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March 31, 2011
WTO slams Boeing over subsidies.

Rallying the Troops: AEA down, not out.

Ethanol industry hoping for surge.

Pittman working to push back start of school year to extend beach vacation season, boost tax revenues.

Judicial systems face layoffs.

Teachers talk, legislators listen.

As sweeping layoffs loom, schools gird for turmoil.

Summary of action in Alabama Legislature.

3,000 inmates may be released.

March 30, 2011
Alabama lab is first defense for radiation from Japan.

Steve Flowers: Strange, McMillan, Bentley all off to good start.

Legislative summary.

Incredible tsunami video.

State Sen. Hank Sanders: 'It hit me smack in the face.'

Schools under pressure to spare the rod forever.

Microsoft co-founder raps Gates.

March 29, 2011
Calling on Curran: Of late, what story ideas have caught the newshound's random eye?

BP nixes claims of cities in Alabama, states in Mexico.

State courts to cut 150 employees, ax may swing again. Trimming ahead for all state agencies. A 'pretty dark future,' says Jasper Daily Mountain Eagle.

Black And Blue 2: Blacks flee blue states in droves.

The verdict is in: The Thatcher-Reagan-Blair-Clinton model of capitalism is a failure.

March 28, 2011
What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his casserole dish?

Tell Bentley what you think: Advise the state on how to cut costs.

TARP a big success.

Hard Times: Some municipalities no longer passing out free diapers and baby formula.

March 27, 2011
Huntsville on track to become state's biggest city.

Cash woes hit state's forensics labs.

Five myths about gas prices.

March 26, 2011
Ex-Attorney General Troy King has no regrets.

No downside to full employment act.

Differences between Brown's Ferry, Japanese reactors highlighted in tour.

March 25, 2011
Montgomery Advertiser: Indigent defense review wise.

Michigan first to act as states weigh reductions in unemployment benefits.

Georgia to resolve water issues with Alabama before addressing Florida.

Ban smoking in public places: No ifs, ands or butts.

New York Times: Let them eat cutbacks.

Reversing trend, many blacks moving to South.

March 24, 2011
Legislative summary.

House panel blocks bill to delay school year start.

Steve Flowers: Bentley plow horse, not race horse.

States pass budget pain to cities.

Japan's nuclear nightmare.

Once rare in rural America, divorce is changing the face of its families.

Montgomery lady arrested in Panama City Burger King bikini brawl.

March 23, 2011
The Political Round-Up: Dems hoping to get organized, find leader; School tax easy win; Fixin' what ain't broke?; Graham again, something to Crow about?; Young Republicans may swarm Mobile;
Democrats camp on winning election tactics.

Talladega Daily Home: Bentley, Hammett on right track with economic development approach.

State Sen. Hank Sanders: Ban on PAC-to-PAC transfers a sophisticated shell game orchestrated by ruthless experts.

Alabama lawmaker tries to repeal legislators' pay raise.

Catfish wars: Obama administration hedges as trade dispute heats up.

Labor unions, Democrats rally for working middle class.

March 22, 2011
Haley Barbour may rewrite script for 2012 presidential race.

Anniston Star editorial. Read it and weep. 

Reagan's Legacy and the Current Malaise:
Lower taxes and a strong dollar could spur growth once again. By Steve Forbes.

March 21, 2011
Lobbyists still force in government.

States' budgetary moves to cut primary elections could aid Obama, conservatives, damage moderate Republicans.

Good news, bad news: Government says clunker getting better, not older, so cost of tag higher.

Black and white and married in the Deep South: A shifting image.
 
March 20, 2011
Clouded judgments: Laws protect public’s access, but officials’ reflex for secrecy permeates government.

Booming senior population poses future challenge for Alabama.

Educated, unemployed, frustrated.

March 19, 2011
Letting the sun shine in: Man shocked by time, effort required to obtain public records.

Big banks, GOP loathe consumer advocate.

Newt Gingrich: Obamacare repeal by 2013.

March 18, 2011
Money and Miranda: Indigent defense in the state's criminal courts.

Your Turn: Bait and Switch in 105? By Pete Riehm.

Greenetrack resumes electronic bingo.

House votes to defund NPR.

Shoals, Bronner sing each other's praises.

Takes more than an earthquake to shake a dog's commitment.

March 17, 2011
Ethics reform crusade becomes open records quest. Open government crucial to good government.

Jefferson County, state's most populous, inches closer toward bankruptcy following court ruling.

Food prices rising.

Bill would give immunity to jailers.

Anniston Star: Critics of NPR can't handle the truth as presented factually by unbiased professional journalists. New York Times: It's all for show, NPR will always get its tax dollars.

Black Belt broadband project to create jobs.

Why won't Obama stand up to NRA bullies?

The 'Children of Reagan': Reshaping Congress.

March 16, 2011
The Political Round-Up: School tax an easy winner;
Looking for jobs in all the state's places?; Copeland Jr. stepping down; First you knock, then you kick; Young Republicans may swarm Mobile; Democrats camp on winning election tactics; Constitution Party candidate confirmed; Simpson tops Baldwin GOP luncheon.

Problems in Japan may affect Alabama.

