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Jan. 31, 2010
Lucky Larry Langford: Did former Birmingham mayor put the 'V' in VictoryLand?

The Obama Spell Is Broken: Unlike this president, John Kennedy was an ironist who never fell for his own mystique.

Jan. 30, 2010
Prospective juror not anxious to perform civic duty.
 
Jan. 29, 2010
A Savage whirl around the Senior Bowl: Ex-Browns' GM on Tim Tebow, 'Mount Cody,' Alabama & Auburn grid
stars and the labor issue that looms like a black cloud over the future of the NFL.

Jan. 28, 2010
Ashley Rich, a veteran assistant
district attorney for Mobile
County, has scheduled a news
conference today at 2 p.m. when
she is expected to announce her
candidacy for district attorney in
elections this year.

The Political Round-Up: Big Rich move; They said it; State visit; Bentley gets driver; Obama: 'To the moon, Huntsville.'

Democrats delivering made-to-order campaign issues for Republicans in elections this year.

Jan. 27, 2010
The Political Round-Up: Democrat eyes run for Congress;
Riley, Tyson playing footsie for awhile now?; 'Why, I oughta ...'

Jan. 26, 2010
GOP candidate for governor Bradley Byrne has scheduled a news conference at his local headquarters here at 4 p.m. today to address a "recent and troubling encounter initiated by those who oppose him and want to dismantle anti-corruption government reforms ..." Byrne headquarters is located at 3702 Airport Blvd next to the Boiling Pot across from Olive Garden. At 6 p.m., Byrne is scheduled to speak to the Azalea City Republican Women meeting at Wintzell's on Dauphin Street in downtown Mobile.

The Toulminville Tussle: Herman Thomas vs. Vivian Figures.

U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith: Method and Madness.

State Sen. Hank Sanders on Martin Luther King Jr.: We know neither the dreamer nor the dream.

Cost of oil may slide to $40 a barrel.

Defining federal and state roles in health care debate.

Jan. 25, 2010
Governor Bob Riley today in Montgomery announced the appointment of Mobile County District Attorney John Tyson Jr. as commander of the state's Task Force on Illegal Gambling. Former Jefferson County District Attorney David Barber recently resigned from the post after winning $2,300 at a Mississippi casino. A private investigator hired by Alabama dogtrack owner Milton McGregor tailed Barber to the Golden Moon casino in Philadelphia, Miss., where he won a jackpot about a month ago. 

Will voters in state Senate District 13 redial a familiar number?

Jan. 24, 2010
GOP candidate for governor, physician and State Rep. Robert Bentley: 'Politics or medicine, you are in the people business.'

Jan. 23, 2010
Roy Moore aides dare other candidates to release their poll numbers.

Alabama unemployment rate at quarter century high. Alabama Department of Industrial Relations releases chart.

Tim James on the campaign trail in Mobile. 

Jan. 22, 2010
Artur Davis: Dems should start over on health care reform.

The Montgomery Advertiser: $1 billion road plan is 'sensible.'

Jan. 21, 2010
The Decline in Employment: The geography of a recession.

Artur Davis: Let communities decide whether or not they want electronic bingo.

Jan. 20, 2010
The Political Round-Up: Herman Thomas: It ain't over till I say it's over; Of the Bible, the GOP and Cowboy Bob; Whither Tyson?; Democratic doings; How do we look from the outside?

Steve Flowers: Effects of economic woes on state politics recalls 1983.

For whom the Bell tolls: Birmingham and its new mayor, an historical perspective. Voters were offered a stark contrast between William Bell and ex-Mobilian Patrick Cooper. Bell promises Birmingham the same "can do, will do" attitude of ex-Mayor Larry Langford who soon "will do" time in the can for his convictions of federal crimes. Bell won a special election Tuesday to serve out the remainder of Langford's term (at City Hall).

Marcel Black bill to clear up questions over electronic bingo 'just awful.'

Jan. 19, 2010
Mississippi casinos wary of Alabama gaming.

Is electronic bingo legal in Alabama? Yes or no?

Jan. 18, 2010
Former Mobile County Circuit Judge Herman Thomas on Wednesday, Jan 20 will announce his plans regarding a Democratic campaign for the District 33 state Senate seat now held by state Sen. Vivian Figures. Thomas will disclose his decision at St. James Major Catholic Church  in Prichard at 11 a.m. 

The Political Round-Up: Strange beats Baldwin bushes;
Dem side of AG race taking shape; B'ham getting past Langford; Shades of Gray; Home & hearth take toll on political careers; Tide win heaven-sent?; Shelby to visit;
Ludgood happy with well-worn wheels; Early birds in Oakleigh.

Bradley Byrne releases first two TV spots in GOP campaign for governor -- Family Decision and Faith & Family.

MLK Day: Photos of the civil rights movement during Martin Luther King Jr.'s day. In Montgomery: keeping the dream alive.

With Massachusetts having served as a petri dish for national Democratic initiatives championed by Obama, will Tuesday's election serve as a referendum on his presidency? GOP poised to deliver a right cross, courtesy the Brown bomber. But Ed Schultz says Brown should go down in flurry of low blows. Coakley's dance with the devil stains campaign.

