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March 31, 2008
At Table: A Proper Po-Boy. “Do ya want dat dressed, dahlin?”

March 30, 2008
Gallup has Obama pulling away from Clinton.

State Sen. Hank Sanders: Judgment superior to experience.

Are Muslims too easily offended?

Ants aren't the worst thing that can happen at a picnic.

Poll: Does Don Siegelman's release on appeal signal that the ex-governor's convictions ultimately will be reversed/overturned?

March 28, 2008
Dean, others deny wrong-doing in solicitation of campaign contributions and paying off private debt.

At Table: The Brick Pit. The Brick Pit is the best barbecue restaurant on Old Shell Road.

March 27, 2008
Gov. Bob Riley: Mobile, Baldwin to get slammed by 'unconscionable' House committee decision in favor of Exxon.

Congressional power rankings: Shelby, Sessions in middle of pack; Bonner near bottom.

Steve Flowers: Christian Coalition's Randy Brinson has become bigtime player in Alabama politics.

New airport could mean big changes for Florida's 'Forgotten Coast.'

At Table: Panera Bread. Panera Bread seems to be one of those new breed of chains that has it all.

What does Bush mean by 'victory in Iraq?'

Rev. Jeremiad just a ding, not a death blow for Obama.

March 26, 2008
Furies continue to assail suspended Clarke County judge.

San Sebastian on six meals a day.

Statements of clergymen like Jeremiah Wright aren't 'controversial' and 'incendiary;' they're wicked and ignorant.

March 25, 2008
The Political Round-Up: Retired labor leader looks at run for office in shadow of Big Ben; With deadline looming, races taking shape; Brooks, Byrne headline GOP double feature; District 7 pow-wows set; Dem organization to kick off Campaign 2008.

Best of the Web: Obama and Israel; damning with faint praise; it's a euphemistic world.

At Table: The Captain's Table. The lunch menu is very large, offering a vast array of food choices ranging from spaghetti to seafood.

Southern-fried Hillary: Laugh or cry, it's come to this.

March 24, 2008
At Table: Jerusalem Cafe. If my charming and inimitable friend, Nick Coumanis, had been with me, he most likely would have ventured to the kitchen and, in full animation ..."

March 23, 2008
Which occupational background best lends itself to effective service on the Board of School Commissioners of  Mobile County?

March 21, 2008
At Table: The Bluegill. The Bluegill is quite unpretentious, a feature that appeals to me.

March 20, 2008
Everybody down South loves them some good 'Q, right? At Table later today.

Steve Flowers: State legislators grapple with financial problems, bruises linger in Senate.

Eye-opening military statistics over the past 30 years compiled by the Congressional Research Service.

Obama's race speech: Was it too little, too late? Why the brilliant speech may not help him. Pundits swoon, Joe and Cindy Six-Pack sneer.

March 19, 2008
Sarasawumaola? Intriguing but unlikely consolidation of Saraland, Chickasaw, Satsuma and Creola.

State Sen. Hank Sanders: 'Halfway to nowhere.'

Dickie's Plea: Undone by the laws of mere mortals.

Justice and the Press: Why should reporters have the privilege to dodge telling truth in court?

March 18, 2008
At Table: The French Loaf. M.B.T. Gastronome discovers some south Louisiana tranplants working their culinary juju in west Mobile.

Rounding up the double-dippers. By Bob Gambacurta of the Montgomery Independent.

The Cotton Patch: Legendary Eutaw, Ala. eatery to close March 30.

Authorized biography of former Gov. John Patterson released.

Wright is wrong: Voters find Obama pastor's remarks repugnant.

March 17, 2008
Happy St. Patrick's Day: A traditional Irish blessing.

At Table: Mama's on Dauphin.

March 16, 2008
Human trafficking a big business in Destin.

Poll: Who is the most effective member of the Mobile City Council?

March 15, 2008
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-WA, points to Osama bin Laden as role model for U.S.

Obama: Pay no attention to that angry man in the pulpit, 'forces of division raising their ugly heads against me.'

What Obama campaign sees as scratch may be nicked aorta.

Obama's pastor delivers hatin' on America harangue/sermon that may dog his parishioner candidate.

He ain't crazy; he's my pastor. Preach on.

Run, here comes a pastor.

Gov. Mark Sanford, R-SC, auditions for veep slot.

Dubose claims win before state Supreme Court.

March 14, 2008
At Table: Zorba the Greek.

Baldwin County: Land of milk and honey ... and all these damn people!

Boeing: What a difference a day makes.

Boeing: The whine of its political engine.

March 13, 2008
Suspended judge's mental state raised in response to charges.

Steve Flowers: Alabama's juco scandal a Mafia-like tale to beggar all imagination.

Here they are, the Top Ten most influential non-elected people on politics and policy in Alabama. Nary a one from Mobile (unless the Eastern Shore counts). 

March 12, 2008
Spurned Democrats say 'love hurts,' are told 'true love waits.'

