Coming in with the second edition of who had a good week in Alabama this week, and who didn’t.
Troy King – yesterday the Alabama Attorney General found out he was cleared of a federal grand jury investigation. None of us really know what exactly the grand jury was investigating, but nonetheless has to be a good thing for King that the investigation is over. Then again, this week King’s Republican primary opponent, Luther Strange, accused King of taking gambling money, so wasn’t an entirely good week for the AG.
Road builders – the Alabama Senate voted earlier this week to let Alabama voters decide whether to spend $1 billion (with a b) over ten years on highways, bridges, and railroads. Still a ways to go, including passing the House and then a popular vote in November, but the road builders must be happy about clearing this first hurdle.
Dr. Lawrence Pijeaux, Jr. – the CEO of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute was appointed by Presidented Obama to serve on the National Museum and Library Sciences Board. A well-deserved honor – congratulations, Dr. Pijeaux.
And a fourth Hit….moving up the ladder is…
Lynyrd Skynyrd – a week after we reported that “Sweet Home Alabama” received nary a mention as a possibility for new state song, the song has become a leading contender for the title. Hey, IrishTimes.com this week called it the “legendary” song from the “honky-tonk hall-of-fame train that is Lynyrd Skynyrd.” Though you might have to admit there are reasons it might not be an ideal choice.
Parker Griffith – the Congressman is getting a good bit of support from national Republican leaders, like Minority Leader John Boehner, but seems like he might be stuck between a rock and a hard place in his own district, with both Dems and Repubs turning out to protest his fundraiser earlier this week.
Robert Gibbs – earlier this week President Obama hosted the Alabama Crimson Tide to congratulate them on their 13th national championship, and in his remarks the President called out Gibbs, his press secretary, for being an Auburn guy. Also, Mr. Obama could use a little help with his pronunciation of Auburn. (I can’t find the video to link to…I saw it on Politico, so know that it’s there).
Mobile’s work force – after what seemed like years of back and forth between Boeing, Northrop Grumman, and the Air Force, Northrup Grumman officially pulled out of its bid to win the $35 billion contract to build aerial-refueling tankers in Mobile.
Who would you add?