Rep. Steve Hurst Expected to Switch to GOP

Rep. Steve Hurst (D – Munford) is expected to “announce in the next couple of weeks that he is switching to the GOP,” an insider close to the situation tells the Parlor.

I’ll have more on this.

Daily Headlines, Monday, 9/21/2009

Birmingham NewsAlabama prosthetists bring their skills to Africa to build limbs for amputees

Birmingham NewsBirmingham, Alabama city council, school board candidates to debate

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

Birmingham NewsBirmingham, Alabama ministry adopts shelter in Romania to rescue girls from prostitution

Press-RegisterMobile leaders want big census turnout

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Daily Headlines, Sunday, 9/20/2009

Birmingham NewsBirmingham, Alabama’s financial picture is unclear

Birmingham NewsUAB researchers aim to keep rare diamondback turtles off endangered species list

Birmingham NewsOutside Looking In – California’s constitution catching up in length to Alabama’s

Birmingham NewsJefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale lashes out at county commissioners over budget cuts

Birmingham NewsAlabama stocks gain for second straight week

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Small Town Political Gazette

The News CourierAthens Mayor Dan Williams joins Decatur mayor in opposition to fuel depot

The Anniston Star‘A taste of despair’: Wadley residents hope purchase of Plantation Patterns plant will revive town

The Daily HomeEarly school start date vs. cost

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Alabama Unemployment Numbers

Alabama Department of Industrial Relations has released (pdf) the monthly unemployment numbers.

This month, 10.4% of the population (or about 217,306 people) are out of work.  There is also a map (pdf) showing unemployment by county.

Of that number, 89,785 are receiving their pennies averaging $207.21 per week.

Something to ponder [...]

Daily Headlines, Saturday, 9/19/2009

Birmingham NewsUniversity of Alabama System banking on higher tuition to weather tough economic times

Birmingham NewsJustices will not reconsider tax ruling

Birmingham NewsBessemer, Alabama city councilwoman Louise Alexander’s lawyer claims selective prosecution

Birmingham NewsBirmingham, Alabama, agencies urged to hire black-owned businesses

Birmingham NewsFormer Mexican President Vicente Fox says U.S., Mexico can do better on immigration

Press-RegisterNo permits yet for asphalt refinery

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Small Town Political Gazette

The Wetumpka HeraldElmore County audit shows loose record keeping

The Northwest AlabamianQuestions arise out of Bear Creek Water Board actions

Greenville AdvocateLayoffs might be necessary in Butler County Schools

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Friday Bits

Pirate ship

A few notes…

  • There are those close to the Troy King grand jury who say that it will reconvene on Sept. 22.
  • We hear George Wallace, Jr. declared he was a Republican candidate for state Treasurer last night at a Save Alabama PACT meeting in Auburn.
  • Several readers have commented to the [...]

Dems at Odds Over Mobile Chapter

Donkeys Fighting

Have you been following the feud between state Democrats and the Mobile County Democrats? The state party disbanded the County chapter back in August. There is some follow-up reading on that here.

The latest to come my way is a broadside in a circulating piece from Brad Warren, the Chair of the [...]

Daily Headlines, Friday, 9/18/2009

Birmingham NewsJefferson County, Alabama commissioners consider indefinite 32-hour work week for employees

Birmingham NewsForever Wild buys Alabama land in Black Belt

Birmingham NewsBirmingham, Alabama City Hall closed today for crews to disinfect after H1N1 flu diagnosis

Birmingham NewsCircuit Court Clerk Anne Marie Adams contributes $30,000 from discretionary funds to bring back 13 laid-off Probate Court workers

Birmingham NewsJefferson Circuit Judge Robert S. Vance says he’s inclined to grant a Walker County Commission request for bingo halls to get licenses on bingo machines

Birmingham NewsJefferson County judge sentences a convicted killer with an IQ of 58 to 20 years in prison

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Small Town Political Gazette

Cullman TimesForensic audit alleges Hanceville Water Board employee misappropriated $88,000

BaldwinCountyNowBaldwin County Board of Education budget thinner than 2009

Cleburne News- Cleburne County voters approve school tax

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Cook political report on the Alabama Congressional elections

While, we’re discussing brushback pitches, err polling results, Charlie Cook, of the Cook Political Report, one of the better election forecasters released his report on the Alabama Congressional races.   While some of the national factors he sees will change (for that is the nature of things), there is always the self-destructive [...]

Daily Headlines, Thursday, 9/17/2009

Birmingham NewsJefferson County, Alabama considers $809 million bare bones’ budget for 2010

Birmingham NewsAlabama health officials say get swine flu vaccine even if the worse of the season is over

Birmingham NewsAlabama’s infant mortality rate falls, but state expected to rank among worst

Birmingham NewsSeasonal flu vaccine available now

Birmingham NewsSt. Clair Correctional prisoners on lockdown after stabbing death and fight

Birmingham NewsFormer Goodyear tire plant supervisor whose court case rewrote pay discrimination rules wants Congress to enact a new bill to prevent retaliation for sharing pay information

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Small Town Political Gazette

Dadeville RecordCivil case involving county commissioner’s use of public equipment on private property progresses

The Tuskegee NewsTuskegee City Council declares a fiscal emergency and related editorial

The Brewton StandardBudget cuts force East Brewon layoffs

The Randolph LeaderWadley plant sells, 100 employees back to work soon and related editoral

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SD-25 Polling Memo

Memo

Here is the polling memo (.doc) that Ayres, McHenry, and Associates prepared for Dick Brewbaker (R – Montgomery) and that the Montgomery Advertiser referenced in this Sunday article. Among other things, it says,

Dick Brewbaker is both well known and very popular among Republican primary voters in the district. His name [...]

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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