Let’s clear out the notebook…
- Hey, I fixed the phone! I junked the old service that caused me to miss voice mail from a reader. (I have never been able to retrieve that voice mail, I am sorry to say. I hope the reader will call back.) I now have set up a service with Google Voice that is functionally the same. Give us a call.
- If there is anything to the claims in this lawsuit that Milton McGregor arranged for Larry Langford to win $1.5 million in jackpots (and some of the info comes from subpoenaed tax returns of Langford’s), how concerned should McGregor be about a deal the feds might offer Langford to testify about it?
- Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is keynote speaker tonight when the state GOP hosts its “Red, White & Blue Dinner” tonight at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Montgomery.
- Republican gubernatorial candidates Kay Ivey and Roy Moore presumably are not attending the state GOP dinner tonight. They are attending the national Tea Party convention in Nashville. Moore will be a speaker at the event. The event has been marked by some controversy among Tea Party participants over concerns of the cost of the event ($549 per ticket plus hotel and transportation) and how accessible it was for grassroots Tea Partiers. The American Liberty Alliance withdrew its sponsorship of the event. The National Precinct Alliance also withdrew, saying that it was concerned about “profiteering and exploitation of the grassroots movement.”
- Attorney Taze Shepard, grandson of former U.S. Senator John Sparkman is considering running for the AL-05 Congressional seat held by Democrat-turned-Republican Parker Griffith. No Democrat has officially announced for the seat yet.
- Speaking of Democrats in AL-05, that makes me think of Steve Raby who hasn’t shown strong signs that he is running for AL-05, but it makes me think of the earlier post here about the Democrats’ Radney Rule that I have now updated after receiving some clarification from readers.
- The Press-Register this week wrote up a piece here on their former reporter Eddie Curran and the book he has recently published on Don Siegelman, The Governor of Goat Hill.
- Did you see that Kyle Whitmire has left Birmingham Weekly? He’ll be missed.
- Dan of the late DailyDixie.com (still missed) tells me the Free the Hops group, fresh off the success of their Gourmet Beer Bill last year, has a new cause in the proposed Brewery Modernization Act, with a cool website to boot.
- The Luther Strange for Attorney General campaign is airing a commercial during the Super Bowl “on CBS stations serving portions of central and south Alabama.” (Sorry, Huntsville.) What kind of boost might that give his campaign?
- Coming up: The Montgomery-based outfit Public Strategy Associates is releasing results Tuesday from what it is calling the first independently-commissioned poll on the Republican primary races for Governor and Attorney General. The poll was conducted by Baselice and Associates out of Texas.
Who do you like in the Super Bowl? Or is it all about the ads?