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Byrne to announce plans

By Chip Drago
Mobile Bay Times
Bradley Byrne has scheduled a "big announcement" regarding his political future at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Five Rivers on the causeway in Spanish Fort.

Byrne is expected to announce his candidacy for the First District congressional seat to be vacated Aug. 15 by U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner.

Byrne is former chancellor of the state's two-year college system, a former member of the state school Board of Education and he represented Baldwin County in the state senate. He lost in a runoff to Robert Bentley in the GOP primary elections for governor in 2010.   

Prospects to follow Jo Bonner as Alabama's representative to Congress from the First District have been invited to address the South Alabama Republicans Men’s Club when it holds its regular monthly breakfast meeting at 8 a.m. Saturday at John Word's Captain’s Table Restaurant on the Causeway next to USS Alabama Battleship Park.
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"Your Point of View, 106.5 FM" will host Mobile mayoral candidate Sandy Stimpson at 8 p.m. Monday. Call ins are welcome at 251-343-0106.

For more information, contact George E. Williams, Senior Vice Chairman, Alabama Republican Party, at or (251) 580-3585.
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Larry Milstid, a former chief deputy in the Baldwin County Sheriff's Department during the Jimmy Johnson era, will seek the office himself in the Republican Party primary next year, he has announced. 

Incumbent Sheriff Hoss Mack is seeking re-election.

Both men are residents of Silverhill.  
Standard & Poor’s (S&P) upgraded the Alabama State Port Authority (ASPA) to an 'A-' rating from 'BBB+' on the port’s outstanding dock facilities revenue bonds, according to a state docks spokeswoman. 

The rating outlook for all authority bonds is stable. 

“We’re very pleased that S&P has recognized the substantial improvements in the port’s financial position,” said James K. Lyons, director and chief executive for the Port Authority.

Standard & Poor’s raised rating reflects ASPA’s potential revenue diversification with the opening of the Pinto Terminal, a strong niche position, increasing cargo trends, and increased financial margins, he noted. 

The stable outlook reflects S&P’s view of the Alabama State Port Authority's increased financial margins and higher, although still low for the rating category, liquidity levels and S&P’s expectation that ASPA will continue to actively manage its financial position to maintain the increased financial margins. 

The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Mobile & Greater Vicinity will host a Mayoral Forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday at John L. LeFlore High School, 700 Donald Street.

Incumbent Mayor Sam Jones and challenger Sandy Stimpson will address issues facing Mobile.

Seating is limited to 250 people, so attendees are advised to arrive by 5:30 p.m.

The three finalists to fill an impending vacancy on the Mobile County District Court bench are local attorneys Joe Basenberg, Jeff Beaverstock and Ed Blount.

Gov. Robert Bentley has 90 days to make the appointment.

The county's judicial selection committee Wednesday released its choices from among a field of 25 applicants who sought the judgeship.

The vacancy will be created at month's end with the retirement of Mobile County District Judge Charlie McKnight.

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