DROP participants include legislators.

Bama Fact Check: Can used cars increase in value?

Proposal to downgrade penalty for theft, burglary.

Atmore Young Republicans pack the house for Byrne.

March 15, 2011
The Political Round-Up: Democrats to get new leader.

Farley Nuclear Plant in Dothan built to withstand 5.0 earthquake.

Montgomery Advertiser: Let voters decide term limits.

Dothan Eagle: School calendar best left to local officials.

March 14, 2011
Wall Street Journal: Japan not facing another Chernobyl. Containment structures appear to be working, latest reactor designs not vulnerable to coolant problem at issue here. Not so fast, says Washington Post.

Holding pattern: Senate's shameful little secret.

Strapped states look to Amazon for tax revenue.

E.J. Dionne Jr.: We're still very rich, don't believe the gloom and doomers.

Anti-meth bill would make pseudoephedrine available by prescription only.

March 13, 2011
Lawmakers? Lock 'em up and hide the key. By Ben Windham for the Tuscaloosa News.

New York Times: Pay teachers more.

Talladega Daily Home: Politicians seems to view teachers as enemies.

Decatur Daily: Time to put an end to entitlements.

March 12, 2011
Hubbert defends DROP fund participation.

The Man Who Defined Deviancy Up: Policing, religion, changes in gang life? Why has crime dropped since James Q. Wilson wrote about 'broken windows' in 1982?

March 11, 2011
Anniston Star: What does Wisconsin mean for Alabama, South, nation?

Tuscaloosa News: Lawmakers punishing teachers.

March 10, 2011
The Political Round-Up: AEA leaders top DROP pops; Brooks sets up shop at Atchison Firm.

Summary of action in the Legislature Wednesday.

Senate okays instant insurance check.

Ford tough: Democrats will be heard.

Can Americans handle the truth about gas prices?

March 9, 2011
The Political Round-Up: David S. Broder, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post and respected writer on national politics for 40 years, died today. He was 81; Dudley Do-Right: BP not to slacken on commitment to Gulf Coast.

Summary of Tuesday's legislative activity.

Steve Flowers: Five form nucleus of power in state Senate.

Shelby: Time to get serious about entitlement reform. Still says M.I.T. prof a bad pick for Federal Reserve.

Our Man-Made Energy Crisis: Plenty of oil and no fundamental reason for $200 per barrel. And no excuse for administration's punitive approach toward oil industry.

Lily Ledbetter to be inducted into National Women's Hall of Fame.

The tire iron and the tamale.

March 8, 2011
Anniston Star: Will G.O.P. govern as it campaigned?

That damnable debt. Gang of six senators push plan to trim debt.

Montgomery Advertiser: About the Deferred Retirement Option Plan, a bad idea from the start.

March 7, 2011
The Political Round-Up: DROP dead?

No more fake Republicans: Opportunists need not apply. Will state G.O.P. throw out baby with bath water? Will South stay solidly Republican?

Decatur Daily: Why the anger toward teachers?

Decatur Daily: Richard Shelby and his contradictions.

ObamaCare's March Madness: After one year as the law of the land, mayhem abounds.

Robert Gates, neo-isolationist?

Human planet.

March 6, 2011
Democrats eye new ways to market message.

Dixon responds to talk of G.O.P. tyranny.

Wisconsin union fight about influence, not benefits.

March 5, 2011
After oil spill, will tourists return to gulf?

McMillan has plan for keeping state Farmers' Markets open.

Despite loss in governor's race, Sparks still toiling in government's fields.

State legislators out of the gate fast.

March 4, 2011
Byrne lost battle, but war goes on.

Ohio GOP and unions poised for battle.

Does Alabama pay $1 billion per year in pension costs? Yes, indeed.

March 3, 2011
Alabama may drop DROP program.

Alabama Music Hall of Fame may lose state funding.

State lawmakers: When I speak of sacrifice, I speak of thee, not of me. Issue of pay raise rollback hugely symbolic, telling test of public servants' character or politicians' gift for mendacity.

Josh Moon: There has to be a better way than taking from teachers.

New York Times: Lawmakers' cries of revenue shortages all a big scare tactic.

March 2, 2011
The Political Round-Up: Dow never says never.

Steve Flowers: G.O.P. governor, legislature at wheel of car with empty gas tank.

Marsh proposes new board to oversee private investigators.

Federal tax cut may carve into budgets of 19 states.

Dothan Eagle: AEA should drop lawsuit against state and simply collect membership dues itself.

U.S. Navy no longer dominating the oceans.

Group of senators propose legislative pay cut to match budget cuts. Plan to prorate cuts in pay hike would not take effect until next year.

State Sen. Hank Sanders: 'I remember taking to the streets like the people in Egypt. Just fighting for the right to vote made me feel more human, more of a citizen, as I made my voice be heard.'

March 1, 2011
The Political Round-Up:

'High caliber legislators' eye cuts, but reluctant to revisit their pay raises.

Dothan Eagle: Roll back those pay hikes.

Who will be key players in legislative session?

One tax increase makes sense.

What Sam's Club can teach state government.

Feb. 28, 2011
The Political Round-Up:

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.

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