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May 30, 2008
McKinney/Christopher state school board tilt: 'My, what big teeth you have, grandma' or 'Ain't nobody in here but us (GOP) chickens.' 

The Scott McClellan Story: 'I Hardly Know Me Anymore.' Saps, sighs and video snakes.

May 29, 2008
To sleep, perchance to dream: Politician puts public before self.

Wine and Time ... and the Things We Do. By Mike Gibson. Keeping the Faith Through the Heat. "... here is a list of some charmers that I plan to keep around until at least the middle of the college football season." 

Steve Flowers: McCain/Obama match a recipe for Democratic disaster in Alabama.

May 28, 2008
State Sen. Hank Sanders: And hope breathed its last. The filibuster had been conceived and organized and engineered by lobbyist Joe
Fine. The budget was not killed by the Senate, but by those who filibustered it to death.

May 27, 2008
Bulletin: U.S. Supreme Court rules 7-2 for Chastang. Win may be academic, however. Governor says ruling sounds victory for Alabama, state's sovereignty.

But other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the session?

A 38-year-old planning consultant and author, with a Ph.D. in urban planning, is running for mayor of Fairhope.

Three gavels for Tennessee, says Wall Street Journal of demise of 'merit selection' of judges and restoration of their direct election by the voting public.

May 26, 2008
State Sen. Lowell Barron: Look no farther than your nearest GOP senator for blame on failure of education budget.

May 25, 2008
Fuel crisis not all bad: "... do we really need to have a 6,000-pound S.U.V. take a 100-pound high school student across town to buy a Diet Coke? Do we really need cars so big that they have flat-screen televisions for the children in the back?"

With June, the month of brides, almost upon us, time to consider the diamond engagement ring scam

May 23, 2008
The Political Round-Up: Session not special unless Senate passes education budget; 2010 Showdown; Double-dipping' Trojan horsemen?; The ever passing plate; Back to basics at GOP gala; 'Way too early,' says Tyson; McMaken eyes retirement?; The Lowe-down; Van Antwerp's future.

If you like doing laps in the swimming pool, you might want to stock up on the energy drinks before diving in to this one. Fun & Games.

May 22, 2008
Steve Flowers: State Senate lands no punches, produces no sausage this year.

At Table: Carrabba's Italian Grill. "Although I would have preferred to order another chicken dish, or even Carrabba’s delicious lasagna, I
acquiesced to the pressure of my friends and ordered the Beef Brasato."

May 21, 2008
Drugs winning in war on drugs.

Wine and Time ... And The Things We Do. By Mike Gibson. "... for all of the unknown factors in our wonderful world of vino, I stand firmly with the local wine store where the consumer shares the journey with another passionate palate."

Question Time: McCain wants to bring British-style political grillings to Capitol Hill.

State Sen. Hank Sanders: The last day filled with hopes and fears.

Poll: Which has a greater negative effect on the Mobile Bay community, drug or alcohol abuse?

May 20, 2008
Great wines for less than $15.

$4 a gallon gasoline is outrageous. We should be paying much more.

May 19, 2008
Average Joe's on hook for $500,000 to cover costs of every citizen eligible for Medicare, Social Security and other government programs.

At Table: Executive Smokehouse. My question walking in the door was, “What happened to Reggie’s?”

May 16, 2008
Reel Time: What's bitin' now? By Grey Cane III. The few days when the winds have laid or the water has cleared we’ve had some nice trout reports from Gaillard Island and the Bender Reef, as well as the Cane Reef and the Zundel's Wharf Reef.

The News Media: "After much soul-searching, it is time to confess. Yes, we're out to get Larry Langford. The scandals? We made it all up. All lies. Every single word."

Trailing the Vine: Vino E Grappa. I selected a 2004 Chateau Lamothe de Haux, for $21.95, (a bronze medal winner) and a Domaine de Couron 2006 Viognier (the Viogniers are all the rage now) for $12.95.

Siegelman supporters not happy to have Eddie Curran at pep rally for the ex-governor. No longer undercover, Jill Simpson spotted in audience, too. Scott Horton moderating. Could that be Mark Fuller behind Ms. Simpson?

McCain's wingman.

At Table: Raising Cane. "In spite of a rousing recommendation from my nephew, I was hesitant, because I don’t do chicken fingers."

Premature canonization oft leads to disappointment.

May 15, 2008
At Table. Felix's Fish Camp. "While there is an abundance of seafood restaurants in the bay and coast areas, there is a dearth of really good ones. In the opinion of many, Felix’s Fish Camp is an exception. I tend to ..."

Wine and Time ... and the things we do. By Mike Gibson. "While in New York, I was lucky enough to serve some pretty impressive folk (or I was told that I should be impressed – I’m really not that good with celeb-spotting). Perhaps the most memorable one was ..."

GOP uneasy as fall elections approach.

May 14, 2008
The Political Round-Up: Oh, momma, can this really be the end?; Go with the flow; Water Street Landing lives!; Buffkin on board; Just one thing; Work force summit set; GOP, Dems sked gala's; Corte declares for Fairhope Council; A tip at the tail end.

Robbers giving community, coppers a run for the money.

Hank Sanders Senate Sketches: We'd have won if we were playing horse shoes or hand grenades.

Steve Flowers: Two congressional races worth watching.

May 13, 2008
Hartselle man develops system that effectively cuts gas costs to $1.25 per gallon.

Poll: True or False. The city of Mobile strikes the right balance between essential and non-essential spending in delivering municipal services. What about the city of Fairhope? Daphne? Spanish Fort? Prichard? Foley? Orange Beach? Gulf Shores? Dauphin Island?

May 11, 2008
Poll: Grading Gov. Bob Riley, the state Senate and the House of Representatives.

May 10, 2008
Fill 'er up for $3.50.

Inflation getting out of hand.

Hamas blesses Obama.

May 9, 2008
Boeing's 'that'll do' boo-boo.

May 8, 2008
Mobile: The Stick 'em Up City?

At Table: Tamara's Bar & Grill. Baldwin County may actually be the birthplace of fried small vegetables, and one should continually monitor their progress. (MBT welcomes Amyur Pooka to its ranks. Pooka originates in the East (the Eastern Shore, that is), but he is likely to appear virtually anywhere food is served.)  

Wine and Time ... and the Things We Do. What we write about, when we write about wine.

Steve Flowers: Alabama Senate -- Second verse, same as the first.

May 7, 2008
State Sen. Hank Sanders: '... our children are the biggest losers.'

Opponents of 'double-dipping' by state lawmakers catch a break.

May 6, 2008
Obama and Orwell: What the master Brit can teach Democrats about elitism.

The Obama's: Are we getting two for one?

May 5, 2008
Restaurateur announces run for mayor of Fairhope.

At Table: Brunet's Cajun Restaurant. I have not abandoned Mobile restaurants and hope to get back to them soon. My current obligation (quite unexpected) may keep me on the road to and from Louisiana for a while longer. 

May 4, 2008
Poll: Grading the Mobile County Commission.

May 1, 2008
The 'One' and the 'Ham, the Sackcloth and the Ashes.

Steve Flowers: Handicapping the political contests in Alabama this year.

At Table: Mike Anderson's Seafood. I always imitate Mike Anderson’s 1000 Island variety by adding horseradish to off-the-shelf 1000 Island dressing.

Obama tries to get back on right foot.

U.S. Hispanic population booming.

Poll: How much lower are prices at Wal-Mart than at its locally-owned competitors?

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