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Building Relationships
 The Political Round-Up

By Chip Drago
Mobile Bay Times
With several polls showing Romney on a roll as Election Day ​nears, some Republicans are already anticipating the spoils.

Who would be the new U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, for instance?

Among those drawing mention are:

Of course, the Obama camp has hardly conceded. Neck and neck polling makes it too close to call going into the homestretch regardless of momentum. Most of the calculus gives Romney the edge in the popular vote but a more favorable view for Obama in the more meaningful Electoral College.

An Obama second term would likely spell a second term for current U.S. Attorney Kenyan Brown.​

Moore in Mobile
Judge Roy Moore is scheduled to visit the Mobile Republican Party Headquarters Thursday, Nov. 1 at 4:30 p.m. Judge Moore is also scheduled to participate in a GOP "Wave" outside the headquarters on Airport Boulevard, and visit the Mobile Republican Fair Booth at the Greater Gulf State Fair later Thursday evening. The Mobile GOP headquarters is located in the Yester Oaks Shopping Center, 3672 Airport Boulevard. The public and the press are welcome to attend.

The "Wave" Thursday will be from 4:45 p.m. until dark. Other "Waves" are set for Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and Monday from 4:45 p.m. until dark.  

Bay Bash
Mobile Baykeeper's Bay Bash 2012 will be held Thursday,
Nov. 1 from 6-9 p.m. at the Five Rivers Delta Resource Center.

Take in the splendor of Mobile Bay where the Mobile, Spanish, Tensaw, Apalachee and Blakeley Rivers meet Mobile Bay at the Five Rivers Delta Resource Center.

Throughout the evening, Mobile Baykeeper will 
showcase its efforts to protect the beauty, health and heritage of the area's precious water resources.

Also on tap are culinary creations from some of the best local restaurants in town. Bay Bash 2012 will again host a silent auction with items provided by generous donors and sponsors. Spend the enjoyable evening dining on fine food with friends, bidding on special items all the while supporting the preservation of Mobile Bay and our coastal waterways.

Bay Bash 2012 tickets are $50 ($30.00 for members) per person, and attendees must be over 21 years of age. All proceeds to benefit Mobile Baykeeper.

"Make Our Day"
Radio 710 AM's Uncle Henry will be the master of ceremonies at 7 p.m. Tuesday for the Mobile County Republican Party's "Make Our Day Victory Party" at Heron Lakes Country Club, 3851 Government Blvd. The event will feature complimentary food and drinks, cash bar, big screen TVs, and music. The public is welcome.   

Advance with Vance
Most of the financial support for Democratic nominee for chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Robert Vance come from the Birmingham area, but not all. Mobile businessman Elliot Maisel directed at least $20,000 toward Vance's bid to beat GOP nominee and former Chief Justice Roy Moore. Four $5,000 contributions were recorded Sept. 11 from Maisel's Pinebrook Properties, Gulf Distributing Co., EBM Midtown Investments and MSE Airport LLC. The companies are all based at 3378 Moffett Road.

Stiles new court police chief
Presiding Mobile County Circuit Judge Charlie Graddick has tapped current court police lieutenant Thomas L. Stiles to succeed Court Police Chief Bob Patterson. Patterson is retiring Dec. 1.

The 13th Judicial Police Department is responsible for security and law enforcement throughout Mobile Government Plaza complex, as well as probate court, Mobile Community Corrections and the Strickland Youth Center. 

New Law Allows for Recorking
 of Wine in Restaurants:
Could boost sales while
promoting responsible consumption

ACT #2012-315 passed this year in the Alabama legislature and signed by Governor Bentley allows for consumers to re-cork and take a bottle of wine home from a restaurant and many believe the law will have the outcome to promote responsible consumption and greater sales for restaurants. Prior to its passage, consumers were not allowed to remove unconsumed portions of a bottle of wine ordered at a restaurant. 

Alabama joins over 30 other states that have enacted re-corking legislation. The legislation was pushed by the Alabama Restaurant Association and its bill sponsors, Representative Terri Collins (R-Decatur) and Senator Paul Sanford (R-Huntsville). The Alcoholic Beverage and Control Board provided input into the legislation to ensure that it could be enforced.  

Sanford said “the new law allows consumers the choice to buy a more expensive bottle of wine to enjoy with their meal but now the consumer would not feel compelled to finish the wine. It is a win, win,” Sanford stated. “The law will allow for more fine dining restaurants to boost its sales, more choices for the consumer and could cut down on the possibility of overconsumption. It should also boost tax dollars for the state.” 

Representative Collins shared in Sanford’s enthusiasm and says the bill allows for the sophisticated customer to dine in fine Alabama restaurants and not have to leave a bottle of expensive wine on the table or just not order it in the first place. It also would promote responsible drinking. “In the economic times that we live, everyone is mindful of wasteful spending, as well as responsible drinking.”  

The law allows the restaurant to reseal the bottle in one of two ways:

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