Jan. 17, 2010
In addition to Mobile native Michael Galloway as chief of staff, newly-minted GOP Congressman Parker Griffith of Huntsville has lured Brecke Latham as his communications director.

Jan. 16, 2010
King tells Florala bingo plan looks good on paper.

Anderson to seek Democratic nomination for Attorney General.

GOP upper crust embraces Griffith.

The Anniston Star: Legislature, governor, teachers' union less interested in ethics than politics and power.

Jan. 15, 2010
The Political Round-Up: Ex-Judge Thomas/state bar hearing set Feb. 22; Baldwin DA field Green & growing; Brown in, nickel & dime cases out; Sanders mulls political future; McMillan rolls out big guns; Lucas preaches gospel from book of James; Looking for a spark.

Eugene Walter at war with 'dailiness.' By Charles McNair.

Inside the White House: Marine sentries.

Jan. 14, 2010
A legislative summary for Jan. 13.

Baldwin County Sheriff Huey 'Hoss' Mack announces re-election bid.

Alfa proposal to tame Forever Wild about as silly as trying to milk a bull.

UA acquires Bryce campus: “This is probably the one accomplishment 100 years from now that we could ever think of as important,” said trustee Finis St. John of Cullman, president of the board.

Jan. 13, 2010
Full text of Riley's State of the State address.

Steve Flowers: South produces colorful political characters.

Frank Sinatra sings 'Strangers on my Flight.'

Jan. 12, 2010
State Sen. Lowell Barron defends plan to divert $1 billion from Alabama Trust Fund to invest in 10-year jobs program.

Jan. 11, 2010
The Political Round-Up: Edwards rules against county in TK squabble; Hail, who's the chief?; Charm Spot of the Deep South; Jobs No. 1, says Byrne; Newcomb to address luncheon; Third candidate enters run for Congress; The gathering storm.

Jan. 10, 2010
Gov. Bob Riley: Issues facing Alabama aren't that complicated.

The Anniston Star offers a list of do's and don'ts for the 2010 legislative session. 

Passage of the health-care bill will be, for the administration, a catastrophic victory.

Jan. 9, 2010
Tebow to play in Senior Bowl.

Jan. 8, 2010
The Political Round-Up: Ex-Judge Thomas eyes political comeback; Collier signs on with Bayou; Strange bedfellows; Mitchem in crosshairs; Rules of the Road;
Mobilian comes to Griffith's aid.

Jan. 7, 2010
Carolina has Nick 'Brother' Saban on its mind.

Jan. 6, 2010
The Political Round-Up: 'Wake up the vote,' 2010 election season won't be a snoozer; Velvet hammer?;
Talking turkey & pigskins; Like son, like father; Close shave.

State Sen. Hank Sanders: Kwanzaa! Kwanzaa! Kwanzaa! Why? Why? Why? It is a question I gladly answer.

Steve Flowers: Key elections looming in 2010.

Brown, Dill in GOP runoff for House District 40.

Plans to raid Country Crossing lead owners of $87 million complex to close before authorities seize 1,710 electronic bingo machines.

Jan. 5, 2010
Kay Ivey: Governments gambling on easy money a bad bet.

Assault on America! By Pete Riehm, executive director, The Common Sense Campaign.

Swing states moving right with approach of 2010 elections.

Alabama examiners of public accounts: No problems with nonprofits created by state legislators.

Birmingham News names new publisher -- Phenix City, Ala. native Pam Siddall, 41, a summa cum laude graduate of Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga. who spent much of her career there and in Macon as a newspaper executive before being named president and publisher of The Wichita Eagle in November of 2007.

New decade to be the Tea Party Teens? David Brooks, New York Times.

The Divine Right of Intellectuals: Too many intellectuals believe they have a duty to make decisions for the rest of us.

Jan. 4, 2010
Northrop Grumman relocating headquarters from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. by 2011.

The Political Round-Up: Hellzapoppin' as new year breaks; Race for governor shifts into higher gear; Budding Byrne/Davis battle hints at old Chinese curse; Holidays over, let the politics begin; MLK events coming up; Orr rows true.

Democrats' Bright star dimming in 2nd District? Can a DINO survive?

GOP primary Tuesday for House District 40 seat.

E.J. Dionne: Obama, Dems should take on Wall Street to hold ground in 2010 elections.

Jan. 3, 2010
Bingo battle recalls Phenix City, once Alabama's famed 'wickedest city in America.'

Cities, counties recalling tax breaks from corporations that fail to deliver on investment, job promises. 

Many notable Alabamians died in 2009.

Calling George Bush: Democrats attempt to avert looming debacle in 2010 elections.

Party-switchers can become political pariahs.

Jan. 2, 2010
Lost in the Aughts.

LA Times on the Aughts (compliments of W.H. Auden):  "I sit in one of the dives/On Fifty-second Street/  Uncertain and afraid/As the clever hopes expire/Of a low dishonest decade."

Jan. 1, 2010
Wikipedia founder named Alabamian of the Year.

Go Navy.

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