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Feb. 28, 2011
Montgomery Advertiser: Furloughs better than layoffs.

Washington taketh and Washington taketh again.

Collective bargaining for state workers has faded in the South.

Feb. 27, 2011
Boeing win sad, stunning news for Mobile, Alabama.

Decatur Daily: Shame on Shelby, Sessions for politicizing aerial refueling tanker competition. 

A new era in Montgomery with new priorities. G.O.P. moving its agenda in first week. Meet Mike Hubbard, Del Marsh and shake hands with the G.O.P. Bentley on same page with G.O.P. leadership. Budget cuts ahead, deep ones. Pensions, health insurance early targets. Some leftover business needs tending to.

On Goat Hill, the paths are many. 

Ron Sparks? Not gone yet.

Newt Gingrich: In a showdown, G.O.P. should stick to its principles. Frank Rich: Why wouldn't the Tea Party shut down government?

G.O.P. governors gambling on challenge to public employee unions. Labor rally in Montgomery draws more than 100.

Washington Post: What government is for.

James Hood: Wallace just doing what he had to do.

Feb. 26, 2011
Air Force slicked EADS with new rules.

Wisconsin's Newest Progressive: Republican governor wants new social contract.

Oh, To Be a Teacher in Wisconsin: How can fringe benefits cost nearly as much as a worker's salary? Answer: collective bargaining.

Don't expect Wisconsin-like union battles in Alabama.

Feb. 25, 2011
The Political Round-Up:

Boeing beats EADS; protest likely, according to Wall Street research firm. Tanker deal more about dollars than sense. Big blow for entire state.

AEA pollster on 'tyranny of the majority.'

Anniston Star: G.O.P. hypocritical in campaign to bust up AEA.

Dothan Eagle suggests Alabama is the loser without Hamrick on state payroll.

A Day made of Glass: Pretty cool glimpse into the future of touchpad technology.

Feb. 24, 2011
Magic City making residents disappear.

The Political Round-Up: Reading the tanker tea leaves;
Metzger calls it quits; City sales tax revenues up but more to story; Burdine kicks off campaign Saturday.

New York Times: Concerns for Boeing grow as tanker decision nears. LA Times: Boeing or EADS? Who cares? Southern California wins either way.

Is Mississippi the new New Hampshire?

Bradley Byrne group seeks transparency in state government.

Unions plan nationwide protests.

"Before I die they (U.S. oil giants) have to pay me for the dead animals, and for what they did to the river, and the water and the earth," said the 61-year-old Ecuadoran woman.

Is that Nina Totenberg peddling apples on the corner?

Feb. 23, 2011
The Political Round-Up: City sales tax revenues up but more to story; Burdine kicks off campaign Saturday;
Railroad wins tax dispute with state; That was then, this is now.

KC-X award Thursday? Recapping the tanker contest.

Before leaving office, Riley transferred $7.9 million to AG's office.

Steve Flowers: Late U.S. Sen. Howell Heflin was 'a pure political wit.'

New York Times: G.O.P. true motive in budget cuts is busting up unions.

Court weighs the power of Congress.

Feb. 22, 2011
The Political Round-Up.

February? At least it's short. So There by Emmett Burnett.

Lobbyists battle in fight for new tanker contract.

Gallup: Solidly Democratic states down by half.

State proposes $9.8 million liability insurance program to protect teachers against lawsuits.

Anniston Star: Ideas for generating revenues with state coffers low.

Washington Post: Public employees must help rein in unaffordable pension and benefits costs.

The Left in Wisconsin: Freak out.

Feb. 21, 2011
The Political Round-Up: Bill Sellers, -30-;

Florence Times Daily: Could oil and gas lease revenues from drilling leases off Mobile/Baldwin shores be key to bailing state out of financial hole?

Sunday liquor sales an economic lure that's spreading throughout Alabama.

President's Day in Alabama: Make of it what you will.
 
E.J. Dionne Jr.: The Tea Party is winning (and that's bad for America because they're selfish and uncaring.)