State Sen. Hank Sanders: 'Being on the front row of history was so powerful.'

So you want to open a brothel? The keys to success as gleaned from the website of Eliot Spitzer's favorite escort service.

March 11, 2008
When Boeing passed on Mobile a few years ago, the aerospace behemoth set into motion events which led to its loss of a $40 billion contract to replace the U.S. military's refueling tanker fleet.

If Spitzer resigns, will he lose his slot as a Democratic superdelegate? He was really looking forward to that convention.

March 10, 2008
Helping John McCain find someone to tote 'a bucket of warm spit.'

Who are the most influential non-elected Alabamians? Doc's Political Parlor seeks the answer.

A Farewell to Guilt.

New York Times vs. Sullivan libel case decided 44 years ago today.

Employee of the Month: In tough job market, level of dedication must rise. Update in Fun & Games.

March 9, 2008
Loss of tanker contract no laughing matter in Wichita. 'Outraged' U.S. Sens. Sam Brownback, Pat Roberts and U.S. Rep. Tom Tiahrt say tanker choice "terrible" -- "There is broad agreement from our Democrat and Republican colleagues that the Air Force made a terrible choice." But Boeing's Made-In-America argument may not fly. For one thing, why bid the job in the first place if the only acceptable outcome was a Boeing win?

Who should putative Republican presidential nominee John McCain pick as his vice presidential running mate? Our intrepid correspondents weigh in Monday.

Who should Republicans and Democrats nominate for governor of Alabama in 2010?

March 8, 2008
The Political Round-Up: Mayberry to run for license commissioner; Benchmarks; Democrats slate kick off; Dems a 3-2 presidential favorite?; Gill nets drifting in legislative waters; Veteran labor leader mulls political race; Eyes on Ickes; Bourne again; Student seeks seat on school board; Al Stokes' glass jaw.

Scott Horton, Don Siegelman's champion at Harper's magazine, on 'A Brain-Dead Press.'

Airbus CEO rejects controversy over tanker contract; process already
'ramping up in Mobile.'

Boeing may file protest early next week.

Disappointment, outrage two very different things.

March 7, 2008
Kansas congressman Todd Tiahrt outraged by tanker contract, seeks with national survey to foment groundswell of opposition to decision.

Northrop Grumman addresses inaccuracies surrounding U.S. Air Force KC-45A decision.

Seattle columnist not on board with Boeing, finds outrage over loss of tanker contract ironic in a Parisian way.

March 6, 2008
U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, today spoke on the Northrop Grumman/EADS tanker contract at a hearing of the subcommittee to discuss the fiscal year 2009 budget for the Department of Commerce.

Riley introduces legislation to extend ban on 'double dipping' throughout state government.

Steve Flowers: All Quiet on the Legislative Front in Montgomery. 

Siegelman wars rage on: Curran, Jones spar over Bailey's testimony and the key $250,000 check.

All-American Football League expected to fold.

March 5, 2008
The Political Round-Up: Money talks; Weather is here, wish you were beautiful; Time to declare; Leading the GOP distaffs; Bonner rep in area; New plan for Old Mobile.

Did Siegelman get a fair trial? Titans on either side, Eddie Curran and Scott Horton, square off.

The Dickie Scruggs Tapes: FBI now checking under the Hood.

State Sen. Hank Sanders: 'Conventional wisdom says race will overpower self interest. But conventional wisdom applies to conventional happenings.'

Chicago: Second City no more.

March 4, 2008
Democrat announces campaign for county treasurer.

The Ballot Brawl of 1924: Relive the thrilling days of yesteryear, at the Democrats' deadlocked convention.

Seattle paper sends reporter to Mobile to see what the fuss is about.

March 3, 2008
Alabama Policy Institute's 'An Evening With Fred Barnes:' The secret to Bush's political success; Politics and funny bones; Hyde and foundlings; The judgment of history; When Shakespeare is forgotten.

Hugh McInnish: Will Republicans vote for McCain?

Touch & Go: 'Hamburg? I thought you said Frankfurt.'

March 2, 2008
Seattle sounds off on Boeing's loss to Northrop Grumman/EADS in $40 billion contract to build U.S. military refueling tanker aircraft.

Alabama Democrats call for probe into Siegelman case.

March 1, 2008
Local officials celebrate the announcement of the EADS-Airbus/Northrop Grumman win over Boeing for a $40 billion contract to build military refueling aircraft at Brookley Field in Mobile. (courtesy of Airwind in Mobile)

"This isn't an upset; It's an earthquake." -- from the New York Times.

"The Air Force decision is a blow to Boeing's prestige. The deal ultimately could be worth $100 billion." -- Los Angeles Times.

"Jobs a non-factor. Northrop superior in four of five major categories, tied in fifth." -- Defense News.

Rick Santorum: The Elephant in the Room -- Barack Obama, a harsh ideologue hidden by a feel-good image. 

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