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Dec. 31, 2009
Year's End, Space & TIme: Blue Beauty, photos by astronaut Sunita Williams.

The 'Aughts': A decade in photos.

Colonial's collapse, Crimson Tide's rise lead Montgomery Advertiser's Top 10 stories of 2009 in Alabama. Tuscaloosa News says good riddance to a 'terrible
decade.' 

2009: The good, the bad and the ugly. By Steve Flowers.

Dave Barry's Year in Review: 2009.

UA to grow by one-third with acquisition of 180-acre Bryce Hospital property.

Dec. 30, 2009
L.A.-based Homeboy Industries brings message to Prichard and aspiring gangsters.

State legislature wrestles budget bear: Bingo, that's a goodie.

Bryce Hospital property to UA for expansion; state mental health headquarters to remain in Tuscaloosa in new $80 million facility.

Panama Canal expansion could boost trade with Asia through Gulf ports.

Ethics reform key plank in Byrne platform.

Dec. 29, 2009
The Political Round-Up: Sparks won't take the 5th; Local GOP's got your Johnson right here; Collier moving to the Wright?; Huckabee a busy bee; Sheriff declines to nail Hammer.

Steve Flowers: In 2006 governor's race, Alabama may have loved Lucy, but it voted for the life of Riley.

Dec. 28, 2009
Nothing says 'cash is king' like sky-rocketing auctions.

James on ethics reform.

High expectations: States weigh marijuana reform.

Dec. 27, 2009
College degree or not: Baby, it's cold outside.

U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith: That was then, this is now. Is there a Fox in the House? asks Decatur Daily. LA Times: What do it mean?

Dec. 26, 2009
State Sen. Hank Sanders reconsiders leaving Senate.
Decision could be influenced by Greene County bingo.

The World's District Attorney: Legendary prosecutor Robert Morgenthau on his famous cases, his brawl with Mike Bloomberg, and why he's sounding alarm about Iran.

Put Down That Shovel! Forget old-fashioned infrastructure. Here are six government projects to foster a lasting economic recovery.

Dec. 25, 2009
Merry Christmas to all!

Dec. 24, 2009
Washington Post: Griffith
exit a tiny tremble warning of coming earthquake for Democratic Party?

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor beats drum for non-partisan judicial elections.

The Federal Reserve one giant Ponzi scheme?

Proposed tax change for real estate partnerships has investors seeing red.

Dec. 23, 2009
Parker Griffith's switch to the GOP: An act of political conscience or survival?

LA Times: Parker Griffith a Republican and a 'straw in the wind?'

Capitol Hill now Tammany Hill. By Michael Zak, the Grand Old Partisan.

Dec. 22, 2009
U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith to abandon Democrats in favor of GOP before completing first term in office. State Democratic Party 'extremely disappointed' in the move.

Alabama casinos up the ante and something's got to give.

Dec. 21, 2009
Bush gave LBJ a run for your money.

Gangsta government: From a small ACORN a great scandal shall grow?

'I Judge You When You Use Poor Grammar' a hit for UA law student.

Six Out of Seven Ain't Bad: The relocation of the state's mental health services from Bryce Hospital in Tuscaloosa to Carraway Medical Center in Birmingham a win for state taxpayers, the University of Alabama, the city of Birmingham, Jefferson County, the environment and the mentally ill, but an economic loss for Tuscaloosa.  

Dec. 20, 2009
Alabama Education Association's Paul Hubbert and Joe Reed: a 40-year alliance that built a political powerhouse

An interactive graph comparing the House and Senate health care reform bills.

LA Times: Worker productivity soars.

Dec. 19, 2009
In health-care deliberations, U.S. Senate is an unhealthy place.

Dec. 18, 2009
Eddie Curran's 'The Governor of Goat Hill: Don Siegelman, the Reporter who Exposed his Crimes, and the Hoax that Suckered some of the Top Names in
Journalism' soon to be available in bookstores and online.

The Political Round-Up: Prichard says 'bingo, that's a goodie'; Top Cop; Murphy's Law; Tanker talk, blackguards and blackmail; A Conservative Christian poll; Democratic legislator calls it quits.

Birmingham mayoral race: With Langford lost, aide Matthews hopes to ring that Bell.

Liberal revolt stings White House.

Ex-legislator dragging feet, reluctant to go to prison.

Dec. 17, 2009
Shelby says thumbs down on Bernanke at Federal Reserve.

Shelby a key figure in quest to reform U.S. financial regulatory system and worthy of Washington Post feature: "Shelby could play the archetypal Southern senator in a movie. He is a square-jawed, handsome man who speaks mellifluous Alabamese. He is 75 but looks much younger, and at 6-foot-4 he usually towers over everyone around him. He carries himself regally, with the straight-backed, physical self-confidence of a star defensive end -- which he was, at Hueytown High School in Alabama's steel country."

