Archive for March, 2011

April 01, 2011

There is a well known maxim that says keep your friends close and your enemies closer. That adage came to mind when Gov. Robert Bentley brought his Democratic gubernatorial opponent Ron Sparks into the fold of his cabinet. Bentley appointed his former rival to head the newly created Alabama Rural Development office. On the surface […]

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March 25, 2011

Our new governor, Dr. Robert Bentley, now has two months under his belt as our state’s leader. Although he inherited a ship of state that is fiscally sinking, he has rolled up his sleeves and gotten to work. Bentley is the right man for the job in these trying times. He is a plow horse […]

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March 18, 2011

Gov. Robert Bentley has garnered an excellent cabinet. Much like his predecessor Bob Riley, he has chosen and coaxed into service people who are serving to better the state and not themselves. Many, if not all, of Bentley’s appointments are financially independent, comfortably retired or career public servants uniquely and highly qualified to run the […]

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March 11, 2011

The historic partisan sea change that occurred in Alabama last November has been chronicled. However, the magnitude of the shift does not hit home until you see it close up. Many of us, who have observed the politics of Goat Hill for many years, are still amazed at the dramatic change that has occurred in […]

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March 04, 2011

As the Legislature begins the first Regular Session of the quadrennium this week, they face the daunting task of crafting a state budget demolished by the Great Recession. The new Republican legislature and governor have inherited a ship of state that is essentially sinking. It is analogous to walking onto the deck of the Titanic. […]

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