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April 30, 2008
Wine and Time ... and the Things We Do. Another Year, Doing Pink. A teacher of mine once said that “ignorance is a wonderful place to start,” so I started pouring.

State Sen. Hank Sanders as John McCain's VP running mate? Stranger things have happened. Upon further reflection, no, nothing stranger has ever happened in all of world history.

Bill vs. Barack.

April 29, 2008
Reasons to Believe: The best cases for why Obama and Clinton are electable.

George Will: For McCain, the reverend is the gift that keeps Wright on giving. Wright's speech demonstrates his desire to be a central figure in the presidential election. And he should be.

Why Rev. Wright's return to the limelight works for Obama.

April 28, 2008
The Political Round-Up: The city council's energizer bunny; Senator's contribution raises eyebrows, ire; First things first and school board candidates; Agreeing to disagree at prominent Mobile law firm; City Hall pays the piper; In Fairhope, just one more pot of flowers away from Shangrila?; Downtown doings; Where's Waldo?; Bourne to run; A tip at the tail end.

April 27, 2008
Poll: Your favorite Baldwin restaurant is ... (choose up to 3).

April 26, 2008
Touring the barbecue side of Alabama.

April 25, 2008
At Table: Big Easy Grill. I could close my eyes and imagine that I was once again having a bowl of Aunt Tecy’s gumbo. It was that good.

April 24, 2008
Dean vs. Graham: Incumbent enjoys big fundraising edge, but challenger has support of state senator.

StockAid: Wrestling the Bear.

Steve Flowers: Bud Cramer's surprise retirement state's biggest political blockbuster.
                          
April 23, 2008
Reel Time: Fishin' report from the Coastal Convervation Association's Grey Cane.

State Sen. Hank Sanders: The Power of Bingo.

Boeing booming.

April 22, 2008
Wine and Time ... and the Things We Do. By Mike Gibson. The Power of Our Trends.

At Table: On the Road. "Life sometimes brings unexpected obligations which one must fulfill. I pulled off of I-12 in the city of ..."

April 20, 2008
Poll: Your favorite Mobile restaurant is ... (choose up to 3).

April 19, 2008
Mobile Bay Times is yet again pleased to add another feature -- Trailing the Vine by N. Vighten Injoyment, our pseudonymous columnist who will address the Mobile/Baldwin wine scene from the point of view of a consumer.

April 18, 2008
At Table: Guido's. Guido's is a unique neighborhood restaurant that serves as a good example of fun neighborhood dining in Mobile.

Mobile Bay Times is delighted to announce an addition to its pages (?), screens (?), your monitor (?) -- Wine and Time and the Things We Do, a regular column of Mike Gibson's musings on wine, time and the things we do, although mostly on wine. Gibson is General Manager of Red or White of Mobile and is nearly always available for light wine chat or intense oenophilic discussion. The store can be found at 1801 Old Shell Road, or reached by phone at 251-478-9494.

Welcome, Mike, and Saunte!

April 17, 2008
Steve Flowers: Politics, politics and more politics, mostly of the state variety.

April 16, 2008
State Sen. Hank Sanders: 'Sometimes we choose. Sometimes we have no choice.'

New Orleans: The Long Road Back. Aspects of greater New Orleans’ recovery have slowed. Re-population remains slow, exacerbating a tight labor market. The number of new Road Home closings has dipped dramatically, and many major infrastructure repairs, though funded, have yet to get underway.

At Table: Saucy Q. To my surprise, I noticed a new Saucy Q restaurant in the northeast quadrant of the Cottage Hill/Schillinger Road intersection.

April 15, 2008
Boeing in lawsuit over manufacturing defect in F-22 Raptor fighter jets. 

April 12, 2008
Poll: Your favorite New Orleans restaurant is ... (choose up to 3).
At Table: New Orleans. While most people eat to live, New Orleanians live to eat.

April 10, 2008
At Table: Veet's Bar & Grill. Can a juke joint serve good grub?

State Sen. Hank Sanders: '... I feel like we are mountain climbers boosted by the force of an idea whose time has come.'

Steve Flowers: Siegelman case continues to stir up news.

April 9, 2008
Bulletin: The trial of suspended Clarke County Circuit Judge Stuart C. Dubose this morning was scheduled for June 4 before the Alabama Court of Judiciary on wide-ranging ethics charges brought by the state's Judicial Inquiry Commission. The trial is set to open at 9 a.m. in the Supreme Court Courtroom, 300 Dexter Avenue, in Montgomery. A 60-charge, 113-page complaint alleges an array of misconduct against the first-term Democrat, stemming from both his days in private practice and into his actions on the bench. Former District Attorney Tom Sorrells of Dothan has been assigned to prosecute the case. Several Mobile attorneys and judges are tentatively expected to be witnesses in the proceeding. In his defense, Dubose has asserted "diminished capacity" which impaired his judgment throughout the relevant period.  

