsAlabama unemployment rate worst in nearly five years

Birmingham NewsAIDS has left 7,000 orphans in Alabama since 1982, according to a University of Alabama study

Birmingham NewsAlabama Supreme Court dismisses $500,000 award to former state Rep. Eric Major

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Small Town Political Gazette 11/22/08

Tuscaloosa NewsVoting on issues, not race, Vernon residents rebuke NY Times portrayal as unfair.

Gadsden TimesAttorney General seeks to intervene in Etowah County bingo case.

The Sand Mountain Reporter - Home rule question to come up on 2010 ballots in Marshall County.

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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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