Archive for March, 2010

March 31, 2010

In 1986 I was a young 34 year old politician. I was running unopposed for my second four-year term in the state legislature from my hometown of Troy. My best lifetime friend Keith Watkins was also 34 and was a young practicing attorney in Troy. We had been close friends since childhood. Richard Shelby did […]

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March 24, 2010

No other ethnic group in American history has immersed themselves into American politics any more than the Irish. The Irish politician that best exemplifies this devotion to politics was the famous Boston pol Tip O’Neill. O’Neill was one of the most colorful politicians of the 20th Century. His extraordinary career spanned 50 years, including a […]

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March 17, 2010

It is very fitting that we Alabamians celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this week because a good many of us can trace our ancestry back to Ireland. The majority of Alabama’s early settlers were of Scotch Irish descent and a good many of us are still here today. My maternal ancestors settled in southeast Alabama in […]

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March 10, 2010

I host a 30-minute television show entitled, “Alabama Politics,” which airs on public television. Most of the gubernatorial candidates have graciously appeared on the show. Invariably I have asked all of them the same question, “Why in the world would you want to be governor?” The economy has cast an ominous financial cloud over our […]

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March 03, 2010

With all the furor created by our outgoing governor over electronic bingo, the fact that we have a governor’s race has flown completely under the media’s radar screen. However, this is a premier governor’s race because it is the first gubernatorial contest without an incumbent governor on the ballot in over two decades. The contest […]

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