April 8, 2008
Shelby announces big rural broadband loan.

At Table: Macaroni Grill. For my entrée, I selected the Pasta Milano, advertised as bow-tie pasta with grilled chicken, served in a garlic cream sauce.

April 7, 2008
Bulletin: Matt Tew today asked Mobile County Democratic Party Chairman Brad Warren to withdraw paperwork which would've certified his candidacy to be a Democratic challenger to GOP incumbent GOP District 2 Mobile County Commissioner Stephen Nodine in elections this year.

In a press release announcing his change of heart, Tew stated:

“In the end, I must do what I feel is in the best interest of my family and the community as a whole. There are many exciting projects underway in the Semmes area and I do not want a political campaign to distract the residents and leaders of this area from those vital projects. I will remain actively involved in the community and if future opportunities arise to run for public office I will certainly evaluate those opportunities closely. However, for now I will remain active as a citizen volunteer and by-pass a run for county commission. I apologize for any confusion or inconvenience my decision may cause but I feel strongly that it is the proper decision for me and my family. I look forward to working with our current state, county and community leaders to see the improvements we all desire become realities.”

Local judges, ex-judge sue Florida condo developer.

April 6, 2008
Fear, paranoia and, yes, some loathing in Alabama State House: 'Uh, senator, could you repeat that and a little closer to this American flag lapel pin.'

GAO: Massive Boeing-led defense project 45 percent over budget.

Poll: Grading the Gastronome. At Table by M.B.T. Gastronome.

April 4, 2008
Jefferson County: Sunday morning coming down.

Pensacola, Ala.? 'Everything is brighter in Alabama,' says Pensacola Mayor John Fogg.

Obama campaign rooted in idealistic white youth, now pandering to black grievance.

April 3, 2008
Bulletin: Ben Lodmell, the Democratic congressional challenger to incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner, has dropped out of the race. Lodmell was charged several weeks ago with allegedly soliciting a prostitute on the Eastern Shore, apparently mortally wounding his campaign. He is scheduled to appear in court in Baldwin County next week.

"I have decided to withdraw my candidacy for U.S. Congress," Lodmell informed Mobile Bay Times Thursday evening. "I tried to pencil any way I could to stay in the race. It's the good fight. The family and I are going to take a long vacation ..."

Lodmell, 36, founded and serves as executive officer of several children's charities. 

Qualifying deadline for both GOP and Democratic candidates in this year's elections is 5 p.m. Friday, April 4.  

Prospective Democratic school board candidate rips local Democratic Party, calls leaders "a disgrace," switches to independent bid for school board. Mystified party leaders say woman's unknown to them, never even been to a meeting.

David Thomas ordered re-instated with back pay as teacher at Bishop State Community College.

The Political Round-Up: Is that a duster or a robe, big fella?; Second thoughts; Big Luther looming large; Marshall in the field; Trying to reason with hurricane season; MADA to hear Jones; A Hastie decision.

At Table: R & R Seafood. Only after Katrina did this seafood market emerge as a restaurant.

April 2, 2008
Steve Flowers: Early signs portend a Democratic tsunami.

Been there, done that, says Alabama: U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter plans Senate shutdown

Fixing Education Policy. First in a 10-part series Fixing It, repair instructions for the next U.S. president.

Shades of Gray: Barack Obama and affirmative action.

At Table: The Blind Mule. The Blind Mule is an interesting name for the restaurant and bar where I had lunch. I had two dining experiences there.

April 1, 2008
Back in the days of the Soviet Union, the Soviet Red Army had an official choir composed of male soldiers and musicians. It still exists.  The Red Army Choir performs throughout Russia to this day.

Now consider the Finnish rock band called The Leningrad Cowboys.  A little while ago, they held a concert in Russia, in which -- to the screaming applause of Russkie teen-agers -- they got the Red Army Choir to join them on stage for a performance of "Sweet Home Alabama." In English. You could not make this up. And no, this isn't an April Fool's joke.

At Table: The Royal Scam. The etouffee looked good and smelled good. As with any other dish, though, the proof is in the taste.

State Sen. Hank Sanders: "... struggle is like a bad dog."

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