Karl Rove: Time is not on side of mercurial Mr. Obama.

State funding woes may drop ax on more than 3,500 teachers.

New York Times: Kids don't belong in adult jails.

Dec. 16, 2009
Motion to continue and Roll Tide, your Honor.

The Political Round-Up: 'Tis the season to give, make us jolly, say candidates for governor of Alabama.

Sen. Patty Murray gazes down from Olympia (Washington) on fetid backwater of Alabama and its resident boobgeoisie.

If state's voters want experience and competence in their governor, they'll hire him, says Robert Bentley.

Steve Flowers: Lottery issue sours Siegelman's term.

Cynthia Tucker: Alabama's first black governor? Now that's the audacity of hope.

Crazy talk: Bob Riley, Phil Poole near deal to sell Bryce Hospital property to UA, yet keep mental health services and jobs in Tuscaloosa.

Dec. 15, 2009
$4.2 billion waterfront highway project roils local politics as competing visions of city's future debated.

Sessions responds to Washington state colleague on Alabama work force, tanker competition.

Legislature faces daunting budget cuts of muscle and bone.

Dec. 14, 2009
Anniston Star: Coastal insurance crisis an issue for entire state, not just Mobile, Baldwin counties.

Legislators to hear Budget Blues today.

Jefferson County a case study in school resegregation.

State's two-year college scandal winding down.

Dec. 13, 2009
Global Warming, the next chapter in Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds.

Dec. 12, 2009
Georgia Gov. Perdue wants Riley, Crist to give him a hug and all the Lake Lanier water Atlanta can drink.

What New Orleans needs.

What recession? Boom times for federal workers. Six-figure salaries soar. Average pay $30,000 over private sector.

Dec. 11, 2009
The Political Round-Up: Principal confirms school board candidacy; Keeping up with Jones; Hat in the ring.

Expert predicts legislation on separate college board.

Dec. 10, 2009
The Political Round-Up: Big & Rich; Umbrella on a rainy day; Same ol' same ol' political tussle or historical moment?

Artur Davis vs. Joe Reed: Clash of the Titans.

Is rift with Reed genuine or sign that Davis takes nomination for granted and is positioning his campaign for the general election? The dawn of a new day or a new Don?

Tea Parties: For conservatives, a political surge.

Dec. 9, 2009
The Political Round-Up: Allstate burns Bradley; REALTORS® back Byrne; Mitt says, go, Kay; 'Mayor Cooper' rings a bell; Sessions welcomes grandchild.

Joe Reed's day done?

Steve Flowers: Looking back to 1998 and Don Siegelman and the quixotic Fob James.

Tim James: Funding not main obstacle to quality public education in Alabama. 

Alabama near bottom in anti-smoking efforts.

Dec. 8, 2009
The Political Round-Up: One for the money, two for the show; Tiahrt tanking?; Pattycake politics; A double dose of Barton's; Davis's abounding.

Johnson, ex-Riley aide and GOP candidate for governor, calls on Troy King, Montgomery DA to investigate Riley.

Water summit set for Dec. 15 in Montgomery.

AEA pushes for later school start date.

Dec. 7, 2009
Pierre Pelham (1929-2009): The passing of a political legend.

Supreme Court to consider 'honest services' law, with possible implications in conviction of ex-Gov. Don Siegelman.

Federal fishing regulations too strict, says Shelby.

Dec. 4, 2009
Herman Thomas, state bar to battle over law license Feb. 16.

An oral history: Bert Nettles on Pierre Pelham, July 13, 1974.

State Rep. Alvin Holmes calls Bradley Byrne 'mean, low-down.' That, says Byrne, is because Holmes mistakes Montgomery insider politics for ethical conduct.

George Wallace Jr. scrubs political retirement, kicks off bid for state treasurer.

Small businessman in Montgomery confirms plan to run for Congress.

Dec. 3, 2009
BULLETIN: Former state legislator and political legend Pierre Pelham died unexpectedly this morning, according to his son Marc. Pelham, 80, who as pro tem in the state Senate managed legislation for Gov. George Wallace, suffered broken ribs from a fall in mid-November.

Mobile/Baldwin counties naked before the coming storm? Allstate, Alfa pull back from wind coverage in coastal counties.

Dec. 2, 2009
Independents yearning for fiscal conservatism bodes well for GOP in 2010.

Steve Flowers on Alabama's gubernatorial history: Guy hunted down, Folsom fils rises, Fob's second watch.

Ivey says PACT not poisoned, has remedy.

Potts and plans.

State Sen. Hank Sanders: Giving thanks and cold turkey.

Dec. 1, 2009
Northrop Grumman/EADS renews threat to bail out of competition with Boeing for $40 billion U.S. military aerial refueling tanker.

Case closed -- 30 years later.

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