GOP budget slashing includes deep cuts in areas long among Republican favorites.

Feb. 20, 2011
Shutdown would halt many, but not all, government services.

Feb. 19, 2011
Ryan's Charge Up Entitlement Hill: The GOP's fiscal leader explains why House Republicans will vote to reform Medicare and why the public is ready to listen.

Liberals Last Stand: Fighting like badgers for benefits in Wisconsin budget battle.

Hyundai's swift growth lifts Alabama's economy.

Obama and labor unions: A frustrated marriage.

Feb. 18, 2011
Then Went Brunson: New trial sought in squabble over late lawyer's estate.

The Political Round-Up: Burke named to criminal appeals court; Lathan to lead local G.O.P., James tapped for state committee; Coastal insurance to get its day in the sun; Shelby taps three for service academies. 

Fed tells banks to stress-test capital for recession with 11 percent unemployment. 

Milwaukee Teachers Fight for Viagra Coverage: Despite facing budget cuts and layoffs, teachers fight for taxpayer-funded erectile dysfunction drug. Hard battle ahead.

Digital age slow to arrive in rural America: Wi Fi? Because it tastes better that way.

Food fight in France.

Remarkable saga of Chilean mine disaster: Trapped workers supplied with pot and porn, but denied blow-up sex dolls.

Feb. 17, 2011
EADS lowers price in final tanker proposal.

If state stores are best for liquor, why not for groceries?

Bipartisan 'gang of six' in senate developing framework for deficit reduction.

An end to Fannie and Freddie?

Feb. 16, 2011
Casino developer sings jailhouse blues.

Steve Flowers: What will new congressional districts look like?

Ticking Time Bomb: DROP a/k/a The Alabama Deferred Retirement Option Program. Alabama Policy Institute President Gary Palmer: 'DROP funnels millions of dollars away from classrooms and other essential state services into 'pension perks' for public employees.' Its elimination would be a step toward closing the budget gap.

State Sen. Hank Sanders: '... we have already cut everything that could be cut.'

Feb. 15, 2011
The Political Round-Up: Unveiling of city's grand plan today; GOP to seat new chair tonight; Faust tops GOP luncheon; IRS exempt from budget cuts; Reed & Weep;
Auld Lang Syne; The Curmudgeon Report?; Mobile law firm wins record $5 million award; Joiner joins criminal appeals court; Berson gets small business post.

The Obama presidency: Glory and ambition give way to reality and survival.

When the Tea Party Began: A chronicle that makes the populism of the 1970s feel familiar — sometimes very familiar.

IRS takes on tax abuse by charity support groups.

Tired of being 'cautiously optimistic,' economic development officials ready to see 'made in Mobile' on jet airplanes.

Feb. 14, 2011
Lost in the Numbers: Whitney merger with Hancock.

Two-year schools teach hands-on fish farming.

Anniston Star: Rehabilitating our beaches.

Feb. 13, 2011
New York Times: Dateline Citronelle, Ala. -- An optimistic band of middle school students hopes that for just one day no one in the county will curse. Perhaps people can substitute “sugar” or “snap.” Or even the powerful “Oh, pickles!”

Sadly, BP claims morass mirrors typical insurance industry practices. By Mark Wolfe.

Tough cuts ahead in state government. A bloodless turnip.

Fact-checking Twinkle Cavanaugh's claims on environmental regulation.

New York Times: A Patriot Act surprise.

Feb. 12, 2011
Washington Post: Sessions and the need to trade.

G.O.P. eyes EPA, public broadcasting in budget cut plan.

State Supreme Court throws out $8.5 million verdict because judge tried to accommodate jurors.

More prisoners getting reduced time and probation.

Shanghai Expo closing ceremony.

A prismatic view of John F. Kennedy.

Wal-Mart Bids to Break Into Gotham: Why are elected officials opposing a store that brings low prices to working-class consumers?

Left unhappy over tighter lending for homeowners.

Feb. 11, 2011
New York Times: Final U.S. tanker bids land.

