Archive for October, 2007

October 31, 2007

The new political professionals who run campaigns today are highly paid hired guns. They go from state-to-state running U.S. senate and governors’ races all over the country. Much like the gunslingers of the Wild West days they build a reputation. Just like the western gunslingers of bygone days, who would swagger into a bar of […]

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October 24, 2007

As a young boy I was fascinated with politics. I would devour political history with an insatiable appetite. At the same time I developed a close friendship with the two most veteran and powerful politicians in my county. They perceived that we were kindred political spirits and they were amazed and amused at my interest […]

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October 17, 2007

As mentioned to you numerous times in this column the State of Alabama revenues are divided into two major funds. Unlike many of our sister states, who have one general fund and most of their tax dollars are unearmarked, our budgets are divided between a general fund and an education fund and most of our […]

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October 10, 2007

Historically congressional and legislative districts have been redrawn every ten years when new census figures are taken. However, the U.S. Supreme Court in a landmark decision last year opened the door for legislatures to reapportion congressional and legislative districts at any time rather than every decade.

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October 03, 2007

Rumors are that Gov. Riley still plans to call a special legislative session for late October. An extraordinary session of the legislature is designed for emergency problems arising in state government that require legislative approval. George Wallace used the special session route often and masterfully to get what he wanted. He had a powerful grip […]

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