Archive for the ‘Alabama’ category

Alabama Teacher’s Union Sues Over New “Double Dipping” Policy

August 25, 2007
The Montgomery Capitol
The Alabama State Capitol

The Alabama Education Association has filed a lawsuit protesting Alabama Board of Education policies banning two-year college employees from serving in the state Legislature.

The policies were a reaction to a slate of scandals involving two-year colleges across the state in which two-year colleges were paying legislators huge consulting fees for little if no work.

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Riley Reimburses Alabama for Use of Plane

August 24, 2007

The Tuscaloosa News is reporting that, at long last, Alabama Gov. Bob Riley has reimbursed the state for his use of an ADEM plane to go to a fund-raiser more than four months ago. Neverthelss, it is doubtful that the controversy will end here, as many are now questioning the wisdom of a strapped-for-cash Environmental Management department spending the money to operate a plane.

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Alabama Dodges Mortgage Woes

August 22, 2007

To this point, and despite having some of the most ruthless foreclosure laws in America, Alabama has managed to dodge the mortgage foreclosure nightmares that have plagued the rest of the country.

Some might say it’s the result of sheer irrelevancy. Unlike many other states, Alabama has not seen its housing prices skyrocket since the late 1990’s. For example, here’s some examples of Housing Price Index charts (via – TheBurstingBubble) for some other states. (Click on the charts for a closer look)

HPI Chart for NY HPI Chart for DC HPI Chart for CA
HPI – New York HPI – Washington, DC HPI – California

Notice how, in each example, there is a brief plateau in the early 1990s where housing prices stayed roughly the same, followed by a huge increase in the late 90s and early 2000s. Admittedly, these are the extreme examples in the country.

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Sessions Gets a Challenger for US Senate Seat in Alabama

August 22, 2007

State Sen. Vivian Davis Figures announced today that she will challenge Sen. Jeff Sessions for his seat in the US Senate.

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Hillary Closing On Top Republicans – In Alabama!

August 21, 2007

In some recent polls, Sen. Hillary Clinton is shown to be making some impressive gains over three of the Republican frontrunners in Alabama.

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Mitt Romney Plans $1,000-A-Plate Fundraiser in Alabama

August 20, 2007

For anyone who’s interested in sitting down with the Right’s favorite Mormon, it’ll only run you a cool grand; unless of course you want your picture taken. Photos with Romney and his wives [He only has one. -Ed.] [What’s the point of being a Mormon, then? -MD] are running $2,300. They’re using expensive film, I guess.

In the interest of fairness, I should point out that this fundraiser is the result of Gov. Romney having the decency to cancel a political fundraiser in the wake of the tornado that destroyed Enterprise, AL last March.

Michael

via – AL.com

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Alabama Rep. Artur Davis Kicking Ass in Fundraising

August 20, 2007

Representing the poorest district in one of the poorest states does not normally bode well for a candidate’s fundraising prospects. Of course, don’t tell that to Rep. Artur Davis, who has increased his war chest by 72 percent in the last three months.

Rep. Davis was able to achieve this impressive increase after landing a seat on the highly influential House Committee on Ways and Means. Ways and Means is considered the most powerful committee in the House, and special interest donors are more than willing to line the pockets of its members.

Rep. Davis has more that 600 thousand bucks currently in his fund-raising account, a figure bested in the Alabama delegation only by Rep. Spencer Bachus, who represents the much wealthier Vestavia Hills district.

The Alabama 7th Congressional District
The Alabama 7th Congressional District

One may be tempted to wonder what Rep. Davis will do with all that money; after all, Rep. Davis represents the ridiculously gerrymandered Alabama 7th, and he ran unopposed in the last election. Rep. Davis has said that he may consider running for governor or a senate seat in the next election, or he may use the money to help finance other Democratic candidates in tighter races.

The Alabama 7th includes my home town of Tuscaloosa, as well as inner-city Birmingham and loads and loads of poor rural counties.

Michael

via – Al.com

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