Staff: 'The workers are revolting, your honor!' Hizzoner: 'Yes, they most certainly are'; 'X#@%^F&#X+!!!' like music to pol's ears;
Nicrosi fund raiser; A Rich dinner
By Chip Drago
Mobile Bay Times
Mercurial Mayor Sam Jones will make his case for a one-percent sales tax increase to staunch the city's financial wound this afternoon at a meeting of the City Council's finance committee.
Previously the integral piece of Jones' solution for fixing an $18.4 million hole in the 2010 budget was a 10 percent across-the-board pay cut for city employees. With the restless troops descending on City Hall, the Jones adminstration reconsidered and now proposes the sales tax hike as the key to balancing this year's budget.
Among the points Jones is expected to make are:
- A one percent or penny on the dollar sales tax increase that will generate $7 million for the remainder of this fiscal year and $28 million for FY2011;
- The proposed sales tax increase includes a sunset clause which states that the increase is automatically reduced to .5 percent or half a penny per dollar after the end of fiscal year 2012 on Oct. 1, 2012;
- By comparison, Mobile's sales tax rate would be equal to several municipalities including Birmingham, Montgomery, Prichard, Bayou La Batre, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach;
- City departments have already cut $21 million in costs since the beginning of the current fiscal year.
'X#@%^F&#X+!!!' like music to pol's ears
In a political campaign, an attack ad can be the sincerest form of flattery.
That's the way GOP hopeful for governor Bradley Byrne is taking the recent fusillade in a TV spot that seeks to blow away his conservative reformer credentials by harkening back to his Democratic past.
The ad is paid for by True Republican PAC whose funding sources are not yet known, according to the Byrne campaign.
Marengo County Republican Party chairman Andy Renner reportedly also chairs the True Republican PAC.
The air time was bought by Media Strategies and Research of Denver, Colorado, according to Byrne's campaign. MSR has previously worked for Hilary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign and organizations attacking John McCain and George Bush, the Byrne camp noted.
The Byrne campaign sees the hand of the state's teachers' lobby, the Alabama Education Association, behind the assault.
A former Democrat and member of the state school board, Byrne switched parties more than 13 years ago saying, "I want to be a member of a party which rejects the failed political leadership of the past, and which is producing fresh and energetic leaders with a new vision for our state.''
In January, 1997, Byrne complained that the Democratic Party in Alabama "seems to me to be satisfied with the status quo'' and too comfortable with the "stranglehold that special-interest groups have on education.'' With the Democratic Party leadership's acquiescence, AEA has had "its way'' with education policy in Alabama, Byrne said then.
"I'm looking for a party that doesn't just talk the talk, but walks the walk'' on education reform, Byrne said Thursday, Jan. 9, 1997 at the Radisson-Admiral Semmes Hotel in downtown Mobile.
Byrne's jump to the GOP elevated the number of Republican representatives on the nine-member state education board to four, including then Gov. Fob James, himself a former Democrat and the father of 2010 GOP gubernatorial candidate Tim James.
Byrne's chief fund raiser Steve Windom switched to the GOP a few months after Byrne.
Nicrosi fund raiser
The Brutkiewicz Law Office in downtown Mobile will be the site Wednesday from 5:30-7 p.m. of a reception to raise funds for Michel Nicrosi's Democratic campaign for Attorney General.
A $250 contribution is suggested of attendees. A former assistant U.S. attorney, Nicrosi once headed the criminal section of the federal prosecutor's office here.
Members of the host committee are:
- Skip Brutkiewicz, Johnny Brutkiewicz, Raymond Bell, Pete Burns, William Eiland;
- Richard Gaal, Ed Hawkins, Michael Holberg, Jim Jeffries, Pete Mackey;
- William T. McGowin, IV, Steve Olen, William Pipkin, Michael Upchurch and Jim Yance.
The Brutkiewicz office is located at 56 S. Conception Street near Government Street and the county courthouse. For more information call 334-356-1432 or email@example.com.
A Rich dinner
A $25 per person barbecue dinner/fund raiser is scheduled Tuesday, April 20 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Inca Grand Hall at 3556 Halls Mill Road in the GOP campaign of Ashley Rich for district attorney. The casual event will feature barbecue pork and all the trimmings and a cash bar (beer, $2; wine, $3). For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rich and Mark Erwin vie in the June 1 primary for the GOP nomination to face Democrat Don Foster in November.
Dems get together
The Mobile County Democratic Executive Committee will meet Thursday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the library at Davidson High School on Pleasant Valley Road.
Bonner, Bentley top ESRW card
GOP political candidates Dr. Robert Bentley and U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner will address the Eastern Shore Republican Women luncheon meeting Monday, April 19 at 11:30 a.m. at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Guests and prospective members are welcome. Lunch is $16. Reservations should be made by Thursday, April 15 to Lucy Sundbeck, email@example.com or call 929-0081.
Bentley, a state legislator from Tuscaloosa, is running for governor. Bonner is seeking re-election to Congress.
Scheduled to speak to the Knollwood Republican
Women’s Club in coming weeks are:
- April 14 -- Bill Johnson, candidate for governor and Ashley Rich, candidate for Mobile County District Attorney
- May 12 -- Hank Erwin, candidate for Lieutenant governor;
- June 9 -- Open invitation to all run-off candidates.
The club meets at Gordon Oaks Retirement Community at 3159 Knollwood Drive, Building B Dining Room
at 2 p.m.