Africana Online: Sessions proposes cutting corporate taxes while raising taxes elsewhere to cover the loss.

University of Alabama-Huntsville community recovering a year after professor shooting rampage.

Feb. 10, 2011
The Political Round-Up: Dixon touts new information in murder case against Nodine.

Bob Riley? For President? Of the United States of America? Surprising? Silly? Neither?

Los Angeles Times: Oxford American magazine celebrates The Year of Alabama Music.

Untax groceries.

New York Times: Turmoil in G.O.P. ranks?

Alabama foreclosures fell 16 percent in January.

Birmingham eye doctor/missionary: None so blind as those who will not see.

Feb. 9, 2011
The Political Round-Up: Buzbee bails out.

Federal probe of gambling just getting started?

Steve Flowers: Will ethics take the color out of state politics?

Give peace a chance, my butt: The growth of Islamist extremism in the West is something even the politically correct can no longer ignore.

In Defense of Being a Kid: Childhood takes up a quarter of one’s life, and it would be nice if children enjoyed it.

Teachers' colleges upset by plan to grade them.

Container ports are inhuman places.

Israel girds for war.

Feb. 8, 2011
The Political Round-Up.

Gilley timeline.

Improves job picture doesn't offset foreclosures in hiking nation's economic stress.

Federal judicial vacancies nearing crisis point.

Ronald Reagan and The Printer of Udell's. A novel he read as a boy set him on a life-long course.

Rumsfeld's 'Slice of History' 'a believable account.' In an interview, the former secretary of defense explains how Washington feuds harmed Iraq policy, and why the surge was less vital than you think.

Feb. 7, 2011
The Political Round-Up: More year's end financial disclosures; Mobile Area Democratic group elects officers; Bonner representative sets visits.

Anniston Star: You're in college. So learn.

Feb. 6, 2011
Five myths about Reagan legacy.

What football can teach school reformers.

Alabama State University pays millions to private lawyers.

Feb. 5, 2011
Survey: Ax the grocery tax.

Vegetable casseroles for frigid nights.

Feb. 4, 2011
Rich vs. Cummings: A final accounting in District 6 race.

Los Angeles Times: Beads, balls and Moon Pies: Mardi Gras in Mobile.

Ronald Reagan at 100: Being a good man helped him become a great one. By Peggy Noonan.

The Political Round-Up: Dems look to new leadership for more followship; Softballs and hardballs; Guilt by association?; Legislative assignments by the score; There at the beginning: the Class of '85; MADA to elect new officers Saturday.

New York Times: Affordable housing on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Back in the day, folks old and young worked hard.

Riley's final days in office. (Editor's note: Readers, wear your skepticals.)

The case for funding public news media.

Forever Wild votes to buy 30 more acres on Weeks Bay in Baldwin County.

Feb. 3, 2011
Political spin at its best: Reid it and weep.

Feinberg, BP a joint account.

Anniston Star: Strange/Bentley approach to BP claims process a sound one.

The Politics of Saving 'Granny': Alice Rivlin and Paul Ryan have a bipartisan plan.

Marsh, new state Senate president pro tempore, says state school for deaf and blind needs more money, not less.

Feb. 2, 2011
The Political Round-Up: The door at D.A.'s office swings both ways; Port picks Riggins.

Meditation reduces violence among inmates at Alabama prison.

Gulf Coast residents rankled as BP resumes dividends.

Report foresees quick Gulf recovery, possible prelude to a Feinberg 'kwityerbellyachin'.

At last, Georgia faces reality.

A Toast to Your Health -- Warning: Alcohol may increase your life expectancy and reduce dementia.

Young Hubbard, Lister Hill's great grandson, has quite a legacy to live up to.

Feb. 1, 2011
G.O.P. governors target teacher tenure.

BP partner only Gulf oil spill claimant to get final settlement payment.

Is keeping criminals in prison an unaffordable luxury in tough economic times?

Restoring Gulf oyster beds: Part of who we are

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