Bill Johnson Comments on Riley Family Ties

Bill Johnson

If Bill Johnson and Gov. Bob Riley at the same social event wasn’t awkward before Wednesday it likely is now. Johnson, you may remember, abruptly resigned from the Governor’s cabinet in June to meet an ultimatum from the Governor to resign or announce he was not going to run for Governor.

Wednesday on [...]

Daily Headlines, Friday, 9/25/2009

Birmingham NewsUAB’s first University Day celebrates 40 years as a university and a $5 million gift

Birmingham NewsSeven out-of-state candidates first to interview for chancellor of Alabama’s two-year college system

Birmingham NewsBirmingham, Alabama SCLC decries rise in black on black’ shootings, deaths

Birmingham NewsU.S. Rep. Artur Davis seeks a larger settlement fund for black farmers who suffered discrimination

Birmingham NewsEqual Rights Initiative head Bryan Stevenson wins justice award from the Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation of New York

Birmingham NewsState school superintendent says fiscal 2011 budget likely to include third year of cuts, while expenses – especially health benefits – to increase dramatically

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Elba ClipperMisleading claims surface regarding selection of Terry Spicer as Elba’s next Superintendent

The Tuskegee NewsCouncil takes town hall heat

BaldwinCountyNowBaldwin County school layoffs likely to impact students immediatey

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Week 3 Review / Week 4 Preview in College Football

Football Yard Marker

I apologize for not being with you last week. I spent the majority of last week in tryouts competing for the Tennessee starting QB.

Week 3 review:

- USC’s yearly loss to an unranked team came a little early this year with their 16-13 loss to Washington. People will point to USC [...]

Daily Headlines, Thursday, 9/24/2009

Birmingham NewsJefferson County sheriff vows major cuts begin Oct. 1

Birmingham NewsAlabama’s college flu rates 2nd in the U.S.

Birmingham NewsAlabama financial records to be searchable online, governor says

Birmingham News9 qualify for council seats in Calera, Alabama

Birmingham NewsAuburn gets NASA grant to teach Alabama high school students about climate change

Birmingham NewsBirmingham City Council candidate Sheila Tyson under scrutiny over academic claims

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The Arab Tribune - Dentist slams RDS tax audit – When the Council agress with you and $4700 is spent to collect $4200 there maybe a problem

The South AlabamianHubert alleges irregularities in primary election – link maybe useful to subscribers but only link found

Moulton AdvertiserCity to use surplus to pay raises – One of the few places with a budget surplus

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Daily Headlines, Wednesday, 9/23/2009

Birmingham NewsJefferson County Commission OKs $808.6 million budget that returns 700 employees to work, cuts sheriff’s budget by $10 million

Birmingham NewsFree property for anyone who will build, run business in downtown Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham NewsMotor vehicle registration and vehicle property tax deadlines for Jefferson County residents have been extended

Birmingham NewsMississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says energy and health care proposals in Washington will hurt Alabama and Mississippi if passed

Birmingham NewsHopefuls open to allowing bingo

Birmingham NewsSection 8 housing rentals to get 100% market value in Birmingham, Alabama

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Greenville Advocate - Disagreement at DA’s office leads to warrant for Hayneville police chief

Dothan EagleE911 purchase leads to request for AG opinion

Times-JournalVacant Dekalb County Commission seat to be filled

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ALGOP Launches Campaign 2010 Site

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The state Republican Party launches its Campaign 2010 website. Still warm from the oven.

Interest in Supreme Court Races Picking Up

Blind Justice

Chatter is picking up regarding the Supreme Court races… Here’s an update along with the basics for any latecomers…

We have three seats up in 2010, all held by Republicans. Patti Smith has announced that she is not running again. The other two are held by Mike Bolin and Tom Parker. You can see [...]

Alabama Infant Mortality Statistics

In yesterday’s Montgomery Advertiser, there was an editorial about  the latest report on this subject.  Alabama’s Infant Mortality rate is 9.5 per 1000 live births, while nationally, the rate is 6.7.

A copy of the report (pdf) can be found at the State Department of Public Health as well as a list by County of infant mortality rates (pdf).

To summarize: the child most likely not to see a birthday cake is black, had a low birth weight, does not have health coverage, has a sibling less than two, a teenage mother who smokes and was one of a multiple birth.

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Daily Headlines, Tuesday, 9/22/2009

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Coffee cup Birmingham NewsAlabama farmers test new drought-fighting technique

Birmingham NewsShowers, thunderstorms pound central Alabama; to continue throughout week

Birmingham NewsBirmingham mayor Larry Langford details spending

Birmingham NewsBandy, Royal tout experience in 3rd council contest

Birmingham NewsAlabama’s Gov. Riley to offer compromise in Medicaid dispute

Birmingham NewsCarol Duncan, Kim Rafferty square off for Birmingham District 2 city council seat

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Cullman TimesMore details on the workings of Hanceville’s water board

The Sand Mountain Reporter‘If we can help them, we will’ – Boaz mayor does not understand why Carlisle residents are fighting annexation

Daily Mountain EagleJudge orders bingo halls to buy licenses

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Conservative PAC Targets One Bama Blue Dog, Not Two

Bobby Bright

From Eye on 2010 at CQ Politics:

The conservative Family Research Council’s political action committee plans to target 16 congressional races in 2010. The group’s president, Tony Perkins, said the PAC has a goal of raising $1 million to boost grassroots activity in targeted races.

Among the listed seats that are targeted by [...]

More on Potential Party Switch

More about Democratic Rep. Steve Hurst’s potential party switch…

State GOP Communications Director Philip Bryan told the Parlor on this matter, “I know Chairman Hubbard is talking to certain Democrats about switching – some have approached him and he has approached others. But all discussions are confidential, so we are not disclosing the progress [...]

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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