Election Day Notebook

Let’s try to clear out the notebook of some items I would like to have already posted. Some are not as fresh as others, I’m sorry to say.

  • Wade on Birmingham asks if Facebook can predict election outcomes of Alabama races.
  • BamaFactCheck.com was a good effort. Here’s a link to their biggest whoppers of 2010.
  • Another site looks to promote transparency: AlabamaRighttoKnow.org. I haven’t explored it so much but at least one reader is impressed with it. It comes from the Alabama Policy Institute.
  • State Sen. Paul Sanford was featured last month on Good Morning America, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer and ABC Nightline speaking about vote-buying in the Alabama legislature. If you missed it, you can see the interview here. Worth seeing, imo.
  • I do have a fondness for campaign songs. The campaign of Supreme Court candidate Mac Parsons put together this “Ode to Tom Parker” to the tune of (or at least reminiscent of) the old folk song “Old Dan Tucker”.
  • In the “I was for him before I was against him” category:

    While Republican challenger Kay Ivey has been critical of Democratic Lt. Governor Jim Folsom, she once penned an appreciative hand-written note saying she salutes Folsom “effective leadership.”

    And Democratic state Senator Larry Means says in a TV and a radio spot that Bob Riley “tried to kill Goodyear” in SD 10. In contemporary accounts, Means was laudatory, saying, “I remember the governor stood on a flatbed truck in Rainbow City and said he’d do whatever it took for Goodyear. I appreciate everything he did,” (p. 9 of .pdf) and “…we worked with the governor… to ensure that this company stays in the area.” (p. 11) [Did something happen after these reports that led Means to say Riley broke his word?]

  • Readers have been calling my attention to negative websites aimed at Democratic state Senator Roger Bedford and Republican PSC challenger Twinkle Cavanaugh. (Did elections used to be about ideas?)
  • Did UA law professor Susan Pace Hamill run afoul of school policy on politics and employees (p. 39 of the .pdf) by having a University classroom in an ad for her HD 63 campaign?
  • Robocalls attacking Republican SBOE member Betty Peters are given 0 out of 5 stars on the truth scale. Peters faces Democrat Betty Letlow for the District 2 seat on the board.
  • Democrat incumbent Betty Carol Graham took aim at Republican challenger Mark Tuggle in HD 81 with a late ad.
  • Democratic state Senator Phil Poole‘s campaign takes a shot at Republican challenger Gerald Allen in this spot in SD 21.

Did I miss anything? Probably.

What are you seeing today?

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